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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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(typing this to you in Australia on a little island off the east coast, at my local cafe right on the beach where I’m watching the yachts bobbing in the breeze!)


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Postcards from Paris September 2016

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

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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French Word Vachement

The French word vachement means EXTREMELY, VERY or TRULY

French word vachement means TRULYVache is the French word for COW,so using the French word VACHEMENT makes you think you’re saying, “Cowly!” — but in fact, it’s quite different.

The word vachement really made me scratch my head when I first heard it and read it.

It also made me smile — a lot — and it’s a great little French adverb I now use ALL the time :-)

It works equally well with adjectives (descriptors) and verbs (“doing” words”).

 

“Il fait beau!” (translated to “It’s a beautiful day!”) becomes even better when you say:

  • “Il fait vachement beau!” which translates to “It’s a VERY beautiful day!”

Interested in other French phrases? Pop over here >>

Want to chat with me about the French word vachement?

Pop over to Facebook , Youtube or Twitter, or send me a message via this website — I’d love to hear from you!

French Love Phrases in Songs 001

French Love Phrases in Songs

Today’s French love phrases can be found in a fabulous song “l’Amour et Moi” by Jenifer.

“l’Amour et Moi” translates into “Love and I”.

The video shows:

  1. English subtitles at the top of the screen with
  2. French words below.

Please click the video to listen and learn this delightful French song:

 

French version:

found on:  http://lyricstranslate.com/en/lamour-et-moi-love-and-i.html

L’Amour et Moi

Je me fous des princes charmants
Leurs promesses je les oublie
Ces voleurs de sentiments
Au petit matin ils s’enfuient
Oh oh

Je parie sur les amants
Quand vient le printemps a Paris
Les mariés sont moins marrant
Ils te menottent à leurs vies
Ohoh

L’amour et moi ça fait deux
Ne tombez pas amoureux
L’amour et moi ce n’est qu’un triste jeu
Ne tomber pas amoureux
Envie d’entendre tout ce qu’il ne dit pas
Envie de bras chauds sous mes draps froids
L’amour et moi ça fait deux
Ne tombez pas amoureux
Ohohoh…

Mes amis sont des amants
Ils ne volent que mes envies
Les mariés trop exigeants
Avec le temps ils m’ennuient
Ohoh
Les mariés sont moins marrants
Ils te menottent à leurs vies
Je me lasse de ces amants
Ils ne t’aiment que pour la nuit
Ohoh

L’amour et moi ça fait deux
Ne tombez pas amoureux
L’amour et moi ce n’est qu’un triste jeu
Ne tomber pas amoureux
Envie d’entendre tout ce qu’il ne dit pas
Envie de bras chauds sous mes draps froids
L’amour et moi ça fait deux
Ne tombez pas amoureux
Ohohoh…

L’amour et moi sa fait deux
Ne tomber pas amoureux

L’amour et moi sa fait deux
Ne tomber pas amoureux

Ne tombez pas amoureux

English Translation:

http://lyricstranslate.com/en/lamour-et-moi-love-and-i.html

Love and I

I don’t care about delightful princes
I forget their promises
These feelings thieves
They escape at early morning
Oh oh

I bet on lovers
When spring comes in Paris
Married people are less funny
They handcuff you to their lives
Oh oh

Love and I don’t go together
Don’t fall in love
Love and I is just a sad game
Itch of hearing everything which it doesn’t tell
Itch of warm arms under my cold sheets
Love and I don’t go together
Don’t fall in love
Ohohoh…

My friends are lovers
They only steel my desires
Too much demanding married people
They are bored in time
Ohoh
Married are less funny
They handcuff you to their lives
I get tired of these lovers
They only love you for night
Ohoh

Love and I don’t go together
Don’t fall in love
Love and I is just a sad game
Itch of hearing everything which it doesn’t tell
Itch of warm arms under my cold sheets
Love and I don’t go together
Don’t fall in love
Ohohoh…

Love and I don’t go together
Don’t fall in love

Love and I don’t go together
Don’t fall in love

Don’t fall in love

 

Your Say About French Love Phrases

Do you have any favourite French songs or movies you’d like to share?

Do send me an email, or post a Comment below, or pop over to the Facebook page — I’d love to chat more :-)

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Postcards from Paris — Happy New Year 2016!

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

Today’s Postcards from Paris is full of champagne!

Bonne Annee! Happy New Year!

 

big hugs,

Teena! xxx

 


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:

 

Postcards from Paris - other things to do

More things to do:

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

Points of interest:

 

 

 


 

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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!

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


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Postcards from Paris – Merry Christmas 2015!

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

Today’s Postcards from Paris is full of cheer!

 

Joyeux Noel et Bonne Annee!

Thank you for loving Paris as much as I do, for reading my words, following my travels and adventures in the City of Light and Love!

 

I hope you have an incredible Yuletide, Chrismas, Holiday Season and may the New Year be filled with love, laughter, adventure and success.

From my home to yours, Merry Christmas! Happy New Year!

big hugs,

Teena! xxx

 


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:

 

Postcards from Paris - other things to do

More things to do:

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

Points of interest:

 

 

 


 

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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Haberdashery shops in Paris

Haberdashery shops in Paris sell mercerie (the French word for haberdashery).

