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

Bonjour, madame, monsieur

March 17, 2009 | By Nick Woods | Tales of la Ville

A small argument broke out as I was sitting at the back of the number 26 bus from the Gare du Nord recently. A well-dressed, middle-aged lady was upset at a young man sitting next to her after he …

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

Bad Air, Bad Hair

February 24, 2009 | By Nick Woods | Tales of la Ville

Bad Air, Bad Hair The pollution police on the Place de la République, stopping cars to check their emission levels. “What’s that in your hair, Nick?” asked a friend during a recent, over-priced macrobiotic meal in the fifth arrondissement. “Dunno. … Read More