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.

La Rentrée Littéraire, Sept. 2006

September 12, 2006 | By Heidi Ellison | Books

Seasonal Literature It’s that time of year again. The biannual frenzy of book publishing in France known as the rentrée littéraire is upon us. Pull up an armchair and choose from a stack of over 680 freshly printed novels, around … Read More

The Science of Sleep

Stuck in Dreamworld

September 5, 2006 | By Heidi Ellison | Film

The new film, the first Gondry has both scripted and directed, stars that young actor the camera (and the audience) just loves, Gael Garcia Bernal. Oozing charm and boyish good looks as usual, he romps his way through this film … Read More

Nos Jours Heureux

Happy Campers

July 25, 2006 | By Heidi Ellison | Film

Nos Jours Heureux, directed by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, is the quintessential summer feel-good movie, recommended for adolescents and anyone who attended a French colonie de vacances (summer camp) in their youth. The critics were lukewarm on this one, … Read More

Bed & breakfasts

July 18, 2006 | By Heidi Ellison | Hotels & Short-term Rentals

Staying Chez l’Habitant The city’s new manual for bed & breakfasts. May 11, 2005; updated July 19, 2006 Paris is rich in hotels (with 75,000 rooms) but poor in bed and breakfasts (only 300 rooms). This isn’t surprising, since the … Read More

Changement d’Adresse

Moving Lovers

July 11, 2006 | By Heidi Ellison | Film

Changement d’Adresse literally begins with postcards of Paris as its hero (Emmanuel Mouret), a young French horn player freshly arrived from the provinces, examines racks of postcards depicting his new hometown. Once he meets the film’s heroine, Anne (brilliantly played … Read More

Château de Malmaison

July 4, 2006 | By Heidi Ellison | Daytrips From Paris

Faded Roses The Salon Doré in the Château Malmaison. Photo: Thierry Vidal Known as Rose until Napoleon gave her the new first name that would follow his empress into history, Josephine (née Marie-Joseph-Rose de Tascher de la Pagerie) loved her … Read More