Monday, July 30, 2012

The Trials and Tribulations of Working in France

As an American, I get asked quite often about how I'm able to work in France. I usually just say that I had to do a lot of paperwork but I honestly don't have enough time at the check-in to explain everything I've gone through. So I thought it might be interesting to go though most of the process that I've had to experience in the past year.

Friday, July 27, 2012

L'heure de l'apéro: What to order on a warm Summer's day

When sitting at a French cafe you don't often get handed a drink menu. Somehow the bartender assumes you should already know - probably pretty much the same in any simple bar around the world. No doubt if you ask for one they would hand you a small list of possible drinks or if a bit fancier a nice wine list but there are several things that may not appear on the menu but are still possible to request. So what to choose. You can always do what most people would do and order exactly what you always order - just to play it safe.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Wednesday Wanderings: Square Capitan

Ohh Paris... the city seems to always have surprises around every corner. Today's guest post comes from Tom Reeves—the co-founder of Discover Paris!. Keep reading to find out about this beautiful (and award winning) garden in the 5th arrondissement.

For over fifty years, the City of Paris has conducted an annual contest among its gardeners for the most beautiful landscape arrangements in the city. Each year there is a different theme—this year’s is Jardin du Monde (World Garden).

Friday, July 20, 2012

Friday Foto: Summer in France

Summer in France means a lot of things. In some areas it means high temperatures, beaches, lakes, canal boat rides and more. It means Paris Plage! Ice-cream, festivals and outdoor cinema and concerts.

This Summer the Northern part of France has not been spoiled with sunshine and one has had, at times to go further afield to remember what time of year it is. But enough gloom. Here's a photo that's sure to bring a smile. A flower that like a lot of us is a sun worshiper as well.

Happy Friday everyone!

Friday, July 13, 2012

You can't miss this red windmill when you arrive at metro Blanche in Montmartre. The legendary Moulin Rouge has been an iconic part of Paris' history since 1889, the creation of the Catalan Joseph Oller and Charles Zidler. It was also a favorite hang out of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec who painted their famous flyers.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Chateau de Vincennes

For all you history buffs out there a visit to the Chateau de Vincennes should be on your list. Certainly a bit of imagination needs to be used to see the history that unfolded in this once Castle of the kings of France, turned military barracks under Napoleon.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Sipping on Saturdays: La Vie en Rosé

Rosé wine sometimes gets a bad reputation but in France there are many fine examples and this post will help you find a nice Rosé wine. This week's Sipping on Saturday comes courtesy of Preston Mohr, a Feels Like Home in Paris friend and the wines instructor of Cook'n With Class and our cheese & wine classes.

It seems that summer has finally just arrived here in Paris, if little bit late! But nonetheless, we are so thrilled to finally be able to shed some of these heavy layers and to expose some (very un-tanned) skin. We are also elated to pop a few corks of rosé wine, my summer tipple par excellence.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Photos from La Butte de Montmartre

For me, the best time to snap photos around Paris seems to me to be early in the morning before 9 am in the Summer time. The cobbled streets around Sacre Coeur are quiet (except for the morning deliveries), and the tourists are not all out en mass. The light is soft and some great shots can be obtained. And so here I was at about 8 in the morning strolling about Place du Tertre, rue Saint Rustique and rue Norvins. La butte de Montmartre is colorful and alive even when the streets are empty.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Parc de Bercy and Bercy Village

When the heat is on, Parisian will take to the parks and grassy centimeters of space to sunbathe and relax. Like the Terraces these are much sort after and a park can quickly become overcome with local inhabitants.

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