Tonight will be the final episode of Mad Men. But this is what "advertising" once looked like in France. There aren't many of these stone wall billboards left in Paris these days, and I love those rare moments when I spot one. Read more →
There are so many adorable little pedestrian streets tucked away in corners of Paris. Sometimes you might just stumble on one randomly... ... and at other times, you might be led there because a dear friend is opening a wonderful news shop and atelier for knitters! Yes! My friend Aimée, owner of L'Oisive Thé et Tricot in the Butte aux Cailles (13ème) is opening a second shop in the same neighborhood! (So proud of Aimee and her husband Julien!) Located at 27 Rue Paulin Méry, just near Place d'Italie, La Bien Aimée sells wool, knitting tools and mercerie/sewing notions. They'll also be offering workshops, so sign up for the mailing list to find out when the first workshops will be available. Once you arrive at Rue Paulin Méry, you won't have any trouble finding La Bien Aimée - just look for the bright, sunshine-yellow exterior! (This was my photo taken weeks ago while they were still doing the construction, but don't you just love the color?) You'll still be able to buy some knitting products (and knit, of course!), over at L'Oisive Thé, but with the new shop, Aimee has expanded her capacity to carry even more beautiful wool and... Read more →
On Sunday, April 12th, I'll be making a (probably very brief) appearance on a French TV documentary about Notre Dame. It will be airing tomorrow evening at 6:30pm/18:30 local Paris time, on channel M6 for their regular program 66 Minutes: Grand Journal. If you're in France, please tune in and watch! I was invited to participate because the producers heard about the No Love Locks campaign, and they were also planning to interview one of the leaders of another historic preservation group whose members live in the Notre Dame neighborhood -- they've been trying to get the city to clear locks from the Pont Neuf and other bridges in their quartier for several years, and we decided to partner with them last year. The producers decided to have us both on camera together on the Pont de l'Archevêché, discussing how horrible this locks have become, and how it really degrades the neighborhood and view of the stunning cathedral. While most of the focus and press about love locks in Paris centers around the Pont des Arts, the Pont de l'Archevêché is just as grotesquely disfigured, and because it is located directly behind Notre Dame, the visual pollution has a huge... Read more →
One of the biggest challenges in finding the perfect Parisian apartment will be the tug-of-war between your desire for as much space as possible (both living and closet), choosing the ideal neighborhood for you, and your budget. Unless money is no object (and if that's the case, lucky you!), you will have to make some kind of compromise because otherwise you'll never hit the Holy Real-estate Trifecta of "big, cheap and in the heart of Paris". Here's how it usually works: More affordable apartment = less space and/or less desirable neighborhood More space = bigger budget and/or less desirable neighborhood More desirable neighborhood = bigger budget and/or less space You can't have it all if your financial means are limited in any way (and let's face it, most of us would fit in that group). There will always be something that is less than ideal. The question is: is it something you are willing to live with, perhaps for many years? I say "perhaps for many years" because of course, if you are only seeking an apartment for a year or less, your toleration level will probably be higher for living with a microscopic kitchen with ugly cabinets, or living... Read more →
I snapped this when I was on the 1st floor of the Eiffel Tower one day last week with out-of-town friends. I just read an article about the Tower having installed wind turbines up above the 2nd floor, which will now generate much of its own electricity - so the Tower has gone "green". All evidence in this photo to the contrary. Read more →
I visited the Musée de Quai Branly this week with some visiting friends (FYI, the museum is doing a special exhibition about the global history of tattoos, if that's your thing), and they have an amazing garden around and even underneath the building, which is very modern and elevated as if on stilts. At dusk, just as we were leaving, all of these glass rods lit up and created a very pretty scene. The only way I could get the Tower into the frame from where I was standing was to do my famous "tilt" thing. Then yesterday, I was up ON the Tower with the same friends, and got a shot of the Quai Branly museum from up above - just not tilted. The museum is that green-red-purplish oddly shaped structure in foreground, lower left. Worth a visit even if you aren't so into indigenous art - the architecture and layout of the museum itself is really something (and a bit maze-like!) And the museum's café (which you can visit without even paying to enter the museum, as the café is outside in a separate area) had the most decadent "mi-cuit" chocolate cake (warmed with hot fudge inside). What's... Read more →
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