Entries in Paris (364)

Monday
Feb122018

Free Classical Concerts in Paris

Whether you live in Paris or you’re just visiting, a free concert is a great, economical way to get to know the city better. Many churches in Paris offer free classical concerts on the weekends, including intimate chamber ensembles, bombastic symphony orchestras, and vocal, organ, piano, and instrumental recitals. Normally, you get what you pay for, but here you get a beautiful venue, terrific acoustics, and world-class talent.

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Monday
Dec042017

2017 Marchés de Noël – Christmas Markets


The "big" news is that there's no Christmas Market on the Champas-Elysées this year (good riddance to a market full of cheap junk). But this is Paris, so of course there are PLENTY more places to waste your money enjoy the Christmas spirit. The usual street corners will have a few chalets with mulled wine and pretzels, such as the Alsace Market in front of the Gare de L'Est and the questionably artisan stands at Place St-Germain des Près. But there are many more to choose from throughout the city. 

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Sunday
Nov192017

Ephemeral Street Art Museum

Despite the gray skies -- or maybe because of them -- I decided to make the trek to the outer eastern edge of the 18th arrondissement (far from tourist-friendly Montmartre) to see the street artists at L'Aérosol.

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Sunday
Nov052017

The Paris Dream Trip (Part 2): When to Travel

When to Travel

You've all seen it: in a B (or C) movie, a dapperly dressed man with darts of moustache swans in, purses his lips, flutters his eyes and coos about Pareese in zee spreeng-time.

But is that really the best time to visit the City of Light? What’s wrong with zee summer-time, zee autumn-time, or zee winter-time?

The fact is, there are plenty of good times to go to Paris—along with some not-so-good ones.

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Wednesday
Oct112017

The Paris Dream Trip (Part 1)

Let's say you've never been to Paris. Or, more likely, you spent 18 hours there during a family holiday when you hit nine countries in ten days—or one day during Mrs. Sivert's eleventh-grade choir trip, or two days when you were nine years old, sequestered in a hotel while your sister recovered from stomach flu. All of this to say that you’ve never done the trip to Paris, and you’re now aching to take a crack at it.

If you're one of those folks, then this article is for you.

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Wednesday
Aug162017

La Modification

Paris changes, poet Charles Baudelaire wrote, faster than the human heart, and as far as my neighborhood is concerned, he was right. We’d hardly settled into our new digs before people starting tearing things up....

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