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  • Les Climats : Prunier's Sensational Sandwich : Ecua-Andino Panama Hats + A Hot New Hotel Concept Buzz

    By Margaret Kemp

    Young talent Julien Boscus is wearing the whites at Les Climats, the restaurant showcasing Burgundy wines : Chez Prunier le Sandwich deluxe makes a perfect picnic, the ultimate snack. The must-have Panama Hats, and, how about a chic hôtel where you pay what you think your stay is worth?

    Last Updated ( Tuesday, 29 July 2014 )
  • Photo of the Week - July 25, 2014

    By Rachael Woodson

    While planning an upcoming trip to Switzerland, I recently came across this photograph of the Aare river running through Bern. The river which runs through the city is known around the world as a celebrated swim spot. Most swimmers enter the Aare from the public baths of Marzili and let the strong current carry them downstream. At just four and a half hours from Paris by train, Bern (or Berne in French) is especially known for it's medieval city centre, recognised by UNESCO as a Cultural World Heritage Site.

    Last Updated ( Sunday, 27 July 2014 )
  • How to Plan for a Delightful Dining Experience on Your Next Trip to Paris

    By Tom Reeves

    People travel to Paris for a variety of different reasons, ranging from business trips to summer vacation.  Whatever your reason for making the trip, you will find your visit to the City of Light more enjoyable if you take advantage of your presence there to dine on the fine French cuisine that hundreds of Parisian restaurants offer.

    Last Updated ( Thursday, 24 July 2014 )
  • An Interview with Ellen Hampton, Author of Playground for Misunderstanding

    By Janet Hulstrand

    Ellen Hampton, lecturer in history at the prestigious Sciences Po university, and Paris Resident Director for the City University of New York, is the author of Women of Valor: The Rochambelles on the WWII Front, and Playground for Misunderstanding, a murder mystery set in Paris. Before moving to France in 1989, she worked as a journalist in Miami and Latin America. She recently took the time to discuss her career as a writer and educator, as well as her life in France, with BP writer Janet Hulstrand.

    Last Updated ( Tuesday, 22 July 2014 )
  • Jean-François Piège : Les Ombres, Terrace of the Week : News from Ladurée Buzz

    By Margaret Kemp

    Thoumieux, Jean-François Piège, at present the luxury brand includes the Brasserie chic, designer hôtel, 2-star Michelin resto and pâtisserie. It doesn’t end here, there’s more exciting news, so stay tuned. Les Ombres, the perfect address to celebrate, birthdays, anniversaries, just being in Paris, celebrates the arrival of super-chef Frédéric Claudel. And, Ladurée’s lotions and potions make perfect calorie free gifts.

    Last Updated ( Monday, 21 July 2014 )
  • Photo of the Week - July 18, 2014

    By Rachael Woodson

    In case you missed this year's Bastille Day festivities, here is a photograph taken on Monday of one of La Fête nationale's highlights. Les feux d'artifice (fireworks) were set off from les Bassins du Trocadéro opposite la tour Eiffel. Crowds gather on le Champ de Mars to watch the spectacle, which started at 11pm and lased 35 minutes. For this year's edition, the theme was "Guerre et Paix" (war and peace) in recognition of the centenary of World War I.

    Last Updated ( Thursday, 17 July 2014 )
  • Turning Seventy in Paris With - Hemingway and Other Ex-Pats

    By Michele Kurlander

    I am In Paris this entire month to recognize (note that I don’t say “celebrate”) that on the 20th of this month I will turn – aaaggghhhhh – the age of 70!

    Une femme d’un certain age (as the French like to say).

    Last Updated ( Thursday, 17 July 2014 )
  • The Hotel du Commerce - An Insider's View of a Corsican in Gascony

    By Sue Aran

    Eight years ago when I first arrived in the Gers (department 32) I stayed at the Lac des Courtes, a congenial, self catering campground, in the quiet village of Estang.  At that time, the village had one bakery, one small market, one tabac, one pharmacy, an esteemed charcuterie and a two star hotel - restaurant called the Hotel du Commerce.

