Post by Jenny Bailey
winter postcard via flickr by giulia van pelt
From the glistening of Christmas lights to the city’s silver white winters, there’s no denying that December is one of the best times of year to visit Paris.
So whether you’re keen to step out into the crisp wintry air, or you’d rather stay snug indoors, here’s what’s going on in and around the capital to help you make the most of your voyage en ville.
Chéri and I took some time on a Sunday in early November to just have a lovely lazy stroll around the park down the street from us (two actually), the new Martin Luther King park and the Square des Batignolles. It was somewhat of a Fall Colors stroll, since that is what we did in New England where I grew up, sought out the Fall Colors.
Granted the colors here pale in comparison to those found in Conneticut, Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts, but it was a quintessential Fall afternoon complete with crisp air, blue skies, birds of a feather, and the kind of weather that makes you hold each other closer… One of the best kinds of weather (second only to the lounging on a chair by the sea in Italy weather…) Hmmm Mmm! Continue reading
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Paris 7ème, Pont Alexandre III by Medelie Vendetta on Flickr
What do you call a person who jumps off the Pont Alexandre III in November? In Seine.
With the blague du jour out of the way, here are some other amusing activities going on in the capital this month.
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…
Post by Jenny Bailey
With the weather cooling down and schools back in session, it’s fair to say that come September, Paris is in its prime. From some great gigs to go to, to a number of festivals to attend, here’s our round up of late-summer and early-Autumn events around the capital that are well worth stopping by if you’re in town.
ladies in Paris by Dennis AB, on Flickr
I wrote about where Lily and I lunched recently, and I also feel compelled to share another place with you all, where we went for champagne. This must be the absolute best terrace in the entire city of Paris. At the hotel Raphael, they have a beautiful lofty terrace with the most stunning views in the city. On one side of the 7th floor terrace, you get an eyeful of the Arc de Triomphe and the Sacre Coeur, and on the other the Eiffel Tower glows at you from a short distance, and there is a delightful breeze that caresses you up at this height.
So as you can imagine, getting a table required a little bit of patience on this hot summer evening when the who’s who of French business and journalism sipped cooling cocktails while discussing business with partners, and ultra chic tourists and Parisians pouted and pursed over champagne.
This Summer, amidst an apartment move, a heat wave and a full-time job, I have still been able to find the time for a few indulgences.
One of those moments that stands out in mind is the garden party that Sasha of Savoir Faire Paris threw. A perfect escape from the city without leaving the city.
Summer time in Paris makes everything slow down a little as Parisians head off for vacation land. The city adopts an air of a small provincial town sometimes during the months of July and August. Île Saint Louis is one of the best places to get that picturesque and calm pedestrian side of Paris this Summer.
Enjoy my photos!
Post by Jenny Baily
With the Haute Couture part of Paris Fashion Week wrapping up and Bastille Day just around the corner, it’s fair to say that come July, Paris is the place to be. Whether you’re a local or just visiting the city this month, here are some savvy seasonal suggestions of things to do this summer. Continue reading
The city of Paris often has interesting ideas of new expositions” to offer free to the public on the place in front of the Hôtel de Ville (4th arrdt). This time it is a temporary weed garden, or as they call it un jardin éphémère des herbes folles (crazy grass!)…