Thieves grab-and-run with Smart Phones

Thieves grab-and-run with Smart Phones

A word of caution when you’re in Paris and you’re walking around with smart phones

iPhone, Android, or iPad/tablets etc

Don’t be paranoid, be sensible with your phone, and DON’T make it easy for thieves to grab and run off with your expensive technology.

Thieves grab-and-run smart phones in Paris

DON’T sit your phone/iPad on a café table (which I’m guilty of here in Australia) because these devices can fetch around 500 Euros on the black market.

Be cautious and careful and put your smart phone away where it can’t be grabbed when you’re walking the streets of Paris, in cafés and on public transport. If you have a backpack, handbag or some other bag you can carry in front of you where you can keep an eye on it, that’s best.

PS — BACK UP YOUR SMART DEVICE’S DATA before you arrive in Paris — better to be safe than sorry, right?

Looking at maps and information on your smart phone in Paris

If you’re standing in the street and want to look up maps etc, considering going inside a cafe or somewhere more secure.  Thieves are grabbing phones out of tourists’ hands because they’re small, easy to grab and easy to sell.

Make it harder, go and sit somewhere where it will be more difficult to snatch anything out of your hands.

I know all this sounds scary, but it makes sense when you’re travelling to be super vigilant with anything you own that costs hundreds of dollars to replace.

How to back up smart phones

Plug your phone into your laptop.

  • iTunes will launch
  • an automatic back-up will be performed by iTunes.

While you’re in Paris, it’ll be a good idea to back up your phone often, especially if your taking lots of photos and videos, and adding lots of new friends into your Contact list.

Got any tips on using smart phones when travelling? I’d love to hear from you – I can post your tips here on this page — thanks in advance!



Song Je ne veux pas travailler by French Martini

I love this song “Je ne veux pas travailler”!

by French Martini

I heard this recently and watched it on Youtube, and the tune is so catchy I find myself humming and singing it when I least expect it :-)

Here are the lyrics in French:

Ma chambre a la forme d’une cage
Le soleil passe son bras par la fenêtre
Les chasseurs à ma porte comme les p’tit soldats
Qui veulent me prendre

*Je ne veux pas travailler
Je ne veux pas déjeuner
Je veux seulement oublier
Et puis je fume

Déjà j’ai connu le parfum de l’amour
Un million de roses n’embaumerait pas autant
Maintenant une seule fleur dans mes entourages
Me rend malade

Repeat *

**Je ne suis pas fière de ça vie qui veut me tuer
C’est magnifique être sympatique
Mais je n’le connais jamais

Repeat *,**,*

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And here are the lyrics in English:

My room is a form of a cage,

The sun streams through the window,
the bellhops are at my door like those little soldiers
who want to take me away.

*I don’t want to work,
I don’t want to lunch
I only want to forget
and so I smoke.

Long ago I knew the smell of love,
a million roses didn’t smell as sweet.
Now a single flower in my way
makes me sick.

Repeat *

**I am not proud of this life
that wants to kill me.
It’s magnificent to be nice
but I have never known this.

Repeat *,**,*

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The romantic lock bridge in Paris – Pont des Arts

Heard of the romantic lock bridge in Paris?

If you’re feeling romantic and you’re on foot, you might want to walk across the Pont des Arts, to see the multitude of locks which romantic couples have left on the bridge. Often called the “Lock Bridge” or “Love Lock Bridge”, romantic couples add locks to the sides of the bridge.

But guess what? On 9th June, 2014 part of the bridge started to collapse due to the weight of the thousands of locks!

The local want to ban the practice, but no law has been created yet.

Built between 1802 and 1804 under the reign of Napoleon, the bridge is a favourite with local and visiting visiting artists.

The “love lock” ritual started in other countries, and finally reached Paris in 2008, finding a home on the Pont des Arts – now lovers are also going to the Pont de l’Archevêché near Notre Dame cathedral.

