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Pep’s Umbrellas is a True Paris Treasure Tucked Away in Passage de l’Ancre

Pep’s Umbrellas was the treasure I found when I explored Passage de l’Ancre (Passage of the Anchor)! From the outside, this particular passage looked industrial and bland. But the door was open- who could resist? I'm glad my curiosity got the best of me. If you’ve ever read Alice in Wonderland, then you know how I ...

rue des thermopyles

Strolling on rue des Thermopyles

When I discovered, or rather stumbled upon, rue des Thermopyles, I was surprised to find myself escaping from the bustle and noise of streets leading from Gare Montparnasse. What a pleasant discovery as I was only on my way to the local Monoprix store for yogurt! Only about 280 m long, rue des Thermopyles is a quaint Paris ...

quaint streets in Paris

Quaint Streets in Paris

The lovely quaint streets in Paris that I discovered on our last visit will, I think, surprise you. Yes, Paris is filled with Haussmannian style buildings lining grand rues (streets) thanks to a public works program commissioned by Napoleon III. You truly get to appreciate the Haussmannian restructuring of Paris when viewed ...

Alixe Fu's Exhibition in Paris

Alixe Fu’s Exhibition in Paris

I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered Alixe Fu's  exhibition in Paris as I had actually been headed for the neighborhood outdoor market! I love Paris! You never know what you are going to discover from one day to the next. Having just left Damman Frères Tea shop in Place Vosges, I remembered that I had seen a ...

art nouveau

Art Nouveau Style in the 10th

Finding Art Nouveau style architecture in Paris is one of my favorite past-times.  Just a short stroll from Gare du Nord, I found some lovely Art Nouveau style buildings in the 10th arrondissement. So even if you are short on time, you can experience this very special aspect of Paris. Probably the most well-known Art ...

cirque dhiver

Cirque d’Hiver

Approaching the Cirque d’Hiver (Winter Circus) after dark is a breath-taking experience!  The building dates to 1852 and is the world’s oldest circus building still in use.  It was built so that the Cirque d’Été (Summer Circus) which took place every summer under a canvas tent in Paris would have a winter home. If ...

flame of liberty

Flame of Liberty

What do Princess Diana and the Flame of Liberty have in common? Here’s what I discovered. In the tunnel beneath Pont de l’Alma, Paris, Princess Diana died in 1997 in a car crash. Not far from this tunnel is Place de l’Alma where the Flame of Liberty is located. Ten years before the death of Princess Di the ...