Saturday, October 27, 2012

The Brûleries of Paris – A Dying Breed

Tradition has it that coffee was introduced to Paris when a certain Armenian, Pascal Haroukian, opened a “maison de café” at the Saint-Germain fair in 1672 similar to those he had seen in Constantinople.

Once the beverage became popular, the number of torréfacteurs (coffee roasters) in Paris began to multiply.  Centuries later, the number of artisanal coffee roasters is in decline.

If you are a fan of freshly-roasted coffee beans, you’ll be pleased to know that there are still a handful of establishments in existence where you can purchase blends and single roasts alike.  There are even a few places where you can purchase single-estate coffees – beans from a single plantation.  

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Take a Digital Break in Paris

It seems these days that it is impossible to live without an internet connection. When doing check-ins I often get asked about buying a smart phone data plans. This is why the city of Paris contacted designer Mathieu Lehanneur to design free wifi stations throughout the city. While there is free wifi in most of the public parks, it doesn't always work and many visitors don't know about this service. 

Friday, October 19, 2012

Friday Foto: Lamarck-Caulaincourt

Paris by night! Oh how I love the colors. When even drab becomes fab. I think it is well worth taking a guide or self-guided tour of the city of Light when you come for a visit or even as a local.

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