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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:

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:

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

Christmas Markets:

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:

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



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.


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 – 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.



Is there a lost and found in Paris?

Is there a lost and found in Paris?

How can Ramy find his camera which was lost in Paris?
Lost and Found in Paris - Objets TrouveeHello I am Ramy from Egypt and I spent my honey moon in paris during the last two weeks of November…i was really fantastic..but we lost our camera in the bus number 70 that goes to place de clichy and we could reach it before we return back to Egypt…can any one help or guide to reach it again.

Teena says …

Hi Ramy,

Thanks for visiting my Paris website, and congratulations on your marriage.

What a shame you left your camera on the bus in Paris.

The first thing to do immediately you lose something on a bus is to contact the bus company.

If you lost your camera almost a month ago, it’s unlikely that you will ever get it back.

You can still try by contacting the Department of Lost and Found in Paris:

The Department of Lost and Found Police Headquarters,
36 rue des Morillons,
75015 Paris
Metro: Convention.
Tel: 0.821.00.25.25

Open from Monday to Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

This group is responsible for collecting items gathered in Paris, in the three surburb departments and the Roissy and Orly airports.

Each day, 600-700 lost items end up in this service which have been gathered from from individuals, the RATP, department stores, museums, taxis and other departments of the inner suburbs (92, 93 and 94).

Before going to the Lost and Found Department, try to remember the exact location of the loss and try to get there.

If you have lost something in the street within five days, contact the nearest police station.

If you’ve lost something in the metro or bus within 24 hours, ask at the metro station.

If you have lost something in a taxi, try to call the taxi (by finding the phone and identification number of the taxi on the bill).

Another option is to try to contact “les objets trouvés” in Paris

Tél. 01 55 76 20 20 or 08 21 00 25 25
36, rue des Morillons
75015 Paris

Best of luck, and Season’s Greetings!

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Postcards from Paris 21st December 2010

Postcards from Paris 21st December 2010

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Merry Christmas from Teena Hughes


Merry Christmas from Teena Hughes

Ho Ho Ho! Merry Christmas!

Joyeux Noël!

Hi there, I hope you’re ready for the holiday season …

I wish you a wonderful time wherever you are, whatever you celebrate, and may all your dreams come true in 2011!

Well it’s still snowing in Paris, and it’s very, very cold – so if you’re there, make sure you put on plenty of warm clothes, wear thermal gloves & socks, and keep DRY!

In today’s newsletter, I want to tell you about a whole bunch of pages I’ve written about Paris over Christmas.  You can start with this page:

Christmas in Paris >>

Christmas in Paris - have a photo taken with Santa

and then follow the links to read all the fabulous things to do and see! Yes, many small businesses might be closed over Christmas, but there are still a ton of things to do in this fabulous city over Christmas.

PS – did you find time to have your photo taken with Santa before the final day on 22nd December? I hope so!


Speaking of Santa, here’s a quick little video of Pere Noel’s House in Paris:

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Here are a few more little treats I have for you today today, a couple of videos taken in Paris to put you in the mood of being in the City of Life & Love!

This video below shows the fabulous and free merry-go-round at L’Hotel de Ville (like City Hall):

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A video taken on 18th December 2010, from an apartment in the XIV (14th arrondissement) – how brave the market stall owners are under those gazebos on a very VERY cold Paris evening!

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Ahhhhhh, ice skating at l’Hotel de Ville (for the bigger kids):

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How about some well-known Christmas songs – sung in French:

. . wonderful colourful AFRICOLOR Festival is coming to a close on Christmas Eve

Tribal beats

Wild and groovy music

25 different events have been held from 12th November 2010 right up to 24th December 2010

If you’re going to be in Paris at the end of the year, this is a wonderful selection of musicians sharing their music with the world. >>

Festival Africolor is on in November and December


Have an absolutely faaabulous festive season and may all your dreams come true in the New Year of 2011!

Ciao for now, see you in the New Year!

Teena :-)

Postcards from Paris 11th December 2010

Postcards from Paris 11th December 2010

It’s snowing in Paris!!!


It’s SNOWING in Paris, woohoo!!!!!

For those of us who are NOT in Paris, this is exciting, magical, wonderful, fabulous!!!

For those of you who ARE in Paris, it’s cold, it’s freezing, the footpaths, sidewalks, steps, and roads are icy and dangerous …

but it’s SNOWING in Paris :-)

Sorry – I just have to share my exicitement, and also share some great videos to show you what it’s like. In this first video, my friend Marlys walked outside her door in Montmartre (near Sacre Coeur) to take these shots – wow!!!! Look at that dog LOVING the snow!!

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Oh I remember it snowed one Christmas when I lived in Paris (no, it doesn’t snow all the time) and it was FREEEEEZING!

