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  • Taste of Paris 2016 poster
    Events and Trade Shows,  Food, Drink & Health

    A Satisfying Taste of Paris

    Taste festivals came to Paris for the second time between February 11 and 14, 2016. I was at Taste of Paris under the nave of the Grand Palais today. Here is what you will find if you have tickets: Food experiments for purchase, some free tastings and a fun atmosphere. If you go early when they open at 11 am until about 12:30, there is a line outside that moves quickly and not long lines inside. If you arrive about 2:30 pm there is no line outside, but long lines inside for each food booth. We bought the basic entry ticket and purchased....

  • Poster for Aiguille en fete the needlework trade show with studios
    Events and Trade Shows,  Life in Paris & France,  Museum exhibitions

    Needlework Fair (Aiguille en Fête) February

    It’s that time again for speed knitting, home spun yarn, lace, all sorts of needle craft, buttons, ribbons, patchwork, fabric, needles, hooks, threads, and sewing machines at Aiguille en Fête, February 4-7, 2016. This is the annual needlework trade show with studios, workshops and lots of color! Porte de Versailles, Paris and 250 exhibitors from around the world (list in the Aiguille en Fête catalog page). Special exhibition 2016 is Tréors Mayas (Mayan Treasures), a tradition of needlework for three thousand years. The trade show has an agenda of special needlework events and exhibitions. For you speed knitters, the 2015 results are documented. Catherine Bouënard has held the winning tricot…

  • Sam Elwiin as Jordan, Lilac Yosiphon as Hannah cast and crew for There's No Place Like, Café du Theatre, Paris France
    Archive,  Going Out,  Theater-Cinema-Music

    There’s No Place Like – Brings back Memories

    Last night I enjoyed the play, "There's No Place Like" at Café du Theatre. Two shows tonight, January 21 (7:30 pm and 9:30 pm - Reservations through the café at 01 42 06 33 37). I heard many familiar memories from my own past. If you are or have been an expat from any country, hoped for a visa, wanted a foreign passport, wished you could move and claim a new country as home, were ready to work hard and faced government rejection....

  • 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.…

  • poster for There's no place like play by Lilac Yosiphon
    Archive,  Theater-Cinema-Music

    “There’s No Place Like” – West End Theatre Comes to Paris

    "There's No Place Like" is a one-hour play (in English) at Café du Theatre Wednesday, January 20 (7:30 pm) and Thursday, January 21 (7:30 pm and 9:30 pm). Reserve your tickets (seven euros): altheatheatre@gmail.com. The play, a hit at the May 2015 Brighton Fringe Festival comes to Paris from London's West End and The Arts Theatre. Lilac Yosiphon's English play is about longing, belonging and immigration. Story: "Hannah was a teacher before she moved to the UK

  • 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,…