Posts Tagged ‘Paris’

An Exhibit a Month *Art in Paris 2012*

Sunday, August 19th, 2012

As summer comes to an end, we are reminded that fall in Paris is filled with excitement.  Cooler weather, the Parisians are rested, Fashion Week and art…a lot of art!  Here are our top choices of art exhibits for the rest of 2012.  One a month, from September to December.  Plan your trip now!

September

Travel to Paris and learn about China!

The Seductions of the Palace, Eating and Cooking in China
This exhibit will showcase Chinese cooking and dining traditions in Chinese history through 100 works from the National Museum of China, presented for the first time outside of China. www.quaibranly.fr 

October

If you are a fashionista, you are crazy to come to Paris and not see the Louis Vuitton/Marc Jacobs exhibit.  Take note: It ends on October 4th (just as Fashion Week closes).  You are bound to see Paris’ finest ladies and gentleman in it’s closing days.

Louis Vuitton Marc Jacobs
Presenting the history of fashion icons Louis Vuitton and Marc Jacobs, this exhibit will showcase both of their creations in terms of chronology, analyzing fashion trends during industrialization and leading up globalization, while showcasing how fashion techniques and the industry have changed over the years. www.lesartsdecoratifs.fr

November

Often times you spend hours looking at framed paintings in Paris.  We love this exhibit that features everything else.

Trompe-l’oeil: Imitations, Pastiches and Other Illusions
Four hundred rarely displayed objects are on display, depicting different forms of optical illusions, from furniture to mirrors to clothing, etc. www.new-paris-ile-de-france.co.uk

December

In September we took you to China, now go to Rome…

Raphael in Rome, The Mature Years, exhibition at the Louvre  ”Once upon a time in Rome”
The Louvre presents an exhibition dedicated to the great Italian Renaissance master Raphael and his work in Rome.

5-Star food on a 2-Star Budget

Sunday, August 12th, 2012

Our Guest Blogger Lisa and her brother in front of Bistrot D’Acote Flaubert

 

Paris may be the city of light, but it is also arguably the cuisine capital of the world. Of course, with the incredible edibles also comes the unbelievable price tag. While restaurants like Jules Verne in the Eiffel Tower, Guy Savoy near the Champs Élysées, or Restaurant Lasserre may serve up some of the best food, the prices put them far out of reach of mere mortals.

Years ago, my mother came across a gem of Parisian cuisine that at first sounds too good to be true, but after a taste of their lobster mac n’ cheese a few years ago I can tell you that it does indeed exist. Bistrot D’Acote Flaubert is one of Paris’ best-kept culinary secrets.

Right around the corner from Michele Rostang, one of Paris’ priciest spots, the Bistrot sits in quiet obscurity. Those who choose to forgo the golden doors of Michele Rostang and instead venture into Bistrot D’Acote, owned by the same family, are in for an experience like no other. The charmingly small bistro, with its collection of beer steins and Michelin Tire Co. artifacts (a nod to the coveted restaurant grading system), is the last place you would expect to have a mind-blowing dinner.  Yet, the fact that the Bistrot shares its kitchen with Michele Rostang is a good indicator of what is to come.

Between their Gratin de Penne et Crème de Homard (my favorite) and their rotisserie veal for two, you’ll be lucky if you have room for their out-of-this-world Petits Pots De Crème. Perhaps the most satisfying part of the meal, however, is the after-dinner stroll down the block to see the posted menu of Michele Rostang, and noticing your 30 Eur. Entrée et Plat would barely get you a glass of wine there.

The Bistrot was recently featured as a set in the movie “Sarah’s Key”, but on our last visit still seemed blissfully undiscovered. Even so, reservations here are a must on the weekends, and the Bistrot is only open certain days during the week for lunch or dinner, so be sure to check before you go! Reservations can be made through opentable.com or by visiting the restaurant’s website: http://www.bistrotflaubert.com/

Bistrot D’Acote Flaubert

10 Rue Gustave Flaubert

75017 Paris, France

Lisa Gabrielson is a current undergraduate student at American University in Washington, DC. Before attending college, she spent a gap year abroad as an Au Pair and fell in love with Paris. When she’s not in the classroom or daydreaming about the city of light, she can be found sailing for the university sailing team or working as President of her sorority, Sigma Delta Tau. You can find Lisa on Twitter @Lisa790

 

J’ Adore Fifi Flowers…it is a contest!