For your romantic adventure, once you’re on the Pont des Arts there are great views up and down the River Seine so take in your surroundings – the beautiful, centuries-old historical buildings from the Ile de la Cité, to the Louvre and Pont Neuf – you can also see the top of Sainte Chapelle church in the distance.

If it’s a lovely day, bring food and drink and have a little picnic with your loved one.

Map to the locks on the Pont des Arts (the Bridge of Arts)

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Metro :

  • Pont Neuf (line 7)
  • or Louvre-Rivoli (line 1)

Food trucks in Paris – Le Camion Qui Fume

Food trucks in Paris - Le Camion Qui Fume
When I lived in Paris all those years ago, the thought of “food trucks” (like in the USA) were unheard of.

Zoom forward to the 21st Century and “Voila!” they’ve definitely arrived and become popular

  • Grab a hamburger for €8.50
  • add fries for a total of €10.50

The very first food truck was launched by an American from California who was studying at a culinary school, and saw an opportunity. Called “le Camion Qui Fume” (the Smoking Truck), it can be found at different locations at different times, so check the website for the up-to-the-minute schedule or follow them on Twitter:

Paris APPS for your smart phones, iPads etc

Last time I was in Paris, I had my brand new iPhone with me, and hardly knew how to use Apps.
Now of course I have plenty of App obsession knowledge and would like to share some of the Paris apps I like:
  • Duolingo — Learn a language for free (French, German, Italian, etc)
  • Viber — Free phone calls, text and voice messages worldwide — I have used this App every day since I installed it 2 years ago! I love it!
  • La Poste — French Post Office addresses, rates etc — all in French
  • Paris Metro by RATP — Very easy to use, type where you want to go (address or tourist attraction)
  • RATP — in English
  • Paris Metro — Great interactive maps of Paris. Click/Tap a station for more features.
Postcards from Paris March 2014

Postcards from Paris March 2014


Above:  the gorgeous Arc de Triomphe, Paris

Bonjour a tous! Hello everyone!

March 2014
! I finally did it!
I’ve been talking about, dreaming about, sketching and thinking of publishing a book about Paris, and I’ve finally done it!

Yesterday I clicked the PUBLISH button on my first Kindle book about Paris, and I’m so excited! It’s only 20 pages and covers some of my favourite things to do, and even though it’s a Kindle book, anyone can read it on a smart phone or a desktop computer by downloading the software from the amazon site.  Cool!
And the best part is it’s only $US0.99! As this is my first time at publishing this type of book I’ve set it at the lowest price allowed.  If you do decide to buy – that’s fantastic – thank you in advance!
If you could also leave me a Review on Amazon that would be absolutely marvellous – many thanks in advance!

Read more here >>

Teena's Kindle book, MEMORIES OF PARIS

Looking for steak & chips in Paris?

Look no further – here’s a great restaurant I heard about and I can’t wait to check it out in August/September when I’ll be back in Paris:

Les Arts Decoratifs – Museum

Every month when I receive the newsletter from this wonderful museum, I always find something I’d love to go see.  If I lived in Paris full-time, this would be me favourite place!

There’s a great exhibition about typefaces, and others about toys, fashion and wallpaper just to name a few. I could spend days exploring les Arts Decoratifs!

Visit Les Arts Décoratifs at 107, rue de Rivoli 75001 Paris – tél. : 01 44 55 57 50
Les Arts Decoratifs

What’s on in March & April?

Paris in March

Five weeks of Jazz and Blues festival, cinema festival, Easter, art, and so much more!



Want to meet me in August/September 2014?

Teena Hughes

I’m planning my trip to gay Paree — woohoo!

