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Postcards from Paris July 2017

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

Welcome to Postcards from Paris July 2017!

If you’re new to Postcards from Paris — WELCOME!

My name is Teena Hughes, I’m an Australian who has lived in Paris several times over a period of about thirty years, and I love to go back once a year if possible, and spend about six weeks feeling like a local Parisienne again :-)

While I’m there, I catch up with my friends I met there over twenty years ago, plus I host Adventures.  I’ve also written a couple of books about Paris, and I love this city more than any other.

Enjoy the little French tidbits I have for you today, and do get in touch if you’d like to chat or ask a question. Here we go!


What’s happening in Paris in July?

Important! Warning! There is NO BASTILLE DAY in France!

And please don’t say, “Happy Bastille Day” to a French person! Watch this video to find out why – Geraldine explains it so beautifully:

OK, now we’ve cleared that up, let’s see what else is going on :-)

 


Check out the list of July events in Paris:

From 14th July to the amazing annual Tour de France cycling event, exhibitions, events, fun and laughter, July is filled with a ton of things to do and see as the weather is summery and fabulous!

he Paris Tourist Office has an excellent list of things to do in July, so pop over here and have a look:

 

And next month:


Airline Safety Videos

This one by British Airways is great!


Commemorating Quatorze Juillet • 14th July • the French Revolution

I wrote about this some time ago (pop over here to read more) — those of us who are NOT French, think this day is called Bastille Day, mostly because that’s what we’ve heard in the media all our lives.

French folks NEVER call 14th July “Bastille Day”, and it’s not celebrated like Christmas or New Year.  It’s a commemoration of an event.

The French Army played DAFT PUNK :-)

 

and Coldplay were live in the Paris Stadium on 15th July:


Best Coffee in Paris?

Paris Cafe Cats - Postcards from Paris March

Would you like to vote?

Although I can’t verify all of these, I’d love to have the opportunity on my next visit to Paris!

I must admit I love “Thank You My Deer” Cafe — I found it one day near my apartment in the 11th arrondissement, on my last trip to Paris, and I went back a LOT!

It’s been a few years since I visited Coutume and Cafeoteque, and it will be nice to check them out again on my next visit.


Paris Plage (Paris Beaches)

What??!  A BEACH in Paris?? ARE YOU CRAZY?

Well – no :-) This is really “a thing” — Paris turns parts of the river Seine into a fabulous beach area with deckchairs etc, you’ve got to check it out if you’re in Paris.

8th July to 3rd September — a visit to PARIS PLAGES (Paris’ Beaches) along the River Seine is a MUST!

 

 


Where to find a shady retreat when it’s summer in Paris, and hot?

There are a few hidden places where you can be far from the madding crowd,  from hotel bars to  gardens overflowing with flowers, and here are a few to check out:

  • Metro Plaisance — L’Entrepôt — Not on the tourist list, this arts centre and cinema has a great shady garden. Cocktails are delicious (€8), and a Sunday brunch is around €26 – well worth a visit
  • 10th arrondissement – La Sardine – is in Place Sainte-Marthe, in Belleville and far from the crowds of tourists
  • Jardin du Musée de la Vie Romantique — This is one of Paris’s secrets. This café adjoins the Musée de la Vie Romantique and is surrounded with beautiful roses and fuchsias, a lovely spot that feels far away from the crowds and noise.
  • Ménilmontant — a gorgeous shaded terrace can be found in La Bellevilloise — the ideal place to have brunch (and sometimes you’ll get to listen to some live jazz – fabulous)
  • 18th arrondissement — check out Kiez — a biergarten near Guy Môquet metro, and a perfect shady spot to try some German beer near Metro Saint-Georges

Questions You Should Not Ask a French Person

I love this video – so straightforward!

As an Australian, I’ve been asked similar questions and I would often shake my head in disbelief that a stranger would think it was OK to ask me these things.

What about you? Has this kind of thing happened to you too?

Scroll down to the Comments and tell me what happened, it’s great to share when it helps us all learn something about a foreign culture — especially what we SHOULDN’T do or say :-)


Got some spare time? You might like to read previous Postcards from Paris


Before I go, I must share music from one of my favourite French singers, Julian Neel (Trudbol)

I love his barbershop quartets — he sings all the parts, and creates the videos!

Performed by Julien Neel

Music & lyrics by Edmund Goulding & Mack Gordon

— LYRICS
A small cafe, Mam’selle
A rendezvous, Mam’selle
The violins were warm and sweet
And so were you, Mam’selle

And as the night danced by, a kiss became a sigh
Your lovely eyes seemed to sparkle just like wine does
No heart ever yearned as much as mine does for you

And yet I know too well
Some day you’ll say goodbye
Then violins will cry
And so will I, Mam’selle

 


I hope you enjoyed Postcards from Paris July 2017 today!

I’m disappointed I won’t be in Paris in the next few months — I’m rearranging my next six months and may visit earlier in the New Year.

Let me know if you have any questions about Paris or my website,  or just want to share some tips about your trip to Paris.

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Ciao ciao for now, a bientot !

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Postcards from Paris June 2017

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

Welcome to Postcards from Paris June 2017!

If you’re new to Postcards from Paris — WELCOME! My name is Teena Hughes, I’m an Australian who has lived in Paris several times, and I love to go back once a year and spend about six weeks feeling like a local Parisienne :-)  I catch up with my friends I met there over twenty years ago, plus I host Adventures.  I’ve also written a couple of books about Paris, and I love this city more than any other.

Enjoy the little French tidbits I have for you today, and do get in touch if you’d like to chat or ask a question. Here we go!


PDF - A list of free Paris Museums with free entry on SundaysA Gift Just For You!

If you’re on my mailing list, you will have received a free gift attached to today’s email — a little “Thank You!” for wanting to have adventures in Paris, just like I do!

It’s a PDF listing all the Paris Museums which have free entry on Sundays – a little Tip Sheet to carry with you on your Parisian adventures :-)

Click to read more >>


Travel Man Richard Ayoade spends 48 hours in Paris

I love UK comedians and I also love travel, so this video series really caught my attention – Richard Ayoade is quirky with a unique and dry sense of humour – enjoy!:


What’s happening in Paris in June 2017?

