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The Seaside Comes to Paris

The Seaside Comes to Paris June 18, 2011 | Events, Things to Do, What's New | Read More
Summer in the city can leave you needing more than an ice-cream to cool down – especially if you have been slogging round the must-see sights. As the sun beats down on the roofs of Paris and crisps the leaves of the horse-chestnut trees in the Jardin du Luxembourg, the beaches of Paris Plages appear...

Montmartre’s Own Vineyard

Montmartre’s Own Vineyard June 18, 2011 | Events, Things to Do, What's New | Read More
On the heights of la Butte Montmartre (the hill of Montmartre), opposite the celebrated cabaret Le Lapin Agile, you’ll find a remnant of the times when Paris was much smaller than it is today and stretched little further than the banks of the Seine. It is a tiny vineyard, whose grapes are still harvested...

Midsummer Music in the Streets

Midsummer Music in the Streets June 17, 2011 | Events, Nightlife, Things to Do, What's New | Read More
What’s happening? On the night of Tuesday 21 June, it’s France’s 30th annual Fête de la Musique. In Paris and all over the country, choirs, orchestras, Andean flute players and scruffy indy kids will be striking a chord or several and providing free entertainment for anyone who wants it. What...

Monet’s Giverny Garden Still Blooming

Monet’s Giverny Garden Still Blooming May 26, 2011 | Things to Do, Travel Tips, What's New | Read More
What makes half a million people a year visit the Impressionist painter Claude Monet’s garden at Giverny? For me, May was the perfect time for a first visit to find out. The sky was blue, the sun was shining, the frogs were on the lilypads and the wisteria was in flower. As a result, the Japanese bridge...

The Americans who joined Monet at Giverny

The Americans who joined Monet at Giverny May 26, 2011 | Events, Things to Do | Read More
When you join the throng trekking through Monet’s house and garden at Giverny, spare a thought for how he inspired American artists. The street where Americans past and present found Monet © Renata Rubnikowicz Monet moved to Giverny in 1883 and soon other painters, especially American Impressionists,...

French Taxis on Strike Today

French Taxis on Strike Today May 25, 2011 | Events, Travel Tips, What's New | Read More
You may have difficulty finding a taxi today (Wednesday 25 May 2011). The newspaper Le Parisien reported this morning that three of the largest taxi companies have called for a “national day of action” to protest against rising fuel prices and taxes. The action is expected to affect taxi services...

Museums Open Late All Over Town Tomorrow

Museums Open Late All Over Town Tomorrow May 13, 2011 | Events, Nightlife, Things to Do, Travel Tips, What's New | Read More
Tomorrow, Saturday 14 May, for one night only, nearly all of the museums in Paris will be open late, mostly until midnight, celebrating the annual European Museums Night. As well as keeping their doors open way past their usual bedtime for visits to their regular collections and their temporary exhibitions,...

Best Boulangerie in Paris 2011

Best Boulangerie in Paris 2011 May 10, 2011 | Events, Food, Travel Tips, What's New | Read More
Even more than le vin (wine), le pain (bread) is the basis of French gastronomy. People swear by certain bakers and each Parisian has his or her favourite boulangerie. Can there be a more affordable or delicious way to get into the French psyche while you’re here? Of the 1,200 boulangeries in the city, ...

Woody Allen Celebrates Midnight in Paris in Cannes

Woody Allen Celebrates Midnight in Paris in Cannes May 9, 2011 | Events, What's New | Read More
All eyes will be on Cannes this week for the annual film festival. Among the many accolades the French film world can bestow, one of the greatest is to be chosen as the film to open the festival. This year at the 64th festival, that honour goes to the American director Woody Allen and his latest movie,...

Free Fun on a Sunday Stroll in Paris

Free Fun on a Sunday Stroll in Paris May 8, 2011 | Events, Things to Do, Travel Tips, What's New | Read More
Though it was recently voted the world’s most popular city for tourists by none other than TripAdvisor, Paris can be expensive. All those café coffees and museum tickets add up. Savvy travellers take advantage of what’s free. And free fun in the streets may just be why Paris remains in the world...
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