You can find a wonderful selection of haberdashery in Paris, from the fabric district to the suburbs, it’s just a matter of putting aside some time to explore them :-)

75003 – laMercerieParisienne.com

What a wonderful selection of buttons and trimmings! If you’d like to look at a gorgeous store, pop over to the Marais:

 

Haberdashery shops in Paris - La Mercerie Parisienne

More Haberdashery shops in Paris

Ultramod
Notions Store
14 Rue Monsigny
+33 1 42 96 98 30
Open until 6:00 pm

Sajou
Quilt Shop
47 Rue du Caire
+33 1 42 33 42 66
Open until 7:00 pm

Entrée des Fournisseurs
Notions Store
8 Rue des Francs Bourgeois
+33 1 48 87 58 98
Open until 7:00 pm

La Croix et la Manière
Fabric Store
36 Rue Faidherbe
+33 1 43 72 99 09
Opens at 12:00 pm

Le Bon Marché
$$$ · Department Store
24 Rue de Sèvres
+33 1 44 39 80 00
Open until 8:00 pm

Anna Ka Bazaar
Fabric Store
16 Rue Keller
+33 1 84 06 19 24
Opens at 11:00 am

Le Chat Gourmand patisserie and lunch bar in 75011 Paris

Today I popped into a little patisserie/lunch bar in Rue Saint Maur in the 11th arrondissement, which is owned by chef Alain (who loves cats, hence the name “The Greedy Cat” / Le Chat Gourmand).

Le Chat Gourmand patisserie and lunch bar in 75011 Paris

Everything is made fresh by Alain, from baguette sandwiches with delicious fillings, to home-made quiches, fresh salads (carrottes rapées = shredded carrot, epinards – spinach, etc), tasty pasta and much more).

If you’d like your quiche etc heated, not a problem.

The menu is a “Formule” (a “set menu”):

  • 1 x dish, 1 x salad, 1 x dessert or drink = 9,00 €

 

The prices are very reasonable, the food is fresh and delicious — eat in, or take away — yum!

If you’re in the 11th on or near Rue Saint Maur, do pop in and say Teena sent you :-)

Alain is a charming guy with a great personality, singing along to great songs on the radio, dancing a bit when and if required, always welcomes you with a big smile and a friendly “Hello!” :-)

PS — ask for a Carte de Fidélité (a Loyalty Card) – after 10 purchases you get ONE MEAL FREE!

Cafe/Restaurant: Le Chat Gourmand (The Greedy Cat)

63 Rue Saint Maur, 75011 Paris, France

Tel:  01 48 06 18 94

Metro: Rue Saint-Maur / Saint-Ambroise

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

Le Chat Gourmand lunch bar in the 11th arrondissement

Ave de la Republique, Paris

Ave de la Republique

The Ave de la Republique is busy and full of character!

I arrived in Paris last night and went for a walk this morning, to get my bearings.

Restaurants, cafes, creperies, shops of all descriptions — and a reminder to me that not all shops open at 9:00am!

Restaurants may open at 12:00 noon, whereas sandwich shops may be open by 10:00am.

Clothing stores might open at 11:00, and I saw shoe stores open at 9:30am.

So it depends on the store, but generally assume 10:00 for a lot of places, some cafes at 7:00 and others at any other time after that.

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Postcards from Paris September 2015

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

 

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 —

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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 :-)


 

Postcards from Paris - other things to do

 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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Paris Transport Changes September 1st 2015

At the beginning of September 2015,  a major overhaul of the Paris transport pass [Le Pass Navigo] will affect most locals and tourists — and change is good.

Paris Transport Changes come into force September 2015

What are the Paris transport changes?

The Navigo transport pass:

Le Pass Navigo will now be one unique price for the entire five zones in Ile-de-France region, making it so easy for everyone.

The price for a Navigo pass covering all of these zones will be set at €70 a month or €770 a year, meaning all commuters in and around the capital will pay the same price.

The idea is to make it easier and cheaper for those living in areas outside Paris, with the hope they will leave their cars behind and jump on a train instead. An added bonus is that it could creating a more regional identity, rather than the ‘us and them’ division between Paris and the suburbs as which currently exists.

Someone travelling to Paris from Orly will pay the same as someone who only travels through the centre of Paris from the Eiffel Tower to the Pere Lachaise.

Wondering what else is happening in September? Pop over here to find out more >>

Visit the French public transport website for more info (in English – or click the British flag icon) >>

Postcards from Paris July 2015

Postcards from Paris July 2015

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 …

Postcards from Paris - other things to do

 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 :-)


 

  • Do you have anything you do when you first arrive in Paris (if you’ve already been), or something you’d LOVE to do if you visit in the future? I’d love to hear from you — if you received my Postcards from Paris newsletter via email, just click REPLY. If you’re reading this on my website, just post a Comment below :-)
  • Would you like to recommend any cafes or restaurants, or things for me to do? Feel free to share! One of my long time readers – Michael (from USA) – has sent me some wonderful suggestions and restaurants to check out, as have a couple of other folks, so do please send them along!

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A Night in Paris - Join Teena in Summer (Image)A bientot! See you soon in gay Paree!

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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