Wednesday, December 22, 2010
If Paris isn't buried in snow (!) consider ice skating in front of the gorgeous Hotel de Ville or at the Eiffel Tower. Both spectacular and festive venues! The art nouveau brasseries are generally open so consider a meal at Le Vaudeville near the Bourse or another festive Paris brasserie. (Check first!) Window shopping and dreaming is always fun. Pick a Paris quarter full of great shops and stroll, dream, and enjoy.
The celebrative midnight mass at Notre Dame is an always packed and special event.. but get there at least 90 minutes in advance for a seat. And look at the posters or at Pariscope to find fabulous concerts in the week leading up to and after Christmas.
If you have an apartment with a kitchen, shop the markets and have a festive dinner a la Parisian traditions..
Monday, December 20, 2010
Vaux le Vicomte is roughly an hour southeast of Paris and is the magnificent chateau that inspired Versailles. Vaux le Vicomte transforms itself every holiday season into a sumptuously decorated home with roaring log fires and candlelit rooms. Gorgeous.
Chantilly is north and slightly west of Paris and is a later but also a gorgeous chateau. The collection of 800 plus fine paintings in Chantilly are second only to the Louvre in the breadth and quality of the collection. And, in addition to the lovely park surrounding the chateau, the stables (said to be considered the most beautiful, intact, 18th century stables in Europe) are always worth seeing. This season there is a special show at 2:30 in the afternoon (check dates) with thirty plus horses, riders, acrobats and more. Spectacular indeed.
Talk with me about my colleague Jean Pierre who will pick you up at your hotel or apartment and take you to either of these marvelous venues for an unforgettable day.
Friday, December 10, 2010
For groups of six to ten, or talk with us about pricing for larger groups or even for smaller groups. One guest experiencing this new tour literally told my colleague that this was one of the best, most enjoyable days of her life. And this was a woman who travels frequently and is not un-sophisticated in things-culinary!
Details on http://www.yourgreatdaysinparis.com or email me. email@example.com
Or, for a BIG and wonderful gift, present your friends with the opportunity to join me on a culinary or cultural tour in Paris, Turkey, the Pays Basque or Lyon in 2011.
Friday, December 3, 2010
Sunday, November 28, 2010
In other regions of France we have information on some special packages at a gorgeous wine growing Chateau Hotel (with a gourmet cooking school) in Provence, special packages in Champagne and in festive Alsace.
Happy holidays! Call or email us if Your Great Days in Paris can help you have great holidays in Paris. 781 391 6183 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, November 22, 2010
Monday, November 8, 2010
And if want to see more photograpy, go to Paris Photo 2010 the annual photography fair at the Carrousel du Louvre. November 18th to 21. Featuring "one hundred international galleries and publishers presenting a panorama of the finest examples of photographic expression from the 19th century to the present day." This year, the focus is on the Central European photography scene, showing new talents through awards, competitions and
For the month of November Paris is the photography capital of the world.
Sunday, November 7, 2010
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Friday, November 5, 2010
Monday, November 1, 2010
The salon du thé is open and serving tea and various patisserie, all made by Patrick, from 2:30 through 7 pm. You can stop in to buy tea from10 a.m. onwards. Closed Sundays. Metro: Glaciere, Bus #21 or #62. It is a short bus ride out from central Paris and worth every kilometre!
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Life goes on in Paris despite the strikes.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
I have delayed my flight to Paris from Istanbul for three days in hopes that all settles down a bit.
Keep an eye on the news.
My 'foodie' treats of this trip are ultra rich kaymak, a creme fraiche from water buffalo milk served with deeply flavored honey, and, checking out the versions of kuru fasulye (white beans in butter-tomato sauce). Both sound simple, both are utterly delicious. Of course this is just the tip of the foodie iceberg. Turkish food is flavorful and varied. Generally very good quality and very affordable.
Check out www.istanbuleats.com for great foodie tips all over town. This is proving to be an excellent resource.
I've been back to my favorite, the ever superb Ciya Sofrasi in Kadikoy on the Asian side twice for utterly delicious meals, but have found several new places I count as favorites during this trip. It is hard not to eat well (and reasonably) here.
Istanbul is legendary for shopping. The textiles are beautiful, patterned tiles, clothing, leathergoods, jewelry, glassware, porcelain, endless gorgeous scarves... it just goes on and on. I found a shop yesterday near Taksim Square off Iskital Caddessi that is a little different. Nahd is a gift shop and consignment shop run by women to support over 20 women's cooperatives around Turkey. This cute little shop stocks beautiful handmade soaps, handmade baby clothes, crafts items and decorative objects.
