Post by Jenny Bailey
While the city offers plenty to do throughout the year, Paris in the summer is particularly pleasant. And it’s not just the weather that’s heating up – there’s a variety of events from festivals to frivolities to look forward to as well. Here are some favorites to catch if you get the chance.
A branch of La Cantine, it’s called Espace Public Numérique and is a public space for computer and Internet use for those who do not have access at home.
Offered by the city of Paris
I can’t help myself when I am out wandering the city armed with my camera. Chéri finds it exasperating to stop every two feet so I can take several shots of yet another thing from yet another angle. But then he says it’s also part of my charm (my constant distraction). AH LOVE!
Enjoy my most recent snapshots of Paris …
I was secretly thrilled with myself for having resolved to lug my camera around with me all day, the day I met Alain. I was wandering along the Seine, happily snapping shots of everything that pleased me, not a care in the world could bother me that day. I had free time, I live in Paris, and Spring was peeking its head around the corner. Trees started sprouting vibrant green tufts of leaves and plush pale flower buds. The rain came and went as I happily popped my red umbrella out only to tuck back in my bag a few minutes later. The sky was a manic mess of gray clouds and blue patches. It was wonderful. I felt similar to myself a decade ago when I had a student’s luxurious schedule and could wander from café to book shop on a whim.
I was wandering past the famous bouquinist boxes along the river when I spied him, this wrinkled and weathered little Frenchman, pulling books out of the path of another impending rain shower. He did so methodically, without rush, handling each of the volumes with a delicate gesture that attested to his love for books, words and literature. A little rain did not scare him. I wondered how many years of stress and worry taught him how to react with such serenity. Or maybe he was born with serenity. I am sure in his style of life, stress is not a helpful factor. Continue reading
For a long time my blog tag line has been : “Take a piece of Paris and call it yours”.
Lately I seem to have been in a mood to clean up clutter and streamline things. The desire to change it came over me, but I didn’t want to toss out the meaning (that being one of my blog acting as a window to the elements of Paris that I discover, love, hate and want to share with you). So I shortened it up and made it shiny : “Pieces of Paris” is my chic new motto.
Pieces Of Paris – part one from Prete Moi Paris on Vimeo.
I made you all a little video while on a Sunday stroll with Chéri, just to illustrate it. This is volume one of a multiple part series (the future parts have not yet been made, they will be spontaneous and colorful (weather permitting) and hopefully offer different moods to the different pieces of Paris!
Missing You In Paris from Prete Moi Paris on Vimeo.
As a Paris expat blogger, I am always happy to let you all know about my other fellow expat friends and bloggers. I am thrilled to present you with two fabulous ladies today!
Both of these two are expats in Paris, and are talented and creative ladies in their own right. Continue reading
I have done posts like this a few times before. It’s my way of sharing my snapshots of Paris that I take randomly…
Street style shots…
It’s funny to see how many people have taken to this habit of shooting pictures of those who hang on the fringe of fashion week, or those who attend. It’s a mixing of the two demographics, and nobody seems to mind. Some are aloof and pretend to not care about or even want cameras on them, some are there to lend themselves to the game deliberately.
Bill Cunningham, the now famous blue clad street style photography pioneer, is always there, loyal to his lens.
I think this will be the final volume in the series “Most Romantic Spot in Paris” (unless I get inspired by another element to explore!).
I have drawn upon my own experiences and those shared with me, to explore the idea of what might be considered the most romantic spot in Paris. There are romantic places to stroll in the scenery of this beautiful city…. there are places to dine and tempt ourselves with taste. There are the ever sensual arts. And there are also places to ignite the other senses of and thus the heart strings, like listening to some sultry jazz notes… even olfactory elements of romance! But what about what our fingertips feel? There is certainly a sensual, romantic aspect worth exploiting there!
Romance is many things, as we have explored. Romance is a sunny walk along the river Seine as well as a delicious meal shared with your chéri(e) gazing at one another in the reflection of the window overlooking the Opéra Garnier. And romance can also be the brush of lace under the fingertips. Continue reading
Another volume in the series of finding the “most” romantic spot in Paris… I have drawn upon my own experiences and those shared with me, to explore the idea of what might be considered the most romantic spot in Paris. There are romantic places to stroll in the scenery of this beautiful city…. there are places to dine and tempt ourselves with taste. There are the ever sensual arts. And there are also places to ignite the other senses of and thus the heart strings.
In the begining of my romance with Chéri, he took me to a place that I have since lamented as it closed down…Les 7 Lézards. It was a jazz bar, a very well-known one, where we had our first kiss. A cozy and sultry place, it oozed sensuality, not only with the fantastic music it offered but also from its warm and inviting interior. The bar has long since closed its doors, but their website still remains, maintained by a group “Friends of the 7 Lézards” who can’t seem to let go of this legendary place.
In continuing with my first post of musings
upon the most romantic place in Paris… I assume that many people equate romance with dining, dating and the ritual of eating together as a delightful delectable experience.
One of my favorite places to eat out for either breakfast or dessert is chez Ladurée. Nothing says “Paris romance” like a sultry pile of sweet things to eat or at least oggle. Because romance is in fact fueled by a temptation of desires, n’est-ce pas?!? So tasting something delicious is sort of a prelude to those delicious feelings that one feels with a person who ignites our desire.