Check out the list of July events in Paris:

 


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Postcards from Paris June 2017

11 Great things about Montmartre

“This most bohemian of Paris neighborhoods is known for its cobblestone streets, its village atmosphere, its nightlife, a big white church, and for the artists who found a home there more than a century ago. Up on a hill sits the former village of Montmartre, where narrow streets climb and bend their way up to Sacre Coeur, the big white church visible from most everywhere in Paris. Still famous for nightlife, it’s at the foot of Montmartre you’ll find Moulin Rouge and late-night bars.”

I have many great memories of the Montmartre area over all my visits to Paris — it’s a favourite! When I was in town and my friend Gaby was also in town from Mauritius, we always met up here for coffee and/or lunch before we spent hours combing through the textile and haberdashery stores.  It takes a special kind of friend to want to spend a day with textiles :-)

I recently came across a great article with eleven fabulous things to do in and around Montmartre, which I thought you might enjoy too:


Paris bars for English speakers

Five Bars in Paris for English Speakers

Sometimes when you’re travelling in a foreign country you can become exhausted by a foreign language, and even though French can sound romantic, it can be tiring trying to think and speak in French … when you’re not used to it.

Here are some bars where you can speak with other English speakers – have fun!

Hemingway Bar, Hôtel Ritz

15, place Vendôme, 75001
Métro : Concorde (lignes 1,8 et 12) ou Madeleine (lignes 8, 12 et 14)
01 43 16 30 30
Open every day from 6:00pm to 2:00am in the morning

The Brooklyn

58 rue Quincampoix, 75004
Métro : Rambuteau (ligne 11), Châtelet-Les Halles (RER)
06 23 46 60 66
Open every day from 6:00pm to 2:00am in the morningm except Sunday

Wide Open Spaces (W.O.S) Bar

184 rue Saint-Jacques, 75005 Paris
Métro : Luxembourg (RER B), Cluny La-Sorbonne (ligne 10)
01 43 54 30 48

Open :

  • Monday to Thursday from 12:00 noon to 2:00am in the morning
  • on Friday from 12:00 noon to 5:00
  • on Saturday from 2:00pm to 5:00am
  • on Sunday from 2:00pm to 2:00am.

Red House

1 bis, rue de la Forge royale, 75011
Métro : Ledru-Rollin ou Faidherbe/Chaligny ( ligne 8)
01 43 67 06 43
Open every day from 5:00pm to 2:00am in the morning

The Highlander Scottish Pub

8, rue de Nevers, 75006
Métro : Pont Neuf (ligne 7), Saint-Michel (ligne 4)
07 61 74 47 89
Open every day from 3:00pm to 5:00am, starting at 12:00 noon on the weekend.

 


I hope you enjoyed Postcards from Paris June 2017 today!

Next month on the 14th July is BASTILLE DAY! This is a huge celebration for all French people, and in French is called Quatorze Juillet (14th July).

Let me know if you have any questions about Paris or my website,  or just want to share some tips about your trip to Paris.

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Postcards from Paris May 2017

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

Welcome to Postcards from Paris May 2017!

If you’re new to Postcards from Paris — WELCOME! My name is Teena Hughes, I’m an Australian who has lived in Paris several times, and I love to go back once a year and spend about six weeks feeling like a local Parisienne :-)  I catch up with my friends I met there over twenty years ago, plus I host Adventures.  I’ve also written a couple of books about Paris, and I love this city more than any other.

Enjoy the little French tidbits I have for you today, and do get in touch if you’d like to chat or ask a question. Here we go!

 

What’s on in May?


More of what’s on in May

I have a longer list of things to do in May here >>


Festivals and Events

20th May: Museum Night

As part of the global Museum Night event, Paris museums will open their doors free of charge for visitors until 1:00 am, as part of the global Museum Night. There will be special events and much more in many Paris major museums.

22nd May to 11th June: The 2017 French Open at Roland Garros

This is one of France’s most exciting and important tournaments. The French Open continues to host some of the world’s unforgettable matches. Buying tickets several months ahead is highly recommended.

Tennis events - Postcards from Paris May 2017

Throughout May: le Foire du Trone (Annual Fair)

Parents and kids can look forward to the annual Paris fair (Foire du Trône), which runs through the end of the month and delivers all the traditional fun of a county fair, with Ferris wheels, roller coasters, and cotton candy included.

The Jazz Festival!

Postcards from Paris May 2017 Jazz Festival

and a video:

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11th to 22nd May: Saint-Germain-des-Prés Jazz Festival

This is Paris’ most famous annual jazz festival which is on in the St. Germain district for the 11th year running. Jazz lovers should save a day or two for this fabulous event.

  • Metro: St. Germain des Prés

19th to 22nd May: Artists’ Open House in Belleville Galleries

This annual event is a fantastic opportunity for everyone to get to know some of Paris’ contemporary artists and their work, with the plus side being you also get a glimpse of Parisian life. Over 200 artists living and working in the Belleville neighbourhood open their doors to show their work, art spaces and Studios every day from 2:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

​Arts and Exhibits Highlights

Retrospective: Eli Lotar at the Jeu de Paume

Check out Franco-Romanian photographer and filmmaker Eli Lotar — a retrospective is at the Jeu de Paume National Galleries providing a fascinating look at Lotar’s perspectives on the world and his tremendous influence on artistic movements (including modernism).

  • Dates: 14th February  to 28th May, 2017
  • Where: National Galleries at the Jeu de Paume

Vermeer at the Louvre Museum

This much-awaited exhibition is dedicated both to Vermeer and fellow Dutch masters at the Musee du Louvre and it is highly recommended.

  • Dates: 22nd February to 22nd May 22nd, 2017
  • Where: Musee du Louvre

The French Spirit: Countercultures in France, 1969-1989

A recent exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London on the spirit of the 1960s drew huge audiences; and now Paris has an exciting retrospective on French counter-cultures from the late 1960s to the late 1980s.

Rock music, photography, paints, posters and multimedia are all part of the many counter-cultural movements which resulted from the May 1968 student rebellion — with similar movements in Berkeley, London and New York. The exhibition is at the Maison Rouge exhibition space which is unfortunately soon set to close.

  • Dates: February 24th- May 21st, 2017
    Where: La Maison Rouge

Did you know Gustave Eiffel did NOT design the Eiffel Tower (la Tour Eiffel)?!

12 secret tips about the Eiffel TowerFrom Travelandleisure.com:

“While Eiffel earned the naming rights for the Tower, it was actually two men who worked for his company—Maurice Koechlin and Emile Nouguier—who drew the original design, according to Live Science. The two engineers teamed up with French architect, Stephen Sauvestre, on the plans for the monument and entered them into a contest to choose the main attraction of the World’s Fair.”

