SIM Cards in France
Workspace by the Hour
Dogs in Paris
Electronic Cigarette Boom
Help Light up the Palais Garnier
Traditional Chinese Tea
The Sorbet Truck
American Musical Theatre in Paris
Paris by Night Tour Scams
American-born travel journalist and guidebook author Heather Stimmler-Hall created the Secrets of Paris in 1999 to share the hidden side of the City of Light. Discover what you've been missing:
Read more about the Secrets of Paris here
February 8, 12, & 13
"Inspired by Slow Food Youth Movement's "Schnippel Disko" in Germany, Disco Soupe is a non-profit based in France that addresses issues of food waste through festive community events. We set up collective gatherings for people to peel, cut and prepare discarded fruits and vegetables ... to music! We turn the produce into soups and salads, then redistribute them for free." There are four dates in Paris in different locations, get more info (including the time it starts) on the Facebook site.
Through March 2
The Patinoire de Paris is a large ice skating rink in front of Hôtel de Ville. Free entry, €5 skate rental, gloves or mittens obligatory.
Through March 30
For the inaugural exposition of the newly-opened Institut des Cultures d'Islam, Ici Là et Au-Delafeatures four artists who explore Islam and the spiritual identity of the Goutte d'Or district of Paris: Abbas, Yazid Oulab, Patrizia Guerresi Maïmouna and Bruno Lemesle. Free entry, open Tues-Thurs 10am-9pm, Friday 4-9pm, Saturday 10am-8pm, Sunday noon - 7pm.
How many tales of woe have we all shared over trying to find a hairdresser in Paris who listens? When I want what I ask for and advice I can trust, I go to Victoria at StylePixie. Over the years I've been cut, colored and -- most importantly -- taught how to best take care of and style my own hair, something I rarely get from other stylists.
If you are looking for a light, well-written and comprehensive guidebook to Paris, I recommend Duncan J.D. Smith's Only in Paris: A guide to unique locations, hidden corners and unusual objects (2013).
In this Issue:
In today's edition of the French newspaper Le Parisien you'll find a front-page headline "Dur d'être touriste à Paris!" (Tough to be a tourist in Paris!), with a two-page spread featuring differing opinions from both tourists and locals. But haven't we beat this horse dead already? Yes, Parisians can be rude, like anywhere in the world. Let's share the stories of Parisian kindness instead.
As a journalist I’ve had the rare opportunity to peek into the kitchen of many Michelin-starred restaurants over the years. But I saw something this week that surprised me, and I think it’s important to share with anyone who indulges in the occasional haute cuisine experience.