    Last Updated ( Tuesday, 15 July 2014 )
  • Bird People : Lost in Transit

    By Dimitri Keramitas

    Ever since her acclaimed first film Petits arrangements avec les morts, Pascale Ferran has been considered one of the French cinema’s most gifted filmmakers, especially interesting for being slightly askew. The idea of her making a film about an American adrift in Paris was tantalizing. Bird People (her first feature since 2006’s Lady Chatterly) is more than slightly askew—it’s at a vertiginous angle (maybe the perspective of a careening bird).

    Last Updated ( Saturday, 12 July 2014 )
  • BUZZ: RechSurf N’ Turf : Bristol Terrace & Hôtel Westminster Anti-Terrace Attitude & Paris Picnic

    By Margaret Kemp

    More than just a seafood brasserie, Rech is an institution, circa 1920, revised and corrected by Alain Ducasse in 2007.  Throughout July, in homage to their American clients, Rech chef Adrien Trouilloud presents Surf n’Turf: Le Bristol is Terrace of the Week and announces Sonia Papet as Head Concierge. “So, where do we go when it’s raining and we’re shopping on rue de la Paix?” ask Florence and Fred from Texas. And, when the sun does shine, why not plan a Paris Picnic?

    Last Updated ( Saturday, 12 July 2014 )
  • Photo of the Week - July 11, 2014

    By Rachael Woodson

    This week's photo was taken a few years ago during the photography festival Les Rencontres d'Arles. This year's edition, Parade, officially launched this week with over fifty exhibitions showing work by the likes of Vik Muniz, David Bailey, Mitch Epstein and many others. Over the course of the festival, photographers from all over come to Arles to exhibit and visit the exhibitions that pop up all over town. At night, events like the one pictured here take over le théâtre antique, where projections and talks with the artists are organized.

    Last Updated ( Friday, 11 July 2014 )
  • France Fends off Amazon

    By Anne McCarthy

    It seems that France is always in the midst of a fight or a strike or a plight: Metro strikes, working week laws, presidential affairs, or love lock regulations.

    Last Updated ( Friday, 11 July 2014 )
  • Beans, Baristas and Brews. Finding Delicious Coffee in Paris!

    By Sally Peabody

    Want to find delicious coffee in Paris? Sally Peabody tells you how.  Finally, the world-wide trend for quality coffees, brewed correctly, served by knowledgeable baristas, has established itself in Paris. Coffee-centric cafes, custom roasters, high quality beans, servers who know their stuff, convivial atmosphere--- here are two sources for superb coffees in central Paris.

    Last Updated ( Friday, 11 July 2014 )
  • Getting the Parisian Look in New York with Hairstylist Ricardo Rojas

    By Katherine Brodsky

    That effortless Parisian chic look?  Here's a secret: It takes a bit of work.

    French women may take a minimalist approach to beauty, but the key to achieving that look is making sure everything looks healthy and polished inside and out. That's where hairstylist to the stars, Ricardo Rojas comes in...

    Last Updated ( Monday, 07 July 2014 )
  • Peninsula, Paris : Arpege News : Lenôtre & Elodie Martins : Jeanne B Terrace of the Week Buzz

    By Margaret Kemp

    The Peninsula Paris, voted « Most Anticipated New Hotel Opening 2014 » by Luxury Travel Advisor, welcomes its first guests August 1st – we’ve had a peep inside the new Palace : Alain Passard is No. 25 on The World's 50 Best agree with this rating or not, as Passard points out, with a chuckle, « I’m the only Michelin 3-star on the left-bank! » Lenôtre & Elodie Martins go « Badou Badou » and Jeanne B is Terrace of the Week.


    Last Updated ( Tuesday, 08 July 2014 )

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