It was a cold rainy evening, with slick sidewalks, umbrellas jostling for space and the sky dark by 6pm because of the recent time change. Two girlfriends and I waited like groupies for the doors to open at this hip “huppé” spot next to La Madeleine. (Huppé is French for hyped). It was my first time in this bar, which is said to be one of the oldest in Paris. My girlfriends raved about it, and it seems that every other blogger and their best friend has posted something on it. It figures that I work just down the street from it, and pass by it EVERY day but never really paid much attention as it has a very discreet store front. So me of course, doing things at my own leisurely pace, am a little en retard, but that doesn’t make this place ANY less wonderful! It’s a Mad Men type of low-key-makes-you-want-to-drink-whiskey kind of place. Continue reading
Thanksgiving is traditionally a time of gratitude. A time of sharing.
Please comment below and share what you are grateful for this year.
It is an American custom to gather together at home with loved ones and family and to give thanks for the plenty and the blessings we have enjoyed throughout the year that culminate in a (hopefully) bountiful harvest. And even when the “harvest” is meager we still are grateful for what we have.
So thrilled have attended this luxe and sparkling soirée hosted by two fabulous ladies : New York transplant, Paris expat, the fabulous, the hilarious, the bubbly Lisa of Ella Coquine; and native-New Yorker, author and absolute doll Cara of The Champagne Diet. She is a best selling author and life coach from New York City who encourages women to live their most effervescent lives and celebrate themselves and this was her first trip to Paris! OMG!
What better way to celebrate such a life event than with a champagne party.
It’s Like New York has landed in Paris all of a sudden! (But suffice it to say that Paris is sweetly infiltrating New York as well). There are eateries and bistro joints popping up all over that have an authentic NYC/Brooklyn style to their charm. And frankly, I am not opposed since these two cities seem to have a little love affair with each other. Bagelstein is a lovely little franchise and can be found in several cities in Paris, and in several neighborhoods in Paris. It has arrived finally close to my work, which means I can indulge occasionally at lunch. Continue reading
Paris is an eclectic city sometimes. I am often amazed at the diversity of things and people and events I see here, and how varied they are in my own life.
One day I am wandering a brand new park in the 17th watching teenagers practice their skateboard and rollerblade moves on the new installation…
I had a delightful evening recently, over on one of my favorite streets in Paris in the 6th, hosted by Sylvia of Finding Noon, and Lisa of Ella Coquine. These two fantastic Paris expat bloggers threw a wonderfully chic and informal evening of wine and cheese and a presentation of Juliette Sobanet‘s new novel…presented by the lovely author herself!
Miss Sobanet is a lovely charming young woman who is a French teacher turned novelist, and was seemingly very much at ease explaining her latest work to us; reading from it and then answering all of our questions about her writing process and how she became a novelist.
She told us about self publishing on Amazon, how she uses Pinterest to brainstorm and inspire herself for each character, how she finally left her day job to write full time, and her love for France. Continue reading
I have been dying to write about THAT Lou for some time now, but I wanted to do so with the voice of experience. Alas, time and scheduling constraints have kept me from joining one of her acclaimed treasure hunt tours thus far. But the idea is SO COOL! Imagine visiting a museum and having fun! So here is Daisy’s oeuvre in all it’s press release glory! I will get on one of her hunts one of these days…I promise! In the meantime I urge you to play the THAT Lou game on your next trip to Paris or on your next rainy day off! It’s a great idea for groups of friends and or family, student groups or even employee groups working on team building. Continue reading
Mario of the blog/project : Someone Once Told Me, asked me to participate in his endeavor and met me earlier this Summer on the Pont Alexandre III. I offered him a phrase out of my expat life. One that means something to me. Check it out on the link just above.
Mario, He’s a very cool guy with many ideas and LOTS of energy. He’s…um traveling the world, yep, the world, with his concept.
Watch out! He may head to your city soon and ask you what someone once told you!