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  • Workers in the Canal Saint Martin pumping out the water
    Events and Trade Shows,  Life in Paris & France

    Paris Canal Saint Martin is “unemployed”

    Every fifteen years, Paris undertakes the cleaning of Canal Saint-Martin. In river vocabulary, “Chomage” is the process of completely emptying and cleaning a canal. The last “chomage (unemployment)” was fourteen years ago. Was I in Paris or flying across the Atlantic? Not wanting to rely on memory, I grabbed the camera. The sky was blue as I headed from the Bastille where the canal disappears under the promenade along Boulevard Richard Lenoir to République where it once again resurfaces. The Saint Martin Canal is one of Napoleon the first’s projects to provide drinking water to Paris. Construction began in 1805 and it opened in 1825. As I exited the metro…

  • Plaque to victims of 2015 attacks Republique Monument in Paris with posters, notices, lost child, candles and flowers in Paris France
    Events and Trade Shows,  Life in Paris & France

    Paris Attack’s Discreet Memorial

    On my way to Canal Saint Martin, I exited the metro République by the north exit on the Esplanade André Tollet. I was met by one of the new plaques to the memory of the January and November victims in Paris, Montrouge and Saint-Denis. The Mayor, Anne Hidalgo, unveiled the Paris attacks memorial plaque January 10, 2016. A small grouping of memorials, candles and flowers decorate this small plot discreetly placed away from the plaza center. The notes, candles, notices of opinion or even a plea for information for a lost sixteen-year old boy cover the main République monument below the bronze statue of Marianne, which symbolizes the French Republic.…

  • Friday, November 20, a week after the Paris attacks. The Eiffel Tower is specially lit in red, white and blue until November 25
    Events and Trade Shows,  Life in Paris & France,  Photography-Art

    Paris Scenes – A Rainy November Night

    A week after the Paris attacks I went out to see if anyone else was out. Along the Champs-Elysées the cars were moving along as usual, the Ferris wheel was turning. They switched on the lights along the avenue a day later than planned. Not many wandered the the Village de Noël Christmas market lanes and sidewalks. Walking toward the Seine, Dior along the Avenue Montaigne had the most spectacular decoration among illuminated trees. Catching the bus from Alma-Marceau to Trocadéro, the Eiffel Tower ...

  • Maternal Tenderness (1786) Salon 1787 one of three paintings shown at the salon exulting the joys of motherhood, reflecting the new spirit of the time, fashionable to express sentimentalism.
    Events and Trade Shows,  Museum exhibitions

    Vigée Le Brun Retrospective at Grand Palais

    “Only in painting have I found happiness” ... Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun. This is the first French retrospective for this portraitist. One hundred fifty-nine works are on view until January 11, 2016 at the Grand Palais. You will be mesmerized by the moist, glinting eyes that look at you. One of the best times to visit avoiding lines and crowds is Friday around 5:30 pm. In her portraits, I see an artist who painted impressionism, fashion, motherly tenderness and narrative art. Although not the first to paint teeth showing or expressive eyes, Madame Le Brun did have an expressive talent for naturalness. For her education....

  • Willie's Cacao Salon du Chocolat 2015
    Events and Trade Shows,  Food, Drink & Health,  Museum exhibitions

    Global Chocolate at Paris Salon du Chocolat

    On opening day, I entered the Salon du Chocolat while the afternoon sun was shining. The colorful packaging struck my eyes brightly! Entering the trade show on the second level, I was swept up globally and landed in Brazil. After doing a tasting I bought three squares of various Brazilian chocolates from Mendoá: café, ginger and 80% with cocoa feves with in my first ten minutes on site. I had to watch that my cravings did not get near my purse... My taste buds were set to seek out the unusual in this year's Salon du Chocolat. By the time I left this vast array of packaging three hours later,…

  • Valentino pre-show invitees, Tuileries Ephémère, Paris
    Events and Trade Shows,  Museum exhibitions,  Photography-Art

    Paris Fashion Week Different Views

    When you live in Paris, it seems that every couple of months they are speaking about "Fashion Week". The three reasons for this are: Haute Couture, Ready to Wear and Men’s Fashions. Two more reasons are Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter.Paris Fashion Week happens so often need to keep up with the schedule from Mode à Paris (Fédération Française de la Couture du Prêt-à-Porter des Couturiers et des Créateurs de Mode). Find out when and how ...The Mode à Paris calendar drops hints....

  • Patrouille de France (Alpha Jet)
    Events and Trade Shows

    Visiting the Paris Air Show – Le Bourget

    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

  • The hashtag for Foire de Paris (or in French "mot-dièse)
    Accessibility,  Events and Trade Shows,  Life in Paris & France

    Best of Foire de Paris 2015

    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.

  • Nicolas Appert street sign Charlie Hebdo offices
    Events and Trade Shows,  History

    Ironies in Paris-Rue Nicolas Appert, a New History

    Street names in Paris are one way to discover the history of France. With over 5,000 streets, avenues, boulevards, cul-de-sacs and dead ends the name of the street often has a simply-phrased history beneath the name. An example is rue Nicolas Appert in the eleventh arrondissement. Nicolas Appert, a French confectioner who made pastries and candies, invented the method for conserving food in a tin can and lived between 1749 and 1841. Direct Matin is one of the free metro newspapers in France. They have a section called "Pourquoi..." ... about Nicolas Appert's invention.