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  • Hemingway Park, Hôtel des Invalides

    By Gregory Ross

    On weekends the old men gather on the sands to pitch their pétanque boules into the air.  The knock of metal against metal, sand grinding into heels, and the hoarse counting of numbers fills the esplanade of Hôtel des Invalides.  The old men hang their coats on the makeshift hooks that are nailed into the trunks of trees.

    Last Updated ( Tuesday, 16 September 2014 )
  • La Nuit Blanche; an Artistic Stroll in Paris

    By Loui Franke

    This year La Nuit Blanche will be a celebration of contemporary art designed to transform the city by incorporating public spaces. José-Manuel Gonçalvès, the Directeur Artistique, has organized a grand artistic promenade in the city of Paris on October 4th. More than fifty international artists will be participating to help provide installations in the public spaces and parks within the city.

    Last Updated ( Thursday, 18 September 2014 )
  • Poor Alphonse

    By Joseph Lestrange

    He looks so sad to me, small and shrunken, and worst of all simply passed by. He’s standing there where he always stands, immobile staring ahead, his mouth bemused, perhaps, but not really smiling. I guess he knows that no one is paying attention or, if anyone stops to look at him, no one has any idea who he is or, more to the point, who he used to be.

    Last Updated ( Tuesday, 16 September 2014 )
  • Centre Pompidou – Always an Adventure

    By Michele Kurlander

    During a recent visit to Paris, Michele Kurlander decides to stroll past the iconic Notre Dame de Paris cathedral and head north across the Pont D’Arcole to the rive droite where less than 10 minutes later, walking up rue de Renard, she marvels once again at what appears to her to be a combination of ugliness and strange beauty - the multi leveled and surrealistic building known as the Centre Pompidou.

    Last Updated ( Monday, 15 September 2014 )
  • Le Gaigne : Dom Perignon @ Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris : 1st Le Monde Festival & the 100-Foot Journey Buzz

    By Margaret Kemp

    Mickaël Gaignon’s neo-bistro Le Gaigne just opened in the quartier Saint Lazare.  Royal Monceau Raffles Paris and Executive Chef Laurent André celebrate the launch of Dom Pérignon Rosé Vintage 2003 with pop-up suite 'Dom Perignon', and menu 'Rosé Paradox' at La Cuisine, RMR’s Michelin star restaurant. Check out the programme for the 1st Le Monde Festival and do see Dreamworks The 100 Foot Journey. Michelin loves it.

    Last Updated ( Tuesday, 16 September 2014 )
  • Photo of the Week - September 12, 2014

    By Rachael Woodson

    A great new way to explore Paris is a new electric boat rental that allows you to navigate the city's canaux, which include le canal Saint Martin, le canal de l’Ourcq et le bassin de la Villette. It's great to see flocks of these little red boats pass under bridges and roam the canals. Les bateaux come in multiple sizes and can accommodate up to 5, 7 or 11 people, and can be rented by the hour or for the day.

    Last Updated ( Friday, 12 September 2014 )
  • The Cité Internationale Univérsitaire de Paris: A Place to Nurture Students and Promote Peace

    By Janet Hulstrand

    What better time than la rentrée scolaire to pay tribute to the Cité Internationale Univérsitaire de Paris, a post World War I “utopian dream” that became a reality in 1925—and that to this day continues to provide a living, thriving model of peaceful coexistence for the world.


    Last Updated ( Friday, 12 September 2014 )
  • Les Etoiles de Mougins : Rivea, London & Biennale des Antiquaires Buzz

    By Margaret Kemp

    Mougins Village proudly presents the 9th Edition of « Les Etoiles de Mougins » International Festival of Gastronomie, this year, dedicated to desserts. It’s worth taking the Eurostar to London to taste young talent Damien Leroux’s dishes at Rivea, Knightsbridge. Back in Paris Le Biennale des Antiquaires kicks off la rentrée culturelle/pipole.

    Last Updated ( Tuesday, 16 September 2014 )
  • Photo of the Week - September 5, 2014

    By Rachael Woodson

    The Clos-Montmartre, a vineyard hidden on the Butte Montmartre in Paris' 18th arrondissement, is getting ready for their annual Fête des Vendanges de Montmartre, a five day festival that celebrates the grape harvest. The festival has taken place each October since 1934, and is organized by the mairie du 18è. Grapevines have existed in Montmartre since as early as 944, and during the 12th century, these vines were attended to by the women of the Abbaye de Montmartre.

    Last Updated ( Saturday, 06 September 2014 )
  • Nobility in Exile: The Little Prince

    By Barbara Becquiot

    “Paris martyrised...but Paris liberated”, shouted Charles De Gaulle upon arriving in Paris with Philippe Leclerc and General Patton's troops. This summer, ceremonies marking the 70th anniversary of the August 1944 Liberation of the French capital are in full swing.   After the French government's D-day reeactment in Normandy at the beginning of June and its August 15th “sound and light” show commemorating the allied landing in Provence, Paris has taken to the limelight.

    Last Updated ( Monday, 01 September 2014 )
  • Valois 1868 : Mont Blanc News : Petrossian Right-Bank Boutique : Eric Frechon's New Livre Buzz

    By Margaret Kemp

    Alain Delon and Romy Schneider were once regulars at the recently renovated Valois 1868, a gem of a brasserie, in the quartier Parc Monceau where the spirit of Bonnard, Leger, Buffet lives on. As befits Coco Chanel’s favourite pâtisserie Le Mont Blanc celebrates the first edition of La Journée de Mont Blanc. Petrossian opens Rive-Drôite and, to celebrate Lazare’s First Anniversay, a beautiful book by Eric Frechon.

    Last Updated ( Monday, 01 September 2014 )
  • An Insider's View - The Artful Life of Johan Hierck

    By Sue Aran

    Every so often you cross paths with someone who embodies the creative spirit, who lives and breathes his metier, and for me recently, that someone is Johan Hierck.  A Dutch artist who has lived in rural France for the past 35 years, Johan is the son of the painter and first monumental sculptor in Holland, Hub Hierck.

    Last Updated ( Monday, 01 September 2014 )
  • Meg Bortin on Life, Food and Journalism Then and Now

    By Dimitri Keramitas

    For many years Meg Bortin was a reporter and top editor at the International Herald Tribune (now the International New York Times). Her ebullient personality leaves one with the impression that they don’t make ‘em like they used to. After a rollicking career in journalism, Bortin cheerfully embraced other challenges. She wrote a book in which she tried to make sense of all that happened to her. She adopted, as a single woman, a baby girl from Mali.

    Last Updated ( Tuesday, 02 September 2014 )
  • Author Interview with Stephen Clarke

    By Anne McCarthy

    Stephen Clarke is dirty.

    Or rather, his new book is. Clarke, author of the international bestseller A Year in the Merde and the subsequent books in the Merde series, is adored by readers far and wide for his biting, comic, Brit wit. His wry humor, engaging style and deadpan deliveries punctuate his pages, making for a pleasurable read, be you French, English or other.

    Last Updated ( Monday, 01 September 2014 )
  • Photo of the Week - August 29, 2014

    By Rachael Woodson

    While walking along le Canal de l'Ourcq in the northeast of Paris, I recently came across la brigade de sapeurs-pompiers de Paris (BSPP). Les pompiers (firemen) were in the middle of a fire hose training, several of them were stationed on the side of the canal, and two others were high up on the truck's ladder. It was quite an impressive site so I took a photo before continuing on my way.

    Last Updated ( Friday, 29 August 2014 )

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