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

You can win this print! 

We first fell in love with Fifi Flowers on Facebook.  We were captivated by the colors in her artwork and of course, her subject….PARIS!  We are thrilled that she is contributing this month’s Facebook Contest prize and we want you to learn a little bit more about  Fifi and what inspires her.

1.  We read on your website that life should be full of whimsy and fun…what do you do besides paint that keeps your day fun and whimsical?
First… I am the mother to to teenage boys and they add FUN to my life everyday!  Andddd… I find a bit of whimsy in everything I see and do.  Being an artist I think I view my surroundings as a possible painting… and I constantly snap photos throughout the day… inspiration is everywhere!
2.  Obviously we LOVE that you paint such colorful scenes of Paris, can you tell us when and how you fell in love with our favorite city?
I visited Paris only ONCE but it NEVER left moi… I hope that one day I will return to that AMAZING City… Until then I will paint my dreams of Paris!  What is not to love about the City… The history, the architecture… the incredible way it makes me feel knowing my favourite artist lived and created… How wonderful it would be to paint everyday in Paris… Ooh la la!
3.  People send you their favorite Paris photographs and commission you to paint it for them.  What is the most popular setting that is sent to you?
The Eiffel Tower is probably the most popular.  Many times the Eiffel Tower is NOT in the photos they send, but they want it added. Some many views I paint of Paris do not real exist… they are a dream, a fantasy… they are a bit of whimsy!
4.  Do you have any secret spots in Paris that make for a great photo background that you can share with our guests?
When I was in Paris I had no itinerary… my mother and I simply walked the streets… oui oui oui… there were places that we visited that everyone knows about but basically we just threw ourselves into the streets to experience the City! Everywhere we roamed we found a treasure… a FAB cafe, a chapeau (hat) shop, art exhibits at tiny museums, chocolat… There is not ONE secret spot but a multitude!
5.  We were thrilled to find your other website  http://readingisfashionable.com/ since we are voracious readers… what is your favorite book about Paris?
I don’t believe I’ve actually ever read a book about “Paris” but I’ve read many books set in Paris both fiction and nonfiction. We’ve featured books and interviewed a few authors who have written novels based in Paris on Reading is Fashionable… such as Kirsten Lobe, Corine Gantz and Paula McLain to name a few.  I have also been inspired to paint bookmarks after reading Paris based books… Hard to pick just one that stands out they ALL make moi yearn to be in Paris.
To see more of Fifi Flowers artwork visit her website.  To purchase one of her paintings or prints, visit her shop.  You can also follow her on Twitter @FifiFlowers.
Now…to get details and enter the contest click HERE!!!!
A Bientot!

What is La Rentrée?

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

Many of you may know that the people of France receive four to six weeks of paid vacation each year.  It is commonplace for Parisians to vacate the city for the entire month of August.  They want to escape the heat and the tourists and travel somewhere exotic.  As a traveler to Paris during this time, you will find many shops and cafes closed for the month of “vacances”.

September marks the beginning of La Rentrée.  Everyone comes back from their fabulous vacations and enters back into their usual routines.  It is kind of like the feeling of the first day of school.  You are wearing your new school clothes, brand new sneakers and carrying a new backpack and excited to meet your new teacher.  In Paris, the shops are spruced up, inventory is replenished and most people are refreshed and ready for the September season of travelers.  The weather is usually perfect; still warm with cool evenings.  The sun is still setting a little late to give you just enough time to get back to your apartment before dark to prepare for a night out.  It is a wonderful time in Paris!

Why We LOVE Travel Insurance

Friday, July 27th, 2012

Do you remember in the Spring of 2010 when a volcano in Iceland created so much ash that air travel was severely interrupted?  When it occurred, it sounded preposterous, but when flights of travelers were being cancelled left and right, it became a harsh reality.  A cancelled plane trip is pretty easy to re-book.  Lodging is another story.

We have talked about how far in advance you should book your travel to Paris.  So much more than weather can happen in those months leading up to your trip.  A broken leg while skiing in late winter can screw up a biking trip planned for spring.  Your child could come down with appendicitis the night before your romantic Italian rendezvous.  There could be a death in the family, a lost job or a financial emergency that could derail the best laid plans.  You need to cancel your trip.

