• Charles Pigeon, Montparnasse Cemetery, inventor non-exploding gas lamp
    Cemeteries,  Let's Explore

    Find A Famous Grave In Paris Cemeteries

    Interested in practicing your French? The City of Paris organizes a tour of the cemetery Père Lachaise (the confessor to Louis XIV) for about six euros (entry to the cemetery is free) every Saturday at 2:30 p.m. between April 1 and November 30. The tour is a timeless promenade that evokes memories of numerous celebrities and legendary figures laid to rest among the greenery of this park. Who is buried at this cemetery, which, thanks to a good marketing strategy attracted new customers? Père Lachaise is the largest green space in the capital, 44 hectares (108 acres), 5,300 trees and is a refuge of biodiversity. The tombs of Marcel Proust,…

  • View from Eiffel Tower overlooking Quai Branly museum
    Seeing Paris

    Paris Seen From Above

    Give your eyes wings and let them fly over Paris. Let the documentarian, Yann Arthus-Bertrand take you swirling over the rooftops, into the shadows, and across the landscape of the City of Light. The video is an exclusive from the Paris Mayor’s office (Mairie de Paris). If it has been a while since you have been to Paris, after watching this video, the airlines should have a spike in traffic! The photographer, reporter and documentarian is already known for his latest film, “Home” and for his book, “Paris from Above” (Paris vu du Ciel). You will recognize Mr. Arthus-Bertrand’s handiwork from his other popular book and film projects “Earth from…

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    Events and Trade Shows

    Follow Up To Paris Treasure Hunt

    The Paris “La Chasse aux trésors” happened in July (annual Treasure Hunt). Now, having participated in this annual event, I want to prepare all Paris visitors for the next one. If any of the links in this entry stop working, visit the Mairie de Paris website in early June next year for information. They translate this event into English within their French website pages. The game has numerous pluses: It is fun, it is suspenseful, it is informative, it could become a shopping moment in stores you never thought of entering, and it brings out the team spirit of the players. Of course, Paris or “paname“, is a slang name…

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    Communications

    Paris WiFi Hotspots

      While in Paris consider using free Wi-Fi (pronounced weefee) if your hotel does not provide the service. Or what if you want to look something up while waiting for a bus while in Paris? Who wants to pay roaming charges?! The city of Paris provides free Wi-Fi at various locations. You can find the service at some restaurants and cafés and fast food outlets. Wi-Fi App To find a Wi-Fi hotspot, download an application for your phone. If you walk around Paris with your laptop open all of the time, you might miss some of the sights! Search for wif finders in the iTunes store (free). It is listed…

  • Official poster for the Paris Treasure Hunt 2010
    Events and Trade Shows

    Paris Treasure Hunt or La Chasse aux trésors 2010

    Every now and then I see people, often in groups, wandering around Paris as if on a treasure hunt. It turns out they are on a treasure hunt! July 3 is the next hunt for the eternal roses. “La Chasse aux trésors – de Paris” is coordinated with the Mayor of Paris’ office. It is a game complete with rules and prizes. The hunt begins between 10 a.m. an 1 p.m. and ends promptly at 3:30 p.m. It begins in front of the city halls for the following arrondissements: 3, 6, 9, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20 and Saint Ouen. How do you find a city hall? If you…

  • 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).