Riding on the Metro

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Today, when thinking about Paris, I was reminded of how fantastic, efficient and affordable the Metro is. There are 14 color-coded lines (although, you need to know the name of the last stop on the line to know which direction to go (i.e., line 1 heads to Nation in the west and Chateau du Vincennes in the east), has more than 300 stations, and is never more than a couple of blocks away, no matter where you are in the city. Continue Reading →

My Perfect Sunday in the City of Light

Breakfast

Here’s exactly how I’d be spending my Sunday in the City of Light. Continue Reading →

44 French Dishes You Must Try

Baked Camembert, Comptoir des Archives

Website Buzzfeed recently published a list of 44 classic French meals everyone needs to try before you die, and I’m pleased to say I’ve already had 26 of them (many multiple times as French food is my absolute favorite). Which dishes are your favorites? Which are you dying to try? Continue Reading →

Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s ‘Paris From Above’

Paris from the Air

French photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand has created a fantastic book and video of imagery taken of Paris from a helicopter above the city. It’s breath taking! Continue Reading →

Puits d’Amour at World-Famous Stohrer

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Nestled among the many wonderful fish, butcher, cheese, produce and other fine-food shops on the market street Rue Montorgueil in Paris’s 2nd Arrondissement is one of my favorite pastry shops in the entire world – Stohrer. Technically called a patissier-traiteur because the shop offers a range of delicious meal and snack items in addition to desserts, Stohrer is best known for its fantastic pastries and its unbelievable history that stretches back to before the French Revolution. The shop’s two most-famous confections are the baba au rhum (a rum-soaked brioche) and the to-die-for Puits d’Amour (wells of love). Continue Reading →

Notre Dame de Paris: Simply Breathtaking

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There are many beautiful churches in Paris, and I may even be persuaded to admit that Sainte Chapelle and Saint Eustache are more grand and glorious, but nothing beats Notre Dame’s position along the Seine on the gorgeous Ile de la Cite. From the gargoyles to the massive stained-glass windows to the iconic towers and flying buttresses, Notre Dame is a complete delight. Continue Reading →

7,000 Same-Sex Weddings in France!

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New reports out today show that there were 7,000 same-sex weddings in France in 2013, the first year in which marriage equality became the law of the land. And you know what, Manif Pour Tous (a hate organization that has organized violent attacks against LGBT people) and spokeswoman for homophobia, the ridiculously named Frigide Barjot: The world has not come crumbling down. Continue Reading →

A Promenade on the Pont Alexandre III

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Today’s Paris memories center on the city’s beautiful bridges, but especially the ornate and gorgeous Pont Alexandre III. The bridge was a gift to the citizens of Paris from Russian Czar Alexander III, and crosses the Seine between the fantastic Grand Palais and Petit Palais on the Left Bank and the Invalides complex on the Right Bank. Continue Reading →

Paris’s Best Culinary Supply Stores

E. Dehillerin

Today’s Paris memories are all about the city’s incomparable culinary equipment boutiques, particularly E. Dehillerin, where one can find the finest copper cookery in all of Par-ee! And it’s just steps from the famous 24/7 brasserie Au Pied du Cochon, where, not surprisingly, pigs feet are a specialty! Continue Reading →

Thousands Flock to BK. My Heart Breaks a Little

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Burger King opened it’s first location in Paris last month, resulting in lines a hundred-deep of French customers eager to taste their first Whoppers. Fast food is rapidly taking over in Paris, where there’s already a McDonalds (they call it McDo’s), a Subway or a Starbucks on seemingly every corner. And I couldn’t be more upset that a city famed for its gastronomy has fully fallen prey to fast foodization. Continue Reading →