Venise sous Paris

February 3, 2016 | By Heidi Ellison | Tales of la Ville

Dressing UpIs the Best Revenge At Venise sous Paris. All photos on this page by Audrey O’Reilly. It was billed as the “party of the century”: a Venetian Carnival ball to be held at the end of January in a … Read More

Boulevard Macdonald

October 1, 2014 | By Helen Stokes | Tales of la Ville

Urban Mutation in Paris: Birth of a Shiny New Quarter A lone banker on his cellphone in the glass bridge between buildings. Anyone who remembers Boulevard Macdonald as it was a few years ago might want to pay a visit now … Read More

Overheard in Paris

July 9, 2014 | By Paris Update | Tales of la Ville

Book Lovers in Paris Overheard at the Lydia Davis reading at Shakespeare & Company on Monday evening: Young American woman: “I wish I liked Bukowski’s writing better than I do, because I love his name.” Older American man: “I’ve read … Read More

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