Sunday, January 29, 2012

Discover Paris - Chocolate Tasting 2012

Well you don't have to ask me twice! A chocolate tasting, I can certainly do that. So when Monique and Tom asked if I wanted to be one of the tasters in their yearly Paris chocolate tasting event, I immediately said "heck yeah!".


Monday, January 23, 2012

Paris Profile: Kim Petyt - Parisian Events

Kim Petyt - Photo: Feels like Home in Paris

Just before the holidays I had the chance to sit down with Kim Petyt of Parisian Events. Kim is a lovely lady and though I've known her virtually for over 4 years, this was the first time we had actually gotten off the cyber wall and had lunch together - certainly not going to wait another 4 years to do it again.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Paris Shopping: So You're not a Size 6

For those of you who thought that Paris clothes shopping was only for skinny minnies, think that no more. You can shop the capital of fashion even if you are not a size 6 and clothing designer, Gwen Evans tells us how. In this second chapter of her guest post for our Like Home in Paris blog, Gwen shares her secrets of where to shop and still be très Parisien


Saturday, January 21, 2012

Sipping in Saturday: Dellaville Cafe

One of the really lovely things about going just about anywhere in Paris, is that every place seems to have a story. It is not always easy to find the story behind the story so you can imagine the amount of urban myths that exist.

A friend of mine (a former Parisian), invited me out for a drink suggesting as the halfway point, the Dellaville Cafe on Grand Boulevard (more specifically Bonne Nouvelle). I had passed in front of this cafe many times before. Its location close to the Rex cinema/club and countless theatres and other clubs make it a great location to start off a night of folie.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Intouchables — The Best French Movie of 2011



The Artist might be the most talked about French movie of the year but there is another French film that is on track to be France's most viewed movie—Intouchables. It is now the second highest grossing movie in France, right behind Bienvenue Chez Les Ch'tis (it was translated to "Welcome to the Sticks" in English). Some are hailing the movies as the next Amélie.



After hearing everyone in Paris talk about Intouchables my wife and I decided to catch a Sunday matinée and we were surprised that the theater was still fairly full—especially since the movie had been out for a few months. And there was the fact that the movie was in French and didn't have English subtitles—did I mention that my French is pretty terrible?

Monday, January 16, 2012

Paris People Profiles: Who's that Girl? - Antiques Diva® Toma Haines

The worlds of Twitter and Facebook have made "meeting" new people virtually a hot newish trend. I have "friended" or "followed" many people whom I have not yet had the pleasure of meeting. After reading the posts from Toma Haines of Antiques Diva® I knew I had to meet here. She seemed to be following me around the world, or at least Europe, ha ha! She was just a lovely and personable as her posts. So I want to introduce you to one of our new partners and friends, Toma Haines, THE Diva behind Antiques Diva® 



Sunday, January 15, 2012

Let the Soldes Begin! - by Gwen Evans

You are probably well aware that the Winter sales began in Paris on the 11th of January and run till the 14th of February! 5 Weeks of shoppers heaven with discounts going up to as much as 70% off. But how to attack the sales without going nuts is a skill for some and an art form for others. Shopping guru and our guest blogger, Gwen Evans of Paris Found, is often asked by her clients to purchase items for them during her numerous trips to Paris when she is not leading a group of energetic shoppers on one of her tours. In today's post she shares her tips for navigating the sales in style.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Friday Foto - I've got my eyes on you

The things you spot just walking down the street in Paris! An erie piece of street art for this FRIDAY THE 13TH.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Voulez Vous Diner – Dine with the Locals


I've been in Paris for about 5 months now but surprisingly I haven't met too many French people. This is partially because of my lackluster French skills but Parisians are also notoriously tough to make friends with. That is why I was excited when Voulez-Vous Diner invited my wife and I to have a dinner with a French couple.

Voulez-Vous Diner is a new service that invites tourists and other visitors into the homes of locals for a traditional home-cooked meal. While the meal might be the main focus, I found that the cultural exchange was one of the most interesting aspects of this experience.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Friday Foto - The Wheel

Ah yes, Paris in the Winter has its advantages - shorter lines, good reasons to drink a chocolat viennois. Currently located at Place de la Concorde is the magical Grande Roue de Paris - a giant ferris wheel providing spectacular views of Paris.


Thursday, January 5, 2012

Thursday Food for Thought: La Galette des Rois

Just when you thought all the holiday feasting had come to an end, here comes The Epiphany! Tomorrow January 6th marks the date of this originally pagan holiday when Apollo and the Sun were celebrated. It was later Christianized and became a celebration of the arrival of the 3 wise men visiting baby Jesus.


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