For the past few months throughout France the residents in certain French villages have been jumping for joy. Why? They are now in the running for the next “Le Village Préferé des Francais”. And choosing the favourite village of the French in 2018 is done by millions of television viewers throughout France. Stephane Bern, a well known French journalist and television host, will announce the winner on the annual telecast sometime in June. Continue reading →
There you are in a store’s check-out lane and the line is simply not moving because there’s some problem.
- The customer is questioning the price of an item?
- The customer can’t find all the change to pay?
- His Visa credit isn’t accepted, only Mastercard?
Meanwhile, you’re standing there with just one item and you have the exact change to pay, but instead, you wait…and wait…and wait.
We’ve all experienced this: waiting for the person at the front of the line to get their act together. Unfortunately, I’ve BEEN that customer who everyone is mad at….at least in the toll lane in France. Continue reading →
Sometimes you see a photo on the internet or in a magazine and you decide you HAVE to see that place when you visit the city. This was the case for me and my search to see the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (National Library of France) when I was in Paris recently. I say “search’ because upon arriving at what I THOUGHT was the library, I soon discovered I was at the wrong location. In fact, it turns out there are four National Library of France sites in Paris! But my visit wasn’t a total waste. I’ll share two sites worth visiting. Continue reading →
When in Paris, one walks a lot and it’s worth doing as there are so many sites to see. But you can walk down a street and not even realize you’ve passed a historical monument or famous site. I recently discovered that you can see the Bastille fortress—yes, that famous ‘storming of the Bastille’ place—-that made July 14, 1789 famous. I found the remains of the Bastille in the most unlikely places, so if you’re in these four areas, be sure you’re on the lookout for the remnants. You’ll be looking at a little history from 228 years ago. It’s not all rocks, either, particularly at the Bastille Metro where you will see some amazing art (from France’s bicentennial). Continue reading →
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 →
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 →