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Postcards from Paris October 2017

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

Welcome to Postcards from Paris October 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!

My 2018 Paris Calendar by Teena Hughes

My first 2018 Paris Calendar has launched!

So excited! 12 pages with a great photo for each month — grab your copy here >>

I plan to create another one with different photos too — so stay tuned!

And for my Postcards from Paris subscribers, I’m sending you a freebie one-page Calendar too!

With love from me and a huge thanks for following along on my Paris adventures xxx Just check your email :-)

2018 Paris Calendar by Teena Hughes

What’s happening in Paris in October?

Le Salon du Chocolat, that’s what!


The words in the video translate to:

  • Le Salon du Chocolat c’est le plus grand evenement mondial dedie au chocolat et au cacao == The Chocolate Salon is the the largest world-wide event dedicated to chocolate and cocoa.
  • 500 participants, 60 pays = 600 attendees, 60 countries
  • 5 Jours de Show = 5 Days
  • 20 Robes en Chocolat = 20 Dresses made of chocolate
  • 100 Demos Par les Plus Grands Chefs = 100 Demonstrations by the Top Chefs
  • 12o Ateliers = 120 Studios
  • Le Salon du Chocolat Junior = the Junior Chocolate Salon
  • 28 Oct – 01 Nov Paris Porte de Versaille = 28 October to 01 November  at Porte de Versaille
  • Info & Tickets

What else is on in October:


Will you be in Paris in time for the Christmas Markets?

I’ve written about Christmas and the Yuletide season a few times, and I’d like to share these stories with you:

Things happening in Paris over the Holidays

What about New Year’s Eve in gai Paree?

Le Loir Dans le Théière

Postcards from Paris October

My old-time favourite Tea House / Salon de The

Le Loir Dans le Théière
3 rue des Rosiers
75004 Paris

When I lived in Paris in the late 1980s, this became one of my favourite places, and I’ve heard that the name of this Tea Salon came from an unlucky dormouse which was thrown into a teapot during the Mad Hatter’s feast in Alice in Wonderland story.

Now in 2017, I still visit this gorgeous tea salon when I am in Paris each year, and I want to share it with you. This warm and cozy space is decorated with trinkets and knick knacks (odds and ends) and the aroma of the delicious gourmet cuisine (pies, large salads) wafts by and makes the mouth water.  Keep an eye out for the dozens of pastries which include the incredible lemon meringue pie and the chocolate fondant cake.

Come weekends, it’s hard to find a spot to sit as …


Recent Questions about Paris

Giovanna asks:  When is it summer in france?

I replied:

Hi there Giovanna,

The hottest temperatures in Paris are generally July and August (summer) with June and October almost as warm.

The coldest months are around November, December, January, February, March and April.

It’s hard to predict accurately as the weather can change from year to year.

Whenever you decide to visit, have a great time!

Bon Voyage!

Question from Eshaana: 

Hi Teena I am planning to relocate from Geneva to Paris in September this year to study French full time.  I would love to start my orientation to Paris with your week-long silk painting course.  Please let me know the dates of the next courses in July/August with details of costs etc.   I look forward to hearing from you.

Best regards

My reply:

Bonjour Eshaana!

How lovely to hear back from you.

I totally understand, and yes it would be great to meet in Paris for silk painting.

If you’re on my Paris newsletter list, you’ll be notified when I plan my next trip to Paris and will get other tips about the city I love.

If you haven’t signed up yet, here’s the link:

Have a fabulous week!

ciao ciao,


Question from Marion: 

Hi Teena. Are you still doing one day beginner silk painting? I’m a Canadian lady interested in a unique Paris experience.

My reply:

Hi Marion, lovely to hear from you!
I live in Australia, and travel to Paris each year for 6 weeks to host my Adventures. Unfortunately I won’t be there at the same time as you 😞 I do have online Courses though — I’m currently updating and adding some new ones in the next month or so, if you’d like to be notified please sign up at — if you have any questions, please do let me know. And have a fantastic time in Paris!! Wish I could be there at the same time!
Bon voyage!

Recent Posts

Learning French

Here is another great video for you – let me know what you think!

“5 Weird French Expressions to Sound Like a Native”

and here is one of my favourite French singers – Trudbol:

For the lyrics in French and English, pop over to Trudbol’s Youtube Channel >>


I hope you enjoyed Postcards from Paris October 2017 today!

I’m excited to tell you I’ve started planning my next trip to Paris – woohoo! July 2018 sounds like a great plan — can you meet me there? I’ve got my fingers’ crossed!