Let’s look at the other side of the coin..the company providing your lodging.  They have taken your reservation and blocked out your room or apartment.  If it is a wonderful company with fabulous properties (wink wink), they have most likely booked another guest right after you check out.  When a traveler with a broken leg cancels their trip at the last minute, the lodging company most often does not have a last minute guest to take that unused reservation.

Here is the tough part.  Travel companies are humans.  We have had our vacations cancelled due to an awful situation.  We have had to make the desperate plea for a refund.  We feel your pain.  We want to help. We want to give you all of your money back but we are also a company.  We have explained in detail the “small print”.  What is the best solution?  Travel Insurance!  

The travel insurance that we offer is super affordable.  It covers you and it covers us.   And, that is it.  No worrying about the “what ifs”  or having to make a desperate plea..you are covered.

Have a wonderful trip!

Recipe: Crepes

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

This summer, we have been hosting a French foreign exchange student.  Although she is pretty shy and her English is about as good as my French, she knows her way around a kitchen.  This morning she taught us how to make crepes.  And, OH MY!!!!  They were heaven!!!  I think there are three reasons that they turned out so good.

1.  We have a very nice crepe pan that we bought at William Sonoma

2.  We made the batter the night before.  This allows all of the air bubbles to dissipate, leaving us with a smooth batter.

3.  A real French girl gave us the recipe.

This morning we served them with butter, sugar, bananas and Nutella.  You can also serve them with savory toppings.  In my opinion, they are best served and eaten pretty quick.  I can’t see storing them for any length of time.  We would love to see how you served yours.  Send us a picture! Community@CobbleStay.com Here is the recipe:

CREPES

1 cup cold water

1 cup cold milk (full fat)

4 eggs

1/2 tsp salt

2 cups of flour

4 Tbs. melted butter

Put liquids, eggs and salt into a blender.  Cover and blend for one minute.  Scrape down sides of blender.  Blend again for 2-3 seconds.  Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes minimum but best overnight.  Take out the of the refrigerator about 2 hours before you are going to make crepes to bring to room temp.   To cook: follow instructions on your crepes pan of choice OR using a crepe pan, take some melted butter and brush all over pan.  Pour a small amount onto the pan and swirl around to cover.  Flip gently.  Repeat process.

EAT THEM!

Staying Active in Paris

Friday, July 13th, 2012

My passion for Paris is only overshadowed by one thing…fitness.  Many people go on vacation to give their brains a rest and often times to give their bodies a rest.  For me, I use a vacation to break out of a fitness rut.  I am excited to not only live, eat and sleep like a local, I want to exercise like one, too.  I love to choose a running path along the Seine and head out early in the morning before the cars, scooters and taxis create all of the noise.  I see a side to Paris that is unique.  I also feel that engaging in some extra exercise is a great way to acclimate to the time change and help the body loosen up after the long flights to the France.  Here are my top three “traveler friendly” resources for exercising in Paris.

Yoga

Taking a yoga class after arriving in Paris can be so therapeutic.  Not only will you stretch the muscles that ache after the flight but the right class can relax the jet lag right out of you.  I stumbled upon Yogateau on Twitter.  Martine does a fabulous job of listing the yoga studios, special workshops and events in Paris.  She also has an informative section on her website called “Know Before You Go” that will help you feel a little more comfortable about heading into your first Parisian yoga experience.

Running

Obviously, you can just open the door to your apartment and head out for a run.  Yet, we found a running club that will make it FUN!  Paris Hash House Harriers, The Drinking Club with a Running Problem (sounds fun, right?) has several runs in Paris.  Check the calender on their website to see when and where to meet.  They usually run off the beaten path and the runs are pretty lengthy (i.e. not for beginners).  There is also a 5Euro charge per run.

Swimming

Many of my fitness friends love to swim.  A swimmer is usually fanatical about their workouts.   Paris is filled with public swimming pools and for a small entrance fee, you can swim like a local.  Our favorite pool is located in the 6th arrondissement and is called Piscine Saint-Germain.  You can find the listing of all of the public pools on the Paris.Fr website.

Some of the best memories of Paris are the ones where I put myself in “non-tourist” situations and many of them involved exercise.  By the way, if you can pack a tiny camera in your running gear, you will capture some amazing early morning pictures.