The consignment area had a great bin of lovely scarves for 5 lira each and also had racks of nice quality jackets, blouses, dresses and such. This is a great place to support women's development projects with your gift shopping lira. The address is Bekar Sokak no. 17.
The ever bustling Iskital Caddessi is a half block away and is an avenue that is chock full of interesting shops and cafes, galleries and covered passages. If you continue down Iskital towards Tunel watch for Ipek on the right after you pass Galatasary Lycee. Ipek has the most beautiful silk scarves and neckties... prices are very fair, the quality is just gorgeous, and most are made in Bursa, a historic center for fine silk and textile making. Food and scarves. I'm happy. And that's before we ride the Bosphorous ferries under a full moon, visit the fabulous monuments like Aya Sophia, the Blue Mosque, the Spice Market, the almost-overwhelming Grand Bazaar and simply walk, walk, walk and explore this remarkable city.
Take the walk from Taksim Square all the way down Iskital to Tunel (where the trendy and fun Asmailescit neighborhood is loaded with good bars, restaurants, clubs and shopping). This is a terrific part of Beyoglu on the European side of Istanbul.
Check out my new Istanbul.Ephesus.Cappodocia tour on www.yourgreatdaysinparis.com
The first tour in April is full but pending interest I can schedule a second in the fall. Istanbul is amazing. Come experience it!
Sunday, October 3, 2010
This year's theme celebrates organic, top quality, sustainable chocolates. In addition to seeing and tasting an extraordinary array of chocolates from France's creme de la creme of chocolatiers you can view chocolate in multiple amazing guises... crafted into haute couture and more. This is an event where pros market to other pros but the public is welcomed.
Travelers should take the RER B to Mitry-Claye, where free shuttle buses will take them to the airport’s Terminal 1. For those going on to Terminal 2 or 3 you then have to take the (free) RoissyVal light railway. Allow an extra half-hour to get to Terminal 1 and an extra hour to get to Terminal 2.
To avoid the RER completely, take a taxi, the low-cost Roissybus (from Opéra, corner of Rue Scribe and Rue Auber) or the Air France bus (from Porte Maillot, Etoile, Orly, Montparnasse or Gare de Lyon). Or, you can always talk with Your Great Days in Paris about reliable van services to and from the airport.
Friday, September 24, 2010
The Nuit Blanche celebration is a fantastic city wide party, lots of music, edgy art, interesting happenings. It is a terrific way to explore off the beaten path quarters. And, it is all free! There will be kiosks with booklets detailing events by the Hotel de Ville, in the French Tourist Office, and near major metros around town. Generally these set up a day or two in advance. Or check the website. Go, participate... this is fun!
Monday, September 13, 2010
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Please note: Louisiana was sold to the US by Napoleon, not by Louis XIV and Colbert did not die in 1967! Two errors within the article that I am chagrinned about... but the Globes are astonishing. That I know.
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Camille lives in France and has been very smart at thinking through how she can both teach students via phone and online and also offer quality educational products. She also invites contributors to her website who post up to date pieces on Paris and French travel.
This is an excellent resource.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Thursday, September 2, 2010
This is an event all over France, not just in Paris. Access to all venues is free. Don't miss this one if you are in France!
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
The blockbuster art show of the season will be a major Monet show at the Grand Palais, September 22 through January 10.
Lovers of antiques and design will not want to miss the Bienniale des Antiquaires, September 15 to 22 at the Grand Palais. This massive event features top quality, often very rare items ranging from furnishings to jewelry to paintings to archaelogical finds. There are 25 new international dealers in this year’s show adding to an already remarkable variety of offerings.
As fall arrives, the Opera en Plein Air season continues. Visit the ground of the Hotel des Invalides to hear Carmen performed from September 7-14. www.operaenpleinair.com
If you love Django Reinhardt’s gypsy jazz check out the Django Dorm concert at the Salle Pleyel on September 30.
And that’s just a start!
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Just in case you are homesick for coffee cake and coffee “New Yorkaise” when visiting Paris you can stop in at ‘Le Coffee Shop Merce and the Muse’ located at 1 rue Charles Francois Dupuis in the 3rd arrondissement (near Republique). The American owner has modeled his shop on classic Greenwich Village coffee shops. If one more croissant is just too much to contemplate, hard as that is to fathom, keep this one in mind. Just one more good stop to keep in mind when exploring the ‘upper Marais’.
Friday, July 23, 2010
If you are in Paris this summer or early September this show should be on your list.
