Monthly Archives: July 2011

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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Qui a bu boira

During my first trip to Paris, I stayed in a hotel right across from the Café de Flore on Saint Germain-des-Prés, one of the mythic literary cafés in Paris. The café dates to 1887 and quickly became THE literary hangout. … Continue reading

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Prêt-à-porter

Today I saw the Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Exhibit at the Fondation Pierre Bergé Yves Saint Laurent in Paris. I must admit that after having seen the huge YSL retrospective at the Petit Palais last year, this show was … Continue reading

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Malgré les apparences

Le Petit Zinc is a charming little brasserie (a relaxed but upscale restaurant) in the 6th Arrondissement of Paris. You’ll find it on 11, rue St-Benoit and it’s open seven days a week from noon until midnight. I love the … Continue reading

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Comme on connaît ses saints, on les honore

Saint-Sulpice is just a stroll from my summer home in the Luxembourg Gardens. It is the second largest church in Paris. The present church was built in the 17th century over the foundations of an earlier Romanesque building. The construction … Continue reading

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Vide poche

One of the pleasures of Paris is constantly discovering new places, even in areas I thought I knew. Today, my discovery was Tumbleweed: artisant d’art ludique (ludique means amusing) on 19, rue de Turenne in the Marais district. The owner, … Continue reading

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Bonne renommée vaut mieux que ceinture dorée

Today I went to the Madame Grès exhibit at the Musée Bourdelle in Paris. The permanent collection at the museum is the sculptures of Antoine Bourdelle. Mme. Grès said, “Je voulais être sculpteur. Pour moi, c’est la même chose de … Continue reading

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