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.

Angelina At 110 Pursues the Sweet Life In Paris and Beyond

Angelina, the most famous tea room in Paris, celebrated its 110 anniversary this fall by developing its brand around the world, selling its beloved hot chocolate on the train, creating new pastries and launching a club for sweet-toothed women, while maintaining the traditions that continue to draw crowds to the Belle Epoque mother ship on rue de Rivoli.

A Seat in Paris: 100 French Chairs 1951-1961

Imagine sitting in avant-garde style in Paris between 1951 and 1961. Pascal Cuisiner invites visitors to take a seat, or at least a view of a seat, in the lap of those years through an exceptional collection of 100 chairs from what he calls “the first modern French designers," presented at two locations in Paris.
Pont Mirabeau, Paris bridge

Where the Seine Flows, and Our Love: The Mirabeau Bridge

You don't have to cross the Pont Mirabeau, the Mirabeau Bridge, to know the famous poem of the same name by Guillaume Apollinaire.

The Cranky Urbanist: Paris Doesn’t Need the Triangle Tower

Responding to France Revisited's call for an opinion article from various opponents to Paris City Hall’s push to approve the construction of a 180-meter (590-foot) high-rise known as the Triangle Tower, Patrice Maire, president of the association Mont 14, stepped up to the plate with "Will Paris Be Modernized or Disfigured?"

Paul Belmondo Museum Opens in Boulogne-Billancourt

Cultural offering in the Greater Paris region, such as the Paul Belmondo Museum in Boulogne-Billancourt. increasingly draw gazes beyond the capital's periphery.

Jewish Paris: The Deportation Memorial, the Shoah Memorial and the Holocaust Center

Jewish quarters come and go, but anti-Semitism never goes out of fashion. Most recently in France there’s been a growing attraction of the “quenelle,” a down-turned Nazi salute now understood by most to be an anti-Semitic, anti-establishment gesture. It has gained favor among individuals and groups who ...

You Love Paris But Does Paris Love You?

Yes, you love Paris, but does Paris love you? You’ve read the articles, the books and the blogs telling you how to be one with the City of Light. Do this, they say, and Paris will accept you, Paris will embrace you, Paris will love you as much as you love Paris. Yet...

Va-nu-pieds, the Barefoot Photographer, Goes Christmas Shopping

Our favorite fetish photographer Va-nu-pieds, aka The Barefoot Photographer, went out for some last-minute Christmas shopping in Paris but they wouldn’t let him into...

Droles de Mecs: High-Energy Gymnastic Hip-Hop Humor

You don’t need to understand French to enjoy the hip-hop gymnastics of Droles de Mecs, a high-energy, feel-good acrobatic dance show playing in Paris...

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