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  • 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

  • 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…

  • cover of Rosemary Flannery's Angels of Paris Architectural Tour through the history of Paris
    Book Reviews,  History,  Seeing Paris,  Videos

    Rosemary Flannery’s Angels of Paris

    How do you view Paris? With an angel on her shoulder, Rosemary Flannery views Paris through angel eyes. Rosemary is the author of the book, "Angels of Paris, an Architectural Tour through the History of Paris". Rosemary wrote the text and took the photos, even if it included carrying a ladder around to get the best angle of an angel. I only recently discovered this book, a little slow on my part, but that shows the timelessness of a subject that dates back....

  • 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.…

  • 2 posters for Qui a Peur des femmes photographes and Splendeurs et Misères
    Museum exhibitions,  Museums,  Photography-Art

    A Century of Working Women-3 Paris Exhibits

    Constrained by social norms or cultural tradition, women working outside the home in the mid to late 1800s walked a fine line when wanting to earn a living. Three Paris exhibitions follow the working life of women for almost a century from 1839 to 1945. All three are exploring subjects assembled for the first time. "Qui a peur des femmes photographes" (until January 24, 2016) is the first gender-based exhibition in France and "Splendeurs et Misères, Images de la prostitution 1850-1910" (until January 17, 2016) "Splendeurs..." is the first time a museum is dedicating an entire exhibition to prostitution. Within this article you will find a synopsis of the three…