Read the rest of the 12 amazing facts about the Eiffel Tower which most people don’t know >>


 

Learning French with Postcards from Paris May 2017

There are some great free videos and courses for learning French!

I use the Duolingo App on my laptop and iPhone every day for 5 minutes, just to keep French in my brain on a daily basis, and I’m amazed at how much this helps!

Here is a video which is very easy to understand:

 

This one makes it easy to understand as well:


Free Museums to Visit on the First Sunday of each Month

Timeout has a great list of museums to visit where you don’t have to pay an entrance fee on the first Sunday of the month >>


Traditional French restaurant in Paris - amuse bouche (image)

Restaurants, cafes and a sandwich bar I visited in the 11th arrondissement

More info about the 11th arrondissement

Paris City Map 75011 : Map of Paris France


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Let me know if you have any questions or just want to share some tips about your trip to Paris.

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Ciao ciao for now,

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Postcards from Paris April 2017

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Today’s Postcards from Paris April 2017

A quick hello to new subscribers!

It’s always so wonderful to receive email notifications when new folks sign up for news about Paris — let me know if you have any questions!


Comme Une Française – Like A Frenchwoman – with Geraldine!

I have found a wonderful video from a delightful French woman, teaching French to folks like you and me — I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!


What to do in Paris in April?

Here is a great article listing 10 Things to Do in Paris in April – some are alreading finished but it’s still worth learning more for April next year:

  1. Paris Art Fair (March 30-April 2)
  2. Le Lac des Cygnes (April 2-9)
  3. Eat Cheap and Save for Summer
  4. Le Foire du Trone (March 31-June 5) [I love the Foire du Trone!]
  5. Celebrate Easter this weekend (April 16)
  6. The Color Run this weekend (April 16)
  7. Salon Sugar Paris (April 20-22)
  8. Marché aux fleurs et aux oiseaux (the Flower and Bird Markets)
  9. Fashions at the Musée des Arts décoratifs
  10. La Grande Mosquée de Paris (The Great Mosque of Paris)

Read more about what to do in April


Best icecream in Paris - Postcards from Paris April 2017

The best ice cream in Paris

As the days start to get longer and the temperature warms up, you might want to check out some Parisian icecream :-)  I’ve been to a couple of them, but not all! What about you?

Here’s a list for you to try >>


I hope you enjoyed Postcards from Paris April 2017 today!

Was there one item you really enjoyed in today’s news? I’d love to hear from you.

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Let me know if you have any questions about Paris or my website,  or just want to share some tips about your trip to Paris.

Ciao ciao for now, a bientot !

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Postcards from Paris March 2017

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Today’s Postcards from Paris • March 2017

A quick hello to new subscribers!

It’s always so wonderful to receive email notifications when new folks sign up for news about Paris — here are just a few of the names:

  • Bennette, Laurie, Veronika,Nick, Chantal, Shona, Ida, Kathleen, Kathryn, Martin, Melinda, Debbie, and many more delightful souls interested in gai Paree!

If I haven’t mentioned your name, don’t despair! Please do send a message to keep in touch — I’d love to hear from you :-)


The weather is getting better, Paris is moving out of winter (“l’hiver”) and into spring (“printemps”) — a beautiful time of year!

What’s Up In Paris

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Paris Fashion Week 2017


 

Restaurants to check out

Frenchie To Go! Restaurant  /  Wine Bar  /  75002

Paris Cafe Cats - Postcards from Paris March

Le Café des Chats (The Cafe of Cats) /  75011

Are you missing your kitty cat while visiting Paris? Check out the cool cafe and pat a cat :-)

  • 9 Rue Sedaine, 75011 Paris
  • http://www.lecafedeschats.fr/acces/
  • ouvert du Mardi au Dimanche de 12h à 22h30 (le vendredi et le samedi jusqu’à 23H), sans réservation
  • open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 12 noon to 10:30pm (to 11pm on Friday and Saturday), without reservations

Who loves a Kebab?

When I lived in Paris the first time (for 3 years), I worked from 11am till 7pm, so I’d go out for drinks and dinner with workmates and friends after work.

Sometimes we’d forget dinner and just have a lot of fun over a lot of cocktails :-)

We’d definitely need to find something to eat late in the evening, and one of my favourite things was to find the best kebab in Paris! That was a long time ago, and now someone else has made a list of the current great places to grab a kebab — the page is in French, but I’ve translated the text at the top of the page for you:

Who did not wander the streets after a night of drinking, in search of a good kebab to mop up its excess alcohol? Obviously, they are far from all good … But here, in any case, is a small selection of kebab, falafel, dürüm — delicious and perfect to fill the empty hunger.

Pop over here to read more >>


Top 5 Films Showing Paris at its Best

“By projecting state-of-the-art English translations above the stage (the surtitles),
Theatre in Paris is the only company ​enabling visitors to experience celebrated French plays and musicals first-hand.” What a great idea! Check the website often to see what’s on and coming up.

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Paris Bars

Looking for non-French Bars?

Here is a list of five to work your way through — let me know what you think!

I haven’t been to any of these but I’ll certainly check them out when I next visit my friends in Paris:

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What’s On in Paris • Things to Do and See

 


 

Take your children to the puppet shows - there are a few around Paris

Will you be in Paris with Kids?

There are PLENTY of things to do in Paris with kids!

Here is a list of pages on this site to help you choose what to do first :-)

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That’s is for today — if you have any questions, please do let me know!

Enjoy Paris!

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I hope you enjoyed Postcards from Paris March 2017!

Let me know if you find anything you’d like to share about Paris  – now that Spring has sprung (Printemps) there’ll be lots more events and things to do and see.

Ciao ciao for now,

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Bonne Annee! Happy New Year 2017! Postcards from Paris

Teena Hughes cartoon with Eiffel Tower on headBonjour a tous! Hello everyone!

Welcome to the New Year!

“Bonne Annee” in French means Happy New Year in English

I hope you rang in 2017 with lots of laughter, fun and festivities, and I do hope you have a spectacular year ahead filled with love, adventures and success!
There is so much to be grateful for in our daily lives, and I’d like to send you a big hug with my thanks for opening up Postcards from Paris each time I email it, and for being part of my life-long adventure!

