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Berthe Weill... again

Berthe Weill , honoured again, and once more thanks to my friend Marianne Le Morvan, and of course also thanks to the initiative to create a new little garden, neighbour to the Picasso Museum. People were asked to choose which name to give to this garden… and the choice was Berthe Weill. I don’t think anybody would have thought of her if it wasn’t for Marianne Le Morvan, who has made it a task to honour this lady, the gallerist who was the first to sell a Picasso in Paris, the first to sell a...
Tags: Travel, Paris, Picasso, Matisse, Marianne, Anne Hidalgo, Berthe Weill, Paris 3, PeterParis, Marianne Le Morvan, Picasso Museum People, Berthe, Chagall Derain Léger Braque Picasso, Mme Hidalgo, Pierre Aidenbaum, Berthe Weill Garden

Places to Visit in Europe – Underrated Cities In Europe Worth Visiting

When people think about their European vacations , they often picture Paris or London as the backdrop to their overseas adventures. While Paris and London are amazing cities in their own right, they are far from the only incredible places to visit on your next trip to Europe. Take a gamble on one of these underrated cities, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised! Places to Visit in Europe – 10 Underrated Cities Salzburg, Austria Salzburg is one of the most beautiful cities in Austria. I...
Tags: Travel, Sponsored, Europe, London, Spain, Barcelona, Unesco, Austria, Budapest, Grenada, Paris, Northern Ireland, Croatia, Alps, Belfast, Salzburg

Semi-Marathon in Paris

      A little over a week ago Yann ran a semi-marathon in Paris, he will run the marathon in Paris on April 14th. He started training in January with Chelsea as his coach. They are a good team those two. Yann is an obedient student who would never disappoint his daughter and Chelsea is a strong, constant, encouraging coach. The goal was to run the semi-marathon in two hours, Yann did it in two hours and forty-three seconds. During the first two kilometers, he wore his bright bogger green j...
Tags: Travel, Chelsea, Paris, Martin, Sacha, Yann, French Husband, French la Vie, Semi Marathon

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Customs delays in Paris continue to impact services
Tags: Travel, Paris, Customs

Partnership with Tablet Hotels

I am happy to announce a special partnership with Tablet Hotels, the top website for booking the best boutique and luxury hotels around the world.   Tablet has an extensive list of great hotels in Paris, many that I have personally recommended to my clients. Paris hotels include Le Bel Ami, L’Hotel and Hotel Montalembert in Saint Germain, Hotel Duo, Pavillon de la Reine, and Les Bains in le Marais, Crillon, Le Bristol, Royal Monceau and the Lancaster in the 8th arr. plus numerous hotels i...
Tags: Travel, Paris, Lancaster, Les Bains, Richard Nahem, Le Bel Ami L'Hotel, Marais Crillon Le Bristol Royal Monceau, Le Pavillon des Lettres, Le Saint Hotel, Nolinski Paris, Les Dames Du Pantheon, Brach Paris

From Paris to Bayonne

Today we traveled by TGV train grande vitesse from Paris to Bayonne where our families were waiting to welcome us home.
Tags: Travel, Paris, Bayonne

Japan’s Sapporo Snow Festival photos

In February of this year, we traveled to Sapporo, in Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido, to see the annual Sapporo Ice Festival. The festival has grown from six sculptures in 1950 to entire city neighborhoods dedicated to ice sculptures and other wintry activities — from ice skating to ski jumping. Every year, teams of designers and ice sculptors come from around the world to fashion their stunning ice creations. 1 Around two million people travel to no...
Tags: Travel, Japan, Scotland, Chicago, Paris, Finland, Van Gogh, All, Sapporo, Odori Park, Sapporo TV Tower, Helsinki Cathedral, Susukino, Eben Diskin, Japanese Festivals, Japanese Ice Festival

Guys and Dolls

I am always happy as a clam when American musicals come to Paris, as it’s one of the things I truly miss about living in New York. In past years I’ve enjoyed productions of Sunday in the Park with George, My Fair Lady, Sweeney Todd, The King and I, West Side Story, and An American in Paris.   This season Guys and Dolls, the quintessential American musical is making its premiere in Paris.   I went to see it last Friday night and was overjoyed. The production from beginning to end left ...
Tags: Travel, New York, Entertainment, New York City, Paris, Adelaide, Salvation Army, Damon Runyon, Ethel Merman, Stephen Mear, Richard Nahem, Théâtre Marigny Carré Marigny, George My Fair Lady Sweeney Todd, Salvation Army Try, Ria Jones

Rotating showers?

