Sunday
Jun042006

A Day at the French Open

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On June 2 the weather almost felt like spring, sunny and dry for a change. So I joined friends at the Roland Garros Stadium to catch some of the French Open action. Those who don't have tickets for the central courts (Philippe Chatrier and Suzanne Lenglen) can see what's happening on the big screen set up in the Place des Mousquetaires.

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Stadium cushions, daily programs, posters and big tennis balls (for the players to sign, if you can catch them) are for sale on every corner. Larger boutiques sell all sorts of accessories, Lacoste clothing, and Roland Garros souvenirs. There are even little packets of the famous red clay dirt.

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The Tenniseum Tennis Museum is open year round at Roland Garros except during the French Open. Entrance is €7.50, For €15 you can visit the museum as well as a behind-the-secenes tour of the stadium's courts, press room, and lockers.  

 


Sunday
Jun042006

Mon Bon Chien Anniversary Party

On Thursday I took the little monsters (Lena and Pedro) to the One Year Anniversary party of Mon Bon Chien. The doggies were fed freshly-baked pupcackes while the humans sipped Champagne and pretended they didn't see their charges squirting on the sofa.

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Hat Sternstein and her fresh-baked dog biscuits.

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She who passes out the snacks gets all of the attention.

 



Sunday
Jun042006

French Doctors Make House Calls

A Secrets of Paris reader wrote in today about how after several years of living in Paris she's only just discovered that French doctors make house calls 24 hours, 7 days a week. Learn more about SOS Médecins and the ins and outs of doctor visits in the Paris Resource Guide (under Essentials: Health & Safety).

Sunday
Jun042006

Me & Audrey Tautou

I spent all Wednesday morning hanging out at Harry's New York Bar (Sank Roo Doe Noo), but before you think my barfly tendencies have returned, I have to say I was working. Earlier in the month I was called in to be an extra for another Claude Berri film (I was an extra for "L'Un reste, l'autre part"), and spent a sweltering afternoon in an un-air conditioned theatre as part of the "audience". I didn't recognize any of the actors, but thought that one of the girls looked a lot like Audrey Tautou, almost as if she could be her little sister.

Almost three weeks later, they're still filming the same movie (tentatively titled "Ensemble, c'est tout") and the casting agent calls to ask if I could do a bar scene at Harry's. I love that bar, so I agreed to come along for another day of filming, this time happy to be indoors on such a wet and chilly day (where the heck did spring go, anyway?). In the beginning I'm at the back of the bar at a table of four, chatting with the other extras. When I see the little Audrey look alike I mention it to the others. "C'est elle," they tell me. It is her!

I had just seen "Da Vinci Code" a few days earlier, so the image of her with longer hair was still fresh in my mind. "But she's so young looking!" And they all agreed, she looks like a teenager in person. I got a closer look later in the scene when I was told to stand next to her at the bar, pretending to talk another extra (we can move our lips, but aren't allowed to make any sound...harder than it looks!) and she's just sooooo tiny!! Maybe five feet tall, 90pounds max. She looks so much...taller on screen. I was obsessed at how small her arms looked next to mine (and I have small arms).

I wish I could say Audrey and I got to know each other between takes, but in French films the extras don't "mix" with the actors. She looked very tired, or maybe that was just for the scene (she had to produce tears at one point). According to an article in Le Figaro, the actress may return to theatre to escape the craziness of her "Da Vinci Code" fame. In any case, it seems she has a long career in front of her!

Friday
Jun022006

The Poodle of the Place des Vosges

I just finished adding some (mostly doggie-centric) pet info to the Pets in Paris section of the Resource Guide. Would love to hear your suggestions on what else I should add to the page.

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If you've ever eaten at Ma Bourgogne (and you should, yum yum!), you may have seen the resident poodle making himself at home.

 

Friday
Jun022006

Café de l'Homme Photo

Here's a photo of the Eiffel Tower (duh) taken from my table at the Café de l'Homme. Read all about it in the May Newsletter.

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