• Paris snow December 9, 2010, Genie of liberty, Bastille
    Let's Explore,  Seeing Paris

    December Snow Storm In Paris

    Paris was paralyzed on December 9, 2010. Small trucks at Place Pigalle were spinning their tires. Men had to get out and push them through the stop lights. The roads were full of ice. The buses could not move because the cars could not move. The city was falling apart! The finger pointing started almost immediately. The debates were in full swing on radio and television whether or not Metéo France had given sufficient warnings (they had)! Television weather people were interviewed about their presentations. Aeroports de Paris (ADP) had to refute the claim of unpreparedness. Ile-de-France was being attacked by giant snow flakes! The snow arrived during late morning…

  • Mozart Place des Vosges Fete de la Musique
    Archive,  Events and Trade Shows,  Going Out

    Fête de la Musique: Bastille and Marais

    The first day of summer in Paris changed in 1982. The Fête de la Musique was born. After 29 years, the event does not show a wrinkle; it gets better with time. June 21 is a Monday in 2010. The streets are not as packed as when the date falls on a weekend. Rue Saint-Sabin, however, is jamming with a DJ and we are forced to reach Boulevard Richard-Lenoir via rue Sedaine. Any of our detours are not a problem because music is on practically every street in the neighborhood. When you visit Paris on June 21, you can try to get into the events at Palais-Royal, Musée d’Orsay or…

  • Henri IV statue on Pont Neuf in Paris
    Life in Paris & France,  Videos

    A Paris Friday Night in May

    On the streets of Paris, you can have a plan but always be ready for the unplanned. On this Friday night, a statue lighting event led to crossing paths with feet moving faster than mine and the search for perfection with small, tedious retakes on a movie set. I wanted to go out Friday to see a lighting ceremony and fire works on the Pont Neuf bridge in Paris. It was a lighting ceremony of Henri IV’s statue. The king was a major source of new building and architectural style in the 1500s (think Place des Vosges where he built a his and hers palace).

  • Transportation

    Métro platform doors on Line 1

    Between April 12 to June 15, 2010 and the hours 10 p.m. and approximately 5:30 a.m., service will be interrupted on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday between Châtelet and Nation.  Service will be normal on Friday and Saturday nights. Use connections on other lines for Châtelet, Hôtel de Ville, Saint Paul, Bastille, Gare de Lyon, Reuilly-Diderot, and Nation. The Bastille Line 1 station will be closed completely June 11-13. RATP is installing automatic doors on the platforms. The line will be completely automatic, including no driver, by 2012. Take a ride on Line 14 as an example. Plans call for the entire Paris Métro system to be modernized by…