• Going Out,  Restaurant or Museum with view, terrace or plaza

    Museum Restaurants with Terrace or View

    Museums With A Terrace Le Jardin du Petit Palais 5 avenue Dutruit, 75008 Metro: Champs-Elysées-Clémenceau Telephone: 01 40 07 11 41 Open: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Monday. If there is a line for an exhibition, you may be able to pass up the line — let them you know you are going to the restaurant Colleen’s Paris: Very good lunch — such a quiet atmosphere on the terrace, you would never guess that the busy road Avenue Winston Churchill was just out front. Le Jardin de Varenne – Musée Rodin 77 rue de Varenne, 75007 Metro Varenne Open: Tuesday to Sunday 10 a.m to 5:45 p.m. Admission to…

  • Temporary Grand Palais with Eiffel Tower view
    Let's Explore,  Museums

    The Temporary Grand Palais

    On the radio one day I heard that the Grand Palais was moving to a new location. I went to Place Joffre across from the Ecole Militaire and the Champ-de-Mars--Nothing. Shortly after, I heard on the radio work had begun. I jumped on bus 86 and headed for the Eiffel Tower, missed my stop but saw this looming wood structure jutting out above the trees. The first frames secured on delivery trucks were being pieced together. A few weeks later, I returned to the construction site to check on progress. The Grand Palais Ephémère (temporary) is a wooden dual-framed structure is well underway in its new location with a spectacular…

  • Let's Explore,  Specialty shops

    Artisanal Shop Brings New Flavours to the Bastille

    On my way to the oriental pastry shop Diamande along the Rue Sedaine in the Bastille, I noticed a new just-opened épicerie. I was tempted to stop for a glass of wine on its terrace (i.e., the sidewalk). When I walked into the shop, the man behind the counter looked familiar even behind his mask: the eyes, the Tintin-spiked haircut. “You resemble someone”, I said. “Who”? he asked. I proceeded to say the television personality who visits French producers and chefs riding up on his red and white checkered tricycle. Bingo! Voilà! Loïc Ballet and his childhood friend, Elodie Charras have opened an artisanal shop selling products (condiments, wine, cheese, charcuterie, oils,…

  • Fernand PINAL (1881-1958) Le Pont du Marché à Meaux, 1913, Musée Bossuet, Meaux
    Day Trip,  Let's Explore

    Meaux, A brie(f) half hour from Paris

    You know the typical vacation questions “Got the tee-shirt” or “Got the postcard”!? Well I can say, “Got the Brie (de Meaux)”! Brie de Meaux cheese that is. Meaux is a a 25-minute train ride from Paris.Meaux, A brie(f) half hour from Paris. One hot August mid-afternoon I took a direct “P” train from Gare de l’Est to Meaux. Many of the Meldois (local residents) within the Gallo-Roman walls had left on vacation. I followed Annabel Simms‘s exact directions ....

  • Madeleine from Mulhouse with MS - TGV traveler

    Paris Accessibility Tips, Books, Museums, Boats

    Transportation tips around Paris The Paris Tourist Office/Convention Bureau has come a long way with updating their accessibility options. The “Visiting Paris with a disability” page includes restaurants, hotels, transportation, electric scooter information, cultural sites with disabled access, etc. Accessibility Agencies for Paris Helpful Blogs and Websites for Accessibility John Sage Sage Traveling Europe –  Sage Traveling was founded by John Sage, a wheelchair user who has visited more than 120 cities in Europe. Amanda Reid – Limitless Travel – UK blog Thais Trobaugh Frog & Ted ( Troubles Envahissants du Développement) French for Individual with Developmental Disabilites, others are Autistique and Epileptique. T.E.D. is also the acronym used here for Frog & Ted’s Travel in Europe Differently…

  • Looking skyward in the Passage du Grand Cerf between rue Saint-Denis and Place Goldoni in the Bonne Nouvelle neighborhood, Paris
    Guided Walks,  Seeing Paris

    Walking Tour: Off the Beaten Path in Local Neighborhoods

    Colleen’s Take Away: This is a guided walk if you want a Paris strolling moment without pressure to move quickly with April. I recommend this tour because while dodging rain drops, protected by umbrellas, April’s off the beaten track tour was the sunshine of the day. April Pett runs April in Paris Tours. We met at the base of Marianne, the emblematic sculpture of Place de la République. During our tour from 10 am to 1 pm, April intertwined historical anecdotes with her casual air of strolling along Paris streets and boulevards. April’s tour is a combination of busy and side streets. Her strong voice and smile makes it easy…

  • Flowers Arc de Triomphe Hotel Raphael La Terrasse Bar
    Food, Drink & Health,  Restaurant or Museum with view, terrace or plaza

    Hotel Raphael’s La Terrasse Bar in Paris

    I drank fresh-pressed orange juice and got tipsy from the view. Lynn, the Activities Vice President, at American Women's Group Paris, arranged a "Ladies Who Drink in the View @Hotel Raphael" visit. And we drank in the view on La Terrasse on a very bright sunny Paris day under parasols surrounded by greenery. I crossed over the chess board checkered floor to one side of the Hotel Raphael terrace bar to see the Arc de Triomphe.....

  • Wedding couple on Pont Alexandre III bridge being photographed at sunset with the Eiffel Tower in the background, girl holding veil, Paris

    Paris To-Do Checklist

    What would you add to the list of things people want to see and do in Paris? Let me know and I will share it with readers! E. Dehillerin Kitchen shop -18 and 20, rue Coquillière – 51, rue Jean- Jacques Rousseau – 75001 PARIS; Phone: +33 1 42 36 53 13 Open Monday 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2 to 6 p.m. ; Tuesday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed Sunday and holidays Deyrolle  Curiosity Shop – 46 rue du Bac 75007 Paris Tel : + 33 (0) 1 42 22 30 07 Métro : Rue du Bac Bus : 84, 63, 69, 68, 94…