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Postcards from Paris 26 May 2015



Postcards from Paris is a newsletter about the city I love!

Bonjour mes amis! Hello my friends of Postcards From Paris!

I thought I’d start off today’s edition with a HUGE welcome to my last few subscribers this month! Maybe you’re one of these folks? If you are, please do write back to me and say BONJOUR! I’d love to hear from you :-)

  1. Bonjour from Teena Hughes of Postcards from ParisTeri from San Diego, USA
  2. Stephen from Vancouver, Canada
  3. Rod from Cleveland, USA
  4. Victoria from Mcdonough, USA
  5. Jim from Mesa, USA
  6. MaKenzie from Bloomington, USA
  7. Paula from Benton, USA
  8. Linda from Pasadena, USA
  9. Robin from Perth, Australia
  10. Liz from Georgia, USA
  11. Lida from Houston, USA
  12. Jenifer from Sanford, US
  13. Craig from Paris
  14. Bettie from South Africa

I do hope you enjoy my little tips and stories about the city I love — I live in Australia and I try to get to Paris every year or two to fill my soul with the joie de vivre (joy of life) I feel whenever I’m in this extraordinary city!

Ways to Meet Me in Paris in September!

I’ve been totally revamping all the things I love to share when I’m in Paris:

  • Painting Workshops
  • Plus Size Fashion Adventures
  • Over 40’s Lazy Paris Adventure

and I’d love to share some new options — but I want to know if any of you think these might be of interest … just because I’d love to do these doesn’t mean anyone else would :-)

  • Stationery Lovers’ Adventure (there are some beautiful traditional pen and paper stores!)
  • Coffee Conversations in French — meet me for an hour and a half in a cafe with 3 other people and learn the right amount of French to survive in a cafe on your own :-)
  • Textile Tidbits Adventure — would you love to find some fabulous stores in Paris specialising in hand-made haberdashery (ribbon, beads, leather, twine, knitting needles, silk, felt)? The two stores we’ll visit have goodies from the 1890s to 1930s, a real feast for the eyes.

I will be finalising the dates and details within the next few days, so I will send a quick email to let you know all the “deets” (details). Can’t wait to be there – woohoo!

Learn French from a wonderful little French girl telling a story based on a mix of other fairy tales :-)

I just came across this video and I have to share — listening to French children is a great way to learn the language! Let me know what you think of this — I think it’s adorable!

I’ll be in Paris in September 2015 – will you be there?

Textile Tasters in Paris with Teena Hughes of How-to-paint-on-silk.comLast edition I wrote:

I have been dreaming in French, and in my dreams I’m in Paris, and when I wake I am speaking or singing in French — what do you think that means?!!

You’re right!

It means I’m way overdue to visit the city where I’ve left my heart, and to where I return whenever possible, from the other side of the planet in Australia -)

and the great news is I have booked my Paris apartment and am finalising my flights this week to spend an entire month speaking French and dipping my croissant into my hot coffee!

What about you? What would you love to do in Paris? Send me a message, I’d love to hear!

  • I am finalising the pages for the Adventures I will be hosting, so do pop back and check this page (I’ll add a link HERE) and you can also follow the Facebook Postcards from Paris page too where I post updates >>

Here are some of the ways to do that:

  1. click the “Say bonjour to Teena” button which should appear down the right side of the web page — you can record your voice straight away — and some of you have already been using this, I love it!
  2. take a “selfie” video or photo with your phone or camera, then email it
  3. record a voice message on your phone, then email it
  4. email me on bonjour [at] a-night-in-paris [dot com]
  5. connect via Facebook, Twitter or my website.

If you do ANY of these things, I’d love to have your permission to share on my website, newsletter etc — if that’s not OK, let me know when you contact me :-)

So – what’s on in Paris in June 2015?

Postcards from Paris June 2015 Goutte d'Or en Fete

Excellent question! There is a ton of wonderful things to do in Paris in June each year, from jazz festivals, to fairs like the Foire St-Germain, and I’ll mention some of them here:

  1. 10-14th June — Goutte d’Or Music Festival
  2. 21st June — La Fete de La Musique #FDLM – read more in English >>
  3. 20th June – 14th July — Festival Chopin a Paris : Chopin Festival in Paris >>
  4. more things to do in June in Paris (and plan ahead for July!)

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 Other news in Paris

The famous “love locks” which have appeared over the last few years are being removed from Paris’ centuries-old bridges, monuments, tourist attractions and other fences as the weight has become quite problematic, and placed some bridges under too much stress and strain.  Everyone has an opinion on it, but the bottom line is there is no area which has been created specifically for this type of romantic gesture.

Read more >>

Click the video below to play >>

What else can you do in Paris in June and July?

