Author Archive | Stephen Heiner

Yes, you should still come to Paris

I’ve only lived in Paris for three years, so my statement that, “this is the worst summer here that I can remember” doesn’t have the same importance as a friend of mine (who is a born-and-raised Parisian) saying, as he did recently, “I don’t remember when times have been so bad here.” We have had endless […]

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Making the most of Free Museum Sundays

A large number of museums in Paris are free on the first Sunday of the month.  Some budget-minded travelers know this and schedule a visit to Paris around such a date to knock out some museums for free.  Is this a good strategy?  Yes and No. I’ve done over 20 Free Museum Sundays (as I […]

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A Guide to Paris Cafes: Prologue

This series will highlight our favorite cafes in Paris.  But before we start sharing those picks, we need to, odd as it might seem, give you some rules of the rue for these French, and broadly, European institutions. 1)  It’s hard to find a horrible cafe in Paris, unless you stick very close to major […]

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Scams

I was on the Champs, on my way to the PSG Boutique to continue to get fanned-out for my new hometown soccer team.  A fairly attractive girl came up to me with a clipboard.  “Do you speak English?”  “Yes,” I replied.  “We are raising money for children.”  “Where,” I asked, prepared to give a couple […]

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