So an article from the Huffington Post about the Pont des Arts as the most romantic spot in Paris has inspired this piece or series of pieces. It got me thinking that although the Pont des Art is quite romantic, there may be people out there with a different idea of the most romantic spot in the City of Light (and love).
My friends at Osez Le Romantisme have compiled a list of the 10 most romantic spots in the city. These are some of the classic most popular spots in Paris, and are, among visitors and tourists, places where they have experienced some of the most amazing moments of their lives. And I agree, who wouldn’t want to be in one of those beautiful spots with the person they love!?!
But the purpose of these pieces is to dig into the idea of “the most romantic spot in Paris”, on a more personal level. Through my own expereices, I want to encourage you to respond, comment and reply about what you people, readers, Paris lovers and *gasp* Parisians, consider one of the most romantic spots in the city is. (FYI : being Parisian doesn’t mean you are necessarily French, it just means you live here).
I am sure every Paris based blogger has been posting articles about the snow blanketed city of lights! Thanks to the delightful powdering by mother nature we all got to enjoy winter for once in the city-that-rarely-gets-snow.
So now, allow me to add mine to the list.
Also you can visit Le Figaro’s collection of photos of Paris under the snow, where you can see how pretty it is, and Parisians having fun, and *gasp* helping eachother!
I also enjoyed A French Frye In Paris’ post with pictures of all the snowy playfulness in Montmartre!
I had another one of those starry-eyed moments the other night. One of those catch-your-breath-oh-my-god-is-this-really-my-life moments.
I work for the most prestigious luxury house in France, and every year they throw a big event for all their employees in the Paris region. They have a ceremony to handsomely recognize those who have loyally worked for them for 40 or 50 years, and then graciously throw a party for the rest of us. Every year the event is held in some magnificent venue, this year we were told it would be in the Grand Palais.
For this lovely holiday season I leave you with a fabulous Christmas video by the equally as fabulous Lauren Cashwell!
Pour cette merveilleuse saison de fêtes je vous laisse avec un vidéo magnifique de la autant magnifique, Lauren Cashwell!
Merry Christmas to all!
Joyeux noël à tout le monde!
A picture is worth a thousand words, and Paris is worth a thousand pictures..or more…
Here is more of my contribution!
(see my previous pretty Paris picture post here).
Photo : Prête-Moi Paris
Photo : Prête-Moi Paris
Photo : Prête-Moi Paris
Photo : Prête-Moi Paris
Photo : Prête-Moi Paris
Bonjour mes cheris!
I was introduced via twitter to a site called Red Bubble. A place where designers and creatives can create products with their own designs, and *gasp* sell them! I LOVE the concept! Being a creative junkie myself, and always hungry to “make” something…I hoped on that bandwagon in a Paris minute.
So far I only have a few iphone cases designed, but I hope to soon add more.
iphone case deisgn by Prête-Moi Paris -TM
As many of you bloggers out there know, owning and curating a site like this takes a lot of extra cash, and time (and time= money, as they say)…and sometimes it is nice to have a little bit of a return on the investment. And what’s even better is that I get to be creative in the meantime!
Check back often on my Reb Bubble shop and see if I have added anything new. I will surely let you know here if I do!
Nathalie Malric (editor in cheif, photographer and co-founder of Peut-Être magazine) was the winner of the gift offered by 4 Roues Sous 1 Parapluie, that was offered as one of the gifts raffled off at the Prête-Moi Paris 3 year anniversary party. Here is her experience in her own words!
Nathalie Malric (rédactrice en chef, photographe et co-fondatrice du magazine Peut-Être) a été la gagnante du cadeau offert par 4 roues sous 1 parapluie, qui a été donné dans des tirages au sort lors de la soirée pour fêter les 3 ans de Prête-Moi Paris. Voici le récit de son expérience!
Photo by Nathalie Malric
Post by Jenny Bailey
Five Foodie Experiences in Paris
French cheese (© Stephanie Watson@flickr CC-BY)
The romance between Paris and fine food has been going on for centuries. As a result, the city has become one of the most renowned foodie destinations in the world.
Paris offers a number of gourmet experiences that tourists can indulge in – from pairing cheese and wine in one of Paris’s famous wine bars, to sampling garlicky escargots (or snails) in a traditional bistro. If snails sound slightly too bizarre for you, then thank your lucky stars you weren’t a visitor during the Middle Ages, when swan and peacock with gilded gold beaks were on the menu! Continue reading
Brunching is THE thing to do in Paris. Make your brunch experience even trendier if you head to the Fashion Brunch IN’a City. For it’s second year in a row, the Fashion Brunch concept createtd by Tiyi of InAcity.fr is hosting weekend events this winter where you can get a fabulous New York style brunch for 25€ with sweet and savory dishes accompanied with breakfast drinks. You get to go back for seconds, and if you go for the brunch the 2€ entry fee is reimbursed to you.
This new edition will be held at the Café A in the Masion de L’Architecture right next to the Gare de l’Est in the 10th. A fabulous open space in this historic building will host the brunch restaurant and a giant room next door is where all the fashion and fun will try to contain itself!