Moon

2019 marked 50 years since our first steps on the moon. The Grand Palace, in Paris, had an exhibit about mankind’s relationship with the moon to celebrate this global event. Even though it has been linked to cheese since antiquity this exhibit featured art and reliques from a variation of time periods and only freeze […]

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Things to see at the Louvre Besides the Mona Lisa

The Louvre is a fantastic museum. On a boat tour in Paris I was told if you stood in front of every piece in the Louvre for three seconds, it would take you three months to see everything. In recent years the audio guide is on a Nintendo DS. This gives you an interactive 3D […]

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Chantilly

Chantilly is about 25 minutes north of Paris via train. You can also take the train RER D but it takes an hour.  I took the regular train. Chantilly has a beautiful chateau. The main town center, where the train stops, isn’t far from the castle and that is only one of the main draws […]

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Rouen

Rouen is an easy day trip from Paris by train. Rouen is the capital of the Normandy area. It became the capital in the 10th century. Rouen has an amazing cathedral, Notre Dame Rouen, built in the 12th century.  The town and cathedral have been under siege many times but most recently it was bombed […]

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Paris in Blue

Paris is filled with color. Everywhere you look there are colorful flowers, awnings, macarons and street art. Join me for a photo tour in blue. Evening Sky Art Bright Sky Churches and Buildings Museums and Stores Misc.

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Atelier des Lumières

Atelier des Lumières is a new digital art center with a unique way to immerse yourself in art.  Located in the 11th arr. the building used to be an iron foundry founded in 1835 and was in operation until 1929. It was then discovered by Culturespace in 2013 as the perfect place to house a […]

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Beat the Heat in Paris

Over the past few years, there have been heatwaves in Europe. Temperatures have gone up to 102 degrees on a few of the days I was in Paris. In New York there is air conditioning everywhere. That’s not the case in Paris. It’s not every day, or year, that it hovers around 100 degrees. I […]

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Markets

One of the things that helps me feel like a local in any city or town I visit is going to the local markets. Sometimes the markets are called Le Halles. Most towns have a Le Halles. Usually these markets are indoors and open every day.  The other type of market is an outdoor market. […]

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Cooking Class in Paris

Taking a cooking class in Paris is a great way to get closer to french culture and bring home a taste of your trip. I have taken two cooking classes at La Cuisine Paris. A wonderful cooking school with great teachers/chefs. It is located next to the Seine in the 4th arr. Right now they […]

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Hidden Gems in Paris

I’ve spent a good many summers in Paris and I’m always looking for something out of the way and different to see and do. Here are a few things I’ve discovered over the years that are little hidden gems around the city. Bercy Village Bercy Village is an outdoor shopping mall with as many cafes […]

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The Catacombs of paris

The catacombs of Paris can be an all day event but the wait is worth it. The catacombs are located in the 14th arr. and are accessible by metro lines 4, 6 and the train RER B as well as busses. The catacombs are closed Mondays.  There is now a ‘skip the line’ ticket. If […]

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Cezanne’s studio

On a very hot day in July, in southern France, I visited Cezanne’s studio with my friend Julia. The studio was purchased by Cezanne in 1901 on a hillside right outside the town of Aix-en-Provence and close to Cezanne’s favorite view of Mont Sainte-Victoire. Having his own studio, made to his specifications, was a long […]

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