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Parisian Pleasures: Merci

There are so many places to find pleasure in Paris. A patisserie selling a perfect lemon tart. Venturing to caviste to get that special bottle of 1921 Chateau d’Yquem (a girl can dream). Dining at a favourite restaurant, eavesdropping on conversations or chatting with the servers. Or meeting a new friend to sit a spell, […]

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Ham it up

Sometimes what you really need is ham.  And I mean really good ham.  On a recent trip to Paris D and I did just that: we had ham for dinner. We left our hotel one evening unsure about where to go for dinner.  We were in Paris so we weren’t lacking in the choice department. […]

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Dining in the 14th: Restaurant Monteleone

Business trips to Paris are always a lot of fun for me:  I get the trip without the business.  D’s schedule generally dictates in which arrondissement we stay and on our most recent stay we’d found a nice hotel in the 14th.  To my knowledge, there isn’t anything in this part of Paris.  At least, […]

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Le Charlot

Its full name is Le Charlot “roi des coquillages“.  The Art Deco decor serves to highlight the restaurants speciality: shellfish.  Everywhere you look, everywhere your gaze stops there is a shell, a coquille, a little reminder that you are in a seafood restaurant. And it was by sheer luck that D and I stopped at […]

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Lights. Sequins. Action!

One of my favourite memories from high school has to be the jazz choir, Shooting Stars.  The first year the jazz choir was created we sang, among other songs, a medley of jazz favorites — “life is a cabaret old chum, come to the cabaret!” I absolutely loved it!  We had coordinating outfits too: guys […]

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The It Factor

Apparently I’ve got ‘it’.  That certain je ne sais quoi.  That certain indefinable ‘it’ that drives men crazy.  Yes, 65+ year-old Parisian men. On our last trip to Paris, while D attended his business meetings, I opted for a leisurely lunch at a bistro on avenue des Ternes before heading to Place de l’Étoile to […]

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FFF – Dinner at Le Petit Champerret

I fell of the blog wagon while Mom was visiting and it took me some time to get back into my rhythm.  In fact, I was still feeling a little behind until yesterday when I reviewed some of the photos from our visit to Paris with Mom.  There was one thing on my list of things to share […]

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April in Paris

“April in Paris, this is a feeling no one can ever reprise”.  E.Y. Harburg On Tuesday, we hopped on our Air France flight from Nice to Paris.  I had booked us into a hotel on Avenue MacMahon, just steps away from the Arc de Triomphe so getting to the hotel after our flight was easy. […]

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Tip #82: How to avoid rude Parisians

The weather was unusually warm in Paris last week and it seemed like the entire city was outside.  The Champs Elysées was packed with happy tourists and relaxed Parisians basking in the sunshine.  I can understand why people travel to Paris in the springtime. What I don’t understand is travelling to Paris and leaving common […]

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Having my cake

Paris is for lovers. And for those who love cake! As is usual during our trips to Paris I have the days to myself.  I generally decide in advance, through Google searches, direct recommendations, and re-reading blogs, how I will spend my free time.  So, for the two days that I had to myself on Tuesday and Wednesday I knew what I […]

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