• Toyo & We Are All Charlie Buzz

    By Margaret Kemp

    Meet Toyomitsu Nakayama. « Toyo » was born in Kumomoto, Japan, city of forests, and began cooking age 10, « because I didn’t like eating, I was a nightmare to my mother, but I knew what I wanted to taste ! » In France since 1994, Toyo became Kenzo’s private chef in 2002. In 2011, just off Boulevard Raspail, he launched TOYO. « Because I wanted to see my name above the door ! »

    Last Updated ( Friday, 23 January 2015 )
  • Photo of the week - January 23, 2015

    By Rachael Woodson

    This week's photograph was taken at the French-American artist Niki de Saint Phalle's (1930-2002) current show at Le Grand Palais in Paris. The piece photographed, La Cabeza, is a giant skull covered with colored mirrors and stones that is large enough to walk into. The message the artist wanted to send with this work, which is reminiscent of Day of the Dead imagery, was hopeful - "La mort n'existe pas, life is eternal".

    Last Updated ( Friday, 23 January 2015 )
  • Life and Death at Charlie-Hebdo

    By Barbara Becquiot

    Though most Europeans have no idea who Charles “Sparky” Schulz was, his “Peanuts” characters are known all over the world.  Until Wednesday's events, French cartoonists  Bernard “Tignous” Verlhac, Jean “Cabu” Cabut, Georges Wolinski and Philippe Honore were pretty much unknown outside of France... except to those who were told to “hate” them.

    Last Updated ( Thursday, 22 January 2015 )
  • Adopt a Neighborhood -- Montorgueil

    By Don Roby

    It was a beautiful early-October afternoon.  We were sitting at a table at one of the many outdoor cafés that line Rue Montorgueil, having refreshments.  The level of activity here picks up around this time of day.  People are walking their kids home from school, getting out to stretch their legs, shopping for the evening meal.  Lots of dog walkers.  This had become our favorite time of day, nestled in amongst locals, watching the parade of Parisian humanity pass by.

    Last Updated ( Tuesday, 20 January 2015 )
  • Op-Ed: Tough Days for France

    By Harriet Welty Rochefort

    It’s been a tough few weeks for France.

    On Wednesday, January 7, my husband stood transfixed in front of the television, muttering something about "some shooting somewhere in Paris."  Soon, it became more specific:  The shooting took place at the headquarters of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in the 11th arrondissement, not far from where we live.

    Last Updated ( Thursday, 22 January 2015 )
  • A Glimpse of Travel in the Middle Ages at the Musée National du Moyen Âge

    By Diane Stamm

    Ask anyone why they travel today and you will get as many reasons as people asked. They are tired; they are bored; they are curious; their mate is driving them crazy; they just need to get away. But during the Middle Ages, people traveled for four main reasons – enrichment, salvation, war, and social visibility – according to the exhibition “Voyager au Moyan Âge” (“Traveling in the Middle Ages”), at the Musée national du Moyen Âge in the Paris 6th (formerly the Musée de Cluny), which runs through February 23.

    Last Updated ( Wednesday, 21 January 2015 )
  • Belleville: Paris of the People

    By Allison Zinder

    At the crossroads of the 10th, 11th, 19th, and 20th districts, Belleville is known among Parisians as a miniature Chinatown and for its rowdy bars. But who knew that the area’s history was so rich in entertainment, and that the seeds of uprisings were sown right here in eastern Paris?

    Last Updated ( Tuesday, 20 January 2015 )
  • With Experience (my) France, you will live like the locals do.

    By Christian Hery

    You will eat and drink the best that the region has to offer, stopping in scenic places for a delightful picnic of local wines, cheeses, sausages and pâtés, dining at select restaurants, or gather with locals at a weekly producers’ market in a village square. Read more...

    Last Updated ( Tuesday, 20 January 2015 )
  • Espalion, France, The Birthplace of Diving

    By Christian Hery

    Here it is! Jules Verne's adventure novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea got inspired by the invention made by two Aveyronnais — the diving suit per se — when he attended in 1867 the Universal Exhibition in Paris.  Read more...

    Last Updated ( Saturday, 17 January 2015 )
  • Photo of the week - January 16, 2015

    By Rachael Woodson

    This week's photo was taken during Sunday's rally in support of victims of the recent attacks in Paris. According to the Minister of the Interior, this was the largest demonstration ever witnessed in France, with an estimated 3.7 million people participating. The marche républicaine moved along boulevard Voltaire from place de la République toward place de la Nation. A second route followed boulevard de Ménilmontant to avenue Philippe-Auguste also in Paris' 11eme, the arrondissement that is home to Charlie Hebdo's offices.

    Last Updated ( Saturday, 17 January 2015 )
  • One on One French

    By Kymberley Baker

    Picture it: you’re sitting in your living room, MacBook on your lap, and a glass of sauvignon blanc on the coffee table in front of you.  Pretty typical evening, most likely, except that tonight is different.  Ce soir, you’re getting a one-on-one French lesson from the comfort of your own home.

    Last Updated ( Saturday, 17 January 2015 )
  • No Clichés at Two Photo Exhibits in the Paris 4th

    By Diane Stamm

    “The biggest cliché in photography is sunrise and sunset.” So opined Catherine Opie, Professor of Photography at the University of California at Los Angeles. You will see no such clichés in “Toute photographie fait énigme” (“Every photograph is an enigma”), which runs through January 25, 2015, at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in the Paris 4th.

    Last Updated ( Wednesday, 21 January 2015 )
  • Photo of the Week - January 9, 2015

    By Rachael Woodson

    This week's photo was taken on Wednesday night at Place de la Republique in Paris, France, where thousands gathered to protest the attack of three Islamist gunmen on Charlie Hebdo, the French satirical newspaper, which occurred earlier that day. Yesterday, the remaining staff announced that they would continue the weekly publication. Next week's edition will be printed in a increased run of one million copies.

    Last Updated ( Thursday, 08 January 2015 )
  • Paris Magnum, now through March 28, 2015

    By Loui Franke

    Take a photographic journey of Paris from the 1930’s to the present day at the recently opened exhibit, Paris Magnum. The capital’s social and political history are portrayed along with the glitter, the great fashions and, of course, the celebrities.

    Last Updated ( Tuesday, 30 December 2014 )
  • All those Love Locks on Paris Bridges? It’s Time for them to Go

    By Diane Stamm

    You know all those love locks clamped onto Paris bridges? Well, it’s time for them to go.

    Those locks – 90,000 pounds of them on the Pont de l’Archevêché and a whopping 205,000 pounds on the longer Pont des Arts – have become a blight, not to mention destructive to the bridges – many panels have collapsed under the weight – and the keys thrown into the water below are rusting and polluting the Seine.

    Last Updated ( Sunday, 11 January 2015 )

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