Vacation in Paris BLOG

After The Yellow Vests

Posted on Dec 20,2018 by JanSmi

No, this is not an ad bought and paid for by the Paris Chamber of Commerce or Board of Tourism. It’s a heartfelt article written by a couple who have lived here for more than 40 years and seen more demonstrations than they can count. To some, the latest “yellow vest” protests in Paris may have looked like the end of the world, a frightening place to avoid at all costs. Let me assure you nothing could be further from the truth. { read more }


Paris In Holiday Dress

Posted on Dec 10,2018 by JanSmi

Holiday season in Paris? It may not be springtime with blossoms and leisurely mornings in outdoor cafes, but it is one of the best and loveliest times to be in the City of Lights. { read more }


Galette des rois à la Crème d’Amande

Posted on Nov 27,2018 by JanSmi

January 6 is the Feast of Epiphany, celebrating the arrival of the Three Kings in Bethlehem to visit the baby Jesus. The Kings give their name to the pastry treat that is widely eaten in France to celebrate this day—la galette des rois. This version is perhaps the best known. It’s a flaky puff pastry cake filled with almond cream and a special surprise! { read more }


Tips For A Great Market Experience

Posted on Oct 25,2018 by JanSmi

The market has to be one of the greatest experiences for tourists and it’s certainly one of my favorite activities when I’m on holidays! Here are some tips to help you navigate the markets and get the most out of your experience! { read more }


Our Literary Paris

Posted on Sep 21,2018 by JanSmi

Literary Paris, the Paris of Hemingway, Flanner, Dos Passos, Baldwin, the Fitzgeralds and E.E. Cummings, was about the furthest thing from our minds when we moved to the City of Light in 1978. { read more }


Favorite Foodie Souvenirs

Posted on Aug 28,2018 by JanSmi

One of the best things about visiting Paris is the food, right? When I’m leaving Paris, I’m always sad that I didn’t get to eat all the foods I had on my “to eat” list (it’s a thing, right?). A great way to extend your vacation beyond your return date is to bring back some edible souvenirs – and while that’s really the subject for an entire book, here I’m sharing the items I most often buy to bring home. And the best news is that you can buy most of these at the supermarket! { read more }


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