Smoking/No Smoking

May 13, 2008 | By Paris Update | What's New Potpourri

Indoor Smoking Out, Outdoor Smoking In Outdoor smoking can even be enjoyed while playing boules. Photo: J. Gascoigne Until the beginning of 2008, most images traditionally associated with Parisian life involved cigarettes: self-important intellectuals puffing away in Left Bank cafés, … Read More


September 4, 2007 | By Nick Hammond | What's New Potpourri

Bicycles Built for Two? Is the the Vélib’ dating service just around the corner? Photo © Paris Update Something extraordinary happened in Paris this summer. Normally surly Parisians were smiling at each other in the street. Some were even doing … Read More

Omnivore Food Festival

June 19, 2007 | By Paris Update | What's New Potpourri

Fun Fare A cooking demonstration being filmed at the Omnivore Food Festival. Perhaps it’s a sign of my philistinism when it comes to architecture, but I was surprised to learn that Le Havre has Unesco World Heritage Site status. It … Read More


June 19, 2007 | By Paris Update | What's New Potpourri

Mutata’s Realm Beyond Mutata Theziri – actor, clown, musician and puppeteer – tells stories about ogresses and other creatures in his hybrid theater. To the east of Père Lachaise Cemetery – beyond the 70,000 dead, among them many famous writers, … Read More

The Art of French Cooking

December 12, 2006 | By Heidi Ellison | What's New Potpourri

A la Carte Cooking Classes Muriel Foucher of Marguerite’s Elegant Home Cooking supervises a student’s technique. Anyone who wants to take a cooking course in Paris has a wealth of choices, ranging from the famed Cordon Bleu and the Ritz … Read More

Les Halles update

January 17, 2006 | By Heidi Ellison | What's New Potpourri

To Market, To Market Seura’s overview of what the new Halles quarter will look like, from the Bourse du Commerce (bottom) to the Cdntre Pompidou (top). Back in the 12th century, a marketplace was built on a former swamp in … Read More

Ca Se Visite

January 10, 2006 | By Heidi Ellison | What's New Potpourri

Belleville Up Close and Personal One of Belleville’s bucolic passageways. Belleville, a neighborhood full of unexpected charms, straddles two of Paris’s double-digit (19th and 20th) arrondissements, far from the city center. It remains practically unknown to tourists, and the residents … Read More

The Essence of Style

November 15, 2005 | By Heidi Ellison | What's New Potpourri

Black Is So 17th Century Plus ça change…. There may be nothing new under the sun, but the Sun King himself had plenty of nouveautés up his billowing sleeve. Almost everything we know about fashion today, according to Joan DeJean’s … Read More