There are six fountains around the « Rond-Point des Champs-Elysées ». They have been “under renovation” for years. … and now!?!? I tried to take some nice photos, but… Maybe we should first have a look of what has been. The fountains were created in 1863, by Adolphe Alphand, who together with Baron Haussmann was involved in the creation of the majority of the Paris parks and gardens. In the 1930’s the fountains were beautifully decorated by the famous glass designer René Lalique. Too...
Tags: Travel, Paris, Jeff Koons, Bouroullec, Petit Palais, Paris 8, Baron Haussmann, PeterParis, Adolphe Alphand, Paris Modern Art Museum

Week 15: Viva Las Vegas Baby!

We weren’t intending on visiting Vegas on our America Unplugged road trip. Our intention on  this trip is to go beyond the main tourist destinations that everyone knows, and strangely, wants to visit. But, since we were close by, and our Australian readers insist on incorporating Vegas into their travel plans, we decided why not? I wasn’t expecting to have a great time – I mean how long can you spend looking at casinos before you get bored? But, I arrived intending to have a great time and see V...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Facebook, Utah, Usa, Instagram, US, America, Chicago, Paris, New Orleans, Las Vegas, Zappos, Tripadvisor, St George, MGM


We experienced the train RER B the mtro the Eiffel Tower en route to our hotel lots of walking and a trip to the top of the Tour de Montparnasse the best view of the Eiffel Tower in Paris I am so impressed by these travelers particularly after se
Tags: Travel, Paris, Eiffel Tower

Historical lesbian destinations

Due to the vast majority of LGBTQ historical records and writings focusing on the relationships between gay men, there isn’t much about the history of lesbianism in the more distant past. However, just in the past three centuries, along with the emergence of feminism and women’s rights, came the need to bring the lesbian voice into the mainstream. The easiest way to pay homage to the lesbian culture that helped shape history as you know it? Simply pay a visit to one of the many destinations a...
Tags: Travel, Lorde, Washington, France, Lgbt, New York City, US, Washington Dc, Tennessee, House, Paris, Nashville, Philadelphia, Lgbtq, Staten Island, Virginia Woolf

World can rely on OPEC supply cushion for urgent oil needs: IEA

World can rely on OPEC supply cushion for urgent oil needs: IEA:Production cutbacks by OPEC nations are building a supply cushion that could be called upon to mitigate a possible supply shock from an abrupt drop in crisis-hit Venezuela’s output, the IEA said Friday.With a nationwide blackout that paralyzed the country for one week, demonstrating the unreliability of the country’s electricity network, new questions are being raised about Venezuela’s ability to continue to produce and export oil.I...
Tags: Travel, Opec, Paris, IEA, Venezuela, International Energy Agency, Rupert Neil Bumfrey

Huawei Mate 20 Pro Night Mode Photos and Tips

( = || []).push({}); We had Huawei Mate 20 Pro with us like a couple of months for review and we took thousands of photos and dozens of videos. Before the launch of new Huawei P30 phone in Paris end of the month, let us show you why you should buy Huawei Mate 20 Pro for its camera capabilities. This is 4-5 sec night mode shot. The first second will capture the subject including movement and then the phone will capture more light and colors...
Tags: Travel, Singapore, Smartphone, Paris, Huawei, Headline, Hdr, Nagoya Japan, Osaka Japan, Huawei Mate, Tech / Gadgets, Nabana, Marina Bay Sands The AI, Shinseikai, Universal Studios Japan Osaka, Overall Huawei Mate

Travel News: March 14, 2019

Winter Storm Ulmer Causing Thousands of Flight Cancellations, Delays Travel Pulse As travelers see glimpses of spring weather, the Rockies, Plains and Midwest regions of the United States are being hit by Winter Storm Ulmer, causing thousands of flights to be canceled and delayed. According to, the storm system is expected to bring damaging winds, heavy snow and blizzard conditions through Thursday, with Denver likely the city most impacted by Ulmer as 12 inches of snow is forecaste...
Tags: Travel, Thailand, United States, Ireland, Paris, Amsterdam, Finland, Harry Potter, Denver, Cabinet, Auckland, News And Deals, Sky Tower, Midwest, Sydney Opera House, Rockies Plains

A heart

When you approach "Porte de Clignancourt", where you can find “La Recyclerie” – see my preceding post – you will see a great rotating red heart. It’s actually a rotating sculpture by Joana Vasconcelos, a Portuguese artist, born in Paris...  ... who has won a great reputation for spectacular works – she has exhibited at the Venice Biennale, the Versailles castle and gardens, the Bilbao Guggenheim… - see some pictures stolen on the net. This is part of the City of Paris’ commendable ...
Tags: Travel, Paris, Venice Biennale, Versailles, Paris 18, Porte de Clignancourt, Joana Vasconcelos, PeterParis

