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

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

Hanging the Pot Hanger

December 9, 2008 | By Nick Woods | Tales of la Ville

Hanging the Pot Hanger The crémaillère in full swing. The full report next month… “Alors, c’est quand ta crémaillère, Nickolas?” asked a wrinkly-before-her-time friend of mine through an exhalation of strong French cigarette smoke as we sat outside at a … Read More

Welcome to France

November 4, 2008 | By Nick Woods | Tales of la Ville

Welcome to France Be careful what you put on your toothbrush. For years the same dream: driving over a gigantic cross-Channel bridge and landing in a stylish, open air café in a square in Montmartre. After years of stalling, British-born … Read More

Les Bloggeurs de Paris

November 4, 2008 | By Heidi Ellison | Tales of la Ville

Les Bloggeurs de Paris Little Shiva in disguise. Photo: Richard Nahem Who knew that Paris had so many English-language bloggers? A bevy of them recently tore themselves away from their computers to socialize (and network, of course) at a cocktail … Read More