Paris: The City that Napoleon Built

Entrance poster for Napoléon et Paris

Napoléon and Paris: Dreams of a Capital until August 30 at Musée Carnavalet. In Paris, Napoleon, the Emperor/General/Adminstrator/Clarivoyant, is everywhere: Pont des Arts, the Vendôme column, the Stock Exchange, the Châtelet Fountain, La Madeleine; other bridges (Austerlitz and Cité), canals, fountains, markets, slaughterhouses (abattoirs) and cemeteries, or drinkable fresh water in Paris, think Napoleon.

Visiting the Paris Air Show – Le Bourget

Patrouille de France (Alpha Jet)

Every two years, Paris hosts the Paris Air Show trade show in Le Bourget north of Paris. Salon International Aeronautique et de l’espace is a four-day trade show; weekends (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) are open to public. Save time and buy your tickets on line. To avoid crush of everyone leaving Saturday at 4:30 p.m. after the air show performances, consider staying later or try visiting on Friday. Food and beverages are available, but bringing your own is the best option. Bring something to sit on … keep reading

Book review: PJ Adams-Intoxicating Southern France

Cover of PJ Adams' latest book "Intoxicating Southern France".

Passing through some of the villages in Southern France and stopping along the way, JP Adams is your chauffeur. Get intoxicated. You won’t have a hangover, but you will feel a good buzz while reading PJ Adams’ latest personalized travelogue, “Intoxicating Southern France”. Each chapter is broken down into seven sections: History & Landscape, People & Lifestyle, Food, Shopping, Wine, Navigating the Area, Culture & Art. Having visited these regions, I like her personal touch, information and anecdotes

Best of Foire de Paris 2015

The hashtag for Foire de Paris (or in French "mot-dièse)

For me, the annual Foire de Paris is more than a home show. This year instead of concentrating on the furniture, home decor and renovations, I concentrated on the innovations and inventions: The “Maker Fair” (exploration of new forms and new technologies), which made its first appearance at the Foire; the Grand Prize in Innovations (Grand Prix de l’Innovations – new for 2015); and the annual inventions competition, Concours Lépine (read more about Concours Lépine). The Lépine competition is its 114th appearance with about 600 inventions.