10 of the best independent record shops in Paris

As a major music exhibition opens in Paris, a local DJ uncovers these treasure troves for collectors, offering new recordings, rare gems and, in some cases, live events too Paris has a vibrant secondhand record scene, with stores all over the city stocking rare vinyl of everything from Ghanaian Highlife to calypso, classic chansons françaises – Edith Piaf, Charles Trenet, Georges Brassens, Serge Gainsbourg – plus electronic music and techno. With a new exhibition, Music Migrations (palais-ported...
Tags: Travel, Music, London, Bars, Paris, City Breaks, Top 10s, Short breaks, Shopping trips, Europe Holidays, France Holidays, Paris Holidays, Pubs And Clubs, Gwen Jamois

Cost of living around the world

Rent sucks everywhere . Half of the United States is rent-burdened, meaning they spend more than one-third of their income on rent. And when you hear a stat like that, sometimes you think moving to another country might help your situation. But the truth is, it’s tough around the world. To see exactly how tough it’s gotten, relatively, the furnished apartment experts at Nestpick examined 740 neighborhoods in 50 cities, then determined the annual salary a single person would need to live in ea...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Hong Kong, Europe, New York, London, California, France, China, Germany, Boston, Berlin, Singapore, New York City, US, Toronto

Eating Cheap in Paris: 8 dinners for €15 or less

Paris has a reputation for being romantic, fashionable, and as most are quick to add, expensive. While the food is almost always quite good, a nice dinner in the City of Lights can run up quite a tab. We highly recommend treating yourself to a classic French meal at least once during your stay, but for those other nights when you’d like to reign in your budget, it’s wise to have a few cheap and delicious options in mind. And remember, if you want to splurge, you can always go for a nice prix-fix...
Tags: Travel, France, Restaurants, Gare du Nord, Paris, Richard, Caribbean, Dailycheapo, Metro, Chartier, Eating In Paris, Paris Restaurants, David Lebovitz, Donna, Candelaria, Paris Paris

The Best Things to Do in Amiens, France on a Weekend Getaway

With so many things to do in Amiens, France, this city in the northern Hauts-de-France region makes a great weekend getaway from Belgium or a fun day-trip from Paris. Catherine shares everything you should do, see, and eat, in Amiens.  Many consider Amiens to be an exceptionally beautiful city. In fact, its nickname is “Venice of the North” thanks to the stunning floating gardens and well-developed canal district. While one could easily spend a day or two simply wandering around the city and s...
Tags: Travel, Europe, France, Unesco, Marseille, Paris, Belgium, Venice, Washington State, Notre Dame, Jesus Christ, Picasso, Marais Poitevin, Poitou Charentes, Normandy France, Jules Verne


I have been up to Northern Arizona to spend time with my Mom in her rehab facility. They are working on getting her strong enough to get up and walk on her own. She wasn’t much of a walker before her incident but she could get around fairly well. Mom’s spirits are pretty good and she likes to make the staff laugh. Some of the patients there seem pretty much out of it which makes Mom the star. I knew she was doing better when I arrived and she had put on makeup. She still has some mental issues ...
Tags: Travel, Photos, California, Paris, Arizona, Mom, Prescott, Northern Arizona

Apartments, Journeys, Antiques all in one Bag Called French la Vie

            If you are looking for a place to stay in Paris, a place that feels like home, that is comfortably stuffed with enough history, beauty, and antiques that you might prefer to cozy on up and never leave instead of visiting my sites: Paris Apartment   Provence   Along the Mediterranian   If you are in Provence, you better visit me otherwise I will be drastically disappointed, and if you are looking to stay a week or longer I have a perfect home next door that you can make your own,...
Tags: Travel, living in France, Paris, Provence, Brocante, French la Vie

Paris vs Malawi – Confronting Traveler’s Privilege

I am transfixed by the vignettes of life unfolding on the parched dirt road in front of our simple brick home. The reed fencing around the house frames a patch of Malawian road. Life is never hurried or particularly orderly here, but so compelling and textured in the harsh African sunlight. Groups of children proudly drag or roll toys made out of packing crates or discarded bicycle tires, shouting and waving when they see me, leaning back to stay in the frame as long as possible, even popping ba...
Tags: Travel, Featured, Africa, America, Netflix, Paris, Chanel, Malawi, Caribbean, Charles de Gaulle, CANCUN Mexico, Lilongwe, Edwin, Chichewa, Church of Central Africa Presbyterian CCAP, Transformational Stories

