My Paris Stories

Test

Shopping

Taking History Home

The hardest thing when travelling is to find the right souvenir, right?

Shopping

Cobblestone

The hardest thing when travelling is to find the right souvenir, right?

Tours

Morning beauty

Paris it magic at any time. But I prefer the early morning hours.

My Paris Stories

An oasis of peace and tranquility

There is probably no need to introduce Weleda. The Swiss cosmetic and pharmaceutical brand has been in the market since 1921.

My Paris Stories

The garden of Gallimard

Here we go. Saint Germain-des-Prés, 5 rue Sébastien-Bottin.

Restaurants

The white wonder of the lady in black

But wait, this is just the name. The interior has recently created a lot of buzz. And with good reason.The restaurant, which was i

Tours

The green heart of the Marais

After 16 years of hidden existence, the gardens of the

Tours

Nothing to see from the Balcony of History

To cut a long story short: For 220 years, the Hotel de la Marine has been the headquarters of the French navy.

My Paris Stories

All about love

Paris in the morning is beautiful
Paris in the afternoon is charming
Paris in the evening is enchanting
But Paris after mindninght is…
Magic !

My Paris Stories

The Top of the top tennis FINISHED

You didn’t get tickets for the final at Roland Garros? Don’t worry. Who cares about the French Open? I’ve got a better thing for you to do : a tennis match on top of the roofs of Paris.

My Paris Stories

"I love Paris in the springtime!"

You might not know Anouk, our secret star of the Marais, but you probably know the songwriter and guitarist M Ward. Anouk seems desperately in love with him.

My Paris Stories

Who needs a palace while in Paris?

What about the Ritz? So swanky! But for some still not swanky enough. If for you, too, five-star hotels don’t quite cut it, then try staying in a “palace”. The French government just crowned four Paris luxury hotels with the new distinction of “palace”.

My Paris Stories

Contagious Carelessness

This is a place you will adore: "Le marché des Enfants Rouges". It is supposed to be the oldest market in Paris, founded in 1615. But this is not the reason why you’ll love it. You’ll love it because it’s somehow the incarnation of our idea of Paris.

My Paris Stories

Under the spell of Paris

Everybody loves Paris. And not only Woody Allen is mad about the city: the French capital is still the number one tourist destination worldwide. Do you have an idea how many visitors come every year? You’ll better sit down before I tell you the answer:

My Paris Stories

The glamorous end of the world

Nicolas Sarkozy, Barak Obama and the Dalai Lama, they all love the Sea Girls. You don’t believe me? Ok, ok. I’m kidding. I somehow got a bit infected tonight. No wonder. I’ve just seen four splendid girls celebrating the end of the world.

My Paris Stories

Do you want to ride on the Tasmanian wolf?

Paris is a city full of merry-go-rounds. They are often beautiful, old and picturesque. But Dodo Manege, located in the Jardin des Plantes on the south-east tree-lined walk, is definitely the most impressive one. A must see for kids – and their parents.

My Paris Stories

Green is the color of hope

Times of Louis XVI, who preferred to powder his nose instead of taking a bath, are definitely over. Today, the average Parisian is a very clean person. He (and she in particular) easily uses 100 litres of water every day.

My Paris Stories

The sudden and forgotten desire

Berthillon is probably the only ice-cream café in the world that closes during the summertime. But it’s also one of the few that made it into "The Ten Best of Everything Guide". In other words: Berthillon is not only about ice cream, it’s a life changing experience.

My Paris Stories

Chez Madame

It’s called “Chez Madame”, but Madame is never present. She’s too busy and too rich. That’s why some artists took over her empty building and made an art squat of it. Doesn’t it look beautiful?

My Paris Stories

The taste of the Paris Pletzl

The Marais is no longer the Pletzl of Paris. But places like “Chez Marianne” still give you an idea about how the Jewish neighbourhood of Paris might have been, how it looked, how it felt and how it tasted.

My Paris Stories

Hungry lions and boules players

The Arenes de Lutèce are not what you would call an architectural highlight. Don’t imagine something impressive like the Colossae in Rome. Yet it’s exiting to pay a visit to one of the most important remains from the Gallo-Roman era.

My Paris Stories

Nature and Ideal

You made it to Paris, congratulations. You’re in the middle of stone beauty, ok, but what about a quick excursion into landscape painting? “Nature and Ideal” just opened at the Grand Palais showing the most accomplished works of the first landscape painters.

My Paris Stories

Finally an angel crossed his path

What exactly are you looking for? For the hippest place with the most beautiful of the beautiful people, for a stunning dining room, for one of the nicest terraces in town and for food that is strikingly delicious? Welcome to the Minipalais. This is your place.

My Paris Stories

You've gotta get it!!!

That’s what you can call perfect matchmaking: Chanel and Colette teamed up for combined pop-up store during the Paris fashion week. Imagine a blend of the classy and the cool.

My Paris Stories

Wake-Up kiss for the dumb sadness

The Gaîté Lyrique used to be temple to operetta in Paris, now it’s a new place dedicated to the digital arts. A contradiction? Far from it. Let’s call it synaesthesia of the past and the future.

My Paris Stories

Dinner is ready!

