Bienvenue to Bonjour Paris Live, our online events series offering expert lectures, discovery talks and conversations about la vie française. Free for Bonjour Paris members.

In between your trips to France, we’re here to inspire you. Bonjour Paris has been online since 1995 – almost as old as the internet itself! Our website is packed with interesting articles about the culture and history of Paris. And now, thanks to the support of our growing membership base, we’re able to showcase new offerings like video and online talks. Bonjour Paris members get free entry to all events and can watch them back in our video hub.

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About your host

Sylvia Edwards Davis is a journalist based in France with a focus on business and culture. A member of the France Media editorial team, Sylvia scans the cultural landscape to bring you the most relevant highlights on current events, art exhibitions, museums and festivals on the culture pages of France Today magazine, as well as real-life interviews and news on sister publication French Property News.

Register below for our upcoming presentations…

The Secrets of Rue Cadet, With Jeffrey T Iverson

Sunday 16th July – 12:30 – 13:30 (ET)

Nowhere are the pleasures of Paris so deliciously distilled as on its pedestrian market streets – yet one of its most captivating is often overlooked. Nestled in a corner of the 9th district, Rue Cadet is an oasis of food shops and café terraces frequented by Parisians in the know. Join veteran Paris writer Jeffrey T Iverson on a virtual tour of a hidden street with an intriguing history, a bastion of secret societies (from diamond dealers to Freemasons) and site of Chopin’s most intimate concerts.


The Bonjour Paris Book Club

Welcome to our new book club! We hope you are as excited as we are about this new adventure. Our host Janet Hulstrand has announced the book club picks well in advance, so you’ll have plenty of time to get the book and read it ahead of the event. If you don’t have time to read the book before the discussion, join us anyway! It is your participation that makes these virtual gatherings so special, so we are counting on you to join the conversation.

Paris, Paris: Journey Into the City of Light by David Downie

Thursday 14 September – 12:30 – 13:30 EST

This delightful collection of essays by a veteran travel writer offers insider views of the “people, places, and phenomena” of Paris. This collection offers something to interest almost anyone, and you will feel like you are right there with him as he pokes his nose into fascinating corners of the city and talks with some of its most interesting people.

You can purchase the book here.


Paris Was Ours: Thirty-Two Writers Reflect on the City of Light by Penelope Rowlands

Thursday 30 November – 12:30 – 13:30 EST

Penelope Rowlands curated this collection of essays to explore the question of why Paris has had such a profound impact on the lives of so many people. Here writers from a wide variety of backgrounds, including Cuba, Iran, even France, provide “an indelible portrait of an entrancing, sometimes exasperating, yet always fascinating place to live.

You can purchase the book here.


Past events

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The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

Thursday 8th June – 12:30 – 13:30 (ET)

This book tells the story of Hemingway’s first marriage from the point of view of his wife. A fictional account that draws heavily on primary archival material, it includes the backstory of how the Hemingways met in Chicago, and follows their relationship through to the tragic end of his life.

You can purchase the book here.

Dispatch From the Cannes Film Festival

Sunday, May 28th, 12:30-13:30 (ET)

The Cannes Film Festival is one of the most prestigious and famous film festivals in the world, attracting filmmakers, stars, and enthusiasts from around the globe. Join us for an exclusive roundup from Cannes by Manon Kerjean, founder of Lost in Frenchlation, as she takes you through the highlights of this 76th edition, and offers a unique perspective on the rich history of this legendary event.

The Allure of Le Sentier, With Jeffrey T Iverson

Sunday, May 21st, 12:30-13:30 (ET)

Le Sentier, Paris’s historic garment district, is undergoing a transformation today. Once a gritty enclave of riotous workshops (a veritable El Dorado for generations of immigrants), Le Sentier’s textile businesses are making way for a host of new restaurants, shops, galleries, and hotels. Join veteran Paris writer Jeffrey T Iverson on a virtual tour of a Parisian quartier like no other, with a rich history, remarkable architecture, and a tradition of entrepreneurship which has made it a hotbed of innovation.

City of Love: is Paris Still the Capital of Romance?

