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Ballon de Paris Generali: World’s Biggest Hot Air Balloon

Leave it to Paris to turn the science of air quality into an extravaganza. Located in Parc André Citroën on the west end of Paris’ section of the…


8 Must-See Spots in the Marais to Discover the Real Paris

The first time I strolled through the Marais, it was clear that this was the district that embodied a new-bohemian — and slightly rebellious — spirit of Paris.…


Experience the Eiffel Tower With Climbing, Dining, and Views

Many say that the Eiffel Tower offers the best views in Paris — and who could really argue? But there is so much more to the tower than…


The Eiffel Tower Carousel: Cost, Snacks, and Carnival Fun

As if seeing — or climbing — one of the most iconic monuments in the world weren’t enough to fulfill a Parisian afternoon fantasy, you can top off…


Amazing Sound and Light Show in Paris: Atelier des Lumières

In a serendipitous turn of events, I was feeling especially enlightened today so I started writing this post about one of my favorite offbeat art spots in Paris.…


La Cité Florale: A Hidden Garden Neighborhood in Paris

In the corner of the district, on the edge of the 13th arrondissement right where it bumps up against the 14th arrondissement, just around a few corners from…


Celebrate the French Way Aboard a Paris Party Boat

Paris Party Boats, Fun Afloat In case you didn’t know, Parisians love to party. When the weather cooperates, they love to do it on a Péniche à Paris — a…


Sittin’ and Sippin’ Cidre

Cidre has never not been big in France. And while there’s a veritable Cider movement having its moment in the U.S., Europe has been Cider-ing since forever. Allow me put…


Les Jeux; Mölkky and Kyykkä and Finska…Oh My!

It occurred to me that it’s quite likely that Parisians may have some kind of secret communications network or internal homing beacon that is activated when the weather…


A Little Cabbage, A Little Tomato, A Little Rabbit; A Recipe for French Flattery

If you’ve been called a “little pig” by a Parisian, maybe think twice about doling out a claque au visage. Instead, maybe they deserve a baiser sur la…


Everyone Feel the “Ooh là là là” Sensation

The mystery. The myth. The confusion. Le sensation… According to Wiki statistics, the phrase “ooh la la” has been given to; 4 Albums 29+ Songs According to a…


Art in the ’eme

Street Art in Paris is an ever-changing outdoor display of what’s happening in the minds and spirit of Parisians. The political, cultural, social and psychological mood of the city…


From Lait Entiere to Demi Creme; the Crème Dilemma

The French j’adore dairy. From butter to cream and all manner of produits de lait in between, they don’t shy away from slicing off a not-so-small small slab…


What’s Poppin’ in Paris in May; Music/Film/Food/Art

These notices were translated word-for-word from Fench to English, and the effect is almost as entertaining as the events may prove to be. Several Thursdays per month, DirectionsBis…


Franco-American Food; A New Cassoulet

The classic French Cassoulet recipe starts with soaked and cooked Flageolet beans. They hold their shape well even after many hours of cooking. You can use soaked white…


Shopping at the Quincaillerie, a French Hardware Store

One of the best things about Paris — among the approximately one-billion-best-things-about-Paris — is that actual old-school shops aren’t at all considered ironic or kitschy. Parisians shop at…


Paris Promenade; Mid-May Edition

Enjoying a stroll in Paris is all at once a relaxing, stimulating, thought-provoking, and enlightening experience. Even though most Parisians move around the city at a frenetic pace à…


Tabac? What’s That??

What is a Tabac? How’s is a Tabac different than a cafe? Isn’t a Tabac a cigarette store? Is it a French rule that there must always an…


A Few Great Parisian Wine Bars

There’s no shortage of wine in Paris. There are about 40,000 restaurants in the City of Lights Wine and glasses, bottles and carafes are served at 39,999 of…


J’adore! Paris ❤️ Pâte a Tartiner

It started way back in the 1960s, with Nutella. The origins of the creamy paste, made esentially from hazelnuts, chocolate/cocoa, oil and sugar started long before in Italy…


Did Someone Say…Pâté?

Pâté  pa(h)-TAY, French: [pɑte] is a paste, pie or loaf consisting of a forcemeat that at least contains liver. Common additions include ground meat from pork, poultry, fish or beef, fat, vegetables, herbs, spices and either wine or brandy (often cognac or armagnac). Pâté can be served either hot or cold. There are…


Go Nuts for l’Apéro

Apéro or l’Apéro is a bit like American’s happy hour (or Happy Hours as Parisians more accurately call it) and a bit like a pre-dinner appetite whether with…


A Shortlist of Some Top Parisian Picnic Spots

You got the rundown on what to pack for a proper Parisian picnic so you’re all set to unpack and prêt à manger (ready to eat). So, where…


Real Radio in Paris

If you haven’t yet played in the radio.garden yet, please take a moment lifetime to get familiar with one of the coolest sites (with an available app) ever…


Sweet Street Cheese

When abroad, one may do things that at home would seem outlandish, or at least out-of-the-ordinary. We feel like we have a permission slip to color outside the…


Pique-nique Parfait

Parisians picnic right. And they picnic often. They are true picnic perfectionists, of course with the usual easy-breezy, laissez-faire attitude most Parisians seem born with. Never too fancy…


Chip Game Strong

Paris has cornered the market on innovative chip flavors. The crisps shelves are packed with so many different savory flavors of snacking chip options, it’ll make your head…


Truly Hot Food Spots

There is a common misconception that eating in Paris is expensive. Just like almost anywhere, there are very high-end restaurants and poor values aplenty but maybe even more…


Fun with Frenglish 1st Edition

Since tourism is huge in Paris, effective communication is extremely important. Making things crystal clear is imperative and totally concise happens 100% of the time on all menus,…


Champagne Taste on a Crémant de Bourgogne Budget?

If you are lucky enough to be in Paris, or just love to live la joie de vivre anytime you can, never shy away from popping a bottle…


The *Unofficial* Top Parisian Social Media Channel Awards

Welcome Mesdames et Messieurs, to the unofficially official *insert epic theme music score*…Top Parisian Social Media Food Channel Awards! An ever-evolving list of channels that bring you what’s…


Whatcha Cookin? Paris Edition

When the orders to lockdown were levied, Parisians hot-footed it to the grocery stores, and thus, two months of queueing ensued. While a global pandemic-situation was basically unprecedented,…


Eats-n-Drinks a-Go-Go

Cheers to lockdown sidewalk Happy Hours and apéro in Paris. While most eating and drinking establishments are shuttered for the duration of ‘le Confinement’, there are a few…


Tradition! Up your Boulangerie IQ

Maybe the first thing to know about buying a baguette, is that you must first look for a Boulangerie — and you will find one around almost every…