Have a picnic of course :-)

Buy a baguette, cheese, wine etc and go to one of the many beautiful parks in Paris.

Take a barge cruise UNDER Paris! I love this!

For an added adventure, take your picnic on a Barge Cruise — this is one of my all-time favourite things to do when I arrive, I get to relax for a couple of hours as I take in Paris and the outskirts from a barge, which also takes me on a magical journey BELOW Paris!

Oh you must try this if you’re there — it’s away from the madding tourist crowds and such a lovely way to spend a morning or afternoon in the city I love.

I wrote more about it here :

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Postcards from Paris - other things to do

Other fab things to do:

Ready to try something really unusual?

How about brunch, lunch or dinner in someone’s home? This is a great idea which has been going on for decades and is a great way to meet Parisians and other adventurous travellers — check out the article I wrote about this a while back:

“How do I get to my hotel?”

One of the most common questions I hear is about transport from the airports and major train stations to accommodation. I always use the Paris Shuttle for $27 which I book in advance, and there are some other great choices too.

Facebook Updates

Do you use Facebook? You might like to check out my page and join in the conversation:

Have you enjoyed this Postcards from Paris?

Please do write and let me know :-)

Hopefully I’ll see you there in September!

A bientot (see you soon), and don’t forget I’ll be sending you a quick email when the new Adventures are online in the next few days!

Teena!

 

Great little cafes with secret gardens in Paris

I’ve been researching great little cafes off the beaten track in Paris, which have little gardens are are situation in a garden, rather than the typical Parisian cafe which is on the footpaths or sidewalks of this beautiful city.

I will be adding more information very soon – approximate pricing, a photo and other tips. In the meantime, if you get a chance to check any of these out, feel free to send me a photo, video or selfie and I’ll add it to my site if you’re ok with that :-)

75003

Café Suédois
11 rue Payenne, 3e

75004

Terrasse du Café de la Gare
41 rue du Temple, 4e

75005

Le Salon du Panthéon
13 rue Victor Cousin, 5e

75008

Café du Petit Palais
Avenue Winston Churchill, 8e

75009

Musée de la Vie romantique
16 rue Chaptal, 9e

Hôtel Amour
8 rue Navarin, 9e

75010

Café A
148 rue du Faubourg Saint-Martin, 10e

75014

L’Entrepôt
7-9 rue Francis-de-Pressensé, 14e

75017

Le Bistrot des Dames
18 rue des Dames, 17e

75018

La Recyclerie
83 boulevard Ornano, 18e

Kiez
24 rue Vauvenargues, 18e

Le Café du Studio 28
10 rue Tholozé, 18e

Bal Café
6 impasse de la Défense, 18e

75019

Le Pavillon du Lac
Parc des Buttes Chaumont, 19e

Le Café Caché
104 rue d’Aubervilliers et 5 rue Curial, 19e

75020

Au Fond du Jardin
39 rue Pelleport, 20e

La Maroquinerie
23 rue Boyer, 20e

La Bellevilloise
21 rue Boyer, 20e

Rechargeable Batteries for iPhones and Samsung Gallaxies

Use Rechargeable Batteries for Smart Phones in Paris

  1. Suitable for iPhone 3G, 3GS, 4 & 4S
  2. Suitable for Samsung Galaxy S3/S4/Note

One little teeny tiny item that is a GREAT additional to your travel items is a rechargeable battery for your smart phones. When I was out and about walking all day long, I couldn’t always find a place to plug in my iPhone and charge it, so this little piece of technology was marvellous!  I carried it in my bag with my iPhone, and it was charged for whenever I needed it.  Also great if you’re stuck in a train station, bus station or airport for long periods of time without a way to charge your phone.

I found the perfect one which is only 6x6x1.5 cm / approximately 2.5×2.5×0.5″ in size.

I loved them so much I am thrilled to be able to share them with you — with my own Paris photos on them!

Rechargeable battery for iPhone Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe

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These are my unique designs, and only available from me — they are printed as soon as an order is received, and the total turnaround and shipping is approximately 14 days (or less).



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To charge the battery

Plug into your laptop or other USB port whilst plugged into the power

  • Battery types: Lithium ion batteries
  • Dimension: 6x6x1.5 cm / approximately 2.5×2.5×0.5″ in size
  • Weight: 51g
  • Charging time: approximately 3 hours
  • Black USB cable included
  • Compatible with iPhone 3G, 3GS, 4 & 4S

To charge the iPhone

Plug the recharged battery into your iPhone (if you don’t have any other way to charge the phone), and allow it to charge.

 

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!

 

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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 *,**,*

Copyright:  Lyrics powered by www.musiXmatch.com

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 *,**,*

Copyright to: http://lyricstranslate.com/en/je-ne-veux-pas-travailler-i-dont-want-work.html

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:

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!!

