Foire de Paris-shopping for home fashion

Making the annual pilgrimage to the Paris Home Show (Foire de Paris) is now mission accomplished. However, we are going back for more.

Last year we made contact with the interior architects at the Foire de Paris and chose the style for the new, smaller sofa bed (canapé lit) and chair.

After numerous vacations and conferences we are about to squeeze in and firm up our renovation plans to upgrade the nearly hundred year old electricity to accommodate the 21st century electronics and change the 20-year old wall paper that still seems timeless and get rid of the decades amount of dust and spots on the old, decorated ceiling ….

Each day at the trade show is another animated activity. Friday I arrived in time to hear the Foreign Legionnaires band. On Tuesday the music will be different when I return to the Foire to order the furniture direct from the factory. The factory representative gave me invitations to return with my husband.

Ordering anything at the Foire is the best way to get a good “Foire” price. The price cuts out the third party. We learned this over the years from buying furniture and windows during this trade fair.

Outlets with a view
If you need to recharge your phone, go to the Pavillon 7 with the view of the Eiffel Tower. Along the wall are many outlets.

The Foire runs the last week of April and first week of May. To obtain two-for-one tickets, begin following the Foire’s website or newsletter for their Valentine’s Day special offer. Otherwise, the television magazine Télé7Jours carries a two-for-one flyer on their cover one to two weeks prior to the Foire’s opening.

Quirky Paris Souvenir Ideas

postcard with croissant head Bring France HomeWhile 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, inexpensive Paris souvenir ideas?

At BHV/Marais, they have narrow or regular wallpaper with the illustrated scenes of Paris and the Paris metro maps in their basement hardware/bricolage department. In the droguerie department, I found nail brushes, cleaning products, original Marseille soap (3 euros!).

Paris Rendez-Vous has a shop full of souvenirs and an online store. The ones made in France are on the wall facing the cash register. Occasionally, you will find free art and cultural exhibits in this area also.

A window display and an outdoor rack at Nathalie and Mathilde’s Bring France Home shop is displaying a street art coffee cup by Monsieur Chat, original postcards and condoms made in France. Some of the souvenirs are also in their online shop. Watch the interview video: “Bring France Home with Designer Souvenirs”.

BHV/Marais is open seven days a week.
Paris Rendez-Vous is open Monday to Saturday.
Bring France Home is open seven days a week.

Prepare Your Visit to Paris, France

Some of my Paris books stacked on a chair with passementier, drapes and Jouy-en-Josas fabricSuitcase? Check! Camera? Check! Walking shoes? Check! French language? Always working on it! Reading material? Check!

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! Download for use offline the valuable application Linguee dictionary.

Prepare in advance for your Paris visit (actual or virtual)! Some books in my library about Paris are not meant to be, but become personalised walking tours. They provide enough material to stroll through Paris and explore. Another book in the library prepared me with a story and history for our Champagne tasting excursion.Street Art Paris by Stéphanie Lombard

David Downie’s books are walking tours of history. Each chapter of each book weaves a tale of discovery. Three reviews for “Taste of Paris”, “Paris, paris Journey into the City of Light” and  “Paris to the Pyrenées”

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? Capturing some images on rue des Vertus yesterday, a French lady stopped and showed me her Street Art Paris book with its maps to find well-known street art. “Some have been torn down, others replaced, many still intact,” she said (in perfect French).Street Art guidebook with ISBN code

What’s going on and transportation from CDG
Those were two questions a reader asked me most recently. For activities and current trends, my suggestions were a website, an airport guidebook and the Paris tourist office guidebooks. For transportation visit my transportation page and download three apps (applications) for your phone.

Free guide book to Paris at airports in French and EnglishVisit the  website: L’Officiel des spectacles for exhibitions, concerts, cinema, etc. You can buy the weekly small format magazine at any newsstand.

At the airport, pick up the recent, indispensable copy of Paris Worldwide. Worldwide is written in French and English; pick it up after security or in baggage claim.

Inside you have French and English descriptions, tips, test your knowledge quiz, the latest on Paris restaurants, hotels, nightlife, a “window shopping” (“virée shopping”): the March April edition is all about my neighbourhood Bréguet-La Roquette.

Free guidebooks are available at the official Paris Tourist office by Metro: Pyramides (25 Rue des Pyramides, 75001) just off avenue de l’Opera. 

What is the best way to get from CDG to the hotel?
Take a look at the updated Colleen’s Paris Transportation page for information. Much depends on the location of your Paris residence. Taxis have fixed rates between the airports. Personally, I avoid Uber. I highly recommend three apps: the RATP app for the metro and directions, and the SNCF/OUI applications, Taxi G7 application.
It’s April, what should I wear? 
The season is changing from really cold to mildly cold. Temperatures are now moving into the 17C/62F range. This is the current fashion for April weather, Easter weekend, including a skateboarder by Biocoop.

Jounaliste, Influenceur or Pigiste for Foire de Paris

Image from Foire de Paris 2018 website with datesIt is time to prepare for another gigantic Paris home show. While applying for my 2018 Foire de Paris press accreditation, I found a new category. Joining the list of journaliste (journalist) and pigiste (free-lancer) is the influenceur*. Usually I think of the marketing influencers for Fashion Week. But if you love to cook, design, check out the future through inventions, are curious about appliances and world cultures you probably follow an influencer on social media.

The first Foire de Paris, was held in 1904 at Carreau du Temple in the third arrondissement. The annual event moved to its present location at Porte de Versailles in 1924. You can read more about the Foire’s history (in English). About two weeks before the event’s opening, the television magazine Tele7jours will have a two-for-one coupon on its cover. Check the Foire website periodically for special two-for-one offers or sign up for their newsletter for updates.

More fun reading from the 2017 Foire de Paris.

*Influenceur is the French marketing term; Influence marketing is the Anglo term. An influencer is someone who has a strong presence in the social media channels who is able to influence buying behavior and consumption of of their followers. All of this and I just wanted to apply for accreditation.

Foire de Paris tickets

Layout of the trade show

French Cinéphiles … Lost in Frenchlation April 2018

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.


– Mektoub my Love: Canto Uno by Abdellatif Kechiche with Shaïn Boumedine, Ophélie Bau.

Sunday 8 April at Luminor Hôtel de Ville. Drinks from 6pm, screening at 7pm.

 La Belle et la Belle by Sophie Fillières with Sandrine Kiberlain, Agathe Bonitzer.
Friday 13 April at Club de L’Étoile. Drinks from 7pm, screening at 8:30pm followed by Q&A.

– Le Collier Rouge by Jean Becker with François Cluzet, Nicolas Duvauchelle.
Friday 20 April at Luminor Hôtel de Ville. Cocktail from 7pm, screening at8pm.

☆COMEDY NIGHT☆ (film preceded by a comedy show in English)
– La Ch’tite Famille by Dany Boon with Dany Boon, Laurence Arné.
Friday 27 April at Club de L’Étoile. Cocktail from 7pm, stand-up comedy show at 8pm, screening at 8:30pm.
Matt and Manon’s story

The concept for Lost in Frenchlation was born out of the frustration experienced by Lost in Frenchlation’s Co-Founders, Matt and Manon, when they couldn’t go to the cinema together due to Matt’s lack of French language skills. There wasn’t a single cinema in Paris regularly screening French films with English subtitles, meaning that the international community – Paris’ many expatriates, international students and tourists – couldn’t access French cinema, one of the country’s greatest arts and an important part of French culture.