Paris is undoubtedly one of the most fascinating cultural cities in the world. Historians say that there have been inhabitants in the area since at least 8000 BC, the Romans established a town here and it became the capital of Clovis, King of the Franks in 508 AD. In the middle ages Paris became one […]
Earnest faced angels with pale pink and blue wings and voluminous frocks hover over the six musicians on a tiny stage. Solemn faced saints look down from their lofty perches. Shadows flicker across stained glass windows and sculpted walls that have stood for centuries as the sweet sound of Bach fills the air. An enraptured audience breaks […]
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Happily, one-of-a-kind bookshops are alive, well and thriving in Paris, and everyone seems to have their favorites. More than just stop-offs to find a good read, these three are slightly off-the-radar and provide just enough zip and zing to keep me coming back. LIBRAIRIE ALAIN BRIEUX It is no accident that Librairie Alain Brieux is […]
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Paris loves its book shops, just think of those green book boxes that line the River Seine. Known as the bouquinistes de Paris the 217 book sellers have 900 boxes between them containing 30,000 books! These open air book stalls that line the walls of the offer the perfect opportunity for wandering and flicking through […]
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Place du Tertre Place du Tertre is a short walk from the Basilica Sacré-Coeur. It is here that many artists set up their easels and tempt passers-by with their works of art. It’s very touristy for sure, but it’s also very charming and somehow seems to retain an air of authenticity despite the crowds. This […]
Paris is the most visited city in the world – for good reason, there’s just so much to fall in love with. Is it the wonderful architecture, the museums and art galleries, the fabulous patisseries and boulangeries or the scrumptious chocolatiers that you love? Or do you like to get off the beaten track and […]
Have you ever wondered why artists congregate in Montmartre, the lively hill top village of Paris? They’re there to draw the visitors who flock to this oh-so pretty part of the city of light but why here, in this particular spot? Around 300 painters are officially licensed to work the area and there’s a 10 […]
It’s no secret that Paris is the most romantic city in the world, the very best place to visit with the one you love. But maybe you aren’t in a relationship right now. You may, however, be in love with art, architecture, history, travel, culture, language, food, and/or fashion. And you know the City of […]
President Francois Mitterand of France was a great instigator of modern planning and architectural ideas for Paris. During his tenure, he was the originator of many post war features including the apparently dead straight ‘Triumphal Way’. This alignment of celebrated structural icons stretches from the Louvre as far as the Grand Arch, some 10 kilometres away, […]
Paris is always a good idea but can be expensive for most travelers, but there are ways to make your money go further. Discover the Paris of locals, authentic and real, gorgeous as always but not expensive. It’s all too easy to keep to the tourist destinations but look a little further and you’ll […]
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