Sunday, April 30th, 12:30-13:30 (ET)

Parisian resident Whitney Cubbison, author of the recently published novel Will There Be Wine? shares the highs and lows of finding love in the city. Come and share your own experiences, ask your questions, and join in the fun and informal debate.

The Secrets of Mastering French, From the Experts at the Alliance Française – Part 2

Thursday, April 20th 12:30-13:00 (ET)

Do you want to take your French to the next level à toute vitesse? Three expert instructors from the Alliance Française share a fresh batch of secrets to mastering la langue de Molière and sounding like a native speaker. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced student, there will be something for everyone in this fast-paced half hour!

The Delights of Rue Du Bac With Jeffrey T Iverson

Sunday March 19th 12:30 – 13:30 (ET)

Where in Paris can you go to buy a bottle of century-old Armagnac, a tin of caviar, and a pastry by Pierre Hermé? The same place where the French president gets his Camembert, and the prime minister his filet mignon: Rue du Bac. Veteran Paris writer Jeffrey T Iverson brings us on a tour of a stylish street renowned for its pleasures since the 1800s, where today a proliferation of gourmet addresses has turned the surrounding area into what one French weekly called Paris’s “golden triangle of gourmandise.”

A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

Thursday 9th March 12:30 – 13:30 (ET)

Hemingway’s classic memoir is a love letter to Paris in the 1920s, to youth, and to his first wife. It offers fascinating glimpses of Gertrude Stein, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and other members of “the Lost Generation.” You can read either of the two available versions, but Janet recommends the 1996 version.

The Secrets of Mastering French, From the Experts at the Alliance Française – Part 1

Thursday, February 23rd 12:30-13:00 (ET)

Do you want to take your French to the next level à toute vitesse? Three expert instructors from the Alliance Française share a fresh batch of secrets to mastering la langue de Molière and sounding like a native speaker. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced student, there will be something for everyone in this fast-paced half hour! Join the fun on Thursday, February 23rd, and mark your calendars for a whole new set of secrets in a second half-hour session of ‘Mastering French’ at the same time on Thursday, April 20th.

You can purchase your ticket for part 2 here.

The Spirit of Rue Dauphine With Jeffrey T Iverson

Sunday, January 22nd 12:30-13:30 (ET)

Veteran Paris writer Jeffrey T Iverson takes us on a tour of one of the most characterful streets of the Left Bank, the place where Paris was reborn after WWII in an outpouring of jazz clubs, galleries, bookshops and cafés. Between Boulevard Saint-Germain and the Pont Neuf, Rue Dauphine is an historic walkway trodden by everyone from Henry IV to Hemingway to Miles Davis, where today a band of booksellers, gallerists, musicians and shop owners are keeping alive the spirit of Saint-Germain-des-Prés.

Rue De Rivoli

A Flâneur’s Guide To Rue De Rivoli

Sunday, December 11th 12:30-1:30 (ET)

Join us for a virtual promenade along the two miles of the classic Rue de Rivoli, from the newly opened Hôtel de la Marine on the Place de la Concorde all the way to the Louvre, the Tour Saint-Jacques and the Hôtel de Ville and Marais (including some pit stops along the way at Angelina’s and Galignani and other treats). Along the way, author Richard Birchall shares excerpts from his recently published Paris The Right Bank – A Flaneur’s Guide, with plenty of fun anecdotes, detours, and insider tips.

Chef Frédéric Vardon

In Conversation With Michelin-starred Chef Frédéric Vardon

Thursday December 1 – 12:30 – 13.30 (ET)

Join us for an informal chat with Chef Frédéric Vardon, where we cover his background, the life of a Michelin-starred chef, his celebrated Le 39V restaurant, inspirations, passion for ‘Farm to Fork’ to reduce the environmental impact of food production, and his conscientious choice of suppliers… plus a chance to ask your questions!


