Golf Drouot

March 4, 2014 | By Heidi Ellison | Tales of la Ville

Rocking to aNostalgic Beat Henri Leproux, founder of the Golf Drouot, with Johnny Hallyday and Eddy Mitchell. © Jean-Louis Rancurel Last week, a little-known (outside of France) clan gathered in the City Hall of Paris’s ninth arrondissement to celebrate its … Read More

Please, Don’t Come In

May 17, 2010 | By Nick Hammond | Tales of la Ville

Just because books are old doesn’t mean they are worth thousands of euros. Photo: Nick Hammond In an age where so many independent businesses, even in Paris, are being overtaken by chain stores, I recently visited a small bookshop in … Read More

Bandes Dessinées

June 16, 2009 | By Paris Update | Tales of la Ville

The bande dessinée section in any Paris bookshop is bound to be packed. Photo: J. Gascoigne Walk into any large bookshop in Paris, and you are sure to find one section full of people with their noses buried in books, … Read More

Wine Bottle Blues

May 26, 2009 | By Nick Woods | Tales of la Ville

High expectations for French wine are not always met. It’s hard to believe, but taking visitors out for dinner and drinks in Paris has become something of a potential embarrassment. It isn’t to do with the cost – though I … Read More

Underneath the Attitude

April 7, 2009 | By Nick Woods | Tales of la Ville

Nick Woods (right) gets a friendly handshake from the counterman. “France would be great without the French,” was the hackneyed expression I used to hear often back in Britain. Now that I live in Paris, I hear: “How are you … Read More

Favorite Paris Scams

March 10, 2009 | By Paris Update | Tales of la Ville

Favorite Paris Scams To hear the fraudsters tell it, the streets of Paris really are paved with gold. One of the great things about living in a city is being able to watch charlatans at work. I grew up in … Read More