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  • Mon Montmartre

    By Suzy Gershman

    "I've never been to Montmartre" Sarah confessed while we were in Paris a few weeks ago. "Can we go together?" Sarah Lahey is the Editorial Director of Born to Shop and goes on most of the research trips with me. We were in Paris to revise Frommer's Born to Shop Paris.

    Last Updated ( Wednesday, 14 May 2008 )
  • Paris From Above

    By Arnie Greenberg

    A wonderful way to see Paris is from the air. While that is not readily possible, most people choose to climb to Sacre Coeur, especially as night falls over the city of lights or to go atop the famous Eiffel Tower for a view that’s hard to beat. I’ve even walked to the top of the Arc De Triomphe where a view of the cars rounding the Etoile without stop signs or traffic lights is a miracle looking for a disaster. It reminded me of ants scurrying to and fro without collisions. I traveled to the western Peripherique and ascended the arc shaped office building at La Defense.

    Last Updated ( Thursday, 08 May 2008 )
  • Paris Reflections Montparnasse

    By Monique Y. Wells
    In this excerpt from Paris Reflections: Walks Through African-American Paris, our Culture and Lifestyle editor reflects on the era when Montparnasse was home to many African-American artists. A Multicultural France feature. Last Updated ( Monday, 30 March 2009 )
  • Godzilla in Paris

    By Jacqueline McGrath

    Hardly. But a bigger-than-life, building-hugging salamander—one whose very presence is shrouded in mystery—oh yes. The 10-foot-long beast, sculpted in bronze and now fittingly blackened by the elements, is mounted astride an old masonry apartment building in the 20th arrondissement at the corner of Rue Vitruve and Rue Albert Marquet. Beside a trail of the creature’s footprints on the lower half of the wall is inscribed (in French) a disconcertingly brief reason for the salamander’s being there: “It has stopped to rest.”  Rest from what? Coming from where? Headed where? Stuck, for what earthly reason, on a wall in a working class district of Paris?

    Last Updated ( Saturday, 10 September 2011 )
  • The Quieter Attractions: Three Paris Libraries to Visit

    By Paul Boswell

    Like in any big city, a weary traveler might be hard-pressed to find a place to take a load of his or her legs in Paris. Sure, you’ve always got your hotel room or apartment, but why stay there all day? So you head over to the Champ de Mars to find some shady bench where you can read or simply enjoy the day. Unfortunately, you chose a sweltering, tourist-filled day in July when the fumes from the tour buses offend your nose and the fact that you have heard every language but French in the past half-hour begins to offend your ears.

    Last Updated ( Friday, 09 September 2011 )
  • Ready Set Hop on a Bike: Paris Velib Rental Bikes

    By Karen Fawcett

    If you live in or are visiting Paris, you’ll have a new choice of transportation. As of July 15th, 2007, the same mayor who introduced the Paris Plage is enabling people to hop on extremely sturdy bikes to get from here to there. Bertrand Delanoë, who’s responsible for widening Paris’s sidewalks, bus, taxi and bike lanes, would like nothing more than to see people ditch their cars, diminish traffic and hop on the eco-friendly “green” band wagon.

    Last Updated ( Monday, 03 October 2011 )
  • Quartier de l’Horloge: Clockwatching in the Paris Third

    By Jacqueline McGrath

    Did you know it’s impossible to kill time in Paris? In the literal sense, that is. The whimsical proof can be found on the pedestrian rue Bernard-de-Clairvaux in the 3rd arrondissement. There, at every hour between 9 am and 10 pm, a life-size brass fellow, known only as the Defender of Time, raises his double-edged sword and battles fierce brass beasts who would destroy the clock he guards.

    Last Updated ( Friday, 09 September 2011 )
  • Paris The City and Districts

    By David Seymour

    If you are looking for property in the Paris area, whether in the city itself or somewhere in the Isle-de-France, it is easy to get confused with Departments, arrondissements and 'districts'. These terms often refer to entirely different things or areas, different administrations or places, and often 'ne'er the 'twain shall meet'.

    Last Updated ( Tuesday, 31 March 2009 )
  • SoPi: South Pigalle, the Next Marais in the Paris Ninth

    By Sally Peabody

    Enough speaking in code.  ‘So-Pi’ is a somewhat controversial new moniker for the residential area in the ninth just south of Pigalle, roughly speaking, around the rue de Martyrs market street, down to Notre Dame de Lorette, and incorporating a bit of Nouvelle Athennes to the west.  I became enchanted with this lively and wonderfully un-touristy quarter this fall.  A chance conversation with two rather-hip young moms during a Saturday afternoon book signing at Chajin, (one of my favorite salons du thé over near Place de la Madeleine),  had me on the 67 bus the next day to check out a terrific sounding tea and chocolate shop on rue Monnier.  More on that shortly.

    Last Updated ( Friday, 09 September 2011 )
  • Instructions for picking someone up at a European Train Station

    By Dan Heching

    1. When arriving to pick someone up, make sure to check out the façade of the building.
    This might prove difficult, because there are usually several exits and entrances around the Gare, all intertwined with the surrounding underground metro stations and streets above.  Try to arrive from the front, as the façade is worth it.  Even in small towns, the central train station is usually worth a gander for the average architecture-phile.

    Last Updated ( Friday, 09 September 2011 )


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