Ten Belles-3 July 21

10 Belles: Coffee on the Way Home #2

Just off the Canal Saint Martin which – for future reference – may be one of the only places in the city where a breeze can still be found, 10 Belles is a diminutive little hideaway for the beard-sporting, t-shirt wearing, friendly-looking folk of the 10th.

©StephO'Dea July 20

The Sunday Slideshow: Bercy & the BNF

On an impromptu expedition to Le Petit Bain (a great boat bar in Bercy with lots of live gigs), my Yorkshire Friend and I were embroiled in a mission to find a Velib station with room for two. Our honourable quest soon landed us in that mystical realm of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (the BNF). Once […]

Photo Credit: Society for Community Organization/Publicis Hong Kong July 08

Eight Things You Only Know if You Live in Paris

1) There is no way on God’s green earth Amelie could afford THIS Montmartre apartment on a part-time job at the Deux Moulins.  Let me get this straight Amélie: so your bed’s NOT in your kitchen? What do you mean you can’t shower while simultaneously making a cup of tea? Why is your fridge the size […]

Copyright Steph O'Dea July 01

An Evening with the legendary Jim Haynes

If you haven’t heard of him, allow me to introduce you to Jim Haynes, the man who’s been feeding Paris’ waifs, strays, artists, actors, and everyone in between for as long as anyone cares to remember. Every Sunday evening, the doors to Jim’s lofty kitchen-cum-living room are thrown open onto one of those hidden, leafy […]

IMG_3724 June 22

Fête de la Musique 2014

Click on any of the images for a Fête de la Musique 2014 slideshow. Enjoy!

Holybelly June 21

Holybelly. On the Way Home Coffee #1

For the last two weeks, 9am has seen me sitting in a classroom trying to tame the fangy-toothed beast that is the French language. Two hours later, I’m cycling home along the Canal Saint Martin, still frowning at the baffling conundrum of when and how to replace a noun with qui, or que. By the time […]

La Recyclerie June 17

La Recyclerie – An Urban Garden Joy Fest

If you’ve ever been to one of the events at Jardins du Ruisseau, you’ll know all about how impossibly lovely the abandoned railway-side gardens are, with their little fold-out chairs, riotous blooms and impromptu gigs under railway bridges. But now there’s even more reason to take Line 4 to its natural conclusion at Porte de Clignancourt, […]

Domaine de Chantilly June 03

Beyond Paris: Domaine de Chantilly

We love you, Paris. Of course we do. Why else would we bludgeon our way through your confounding administrative processes, dodge the dubious gifts left on every pavement by your dogs, suffer your inimitable customer service and inhale your eau de pollution? Our devotion is unswerving, but sometimes – just sometimes – we need another […]

La Mouffe January 22

Rue Mouffetard: A Roman Remnant

One of the oldest streets (in one of the oldest neighbourhoods) in Paris, Rue Mouffetard has been at the heart of the 5th since before the fifth was the fifth. Once a Roman road that ran all the way to Place d’Italie, today Mouffetard begins at Saint Medard Square and runs up to the more […]

January 20

Paris’ long forgotten Human Zoo

A short walk from the RER Station of Nogent-sur-Marne in Vincennes lies the Jardin d’Agronomie Tropicale – an eerie, ramshackle remnant of France’s colonial past. Overgrown and unkempt, a maze of narrow paths leads visitors through an unlikely collection of tumbledown relics, from paint-cracked pagodas and moss-covered statues to stone bridges and Cambodian stupa. So. […]

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