The Taste Of Rue Paul Bert, With Jeffrey Iverson

Sunday 20 November – 12:30 – 13:30 (ET)

Veteran Paris writer Jeffrey T Iverson takes us on tour of a savoury street where the spirit of the French Revolution lives on. In the heart of Faubourg-Saint-Antoine, a neighbourhood whose residents once stormed the Bastille, Rue Paul Bert is a gastronomic enclave of 21st-century cheesemongers, wine merchants, bakeries, and other remarkable food shops, all centred around one deliciously defiant culinary institution – Le Bistrot Paul Bert, a restaurant that critic François Simon calls a ‘rebellion that runs on salted butter’.

Jean-Luc Godard

Homage To Jean-Luc Godard

Thursday 10th November – 12:30 – 13:30 (ET)

We celebrate the life and work of the late Jean-Luc Godard, the director who spearheaded the Nouvelle Vague to become one of the greatest filmmakers of the 20th century. Paris-based film specialist Dimitri Keramitas invites us to retrace the highlights of Godard’s enduring legacy.

Dimitri Keramitas has reviewed French cinema for France Today and Bonjour Paris, among other publications, and contributed to the books ‘Movies in American History’ and ‘Race in American Film’. A Connecticut native, Dimitri was educated at the University of Hartford, the Sorbonne, and the University of London, holding degrees in literature and law.


Bonjour Paris Live: Secrets Of The 10th Arrondissement

Sunday 23rd October – 13:30 – 14:30 (ET)

A promenade around the 10th district of Paris, and especially along the Canal Saint-Martin. This arrondissement invites us to discover the two great Parisian train stations, Gare du Nord and Gare de l’Est, as well as the main square, Place de la République, where most civic demonstrations take place. Once along the banks of Canal Saint-Martin, we discover an increasingly popular area with a highly creative atmosphere, the latest shops, and a new way of gathering in popular cafés.


Book Talk: A Waiter In Paris

Sunday 9th October – 12:30 – 13:30 (ET)

We chat with breakout author Edward Chisholm about his recently-published memoir ‘A Waiter in Paris, Adventures in the Dark Heart of the City’, an evocative portrait of contemporary Paris as seen through the eyes of a young waiter scraping out a living in a physically demanding, frequently humiliating, and incredibly competitive job. ‘But it doesn’t matter because you’re in Paris, the center of the universe, and there’s nowhere else you’d rather be in the world’.

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Fall Fashion In Paris

Sunday 25th September – 12:30 – 13:30 (ET)

Paris-based travel writer and designer Kasia Dietz brings us her overview of Parisian autumn style – including her favorite local creators and addresses to get the look – all with a focus on sustainable fashion. A regular contributor to Bonjour Paris, Kasia’s work has appeared in Condé Nast Traveler, BBC Traveler, National Geographic, and Architectural Digest.

Little Tokyo, With Jeffrey Iverson

Sunday 4th September – 12:30 – 13:30 (ET)

Centered on and around Rue Saint-Anne and Rue de Richelieu, today Little Tokyo is where Parisians come for culinary voyages. The neighborhood is known for its concentration of Japanese travel agencies, food shops and restaurants – including the oldest and most authentic such as Takara (opened in 1963) and Issé, the city’s first izakaya, a Japanese bistro specialising in sake – and many other special spots that embody the love affair between Japanese and French cultures.

In Conversation With Bestselling Author Cara Black

Sunday 21st August, 12:30 – 13:30 (ET)

Cara Black is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of 20 books in the Private Investigator Aimée Leduc series all set in Paris, as well as the standalone thriller Three Hours in Paris. Join us for an informal chat about the riveting 20th installment of the series, which sees the Parisian detective become entangled in a dangerous web of international spycraft and terrorist threats in the 15th arrondissement.

In Conversation with Matthieu Poirier

Thursday 21st July , 12:30 (ET)

The contemporary art scene in Paris is undergoing an astounding reawakening, underpinned by an influx of international galleries, high profile art fairs, and a revived market. Art historian and contemporary art curator Matthieu Poirier unveils the forces (and the unmissable events to add to your calendar) that are making Paris the capital of the contemporary art scene once again.

