Fête de la Musique: Something for Everyone.

When I woke up on Monday I had no idea what was lay in store for me. That that night Paris would turn into one huge pulsing street party I was blissfully unaware. I did however plan on attending the Midsummer soirée at the Swedish Institute in the Marais. Midsummer is a huge celebration across … Continue reading

American in Paris Reading List Vol. 1: Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer

“I have no money, no resources, no hopes. I am the happiest man alive” This bawdy autobiography details Henry’s life as a starving writer in 1930s Paris. Banned as obscene for nearly thirty years in the U.S., Tropic of Cancer has garnered for itself a reputation for being pornographic literature. But Miller’s sense of freedom and … Continue reading

People watching at Place des Vosges

Place des Vosges offers a much needed herbaceous repose from the hustle and bustle of the neighboring Marais. Here you can stroll around in the shade of the archways and window shop at the boutique art galleries or have a leisurely lunch at the popular Café Hugo (pictured above), a most beloved establishment amongst the … Continue reading

A Department Store Dilemma: How to Choose?

Shopping in Paris usually conjures up ideas of darling little boutiques and sprawling flea markets, places that afford discovery and personal triumphs such as, “I know this fantastic shop in the 4th that you just have to go to” or “this old thing? I picked it up the last time I was in Paris.” Whereas … Continue reading

A taste of America: Bud, burgers and brownies

Ask any Parisian what he thinks of New York, and you will be met, almost invariably, with an unadulterated rave: “J’adooooore New York!” Cue wild love-induced eyeroll and an instant list of said Parisian’s favorite NYC hangouts (they’re all in SoHo). In fact, loving New York is a full-fledged Parisian snobisme. Nobody said it better … Continue reading

Pretty Parisian Pressing

Who doesn’t love a city where even the laundromats are beautiful? This ivy drenched dry cleaner is located just down the street from the Museum of Hunting and Nature and just around the corner from the Marché des Enfants Rouges (FYI Stay tuned for our upcoming spread on this eclectic little market)!

Paris in bloom: strolling around the 5th

Because I’m going to argue that spring is Paris’ best season. Exhibit A: a walk in the Jardin des Plantes There were tourists; there were also local kids taking a study break in this gorgeous park of the 5th arrondissement. Jess already wrote a wonderful piece – with fantastic pictures – on the Natural History … Continue reading

Ambulomania – Paris Book Fair

I walked for an hour at the “Salon du Livre”—an annual Parisian book fair—on Tuesday night for the “nocturne” with a French friend intrigued with the French literary world. The fair proved no exception for Parisians to practice their favorite sport—criticism—with whispers of “it’s not what it used to be” and “it’s just become a … Continue reading

Nuxe Spa

Last week I spent the afternoon at Nuxe Spa in the 3rd near Etienne Marcel. It is one of the top spas  in  Paris according to Times Online and several Parisian spa blogs (bestspaofparis for instance). Although rue Montorgueil is a fairly bustling pedestrian street lined with cheese shops and bakeries, the spa itself is … Continue reading

Sweaty Diversions in the City of Lights: how Parisians are adapting to modern exercise trends.

In honor of Fashion Week in Paris, a time when models, designers, and clothes horses assume layers upon layers of the chicest garments, I thought I would take the opportunity to write about those rare and shining moments when Parisians choose to undress themselves. The culture of being clothed in Paris is completely antithetical to … Continue reading