Stockholm: When (and when not) to tip in Sweden

Traveling from the US to Europe, it’s easy to fall into the same tipping habits you use back home, like handing over 20 percent at a restaurant without even really thinking about it. The tipping culture throughout Europe varies quite a bit from Paris to Amsterdam, and Sweden is no different. And a trip to Stockholm can add up fast if you don’t watch your budget. There are plenty of free museums in Stockholm and some great budget hotels, but everything else, from restaurants to taxis, will be hig...
Tags: Travel, Credit Cards, Europe, Money Matters, Budget, Money, Sweden, Etiquette, Restaurants, Bars, US, Paris, Amsterdam, Tips, Taxi, Stockholm

Le Matrimoine Parisien - Discover the City's Female Cultural Heritage

Le Matrimoine Parisien is a student project that lists women's cultural creations in the city of Paris on an interactive map. I thought this was such a great project that I wanted to be able to share it with all of the Secrets of Paris readers! As the background information, instructions on using the map, and information about the creators is just as important as the map itself, I have translated the entirely of the text into English here as a reference for those of you who can’t easily tra...
Tags: Travel, French Culture, Paris, Artists, Feminist, Female, Map, International Women's Day, Rodin, Martin, Emma, Lou, Linda Nochlin, Camille Claudel, Picasso Man Ray, Ecole du Louvre

Paris’ Rue Cremieux is Insta-famous

Paris is one of the world’s most Instagrammable cities and Parisians are sick of it. One colorful, cobbled street in particular, the Rue Crémieux in the 12th arrondissement, has become especially popular. Those who live on the street aren’t exactly thrilled, however, to constantly find themselves in the backdrop of tourist photos whenever they walk out of their doors or worse, have Instagrammers posing on their stoop or against their windows. Residents are calling for the city council to rest...
Tags: Travel, Instagram, BBC News, Paris, New Zealand, All, France Info, Instagrammers, rue Cremieux, Roy 's Peak, Nathalie Roch, PST Travel, Kris Morton

10 Common Family Travel Mistakes (and how to avoid them)

We’re in full trip planning mode right now. In just a few days we will be traveling to Ireland for the first time. This trip will also be the first time Connor, our youngest, will cross the Atlantic and set foot on European soil. He’s 2.5 years old right now, which is not an ideal age to take a long haul flight, so we’re crossing our fingers everything goes smoothly. We’ve been mapping out our Ireland road trip and firming up the 2 week itinerary. We want to limit the number of unexpected surpr...
Tags: Travel, Home, Europe, Mexico, Netflix, Atlantic, New Brunswick, Ireland, Hawaii, Paris, Ryanair, Glasgow, Vancouver, Connor, Dublin, Travel Tips

Apple Store Champs Elysees

I have been an Apple fan ever since I bought my first Mac laptop in 2001. Every computer I’ve owned since then is an Apple and I bought my first I-Phone in 2008.   Besides their superior products, I’ve always liked their consistent minimalist and streamlined design, which their stores clearly reflect. They are more like tech laboratories than a retail store.   A few months ago a new store on the Champs Elysees opened and it’s the most beautiful and unusual Apple store I’ve ever been i...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Shopping, Web/Tech, Paris, Champs Elysees, Richard Nahem, Alberto Santos Dumont, Michele K

New Scotland light installation

Inventive light installations , such as the new Van Gogh exhibits in Paris or the Tokyo Digital Art Museum, tend to be inspiring sights, but this one has a less cheerful, more cautionary message. Lines (57° 59′ N, 7° 16’W), a light installation on the Outer Hebrides island of Lochmaddy, Scotland, gives a visual representation of how much the sea level will rise if global warming continues at its current rate. Three synchronized installations of light were set up using sensors that track the r...
Tags: Travel, Scotland, Paris, Tokyo, Art Installation, Van Gogh, All, Outer Hebrides, Kottke, Uist, Art Installations, Lochmaddy, Lochmaddy Scotland, Timo Aho, Pekka Niittyvirta, Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum Arts Centre

Interesting Facts You May Not Know About The Orient Express

The Orient Express was a long luxury train journey made in 1883. For the ones who are sufficiently fortunate to bear the cost of it experience the luxury train, the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express is maybe the richest and sentimental train ride from Paris to Istanbul. The vintage carriages are luxury and joy full of luxury. Interestingly local available administration and sustenance are totally world-class. What’s more, on the off chance that you are to travel from Paris to Istanbul, at that point...
Tags: Travel, Sponsored, London, Paris, Istanbul, Orient Express, Venice Simplon Orient Express, Vienna Budapest Berlin Prague

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