Musée Marmottan Monet: 2, rue Louis-Boilly, 75016, Paris. Métro: Muette. Tel.: 01 42 24 07 02. Open Tuesday, 11am-9pm, Wednesday-Saturday, 11am-6pm. Closed Monday. Admission: €9. Through September 26. www.marmottan.com
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Marché des enfants : Entrée au niveau du 39 rue de Bretagne,3E. M°République.
In a place where the stalls of this charming covered market adjoin the tables of small market restaurants. You can enjoy foods of France, Morroco or Japan. This is a wonderful calm spot for a drink or light meal in the upper Marais.
Café Suedois : Centre culturel suédois, 11 rue Payenne 3e. 01.44.78.80.11 M°Saint Paul
This lovely Swedish Cultural center in the Marais is known for its exhibitions, concerts and other events. But the backyard of this lovely space is home to the eminently worthwhile Le café Suedois, where customers gather all day for teas, coffee, light meals and excellent carrot cake. There is a charming small square across the street with flowers and benches if the café is full.
La Mer à Boire : 1 rue des Envierges 20e 01.43.58.29.43. M°Pyrénées.
Here's a terrace to love! Perched on the heights of Belleville's Park, you can enjoy a glass of organic wine while soaking up the panoramic views out over Paris.
le Thé : Musée de la Vie Romantique 16 rue Chaptal 9e 01 55 31 95 67 M° Saint Georges.
In the verdant garden ot the charming, intimate Museum of Romantic Life you can rest, sip good tea and enjoy cakes and light refreshment. This is in the heart of the interesting Nouvelle Athennes quarter near the superb rue de Martyrs market street.
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Yes, lots of cafes, bistros and small stores do close in August but Paris is always worth a visit. August offers less crowds, museums are open (and air-conditioned) and there are numerous film and music festivals. This is a great city.... it never shuts down!
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Thursday, July 1, 2010
The Canal goes underground several blocks up Boulevard Richard Lenoir from Bastille and its last length to the Seine is through a softly lit tunnel. But mostly the Canal is a splendid walk for a lazy hour or two in a still very real feeling section of Paris.
Check out the classic Quay-side cafe Chez Prune on Quai de Valmy or have an excellent 14 E three course menu at La Marine also on Quai de Valmy at #55. (Menu weekdays only at 14 E). Across the canal, the Pouya Iranian Cultural Center is an intimate oasis for lovely spiced teas or saffron flavored icecream.
Bring your camera, walk and take time to settle in and enjoy this vibrant quarter centered on this charming canal. Best metro stops nearby are Jacques Bonsergent or Republique. This is the 10th arrondissement.
Monday, June 14, 2010
21 June, Monday, is the day. This all-over-France festival started in 1982 and is now celebrated throughout Europe. You can listen and dance to just about any kind of music all over Paris. Put on your dancing shoes, ring in summer, and enjoy the Fête de la Musique where ever you are in France.
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Sometimes you just want to read what’s ‘on’ and dream, even better, other times you want to know what is happening so you can actually take advantage of the abundant Parisian cultural riches during a visit.
Once you are in Paris, the best deal in town has to be Pariscope. Published on Wednesdays and available in all the newsstands, this little TV-guide like booklet is the go to source for seemingly everything that is going on. Love movies? Check. Concerts ranging from techno music to jazz to classical or world music? Check. Walking tours and special festivals? Yes. Brocantes, Art and Antiques shows? Marionette shows for the kids? Absolutely. Pariscope will be the best .60 euro cents you’ve ever spent. Sit in a café and get out your highlighter and check off far more things than you will ever realistically do. Always good to have options!
For up to date events, news about city wide and arrondissement-specific initiatives (for example, where you can find free wifi spots, or cultural development of the Parc de la Villette area) you should definitely check out and bookmark the excellent e-zine called À Paris that the Mairie de Paris publishes. Full colour, loads of content and wonderfully useful, this publication is not skewed by for-profit interests, it is simply published to promote and encourage access to all that Paris has to offer. www.paris.fr/portal/publications/
The latest issue outlines all there is to do in Paris during the summer months. Indeed, www.paris.fr is the city of Paris’ newly renovated website and this excellent resource is available in French and English.
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
This is just off Place Monge, home to a good small market on Wednesday and Saturday mornings, and, is just down the street from the amazing Maison des Trois Thés where you can sample one of a hundred plus premier oolong, Pu Ehr, yellow or white teas in a beautifully designed tea salon and shop. And you are near the Arennes du Lutece, the Mosquee de Paris, and the ever-lively rue Mouffetard market street too.
