Monthly Archives: July 2011

Entrée gratuite

While the Musée d’Orsay is undergoing renovations, there is a free exhibit at the Mairie de Paris (City Hall) of many of the works that celebrate Paris. The exhibit, Paris au temps des Impressionistes, runs until the end of July.  … Continue reading

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Merci mille fois

Merci is a fun and funky concept store at 111 boulevard Beaumarchais on the edge of the Marais neighborhood of Paris. The profits are given to a charity that supports needy children in Madagascar. Many of the suppliers have also … Continue reading

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Prolongation

I was delighted this week to see that twin exhibits at the Pinacotheque de Paris were in prolongation (prolongahseeohn), in other words, the show was held-over to a later date.  The four-year-old art museum of the city of Paris has … Continue reading

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Paris Plages

Why does Paris exist ? The Seine. It’s no accident that every major city your can probably think of is next to a body of water. An abundant source of water for daily life and transportation has always been absolutely essential.  … Continue reading

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Je pense, donc je suis

Saint-Germain-des-Prés is the oldest church in Paris. It was built by the Merovingian king Childebert in the 6th century to house what was believed to be a fragment of the true cross. The word prés (pray) means “field.” If you … Continue reading

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L’embarass de choix

Recently, I’ve written about Café de Flore and Les Deux Magots. The third big café on the Boulevard Saint-Germain-des-Prés is Brasserie Lipp. It has been in business since 1880 when Léonard Lipp moved to Paris from Alsace after France lost … Continue reading

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Magot

Recently, I wrote about Le Café de Flore and Le Petit Zinc in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighborhood of Paris. Another big-name café is Les Deux Magots. A magot (magoh) is a slang term for a hoard of money. The name comes … Continue reading

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