Thursday, November 29, 2012

Michelin Starred Cantonese Fine Dining in Paris: Shang Palace

Luxury is a word often associated with Paris. From Louis Vuitton on the Champs Elysee to the glamorous grand magasins, Bon Marché, Printemps and Galeries Lafayette, not to forget the grand hotels and palaces. But luxury is not limited to the luxury goods you can purchase in these great stores, it also comes out in the food. Okay not every Parisian establishment will take you on a culinary journey you will not soon forget but with 77 Michelin starred restaurants you have to give the capital its due respect.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Wednesday Wandering: Pet Travel with a Pet Passport


If you read our blog often you might remember what we had to go through to bring our dog from the US to France (read the post here). Well, our travel journey continues as we wanted to take a trip to Berlin for a few days. We tried to find someone to look after Henry while we were away but no one was available. We also looked at dog kennels in Paris but they were all so expensive. So the next option was bringing him with us.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Tuesday Tidbit: More (or less) than meets the eye

By James Fees

If you were to walk by this building at 145, rue La Fayette you'd probably never notice anything special about it.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Coffee Shop madness hits Montmartre (NOW CLOSED)

I actually am not a drinker of coffee per say but I do love a good macchiato & cappuccino but I love coffee shops. The main reason I would pop into a Starbucks when I was traveling was because I could get out of the rain and sit and linger (if I was lucky enough to get a chair), for hours using what was then, their free WIFI. I never had a real problem with their coffee because as I say, I am not a real coffee drinker. But believe me I know when I don't like a cappucino.


Friday, November 23, 2012

Friday Foto: Butte de Montmartre by night

The crowds have died down a little and the cold Fall night has most people inside. Place du Tetre (before the impending arrival of Starbucks), is still picturesque and alive. When I was a student in Paris, I was enchanted by this place with its painters and portrait sketchers. I even had my portrait drawn which at the time I found too flattering and not at all me. Rolled away in a tube, I didn't look at it for years.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Wednesday Wandering Down Memory Lane

Believe it or not, the first time I came to France, I did not visit Paris. Unfortunately at the time it was not meant to be. Instead after flying into Orly, I headed straight down to the Loire Valley with for what was an enjoyable 10 days. But I longed to see Paris and it took only a few years but I made it back there as a student, living the Parisian life.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Friday Foto: Pont Alexandre III

Sometimes the best photos of the Eiffel Tower aren't strictly of the Eiffel Tower.


Dining with Michelangelo Montmartre

I had heard about this famous Michelangelo for some time but somehow was never able to get to it for one reason or another. You are probably not likely to see the restaurant as you wonder about Montmartre as it is tucked away on a quiet impasse that runs perpendicular to the steps leading up to Sacre Coeur, rue André-Barsacq.


Monday, November 12, 2012

Paris Theatre for less

London has Leicester Square.

 
New York at TKTS in Times Square.



So where can you find discounted theatre tickets in Paris?

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Stroll Along The Seine

  Many city planners and urban engineers have chastised the city of Paris for putting a large road along the side of the Seine. The banks of the river are quite beautiful but the busy street makes it impossible to get up close to the river. 
Luckily, the city has started to take some steps to take back the road from the cars. In the summer there is the Paris Plages (where the street is turned into a giant beach) but each Sunday from 9am-5pm the road is shut down for bikes, rollerbladers, walkers and runners. This gives visitors a great chance to take a nice a quiet stroll along the Seine.  

Monday, November 5, 2012

Christmas in November

I was recently in Copenhagen for a few days at a very lovely friends who is a bit of a joker and like me loves dressing things up for the holidays - only he and his partner really take it to the max. When they told me that Christmas officially started November 1st, I thought them a bit batty. Christmas already? That can't be possible. But the year has blown by and it would seem that others also share in his folly. I passed by the Printemps department store and though their Christmas display windows are not up yet, there was a Christmas tree already inside - one of many I would imagine.


Saturday, November 3, 2012

Angelina - the perfect cup of hot chocolate

It's cold. It's wet and you need something to warm you up while you are out and about in Paris exploring this majestic city. My personal favorite choice is a nice cup of hot chocolate. But not all hot chocolates were created equal. Oh no, you can get some down right awful cups of lukewarm, watery cacao. So you have to make a list of the best spots and return there time and time again.



Thursday, November 1, 2012

Dreaming of Pastries at La Patisserie des Rêves

Pastry chef Philippe Conticini is making heads turn and stomachs sing at his lovely little pastry shops in Paris. These two locations, one in the 7th on rue de Bac and the other in the 16th on rue de Longchamps are well worth the visit no matter where you are staying in the city.


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