• Parisien Taxi at Saint Paul with light pole and buildings in the background at the split of rue Saint-Antoine and rue de Rivoli

    How Can I Find a Paris Taxi?

    To find a taxi in the city of Paris, go to the Taxi stand with the blue sign. Once in a while you can flag down a cab. Reserve a taxi in Paris with the phone, the Web or an app on your phone or tablet. Need to be picked up, dropped off? Where are you going? How many are traveling? What day of the week is it? What's the weather like? These questions could determine the taxi tariff. Carol and three others used Taxis G7 to travel from their Marais apartment to Gare Montparnasse. They called the phone number for Taxis G7 and reserved in English. The taxi driver…

  • Printemps Christmas 2011 Chanel's creative Karl Lagerfeld in Paris
    Christmas,  Going Out

    Santa’s Christmas Workshop Is Open For Business

    What better way to kick off the holiday season, then with some holiday windows, lights, games, cartoons and a letter to Santa. The Champs-Elysées is illuminating Paris with an entirely new display along the boulevard called “Tree Rings”. The Christmas windows are lit at Galeries Lafayette in the theme of rock and roll. Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld are featured in Printemps’ windows with flight attendants, photographers and ballet dancers. Start planning your holiday sightseeing with Lots of Christmas in Paris,  the Ferris wheel, merry-go-rounds, decorated streets and the festival/carnival at the Grand Palais. The list is long for holiday fun in Paris with holiday concerts and church services , nativity…

  • Concorde Ferris Wheel, Christmas Tree, Paris 2012, Cash only for the Ferris Wheel

    Christmas Lights, Windows, the Ferris Wheel, Merry-Go-Rounds 2011

    What’s on this page: Decorated Streets (go to the bottom of the page)Department store Christmas windowsIce SkatingIlluminations (Christmas Lights)Ferris Wheel (Grande Roue)Grand Palais Jours de FêtesMerry-Go-Rounds/Carrousels and MoreChristmas Markets Other Stories: Christmas Decorations With A Paris ThemeMore Cute DecorationsWith Kids In Paris At Christmas Department store Christmas windows Galeries LafayetteEnd of first week in November  to mid-JanuaryMetro: Chaussée d’Antin PrintempsEnd of first week in November  to mid-JanuaryMetro: Havre-Caumartin Meet Santa at Printemps between December 1 and 24 between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.First level, in the Beauté-Maison building (Beauty and Home Store). Photos with Santa are available for five euros. BHV (Bazar de l’Hôtel de Ville)Begins second week in November52,…

  • Printemps Christmas Store
    Guided Walks,  Let's Explore,  Practical Info,  Shopping/FleaMarkets/Organic

    Inside Look at Paris Department Stores Tips and Visits

    10% off all of the timeReceiving a 10% discount card at three of Paris’  department stores (grands magasins) is easy. Ask at the store about this discount. This discount is immediate and different from the value added tax refund. Only two limitations are attached: 1) the date on the card and 2) the red dot (point rouge). Visit the store’s customer service desk (information or accueil). This discount is separate from your duty free discount that you validate at the airport. Guided Tour Behind the Scenes at Printemps Haussmann Guided Heritage Tours – Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann The cards for Printemps and Galeries Lafayette are valid for one year (January to December). Le Bon…

  • Poster Des Jouets et des hommes, RMN/Grand Palais Paris until January 23, 2012
    Museum exhibitions

    Any Age Enjoys a Good Toy at the Grand Palais

    “Des Jouets et des homes” (Of Toys and Men) at the Grand Palais in Paris presents a history of toys in the Western world and spotlights their importance in children’s education right from birth” until January 23, 2012. Influences Boys had the neatest things to play with growing up. Coming from a family of girls, the closest we got to toys outside the realm of dolls was exploring the woods around our house, making up adventure or mystery stories and building forts. We were lucky. The “Of Toys and Men” exhibit, shows how much toys are a defining influence in early childhood development. The exhibits are thematic, not chronological. The…

  • Aquarium-Trocadero-Cineaqua - man with baby in front of window
    Events and Trade Shows

    Paris Activities for Summer

    Some items in this post are out of date, others still happen in Paris. Check links for updates. This is a good portion of my Summer Newsletter which contains information about dates and activities for the Paris 2011 summer. The summer Festival de Saint-Denis , takes place in June and July. The entire program is shown on their home page. Click on “Voir le Détail” for information about each concert in French and English. Listen to an extrait of Charpentier’s Te Deum, which opens the 2011 program 8:30 p.m. at the Basilica. Some concerts are in the Basilica and some in the Légion d’Honneur. For ticket prices, click on “Bulletin…