• Photo of lecturer Edith during Coco Chanel lecture
    History,  Seeing Paris

    Roaring Twenties Paris with Edith

    Often it is the Expats who write Paris blogs. Now you can get the true French stories directly from a Parisienne's pen. Her pen name "Edith" comes from Edith Piaf. Both women were born on the same rue de Belleville street, although as Edith says on her Edith's Paris blog, they are not of the same vintage....

  • The gardien ending his day at Square Louis XIII - Place des Vosges in the 4th arrondissement of Paris walking toward the statue.
    History,  Neighborhoods

    Paris Parks begin Winter Hours

    Walking through Square Louis XIII (also known as Place des Vosges), my short cut route was cut short. The route became the long way around! The corner where I usually exit was already locked! And then I heard a hint of why."Le square ferme. Mesdames, Messieurs et Mesdemoiselles*, le square ferme," he called out. To my surprise the 7:30 pm closing time was no longer; it was now 5:45 pm! The majority of Paris park changed to winter time when the clocks fell back an hour. ...

  • Lady walking in front of the poster for Viollet le Duc exhibit at Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine
    History,  Museum exhibitions

    Exhibit: Viollet-le-Duc, Visions of an Architect

    Viollet-le-Duc renovated the crumbling walls and put his imprint on about one hundred French monuments, including Vézelay, Pierrefonds, Notre-Dame de Paris, Carcassonne, Saint-Sernin. At la Cité de l’architecture & du patrimoine until March 9, 2015, all of the signage and labels are in French and English. An opportunity for the public to see for the first time a considerable quantity of newly acquired graphic drawings and writing and relate to the public the various facets of this temperamental artist. This retrospective exhibit celebrates the two hundredth anniversary of his birth.

  • 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.

  • Horse pulling cart with workers at Guédelon
    Children and Teens,  History,  Travel Destinations,  Videos

    Guédelon is About Building a Fortified Castle

    We headed down for a weekend visit with friends in Ravière. On the way, between Burgundy and the Loire Valley lies the region of Guédelon (gay-de-lone), “a land full of tastes, color, culture and literature, history and memories.” We had visited Saint-Amand-en-Puisaye and the pottery museum a few years ago. This time, I found there is more to this region for families and even adults without children than I never knew existed. A place my husband always wanted to visit was the building site of Guédelon. Often when visiting fortified castles, they have been standing since the thirteenth century in various shades of disrepair or renovation. If you have never seen…

  • History,  Life in Paris & France,  Videos

    Paris Hôtel de Ville Guided Visit

    Visit Paris city hall in French. Weekly visits are available for thirty individuals. It is recommended to sign up at least two months in advance. During the summer, visits are held twice a week. More information is available at Salon d'Accueil, 29 rue de Rivoli (4° arrondissement) from Monday to Saturday, 10 am to 7 pm. Their phone number is +33142764343.

  • Palais-Royal The Little Canon & Tulips in the sunshine
    History,  Life in Paris & France

    The Little Canon in Paris

    At the Palais-Royal gardens, while enjoying the spring magnolias and narcissus one cloudy, chilly Spring day in March, I noticed a little canon perched on a pedestal on the grass. The sign said that since 1990 it was once again functioning, firing at noon every day. I believed the sign!.........

  • Paris to the Pyrenees book on my library shelf with Paris, Paris Journey to the City of Lights in the background by David Downie
    Book Reviews,  Books & Guides & Writing,  History

    Book Review: Paris to the Pyrenées, A Skeptic Pilgrim Walks the Way of Saint James

    David Downie’s latest entertaining memoir, “Paris to the Pyrenées, a skeptic pilgrim walks the way of Saint James” is a series of vignettes. The book is multipurpose whose words constantly upturned my lips into a smile or a smirk. They are the stories of his walk across France. It is also a guidebook along a segment of a trail steeped in history. It is a memoir of a skeptic pilgrim’s path to self-help along the Route of Saint James. When your body is falling apart, why not have a personal quest to possess France by walking across it! ….