Author Archive for Colleen's Paris

This Web site and and its blog articles are for travelers to Paris who are looking for advice from someone who lives in Paris. These tips are "for Parisians at heart". Many people would like to visit, some can and some cannot - so I will help you enjoy a glimpse of the city and its surroundings. This project has been ongoing since 2002. Prior to living in Paris (since 1992) my European history began in the early 70s with three years in Wiesbaden, Germany. My next foray onto the Continent was in the mid-80s after graduation from the University of Florida (where I met Erik): traveling around Europe and UK with my friend, Margie, hitchhiking around and working in Ireland. After living and working as a journalist in Sweden for four years, traveling on boats, the Trans-Siberian Railway, local trains and planes took Erik and I around the world. I began working as a flight attendant in 1990 for American Airlines, based in Chicago. We moved to Paris, France in 1992 where I commuted between Paris and Chicago for my flight attendant/stewardess job. Finally my inner voice said "Stop!" and I left American Airlines six weeks shy of 20 years January 1, 2010. Now that is over and I am back working as a journalist and photographer full time on Colleensparis.com - My videos are posted on YouTube on the colleensparis youtube channel. and I am active in Toastmasters 75. Enjoy!

Quirky Paris Souvenir Ideas

postcard with croissant head Bring France Home

While wandering around BHV/Marais I noticed bits and pieces of hardware, wall paper and cleaning products made in France. Across the street at City Hall’s Paris Rendez-Vous boutique concept shop I found unusual souvenirs made in France. A while ago, I found Bring France Home near Place des Vosges that only sells souvenirs made in France. Are you looking for quirky Paris souvenir ideas and inexpensive?

Prepare Your Visit to Paris, France

Chair with stack of books about Paris and Champagne, Hemingway, Angels

Suitcase? Check! Camera? Check! Walking shoes? Check!
Reading material? Prepare in advance with some book ideas!
Language? Brush up on that French grammar! Frantastique is my Wednesday exercise. Then when I go shopping or chat on the street, those proper verbs just slide right out … still studying though!
Some of the books in my library are Paris walking tours. They provide enough material to stroll through Paris and explore. Another prepares you with a story and history for your Champagne tasting.
David Downie’s books are walking tours of history. Each chapter of each book weaves a tale of discovery. Tilar J. Mazzeo’s book whisks you into Champagne history with the Veuve Clicquot. (Reims is a 46-minute train ride away from Paris.) Interested in Street Art? The perfect sightseeing book with maps…..

French Cinéphiles … Lost in Frenchlation April 2018

Lost in Frenchlation logo

Here is the Lost in Frenchlation program for April 2018 – French films with English subtitles … Experience French culture and have a social event with Matt and Manon. Upcoming events
March 31 and April’s cinema menu:
– La Fête est Finie Saturday, March 31 at 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Luminor Hôtel de Ville, 20 rue du Temple, 75004 Paris, France. directed by Marie Garel-Weiss Screening starts at 4:30pm followed by drinks from 6pm
– Eva by Benoît Jacquot. With Isabelle Huppert, Gaspard Ulliel.
Friday 6 April at Studio 28. Cocktail from 8pm, screening at 9pm.
SCREENING ON A SUNDAY

Père-Lachaise Color & Cemetery Information

Tomb of Gilbert Morard with RATP tickets and TGV engraving Père Lachaise, Paris

Pere Lachaise and other cemeteries have permanent residents; what is perpetuité; links to maps (some in English, Español or Italiano) to find famous women, celebrities, gastronomy, artists and actors, some are accessible for special needs; 14 are within Paris; 6 outside the Paris walls; not counting the pet cemetery; images of a drizzly, chilly day in Père Lachaise; where to find information about plots and handling the deceased. Looking for someone among the 7 million buried? …. keep reading ….

Caro and Jeunet – Their Art of Creative Movies Exhibit

Poster for Caro/Jeunet exhibit at Halle Saint Pierre Montmartre until July 31, 2018

Caro/Jeunet is a Paris/Montmartre exhibit (until July 31) for cinema lovers of the out of the ordinary. Some recognizable film examples are Amélie Poulain, Delicatessen, Alien Resurrection, The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet, The City of Lost Children. Their film music, special effects, costumes, props are always out of the ordinary. Marc Caro is a graphic novelist and illustrator. Jean-Pierre Jeunet is a director. After the “Alien” success, Jeunet left Hollywood. He wanted to go back to the neighborhood and make a little film with some friends in Montmartre. Voilà! The little film became the global success, the Fabulous Destiny of Amélie Poulain”. I can recommend the exhibit and the tea salon for a very tasty lunch…..

Paris Seine Flooding Routine and the Statue

Image of le Zouave statue, Pont de l'Alma and the Eiffel Tower during Paris Seine flooding

An image on the front page of a Spanish newspaper showed the Seine flooding. This prompted a reader planning a Paris visit to inquire about the situation. Looking back at my photos from 2016, I had some evidence of the river a couple of days after its peak. Each year the Seine’s waters rise, usually as snow melts and reservoirs flood. This year, the Seine seems to be flooding a bit early from heavy rains. The last record for flooding was in June 2016. Le Zouave statue on the Pont de l’Alma is one of the gauges used. Legend says: “When the Zouave’s feet are under water, the Seine is flooded”. Authorities predict the Paris portion of the River Seine could reach 6,20 m by Saturday, January 27. The recent Paris Seine record is 2016 at 6,05-6,10 m.