Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Wednesday Wanderings: Visiting Alexandre Dumas with Entree to Black Paris

For this weeks Wednesday Wanderings we have a special treat for you, Monique Wells of Entree to Black Paris wanders up to Picardie and through the fascinating history of Alexandre Dumas - author of The Three Musketeers and much more.




Statue of Alexandre Dumas at Place du Docteur Jean Mouflier
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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Tuesday Tidbit: An American PhotoGrrl in Paris by Michelle Lundquist

For this weeks Tuesday Tidbit we have a wonderful blog piece by guest blogger Michelle Lundquist. Michelle explores Paris with not only the eyes of a tourist, but also those of a photographer. The piece is full of some great pictures and very useful tips!

For my very first blog, I thought I would talk about my last vacation/photography adventure - my first trip to Paris. Simply put, it is as magical as everyone makes it out to be while also being a living, working city full of real people.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Rock en Seine

This weekend Ann Marie was fortunate enough to attend the 9th edition of the wonderful Rock en Seine concert held at Domaine de Saint-Cloud , which had an amazing line up of acts including Foo Fighters, The Artic Monkeys, The Kills, Interpol and the list goes on and on!

Picture from www.rockenseine.com

Friday, August 26, 2011

Friday Foto: Paris Flowers

A few weeks ago I was strolling through the Luxembourg Gardens and these beautiful flowers caught my eye, I could not resist taking a few pictures! I absolutely love that Paris is full of beautiful flowers everywhere you go, it certainly adds to the city's beauty.



Thursday, August 25, 2011

Thursday Food for Thought:Light Salade aux Lardons

For this weeks Thursday's Food for Thought Ann-Marie gives us the recipe for her favorite French Summer Salad.


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Wednesday Wanderings: The Best of Rue Mouffetard (Latin Quarter)

This weeks Wednesday Wanderings post is another piece from Michelle Young and her great blog Untapped Paris. This week Michelle tells us about her time on the beautiful Rue Mouffetard, and all the things she loves about this little street in the wonderful Latin Quarter. Yetunde also lived on Rue Mouffetard when she first moved to Paris, and loved it. So we just could not resist reposting this wonderful piece for all of you!


Monday, August 22, 2011

Tuesday Tidbit : Notre Dame's Flying Buttresses


Notre Dame is widely considered one of the finest examples of French architecture in not only France, but Europe, and is one of Paris's main attractions. Hundreds of thousands of tourist come to Notre Dame every year to behold its beauty and Gothic splendor. But how many people are aware of reasoning for the use of its flying buttresses - a primary Gothic element?

Rolling to Paris on two wheels: Fat Tire Bike Tour

This week Ann Marie takes us on a bike tour from one of Tripadvisors' best things today in Paris top attraction - Fat Tire Bike Tours.

Image from Fat Tire Bike Tours facebook page

This Night Bike Tour is an excellent way to experience the "City of Light" at (arguably) its best. As the tour sets off at 7 o'clock (sharp!) we had the fantastic opportunity to see the city just as the sun light fades away in the background.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Sipping on Saturdays- Baron Samedi


I just love to wander around the 11th district, there is always some new bar that I haven't tried out yet. So as I strolled along one of Paris's many beautiful streets, I spotted a bar named Baron Samedi and decided to pop in!


Friday, August 19, 2011

Friday Foto: Sunset on the Seine

For this weeks Friday Foto Ann-Marie has captured a piece of Paris at sunset. I can never decide if  Paris is most beautiful during the day or during the night, perhaps sunset is the perfect combination?

Sunset on the Seine

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Thursday Food for Thought: Santa Lucia - An Italian Delight in the Latin Quarter

For this weeks Thursday Food for Thought Ann Marie takes us on an Italian journey in the heart of the Latin quarter.


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Wednesday Wanderings: Foxity Tours



For this weeks Wednesday Wandering I got the pleasure of wandering throughout Paris on the Foxity Bus Tour, something which I have been meaning to do for along time now!


Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Tuesday Tidbit: Colette

For this weeks Tuesday Tidbit Ann-Marie gives us a small history of the famous and controversial author Colette!


Image from johncoulthart.com

Monday, August 15, 2011

Monday's Blog: Carnavalet Museum

For this weeks Monday Blog I visited the Carnavalet Museum, which is situated in a fabulous old palace in the heart of the beautiful Marais district. 



