I'm a big fan of the French charity thrift shops Emmaüs, so I was thrilled to find their new online shop, Label Emmaüs, which selects the best clothing, accessories, furniture, decor, electronics, music, books, children's toys to sell online with delivery available throughout France.
Where on earth can you get a decent meal in this city? I know, I know: that's a crazy question. After all, we're talking about Paris—the place that invented the Michelin star system and the word gastronomie, and that basically created the modern restaurant. And yet, and yet... I'm going to talk about good food at reasonable prices.
Last year I went a little crazy at the Paris Ukulele Festival and bought an adorable, mint-green ukulele. I played both clarinet and percussion in my student days, but I had zero idea how to play any stringed instruments. So I started out by watching YouTube videos, until I got stuck. Then I asked for help from my French friend Fred, who has been playing guitar since the 1980s. And I got a vocabulary lesson.
Don't leave your Christmas tree on the curb for the landfill when you can drop it off in one of 150 collection points around Paris (mostly in parks and green spaces) to be recycled into mulch.
Each year the City of Paris accepts trees for recycling from December 26-January 24th. They should be:
- without a plastic bag (take it out and throw out the bag once you drop it off)
- without any decorations, flocking or tinsel
- cut or rooted, both are accepted as long as they're real trees and not plastic trees
Most of the collection points are open 24/7, just check the website for the one closest to you.
If you want to experience a real French Christmas market, don't miss Strasbourg's famous Marché de Noël. Europe’s oldest Christmas market was founded in Strasbourg in 1570. Four and a half centuries later it continues to celebrate Alsatian holiday traditions with over 300 chalets in a dozen locations throughout the picturesque town of cobblestone pedestrian streets and half-timbered buildings with decorated facades and twinkling lights. I’ve visited several times and have taken friends and family, and the Strasbourg Marché de Noël never fails to impress. Disneyland wished it looked this cute!