Perfectly Paris Travel:  The Smart Suitcase Est Arrivee!

One thing that will tell you its August in Paris and the signs and sounds of the city beginning to empty out: the sound of suitcase wheels on the pavement.  All Parisians, as my dad used to say, “turn the same pages of the book in the schools each day” so perfectly regimented across the…

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…