My City Hunt With Paris In Action

The City of Paris Museum of Modern Art

“You’ve seen one mountain, you’ve seen them all”. This was said by a 14 year old while travelling in the Canadian Rockies. [Disclosure: that was me]. While Paris is full of historic monuments and museums, I can imagine some people (and especially children) saying something similar as they venture through Paris. Fortunately, there is a way to see the “city of lights” in a way that makes the journey much more interesting (and educational)……by doing a city hunt with Paris In Action. Continue reading →

The toll lane in France took its toll on me

The toll lane in France took its toll on me

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 →

Parisian bistro with traditional French cuisine: A la Biche au Bois

A la Biche au Bois Restaurant, Paris (J. Chung)

Author and pastry chef David Lebovitz has written some excellent books about French food and his experiences living in France. One of his posts reviewed a Parisian restaurant located near the Gare de Lyon. It’s been open since 2001 and has a loyal following. I recently had the good fortune to have dinner at this classic French bistro called “A la Biche au Bois” (Deer in the woods). Here is my review. Continue reading →

Four National Library of France Sites— 2 Worth Visiting

One of the National Library of France sites: Richelieu Library, Paris (J. Chung)

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 →

Running In France

You can take a walking tour, river cruise, or bus tour to see France, but how about another way….by running in France? Let me clarify. I am not suggesting you run AROUND France to see the sites. I am suggesting that if you are looking at travelling to France, that you consider adding in a running race in France….5 km, 10km, half-marathon or even a marathon. Before you say, “I can’t even run 1 mile/kilometre”, I should point out that many races have entries for walkers, so it’s not out of the question.
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Remains Of The Bastille: 4 Spots You Likely Overlooked

Remains of the Bastille and mural at the Bastille Metro

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 →