A village in Paris: The 16th arrondissement

Paris may be for lovers, but the 16th arrondissement is for the rest of us: People with toddlers. The western Parisian neighborhood between the Seine and the Bois de Boulogne, runs from the Arc de Triomphe in the north down to the Roland Garros stadium in the south. The quiet quarter, also known as Passy, is […]

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Paris, encore

I’ve been lucky enough to visit Paris many times. In fact, it was the first place I saw outside of the U.S. It was the first big city I ever visited. I remember that car ride from the airport as if it were yesterday. Paris was noisy and glamorous and unpredictable. There was music on […]

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Paris with bébé: A how-to

I hemmed and hawed for weeks over whether I’d join my husband on a business trip to Paris. Normally I would never turn down an opportunity to spend a few days in the city of lights, but I kept imagining all of my favorite sights with a side of screaming baby. Running out of Musée […]

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Dreaming of Paris

When I pictured my life in Geneva, it involved many many spur-of-the-moment trips to Paris since it lies just three hours away from us by train. I’m embarrassed to say we haven’t zipped off to the City of Lights as often as I thought we would, but often enough to almost satisfy me…I’m one of […]

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5 Things to do in Paris when it rains

You may not speak French, but I bet you’ve heard the phrase après moi, le déluge or “after me comes the flood.” The phrase is attributed to to King Louis XV’s reign in reference to the impending French Revolution. Today, it’s kind of a shoulder shrug phrase: After me, I don’t care what happens. It’s all going […]

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Travel cravings: Paris

The best aspect of living in central Europe is our access to a multitude of other destinations. We love Switzerland, but we really love traveling outside of our Alpine nation. Living here has given us the ability to see many countries I did not believe I’d ever visit (such as Morocco and Croatia), as well […]

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Paris: Faire une pique-nique

Pique-nique (picnic) is one of my favorite French words because it is spelled phonetically as if someone with a heavy French accent is trying to say picnic: peek-neek. It is also one of my favorite things to do in Paris because it is easy on the wallet and there is no open container law. It’s a win-win, […]

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Paris: Cafe culture

Spending a few hours lolling around a Parisian cafe is the very essence of la vie française, but I think many Americans find the task somewhat daunting. Our cultural differences become very apparent at the cafe. Let me explain. Despite my secret longing to be reincarnated as a French woman, it still took me a few […]

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Paris museums: Beyond the Louvre

On visiting the Fondation Louis Vuitton, Drouot Auction House and Museé Marmottan. I love the Louvre, I really do. And I’ve been. I’ve seen the Mona Lisa. I’ve battled the crowds. I held my camera in the air, over their heads, trying to take a photo. If it is your first time in Paris, go […]

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Paris: Je vais seule

Je vais seule is a line from one of my favorite Françoise Hardy songs. A song I’ve been thinking about as I’ve been touring the city.  Je vais seule means “I go alone” or “I walk alone.” The song is about walking the Paris streets alone and looking at all the couples, happily arm-in-arm. It’s romantic […]

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