• The American Library: Your Friend in Paris

    By Loui Franke

    Whether you are just visiting or a long term resident, you have a friend in Paris. It is the the American Library in Paris nestled on a small side street in the seventh arrondissement.

    Last Updated ( Tuesday, 08 April 2014 )
  • An Interview with Kristin Espinasse, Creator of “French Word a Day”

    By Janet Hulstrand

    Kristin Espinasse grew up in the U.S., met and fell in love with her French husband in Aix-en-Provence, and since 1992 has made her life as a wife, mother, and writer in the South of France. She is the author of three books: the most recently published is First French Essais: Venturing into Writing, Marriage & France. In 2002 she created French Word a Day, a blog that celebrates French life and the French language, and that now has more than 40,000 subscribers, mostly in the U.S. and Canada but also in France, the U.K., Australia and beyond. She recently took the time to answer questions posed by BP writer Janet Hulstrand.

    Last Updated ( Wednesday, 09 April 2014 )
  • Olivier Lapidus and Hotel Felicien Paris

    By Paige Donner

    I recently got to sit down with the eponymous Olivier Lapidus, in the lobby of his newly-designed Parisian hotel, the 4* Hotel Félicien.

    Just behind me, hanging in the windows,  were the curtains made from his illuminated textiles, a design that originated with this man, born with the famous name. The textiles are woven optical fibers and continually migrate through a million colors, propelled by LED battery tubes, the first ones of their kind in the world.

    Last Updated ( Wednesday, 02 April 2014 )
  • Person of the Moment: David Blanc

    By Paige Donner

    David Blanc has been a Special-Ed teacher in the French school system and a radio enthusiast for 15 years. He set up several radio stations wherever his main job took him. Now based in Paris, he has set up a not-for-profit radio station, World Radio Paris, serving the English-speaking community which began airing in September 2013 and is poised to begin terrestrial transmissions on the Paris airwaves in the summer of 2014.

    Last Updated ( Friday, 28 March 2014 )
  • An Interview with Diane Johnson

    By Janet Hulstrand

    Diane Johnson is a novelist, essayist, and the author of 17 books, as well as several screenplays, including Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. Her most recent book, Flyover Lives: A Memoir, tells her own story, beginning with her childhood in Moline, Illinois, as well as the stories of some of her pioneer ancestors. Back in Paris after a whirlwind book tour that took her to seven cities across the United States, the author of Le Divorce and Le Mariage, recently took the time to talk with BP writer Janet Hulstrand.

    Last Updated ( Monday, 24 March 2014 )
  • Paris Metro system details

    By Sam Jones

    Romantic Paris, the city of love, is a wonderful and idyllic place to take a stroll. There are times however, when you might prefer to rest your weary feet or get out of the incremental weather. In which case, you may want to consider using the Paris Metro.

    Last Updated ( Saturday, 18 January 2014 )
  • Person of the Moment: Dr. Olivier Courtin Clarins

    By Margaret Kemp

    Dr. Olivier Courtin-Clarins, orthopaedic surgeon, joined the family firm in 1984 at his father’s request. « The brand became a passionate adventure for me and little by little I integrated into the company. In our team at the hospital, everyone was important, from the nurses to the physical therapists. It's the same at Clarins: from the beauty therapists to the board of directors”, he explains. At present a good part of his year is spent travelling, as more and more people worldwide discover the fantastic products with the bright red logo.

    Last Updated ( Sunday, 16 March 2014 )
  • “Rain, rain go away and come again another day....” - shopping for Umbrellas at Pep's

    By Loui Franke

    Suggestions about the origin of this familiar nursery rhyme go back to the reign of Queen Elizabeth I in the 16th century. The lyrics stem from the Spanish Armada’s invasion of England that failed not just because of the superiority of the English ships but also because of the inclement weather which was oh so "rainy", The rhyme has remained alive over the years and has adapted to many cultures.

    Last Updated ( Wednesday, 15 January 2014 )
  • Christmastime Ballet: Finis Jhung on The Nutcracker and News at Paris Opera Ballet

    By Anne McCarthy

    Winter means one thing: Nutcracker season is upon us.

    Well, it means many things. And in Paris, winter also means: the window displays at Galeries Lafayette, the lights at Bercy Village, ice skating at Hotel de Ville, and chocolat chaud at Angelina’s.

    Last Updated ( Friday, 03 January 2014 )
  • New Years Eve 2013 in Paris

    By Barbara Becquiot

    In Belgium, the Netherlands, Eastern Europe and Germany the Christmas season begins with Saint Nicolas Day on December 6th.  There’s Christmas and then once again, for the Germans, it’s Saint Stephens Day and for the Brits and the Irish it’s Boxing Day.  Both fall on December 26th, the day after everyone else’s Christmas.  But the great thing about France is that Christmas begins in November only to go on seemingly endlessly right up to the spring solstice.  It’s all about lights, food, get togethers with friends and those seeming innumerable festive holidays.

    Last Updated ( Wednesday, 12 February 2014 )
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