• Tough Customers

    By Joseph Lestrange

    I can’t really tell which one is more admirable or, anyway, stranger, the boy or the pretty girl.  She’s perched over to my right on a jump seat, the twin of mine. She got on the métro just behind me, so I got the strapontin on the far side of the car where I can stretch my legs out and leave them stretched since the doors don’t open. As soon as she sat down, she rummaged in her bag— it really ought to have wheels, given its size and evident weight—and took out her makeup.

    Last Updated ( Sunday, 10 February 2013 )
  • Doctors, Medicine, Hospitals and Pharmacies in France

    By Camille Chevalier-Karfis

    It is never fun to become ill during a vacation, but it can become a real problem when you are abroad and don't speak the language fluently.

    Last Updated ( Sunday, 10 February 2013 )
  • Grosso modo or Navigating the Streets of Paris

    By Thierry Picot

    Arnaud, a born and bred Parisian who crosses oceans in sailboats and knows how to read a compass, has rolled his eyes, again. I had begun to tell him that the shortest street in Paris is “not over near the Louvre, but just north…,” and that’s when his eyes rolled and he looked at me as if I were a delinquent recidivist with a pipe-bomb in my hand.

    Last Updated ( Sunday, 10 February 2013 )
  • A Parisian’s Own Tips About Le Métro

    By Camille Chevalier-Karfis

    The Paris subway (called le métro) is the fastest and easiest way to travel around Paris and within the nearby suburbs. It is an underground train that stops automatically at each of its 300 stations, running  every day from 5:30 A.M.. until around 12:30 A.M.  In most trains it is necessary to press the button on the door in order for it to open.

    Last Updated ( Tuesday, 14 August 2012 )
  • Discovering an Organic French Farm

    By Loui Franke

    In France, as in the United States, there are very strict standards that describe a product that is officially labeled “organic.” In the broad sense, the goal of organic farming is to protect our natural resources while conserving biodiversity. It takes a minimum of two years for a conventional farm to undergo a conversion to growing organic produce.

    Last Updated ( Sunday, 02 December 2012 )
  • Taxi Talk

    By Nick Hilden

    As far as I could tell, there was nothing Dutch about the Klein Holland besides the fact that it sold Grolsch by the pitcher. The music was all American pop, the clientele was mostly English, the bartender was an Aussie, and, save for the smattering of schnapps advertisements, the décor shared all of the tourisme and flash that could be found just over the river in the Latin Quarter.

    Last Updated ( Sunday, 06 January 2013 )
  • Patricia Laplante-Collins and the Paris Soirees

    By Patrick Cash

    Patricia Laplante-Collins is quite the interesting ex-pat woman to know, or at least know of, if you are visiting Paris.  Originally born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, after graduating from Sarah Lawrence College, Patricia came to the old world continent where she attended graduate school in Florence and Paris. Following a career trajectory in marketing which lead her through many of Europe's major cities, Patricia settled in Paris where she began to help organise fundraising events in the early 90s for American associations here.

    Last Updated ( Sunday, 12 August 2012 )
  • Catching Wifi in Paris

    By Jessie Kanelos

    Imagine anxiously anticipating a response from a friend in town who only communicates through Facebook. Or waiting on the ultimate right of passage to any apero in France, the door code.  Or think of an ex getting married and expecting to rip the photos apart the moment they are uploaded onto Facebook. Although we are more closely linked to one another than ever before, interactions are now dependent on an internet connection.

    Last Updated ( Sunday, 06 January 2013 )
  • Suzy Gershman Tribute from Cathy Nolan

    By Cathy Nolan

    I met Suzy when People Magazine assigned the two of us to cover the grand, star-studded opening of EuroDisney, now Paris Disneyland, in April 1992. Suzy, a stringer for the magazine in the US, persuaded the editors to send her over to assist me, because she, of course, had lots of Disney contacts.

    Last Updated ( Sunday, 12 August 2012 )
  • Pregnant in France, Lessons Learned

    By Carrieanne Le Bras

    Under the heat of the Florida sun, I remember looking across the ocean and daydreaming about living a life full of adventure and romance. I felt I was being drawn away, that my life was waiting for me somewhere across the ocean. While vacationing in France, I met a handsome Frenchman who ended up being the love of my life and my future husband.  After living together in the US and Canada for two years, I followed him back to France and never looked back.

    Last Updated ( Sunday, 12 August 2012 )


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