Heidi Ellison

Heidi Ellison, a long-time Paris resident, is a freelance journalist specializing in art, travel and literature. Her articles have been published in dozens of international publications, and she has contributed to a number of guidebooks on Paris and France.

Les Ambitieux

A Book in a Box

February 6, 2007 | By Heidi Ellison | Film

Les Ambitieux, directed by Catherine Corsini, stars Karin Viard in a near-perfect portrayal of a tough (but attractive, of course) book editor for a major French publisher. Judith is a man-eater who uses men for sex and dumps them as … Read More

Hôtel Duo

January 30, 2007 | By Heidi Ellison | Hotels & Short-term Rentals

Madame de Pompadour Slept Here The lobby of the Hôtel Duo, decorated by designer Jean-Philippe Nuel. Until recently, Paris’s Marais neighborhood has been surprisingly short on agreeable mid-range hotels suitable for both tourists and businesspeople, but that is beginning to … Read More

The Five Hotel

January 23, 2007 | By Heidi Ellison | Hotels & Short-term Rentals

Designs on the Senses The suspended bed in the romantic room 603 won’t make you seasick by swaying, since it hangs from rigid steel cables. Paris’s stock of small neighborhood hotels is slowly being taken over and transformed from musty … Read More

La Rentrée Littéraire Jan. 2007

January 16, 2007 | By Heidi Ellison | Books

Poli-lit, Tech-lit & Chick-lit It’s January, time for the publication of a slew of new books in France. The fiction scene is a little less crowded for this rentrée littéraire, with 353 new French novels, 67 of them first attempts, … Read More

Culture Wars

January 9, 2007 | By Heidi Ellison | Archive

Artistic Soul for Sale? Some critics of the French government accuse it of wanting to sell off the country’s artistic heritage, even the “Mona Lisa,” shown here being put into place in the Salle de la Joconde in 2005. Photo: … Read More

The Art of French Cooking

December 12, 2006 | By Heidi Ellison | What's New Potpourri

A la Carte Cooking Classes Muriel Foucher of Marguerite’s Elegant Home Cooking supervises a student’s technique. Anyone who wants to take a cooking course in Paris has a wealth of choices, ranging from the famed Cordon Bleu and the Ritz … Read More

Hôtel du Petit Moulin

November 24, 2006 | By Heidi Ellison | Hotels & Short-term Rentals

Couture Couchage Fashion rules in this room decorated with the designer’s illustrations. Updated November 25, 2006 Fashion designer Christian Lacroix has turned his attention from dressing the haut monde to dressing bedrooms for them. This discreet little hotel with only … Read More

Liza Korn

November 21, 2006 | By Heidi Ellison | Shopping

Fashion’s a Game Liza Korn is something of a rebel in the Paris fashion world. She began her career as an artist rather than a designer and doesn’t hold regular fashion shows to present her seasonal collections, but occasional “happenings” … Read More