I’m currently setting up the Calender of events I’ll be hosting, and I do hope to meet some of my newsletter subscribers, which will be fantastic!
Got any plans to be in Paris around then? I’d love to hear from you.
Let me know what your plans are and maybe we can connect for a coffee or a glass of wine in the late afternoon somewhere …
Contact me over here >>

Youtube videos

One of my favourite French classic songs, La Vie en Rose by Edith Piaf, here being played by Louis Armstrong (with English translation — love it!)

If you like quirky things, I watched this and thought it was fabulous!
A great French comedy routine!



Until next time! A bientot!

Ciao ciao for now – click reply if you’d like to connect, or pop over to the Facebook page.


Book: Memories of Paris

My Memories of Paris by Teena Hughes

I’ve done it! I’ve created a book  — and it’s available on Kindle first!

This does not mean that you can’t read it if you don’t have a kindle — not at all!

Here’s a snapshot of one of the pages of my new Kindle book on my iPhone:

Memories of Paris Book on iPhone by Teena Hughes

It’s a short photo book with about 20 pages (with paintings of some things I love to do when I’m there), as my first foray into Kindle, and I’m quite pleased with how it turned out.

Now, getting back to Kindle – if you don’t have a Kindle, you can download the Kindle App on your smart phone, and you can also download the Kindle Reader on either Macs or Windows PCs, so that’s easy! The quick video walks you through how to download the software.

You can read all Kindle books on your laptops and desktop computers — in fact that’s what I do as I don’t have a Kindle :-) OK — so what’s my book about? The truth of the matter is I love Paris, I used to live there, and every time I visit I take at least 1,000 photos and video clips. For my first Kindle book about Paris, I thought I might just make a small book with some of my favourite photos.

I got to thinking about that, and thought I’d like to do something slightly differently from everyone else — so I’ve made paintings from my original photos and I’m really pleased to share them with people who read my Kindle book.

Memories of Paris Book by Teena Hughes

Come walk with me through Paris, it’s about 20 pages long, I do hope you enjoy it.

Buy now at an incredibly low price – just for you!!



Le Relais de Venise Restaurant in Paris 75017

Le Relais de Venise Restaurant in Paris 75017

In the mood for a very tasty steak and fries (“chips” and the French “frites“)? Pop over to Le Relais de Venise.

I love a good steak and I really love Chateaubriand, but if you’re not looking for something so rich, you might enjoy this great resto (and the great news is they’re also in London (x 3!) and New York!)

  • head on over to Porte-Maillot metro in the 17th arrondissement
  • no reservation is necessary
  • when ordering your how your steak will be cooked, you’ll only have TWO choices — rare or well-done, so please don’t ask for anything else :-)

This restaurant has also become known by the name of L’Entrecôte and you can ask for directions and everyone will know which restaurant you mean.

Once you’re seated at your table, your waitress will ask you: “Saignant?”  (rare), or “Bien cuit?  (well done)”.

That’s it — no other choices, no “medium” or “medium rare” — so knowing that up-front will make it easier to choose. The steak is thin so it can really only be cooked in two ways. Easy, non?

When your steak arrives it will be thinly sliced and covered with an amazing sauce (and it’s a secret recipe handed down through the generations), paired with delicious “frites” (or fries, also known as “hot chips” in the UK, Australia and New Zealand).
When you’re ready for dessert you’ll have many wonderful delicacies to choose from, so go ahead and enjoy!

Your Say

If you do visit this restaurant, I’d love to hear what you think about it – just send a Comment below, or a voicemail (click the button on the right of the website) or tell me about it on my Facebook page, Twitter etc — thanks in advance!

271 Boulevard Pereire
Porte-Maillot 75017
Tel: 0145 74 27 97

Map to Le Relais de Venise Restaurant

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For other great famous French food to eat, pop over here >>

How to talk to shopkeepers in French

Knowing what to say and how to talk to shopkeepers in Paris will help you to have a wonderful experience.

Here is a great video I found which will help you — practice the pronunciation and in just a couple of minutes you’ll know enough French to get by each time you go shopping.