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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3 Flea Markets in Paris

3 Flea Markets in Paris worth visiting

  1. Marché aux Puces de la Port de Vanves
  2. Marché aux Puces de St Ouen (“puce” is “flea”)
  3. Les Puces de Montreuil

Here is a map showing these 3 plus more:

Map of 3 Flea Markets in Paris


Marché aux Puces de la Port de Vanves

Wander around this market which is spread across two avenues. You may not find much furniture or antiques, but there are all kinds of other goodies to find, such as scarves by Hermès, flapper dresses, vintage perfume bottles and toys, and possibly some beautiful French linens. Allow plenty of time to browse to your heart’s content.

3 photos of flea markets in Paris

Marché aux Puces de St Ouen

This one covers seven hectares, 3,000 traders and up to 180,000 visitors each weekend, and is generally considered to be the biggest flea market in the world!  Well organised into a series of enclosed villages, you’ll enjoy walking around here as it’s not a messy bric and brac market at all, and has some entirely covered areas and others with open-air streets.  This is however one flea market you’ll need to visit quite a few times to see everything.

Les Puces de Montreuil

At this market you’ll find trash and treasure, from vintage clothes and toys to old cutlery, 1940s light-fittings, furniture and antique glassware. Take your time and you’ll probably find something fabulous which you didn’t know you needed!

Have fun!



Have you visited these 3 Flea Markets in Paris?

I’d love to hear from you — please do post a comment below or on my Facebook page and share your experience — which one did you like the most?

List of free Paris Museums open on Sundays

Modern Art Museum - Palais de Tokyo - List of free Paris museums opn on Sundays


A list of free Paris Museums with free entry on Sundays!

  • 1st Arrondissement: Musee du Louvre — free from October to March;  Rue de Rivoli, 75001 — Metro: Palais-Royal–Musée du Louvre station (line 1). Entrance for visitors with special needs: “Disabled visitors and visitors with mobility impairments can enter directly at the Pyramid entrance, without having to queue.”
  • 1st arrondissement:  Musée National de l’Orangerie Jardin des Tuileries, Paris 1st – Metro Concorde
  • 5th arrondissement:  Musée de l’Assistance Publique – Hôpitaux de ParisHôtel de Miramion – 47, quai de la Tournelle, Paris 5th – Metro Maubert – Mutualité / Saint-Michel – Notre-Dame
  • 3rd arrondissement:  Musée National Picasso  Hôtel Salé – 5, rue de Thorigny, Paris 3rd – Metro Saint-Paul / Châtelet – Les Halles
  • 3rd arrondissement:  Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature Hôtel de Mongelas –  62, rue des Archives, Paris 3rd – Metro Hôtel de Ville / Châtelet – Les Halles
  • 4th arrondissement:  Musée National d’art moderne – Centre Pompidou  Place Georges Pompidou, Paris 4th – Metro Hôtel de Ville / Châtelet – Les Halles
  • 5th arrondissement:  Musée National du Moyen Âge – Thermes de Cluny 6, place Paul Painlevé, Paris 5th – Metro Cluny – La Sorbonne / Saint-Michel – Notre-Dame
  • 6th arrondissement:  Musée National Ernest Hébert Hôtel de Montmorency-Bours – 85, rue du Cherche-Midi, Paris 6th – Metro Vaneau
  • 6th arrondissement:  Musée National Eugène Delacroix 6 rue de Furstenberg, Paris 6th – Metro Saint-Germain-des-Prés / Saint-Michel – Notre-Dame
  • 7th arrondissement:  Musée d’Orsay 1, rue de la Légion d’Honneur, Paris 7th – Metro Solférino / Musée d’Orsay
  • 7th arrondissement:  Musée du Quai Branly 37, quai Branly Portail Debilly, Paris 7th – Metro Alma – Marceau / Pont de l’Alma
  • 7th arrondissement:  Musée Rodin 79, rue de Varenne, Paris 7th – Metro Varenne / Invalides
  • 9th arrondissement:  Musée  National Gustave Moreau 14, rue de la Rochefoucauld, Paris 9th – Metro Trinité
  • 16th arrondissement:  Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine Palais de Chaillot – 1, place du Trocadéro et du 11 novembre, Paris 16th – Metro Trocadéro / Champ de Mars – Tour Eiffel
    Cité National de l’histoire de l’immigration 293, avenue Daumesnil, Paris 12th – Metro Porte Dorée
  • 16th arrondissement:  Musée des Arts et Métiers 60, rue Réaumur, Paris 16th – Metro Arts et Métiers
  • 17th arrondissement:  Musée National Jean-Jacques Henner — 43, avenue de Villiers, Paris 17th – Metro Malesherbes

Map of Paris Arrondissements (Districts)

