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Cafe de la Paix

Retail Therapy: How Would You Spend €1,000 in Paris?

Pirouetting straight to the point, I’ve always dreamed of becoming a prima donna in a bigwig corps de ballet (not said in a Zelda Fitzgerald sort of way!). So I’ve choreographed a decadent day...

My Life in Paris: When the Hurly-Burly’s Done

Upon my arrival in the decades-old beauty shop on Rue Tronchet there’s a great hush, followed by exchanges of sideways glances. One of the coiffeurs spots me. “Oh, la la,” his lips curl, as...
jewellery craftsman Didier Guillemain

Parisian Walkways: Passage du Grand-Cerf

“Come, lovers of Paris, come to Passage Brady all filled with furs, to Passage du Grand-Cerf dressed in its delicate lace of ironwork, to Passage Sainte-Anne, whose guardian is a cat, to Passage du...
L'Inconnu restaurant

Restaurant L’Inconnu: Innovative Dining in Paris

I recently had the pleasure of dining at one of the most promising new restaurants in Paris. L’Inconnu opened its doors in November 2015 in the heart of the 7th arrondissement in Paris. From Japan...
La Dernière Goutte

La Dernière Goutte: A Wine Lover’s Gem in Paris

While in Paris, my family and I participated in a group wine-tasting class (taught in English) at La Dernière Goutte, a charming wine boutique in Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Seated in the stone-walled back room wine cave...
Dining room at Mensae

Where to Eat Now in Paris: Mensae in Belleville

Birthplace of French icons Edith Piaf and Maurice Chevalier, the Belleville neighbourhood of Paris has been a quartier populaire (working-class district) ever since it was fully urbanised in the middle of the 19th century....
Florian and Michael Quistrebert’s Light of the Light at the Palais de Tokyo

Why Go Now: The Palais de Tokyo in Paris

Allow me to suggest a trip off the beaten path. If you are already a fan of the Palais de Tokyo, it will need no introduction. If you have never visited, let me share...

Visit Le Paraïs, the Provençal Home of Famous French Writer Jean Giono

Le Paraïs, the home of writer Jean Giono in Manosque, is open only on Friday afternoons and only by appointment. Don’t let this deter you, for this is both a Provençal haven and a...
courtesy of Shang Palace, Shangri-La Hotel, Paris

Best Chinese Restaurants in Paris: Shang Palace at the Shangri-La

Asian restaurants in Paris followed a different evolution from those in London or New York, because many of the Asians who immigrated to France during and after the wars that shook the country’s former...
Roman Days in the Arena

Why Nîmes is the Best Spot in France for History Lovers

France has so many amazing places to visit it's hard to decide where to start. If you're a Roman history buff, you must visit Nîmes. Nîmes is a city where you can see, touch and...