Love Impressionist Painters? Going to Normandy this summer? Be sure to check out the multi-venue, multi-modal Normandy Impressionist Festival that kicked off on June 4 in Rouen and runs thru September 15 in twelve different cities and locations around Normandy. Special exhibitions in museums and chateaux, music, dance, even gardens are in the mix.
This looks like an amazing festival! The Euro is so affordable right now.. how can you resist?
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Note: starting in June 2010 the passes will have a one year expiration date (once you activate them they are only good for the two, four or six consecutve days). This mainly impacts folks who buy the passes and keep them for future use...
Go to http://en.parismuseumpass.com/ for full details, prices, and how to order before leaving on your trip (in English) or, where to buy the passes in and around Paris. You don't want to stand on a long line at the Louvre to buy a pass to save you from standing on lines.....
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Paris hotels, both humble and haute, often run great summer specials. If you are traveling in July and August be sure to look for a hotel with AC or 'climatisée' as it can be quite warm in the city. If you prefer a private apartment talk with Your Great Days in Paris. We have excellent sources for well-run short stay rental companies offering everything from simple studios to three bedroom apartments with gourmet kitchens and killer views.
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Enjoy this story I wrote for Bonjour Paris on the fabulous chocolat to drink, eat, and savor in Bayonne, France. Bayonne is the home of chocolate in France... and it is a great chocoholics destination today!
Yves Camdeborde has had a smash hit with le Comptoir in the heart of St. Germain des Prés. It is tough to get a table, easier at lunch than dinner. For the past few years spontaneous consolation could be found just around the corner from Le Comptoir at the Creperie du Comptoir where delicious crepes, innovative and classic, could be purchased day and night. Last fall, Camdeborde and co. renovated the tiny creperie into a clever small-plate serving 'comptoir' with delicious mini-portions of hearty southwestern French food and some tapas-y things. There are still crepes too... still tiny, still delicious, and a great idea for a light dinner or snack while waiting for a table at Le Comptoir. Carrefour de l'Odeon, Paris 6.
Friday, May 21, 2010
July 7 through July 25, 2010
Burgundy is a splendid region to visit and it is easy to access by train or car from Paris. In addition to all of the superb wine and regional cuisine there will be an outstanding Opera Festival this July. Based in Beaune, a soignee small city that is heart to the region you can enjoy superb performers like Les Arts Florissants and much more.
The International Baroque Opera Festival has been the leading European festival for baroque opera and has become the biggest “Händel” festival in France. Great baroque conductors (Léonhardt, Brüggen, Christie, Herreweghe, Kuijken, Jacobs, etc.) perform here in works as varied as opera, sacred or secular music, making Beaune the event for enthusiasts.
To open the festival, the opera “Il Ritorno di Ulisse in Patria” by Monteverdi will complete the Monteverdi trilogy that was begun in 2005 with the Roman conductor Rinaldo Alessandrini.
This year, the Festival is also celebrating the 30th birthday of the “Arts Florissants” with Jean –Philippe Rameau; William Christie will be conducting two of his lesser-performed works, the ballet “Anacréon” and the opera ballet “Pygmalion”.
The young conductor Jérémie Rohrer and his orchestra “Le Cercle de l’Harmonie” will be offering the heroic drama “Thamos, roi d’Egypte”.
Download the 2010 program
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
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Thursday, May 6, 2010
Friday, April 30, 2010
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Thursday, April 15, 2010
Sunday, April 11, 2010
You can order timed tickets for the Eiffel Tower online now. A major improvement!
The Turner and his contemporaries show at the Grand Palais is getting major accolades. Lengthy lines abound but you can always order tickets in advance from the Grand Palais website.
I'm in Spain now, about to lead a Pays Basque culinary tour. Back in Paris on 4.22. News and photos to come. Safe travels.
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Lovers of music, dance and art won't want to miss this very special intimately scaled tour to immerse in music, dance and art, and, to join in the festivities at Barcelona's exuberant La Merce Festival. Paris Barcelona Cadaqués is a high-access experience for 6-10 lucky guests. 3 nights in Paris, 3 nights in Barcelona. Visit hot art galleries, concept shops, not normally open to the public spots such as Sarah Bernhardt's dressing room in the Theatre de la Ville, enjoy a day trip to idyllic Cadaqués, home to countless artists and where you will visit ateliers of noted contemporary artists. Dine in charming Paris winebars, in Catalan Tapas Bars and enjoy robust Barcelona cuisine at famed Los Caracoles. Enjoy an elegant French 'Apéro' hosted in a private Parisian apartment. A private guide will accompany you every step of the way and open doors to artists and experiences that will delight. September 21-27. 2950 Euros.