Jewels of French Cinema

Sunday 17th July, 12:30pm (ET)

French film offers a bountiful diversity, from visionary arthouse storytelling to dazzling epics. Paris-based movie pundit Dimitri Keramitas guides us through France’s enduring legacy to discover a selection of must-see jewels to add to our watchlist.
Dimitri Keramitas has reviewed French cinema for France Today and Bonjour Paris, among other publications, and contributed to the books ‘Movies in American History’ and ‘Race in American Film’. A Connecticut native, Dimitri was educated at the University of Hartford, the Sorbonne, and the University of London, holding degrees in literature and law.

Cast of the Ballet des Porcelaines at the Cultural Services of the French EmbassyVilla Albertine Headquarters at the Payne Whitney Mansion in New York City. Photo by Joe Carrotta

Reimagining the Ballet des Porcelains in 18th-Century Paris

Thursday June 9th 12:30-1:30 (ET)

In 1739, a ballet pantomime called the Ballet des Porcelaines (also known as The Teapot Prince) was performed at the Château de Morville near Paris, and then thought lost forever. NYU art history professor Meredith Martin and choreographer Phil Chan share with us their passion for, and the intriguing story behind, the project that they conjured back to life, based on the original score and libretto kept at the National Library of France in Paris.

What’s new in Paris this Summer

Sunday, June 5th 12:30-1:30 (ET)

Paris-based travel writer Kasia Dietz shares the latest and greatest Parisian addresses to add to your little black book before your next visit – from where to stay and eat, to the most branché boutiques and cultural spots. A regular contributor to Bonjour Paris, Kasia’s work has appeared in Condé Nast Traveler, BBC Traveler, National Geographic, and Architectural Digest.

Boulevard Saint Germain Paris © Shutterstock

A Flâneur’s Guide to Boulevard Saint-Germain

Sunday, May 29th 12:30-1:30 (ET)

On a virtual stroll along the Left Bank’s main artery, author Richard Birchall shares his favorite haunts, pit-stops and attractions. From Assemblée Nationale to Institut du Monde Arabe, across  rue du Bac, Saint-Jacques and Maubert-Mutualité, Richards points out the varied shops, temples, bars and restaurants, along with links to local personalities including Boris Vian, Léo Ferré, Ali, Picasso, Eileen Gray and more

Cour de Commerce Saint Andre – Paris ©Petr Kovalenkov | Shutterstock

Cour du Commerce-Saint-André with Jeffrey Iverson

Sunday, May 15th 12:30-1:30 (ET)

An oasis of calm restaurant terraces and unique shops off the boulevard Saint-Germain, this narrow, cobblestoned passageway was a veritable crossroads of French history, frequented by the Voltaire and the great minds of the Enlightenment, then later by some of the most bloodthirsty figures of the French Revolution. A street to satisfy the desires of history buffs and foodies alike.

In conversation with ​​Alexandre de Vogüé – Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte

Wednesday, April 13th 12:30pm – 1:30pm (EST)

Step into the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte guided by Alexandre de Vogüé, co-owner and director of development and public relations. Alexandre will share with us the secrets and history of his extraordinary family home, as well as his personal insights, exciting new features, events, and plans for the future.

Homage to Emblematic French Film Director Jean-Jacques Beineix

Sunday, March 27th 12:30pm – 1:30pm (EST)

Following the recent passing of Jean-Jacques Beineix, Bonjour Paris’s long serving movie correspondent Dimitri Keramitas revisits the work and legacy of the acclaimed director, famed for his 80’s cult classics Betty Blue, Diva, and The Moon in the Gutter.

In Conversation with Marie-France Pochna

Sunday, March 13th 12:30pm – 1:30pm (EST)

Marie-France Pochna is a recognized authority on Christian Dior, and the author of the definitive biography Christian Dior: Destiny, offering intimate biographical details about the secretive and surprising icon who revolutionized fashion, with new insight on his spirituality, relationships and legacy.  An expert on fashion and trends in the luxury market, she has also published biographies on Maison Dior’s founder Marcel Boussac, Gianni Agnelli, and Nina Ricci.

