All Parisians have a plumbing story, especially since plumbing in old Parisian buildings tends to be an afterthought. …read more

When temperatures hit 25°C in Paris, ice cream cones topped with elegant scoops of noisette or framboise suddenly become Parisians’ favorite edible accessory. Besides the famous Berthillon, I asked locals for their favorites. Would any of them measure up to, or exceed, Berthillon? I took upon myself the sticky and very sweet task of finding… …read more

One bar that will let us hold onto our summer memories is Copper Bay, where the ease of the South of France has been brought to the City of Light. This sunny, nautically-designed spot in the 10th arrondissement provides a respite for those for whom vacation wasn’t quite long enough. …read more

A few months ago, I attended a question and answer session about French food and the fait maison/frozen food question was raised. A few people said, “you just should know where to go.” But without any mandate and as a visitor to Paris, “knowing where to go,” is easier said than done. And for first-time… …read more

Parisians who can’t flock to the seaside during the summer months are still drawn to their closest water sources, as evidenced by the popularity of Les Berges. However, this craving to enjoy the hotter months waterside goes back much further than Les Berges, which are, in essence, revivals of the great era of Les Guinguettes,… …read more

“Do you want help with that?” and Italian man asked me when I was trying to push three suitcases at the same time over a threshold at the airport. “Non, merci” I said and smiled. “I mean no, thank you. Or no, I mean no, grazie!”. I don’t know if it was adjusting to people… …read more