• Printemps Christmas 2011 Chanel's creative Karl Lagerfeld in Paris
    Christmas,  Events

    Santa’s Workshop Is Open For Business

    What better way to kick off the holiday season, then with some holiday windows, lights, games, cartoons and a letter to Santa. The Champs-Elysées is illuminating Paris with an entirely new display along the boulevard called “Tree Rings”. The Christmas windows are lit at Galeries Lafayette in the theme of rock and roll. Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld are featured in Printemps’ windows with flight attendants, photographers and ballet dancers. Start planning your holiday sightseeing with Lots of Christmas in Paris,  the Ferris wheel, merry-go-rounds, decorated streets and the festival/carnival at the Grand Palais. The list is long for holiday fun in Paris with holiday concerts and church services , nativity…

  • Please do not touch the lettuce written on a blackboard
    Food, Drink & Health,  Shopping,  Specialty

    Paris Food Markets

    Food Markets in Paris Visit the Paris Mayor’s market page for opening times or click on the market basket on the home page. The day and hours information is kept current. Key words to understand from the Paris Mayor’s market page: réouverture = reopens 06eme = 6th arrondissement (75006) 05eme = 5th arrondissement (75005) 1er = 1st arrondissement (75001) Marché aux fleurs et aux oiseaux Cité = Flower and bird market Ile de la Cité demain = tomorrow The market links are in real time. Aujourd’hui (today), Demain (tomorrow) and the next day of the week … If you see Fermé in red, this means there is no market.  Click…

  • Scene from the Marché Aligre Flea Market Sunday with Gramophone with horn
    Shopping,  Specialty

    Flea and Specialized Markets in Paris

    The Paris Flea Market The picturesque flea markets of Vanves, de Clignancourt or Montreuil have become tourist attractions in their own right. One of the most compact is the Brocante Aligre. Marché aux Puces de la Porte de Vanves  (Paris flea market in the south of Paris) Marché aux puces de la porte de Vanves “The only secondhand and antiquarian market of the inner Paris. Each Saturday and Sunday of the year, holidays included, be the weather sunny or rainy, its 380 merchants, all professionals, will welcome you and offer you their lucky finds of the week.” Where and Hours Our market is located in the Paris’ 14th arrondissement : avenue Marc…

  • The safe at Societe Generale on Boulevard Haussmann
    Life in Paris & France,  Money

    Your Money in Paris

    Credit Cards and Banking Pay as you go Credit Cards A pay as you go credit card is available through Travelex. “Bob” used the Travelex Passport (.73026 EU to $1 US) and was pleased. “Travelex worked out perfectly. Both security and convenience. I would highly recommend it.” In France there is a central number for all lost or stolen credit cards. Dial: 0892 705 705 Visa card – lost or stolen? Call direct +33 1-303-967-1096 – Await second dial tone 1-800-847-2911 (within the U.S. or Canada) 0800-90-1179 France (certain fees may be incurred) Abroad dial: 001 410 581 99 94 Visa “Get Help Now” Instructions What Rick Steves says about using ATM machines abroad MasterCard lost or stolen?…

  • photo_famille_Stein_1906, © New Haven, Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale

    The Steins – Their Adventure in Being Avant-Garde

    What fits in two small Paris apartments but takes up two exhibition floors at the Grand Palais? The Stein Collection. Gertrude Stein, the writer, and writer’s magnet in the early twentieth century was also an art collector. She, her brothers and sister-in-law set an avant-garde trend that showcased Matisse and Picasso. The original collection is so large that it now takes up two floors of the Grand Palais/RMN in Paris for the exhibition “Matisse, Cézanne, Picasso… L’aventure des Stein“. Gertrude and Leo Stein lived in a small two-bedroom apartment in the sixth arrondissement of Paris. Their older brother, Michael, and his wife, Sarah, lived close by in a small two-bedroom…

  • Lydie Solomon Eldorado Album Cover

    Small Concerts = Big Sounds

    Autumn and Winter Music in Paris Great music by young artists or groups (with no government subsidies) resound from Paris venues with great acoustics: churches, small theaters, cellars, etc. The income for these artists comes either from donations or from a small portion of the entry fee they receive, usually between 10 and 15 euros). The concerts usually last about one and a half hours. The artists are obviously playing for the love of the music and their instrument. This season, Paris has two treats: Lydie Solomon and the Annual Marin Marais Festival. Fingers Dancing Toward Eldorado In May, one of Paris’ young artists performed in the Salle Gaveau concert hall.…

  • Ultramod mercerie, 3 and 4 rue de Choiseul 75002 Paris, France

    Ultramod Mercerie (Buttons, Threads, Ribbons)

    Thread your way back in time – the Mercerie – Silk Thread Ultramod – The Mercerie And Hat Shop A quest for silk embroidery thread leads me to a haberdashery on a narrow Paris street. The only name visible at this address behind the green façade is “Mercerie“. The mercerie on the rue de Choiseul sits a few doors north of the Passage Choiseul entrance along rue Saint-Augustin. Unlike the first chapter setting in Emile Zola’s novel, Thérèse Raquin, this display window lacks the dust and dinginess. The interior is lit with brilliant colors of the past and present. The roses are freshened weekly. Ultramod lacks the depressing spirit of Zola’s main character. If…