Archive | Paris basics

Savoir-vivre on the banks of the Seine

Paris: the romance capital of the world. When strolling through its many streets, in which countless hearts have been solaced, the problem becomes not so much finding romantic places to walk in Paris, but choosing which romantic place in Paris to take a walk. May I offer a simple solution to this conundrum? Take a […]

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This is gold???

Once upon a bridge in Paris, I was taking an afternoon stroll with my husband. We were exploring the locks placed there by hundreds of other couples, when seemingly out of nowhere an old woman bent down and picked up a gold ring. “This is gold?” she asked me, enthusiastically holding it out for me […]

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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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