Lonely Planet Paris Wins Guidebook of the Year

Posted in Books, Paris on November 25th, 2013 by christofino – Be the first to comment

Woohoo! Lonely Planet Paris won Guidebook of the Year at the British Travel Press Awards, held in London on November 20. Amid all the unsettling change in the publishing industry these days, this is a great moment to reflect on how many people it really takes to make a book a success.

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Free Paris: Top Five Picnics

Posted in Paris, Paris for Kids on May 31st, 2012 by christofino – Be the first to comment

The summer weather has finally arrived, and you know what that means – it’s time for a visit to the local market to stock up on the essential French picnic supplies: fresh bread, cheese, charcuterie, a couple of sun-kissed veggies and a bottle of wine.

Choose a destination from the list below, and don’t forget the candles, some sort of musical instrument, and a blanket.

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Paris Walking Tours app

Posted in Paris, Soundscapes on May 23rd, 2011 by christofino – Be the first to comment

Heading to Paris? Explore the city like a real Parisian with these new audio walking tours for your iTouch, iPhone or mp3 player. The app includes five neighborhood tours (Latin Quarter, St-Germain-des-Prés, Bastille, Marais, Montmartre), each with over 45 minutes of insightful audio content, an expert guide and audio soundscapes and excerpts from the BBC Archives.
Apple / mp3
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Free Paris: Musée des Arts et Métiers

Posted in Paris, Paris for Kids, Reading Table on March 16th, 2011 by christofino – Be the first to comment

Before The Da Vinci Code and The Lost Symbol, the most famous literary thriller involving coded manuscripts, secret societies, and a gruesome sacrifice was Umberto Eco’s Foucault’s Pendulum. An investigation into conspiracy theories and the Templar Knights, a meditation on symbols and language, a serious poststructuralist joke, there’s no doubt that Eco beat Dan Brown to the punch.

But what does any of this have to do with the Musée des Arts et Métiers?

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Free Paris: Café Panis

Posted in Paris on January 27th, 2011 by christofino – 1 Comment

Ah, the joys of Paris on a budget. Yes, you read that right. Paris may be an expensive place and the five-star indulgences are many, but it’s still possible to enjoy its unique pleasures without draining the kids’ college funds. Stop number one? Notre Dame, the spiritual and symbolic heart of France.

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The Louvre with Kids

Posted in Paris, Paris for Kids on October 5th, 2010 by christofino – 2 Comments

It’s gigantic, incredibly crowded, and overwhelming. But that doesn’t mean that a trip to the Louvre has to end in tears of frustration – for you or your children. It’s all in the planning.

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The Unsung Museums of Paris

Posted in Paris on August 23rd, 2010 by christofino – Be the first to comment

Pass through La Pinacothèque during the weekday lunch hour, and you will soon realise that if there is one thing that rivals a Parisian’s obsession with food, it’s art. Although French lunches can be famously long, many of the daytime visitors to La Pinacothèque had apparently sacrificed their midday meal in order to find a different type of satiation.

This passion for art, and culture in general, is reflected in the vast number of museums in Paris.

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Bed & Breakfast on a French Farm

Posted in Other, Paris on August 12th, 2010 by christofino – Be the first to comment

The French countryside has an appeal that is almost primordial in nature: beautiful land, temperate weather and fertile soil – what more could a society want? The subject of both envy and inspiration, it has been fought over, divvied up, bequeathed, painted and written about for centuries. But if life for French farmers has never been the paradise that the landscape seems to promise, the country’s beauty and lore still casts a powerful spell – from Provence to Britanny, people continue to fall in love with la campagne.

Want to spend a few nights on a French farm?

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Montmartre Restaurants: Michelangelo

Posted in Paris on April 12th, 2010 by christofino – Be the first to comment

It may be really, really touristy, but it’s hard not to love Montmartre anyway. Adding to its list of charms is an incomparable Sicilian restaurant that, despite being just off the main steps up to Sacré Cœur, is figuratively off the map.

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Voyage dans le noir

Posted in Paris on March 3rd, 2010 by christofino – Be the first to comment

Today I got stuck in an elevator. And not just any elevator, but a Louis Vuitton elevator on the Champs Elysées. An LVMH elevator that was entirely black inside, without any lights or buttons. At first I thought it was some sort of art thing. But after thirty seconds, I noticed that the elevator had not yet done anything, except trap me inside.

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