You said cookbook fair? Yes, a fair only for cookbooks. For the second time and over four days, cookery enthusiasts meet in Paris for an international cookbook show to share what they love most: cooking skills, culinary ideas and recipes.

My Paris Stories

Michelin's Last Judgement

Some didn’t sleep well because of the Oscars, others were worried about their stars. The Michelin Guide released details today. Not a single restaurant in France got a new third star. There are some winners in Paris though.

My Paris Stories

Of Gods and Men and the French Film Family

And the winner is….? The French Oscar, the César for the best film, goes to the film, that makes everybody cry: "Of Gods and Men", Xavier Beauvois’ gripping tail based on the real-life tragedy of seven French monks.

My Paris Stories

Bongo's peanuts

Everybody loves Paris. And so does Ali Ben Bongo Ondimba, son of Omar Bongo and freshly “elected” dictator of Gabon. That’s why just after taking office, Bongo purchased a lavish townhouse in Saint-Germain-des-Prés.

My Paris Stories

Of Cows And Men

French presidents – and presidential candidates - have to be good at cows and goats. What sounds like a weird proverb, is the harsh reality of the "Salon d’Agriculture“, France’s yearly showcase for excellence in agriculture. Its 48th edition started this week-end.

My Paris Stories

A fable in bronze

The longer you walk around Paris, the more you realise that you will never be able to fully explore it. Too rich, too dense, too packed with scenes and sights is the city and you’re only chance is to let yourself go. Only then might you find Jean de La Fontaine.

My Paris Stories

The Singing Butcher

What it really means to be a Paris food dealer becomes crystal clear on icy winter mornings. Butchers, fishmongers and greengrocers – they all work out in the cold here because many shops aren’t closed with doors and windows. It’s a tough life.

My Paris Stories

What about boutique dining?

I’m sure you know the feeling that, sometimes, the written menu at a restaurant doesn’t really inspire you. It may all be there: foie gras, truffles, even frogs’ legs and fish and Charolais beef, you name it – but nothing really turns you on.

My Paris Stories

Disconcertingly beautiful nudes

This is the first exhibition in France devoted to German painter Lucas Cranach: “Cranach and his time” opening tomorrow at the freshly renovated Musée de Luxembourg is a wonderful occasion to discover a leading artist of German Renaissance.

My Paris Stories

French chefs are going to war!

The chosen few of French chefs are demanding more marketing to promote French cuisine around the world and defend their mutual values and convictions.

My Paris Stories

Strictly haughty, never naughty

For several days Paris has been the fashion planet again: Christian Dior kicked off the Paris haute couture season on Monday. Yesterday, Valentino did the showdown. And now all is over, for a few weeks only.

My Paris Stories

Forget Ikea

Here in Paris you can find everything what you've already have everywhere else: McDonalds, Zara, Body Shop, you name it. Globalisation has changed our city centres and made them look all the same. Still, it’s so easy to get off the beaten track and discover the other face of the French capital.

My Paris Stories

My night with Monet

This is your last chance to visit the historic exhibition at the Grand Palais: it'll be open day and night from now on, closing on Monday, 24th of January, at 10 pm. Take a chance!

My Paris Stories

A cooking mandarin

Joel Robuchon is a cooking mandarin, one of those legendary French chefs known around the globe, and with reason. He’s around for over 50 years now – and still able to re-invent himself and his style over and over again.

My Paris Stories

Back in Beauty

You might think that Saint-Sulpice is just another church. But no, it’s not. It's one of the biggest touristic attractions in Paris with 900 000 visitors a year. After eleven years of renovation Saint-Sulpice is back in beauty.

My Paris Stories

Nice Surprise

Roma Polanski is back. Yesterday evening the Polish-French film director was honoured for his film “The Ghost Writer” earning him a “Best Director” nod at the Paris Lumiere Awards.

My Paris Stories

Shopping Madness

Which is the most important day in the life of a Parisian? Her wedding day? The day she moves in her new apartment? Wrong. The most important day is called “les soldes”, the sales.

My Paris Stories

Browsing through books about Paris

I’ve no idea how many books, novels and historical papers have been written within these walls. A lot, I suppose, simply because the library of the history of Paris is a perfect place for researchers, writers and everybody mad about Paris.

My Paris Stories

Lost in translation

The other day, I saw a young lady lying in a bed. I saw her through a window, but the strange thing was, I could just walk into her room and observe her. Intriguing? Yes, indeed.

My Paris Stories

The silent universe of Brancusi

There are a lot of tourists in Paris these days. And if you are part of those, you know what it means to get into the Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay or one of the big exhibitions:

My Paris Stories

New Year's Eve in Paris!

You’ve always dreamt of spending New Year’s Eve in Paris? The day you really do it, don't expect fireworks, I'm sorry to tell you. Your hopes will definitely be dashed.

My Paris Stories

Under the spell of Bouglione Circus

You don’t like the circus? Bouglione might make you change your mind once and for all: “Prestige”, their current show, is a thrilling spectacle in true circus tradition.

My Paris Stories

The Seine on the rise

The rise of Seine water might cause a lot of problems but the spectacl is awesome. Have a look at this beautiful shot: the banks of the river Seine are flooded. Nature is back to Paris.

Pages

Subscribe to My Paris Stories