• Ferris Wheel at Place de la Concorde in Christmas holidays Champs Elysees
    Christmas,  Events

    Champs-Elysées Lights Up

    The plans for the actress Melanié Laurent to light up the Champs-Elysées at 6 p.m., November 22, 2010, was on “French Time”. They threw the switch at 6:20 p.m. After rushing out of the metro stop, Clemenceau, thinking that I had missed it all, in a blink of an eye, the dark trees began dripping their energy-efficient drops of light through the leaves. The lights cost about one million euros and are financed by the merchants, commercial sponsors and the city of Paris. The city, having its own financial difficulties, reduced its share this year. The Holiday lights on the Champs-Elysées are lighting the 2.2 kilometer avenue and 415 trees.…

  • Macarons from Au Levain de Marais, Boulevard Beaumarchais
    Chocolate, Sweets & Bakeries,  Food, Drink & Health

    Best Macarons in Town

    Some of my favorites: Benoit Chocolats Website available in English 75, rue Saint-Antoine, 75004 Telephone: 01 49 96 52 02 Metro: Saint-Paul Au Levain du Marais 28 Blvd. Beaumarchais 75011 Paris Telephone: 01 48 05 17 14 Open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Closed Tuesday and Wednesday Metro: Bastille or Chemin Vert Also excellent baguette tradition (crusty and airy) Ladurée Bonaparte 21 rue Bonaparte – 75006 Paris Telephone: 01 44 07 64 87 My recommendation: An afternoon rest at Ladurée Bonaporte for two or three people would consist of four mini macarons (try the violet-black currant, the fleur d’oranger, caramel and pistachio) and share a pot of tea (Marie Antoinette…

  • Paris Christmas Ferris Wheel
    Christmas,  Events

    Paris Christmas Events

    The following list will help you enjoy Christmas events in and around Paris beginning in November: Concorde, Tuileries Ferris Wheel Place de la Concorde Ice Skating: Parvis de l’Hôtel de Ville (plaza in front of city hall) Christmas windows Nativity ScenesSaint-Vincent de Paul church – close to the gare du Nord 5, rue de Belzunce 75010 PARIS December 18, 2010 to January 6, 2011 Eglise Saint-Georges-de-la-Villette 112, avenue Simon-Bolivar 75019 Paris Metro: Bolivar Basilique du Sacré-Coeur, Montmartre December 2010 Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral, Paris Christmas crèche at the Notre-Dame de Lorette church Eglise Notre-Dame de Lorette 18bis, rue de Châteaudun 75009 PARIS Metro: Notre-Dame de Lorette Notre-Dame du Perpétuel Secours…

  • Leaves changing inside the Hotel Sully garden
    Weather and seasons

    A Paris Indian Summer

    It is warm, it is beautiful. Hard to stay inside and not enjoy the wildly bright colors. The annual glory of color shines inside the courtyard of Hotel Sully, the Marais, when the leaves are changing. Take a visit through the Paris Indian Summer video to see more of Hôtel de Béthune-Sully in the Marais, Jardin des Tuileries, Jardin des Plantes and the “Serres” (greenhouses). Hotel Sully is undergoing renovations and will open to the public in the future. This building is “in the heart of the Marais, one of the finest Louis XIII buildings in Paris and the residence of the family of Maximillien de Béthune, Duke of Sully,…