Paris Dinner Soirée At Jim Haynes

Janice Chung and Jim Haynes

For many years I had heard about some rather unique dinners that take place weekly or monthly in Paris but had never attended one. These social events are often held by expats and they bring together locals, visitors, and other expats over dinner, drinks, and conversation. The perfect opportunity arose when I recently travelled to Paris with my friend, Monica. One of my Paris contacts suggested we meet up with her and her friend at a dinner soirée just south of where we were staying. While I vaguely knew about soirées, the Paris dinner soirée at Jim Haynes has now become one of my favourite experiences in France….EVER! Continue reading →

Where To Charge Your Phone In Paris For Free

One of the places where you can charge your phone in Paris for free--at Gare Saint Lazare (J. Chung)
Dying battery? The sign everyone dreads.
Dying battery? The sign everyone dreads.

Running out of battery power? I could tell you to turn off your smartphone. I could tell you to stop checking your emails. I could tell you to not use Google Maps or any apps that use up power. This is not advice I would follow, so I won’t tell you that. I like using my iPhone to take photos, check the weather, and help me be LESS lost (aka ‘no sense of direction’).  If you need to keep your phone charged during your stay in Paris, there are some easy ways to do so. But more importantly, where can you charge your phone in Paris for free? Continue reading →

How To Have A Less Stressful Departure From Paris

Gare du Nord, Paris

I will never forget our panic when 4 ladies and I headed to Charles de Gaulle airport. We decided we would take the Paris Metro to catch a train to the airport but discovered there was a strike (again, what else is new)  and the Metro to Gare de Nord was affected. Catch a taxi? Good luck in finding one. We eventually did after a lot of searching and panic. This experience taught me that even without a strike, there can be great stress in getting to the airport in the morning to catch a flight. Taxis strike too! So what should you do? Here are my two pieces of advice on how you can have a less stressful departure from Paris: Continue reading →

Van Gogh’s Paintings Come Alive In Provence And On Film

The Starry Night at The Saint-Paul-de-Mausole asylum, St-Remy-de-Provence

Forget the fact that he cut off his own ear. Just remember the sunflowers and the other colourful paintings Vincent Van Gogh did. He was a tortured genius and I have learned so much more about the man and artist through the film, “Loving Vincent” and during my visit to two towns in France: Arles and Saint-Remy-de-Provence.

It is in these two towns in particular where you see van Gogh’s paintings come alive in Provence and learn much more about the artist : through the Van Gogh walking route in Arles and the walk from the centre of Saint-Remy to the Saint-Paul asylum (hospital) where Van Gogh admitted himself. Continue reading →