Posts Tagged ‘Amy Barnard’

French Music: A Sampling

Born in Belleville, Paris, Edith Piaf had an early life most would consider not exactly rosy. More or less abandoned by her parents as an infant, she was discovered as a musician in 1935. Her popularity in France skyrocketed, though she was not popular at first in the US; Americans found her too dismal.

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Unusual Museums

I have a confession—I hate emails. As a way of doing business they’re tolerable, a necessary evil. Second confession—I write letters. Just tell me you aren’t twice as thrilled to open an envelope addressed to you from a friend or lover as you are to open something in your inbox. Perhaps this is why I love the Museum of Letters and Manuscripts as much as I do.

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The Arab World in Paris

The Institut du Monde Arabe (Institute of the Arab World), in the 5th Arrondissement, is at once a museum, a library and a cultural center….

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Girl Talk with Debra Ollivier

An LA girl who has spent more than 10 years in France, where she married and had her children, Debra Ollivier is the author of Entre Nous: A Woman’s Guide to Finding Her Inner French Girl and What French Women Know: About Love, Sex, and Other Matters of the Heart and Mind.

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From the creators of Bonpoint comes Merci, a home decor concept store that caters to all your domestic needs. The entrance is through a small…

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Cheap Paris Thrills: The Vanves Flea Market

Almost everyone has heard of the massive market at Porte de St. Ouen, otherwise known as Marché aux Puces de Clignancourt. This is an Aladdin’s…

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Girl Talk with Heather Stimmler-Hall

Paris-based writer and tour guide Heather Stimmler-Hall really knows her stuff! We talk to the former travel editor and author of the delightfully mischievous Naughty Paris: A Lady’s Guide to the Sexy City.

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Madeleine Vionnet

Think 1930s MGM classic glamour and subtle sophistication, and unconsciously the fluid lines of Madeleine Vionnet come to mind. The French-born designer is the subject of an exhibition at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs (through January 31, 2010).

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Salons: Not Just for Thé

Skip over the books on Paris this once and dive into some literature.

Smart is sexy. Especially in Europe and particularly in Paris. Sometimes there’s so much hype over the latest eye serum or hot new handbag that we almost forget what our most seductive organ is.

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Discovering Jewish Paris

Think of the Marais, and hundreds of hip boutiques spring to mind, leaving you feeling like a little girl in a sweetshop, dizzy on sugar, unsure where to start. While that’s certainly one impression you might have of the neighborhood, there’s another, older facet to the area. Centered here is a strong Jewish community, with a rich and tragic history, that has recently been revived.

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Dates for the Diary: Exhibitions

Here are a few current and upcoming exhibitions in Paris that I’m getting excited about, ranging from painting to photography to music. I hope that you’ll all feel inspired, too! The first two are closing soon, so get hopping.

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At Bob's Juice Bar, in the 3rd Arrondissement, detoxing never tasted so good.

Staying Fit and Healthy in Paris

At first appearances it would seem impossible to keep fit in Paris—there are so many exquisite, edible temptations on every street. My own street features…

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