List of free Paris museums opn on Sundays


November to March — Other Museums with Free Entry

  1. 1st arrondissement:  Sainte-Chapelle 4, boulevard du Palais, Paris 1st – Metro Châtelet / Saint-Michel – Notre-Dame
  2. 1st arrondissement:  Conciergerie 2, boulevard du Palais, Paris  1st – Metro Cité / Saint-Michel – Notre-Dame
  3. 4th arrondissement:  Tours de Notre-Dame, 6 place du parvis Notre-Dame, Paris 4th – Metro Saint-Michel / Saint-Michel – Notre-Dame
  4. 5th arrondissement:  Panthéon, Place du Panthéon, Paris 5th – Metro Cardinal Lemoine / Luxembourg
  5. 8th arrondissement:  Arc de Triomphe, Place Charles de Gaulle, Paris 8th – Metro Charles de Gaulle – Etoile
  6. Château de Vincennes, Avenue de Paris, 94 – Château de Vincennes
  7. Château de Versailles 78 – RER Versailles – Rive Gauche

List of free Paris Museums as PDF

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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, I hope you enjoyed my List of free Paris Museums!

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Art Exhibitions in Paris in Autumn 2015

Which Art Exhibitions in Paris?

Art Exhibitions in Paris in Autumn Automne 2015

There is always a huge choice of exhibitions in Paris, so here are a few to keep you busy.

  1. 7 october 2015 to 29 february 2016 – Picassomania at the Grand Palais –
  2. 30 september 2015 to 15 february 2016 – Wifredo Lam at the Pompidou Centre –
  3. 8 september 2015 to 31 janvier 2016 – Osiris, mystery of Egypte at the Institut du monde arabe –

I’m still researching, so will add more Art Exhibitions in Paris as I locate them :-)

Where to find fabric at Marche St Pierre in Paris

Where to find fabric at Marche St Pierre in Paris

If you’re wondering where to find fabric at Marche St Pierre in Paris, I have a few tips for you.

Yesterday I reacquainted myself with the wonderful fabric district at the foot of Sacre Coeur in Montmartre.  Before I came out of the metro at Anvers, I spotted a very cute little RATP Information desk, so I popped over to have a look at the maps and information on offer. This is the first one I’ve seen in the metro, and the two young people spoke English and were very helpful. If you see these info desks, do have a look and see if there’s any info which can help you while you’re in Paris.

RATP ino - find fabric at Marche St Pierre, Paris (image)


As I came up out of the metro I was presented with a scene I hadn’t seen for a few years, the wonderful craziness of people, noise, traffic, and shops particular to this part of paris, with the prospect of seeing my old favourite fabric stores in the next few minutes. I crossed the street and walked up rue du Steinkerke where some of the touristy shops were open, and others would open later – if you want to find cute and/or kitschy Paris souvenirs, check out this street :-)

I met my friend Gaby (who shares my love of fabric) outside March St Pierre, and we decided to have a coffee first and then explore the stores, starting with March St Pierre. I asked a couple of chaps who worked at Marche St Pierre if there were any little cafes close by (as I wanted to avoid the touristy ones which were filled with tourists), and at first they said the one we could see across the road was the only one. We thanked them and decided to go on a little search, but one of the chaps mentioned there was one “vrai cafe” just down the road (a true French cafe) so off we went.

We found the Cafe Orsel (we were on rue d’Orsel) and he was right – it was an authentic looking cafe and not a tourist to be seen :-) I ordered the coffees at the bar and watched while they were made – totally impressed that it looked like the barista was using real milk to heat up, so I asked him and he confirmed it – fabulous!

Fabric at March St Pierre – the whole building

The March St Pierre is a building which houses every imagineable type of fabric you might need, all under the one roof.

Marche St Pierre fabric store, 75018 Paris - best place for textiles (image)

Of course I wanted to see the silk first, so we walked up the stairs to level 2 (there is a lift in the back right-hand-corner of the store, for those with mobility problems). On the ground floor you can see what’s where – it’s printed on the steps of the staircase :-)

The stairs inside Marche St Pierre, 75018 Paris (image)

We ended up looking around on every floor and we wanted to buy LOTS of fabric, but we also knew there were many streets surrounding this building filled with other stores we needed to investigate first. What a wonderful thing to do for the whole day in Paris!

Fabric inside March St Pierre, 75018 Paris (image)

I have lots more photos to upload and videos, so stay tuned!

Map showing where to find fabric at Marche St Pierre

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I have other pages on how to find fabric at Marche St Pierre and other Textile shops in Paris

Historical French archives

Historical French archives

Interested in history and French archives?

National French Archives in Paris, France

Historic mansions in the Marais district (75003)  of Paris house the wonderful French archives – these buildings are known as “hotels particuliers” (translates to “historic mansions”).

