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Paris Cocktail Bars: A 10th Arrondissement Cocktail Circuit

In this first in a series of Paris cocktail bar expeditions we sipped our way through a sliver of the 10th arrondissement with stops at three very different bars -- Lavomatic, CopperBay and Baranaan -- located just off Boulevard Saint-Martin, between the metro stations République and Strasbourg Saint-Denis.

Le Vieux Crapaud: Admirable Bistro Fare Near the Arc de Triomphe

Country fare meets upscale neighborhood near the Arc de Triomphe at Thomas Boutin’s Le Vieux Crapaud, where venturesome eaters enjoy frogs, pig’s ears, snails and pigeon while their dining companions savor admirable preparations of more familiar traditional bistro cuisine.

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Paris & Surrounding

Le Vieux Crapaud: Admirable Bistro Fare Near the Arc de Triomphe

Country fare meets upscale neighborhood near the Arc de Triomphe at Thomas Boutin’s Le Vieux Crapaud, where venturesome eaters enjoy frogs, pig’s ears, snails and pigeon while their dining companions savor admirable preparations of more familiar traditional bistro cuisine.

Paris Is for Nerds

Rabbi Tom Cohen and Rabbi Pauline Bebe

A Couple of Rabbis in Paris

France

Wine Travel: Respect for Pinot Meunier in Marne Valley Champagnes

An introduction to Marne Valley champagne, from the western portion of the winegrowing region, where 70% of the vineyards are planted with pinot meunier, the Rodney Dangerfield of champagne grapes. An encounter with grower-producers who give the grape the respect it deserves. And good reasons to attend the annual October champagne festival in Chateau-Thierry.

Upcoming Festivals and events

Dec. 13. Champagne and War
France Revisited is organizing a daytrip to the Marne Valley from Paris. In the morning we’ll tour American WWI sites near Chateau-Thierry, followed by a delicious lunch, then encounters with amiable champagne producers in the afternoon. A great opportunity for English-speaking residents of Paris to stock up for the holidays since our driver will be dropping participants off at their respective homes. Travelers are also welcome to join. Write to gary [at] francrevisited.com for details.

Until Jan. 15, 2017. The Color Line at the Quai Branly Museum
An exhibition about African-American artists and segregation at the Quay Branly-Jacques Chirac Museum, Paris. A nice teaching moment despite this being an inappropriate venue for the exhibition.

Until Jan. 29, 2017. Secret Wars
An exhibition about espionage, counter-espionage, subversive and clandestine activities and propaganda at the Army Museum at the Invalides, Paris.

Until Jan. 30, 2017. American Painting in the 1930s
Paintings from “the age of anxiety” at the Orangerie Museum, Paris.

Food & Drink

Paris Cocktail Bars: A 10th Arrondissement Cocktail Circuit

In this first in a series of Paris cocktail bar expeditions we sipped our way through a sliver of the 10th arrondissement with stops at three very different bars -- Lavomatic, CopperBay and Baranaan -- located just off Boulevard Saint-Martin, between the metro stations République and Strasbourg Saint-Denis.

Lodging

Lobby of the Hotel Regina. The revolving door is in the far right. Photo David Grimbert.

Hotel Regina: Wine & Friends & Classic Paris Luxury

Refurbished in 2015 and a wine bar added in 2016, the 5-star Hotel Regina, across the street from the Louvre, has regained its place among the luxury hotels of Paris’s 1st arrondissement. Gary Lee Kraut nods to Joan of Arc then pushes through the revolving door for a visit and a glass of wine.

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People

Rabbi Tom Cohen and Rabbi Pauline Bebe

A Couple of Rabbis in Paris

On the morning of January 14, 2015, American Rabbi Tom Cohen and French Rabbi Pauline Bebe, a unique couple in Judaism in France and worldwide, awoke to news that soldiers had arrived outside their respective synagogues in Paris.

Made in France

Vocabulaire illustre de l'ornement - Evelyne Thomas-detail

Art Books: The Vocabulary of Ornamentation

We are often at a loss for words when we travel in continental Europe. It isn’t only the words for natural conversation that are lacking but also the vocabulary of the things we see. Vocabulaire Illustré de l’Ornament by Evelyne Thomas, an illustrated dictionary of the vocabulary of the ornamental and decorative elements of architecture and other arts, can help.

Impressions

Macabre Bicycle Cemetery Discovered in Paris

In a startling and macabre discovery, archeologists in Paris discovered this week what appears to be a mass bicycle graveyard on the site of a portion of Canal Saint Martin in the 10th arrondissement. The City of Paris gave France Revisited special access to photograph and report on the extraordinary find.