Saturday, June 30, 2012

Wanderlust - A Paris Terrass not to miss

So you are looking for the perfect terrace in Paris were you can enjoy a drink or have a meal and do as much people watching as being seen yourself. Well you've half way come to the right place. A trendy but not too snooty establishment has popped what looks like a dragons tail out of the Seine.





Friday, June 29, 2012

Friday Foto - Monet's Gardens



You've probably seen Monet's water lilly paintings as his pieces are on display in Paris and throughout the world. So after seeing the paintings it is amazing to see his actual gardens where he painted his masterpieces.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

The sweet nectar of Verjus

So I have now joined that elite group of Paris diners who have partaken in the prix fix menu of Verjus. I went not so long ago with my chef husband after having already tried to reserve and being previously unsuccessful (more due to them being closed rather than being full).

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Wednesday Wanderings — Parc Monceau


If you wander into the 8th arrondissement you'll probably come across a great park that attracts both tourists and plenty of Parisians soaking up the sun on a nice day. Parc Monceau is one of Paris' most attractieve parks and it is quite different than a lot of the other parks in the city. With its "English Garden" design, the park is much less formal with its winding paths and less manicured grounds.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Photos of Paris by Photographer Sivan Askayo


Have you ever watched a movie and viewed a scene shot at your favorite restaurant or recognizing a corner that you pass everyday or being reminded of a wonderful place you just spent your holiday? Photographer & blogger, Sivan Askayo certainly knows that feeling and in our guest post today she shares that with us through her words and her photographs of the Paris she loves - a local look from a non-local.


I love it when I am watching a movie and then recognizing its locations and sights. Knowing I was actually walking on those streets, sitting and dining in those specific sidewalks cafes, passing through the same places the main character in the movie passed through and experienced them. It happens to me quite often when I watch a movie which takes place in New York. Living in Manhattan for the last ten years now, you can imagine it happens quite a lot. 

Friday, June 22, 2012

Everyone knows that Paris is one of the most romantic cities in the world. You've maybe all seen or at least heard of the love locks on the Pont des Arts. Catch it at sunset and watch the lock shimmer in the light. But people are declaring their love all over this city and here is one unexpected place where I came across such a declaration.


Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Taking to the Paris skies with Air de Paris

When I heard that you could go up in an air balloon in Paris to have some lovely views, I was determined to go and try it out. Forget fear of heights and all those other things instinctive things that tell me that going up 150 meters in the world's largest air ballon - the de Mongolfier brothers would be proud. What a thrilling sensation (don't ask me about the decent if you have a bit of trepidation). The ride lasts roughly 15 minutes and there is a flight every 15-20 minutes depending on the weather conditions. Thankfully if there is too much wind they are not going up.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

To insure or not to insure: Holiday Rental advice

Every time you order tickets online or book anything these days, they are always checking that box at the end for your to buy some insurance or another. Most of the time, I have to admit, I uncheck the box because I don't want to pay the extra 16 euros or whatever it is. I of course realize that I am taking my life into my own hands, so to speak.


Thursday, June 14, 2012

Le Diapason - Montmartre Brunch at the Hotel Terrass

You probably have no idea what the name of this hotel restaurant means and I certainly didn't either till my husband was so kind to explain it to me. Le Diapason is a tuning fork . So why call a hotel restaurant the Tuning Fork? Well apparently it also means a consensus and accord. So I guess it is the sort of place everyone can agree on. And it was where we agreed to have brunch with some friends the Sunday of the French elections.


Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Wednesday Wandering with Sivan Askayo: New Yorker in Paris....

This Wednesday, photographer and blogger, Sivan Askayo takes us on a stroll through the Marais which she got a chance to explore through her camera lens.

I've been living in New York for the last 10 years now and even though New York is constantly changing, I know my way around. When I visit other places in the World, I tend to compare it to my own familiar experiences in New York. It's a default.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Square Clignancourt - A Montmartre hidden square

One of the problems with city living is the lack of nature but luckily Paris has all sorts of small green-spaces scattered throughout the neighborhoods. These parks and squares are great for escaping the noise, people and pavement. You'll always find a few people quietly relaxing on the benches and I think it is a nice place to have a calming lunch. Today's guest post is from Monique of Discover Paris! and is about Square Maurice Kriegel-Valrimont which happens to be very close to our newest rental apartment, Paris Chic


As I was making my way to place Jules Joffrin in the 18th arrondissement a few weeks ago, I decided to take a different route than I normally follow. I was pleasantly surprised to find this lovely square only a block from my destination!

Monday, June 11, 2012

As the water flows - Understanding the French toilets.

Okay so you may be reading this and thinking, did she have nothing else to write about? Well, certainly I do but this post though a tad on the whimsical side is the efforts of some serious research. Think about how funny I looked going into the loo with my iPhone poised for a photo - I was of course discreet not wishing to look like a weirdo. And YOU, yeah YOU. You know who you are - You once had this question on your lips but were too afraid to ask for fear of looking ridiculous. Who talks about toilets anyway. What goes on between you and the porcelain god is your business and no one else. But listen I am not the only one who's talked about this. About.com also did a post on using the toilets in France.


Saturday, June 9, 2012

Sipping on Saturday: The Artful Cocktails of the Art Room

Paris is trendy city so it comes with no surprise that trendy new hotspots are popping up all over the place to entice locals and visitors alike.

Now I love a wonderful coupe de champagne (blanc de blanc if possible), but my New York city days still make me a cocktail gal and my quest for a cocktail that wows me, lives on and prospers.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Thursday Food for Thought: The Fondant versus Moelleux au Chocolat

There is a French dessert that continues to confound me on the various restaurant menus Le fondant au chocolat.


Saturday, June 2, 2012

La Cave Nansouty - The latest Montmartre Bar à Vin

It is difficult to think that with price a premium for space in Paris that something new could pop up. But certain areas of Paris such as the North face of Montmartre are seeing quite a lot of transformation with the appearance of new restaurants and cafes and bars, notably wine and champagne bars. We already wrote about the Champagne bar on rue Custine called, Call me Bubbles some time back and now it's the turn of a wine bar that is also situated in rue Custine.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Friday Foto: Ah Montmartre Views!

Feels Like Home in Paris is delighted to announce the arrival of two new properties available this Summer!

Here are two photos to get you just as excited as we are:
The Actor's Studio boasts a spectacular view of the city with the Eglise Saint Jean in the foreground and the Eiffel Tower backdrop, this is the stuff of films.


Less than 5 minutes away from Sacre Coeur Basilica is the beautiful Atelier Montmartre, which rented with us back in 2007 and has made its come back this Summer. You can view Sacre Coeur from the living room windows!

Visit our site for details on both these Summer rentals.

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