 

 

What is Bastille Day?

Have you ever wondered, “What is Bastille Day?”

To be honest, it’s only non-French people who call the 14th of July “Bastille Day”, so please don’t say “Happy Bastille Day!” to your French friends or other French people – ok?

I’ve lived in Paris so I am familiar with this day commemorating the French Revolution, but thought I’d get a Wikipedia explanation for you:

“Bastille Day is the name given in English speaking countries to the French National Day, which is celebrated on 14 July each year. In France, it is formally called La Fête Nationale and commonly Le quatorze juillet (the fourteenth of July).

The French National Day commemorates the beginning of the French Revolution with the Storming of the Bastille on the 14 July 1789, as well as the Fête de la Fédération on the 14 July 1790.

Celebrations are held all over France. The oldest and largest regular military parade in Europe is held on the morning of 14 July, on the Champs-Élysées avenue in Paris in front of the President of the Republic, French officials and foreign guests.”

Read more on Wikipedia here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bastille_Day

If I’m lucky enough to be in Paris for le Quatorze Juillet (Bastille Day), I generally celebrate with friends by having a picnic or going out to dinner. There will be plenty of restaurants open for this national holiday, but a make sure you BOOK IN ADVANCE so you will have a guaranteed reservation.

Dreaming of Paris wishing I was there

Dreaming of Paris wishing I was there

About this time of year I do a lot of dreaming of Paris

… the sights, the sounds,  aromas, fragrances, the architecture, the people, my friends, my favourite haunts …

Yes, there’s plenty to day-dream about for sure.

So I thought I’d grab some photos on post them here to brighten up my day – and I hope yours too.

Dreaming about Paris and the Eiffel Tower

Above: The Eiffel Tower

Dreaming of Paris - a carousel

Above: The Carousel at the foot of the Sacre Coeur, Paris.

Dreaming of Paris - Poulbot Restaurant

Above: The entrance to Poulbot Restaurant in Paris.

Dreaming of Paris - scooters parking

Above: two scooters parked outside a parking garage.

Dreaming of Paris - yellow letterboxes

Above: two gorgeous yellow letterboxes.

Aaaahhhh all of this dreaming of Paris makes me nostalgic!

I’m planning on visiting friends in London in September and popping over to Paris for a few weeks. Can’t wait!

Things to do in Paris in January

Things to do in Paris in January

“Teena can you recommend things to do in Paris in January?”

Frances is wondering what they can do in Paris in only 2 days in January.

Celebrating New Year's Eve in Paris

Message: We “nutsys” are coming to Paris Jan.7 for two days. I am looking for a couple of fun and interesting things to do. We are staying at the Hotel Powers ( rue Francois 1ere). I can’t walk long distances, and with the “wonderful” weather, I am hoping you could give us an idea. Are there any flea markets open at that time?

Teena says …

Hi there Frances,

What a fun time you’ll have, although 2 days isn’t nearly long enough to get a feel for such a wonderful city :-)

Here is my page of Paris markets:

http://www.a-night-in-paris.com/what-to-do-in-paris-france/paris-market.html

and here are some other tips for this time of year:

http://www.a-night-in-paris.com/celebrating-new-years-eve-in-paris.html

Christmas Markets:

http://www.a-night-in-paris.com/paris-france-christmas.html

As I don’t know what you consider to be fun, I’m not sure what to recommend – you could go iceskating (not sure if this is possible for you or not), champagne cruise, browse ancient bookshops – here is my Paris tours page which might give you some ideas:

http://www.a-night-in-paris.com/tours.html

I hope you have a fabulous time!! I’m looking forward to being back in Paris in June and July this year :-)

Cheers
Teena

 

Travelling, learning and appreciating different cultures

Travelling, learning and appreciating different cultures

Travelling, learning and appreciating different cultures

“I just happened to stumble on your site …”

Hi there,

My name is Temi. I just happened to stumble on your site while at work and I’d just like to say Wow!, It’s a great job you have.

To be able to go around the world learning and appreciating the different cultures.

Being a Londoner who now lives in Texas, I feel a bit home sick when I see pictures from Europe especially London of course.

Thought I’d drop this few lines to say Well done.

Take care and God bless.

Temi

Teena says …

Hi there Terri,

Thanks for dropping by! So lovely to hear from you.

I’ve lived in different countries and I know how it can feel when you’re homesick.

The best thing to do is start a blog – today – and write posts about what you love the most about the place you miss.

I do that about Paris (I live in Sydney) – and before long you’ll be uploading photos to go with your blog posts and having a grand time :-O

You can start a blog at http://blogger.com – it’s free, quick and easy.

Let me know if you do!

Have a gorgeous week, and thanks again for visiting my site and taking the time to write.

Cheers

Teena!

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