Secrets of the 18th arrondissement

Sunday, February 27th 1:30pm – 2:30pm (EST)

This district is unusual in that it stands apart and to the north of the rest of the city. The most famous part, Montmartre, has been attached to the city of Paris since 1860 and overlooks the capital. It has kept its bucolic and village-like atmosphere which enchant Parisians and visitors alike. We will discover some of the picturesque nuggets and hidden delights of this special area.

Secrets of the 4th arrondissement

Sunday, January 30th 1:30pm – 2:30pm (EST)

This treasure-filled district lies between the Ile de la Cité and the Ile Saint-Louis, the two historic islands of Paris. It also forms a large part of the very chic and famous Marais district, which was once dotted with private mansions during the reign of Henri IV, the grandfather of Louis XIV. We will discover some of the places and streets that create its special character.

Mastering French – What You Need to Know

Sunday, January 16th 1:00pm – 2:00pm (EST)

Whether you are tackling French for the first time, or keen on perfecting your mastery of the language, this discussion will provide helpful, actionable insights that will guide you to the next level. Linda Witt, President of the Federation of Alliances Françaises USA and Pauline Chateau, Educational Coordinator of the Alliance Française of Seattle, will share tips, tools and resources to help you gain confidence in spontaneous, fluid communication in la langue de Molière.

In conversation with Héloïse Brion

Sunday, December 12th 12:30pm – 1:30pm (EST)

Héloïse Brion,raised in France and the US, left the fashion industry to create Miss Maggie’s Kitchen where she shares her singular blend of recipes, lifestyle, travel, and classic French entertaining with a modern twist. She published Miss Maggie’s Kitchen: Relaxed French Entertaining.

The Hidden Edens of Paris with Amy Kupec-Larue

Wednesday, December 1st 12:30pm – 1:30pm (EST)

Paris is known for its elegant monuments, museums and aligned Haussmannian facades but did you know that it also harbors well over 500 parks, squares, gardens and many hidden corners of botanical beauty which make up the fabric of the city? Some of these havens of chlorophyl are rather hidden while others are in plain sight, yet overlooked. Join Amy Kupec-Larue for a virtual tour of these charming pockets of greenery.

Amy Kupec-Larue has been living, working and traveling in Europe for 30 years.  Her passion for flowers, plants and the French Art de Vivre led her to a career that beautifully combines her wide knowledge, keen interests and vast experience with gardens.

Jeffrey Iverson – Passage Jouffroy and Passage des Panoramas

Sunday, November 14th 12:30pm – 1:30pm (EST)

These two passage couverts represented a revolution for Parisian society and the way Parisians experienced and circulated through their city, as a network of covered arcades grew across Paris in the 1800s. Eventually one could walk on a rainy day from Palais-Royal to the Grands Boulevards and hardly get wet. Today, after decades of neglect, many passageways are being rediscovered by Parisians, capturing hearts again with their 19th century charm

In conversation with Allison Zinder

Wednesday, November 3rd 12:30pm – 1:30pm (EST)

Allison Zinder is a gastronomy guide and Food & Beverage educator. A certified chef, she offers food and history tours to anglophone travelers and develops Study Abroad programs. Allison is also Head of Academics at a hospitality management school in Paris, and has lived in France since 1995.

Secrets of the 2nd arrondissement

Sunday, October 17th 1:30pm – 2:30pm (EST)

This arrondissement is the traditional district of the textile industry. It is also a great hub of theatre and opera and is home to the covered passages, ancestors of the department stores. The Grands Boulevards, which are full of life, run along the northern side of the district. This is a district less familiar to lovers of Paris and it is really worthy getting to know.

In conversation with Meredith Mullins

Sunday, October 3rd 12:30pm – 1:30pm (EST)

American Meredith Mullins came for a visit to Paris 15 years ago, and, like many other creative souls, decided to stay. Dreams can come true. She is an award-winning fine art photographer, photojournalist, teacher, and writer, who lives on the Ile Saint-Louis.

Secrets of the 1st arrondissement

Sunday, September 19th 12:30pm – 1:30pm (EST)

In addition to the temple of culture that is the Louvre, we will discover the emblematic districts between Place Vendôme, rue Saint Honoré, the Palais Royal and the old “belly of Paris”, the famous Les Halles transformed into a shopping centre and the stock exchange which has become a museum of contemporary art. It’s a lively and popular area with many picturesque streets.