Saturday, August 13, 2011

Sipping on Saturdays-Smoothie Heaven

There is nothing I like more, then on a warm summers day sitting outside and enjoying a nice cool smoothie. So for this weeks Sipping on Saturday I bring you one of my favorite Smoothie recipes!

I love smoothies and like to experiment with the different ingredients I find in my kitchen, but this Mango, Strawberry, Banana recipe I found on a website called Sandra's Recipes and it just looked so delicious that I had to try it out. I was not disappointed, not only does it look very cool and funky but it taste delicious!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Friday Foto: Over the Rainbow

For this weeks Friday Foto, Yetunde has taken a very tasty looking photo of some of Japanese pastry chef Sadaharu Aoki's creations!
sadaharu aoki

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Thursday Food for Thought: Café La Porte Montmartre

For this weeks Thursday Food for Thought, I bring you to the lively Café La Porte Montmartre on Boulevard Poissonnière in the 2nd arrondissement.
 

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Wandering Wednesdays: Beyond Paris - Gerberoy a flourishing medieval village



One of the advantages of living or visiting Paris, is its centrality to the rest of France. All roads may lead to Rome but maybe we could also say all French road lead to Paris. 

This week Yetunde wanders outside of Paris to the beautiful medieval village of Gerberoy.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Tuesday Tidbit: Musée National du Moyen Age

For this weeks Tuesday Tidbit Ann-Marie tells us all about Musée Cluny, or by it's more official title  Musée National du Moyen Age. If you want to brush up on your French history or take a look at one of Paris's many museums, but don't want to queue for hours this is the ideal place for you!



Saturday, August 6, 2011

Sipping on Saturday: Le Blanc Cassis

For this weeks Sipping on Saturday, Ann-Marie brings us to Le Blanc Cassis bistro in the Marais district just steps away from Republique. This lovely bistro is located right next to Carreau du Temple Market, Hotel du Vieux Saule and our beautiful new apartment Fleur du Petit Thouars




Friday, August 5, 2011

Friday Foto: Better Paris Photos' Sophie Pasquet

This Friday Foto is a profile on photographer Sophie Pasquet, creator of Better Paris Photos.
 

The digital age of photography has turned every amateur photographer into an artist in his or her own right. No more bad holiday photos when you have the possibility of taking 100s and deleting or keeping them without the disappointment of picking up photos from a roll of film that was very badly exposed. But even in this digital universe, we don't all take fabulous photos.

Ever wanted to learn more about your camera's function and go further in your photography, well what better setting that the city of Paris to learn and test out your skills at urban photography - believe me it is not as easy as it may seem.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Thursday Food For Thought: Tarte au Mirabelle - Mirabelle Plum tart

For dessert Chef and owner of Cook'n with Class Eric Fraudeau has given us a recipe for some yummy Tarte au Mirabelle (Mirabelle Plum tart!)
Picture from Colloquial Cookin

Thursday Food for Thought: It's time for mirabelles Chef Brian DeFehr

For this weeks Thursday Food for Thought, we are bringing you a delicious entree and main course featuring mirabelles those delectable plums that are currently in season. The recipes below are from Chef Brian DeFehr of Cook'n with Class

Photo from jedecouvrelafrance.com

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

The delights of Rue Saint-Martin near beaubourg

This Wednesday Wanderings post comes from a terrific blog post from Michelle Young of Untapped Paris. Michelle wanders around rue Saint-Martin for an untapped view in Paris' lesser known hotspots. Not to mention that it is walking distance from our newest rental Fleur du Peit Thouars


Beaubourg, the area near the Centre Pompidou, can get overwhelming with all the tourist tsotchke and overpriced cafes. But you may be surprised that just around the corner, the atmosphere reverts back to quaint Paris and there are delights to keep one entertained for hours.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Tuesday Tidbit: The scandalous Cancan

When visiting Paris many people make the trip to the famous Moulin Rouge to catch a glimpse of the world renowned French Cancan, but are you aware of the history of this scandalous Cancan?




The Cancan (previously known as Chatut) translates from french, to tittle-tattle or scandal, due to the fact that it was regarded as scandalous dance! Many tried to repress this dance as it was seen as inappropriate, and arrests were even issued to those who performed it. This simply increased it's popularity and provoked many to rebel and perform it in public dance halls.

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