Watching these videos reminds me of how COLD my feet were, as the leather of my boots eventutally got wet and it was so hard to keep your feet dry and warm. The only way to do that is to wear snow boots :-)

Here’s a video I just found which makes me feel sooo cold :-)

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In this video below (they’re speaking French) I got a surprise to see someone walking up the hill with their SKIS! to slide down Buttes Chaumont – here’s what they wrote on their Youtube page:

Quote from snowing in Paris Youtube videothis morning at 10h45 in the 19 district of paris @ les buttes chaumont parc, the parc was closed cause of the snowing of the last days and for security reasons, shame for us that this wondeful parc with a fantastic view on paris was closed (stupid law and stupid french governement) so we decided to get in of course illegaly, lucky us the police wasnt there but security people of the parc icked us out kindly, some people were really pleased to see us inside and enjoying that snow and they took some videos and picture of us, then frustrated we decided to ride some streets of paris , also in canal st martin for the fun and under the sun, then we took the subway to reach bercy and see what can we do.. but the big parc was our dream , next time we will try to get in by night , after they all sleep in this city!Quote from snowing in Paris Youtube video

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So if you have been wondering what to do in Paris around Christmas time, whatever it is, make sure YOU’RE WARM!!!

If you’re in Paris, go check out any DAMART STORE where you can buy thermal underwear for women, men and children as there’s nothing worse than being cold in winter in Paris :-)

Here are some quick tips on things to buy to keep warm for a visit to Paris – thermal socks, thermal glove liners, thermal tops, thermal leggings, scarves and shawls:

Thermal Glove Liners Thermal Woollen Socks Thermal Women’s Top
Therman glove liners for winter in Paris
Thermal Woollen socks for winter in Paris Thermal woman's top for winter in Paris


That’s it for today, I’ll be in touch again soon with more news of Paris and all things French which I want to share with you,

A bientot! More soon!


Vallée de Chevreuse – 1 hour from Paris

Vallée de Chevreuse – 1 hour from Paris

Vallée de Chevreuse – 1 hour from Paris


Hello! I’m reading your article on 10 day trips from Paris and am very intrigued by the Vallée de Chevreuse. I’m curious how you recommend getting from farm to farm once we get off the train, as well as if you can recommend certain farms to visit and others to skip. My wife and I will be in Paris the week between Christmas and New Years, so trying to get in a rural foodie trip if we can.
I very much appreciate your guidance and writing.

Teena says:

Hi there Stuart! Thanks for dropping by my site :-)

Here’s what I wrote on 10 day trips from Paris :

2. Chevreuse Valley

Would you like to visit little villages in a huge national park with many bushwalking tracks? Or maybe you’d rather a day of cafe and restaurant hopping to sample the local produce – a real treat for foodies. How about a visit to a family-run farm which specialises in tastings of their cheeses, pates, honey, cider etc? You’ll need to leave Paris early and come home late – there’s so much to experience here.

Travel time:   around 40 minutes from Paris, take the train line RER B to St-Remy-les-Chevreuse –

Although I haven’t gone “from farm to farm” in this area, the website gives lots of great information in English:

I think it’s a great idea to plan ahead – contact the local Office de Tourisme, or Office d’Informations via email in advance. You don’t need to speak French, and you can use to write your questions in English, translate to French, and then email them.

You will also be able to go to their office and ask questions on arrival.

Here is a link to the Tourism Office which I’ve translated to English:

If the link doesn’t work, go to and search for

When the results appear, click the TRANSLATE link next to the resulting links to read the pages in English.

Although you’ll be there in mid-winter, during May to October, taking the Baladobus on arrival is a good option:

A local farm to visit – :

Ferme de Coubertin – 78470 Saint Rémy lès Chevreuse – Tél. Ferme de Coubertin – 78470 Saint Rémy lès Chevreuse – Tel. 01 30 52 00 19 – 01 30 52 00 19 –

Fromages et produits laitiers Cheese and dairy products

Exploitation familiale d’élevage vaches laitières – Chèvres Family farm breeding dairy cows – Goats

Ouverture du point de vente tous les jours . Opening of the shop every day.

ETE : de 9h à 10h30 et de 16h30 à 19hHIVER de 9h à 10h30 et de 16h30 à 18h30 – En juillet et Aout de 16h30 à 19h WAS: 9am to 10:30 and from 16:30 to 19hWINTER from 9 to 10:30 and 16:30 to 18:30 – In July and August from 16:30 to 19h

Fermé les lundis matins, mardis matins et dimanches matins Closed on Monday mornings, Tuesday mornings and Sunday mornings


Have fun researching this lovely area!

and Bonnes Vacances, Bon Voyage!


Where to go for my girlfriend’s birthday in mid December?

Where to go for my girlfriend’s birthday in mid December?

Matthew’s wondering where to take his girlfriend on 18th December.