Examples of what to say to shopkeepers:

  • Je voudrais acheter six tomates, svp (s’il vous plait = please) = I would like six tomatoes please.
  • Je voudrais deux baguettes, svp. = I would like two baguettes (French bread sticks) please.
  • Je voudrais 500 gram de camembert, svp. = I would like 500 grams of camembert (cheese) please.
  • Je voudrais 200 gram de paté de compagne, svp (country paté). = I would like 200 grams of country paté please.

And you? Et toi?

Share your experience by leaving your comment below :

What do you normally say when you go shopping in local shops?
Can you now write down your own phrases and the French translation?
Did you notice other phrases when going to the shops and talking to shopkeepers?

New Years Day Parade in Paris France

Watch the New Year’s Day Parade!

One of the most famous New Year parades takes place in Paris, France.  La Grande Parade (New Year’s Day parade) originates from the 1400s and takes place in various venues, especially the Grands Boulevards. It proceeds through Chantilly on 31st December and reaches Trocadero under the Eiffel Tower on January 1st.

Spectators line the streets to watch thousands of performers, entertainers, singers and dancers put on a spectacular show.

Fireworks and events are mostly concentrated around the Eiffel Tower and Champs Elysees, although the more traditional fireworks have recently been replaced by a spectacular light show  – whatever and wherever, you can guarantee it’ll be fabulous!

New Year in France is also known as Jour de l’An.

La Galette des Rois

The New Year holidays in France end on January 6th with the ceremonial cutting of a cake known as la Galette des Rois (Cake of the Kings).

New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve is know as la Saint-Sylvestre. A special New Year feast is called le Reveillon de Saint-Sylvestre consisting of traditional dishes like pancakes, foie gras (flavored duck or goose pate) and of course — champagne to top it all off.

 Map of Eiffel Tower district

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Postcards from Paris December 2013

Postcards from Paris December 2013


postcards from Paris


with Teena Hughes   |  december 2013 video newsletter

Postcards from Paris Newsletter from

Bonjour and Welcome to today’s Postcards from Paris!

Hi – this is Teena Hughes, and here’s my Christmas message – click to play!

Teena's Christmas Message

“Joyeux Noel! Bonne Annee!” – Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

I haven’t made a video this month, but I have some others I’d like to share with you- this is one of the last ones I made in Paris on my last trip, in my local cafe early in the morning savoring a coffee and croissant – yum!

This video shows you how to use a foreign laptop plug when staying in my favourite city :-)



I’ve found some great videos online to get you in the Christmas mood – ready to jump right in?

This is a cute little video for the kids – a popular French Christmas carol – I dare you to try not to smile :-)


This one is Christmas carols for grownups sung in French  – I do hope you like it:


If you wish you were shopping in the beautifu stores of Paris, here’s a video showing shoppers doing their Christmas shopping in the Galieries Lafayette this year – the window displays are so cool! :


This video was taken last month at an ice skating rink at the Christmas Markets — oooooooh I wish I was there :-)

The Christimas lights on the Champs Elysees look amazing – the energy saver Light Rings on the trees which line the promenade are very cool:

Did you like those videos?  I love watching different videos about Paris throughout the year to keep me in a French frame of mind.

What’s on in Paris in December & January?

There is so much to do in Paris even though it’s mid-winter, and simply walking the streets and absorbing the history is a great thing to do — and then stop and have some hot roasted chestnuts from a street stall, and explore some more until you find a Crepe stand to buy Nutella Crepes or my favourite – Lemon and Sugar – yum!

Here are some more tips of things to get up to:

And don’t forget Disneyland Paris ! Here is a recent video taken at night – now this puts me in the holiday mood :-) :

It’s been many years since I spent Christmas in Paris – about 16 or 17 I think – and it was always a magical time.

The important thing for visitors to remember is the WEATHER — wear WATERPROOF warm shoes, thermal underwear and socks, gloves, hats and scarves to keep the cold air out from your warm clothing.

