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The weather in Paris has been amazing this summer, sunny and warm with hardly a trace of rain. I’ve spent a lot of time outdoors in cafes, gardens and on my tours. If you still haven’t followed me on Instagram... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at I Prefer Paris
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With bated breath and suspense, France waited for the outcome of the World Cup Final, which started at 5 PM yesterday. Cafes, pubs, and restaurants all around Paris were filled to the rafters with tense fans hoping, praying, and cheering.... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at I Prefer Paris
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I’ve been seeing a new doctor in the 13th arrondissement, near the Maison Blanche metro station. I am not very familiar with 13th arrondissement and the few times I’ve visited it was to go to an Asian restaurant since there’s... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at I Prefer Paris
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On my trip to Chateau de Chaumont-Sur-Loire last month, I visited the chateau in addition to the gardens. Once inside, I was attracted to the beautifully detailed colored and leaded glass windows throughout the chateau. The veins running through the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2018 at I Prefer Paris
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Every year Chateau Chamount-Sur-Loire hosts a garden show with a theme. Now in its 27th edition, Gardens of Thought is the theme for 2018, celebrating the written word. Twenty-five international landscape designers were given a plot of land to fulfill... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2018 at I Prefer Paris
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I am thrilled with this month’s book selection. Everyday Monet by Aileen Bordman, is the ultimate book for everything Monet. Filled with sumptuous spring and summer photos of the magical gardens and home, Everyday Monet is part guidebook, lifestyle book,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2018 at I Prefer Paris
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Last month I received an email from Charles Cohen, inviting me to take a tour in his vintage 1930 Aston Martin car in Versailles. I looked through his website, intrigued by the various tours he offered and curious to experience... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2018 at I Prefer Paris
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Icones de La Nouvelle Vague aux Anneés 70’ A new photo exhibit celebrates the daring spirit of La Nouvelle Vague/ New Wave film movement in the 1960s. Over 100 photos feature directors Godard, Melville, Chabrol, Truffaut, Rivette, Sautet, Resnais, and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2018 at I Prefer Paris
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I’m sure many of you have experienced this scenario; you plan your trip to Paris and when you go to buy your Eiffel Tower tickets on the official website, they are already sold out for months ahead of time. Frustrated... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2018 at I Prefer Paris
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Street photographers are a rare breed. (I consider myself part of the tribe.) We are constantly watching . . . always looking for compelling stories to tell. We are never really “off" the streets. Cameras and iPhones (and heart and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2018 at I Prefer Paris
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Here is part one of the Art Nouveau doors from Antwerp, as promised from my blog earlier this month about the Art Nouveau mansions in Antwerp. I don’t want to spoil you too much, so will post the rest of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2018 at I Prefer Paris
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I’m taking a blogging break this week, so enjoy my summer reruns. It’s an insider secret that the rooftop of Printemps has some of the best views of Paris. The access to the roof via the escalators going up to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2018 at I Prefer Paris
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I’m taking a blogging break this week, so enjoy my summer reruns. Inspiration sometimes strikes in the most bizarre places and circumstances. When I was Italy last December I was staying with my friends Laurie and Blair, who live in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2018 at I Prefer Paris
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I’m taking a blogging break this week, so enjoy my summer reruns. I have a gripe about bathrooms in cafes and restaurants of Paris. One of the big differences between Europe and the U.S. is how they treat electricity use.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2018 at I Prefer Paris
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In episode 10 of A Bite of Paris, I go for a cheese tasting at Beau et Fort, a restaurant and cheese shop in the 9th arr. Sit back and enjoy cheese and wine with me. Smile and say FROMAGE!... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2018 at I Prefer Paris
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Last March I took a two-day trip to Antwerp, Belgium. Only 2.5 hours by train by Paris, it was an easy trip on the Thalys train from Gard du Nord. One of the highlights of my time in Antwerp was... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2018 at I Prefer Paris
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I’ve never been inside of Maxim’s. Passing it so many times since I moved here, I’ve conjured up elaborate stories about the fabled restaurant, perhaps the most famous in the world. I imagined at the turn of the century the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2018 at I Prefer Paris
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In an ongoing photo exploration of the cemeteries of Paris, I visited Montparnasse Cemetery last month. It’s a personal favorite and I’ve visited the cemetery many times and include it in my Montparnasse tour. Although it’s the second largest cemetery... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2018 at I Prefer Paris
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This month’s selection (Not Quite) Mastering the Art of French Living by Mark Greenside, is another quirky, funny book about how an American, despite his best intentions, struggles with everyday French life. Set in a tiny village in Brittany where... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2018 at I Prefer Paris
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Ross Bleckner: Time of Disquiet Celebrated New York painter Ross Bleckner delivers his first Paris gallery show in over 10 years at the newly opened Galerie Maruani Mercier and Hadida. The tranquil flowers in his paintings lead to a more... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2018 at I Prefer Paris
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Last week I received an email from Damien Richardot, who invited me to come to his new restaurant and cheese shop, Beau & Fort. Richardot was a former partner and founder of Pinson Café, a successful vegetarian and semi-vegan restaurant... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2018 at I Prefer Paris
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It’s been a busy month with Eye Prefer Paris Tours, so I’ve been everywhere from Le Marais to Saint Germain to Belleville to Versailles. Since it’s spring, lots of people are out on the streets and I’ve taken snaps of... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2018 at I Prefer Paris
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One of the questions I’m frequently asked is what do I like best about living in Paris and my response is usually the obvious- culture, architecture, and food but another top reason is how central Paris is to the rest... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2018 at I Prefer Paris
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For episode 9 of A Bite of Paris, I went to Comme a Lisbonne, where they serve pastel de nata, an amazing custard tart from Portugal. I also spoke with owner Victor Silviera about what makes his pastel de nata... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2018 at I Prefer Paris
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When I was in Lisbon in 2012 I didn’t get a chance to visit Sintra, so last November when I visited Porto, I returned to Lisbon to make the trip. Sintra, about 30 minutes by car from Lisbon, is a... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2018 at I Prefer Paris