Off the Beaten Path

The history of French macarons is a disputed, and fascinating, one.

A Short History of French Macarons, From Saint-Emilion to Paris

On a recent trip to the fortified medieval town of Saint-Emilion, my partner and I stayed in a lovely B&B plunged in the middle of the vineyards, outside the city walls. Our amiable […]

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Paris Loves Vinyl: The Coveted Collectors’ Event Returns in February

Do you routinely lament the poor sound quality of MP3s and other digital music formats, as your spouse or friends groan at your predictable rant? Do you pine after the smell, touch, and […]

In Review: Lapérouse, a Romantic Paris Restaurant With History Galore

First opened in 1766 as “La Maison Lapérouse”, this distinguished restaurant and bar situated smack on the banks of the Seine is a favorite spot for well-heeled literary and artistic types. It’s a place […]

Why Paris’ Quirky Parc de la Villette is Worth a Visit

One place in Paris where you aren’t likely to see as many tourists wandering around? The sprawling, quirky, modern complex in the far northeast known as the Parc de la Villette. Most people […]

An author signs a book for a reader at the Salon du Livre in Paris (Paris Book Fair)

The Paris Book Fair (Salon du Livre): Why to Visit & Details for 2019

One of the rare trade shows in the French capital to attract both the general public and professionals, the annual Salon du Livre/Paris Book Fair brings dozens of renowned authors and thousands of […]

Live music at La Bellevilloise in Paris . Image credit: Official FB page

Nightlife Notes: La Bellevilloise, for Laid-Back Drinks & Live Music in Paris

  Ever since moving to the northeastern side of Paris, I’d been curious to give La Bellevilloise a try, having heard that it’s a closely-guarded favorite for a night out among locals of […]

Vincent Van Gogh Starry Night exhibit at the Atelier des Lumières digital art museum in Paris

In Review: Atelier des Lumières, The First (All)-Digital Art Museum in Paris

When I first heard that an all-digital art museum and cultural space called the Atelier des Lumières would be opening its doors in Paris sometime in 2018, I was more than a little […]

Tonka bean and chocolate eclair at the patisserie included on the Eating Europe tour. Image: Courtney Traub/All rights reserved.

In Review: Eating Europe’s “Hip Eats and Backstreets” Tour of Paris

I’ll start by saying this: If there’s any food tour that you should take on an empty stomach, it’s this one. The “Hip Eats and Backstreets” tour of Paris from Eating Europe isn’t one that […]

Edith Piaf was born in Paris; for fans of "la mome", there are several key sites to see in the French capital. Image credit: Piano Piano/Creative Commons 2.0

Seeking Edith Piaf in Paris? Visit These 4 Places

Affectionately dubbed “the little sparrow” and “la môme” (the kid) in France, Edith Piaf is a musical legend who has (rather surprisingly?) resonated with successive generations of listeners. Thanks in part to Olivier Dahan’s […]

Street art in Belleville, a neighborhood rich in revolutionary and working-class history.Street art in Belleville, a neighborhood rich in revolutionary and working-class history.

Exploring Paris’ Belleville District: A Haven for Artists, Immigrants & Revolutionaries

I’m a former resident of Belleville, that fascinating, messy, somewhat chaotic neighborhood in Paris’ northeastern corner. One that many tourists find odd and even unnerving when they stumble on it– mostly after visiting […]

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