Hi Teena

Thanks for your reply.  I want to take my woman for a wonderful birthday night on 18th December – anything on that date?  A concert maybe? Paul McCartney again?!  Or an opera??

Thnks for your advice!  Best.


Teena says …

Hey Matthew,

Thanks for dropping by my site about Paris :-)

To find out what’s on for a specific date, check out these websites:

I’m sure you’ll find something fabulous to do.

A few other options …


Every time I visit Paris I always take a pre-dinner, early evening Champagne Cruise on the River Seine, it only takes an hour and you will get to see the beautiful historical building, Eiffel Tower and bridges from the water.

You can read more about the Champagne Cruises by clicking this link >>

Eiffel Tower Dinner and Seine River Cruise

Other places to take your girlfriend in Paris:

Have a fabulous time!!!

Let me know what you decide.
Au revoir!

Postcards from Paris 30th October 2010

Postcards from Paris 30th October 2010

Great news! The latest Postcards from Paris Video Newsletter is ready.

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30th October 2010

Bonjour tous le monde! Hello everyone!

How have you been? I hope you’ve been having lots of adventures and planning a trip to Paris – always a fabulous past-time :-)

I’ve had laryngitis for a couple of weeks, I know – how weird is that? haha

So that meant I had to curtail all my video making until I got my voice back. I’m soooo pleased it came back yesterday – woohoo!!

So here’s today’s Video Newsletter for you … hope you like it :-)

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Using Google Maps for Paris, France

I’ve had emails asking me about how to plan trips to Paris in advance, which streets to go down to get to the metro or specific restaurants, chocolate stores etc etc. OK – let’s jump in and click on the video!

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Google Maps make it soooo much easier to plan ahead! you can even print out the maps AND the directions, so you can plot your walking tours from your accommodation to all the great places close by. Let me know how this works out for you if you try it. To read more about Google maps in Paris France, pop over to the page.

My Book of Photos of Paris

I am soooo excited! I’ve been working on this for absolutely ages, even had one book published but I wasn’t 100% happy with it. I’m almost finished and hope to have my photo ook available within the next few weeks and I CAN’T WAIT!! I know a lot of you have contacted me about this, and I thank you for that – so it’s finally nearing completion and will look something like this:

It’s a collection of some of my photos taken in Paris, with a brief description of each one.

When I look at the photos, each one conjures up a memory of a slice of time in Paris, and has me yearning to return. I’ll keep you posted when it’s ready!

The French Language

I love speaking French, but I don’t get nearly enough practice; that doesn’t stop me looking online for interesting things to say in French, and I’ve found some fabulously funny sayings which I think you might like – pop over to this page to read more:

Funny French Sayings >>

Les Arts Decoratif – Decorative Arts Museum, Paris, France

I love this place – and I love getting their Newsletter, it’s always chock-full of fab photos and wonderful things I wish I could see each month in Paris.

So this is the next best thing – I pop over to the website and browse to my heart’s content :-)

On this snapshot of the website, you’ll notice a small British flag – that means you can click it to read the site in English – perfect!

Click the image below to pop over there nowVisit Les Arts Decoratif in Paris France

Les Arts Decoratif Museum in Paris, France

Here is the website after you click on the British flag, to read it in English:

Les Arts Decoratif Museum in Paris, France

If you enjoy the site, sign up for their Newsletter. It’s in French, but you can always read it in English on the site :-)

You can also copy some text you’d like to translate, and pop over to: Translate French with Google translate paste the text OR paste the webpage link


How to speak French - 15 Minute French, Book & CDBooks about Paris, France and French

I came across a very cool little French language tutorial book a few months ago, and I keep meaning to mention it …

If I’m going out for the day and know I may have to spend time in a café, or waiting for someone, I pop this book in my handbag.

The book’s called 15 MINUTE FRENCH by Eyewitness Travel, and is only about $15-$20 (free shipping).

What I love about this book is the way it’s presented, each lesson is mostly photos so it is so easy to understand and grasp.  If you’ve been looking for an inexpensive book to help you learn French, this book might be just what you’re looking for.


Well, we’ve come to the end of today’s Video Newsletter – I hope you’ve enjoyed it!

Ciao for now, Au revoir, a bientot! (Goodbye, more soon!)


Online Silk Painting Mastermind Course

Online Silk Painting Mastermind Course

Can’t join me in Paris for my silk painting workshops?

Join my new Online Silk Painting Mastermind Course!

Join Teena Hughes' Online Silk Painting ClassesI learnt to paint on silk in Paris, many moons ago, and now teach silk painting – in Paris – in the summer months of June, July or August.

Many people have written to say they’re disappointed they can’t attend, so I have created a new ONLINE silk painting course:

Just released! >>

It might be just what you’re looking for :-)



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