The second most important thing to remember is … HAVE A FANTASTIC HOLIDAY and enjoy yourself!!

Postcards from Paris Related Links

Calendar of Events > Christmas in Paris > Christmas Lunch | December | Lights/Noel | Christmas Markets | Shopping

Where can I find coats in a hurry for winter in Paris?

Winter in Paris, drinking hot chocolate

One of my favourite pastimes in Paris – drinking hot chocolate in a cosy café on a winter’s day!

I recently received an email from a delightful lady named Kara – here is her question (“Where can I find coats in a hurry for winter in Paris?”), my answer, and her lovely response:

Hello Teena!

Lovely blog — thanks for posting so many tips! I’m writing because my husband received a rather abrupt (but happy!) job transfer to Paris and we are to move in two weeks. Since we’ve been living in the southern U.S. for a few years now, we no longer own coats and, furthermore, they’re very hard to find down here where it seldom drops below 15C or so degrees. I’ve tried ordering online, but with poor results.

With only two weeks to pull everything together, I’m getting nervous that we will just have to board the plane coatless and freeze on arrival. Which brings me to you–do you think it’s possible to find a U.S. size 14 coat somewhere in Paris? I’m just imagining department stores full of coats for skinny Parisian women without a stitch to spare for more rounded out shapes.

Merci for your help!  Peace, Kara

Teena’s Answer for winter in Paris

Kara, hello!!

First of all – have no fear!  You’re going to need thermal underwear for winter, so if you can find a place like DAMART locally or online, buy yourself leggings and a long-sleeve top to go under a shirt etc.  That will keep the winter chill away until you can find a coat.

I’ve just looked at the temps in Paris, and the highs are around 17-18 degrees Celcius for the next week, so not freezing, but getting cooler.

If you don’t have overcoats before you leave, you can definitely find them on arrival.
You no doubt have somewhere to stay as soon as you land, so if you DO find anything online, you can have it shipped to your accommodation for the day you arrive (if you don’t have time to get it delivered before you leave the USA).
You’re probably better off waiting till you get there before spending too much money, as you’ll have a wider selection and you’ll be able to try things on rather than impulse-buy online.
For plus-size coats, you’re in luck!  There are BEAUTIFUL fashions in Paris for plus-size beauties, and I host shopping tours to a lot of these stores in summer-time.
I have a list of plus size clothes on my website (it may be a year or two out of date, but it’s a start):

Have a look at Ulla Popken (one of my faves), a very reasonably priced store a block from the Galleries Lafayette, which always has a great selection of clothes:

Check out Jean-Marc Philippe with stores all over Paris:

To travel on the plane, wear a few layers with long sleeves, find yourself a large shawl or scarf you can drape around yourself, add a jaunty scarf around the neck, and you’ll be fine till you get to your accommodation and can go shopping.
OOOooohhhh what a lucky possum you are! You two will have the best fun, and I’d love to hear from you to see what you end up doing and buying.
Best of luck, keep an eye out for the word “SOLDES” which means ‘SALE!” twice a year (it is extremely regulated and all stores have sales at exactly the same time each year).

Ciao for now

Kara’s reply to winter in Paris

Hello Teena,

Thank you SO MUCH for your extraordinarily helpful email! My husband and I depart on Monday and I am still scrambling to find an overcoat, so really helped to put my mind at ease.

Upon your advice, I just bought some fleece-lined shirts and leggings (divine!), so I’ll be alright until I get to pop in to Ulla Popken or Jean-Marc Phillipe :) Your shopping tours sound like so much fun — I’ll see if I can get a few girlfriends to come visit over the summer and sign up with me!

Hope your move up the coast went well and that you love your new home. Thanks again for all your help! Take care.


I was so pleased to be able to help Kara – if you have a question, please do let me know and I’ll do my best to answer it, just like this one about winter in Paris :-)



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