La Vallée Village – A Chic Paris Designer Outlet

Chic Outlet Shopping

Bargain-Hunting for Designer Fashion at La Vallée Village: Tuesday was shopping day for us and the plan was to head for one of the shopping outlets in Paris. We’ve heard a lot about Chic Outlet’s La Vallée Village and thought that it was time for us to check out the bargains for designer fashion at […]

Calle 24 – A Cuban Bistrot in the Heart of the Marais

Calle 24, Marais

For a Taste of Cuban, Calle 24 is a Bistrot that Serves Tapas: When Tony suggested a casual tapas dinner at Calle 24, I was all for it. Just the mention of tapas was enough to secure my buy-in as we both love tapas, and it’s a nice change from French cuisine. Calle 24, at […]

Dinner at the Vins des Pyrénées, a Marais Restaurant

Vins des Pyrenees

Vins des Pyrénées – A Traditional Bistrot in the Heart of the Marais: Vins des Pyrénées is a bistrot that’s just three minutes walk from our Marais apartment. Olivier, the owner of our apartment recommended this bistrot to us, saying that the wine is very good and that he often dines here when he is […]

The Ladurée Macaron Craze

Ladurée macaroons

Are Ladurée Macarons the Best of French Macarons: Ladurée is a patisserie that is famous the world over for its macarons. For a long time, we never did understand the craze for these colourful French macarons. On previous visits to Paris, when we’ve seen queues of people lining up to get into the Ladurée cafes, […]

Paris by Arrondissement – 1er Arrondissement

Louvre Museum

Paris 1er Arrondissement: Located on the right bank of the Seine, the 1èr arrondissement or 1st arrondissement is the geographical centre of Paris and this is where many of the Paris monuments and landmarks are located. The 1èr arrondissement is one of the smaller Paris districts by area, but in terms of tourist attractions, it […]

Marché aux Fleurs et aux Oiseaux Cité

Marché aux fleurs et aux oiseaux

Paris Markets: Flower Market and Bird City: An interesting Paris market to visit in the 4th arrondissement is the Marché aux Fleurs et aux Oiseaux Cité. This City Flower and Bird Markets have been operating at the Place Louis Lépine on the Ile de la Cité since 1808. As the name indicates, the Marché aux […]

Rue Montorgueil – A Foodie’s Paradise

rue Montorgueil

Rue Montorgueil Is a Must-Visit for Anyone Who Loves Food: One of the more interesting and vibrant streets in the 1st and 2nd arrondissements of Paris is rue Montorgueil. The bustling nature of this pedestrian street was captured by Monet in his 1878 painting. Today rue Montorgueil is famous for its food shops and you […]

The Asparagus – A Royal Spring Vegetable and Delicacy


With the Onset of Spring Comes the Asparagus Season: At Verger Saint Paul, the greengrocer at 97/99 rue Saint Antoine in the Marais district, we saw stacks of asparagus, both green and white.  Asparagus is a spring vegetable, yet we’re into June and there are plentiful supplies of asparagus in the supermarkets and in greengrocers […]