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Our virtual e-bus continues touring Paris arrondissement by arrondissement. Next stop the 2nd where we learn how the oldest profession, a failed invasion, and a delectable outdoor market come together to form a neighborhood. 2ème Between...

Bourges (Cher), St Stephan’s cathedral Why a rooster is the symbol of France A two and a half hour drive south of Paris, the city of Bourges’s narrow streets, majestic 12th century cathedral and over...

You never forget your firsts, which may explain my affection for the scene of my debut into Parisian life. Although my heart is firmly planted on the Left Bank, the Marais never ceases to...

All aboard! Step onto our virtual e-bus and ride along for a tour of Paris arrondissement by arrondissement . . . today we begin at the very center of Paris and by the end...

Le Relais Boccador,Madame Claude ran Relais Boccador as a private club whose clients included politicians, police, mafia, actors etc.. Shush! Nobody knew, but everybody knew. DSK syndrome.In 1974, after prosecution for procuring, Madame Claude...

Thrifty Bretons began salting their butter for two simple reasons: salt was plentiful and cheap and by salting the butter it would last longer without spoiling. One tradition surrounding butter in Brittany is the beurre...

In July, Parisians are already trickling out, leaving a more sedate ambience in the capital, but the Paris Film Festival always brings plenty of cinematic excitement. From June 28 to July 9 the festival...

The Canal Saint-Martin is another of those lovely treasurers in Paris often not known about by the average traveler. It is a long canal within Paris that connects the Canal de l’Ourcq to the...

Are you a fashion victim? Do you sometimes want to buy something that “simply everyone will be wearing”? An ever changing kaleidoscope of looks, accessories, colors, shapes and bling assault us everyday and for...

Since being awarded three Michelin stars at the tender age of 33 for his 33-month old Le Louis XV at the Hôtel de Paris in Monaco, Alain Ducasse has become one of the world’s...

My close American friend and teacher Carla, recently invited me to join her on a five day trip to Amsterdam, Holland. I first met Carla during my trip back to Northern California in the...

Paris’ Latin Quarter, the 5th Arrondissement, is home to the heart of the city, the Notre Dame de Paris, a church that has stood its ground for 850 years and has welcomed millions of...