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Sunday, March 7, 2010
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Friday, February 26, 2010
A good lunch in Paris that won't break the bank? Eminently possible. Head to Mon Vieil Ami on the lovely Ile St. Louis for their daily plat du jour. The tab is an unbeatable 13 euros for their perfect winter-weather-warming fricassee de legumes & blanquette de veau, which is only served on Thursdays. Other plats du jour for the same price include Pot a Feu, seafood risotto, and Parmentier with wild boar. This is a wonderful venue for dinner too. Lots of good veggies and delicious Alsatian influenced meat and fish dishes.
Mon Viel Ami. 69 rue Saint Louis en I'lle, 4th arr. ( on the Ile St. Louis)
Metro: Pont Marie Open Wed. to Sunday- 12-2PM for lunch, 6:30-11PM for dinner Tel. 01 40 46 01 35 http://www.mon-vieil-ami.com
Monday, February 22, 2010
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Goya and Picasso will be highlights of a special Louvre show called " Crime and Punishment". 16 March-27 June.
Celebrate Chopin's Bicentenary with a visit to the sweet little Museum of Romantic Life in the 9th. "The Blue Note" is the special show from 2 March-11 July.
The Pinacotheque on Place de la Madeleine has organized a show of Edvard Munch's works called "The Anti Scream". 100 paintings and graphic works drawn from private collections. 19 Feb-18 July.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
If you are lucky enough to be in Paris over Valentines Day, check out these three great shops.
Natier, owned by the personable Dominique Letterrier is a wonderful small chocolate and traditional French candies shop in the 9th, near the rue de Martyrs Market Street, located at 1 rue Henri Monnier. Natier sells chocolates from four top artisanal chocolate makers, largely traditional in style, some a bit more creative. Clients of mine report addiction issues with the sauternes or bordeaux infused chocolate covered raisins. I love the chocolates generally and the densely delicious fruit patés. A sweet little shop!
Christophe Roussell is relatively new to Paris having successfully plied his trade as a master chocolatier in La Baule. Roussell has opened a fabulous new BAR à Chocolate at 10 rue de Champ de Mars, adding yet one more jewel to that culinary mecca of the rue Cler market street neighborhood. There is a famous tower just a few blocks away too... Roussell make wonderful chocolates and also superb macarons, many based on chocolate in various guises. For Valentines Day you can pick up a pair of chocolate lips... Definitely a must stop in shop.
And finally, another master chocolatier, Jean Paul Hevin. Hevin has three shops in Paris but the mother lode is the shop and upstairs tea room at 231 rue St. Honoré. Here you can buy those fabulous jewel-like chocolates, Hevin's creative chocolate patisserie, and relax in the tea room over killer chocolate chaud or a cup of Mariage Freres tea and a pastry. Sweet indeed.
Happy Valentines Day!
Friday, February 5, 2010
Talk with Your Great Days in Paris about wonderful things to do, see and eat around the Eiffel Tower.
Here are selected Apps that are very useful. I'd love to hear from you about others that you have found and love.
Free French Tutor and French Essentials. Hear French words pronounced before you use them.
Paris2Go. Places to see, what's nearby, transportation.
Paris Street Map. GPS enabled. No paper maps to unfold!
Metro Paris. A map of the metro that shows the stops on each line, GPS features, and, you can input your starting and end point and get the best route to take. Nice.
Send me other suggestions!
Happy exploring Paris on and off the beaten path. We're here to consult with you on the what to dos behind the where's...
Saturday, January 9, 2010
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Sounds delightful. www.cookbookfair.com
Les Soldes. The bi-annual BIG sales events (other is in July) will kick off Wednesday January 6th and run for five weeks. Sales periods are regulated in France and this is the mother of all sales including top luxury stores and quirky small boutiques. Visit your favorite stores and scope out the things you love, go early in the sale and you may be lucky!
For vintage automobile enthusiasts, the annual Traversee de Paris antique and classic vehicles event is a must-see. This year, January 10 is the date for the 500 plus car, motorcycle, and bus 'tour' de Paris. Starting in Vincennes and running out to the Trocadero fountains and Eiffel Tower area (Place Jacques Rueff), this is an event that pulls together a glorious mix of cars and more.... Bugattis, Renault 4 CVs, vintage Citroens and more. The cars pass through the Marais, Montmartre, and up the Champs Elysees. Bundle up and get out and enjoy this one!