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  • BHV/Marais in a map of the Marais designated a tourist shopping zone. With the Loi Macron, it is the only department store with permission to remain open on all Sundays throughout the year
    Life in Paris & France,  Politics

    BHV and Other July Changes in Paris

    Every July 1, new legislation and modification to daily routines take effect. This year, the changes include plastic bags, polluting vehicles, contraception, Sunday shopping hours …. These are some of the main changes for 2016 gleaned from Direct Matin . Beginning July 3, BHV/Marais (part of the Galeries Lafayette group) is the first Paris department to open on Sundays as a result of the Loi Macron (Minister of the Economy, Emmanuel Macron) ...

  • Take a train to Champagne sur Seine and bike to Moret sur Loing http://www.ville-moret-sur-loing.fr
    Seeing Paris,  Transportation,  Travel Destinations

    Sightseeing Using Trains in Île-de-France

    Exploring nature, art or history in the Greater Paris area just got easier. The simple search words “impressionists transilien and bike” in a search engine, points directly to the correct and simple-to-use new page “Sightseeing with Transilien . While searching transportation information on the Chantilly Racecourse, I found an interesting Australian website: Rome2Rio. They provide info on TER, RER, taxi, car, etc. The SNCF radio pop-up window starts playing to put you in the mood. If you hold a monthly or annual Navigo pass visit Use Navigo for Weekend and Holiday Advantages if you want to tour in zones 1 through 5 around Paris. Then take your pass and enjoy some of these…

  • Two angels and a pigeon - all have wings - Angel holding a caduceus, Mercury's emblem for commerce and negotiation; palm leaves behind the cherubs symbolize victory Hôtel de Soubise, Paris
    Guided Walks,  History

    Angels of Paris Tour Marais

    Scattered around the third and fourth arrondissements of Paris are sculpted angels on buildings. The buildings range in century ages from 1400s to 1600s to 1700s to 1800s to the early 1900s. After 1914, the angels become living relics of the past yet still enjoyable...

  • Accessibility,  Events and Trade Shows

    Walk and Roll Event-100 Trains for Ataxia

    May 8 is the Paris date for the 100 Trains for Ataxia. This global event, an "accessible walk”, is taking place along the Promenade Plantée (Coulée verte René-Dumont). Iain McGeachin, organizer and participant, wrote to me about the event, one of a series of 17 similar walks taking place in major European cities. Due to Ian's own physical limitations with Ataxia, ....

  • Cover of Que Choisir consumer magazine March 2016
    Life in Paris & France,  Shopping

    Que Choisir Tests Beauty Ingredients

    News in France spreads like wild fire! Whether it is word of mouth or the morning news on Télématin, I have found either all of the white vinegar is gone because of its cleaning properties, my hair color disappears because of a sale or the beauty products we use may have nasty ingredients. My father-in-law bought the latest Que Choisir. Its article on Hygiène et Beauté (Hygiene and Beauty) was soon all over the news. Que Choisir is a consumer magazine in France, similar to Consumer Reports in the United States. They recently tested ....

  • Foreign language books on a table in my library
    Language,  Life in Paris & France

    Colleen’s Paris in Top Paris Blogs

    The Canadian company, Languages Abroad organizes language immersion trips for students and adults. They paid me a compliment recently by naming Colleen's Paris one of the "Top 9 Paris Blogs". I guess it was hard to find ten. :-) They contacted me via Twitter (@colleensparis): "We'd love to write a feature on your blog...". I like considering writing and photo contributions to Colleen's Paris ... Read more

  • Children running in the Tuileries Garden, Paris, Autumn
    Children and Teens,  Language

    A Day with Children in Paris

    Eiffel Tower and Batobus Visit Invalides and the Army Museum Things to do with children who speak French Having fun with children in Paris Travel to Paris with the eyes of a child. Hopefully, you have visited the city before so you can begin to think along those lines. You might bring your own children; we rent ours by the week (friends and family, of course!) One of the beauties of bringing children to Paris is the new view — seeing it through their eyes. Come take a springtime visit with us in Paris. Daisy de Plume, founder of ThatLou (your Paris must-do treasure hunts in the Louvre and Musée d’Orsay) wrote a…

  • Even the kids get into the cooking class action http://paris.tastefestivals.com/animations/ Taste of Paris Grand Palais
    Children and Teens,  Children French Activities,  Language

    Children Activities in French in Paris

    Many expatriates with children/nieces/nephews/grandchildren live in Paris either long or short term. At an activity I attended the other day, a mother asked me: " How do I find things for my children to do, work on their French language and have fun in Paris?" The more I searched, the more I kept finding more information. I knew I had some things on my website, but the amount of information keeps growing. I knew of Que Faire à Paris, and then I found out about.... Read more