Ice cream cone

Summer in Paris

July 14, 2018

Ice cream cones drip in the sunlight. Children laugh with delight as they ride the carrousel in the Jardin des Tuileries. Women in breezy sundresses sit lazily at a café mid-afternoon. Friends share wine, cheese, and a baguette for a pique-nique in the park. Stars only…

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A street sign on the side of a sidewalk.

A Pocket of Paris: Rue de la Huchette

May 30, 2012

Rue de la Huchette, situated right beside the St. Michel fountain and St. Michel métro station, is a narrow street that is full of character. It boasts many cheap, but tasty, three course menus ranging from 8€ to around 30€.…

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A man in a hat and beard walking past a store window.

Le Marais

May 2, 2012

A man with a flowing beard, wearing a black fedora, with strings (tziztit) running down the side of his pants carries a black siddur (prayer book) in his hand as he leaves shul (synagogue). A bar with a rainbow flag…

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A person sitting on the grass near trees.

La Terrasse de Pomone

April 20, 2011

The weather is beautiful in Paris at the moment. Walking in the crowded streets, filled with sightseers desperately seeking their share of the sun, can be a little stifling at times, so I went in search of something a bit…

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A woman standing in front of a store window.

Pâtisserie Viennoise

February 19, 2011

Down a hidden side street just off the main tourist area around St. Michel is a tiny, unremarkable shop front that is simply labeled Pâtisserie Viennoise (Viennese Pâtisserie). All that can be seen in the small window is row upon row of…

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A view of the city from above at dusk.

Five Reasons to Love (and Hate) Paris

February 17, 2011

1. The Fashion. Of course, Paris is known to be the fashion capital of the world, and it doesn’t disappoint. Everywhere you look there’s a willowy, model-like silhouette of a woman dressed like she’s popped off the catwalk for an…

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A store front with christmas trees on the windows.

Aux Pipalottes Gourmandes

February 12, 2011

Walking around in Paris, it is not uncommon to see prepared food shops, dispelling most idealized visions of the leisurely, daily 3-course lunch. For my part, these window fronts do little to tempt me inside as the various trays of…

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A group of people sitting at tables outside.

Café Flandrin

September 24, 2010

A voiturier parks Lamborghinis, Bentleys, BMWs, and Ferraris. Slender Parisian women wear Chanel, Dior, Jean-Paul Gautier and Hermes. Young men in cashmere sweaters, sleek pants, and Gucci shoes smoke cigars outside on the sidewalk terrace. This is Café Flandrin, where…

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A restaurant with an awning over the entrance.

La Cantoche Paname

July 28, 2010

When was the last time you ate a top-notch meal surrounded by jars of Nutella, South Park figurines, Kermit the Frog, or works of art made up entirely of Smarties that was not in your own apartment? Or hopscotched into…

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A book cover with lamps on the side of a street.

Paris Insights: An Anthology

July 3, 2010

Do you know that there is another river in Paris besides the Seine? Or why tons of sand are imported into the city every summer? Or a place where you can go for a massage, sauna, exfoliation, and tea room,…

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