• Image of Man taking selfie at Louvre Pyramid
    Let's Explore,  Neighborhoods

    Springtime Silence in Paris for 55 Days

    It is time to turn the page on Chapter 2020. Who would have guessed that one would feel a bit nostalgic for the Paris Springtime in 2020!? All of the ups and downs and changes during the Springtime in Paris lockdown from total confinement to mostly open for summer and back to partially open; having to differentiate between what is essential (food) and non-essential (books) and back to semi-partial of partial and curfews. Aiiieee!! A Nostalgic Period? One Parisian confinement period stands out among all the rest of 2020. Between March 15 and May 11, 2020 Paris went silent.

  • poster for December 31 Jean-Michel Jarre virtual reality at Notre-Dame de paris
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    Notre-Dame de Paris and Jean-Michel Jarre

    A virtual, free concert at Notre-Dame de Paris is taking place on December 31. The electronic music artist, Jean-Michel Jarre, has prepared an out-of-the ordinary concert. The 45-minute concert is direct from his Paris studio while at the same time an avatar plays from the interior of the virtually reconstituted cathedral. The concert takes place December 31 between 11:25 pm and 12:15 a.m. (CET/Paris time). You can listen online, television, or radio. How to listen to the concert Anyone equipped with a Virtual Reality (VR) helmet or in 2D on your computer, tablet or smartphone. Connect with Réalité Virtuelle on its VR social platform VRchat. Direct online at Paris.fr and…

  • Image of carrousel and Hôtel de Ville in the background for Christmas
    Let's Explore,  Seeing Paris

    Blue Velvet Christmas in Paris

    Three Paris monuments are wearing Blue Velvet this year. La Ville de Paris theme this year is “Paris Scintille” (Paris sparkles). Until January 3, Paris sparkles with white drops of light dripping down the façade of the Hôtel de Ville (City hall) and the Luxor Obelisk on Place de la Concorde. The Bastille Colonne de Juillet (July column) has no white drops but was my first dramatic glimpse of the blue velvet. What You Will See The Hôtel de Ville plaza is an illuminated, enchanted, fairy-tale forest with two free merry-go-rounds, including a double-decker. There are wood chalet kiosks with various treats. One kiosk is selling spiced wine, pretzels, waffles,…

  • Galeries Lafayette Christmas decorations customers on the plank
    Christmas,  Going Out

    Noël Voyage in Paris

    Paris Sparkles during the Holidays. Take a Paris Voyage with Colleen's Paris on small street of the Bastille, the department store decorations and rooftops, watch the lights come up on the Champs-Elysées and see Avenue Montaigne lit up, a carrousel in the Tuileries Garden and be mystified at the blue velvet column of the Bastille. 

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    Let's Explore,  Seeing Paris

    Paris: Shopping for Essentials – Who decides?

    Thinking about the holiday shopping ahead? France is working through a vocabulary issue: what is considered essential shopping and what is non-essential? On the morning breakfast show, Télématin, Gabriel Atal, a government spokesperson, said it was unfortunate the government chose the legal form of the word, essential. In other words, deciding what is or is not essential is very controversial. Small businesses are hurting in November Monoprix, a mini-department store (grocery, household, parapharmacy, clothing, toiletries, etc.) was fully open during the first 55-day lockdown. This time, to be in solidarity with the small business, certain departments are cordoned off: books for example. However, magazines are sold because the magazine kiosks and…

  • image of Jewish rabbi cookies Thierry Heil guided walks
    Let's Explore

    Paris: Marais and the Louvre Concerts Virtually

    Feeling like a walk through the Marais, visiting famous Paris restaurants or listening to a concert at the Louvre while staying cozy at home with a glass of French wine? If so, then save these dates: Louvre Concerts November 10 and 12; The Jewish Marais November 18; Famous Parisian Restaurants December 3.

  • Chess players near l'Orangerie greenhouse at Luxembourg Gardens
    Guided Walks,  Let's Explore

    Le Jardin du Luxembourg: Live or Virtual Visit

    Feeling like taking a walk through a garden today? I have a recommendation. ​On a sunny mid-October morning, I ​visited the Luxembourg Gardens live and virtually while testing a guided tour application. ​ Gary Kraut's Luxembourg Gardens​ ​tour ​began at the kiosk on one side of the Sénat and ended on the other side. The GPS and phone camera helped me stay on the path and Gary’s easy-to- follow instructions and his map guided me physically. Simultaneously following the tour and taking photographs, I needed that GPS, 15-second rewind and camera to get me easily back on track.

  • Poster for the exhibition Man Ray et la Mode Musée du Luxembourg
    Let's Explore,  Photography-Art

    Man Ray: Fashion Photographer

    Before there was Helmut Newton or Richard Avedon, there was Man Ray. From a fashion perspective and as fashion photographer, Musée du Luxembourg explores the body of Man Ray's fashion work. In the display cases, this exhibit follows his Parisian fashion trail with gowns featured in the Harper’s Bazaar magazine. I highly recommend downloading the Musée du Luxembourg audio guide to explore the exhibit virtually. Even after the exhibit closes, the audioguide remains active. Some images from my visit are below the videos. You begin with his early surrealist works and move quickly into his work with, photographer, Lee Miller...keep reading

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    Photography-Art,  Seeing Paris

    Bright Colors: Paris Evening Lights

    A week after seeing a part of Paris in black and white, it was time to focus on bright colors. Along the way, I recalled other ways to view the evening light in reflections and patterns. I was one of seven photographers who followed a spontaneous route from the Metro Temple along Rue de Turbigo, off and on Rue du Temple, toward Arts et Métiers (museum), rue du Renard (fox) down to l'Hotel de Ville and the Pont d'Arcole. On the bridge....