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  • Summer Concert Series at Parc Floral

    By Loui Franke
    Summer in the city is a perfect time to seek out the many activities available at little to no cost in Paris. One of my favorites is the summer concert series at the beautiful Parc Floral de Paris in the heart of the royal forest, Bois de Vincennes, and next to the Château de Vincennes.

    Last Updated ( Sunday, 17 August 2014 )
  • Photo of the Week - August 15, 2014

    By Rachael Woodson

    This week's photograph was taken on August 1st, 1909 at Parc des Princes stadium, which was the final destination of the Tour de France from 1903 to 1967. The rider pictured here, Jean Alavoine, was 21 years old at the time and won 3rd place in that year's general classification. Throughout his career, the French professional cyclist won 17 stages in the Tour de France and wore the yellow jersey for five days.

    Last Updated ( Sunday, 17 August 2014 )
  • Vernon, France – Not Just a Way Into Giverny

    By Michele Kurlander

    I revisited Giverny last week via the usual train from Paris’ Gare St Lazare to Vernon, and discovered that Claude Monet and the town of Giverny are not the only wonders at the end of the tracks, but that the town of Vernon itself is also worth the trip.

    Last Updated ( Wednesday, 13 August 2014 )
  • Photo of the Week - August 8, 2014

    By Rachael Woodson

    Before leaving the south of France I was lucky enough to visit La Calanque d'En-Vau, pictured here. It's one of the many calanques along the Mediterranean coast between Marseille and Cassis. The point of departure was a winding coastal road from which we hiked two hours to get to the rocky beach which was flanked on either side by majestic falaises (cliffs).

    Last Updated ( Sunday, 10 August 2014 )
  • Ralph's, Le Restaurant, Terrace of the Week : Les Chats du Bristol : Champs Elysees 100 Photos & Zenderm® Buzz

    By Margaret Kemp

    “Style is very personal. It has nothing to do with fashion. Fashion is over quickly. Style is forever”, says Ralph Lauren. Ralph’s, Lauren’s eponymous Paris restaurant is style with a capital “S”. There’s a new VIP arrival at Le Bristol, Paris, a moving exhibition to commemorate the First World War and, with Zenderm® have a bite-free vacation.

    Last Updated ( Sunday, 10 August 2014 )
  • A visit to the charming Hôpital-Saint-Blaise

    By Loui Franke

    Summer is here with sunny skies and mild temperatures. Many of the courageous among us will be taking up backpacks and begin making their way along one of the ancient pilgrimage routes to Saint Jacques de Compestello. For the less courageous you can travel the backroads of southern France by car to begin this journey and still be able to take in the scenery and discover the history and charm in this part of the world.

    Last Updated ( Tuesday, 05 August 2014 )
  • Pay What You Want at Parisian Hotels

    By BP Editor

    Pay what you want for a stay in Paris, in a boutique Looking for a hotel room in Paris? Good news, aspiring guests can Pay-What-They-Want now through August 10 at five Right Bank hotels.

    Last Updated ( Wednesday, 06 August 2014 )
  • Chalet des Iles : Saint-James Club Bar À Rosés : La Petite Cour : Terrace of the Week Buzz

    By Margaret Kemp

    At chalet des Iles, Sunday Brunch & an island experience await. : In the fragrant garden of the the exclusive Saint James Club, to celebrate the season of rosé wine, designer Bambi Sloane creates a space for tasting in a tonelle/montgolfière. La Petite Cour, the left-bank’s best kept secret, has a new chef. Meet Kampei Hisaoka.

    Last Updated ( Sunday, 03 August 2014 )
  • Photo of the Week - August 1, 2014

    By Rachael Woodson

    The day after my arrival in Paris for the fist time, as a 20 year old art student, I found myself in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, wandering around l'École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts, where I would study for the semester. The majestic space, which was founded in 1648 as l'Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture, was shockingly different from the New York art school I'd come from.

    Last Updated ( Sunday, 03 August 2014 )
  • Antibes and Picasso

    By Michele Kurlander

    I met Pablo Picasso last week at the Chateau Grimaldi in Antibes – and it was an emotional experience.


    Last Updated ( Wednesday, 30 July 2014 )
  • Les Climats : Prunier's Sensational Sandwich : Ecua-Andino Panama Hats + A Hot New Hotel Concept Buzz

    By Margaret Kemp

    Young talent Julien Boscus is wearing the whites at Les Climats, the restaurant showcasing Burgundy wines : Chez Prunier le Sandwich deluxe makes a perfect picnic, the ultimate snack. The must-have Panama Hats, and, how about a chic hôtel where you pay what you think your stay is worth?

    Last Updated ( Sunday, 10 August 2014 )
  • Photo of the Week - July 25, 2014

    By Rachael Woodson

    While planning an upcoming trip to Switzerland, I recently came across this photograph of the Aare river running through Bern. The river which runs through the city is known around the world as a celebrated swim spot. Most swimmers enter the Aare from the public baths of Marzili and let the strong current carry them downstream. At just four and a half hours from Paris by train, Bern (or Berne in French) is especially known for it's medieval city centre, recognised by UNESCO as a Cultural World Heritage Site.

    Last Updated ( Sunday, 27 July 2014 )
  • How to Plan for a Delightful Dining Experience on Your Next Trip to Paris

    By Tom Reeves

    People travel to Paris for a variety of different reasons, ranging from business trips to summer vacation.  Whatever your reason for making the trip, you will find your visit to the City of Light more enjoyable if you take advantage of your presence there to dine on the fine French cuisine that hundreds of Parisian restaurants offer.

    Last Updated ( Thursday, 24 July 2014 )
  • An Interview with Ellen Hampton, Author of Playground for Misunderstanding

    By Janet Hulstrand

    Ellen Hampton, lecturer in history at the prestigious Sciences Po university, and Paris Resident Director for the City University of New York, is the author of Women of Valor: The Rochambelles on the WWII Front, and Playground for Misunderstanding, a murder mystery set in Paris. Before moving to France in 1989, she worked as a journalist in Miami and Latin America. She recently took the time to discuss her career as a writer and educator, as well as her life in France, with BP writer Janet Hulstrand.

    Last Updated ( Tuesday, 22 July 2014 )
  • Jean-François Piège : Les Ombres, Terrace of the Week : News from Ladurée Buzz

    By Margaret Kemp

    Thoumieux, Jean-François Piège, at present the luxury brand includes the Brasserie chic, designer hôtel, 2-star Michelin resto and pâtisserie. It doesn’t end here, there’s more exciting news, so stay tuned. Les Ombres, the perfect address to celebrate, birthdays, anniversaries, just being in Paris, celebrates the arrival of super-chef Frédéric Claudel. And, Ladurée’s lotions and potions make perfect calorie free gifts.

    Last Updated ( Monday, 21 July 2014 )

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