Stories & Anecdotes

Medieval Paris: A Self-Guided Tour of 5 Intriguing Places

During the 19th century, the Baron George-Eugène Haussmann gutted much of what had been medieval Paris-– forging the iconic skyline and enormous, grandiose boulevards we now (wrongly) tend to think of as timeless. […]

In Review: Farine & O, One of Paris’ Best New Bakeries

  In France, there’s a strongly held belief that the most talented boulangers (bread bakers) are not generally equally gifted at producing top-notch pastries. Similarly, pâtissiers (pastry makers) tend to fall into a class of their very […]

Exploring Belleville: One of Paris’ Most Interesting (And Elusive) Areas

  I’m a former resident of Belleville, that fascinating, messy eastern Parisian district that many tourists find unnerving and odd when they stumble on it. The reason behind the frequent cognitive dissonance? Noisy, […]

These 5 Places in Paris Aren’t Usually Associated With African-American History. They Should Be.

“It’s a great city, Paris, a beautiful city––and––it was very good for me.”– James Baldwin, Another Country (1962) One of the most singular and important American authors of the 20th century, James Baldwin […]