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.

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

Mini-guide to Avignon

June 20, 2006 | By Heidi Ellison | Farther Afield

Pont, Popes and Plays Tourists admiring the architecture of Avignon. Avignon, dominated by the imposing 14th-century Gothic fortress of the Palais des Papes and the adjacent golden-statue-topped Notre-Dame des Doms Cathedral next to it, is best known to the world … Read More

Dans la Peau de Jacques Chirac

Gueule d’Amour

June 6, 2006 | By Heidi Ellison | Film

In Dans la Peau de Jacques Chirac (Being Jacques Chirac), French television personality Karl Zéro and his collaborator Michel Royer have made a mock autobiography of Jacques Chirac by stringing together actual film clips from the French president’s 40-year political … Read More

Hotel Amour

June 6, 2006 | By Heidi Ellison | Hotels & Short-term Rentals

Coolness Credentials High, Prices Low The room decorated by the artist André in the Hotel Amour. It is not true, as the French press has reported, that the new Hôtel Amour is the Parisian version of Japanese Love Hotels, where … Read More