It’s free to visit the French Archives and you’ll be able to see :

  1. the original Declaration on the Rights of Man and of the Citizen dating from 1789
  2. letters from Louis XVI
  3. a papyrus dated AD625 which was issued by King Chlotar II.
  • Rue des Archives or Hotel de Soubise on Rue des Francs-Bourgeois ( the Museum of French History can be found here)
  • you’ll also be able to visit three small gardens – Jardin d’Assy, Jardin Fontenay and Jardin Jaucourt (“jardin” translates to “garden”)
  • don’t forget the larger garden – Jardin de Rohan

French Archives Hours:

  • summer – 8:00am to 7:00pm
  • winter – 8:00am to 5:00pm

Map and location of each address for the French archives – you might also enjoy What to do in Paris, France.

Map of 3rd Arrondissement, 75003 Paris (le “troisieme”, the “third”)

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If you do visit the French archives in Paris, I’d love to hear what you enjoyed most – post a Comment below if you have a moment, thanks!!

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!

Great Italian coffee in Paris!

Great Italian coffee in Paris!

Great Italian-style coffee found by Melbournite!

Great Italian coffee in Paris

Have you tried coffee at La Cafeotheque?
My husband and I loved the coffee here on our recent trip to Paris (we are self professed Melbourne coffee snobs).

They roast their own beans and the main Barista trained in Sydney.

Perfect every time.

La Cafeotheque

52 rue de l’ Hotel de Ville, Paris 75004.

Melbourne, Australia


Thanks Michelle!

I’m ALWAYS on the lookout for Italian-style coffee the way we Aussies prefer it, and this is a GREAT FIND!

When I’m next in Paris I will be checking out this Sydney Barista on my first day :-)

To find the café, here’s the map:


What’s on in Paris in August?

What’s on in Paris in August?

I would like to know the best places to eat and go out clubbing in Paris    What’s on in Paris in August??


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Teena says …

Hi there Monique, Thanks for dropping by my site!

I have a page on my site for things to do in August – you can view it here:

Paris in August >>

Here are a few more suggestions for you:

For where to eat, there are hundreds of restaurants in a very small amount of space, so you will be spoiled for choice – just walk down any street and you’ll find a café, restaurant, bistro or brasserie where you can dine. You can also check out my pages here:

Want to eat famous French food?

Click a photo to read more …

Not sure what to eat in Paris? Start with a sandwiche baguetteNot sure what to eat in Paris? Start with a fresh baked loaf of French bread - there are so many varietiesNot sure what to eat in Paris? There's nothing like a fresh crunchy baguette.Not sure what to eat in Paris? Oh I do love a Croque Monsieur and a Croque Madame! What to eat in Paris?Enjoy a freshly baked croissant, delicious!What to eat in Paris? Chocolate croissants are a delicious treat for breakfast.Wondering what to eat in Paris? Try French cheese - camembert, brie - you'll love it.What to eat in Paris? I love the many types of pate to be found in the markets.What to eat in Paris? For a special dessert, try a souffle - sheer heaven! Ahhh quiche - top of the list of what to eat in Paris.What to eat in Paris? You can't go past the traditional French Onion Soup.What to eat in Paris? Thick juicy steak, bernaise sauce ... it must be my favourite, Chateaubrand!Almost famous French food Couscous tantalises the tastebuds with melt-in-the-mouth meat and vegetables. Salons de Thes - tea salons - are a delicious place to while away the hours over a steamy cup of delicious hot tea.

Click any of the famous French food photos above to read more about all of these delicious French foods – yum yum!

As I don’t know what age you are, I can’t recommond where you should go clubbing, but if you buy the Pariscope booklet as soon as you arrive, it is filled with places to go and things to do for the period of time you’re in Paris. You can buy these where you see magazines and newspapers sold.

I hope you have a marvellous time!



Dancing in the streets of rue Mouffetard, Paris

Would you like to be dancing in the streets of rue Mouffetard in Paris?
I’ve just read that on Every Sunday morning at 11:00 a.m. there is a group of dancers and singers who celebrate life by dancing in the street — on rue Mouffetard.

What a joyous fun thing to do!

If you are in the area, do pop along and have a look.

PS – rue Mouffetard is very well known in Paris, and worth a few hours to mosey along very slowly :-)




Family Vacations in Paris

Family Vacations in Paris

Planning family Vacations in Paris? There is sooo much to do with your kids in Paris!
Category: Things To Do
Posted by: Teena

The journey TO Paris can be just as much fun as the time you spend in Paris with your kids – if you plan ahead.

Check out the article I’ve written about Family Vacations in Paris – with lots of great links for accomodation, things to do and see, and planning your kids’ travel journals before you leave home.

Family Vacations in Paris >>

Maybe some of these tips and links will help you plan your holiday trips.

Enjoy your time in Paris!!

Read the list of fun activities for kids to do in Paris and outskirts