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My Favorite Champagne Bars in Paris

My Favorite Champagne Bars in Paris

“La Grande Dame” Champagne Bar– 6 Avenue Frémiet – 75016- 16th arrondissement Just across from la Grande Dame, as the Eiffel Tower is affectionately called by Parisians, is “La Grande Dame” Champagne bar. Created by Shahé Kalaidjian, founder of the famous Sezz hotel in St-Tropez, the contemporary style bar sits inside the Hotel Sezz and features exclusively wines by the(…)

La Bordeauxthèque Paris

La Bordeauxthèque Paris

For those who are traveling to Paris, especially if you’re into wine, this place is not to be missed. La Bordeauxthèque is the wine cellar of Galeries Lafayette situated across the street (also not to be missed). It serves as a retailer as well as a wine museum featuring the most exclusive and sophisticated Grands Vins(…)

An American (Brunch) in Paris

An American (Brunch) in Paris

I first heard about “Think Globally…Eat Locally!” on Meetup.com as I was making travel plans to come to Paris and looking for different things to do. The group is intended as a way for open-minded food travelers to come together and sample and learn about international foods in the city. Restaurants come as suggestions by(…)

L’Alternative Urbaine- Alternative Walks in Paris

L’Alternative Urbaine- Alternative Walks in Paris

What I love about Alliance Française, besides learning the French language and meeting some great friends, is its emphasis on culture and current events of France and Francophone countries. It was my teacher Véronique, who shared with us one day an article on a unique twist of Paris’ walking tours called l’Alternative Urbaine.  The concept(…)

My neighborhood in the 9th Arrondissement

My neighborhood in the 9th Arrondissement

Home for me when I go to Paris is usually on the Left Bank, in a snazzy and highly popular neighborhood called Saint Germain des Prés. But I remember years ago, during a conversation about travel to Paris with my friend Chef Andrew in Atlanta, a Right Bank person, he insisted that I should go(…)

Made it to Paris

Made it to Paris

Made it to Paris! It’s amazing how you can be thousands and thousands of miles away and still feel like this is home. So when I arrived, Isabel the apartment “manager” whom I really think was just a friend of the owner who at that time was out of town, wasn’t there to let me(…)

From Food Trucks to Haute Cuisine

From Food Trucks to Haute Cuisine

By no means am I a culinary expert. I have nowhere near the training or experience to consider myself a food or restaurant critic. But how can one go to Paris and not talk about food, right? In the past, with the exception of “take away” foods such as falafels, quiches, or sandwiches, I have mainly focused(…)

The Great Challenge

The Great Challenge

For well over a decade, the Musée du Louvre in Paris has posed probably one of the greatest challenges for me. I remember the first time that I visited some years ago, I thought it was fun and exciting, probably because it was also my first trip to Europe. So of course it was great.(…)

Day Trip to Champagne

Day Trip to Champagne

             Many visitors when they come to Paris take advantage of the easily accessible train system and go on day trips to places like Giverny, Chartres, Normandy, and of course the various Chateaux (e.g. Versailles or Fontainebleau). But did you know that the Champagne region also makes for a fun day(…)

La Tour Eiffel

La Tour Eiffel

Oui, je sais! (Yes, I know). After so many years of visiting Paris, I am just now writing a post on the Eiffel Tower, better known as La Tour Eiffel, the icon of not just Paris, but also France and may I suggest probably all of Europe. I guess in the past it just seemed too(…)