Right Bank Paris: What’s your Traveling Style?

The Right Bank in Paris is a unique place in the city; if you are not familiar with this part of Paris it comprises of the “right” side of the Seine River  or the “upper” section that has traditionally housed major institutions of Paris:  The Louvre, Presidential Palace, Arc de Triomphe, L’Opera, Champs Elysees, just to…

Perfectly Paris Travel:  The Smart Suitcase Est Arrivee!

One thing that will tell you its August in Paris and the signs and sounds of the city beginning to empty out: the sound of suitcase wheels on the pavement.  All Parisians, as my dad used to say, “turn the same pages of the book in the schools each day” so perfectly regimented across the…

Mystique in Paris:  Jewelry for the Adventuress

A Paris boutique run by a unique woman, Lydia Courteille  is on our list of “must see” places on your next Paris tour. Famous for her unique vintage collections and jewelry designs she is an artistic breath of fresh air.  Not for the faint of heart, her designs draw on her own curiosity, passion and…

My Apts in Paris: Love & Romance to Suit

What if I told you that what I know about Paris could be summed up in a single sentence: Your Living Space is everything.  Parisians live both a private and interior life, as well as the more public lifestyle of cafes, restaurants, museums, shops all part of their daily experience. That is why when the…

Tourist at heart

Beautiful illustrations by expat American Illustrator….we can already taste the macaroons! thefrancofly I recently celebrated my 7-year Parisversaire!  Yes, that is 7 years of morning boulangerie runs, nauseating boughts of cultural differences, and a bookshelf unapologetically filled with administrative proof that I do indeed live in this enchanted city of Paris, France.  As much as…

 We Will Always Have Paris: Past, Present and Future

Inspite of the recent tragedies in Paris;  this city is still at its heart, the same. I have so many memories going back almost 20 years and an appreciation for the city gifted to me by my parents who loved Paris with all its foibles and imperfections. When you hear an Edith Piaf song,  it…

The RITZ HOTEL: A dowager awakens…from a very long sleep

The Hotel Ritz, closed for the past 3 years for renovations, is now about to awaken from what seems like a long sleep.  When the French rating system failed to nominate the hotel as a “Palace” that is, a 5 star rating, it was time to close. What sort of place is this hotel? Always…

Live like an Adventuress: Paris is My Muse

When I hear bad news about Paris, such as strikes, or other scenes that show France and its underbelly, I just say to myself, this too, shall pass.  What we all know about France, is that it is not a perfect union, but there are certain things in the economy that may seem a bit…

Getting Ready for Spring 2015: Trends and Tips

There is no better place to feel the spring air than Paris.  The frozen ground thaws in the parks and boulevards and the air has a sense of anticipation.  Cafes begin to fill up, the flower shops yield their new blooms and a sense of new beginnings is in the air. Last Fall we looked…