In conversation with Guy Hibbert, France Media Editor in Chief and Author

Sunday, August 8th 12:30pm – 1:30pm (EST)

Francophile and novelist Guy Hibbert recounts how he first fell in love with the country, realized a lifelong dream to buy a manor house near Bordeaux, founded France Media by accident and gradually came to understand what makes the French different from us Anglo Saxons.

Host: Sylvia Davis, Culture Editor, France Media Group

Parisian Walkways Live: rue du Nil

Sunday, July 25th 12:30pm – 1:30pm (EST)

Longtime Paris resident and France Today contributor Jeffrey Iverson brings to life the history, personalities and charm of the city’s more offbeat streets. Rue du Nil was once a run-down side artery of the Sentier garment district, with an infamous link to one of Victor Hugo’s novels, but has morphed into a vibrant 21st-century thoroughfare which is helping to define the future of French gastronomy.

Presented by: Jeffrey Iverson, Culture Journalist

Host: Sylvia Davis, Culture Editor, France Media Group

Secrets of the 6th arrondissement

Sunday, July 11th 1:00pm – 2:00pm (EST)

The famous and fashionable sixième district on the rive gauche is home to iconic Paris landmarks like the Luxembourg Palace and Gardens, the abbey Saint-German-des-Prés, the Ecole des Beaux Arts, the Café de Flore and le Monnaie de Paris. Join us for a fascinating insider’s guide to the 6th, taking in hidden histories and recommended visits off the beaten track.

Presented by: Marielle Vignat, Licensed tour guide, cultural historian

Host: Sarah Bartesaghi Truong, Founder, VeniVidiParis

In Conversation with Alexander Lobrano

Sunday, June 20th 12:30pm – 1:30pm (EST)

Alexander Lobrano grew up in Connecticut, and lived in Boston, New York and London before moving to Paris, his home today, in 1986. He was European Correspondent for Gourmet magazine from 1999 until its closing, and has written about food and travel for Saveur, Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Guardian, Travel & Leisure, Departures, Conde Nast Traveler, and many other publications in the United States and the United Kingdom.

He is the author of Hungry for Paris and Hungry for France. The award-winning writer, whose childhood idea of fine dining was Howard Johnson’s, tells how he became one of Paris’s most influential food critics in his latest book My Place at the Table (June 2021).

Host: Sylvia Davis, Culture Editor, France Media Group

Secrets of the 7th arrondissement

Sunday, June 13th 12:30pm – 1:30pm (EST)

Sign up for our enlightening lecture “tour” of the famous 7eme arrondissement of Paris.

As your Insider’s Guide to Paris we’re going to discover the lesser known corners of the famous 7th.

Learn about the history, architecture and the legendary names associated with iconic locations like Orsay, Solférino, Eglise Sainte-Clothilde, Rue de Bellechasse, Rue du Bac and the Beaupassage. We will take you to the places that visitors usually don’t go – perfect planning for your next trip!

Presented by: Marielle Vignat, Licensed tour guide, cultural historian

Host: Sarah Bartesaghi Truong, Founder, Veni Vidi Paris


In Conversation with Lindsey Tramuta

Sunday, June 6th 12:30pm – 1:30pm (EST)

Lindsey Tramuta is an American culture & travel journalist and podcaster based in Paris since 2006. She is a regular contributor to the New York Times, Fortune, Condé Nast Traveler, Eater, Food and Wine, Travel and Leisure, Glamour, and a host of other news and travel publications. Her first book, The New Paris: the People, Places & Ideas Fueling a Movement, was released in 2017 and was an Amazon bestseller and named one of Smithsonian Magazine’s top 10 travel books of the year. Her second book, The New Parisienne: the Women & Ideas Shaping Paris, was released in summer 2020 and features more than 40 women challenging the “French Girl” trope and influencing culture, politics, and business in France and beyond. Lindsey’s podcast, The New Paris podcast, continues the conversations and themes explored in both books.

Host: Sylvia Davis, Culture Editor, France Media Group

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