Bonne Annee! Happy New Year from Teena Hughes

 

New Years in Paris


A Great Light Show for New Year’s Eve


Great news — I’ve finally done it! I’ve designed some Paris goodies and launched them TODAY!

Something I’ve wanted to do and have tried in the past is to set up a few little Parisian goodies to share with you, and now I’ve finally found a reputable place to sell things to remind me of Paris — if you have a moment, please do pop over to the Store and have a look. I’m planning all kinds of new designs, and if you have any REQUESTS, please do let me know by clicking the CONTACT link in the menu above!

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What to do in Paris in January and February

  • January – LOTS of iceskating!
  • February :
    • Festival of St Valentine
    • Carnaval de Paris where Parisians come out in their hundreds to participate in this wonderful yearly procession, which is also known as the Pantruche Carnaval and the Saint-Fargeau
    • Chinese New Year and much more!
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La Tour Eiffel – the Eiffel Tower (video)

It’s in French, but still great to watch.

The Construction of the Notre Dame in Paris


Stay tuned for more Paris tidbits in the next few days!

Ciao ciao for now,

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Joyeux Noel means Merry Christmas!

Joyeux Noel means Merry Christmas – Happy Holidays to one and all!

Teena HughesBonjour a tous! Hello one and all! Today I’d like to share a couple of things with you:

  1. my Message from Santa
  2. and a new PDF download in French to help you build on your language skills
  3. some Christmas in Paris videos
  4. what to do in gai Paree over the holidays
  5. a few new French lessons — I hope you like them :-)

Here’s my Message from Santa — whatever you celebrate  — the holidays, Christmas, Hannukkah or anything else — my message to you comes from the hearyt – enjoy yourself and share the love with family and friends!


Things happening in Paris over the Holidays

December | Christmas  |  January in Paris!

What about New Year’s Eve in gai Paree?

Look at this amazing list of events >>


Christmas Lights in Paris 2016

Have a look at Harper’s Bazasar video: “From the twinkling lights and stunning architecture to the festive Eiffel Tower, check out just how beautiful Paris is during Christmas time. ”


The famous Shopping experience, Les Galleries Lafayette, looks extraordinary in this video!

“Les balcons, la coupole et le toit des Galeries Lafayette décorées pour les fêtes de noël (balconies, dome and roof of the Galeries Lafayette decorated for Christmas) année 2016.”


Paris Christmas Markets

“December is a special time in Paris, when days are short and you bundle up for the cold to stroll down busy streets or enjoy the lights twinkling along the Seine.
Travel across the continent and you’ll discover a spectacular selection of Christmas markets, with beautifully decorated log cabins and inviting beer halls, where you can cosy up with a warming glass of mulled wine.”

“But Christmas markets aren’t all about beer and bratwurst; they’re also the perfect place to pick up handmade gifts, ornate decorations and tasty sweet treats for your seasonal hamper.

Here’s the best Christmas markets in Europe, complete with jingle bells, mulled wine and gifts galore.” (Read more on Youtube)


Joyeux Noel! Merry Christmas!A new downloadable Frenchified Printable just for you!

I’ve created a shiny new PDF of French words based on the Christmas season, you can grab it here:

I hope these PDFs help you when you’re in Paris, or planning your trip, or just daydreaming about being in the city I love — gai Paree :-)


Speaking French With Green Peas

A new way to teach you a little bit of French, tongue-in-cheek, which I hope you enjoy!

Joyeux Noel means Merry Christmas with un petit pois

And this one:

Joyeux Noel means Merry Christmas with horses for courses

latte-parlez-vous-francais-frenchies-a-night-in-paris-dotcom-614x614Speaking of Speaking French …

I am still using DUOLINGO every day on my laptop (it’s an APP available for smart phones in many languages), and I am totally amazed at how much I’m enjoying polishing up on my French on a daily basis.

I don’t often come in contact with many/any French speakers, so it’s been great to keep the ol’ brain active and Frenchified.

Speaking of Frenchified, I have found a French Barista who makes my double-shot latte just right!

Here’s a coffee he made me recently — how cool is this?? How lucky am I? His name is Florent and he’s loving Australia so far; his English is excellent and I love to surprise him with some obscure French I’ve picked up over the years :-)

Do you have a French cafe near where you live, or do you get to speak with French people (if you’re not in a French-speaking location?? I’d love to hear about it – feel free to reply to my Newsletter email, post a Comment below or send a message on the website, or pop over to Facebook to say “Hello!”


Getting Around Paris — cheap as chips!

Not too keen on using the Metro or buses? Or simply in a hurry?

Or perhaps you’re a bit challenge with mobility and want to get around as quickly and easily as possible? I hurt my back before arriving in Paris last time, and reeeeally found it difficult to get around. LeCab made it so much easier for me!

LeCab is a car service which is like a taxi but much better, feels like a chauffeur service, and is so inexpensive! I’ve mentioned it before, but I still think it’s worth mentioning again :-)

  • 8 Euro for any one-way trip within Paris
  • 48 Euro to the airport (it’s like being in your own limousine!) and soooo worth the money!
  • pop over to https://www.lecab.fr/
  • make bookings via the App on your smart phone – easy peasy.

If you check it out, let me know what you think!

LeCab chauffeur service


Au revoir mes amis (my friends)! Cheerio for now, and wherever you are in the world, may your holidays be filled with love and laughter and may all your dreams come true in the New Year!

Hugs across the miles!

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Postcards from Paris September 2016

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Today’s Postcards from Paris September

A quick hello to new subscribers!

It’s always so wonderful to receive email notifications when new folks sign up for news about Paris — here are just a few of the names:

  • Bonnie, Donna, Linda, Delwyn, Debra, Gloria, Tamae, Michael, Marie, Durell, Darin, Susan, Joan, Lisa, Laura, Dawn, Graciele, Melody, Angela, Ashok, Linda.

Make sure to keep in touch — I’d love to hear from you :-)

Let’s just start by saying I WANT ONE OF THESE!

My favourite daily dose of French!

I added this free App to my iPhone and use it EVERY DAY! I love it! It only takes a few minutes, and it gives your brain a great workout to help you learn and remember.

It’s available for iPhone, Android, desktop and laptop Mac and Windows and more!

This is a very easy-to-use program, suitable for beginners with no experience, and is so helpful. Now that I’m practicing my French every day, it keeps the French language at the front of my memory and I’m thoroughly enjoying this little daily dose of gai Paree.

