Paris & Surroundings

One can spend a lifetime exploring Paris and the greater Paris called Ile de France. While most of the articles in this section focus on sights, tastes, history, shops, art and life in the capital, we also make frequent trips to Versailles, Fontainebleau, Vaux-le-Vicomte, Barbizon, Chantilly, Auvers-sur-Oise, the Chevreuse Valley and other notable places in the surrounding region.

A peaceful edge of Jardin Truillot, Paris. Photo GLK.

Green Paris: Smoking Is Out, Sparkling Water Is In

While Paris is test banning smoking in some of its parks and gardens, a new garden, Jardin Truillot, has been opened in the city's least green and most densely populated arrondissement.
Musee de Montmartre - Alfred Renaudin 1899

A Montmartre Treasure Hunt: Been There, Not Done That

The Montmartre Museum is just 300 yards from Sacré Coeur and Place du Tertre yet it feels well off the beaten track. As it should since this is a connoisseur’s museum with a quiet garden café. An end your Montmartre treasure hunt.

Napoleon, Neanderthals and Successful Businessmen

Two temporary exhibitions in Paris are of special interest to those who sit in their office late at night trying to understand the real or imagined dominance or superiority of some men over others: Napoleon Strategist at the Army Museum and Neanderthal, the Exhibit, at the Museum of Man.

Contraception in France, where the Pill is Queen, and the Condom King

Books tell us how the idealized Parisienne dresses, what she eats, where she strolls, how she flirts and how she raises her children. But they fail to follow our perfect pouty-lipped Parisienne to her doctor’s office, where she discusses birth control and STDs, or to the boutique in the 11th arrondissement where she shops for condoms.
Accessible Paris: Edouard Pastor, French architect, accessibility, Handigo

Accessible Paris: An Interview with Architect Edouard Pastor

Meet architect Edouard Pastor, one of France’s leading experts on accessibility for those in situations of disability. He has been involved in audits and accessibility programing for a number of high-profile monuments in Paris, including the Eiffel Tower, the Palais Royal and Comédie Française Theaters, the Pompidou Center and others.
Accessible Paris, metro line 14

Accessible Paris: Information and Accessibility Labels

While many travelers scan the web for information as they prepare their trip to Paris, advance planning is especially important for those with a handicap or disability that may make it difficult or impossible to access certain museums and monuments. This article tells how to find information about accessible Paris.
Donna Evleth and croissant, Boulangerie Delattre

Holiday in Paris: The Croissants of August

In search of the perfect croissant for her daily breakfast ritual, Paris resident Donna Evleth sets out on the Great Croissant Hunt when her favorite local bakery in the 6th arrondissement is closed during a long holiday weekend.
J. Barthouil boutique, Paris.

French Table: J. Barthouil Foie Gras and Smoked Salmon

Foie gras and smoked salmon, staples of the French celebratory and holiday table, are both produced with excellence and tradition by J. Barthouil, a family business located in southwest France with a shop in the Marais in Paris.
Composting in Paris. Niamh Tixier.

Paris Parks & Gardens: Composting in Paris

Niamh Tixier, an Irish resident of Paris, volunteers to join the composting team in her local park and takes her turn stirring the compost bin, only to learn the sad truth about this nourishing pile of rubbish.

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