Gentle sounds of Bandura in shadow of Paris’ Note Dame Cathedral….(AUDIO IMPROVES AFTER 20 SECS – apologies!) a slice of life from the streets of Paris. I usually avoid the touristy areas on weekends in the summer but was walking home and noticed a crowd agape at this guy playing…ALSO SEE MY FACEBOOK & INSTAGRAM […]

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A insider video tour of one of Paris’ off the beaten path, semi-hidden urban gems. Square des Peupliers is a fascinating locale basically in the heart of the city, the 13th arrondissement!

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Square Nicolay (17th) …is not only something to behold, but a curiosity in its own right. Firstly, it has the distinction of a Russian pedigree yet, is attached to what my decidedly untrained eye says is an English type garden. Hmmm… 2ndly, it’s not exactly on any well-trod, publicly accessed walkway

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Paris has just opened Mediatheque Francoise-Sagan…the capitol’s 2nd largest (@ 4K m2). The facility has 77K books & 10K CD’s and other impressive stats and services*. BUT!  The real story for me is its history…long, long ago in the early swirling mists of French history the area where the Mediatheque stands was a farm, ..long […]

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A quick fun piece on how to recharge a brainless Smartphone in Paris! Get thee to Dupont Café, in the 1st, & charge yr APPLE I-Phone or Android/anything in 30m while you quaff that St. Emillion. The new and nifty ChargingPlace terminal is like SAMU for Smartphones (that’s ‘911’ across the pond) just slip in […]

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Le Chemin du Montparnasse, once a vital part of Paris’ Montparnasse art scene, circa early 20th Cent, (just an alleyway, really!) was also –till just recently, home to le Musee du Montparnasse –though now it is shuttered. Le Musee began life as the studio of Russian artist Marie Vassilieff, but after serving as volunteer nurse […]

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Visiting France/Paris? Cool website lists 100’s of FREE outdoor’ish kinda things to do… Hikes, Forests..in French but navigable (esp w/Google Translate). As my rather savvy best friend quips…..“any moron can pay”!  I’m here if you’ve questions.  Have yet to master adding URL in the FLASH box, so please cut & paste! http://www.aev-iledefrance.fr/loisirs-nature/nos-parcours-en-foret  

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Small Paris Secret: There ARE many free activities! Example #34? The Louvre! Free on the first Sunday of every month! 60secondparis.com discovers & shares unknown authentic Paris: watch the site for real insider intel (not hot boutiques/restos, or 100€ dessert fads). Real Paris for real Travelers!  ..that Parisians also adore. Louvre’s English site http://www.louvre.fr/en Happy […]

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PARIS: The exquisite Sq.Montsouris. An old, roughly-hewn, undulating uneven milti-coloured pavée road, more amusement park ride than road.   If you do ONE thing here, let this be it. One of the quintessential tiles in the magical mosaic that is Paris! ** (Look for Video & Photo-Essay on Feb 25th) If you know others in […]

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Is it unforgivable to suggest Paris is little more than an assemblage of gardens? A unique, creatively wrought and highly imaginative sprawling collection to be sure and, one which includes as representative examples, the over-sized, the small, the ornate corporate and pedestrian, the well-trodden but also –and here’s where you need hyper-vigilance, the private, hidden, […]

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  Is it unforgivable to suggest Paris is little more than an assemblage of gardens? A unique, creatively wrought and highly imaginative sprawling collection to be sure and, one which includes as representative examples, the over-sized, the small, the ornate corporate and pedestrian, the well-trodden but also –and here’s where you need hyper-vigilance, the private, […]

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Into the seemingly endless vault of lividity which sadly passes for Paris skies these dark, dreary days, comes the chance encounter with a throbbing, pulsating burst of brightness!  It is the Sun!  And despite being horrifically late for a  meeting, I decided to stop and grab a few frames (proof, in case my fellow reprobates […]

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