  • On your phone, go to the App Store and install DUOLINGO
  • on your computer, go to Duolingo.com

Duolingo in English:

Duolingo in French:

 

Want home-delivered breakfast?

Breakfast in Paris - Petit dejeuner

Oh wow — I cannot WAIT to check out this service when I’m next in Paris! Having breakfast delivered to my apartment would feel like the height of luxury :-) If you check it out, please do let me know!

breakfast delivery for Postcards from Paris

Speaking of food, here’s a cafe/restaurant I really liked

Les Nicois was within walking distance of the apartment I rented, and it became a favourite place to meet friends for dinner and drinks. Fab atmosphere, excellent food, great vibe — I highly recommend it!

 

LeCab Car and Driver App is a great alternative to taxis

A friend recommended I try out this App last time I was in Paris, and I did. Soooo much better than taxis — and each journey has a PRE-SET total fare, so if you’re stuck in traffic, it did not cost extra! I also used it as my preferred way to get back to the airport for my departure.  I usually use a mini-bus service which picks up other passengers along the way, so it takes longer and you have to be picked up much earlier than you’d like.  It’s also available on desktops and laptops, so I’ll be able to book a pick-up for my arrival when I next visit Paris — I’m loving this!

  • Fixed price :
    • CDG (Charles de Gaulle) airport to anywhere in Paris — 48 Euro (as at Sept 2016)
    • Within Paris — 8 Euro
  • https://www.lecab.fr/

The Chauffeurs were lovely, cars fabulous, iPad to do a spot of internet surfing, music — such a great way to get to the airport stress-free and on-time!

LeCab chauffeur service

What’s on in September in Paris?

Looking for some comedy in Paris?

There are some great comedians on the schedule — wish I was there! — http://www.anythingmatters.com/index1.html

Comedy in Paris September 2016

Looking for exhibitions in Paris in September?

Here are a couple which sound like fun — http://quefaire.paris.fr/articles/236

Postcards from Paris September 2016

The Barbie Doll Exhibition! Closing 18th Sept

Barbie Doll Exhibition in Paris

Pop over to Les Arts Decoratifs to check it out >>

Amazing fashions and a wonderful stroll through Barbie’s history awaits! I’d love to go see this exhibition!

Other things to do in September

I’ve got a great list over on this page >>

Here is a huge list of other things to do in Paris in September >>

And a quick video with simple suggestions:

 

And in October:

Paris Motor Show >>

 

A bit of humour!

I thought I’d find a funny French video to share with you, and this was at the top of the list on Youtube :-) It made me giggle, and I thought it might tickle your funny bone too!

 

This one is both funny AND useful!  I particularly like the final example too :-) Which one do you like?

Au revoir, more soon! Don’t forget to write to me or post a voicemail in the little box on the right hand side of this web page :-)

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I hope you’ve enjoyed these little slices of Paris, and I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Waving madly across the miles!

Ciao ciao for now, a bientot!

Teena!

(typing this to you in Australia on a little island off the east coast)


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Walk with me as I look for Petit Dejeuner (breakfast) on a Sunday morning in September

I’ve just created a video of one of my Sunday mornings in gai Paree last September – here we go – walk with me?


The heart of Paris beats strong and is filled with love

Paris is alive and well, beautiful, exciting, filled with history, wondrous places, faces, things to do and see … and still holds my heart firmly in her hands :-)

After my visit in September, I was filled to overflowing with my Parisian-ness and basked in the glow of the love and friendships cemented for another year — in person rather than across the miles.

Postcards from Paris - Je Suis ParisWhen the bombings happened not long after I returned to Australia, I was stunned and shocked like the rest of the world.

I immediately reached out to all the folks I knew in Paris and other parts of France to make sure everyone and their loved ones were safe and sound.  It was a dreadfully stressful time for those I knew in Paris, and the weeks and months since have been hard for them still in so many ways.

To the brave and courageous Parisians, I say BRAVO! You showed strength in the face of adversity, through dreadful events that no-one should witness or be part of, and you are all in my thoughts every day.

I must admit I found it hard to write about Paris for quite a long time as everything I wanted to say or share somehow sounded frivolous, and that was the last thing I wanted it to be.

Today I feel like my heart has healed a little bit, and I wanted to reach out and say the Parisians are strong, but their hearts are still hurting too — we must continue to visit this beautiful city, not be afraid to travel, to experience life.

Meeting people in Paris is one of the all-time favourite things I love to do — shopkeepers, cafe staff, waiters, chefs, department store staff, people waiting for buses and taxis — I love to talk to everyone — it makes me feel more like I live there, and to feel part of a community when I’m there for a month or so, and it is all of these brave folks who are waiting for us to come back and embrace Paris again.

I’ll be there to see you in September 2016, Paris!
I promise!

I hope to see you there too if you can make it!


 

This video is fantastic! I just found it online and it’s captured the heart and soul of Paris — do you like it too??


Looking for a list of easy things to do in Paris?

Pop over to this page for some of my ideas to help you enjoy your stay in my favourite city:

 

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More things to do:

Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sep | Oct | Nov | Dec | Christmas

Points of interest:

Champs Elysees and Arc de Triomphe (video):

 


The European Independent Film Festival 2016

Oh I wish I was going to be there for this event!!!

When:  8th, 9th and 10th of April 2016

Where:  at the Cinema 7 Parnassiens, 75014 Paris

BE WARNED! When you go to the website, there is a huge video on “autoplay” and it took me forever to find out how to turn it OFF. Here’s the button I finally found:

Postcards from Paris - European Independent Film Festival

Visit the Website >>

This wonderful event is often referred to as the European equivalent of the Sundance Film Festival in the USA.

There’ll be films / features, shorts, documentaries, animated and student films and much more. There are 14 categories for 25 awards, including the prestigious title of ‘Best European Independent Film 2016’.

Attendees can watch film screenings as well as participate in various workshops including scriptwriting, editing and directing, and the ‘Meet-the-Directors’ discussions. A full program of live music is also being hosted by ÉCU’s partner Access Film-Music.

Do let me know if you do — I’d love hear what you think about this — send me an email via the site, or pop over to Facebook etc :-)


Do you like a bit of comedy?

Here is English comedian Richard Ayoade and Mel Giedroyc spending 48 hours in Paris — very clever, loved it!


 

GOT QUESTIONS?? SEND ME A MESSAGE! LET ME KNOW :-) >>

I hope you’ve enjoyed these little slices of Paris, and I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Waving madly across the miles!

