May Day

April 21, 2009 | By Paris Update | What's New Potpourri

May Day The revolutionary spirit lives on in France. At the tail end of the May Day parade last Friday, we spotted signs calling for the end of capitalism, a “rêve général” (a grève générale is a general strike) and … Read More

French Lessons

April 21, 2009 | By Paris Update | What's New Potpourri

FRENCH LESSONSWe have a lot to learn from the French: manger bien, dormir bien et vivre longtemps. “Society at a Glance,” a study conducted in its member countries by the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development), showed that the … Read More

C’est Logique!

April 14, 2009 | By Nick Woods | What's New Potpourri

Although an RATP ticket can be used on all forms of public transport in Paris, you can’t complete a journey using one ticket if reaching your destination requires transferring from the Métro to the bus. In this case, you need … Read More

Salon de l’Agriculture 2009

February 17, 2009 | By Paris Update | What's New Potpourri

The Quête for Aiguillette You’ll find everything from four-ton bulls to duck suprême at the Salon de l’Agriculture. I feel about the Salon de l’Agriculture, France’s annual agricultural fair, the same way I feel about Bangkok: it’s noisy, crowded, visually … Read More

The Q Factor

December 16, 2008 | By Paris Update | What's New Potpourri

Worth the Wait The Ultimate Cheese Guy can be found on the Square d’Anvers on Friday afternoon and next to Saint Eustache on Sunday morning. The best wine store I ever found in Paris closed a few years ago when … Read More

Première Etoile

September 16, 2008 | By Heidi Ellison | What's New Potpourri

Delivering the Gourmet Goods The media-savvy The ingredients and the recipe finally arrived around 9 p.m. Photo: R. Hesse posed for the cover of her own book. Some time ago, I bought an exquisite takeout lunch salad at a fancy … Read More


July 1, 2008 | By Paris Update | What's New Potpourri

Politeness Counts (Sometimes) A handshake, if not cheek kisses, is mandatory every time friends and acquaintances meet. Photo: J. Gascoigne Recently, while I was having an early evening aperitif with two friends in a smart brasserie near Trinité Church, two … Read More