Wild Mushrooms In Paris

IMGP1835.JPGThis is the time of year for fresh wild mushrooms in Paris.  The  marchés have mounds of fresh mushrooms for sale.  The best ones are girolles (what Americans call chantrelles) and cepes — big, meaty mushrooms the size of baseballs.  As Paris gets back to its rhythm, going to the marches may itself be an act of defiance but moreover, a necessary way to enjoy life as the French do so well — and buy a half kilo of cepes. Read More »

Salon du Chocolate — Paris

logo_sdcFrom October 28 to November  1, this premier chocolate festival at Port de Versailles should not be missed by anyone who loves chocolate.   Celebrating its 21st year, all of the prestigious chocolatiers will be at this event, and a kids workshop and exhibition is held everyday from 11 am-7 pm. Special events include from the finest chocolatiers in Paris and the world.  Activities include a chocolate bookshop, workshops for children (for ages 3-12),  free pasty workshops, and a health show from some of the world’s best chocolatiers. More information can be found here.     Read More »

Halloween In Paris

IMGP1616.JPGHalloween remains a novelty in Paris.  Except for chocolate shops, few stores decorate for the holiday.  Pumpkins are for eating, not carving Jack-O-Lanterns, though if you don’t mind spending 15 or so Euros for a medium-sized pumpkin (gigantic by French standards), you can find some pumpkins at the marché or in some pumpkin patches out in the farmlands near Versailles.  Gobs of candy bags are not to be seen lining store shelves, and there is no trick or treating as you need the security code to get into an apartment building (so you must plan ahead and know who you are visiting). Read More »

Paris in the Fall

IMGP1997.JPGA new rhythm begins in Paris with la rentree, when Parisians return from their vacances, and shops re-open all spruced up after a month off.  Yes, France remains a stalwart in the European economy despite the 25 or so days of vacation that Parisians take in a year, with a good chunk of it in August.  The rush of la rentree means waiting in long lines (but be wary of people who coyly cut in front), like a hurricane is about to hit the middle of France along the Seine. Read More »

Rock En Seine — Summer Rock Festival

rock en seine 2013The summer annual rock festival has once again provided great entertainment to wrap up a vibrant Parisian summer.  The weekend of August 26-28, come out to Parc de Saint Cloud to hear this summer’s hottest bands.   The crowds reach over 20,000 with many people camping out for all 3 days, with other activities available if you need a break from the concerts, including an area for kids.   And, of course, there is the famous festival camping.  Buy tickets now before they sell out.  Read More »

August In Paris — Where To Eat

august restaurant.JPGParis is largely a ghost town in August, as most Parisians are away for the month on holiday on the beaches of Normandy, or down south in the Côte d’Azur.   This means that it can be challenging to find quality restaurants,  boulangerie, or other stores open as many are closed, for the entire month.  This is especially the case with top tier restaurants, as staff take much needed rest from their demanding work.  However, a few good restaurants are open, so all is not lost if you are in Paris during this extended vacances. Read More »