Ciao ciao for now, a bientot!

Teena!

(Back in Australia on the little island off the east coast)


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It’s a beautiful day in Paris today! I’ll be heading out shortly for the wonderful Barge Cruise which I love to experience each time I’m in Paris — it takes 2.5 hours, and there is a choice of morning or afternoon, so I’ve decided on the 2:30pm Cruise to show my client another side of Paris in a leisurely, relaxed way – woohoo!

I’ve been having an amazing time with my client these past few days, she has flown half way round the world to be part of one of my Adventures, and we’ve been having the best time!

Coming to a foreign country where you don’t speak the language can feel like a very large, nervous step to take, but once you’re in Paris, you’ll find so many French people who will speak English withyou. that you’ll feel at home in no time :-)

 


If you use Facebook, you might like to pop over and see what I’ve been posting — photos and videos!

Check out my photos and videos on Facebook! >>

If you’re not a Facebook person, here’s a quick snapshot for you:

PostcArds from Paris Facebook photos


 

I’ve also been making some videos, so here is one to watch while I upload the others :-)


 

Here are some little articles I’ve written since I’ve arrived in Paris:

  1. LOCATIONS : Ave de la Republique, Paris
  2. COFFEE : Cafe Thank You My Deer in the 11th arrondissement
  3. FOOD : West Country Girl Crepes in Paris 75011
  4. FOOD : Le Chat Gourmand patisserie and lunch bar in 75011 Paris
  5. COMFORT : An easy way to find public toilets in Paris
  6. ART : Art Exhibitions in Paris in Autumn 2015

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Questions about Paris for September 2015

“Teena, what’s the weather been like?”

Great question! I usually visit in summer so I wasn’t sure  how quickly it would turn to autumn, and I’ve been pleasantly surprised:

  • I have not worn a coat
  • I have worn scarves every day, and if I get too warm in a store or cafe, I simply remove the scarf
  • I have mostly worn one long-sleeve item each day, and I haven’t needed multiple layers of long sleeves … yet!
  • I have worn either short-sleeved or sleeveless tops under my long-sleeved top
  • temperatures have been around 18-20degC during the day
  • I have used my umbrella a few times, and it’s a very small fold-up one so it stays in a plastic bag inside my handbag;  so if it’s wet, and I go into a cafe etc, I can put it in the plastic bag and NOT leave it behind when I leave :-)

“Teena, what’s different since the last time you were there?”

  • There’s a tram! It’s been here about two years and works around the outskirts (the “peripherique”/periphery) of Paris.
  • So many people want to speak English! Waiters, staff in stores, EVERYwhere! No more excuses about French people not speaking English, dust off your passport and suitcase and come on over :-)
  • In the past two weeks I have met so many kind, helpful, wonderful French people that it’s almost overwhelming! From taxi drivers (Bonjour Bernard!), to waiters and waitresses, sales people in stores of all kinds (Bonjour Ariella, Silvina, Marion, Warda!) , people on the street who answer my questions, a gorgeous woman I met at a bus stop when the buses were running hours late (because of a “manifestation” / public strike) who had a drink with me and my client while we all waited in a local cafe (BONJOUR CHRISTINE!)
  • There will be lots more things to add to this list, but that’ll do for a Sunday morning when I haven’t had coffee yet!

 

Here is one of my favourite travel videos to keep you smiling :-)

A fantastic in-flight one from Virgin:


I’m heading to the Barge Cruise very soon, so I’ll say AU REVOIR and CHEERIO for now :-)

GOT QUESTIONS?? SEND ME A MESSAGE! LET ME KNOW :-) >>

ciao ciao for now,

Teena!

Intrepid Traveller visiting Paris from Australia!


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Postcards from Paris September 2015

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Today I have been printing off my e-ticket to fly from Brisbane to Paris via Dubai, airport bus pick-up vouchers at both ends of the journey, access info for my rented apartment, sticky labels for the postcards and cards I’ll send to friends from gay Paree —

Follow my photos and videos on Facebook >>


MEET ME IN PARIS — OOH LA LA!

Got some spare time while you’re in Paris? Join one of my Adventures – it’ll be a lot of fun!

Only got time for a coffee or a cocktail? Get in touch and see what we can work out :-)


 

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 Q & A • Question about Paris September 2015

A question from Sylvia:

“Hi Teena, how long will it take for you to get to Paris this year?”

Excellent question, Sylvia! This year I decided to pay a bit more for my airline tickets in order to reduce the waiting time inbetween flights, and I’m so pleased!

In the past I’ve had layovers in Guangzhou (pronounced “Gwang-joe”, China), Abu Dhabi, Singapore and this time the layover will be in Dubai.

Some of those layovers have been horrendous, time-wise, facilities, and many other factors.  In Abu Dhabi one year there were hundreds of us transit passengers who had to sit on the floor of the airport, in corridors, because the management refused to open the Translit Lounge until the flight was ready for boarding. Was it five hours, six or even seven? More? Thank heavens I’ve blocked the details from my brain, but take it from me — sitting on a floor for all those hours with so many rules and regulations about what we weren’t allowed to do, did NOT make for a fun time. Nerves were frayed, everyone was exhausted, we felt like cattle. Not a happy time.

Jumping forward to NOW, I am thrilled to say I will only have a 2 hour layover in Dubai, making the whole journey so much easier!

Here’s how it’ll work for me tonight:

  • catch a ferry to the mainland
  • airport bus pickup about 10pm, drive for about an hour to the airport
  • three and a half hours waiting for the flight to depart at 2:30am
  • fly to Dubai — 16.25 hours in the air
  • then a two hour layover
  • fly Dubai to Paris for 7.15 hours
  • 45 minute wait for scheduled airport bus pick-up
  • about an hour to drive in Paris
  • total travelling time approximately 32 hours all up.

And THAT’S why I stay for 4 weeks — if it was only 10-15 hours away, I’d be flying to Paris ALL the time :-)


 

Artists' Open Doors in Paris 2008 -- Paris September 2015

What’s on when I’m in Paris in September 2015?

What am I looking forward to in September?

