My Apts in Paris: Love & Romance to Suit

What if I told you that what I know about Paris could be summed up in a single sentence: Your Living Space is everything.  Parisians live both a private and interior life, as well as the more public lifestyle of cafes, restaurants, museums, shops all part of their daily experience. That is why when the…

Tourist at heart

Beautiful illustrations by expat American Illustrator….we can already taste the macaroons! thefrancofly I recently celebrated my 7-year Parisversaire!  Yes, that is 7 years of morning boulangerie runs, nauseating boughts of cultural differences, and a bookshelf unapologetically filled with administrative proof that I do indeed live in this enchanted city of Paris, France.  As much as…

The RITZ HOTEL: A dowager awakens…from a very long sleep

The Hotel Ritz, closed for the past 3 years for renovations, is now about to awaken from what seems like a long sleep.  When the French rating system failed to nominate the hotel as a “Palace” that is, a 5 star rating, it was time to close. What sort of place is this hotel? Always…

Live like an Adventuress: Paris is My Muse

When I hear bad news about Paris, such as strikes, or other scenes that show France and its underbelly, I just say to myself, this too, shall pass.  What we all know about France, is that it is not a perfect union, but there are certain things in the economy that may seem a bit…

Getting Ready for Spring 2015: Trends and Tips

There is no better place to feel the spring air than Paris.  The frozen ground thaws in the parks and boulevards and the air has a sense of anticipation.  Cafes begin to fill up, the flower shops yield their new blooms and a sense of new beginnings is in the air. Last Fall we looked…

Left Bank Women Writers: Paris Adventuress Book Club

The spirit and lifestyle of the Left Bank in Paris from 1900 to 1940 was populated by many artists and writers. Picasso, Hemingway, and many women writers like Edith Wharton, Gertrude Stein who explored both traditional narratives and a modernist view of language itself. When exploring the streets and avenues of the Left Bank, the…