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Postcards from Paris March 2017

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

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


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
  • 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

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.


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 :-)


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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Postcards from Paris February 2016

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

Today’s Postcards from Paris

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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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

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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!



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!


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

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West Country Girl Crepes in Paris 75011

West Country Girl Crepes in Paris 75011

West Country Girl creperie is a local restaurant in Paris

There are so many great eateries in the 11th arrondissement, and I decided to try out this one for  dinner.

In a little side street called Passage Saint-Ambroise, this is the only foodie place in the entire street, making it easy to find. The menu is small, but boasts all quality local ingredients, and it looked very warm and inviting.

If you’re nervous about speaking French, don’t be — the servers also speak English :-)

I ordered a mixed salad (which generally means a green salad of lettuces and a dressing) for €3.

For a main course, I decided to try the Champignon, Chevre et ciboulette crepe, which is a Mushroom, creamy Goat’s cheese and chives for around €8.

Normally crepes are served with cider, but this little resto has all kinds of alcohol available. I went with a traditional cider for €3 a glass, which was delicious — the choices were a sweet cider or a very, very dry one. After tasting the dry one, I opted for the more regular sweeter one – t turned out to be an excellent choice.

West Country Girl crepes and cider in 75011

Everything was tasty, and perfect for a very light meal; you may need a few more crepes to fill you up for dinner :-)

Ambiance was great, lots of laughter from the guests, great music, terrific vibe. If you’re in the area, it’s worth a visit.

Cafe/Restaurant: West Country Girl

6 Passage Saint-Ambroise, 75011 Paris, France

Metro: Rue Saint-Maur / Saint-Ambroise

For other cafe/restaurant reviews, pop over here >>

Silk Exhibitions Paris Exposition Soie

Silk Exhibitions in Paris -- translates to Exposition Soie
Silk Exhibitions are happening in Paris throughout the year, and in French, they are called an “Exposition Soie” (translates to “Silk Exhibition).

2015 August / September Silk Exhibitions

Du samedi 22 août au dimanche 6 septembre 2015 :

L’Association “D’ART et de SOIE” présente “Evasion colorée dans les fibres textiles”. Exposition de peintures sur soie et œuvres textiles en hommage à Monsieur Jean-Jacques BOUCHER.

“Vieille Halle de Bracieux – Espace Nicole Lagravère” 41250 BRACIEUX.

Au programme: Des démonstrations gratuites pour grands et petits, des stages différents avec Annie Poignavent, Marie-Marthe Dufaud et Lydie Ottelart.

Pour toute information complémentaire: 01 42 54 33 33 –


From Saturday 22 August to Sunday 6th September 2015:

The “ART & SILK” Association  presents “Evasion in colorful textile fibers”, an Exhibition of paintings on silk and textile works in homage to Jean-Jacques BOUCHER.


“Vieille Halle Bracieux – Space Nicole Lagravère”

41250 BRACIEUX, outside Paris.

Program: A free demonstrations for children and adults, different courses with Annie Poignavent, Marie-Marthe and Lydie Ottelart Dufaud.

For further information: Phone 01 42 54 33 33 – or email:


The video below from the Cernuschi Museum is for an amazing exhibition which ended in January 2015, and encompassed painting on silk and paper.

Video length: 4:26 seconds

Le Japon au fil des saisons | Musée Cernuschi by paris_musees

Read more about silk exhibitions here:  LE JAPON AU FIL DE SAISON >>


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

Buy Now for $US18.97 + $5.00 shipping

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).

Choose design

Please note: may appear on your statement/receipt.

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.


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)
Le Relais de Venise Restaurant in Paris 75017

Le Relais de Venise Restaurant in Paris 75017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Your Say

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

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

Map to Le Relais de Venise Restaurant

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

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.

Luggage tags for Paris

Luggage tags for Paris

Luggage tags help you find your bags, fast

All those luggage tags in airports, on masses of black suitcases and bags, the conveyor belt going round and round.

When you’re waiting for your bag this lime green one with French words on it will be visible from a distance and oh so easy to spot :-)

Luggage tags for Paris, lime green with French words

  • Luggage tag is made from lightweight aluminum
  • Removable leather strap is included
  • Image is covered by crystal clear coating for protection
  • Measures approximately 3.25″ x 2″
  • Add your contact details

**Please note payments will appear as ‘Abfab’ or ‘Absolutely’ on your credit cards and receipts.

Questions about these lime green luggage tags?

Please let me know asap and I’ll do my best to help you, thanks! Back to my Paris Store >>




Mini folding umbrella with French words

Mini folding umbrella with French words

A mini folding umbrella – ooh la la :-)

I wanted to design a mini folding umbrella with French words all over it, in a happy bright colour to make a statement in the streets of Paris on a grey winter’s day. This is my first one:

Mini folding umbrella, French words (image)

Mini folding umbrella - Teena in Paris at Place des Vosges (image)Mini folding umbrella: $US29.99 + Shipping $10.00

  • Made from 100% polyester pongee waterproof fabric
  • Opens up to 41″ span
  • Can be reduced to a collapsed height of 9″
  • Each rib consists of 3-section aluminium for flexibility and strength

I had a prototype umbrella made and took it with me to Paris – here I am in the Place des Vosges just off rue St Antoine near metro Bastille. It was a grey day, and this design really stood out from the crowd :-)

**Please note payments will appear as ‘Abfab’ or ‘Absolutely’ on your credit cards and receipts.

Questions about my gorgeous Paris umbrella?

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Pack of Playing Cards with French words

Pack of Playing Cards with French words

Pack of Playing Cards for your holiday?

Whether you’re going on holidays overseas or interstate, a pack of playing cards is always a great thing to bring with you.

This deck has 54 cards, with my design on their back – French words and phrases which make me think of being in Paris.

Pack of playing cards with French words (image)

I also found a font (typeface) which reminds me the art deco Metro signs in Paris – what do you think? Does it look ok to you?

Pack of playing cards: $US12.00 + Shipping $4.00

**Please note payments will appear as ‘Abfab’ or ‘Absolutely’ on your credit cards and receipts.

Questions about my gorgeous Paris pack of playing cards?

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What is the location of public toilets in Paris?

What is the location of public toilets in Paris?

Finding the location of public toilets in Paris is easy!

The location of public toilets in Paris is — everywhere! On this great Paris website you can find them by arrondissement / suburb (district), from the 1st / 1ere / 75001 / Premier to the 20th / 20eme / 75020 / Vingtieme.

They’re called “sanisettes” and they are modern 21st Century self-cleaning, grey space pods which easily blend into their surroundings – you might not even realise they ARE toilets. There are 400 in Paris, and great news! They’re also wheelchair-friendly (I’ve been told) or at least accessible for the disabled.

They’re open between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. and can be found near major tourist spots, food markets and taxi stands.

Location of public toilets in Paris (snapshot image from website)

Click this link to view the website with all the locations >>

Every time someone uses a “sanisettes,” then exits, the automatic door closes and it’s like it’s taking a shower :-)

The toilet bowl and floor are automatically cleaned, dried and disinfected.

Inside you’ll find coat hooks, a mirror and a handbasin, with natural lighting coming through the roof, and they use a reduced amount of water with renewable energy-source electricity.

How cool these public toilets are also eco-friendly and doing their bit for the planet — on flush at a time :-)




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