One of the very first things I love to do after arriving in Paris — generally AFTER I’ve had my first croissant :-) — is to take a barge cruise on the outskirts of the River Seine, to reacquaint myself with the outer suburbs and the fascinating history (as told by the Barge storyteller). For two and a half hours I soak up the Parisian atmosphere without having to plan anything — I wave to the folks on the banks and on the little bridges which go across the river in its narrower parts. When the barge navigates down the locks of different heights, it’s a great way to be reminded about nature. We then slowly venture UNDER Paris, and when we get to the bit under the Bastille monument (in the 4th arrondissement), I heave a sigh of ‘history’, remembering what happened here (storming of the Bastille).

I’m also remembering the wonderful years I spent living just a few steps from this majestic Paris icon. OK – that’s enough waxing lyrical :-)

Here’s a bit more about it, with some of my photos:

I’m also looking forward to checking out the wonderful artists and their artwork at PORTES OUVERTES:

  • 25-26-27-28 September 2015

Brushing up on a few of my tips about Paris

 

Here’s a little video I made when I was in PARIS in 2012:

  • jump to 2 mins 29 seconds for a walking tour with me:

I’ll be making more videos this trip too — so stay tuned!

 


I’m heading to the airport in a few hours, so I’ll start waving to you now :-)

The next update will be from gay Paree! Woohoo!

Maybe I’ll see you there — that would be so fabulous :-)

ciao ciao for now,

Teena!


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Postcards from Paris July 2015

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

Bonjour from Teena Hughes of Postcards from Paris

In just under six weeks I will be winging my way across the planet to fly from Brisbane, Australia to Paris, France — magnifique!

I can’t wait to taste my first delicious croissant (or Pain au Chocolat!), see my friends, catch up with some of my Postcards from Paris followers, and make Paris my home for the next month :-)

The taste of the first baguette, first coffee, first time seeing the Eiffel Tower again — these and many others are what I crave when I’m not on Parisian soil, and I will savour each and every one of them.

If you haven’t had a look at my Paris Adventures yet, you might be interested to see the new ones I’ve added this year — I’m sharing my love of some unusual things and I do hope those that sign up for them will enjoy them as much as I do :-)

Want to meet me in Paris? Check out these dates and let’s catch up!

BOOK YOUR ADVENTURES IN PARIS TODAY!

 

More details from Youtube:

1 – 00:05 – Jardin alpin
Nestled in the heart of the Jardin des Plantes, the Alpine garden includes more than 2,000 mountain plant species .
Map : https://goo.gl/maps/ngNvu

2 – 00:15 – square des peupliers
This small private street ( no cars ) created in 1926 is an exquisite romantic and green place to take photos for a fashion shooting for example
Map : https://goo.gl/maps/qC1kU

3 – 00:25 – Terasse de l I.M.A
The Arab World Institute (IMA) is a Parisian cultural institute dedicated to the Arab world.
You can go for free on the rooftop and have an incredible view
Map : https://goo.gl/maps/zP50L

4 – 00:35 – les Passages Couverts
Real covered galleries in the middle of buildings and generally housing shops , Secret Parisian walkways are an architectural curiosity full of charm.

Map : https://goo.gl/maps/Nl96T

5 – 00:44 – Panthéon Boudique
The giant bamboos and stone slabs make of the Garden of the Buddhist Pantheon one of the most zen secret place of the capital .
Map : https://goo.gl/maps/LCp09

6 – 00:55 – Collèges des Bernardins
The collège was used until the French Revolution as a residence for Cistercian monks students at the University of Paris.
Map : https://goo.gl/maps/5VAg9

7 – 01:03 – Hôtel Dieu
Hotel-Dieu de Paris is the oldest hospital in the capital.
You can enter for free and climb at the last level to have a view over notre dame … but please be respectful of the people resting inside, it’s still an hospital.
Map : https://goo.gl/maps/yxK9T

8 – 01:13 La Petite Ceinture
The little belt railway was a Parisian railway that, from 1852, was a circular connection between Paris’s main railway stations. In a partial state of abandonment since 1934. Many French railway enthusiasts and associations would like to see the abandoned railway and its remaining stations preserved and protected as a part of France’s national heritage.
Map : this place is all around Paris, and it’s forbiden to enter so i will not give the information but if you really want to go just look on internet for « accès petite centure »

9 – 01:24 Jardin d’Agronomie Tropical
The Garden of Tropical Agriculture is in northeastern edge of the Bois de Vincennes. there you can find a half-wild nature and remnants buildings of the French colonial era sometimes half covered by vegetation.
Map : https://goo.gl/maps/eVXEb

10 – 01:34 Design & Nature
The Design and Nature gallery specialises in the creation of stuffed animals, in entomology (the science of butterflies and insects) and in osteology, as well as in the presentation of organic and vegetal species.
Map : https://goo.gl/maps/Py8v8

(Video by Stern Mathieu)

 

FINALLY! MY BOOK LAUNCH DATE IS NEARLY HERE!

Book - Memories of Paris by Teena HughesMy first print book to be published on Amazon will be ‘live’ in August, maybe even as little as a week away!

I’ve talked about it over the past year, published a short Kindle book on Paris last year, but now I’ve finally finished my 42 page “Memories of Paris” book based on a selection of my photos which I’ve turned into watercolour paintings.

I’m just waiting for the first ‘proof’ copy to arrive in the post for me to approve, then it’ll be available to the public — I can’t express how happy this makes me, I’ll be a published author sharing pix of my most favourite city in the world.

Because of my love of Paris, I created this website 8 years ago, and I’ve met the most amazing warm and funny folks through this site, people who send emails, tweets, Facebook messages, audio messages, Youtube and video messages — it is so lovely to share my love of Paris with others — thank you to each and every one of you! I’ll keep you posted and send a quick update when it’s on Amazon – woohoo!

What’s on when in Paris in August?

  • visit the BEACH in Paris! Yes, that’s right! “Paris Plage“!
  • Cinema en Plain Air [Open Air Cinema]
  • Paris Quartier d’Ete
  • read more >>

What’s on when I’m in Paris in September?

July and August are traditionally the hottest months, and many Parisians take off for the whole of August to be closer to the seaside and cooler weather. By deciding to be there for September, I’ll be visiting at a lovely time of year, still summer but not too hot …

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 Q & A • Question from Facebook

Here’s my Paris page on Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/ANightInParisFrance

“Dear Teena, I am very concerned about the things I’ve read about the crime and pickpockets in Paris. Do you have any recommendations to try and avoid being victimized? Also we are taking the train in from Brussels. We get in at 10:30am but can’t check in our hotel until 2pm. Would it be safe to store our luggage in a locker or would we be better off going to our hotel with our luggage? I’m really nervous about having my stuff stolen. K”

Let me see if I can put your mind at ease.

CONTACT YOUR HOTEL

Your questions are all good and relevant — I suggest contacting your hotel and ask if you can bring your bags there first, most hotels have a secure storage area for arriving and departing guests. That way you know they’ll be safe and then you only have one place to go back to after your first adventure.

WHAT ABOUT PICKPOCKETS?!!

In regard to pickpockets, don’t wear anything on your back as that makes it easy in a crowd for someone to access your backpack while you’re being jostled. Generally Paris is extremely safe and if you stick with other people as you walk you should be very safe. When you’re eating or drinking, don’t leave your wallet, handbag or smartphone on the table or bar, as that makes them easy targets. If you have a handbag or shoulder bag, wear it or carry it in front of you so you can always see it.

USE YOUR PHONE/CAMERA + ONLINE STORAGE

Using your smart phone or camera, take photos of your passport’s relevant pages, and all cards in your wallet (backs and fronts) — upload them to secure storage like Dropbox.com for free, so you can access them easily from anywhere.

 

WHEN I FIRST ARRIVE IN PARIS

I love to see Paris from the water each time I arrive after my trip from Australia (where I live), so I take a 2.5 hr barge cruise for about $US30 (either morning or afternoon), and also I love the Champagne cruise at sunset to see the skyline, Eiffel Tower etc at night – beautiful! Here are links on my website for both of these:

  1. http://www.a-night-in-paris.com/paris-tours-barge-cruise.html
  2. http://a-night-in-paris.com/what-to-do-in-paris-france/drinking-champagne-on-a-river-cruise-in-paris.html

A bit more expensive at about $80, but such a fabulous thing to do!

Apart from that, I just love to stroll the streets, sit in sidewalk cafes and restaurants, go to wine bars at night and meet the locals. With only two days, there’s a chance you’ll try to see TOO MANY tourist attractions so my advice is — don’t. Only see one or two max, and spend the rest of the time being part of the Parisian culture.

I hope you have a simply marvellous time, do let me know how you get on!

 


 

 Q & A • Question from Facebook

“BonSoir! Love your fabulous blog and spicy ideas! I’m about to move to Paris again soon and i would like to find a job, if you know something feel free to let me know. Love and Happiness all over Merci :)))”

FINDING A JOB IN PARIS

Bonjour! So lovely to get your message.

How exciting you’re moving to Paris, woohoo!!!

I live in Australia, and visit Paris each year or two, so I’m sorry I don’t personally know of any jobs for you right now — it will of course depend on many things — your age and your nationality (under 30s from some countries can work for a year), as well as whether or not you can work legally in France. But don’t despair!

“Most of the Americans, Australians, Canadians and New Zealanders living and working in France fall into one of three categories:

  1. They are married to a French (or another national of the European Union) citizen.
  2. They inherited dual citizenship from their parents.
  3. They are highly-skilled professionals sent to their company’s French office to achieve a specific task.  France currently has working holiday agreements whereby Canadian, Australian and New Zealander citizens aged between 18 and 30 years can undertake paid employment for up to one year.”

Doesn’t sound promising, does it?

I have written a blog post or two about jobs, so here are a couple of pages I’ve written which might help:

Here are a couple of articles which might also help:

Best of luck! Let me know how you get on!!!
Teena!


 

French Movies I Can Recommend on DVD

French movie HEARTBREAKER and ORCHESTRA SEATS

 

I watched both these movies this week and thoroughly enjoyed them both – read more >>

You should be able to find them on DVD, and if you do, let me know if you liked either of them :-)


 

 Q & A • Question from the website

 “Teena, what tips do you have for being organized for your arrival in Paris?”

Great question!

MY PARIS TRAVEL TIPS

Here are some things I do:

  1. research and book my flights a couple of months in advance if possible
  2. research accommodation (I like to rent an entire apartment, so a studio apartment is perfect)
  3. check out Google maps for the address where I’ll be staying, search for things “close by” like cafes, restaurants, grocery stores, Metro stops, bus stops (I may even print off a page or two from the map so I have it with me for me first day in the new location)
  4. organise a mobile phone — I bought one just to use in Paris about 5 years ago, so I take it with me, plug it in as soon as I arrive at my accommodation so it’ll be charging straight away;  find a place to buy a “recharge” for the phone so I can start using it (generally Tabacs are a good place to start, or you can also find a store for the brand of phone card you’re looking for)
  5. book a pick-up from the airport to your hotel, which can be done online, print the receipt and have it in your wallet for when you land in Paris;  call the toll-free number once you’ve collected your bag, and tell the operator which Terminal you’re at (there should be signs everywhere); now it’s a waiting game until you mini van arrives. If this all sounds too slow, grab a taxi instead.
  6. before I get on the plane to leave Australia, I turn off “roaming” on my iPhone (mobile phone) so I won’t be socked with a huge bill on my return to Australia, (a) I will still be able to use my smart phone to access the internet whenever I am in a wifi (pronounced “wee-fee” in French) zone (see how easy it is to do this in Paris) just by walking into any park or government building, (b) I’ll be able to make calls and send texts all over the planet for free by using the VIBER APP in a wifi zone when I’m out and about (I love love love this app!), (c) I also downloaded Viber onto my laptop, so I can type messages and make/receive phone calls via my computer when I’m back at the apartment
  7. once I’ve arrived, I take a photo of my building from the street (if it’s the first time I’ve been there), then I take a photo at the corner of the street so it’ll be easy to recognise on my way back;  if I then take a bus or the Metro (train) I take photos of the bus stop or Metro sign so I can remember HOW to get back home later that day
  8. after my first Parisian breakfast in a cafe, I head to the nearest Metro (train station) and buy a “carnet” of tickets (pronounced KAH-NAY) — ten tickets is a good place to start unless I want to get a monthly ticket. More info will be available at the Metro so read and work out which is best for your needs.
  9. next I like to visit the nearest Post Office to buy some stamps, so that when I’m whiling away the hours people-watching in a cafe I’ll have some stamps to put on those postcards I’ve just purchased.

Here’s a little video I made about PLANNING A TRIP TO PARS :

All of this gets me into my “Frenchified Teena” mode :-)


 

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Cheerio for now

Teena
MEET ME IN PARIS IN SEPTEMBER 2015!

 

 

One last video to whet your whistle about Postcards from Paris

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