Interview with Juliette Sobanet, author of “Kissed in Paris”

Sunday, July 8th, 2012

Juliette Sobanet

If you have read this blog before, you know that I am a voracious reader of any book that has to do with Paris.   I do have a confession to make.  This spring, I took a break from Paris and got sucked into Seattle and the “Fifty Shades of Grey” trilogy.  I know.  After reading that , it was time to head back to Paris and read something sweet and fun.

I had been following Juliette Sobanet on Twitter and has read about the launch of “Kissed in Paris“.  I had it on my “To Read” list and had a feeling it was the perfect bedtime story for me.  I devoured it in a matter of nights.  I quickly downloaded “Sleeping with Paris” and this time I read a little slower so that my Paris-filled dreams lasted a little longer.

I reached out to Ms. Sobanet for a quick interview and was thrilled when she accepted.  I wanted to know a bit about her and her love for Paris.  Here is what she had to say:

Your books take place, for the most part, in Paris and we know you are a French professor, have you spent time living in France?
In college, I spent a semester in Lyon, and after I graduated, I completed my Master’s degree in Paris. I absolutely loved my time in France, and since I wasn’t able to move there permanently, I decided to set all of my novels there!
 How do you get into the Paris mood when you are writing? Do you eat croissants and sip tea?
I do drink a lot of tea, and my other secret writing ingredient is chocolate. I also have French music playlists that I listen to when I’m brainstorming and writing, and blogging about France gets me in the Paris mood as well! I’m thinking I need I may need to take a “research” trip back to Paris soon to get the creative juices flowing for my next book. A Nutella crêpe and a French café wouldn’t hurt either!
In both books, the main characters have fallen in love but not with who they would have imagined themselves with. Is that how you fell in love?
My love story with my husband is really different from my characters’ love stories. I met my husband out at a crazy dance club in college (not the place you’d typically go to meet your future spouse:). We started dating immediately, then spent several years doing long distance while he was in the military and I was finishing college/living in France. We even spent our first year of marriage living in different countries, then finally made it back to the same location in 2006, and life has been much calmer since then! 
In your next book, “Dancing with Paris”, you are taking us back to the 1950′s. What inspired you to write about this era?
Since I’d already written about contemporary life in France in my first two novels, I decided I wanted to switch it up and take my main character back in time to 1950′s Paris. There’s just something so glamorous and exciting about that era in Paris. The fashion, the cafés, the cabaret clubs, and of course . . . the French men! For my next novel, I’m thinking of going back even further to 1920′s Paris.
Okay, a little bit about Paris..
What is your favorite arrondissement?
I love the Latin Quarter in the 5th and 6th arrondissements. Nothing makes me happier than roaming those charming cobblestone streets, stopping at cafés, drinking wine, and topping it off with a delicious pain au chocolat from one of the many corner patisseries in the area!
What is your favorite time of year in Paris and why?
Springtime in Paris is truly magical. The cold of winter has finally evaporated, the flowers are blooming, and the city really comes alive again!
Can you give us your “Best Kept Secret” about Paris?
This would have to be my favorite patisserie, found in the 16th arrondissement on the rue de Passy. It’s called Aux Délices de Passy, and they have the best pain au chocolat I’ve ever tasted in my life. Just thinking about it makes me want to book my ticket to Paris . . .
And, a speed round…
Amelie or Midnight in Paris
-Amelie
Laduree or Pierre Herme
 -Laduree
Musee D’Orsay or Pompidou
-Musee d’Orsay
French waiters or Waiting for a Birkin bag
-French waiters
rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré or Le Marche aux Puces
-rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré
Kiss on top of La Tour Eiffel or on Pont des Arts
-Love them both, but will have to go with Pont des Arts
Merci to Juliette for taking the time to answer my burning questions!  To learn more more about her, you can visit her website and follow her on Facebook to get updates about the launch of “Dancing with Paris”.

Parlez-vous Français? A Facebook Contest

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

We are excited to announce our very first Facebook contest!

Learning a bit of French can be so helpful when planning a trip to Paris.  Even learning just a few important phrases will help you feel like an Insider.

Enter to win 2 private French lessons via Skype with our partner Voulez Vouloz, French Lessons That Come to You.

VoulezVouloz provides expert, friendly French lessons and classes that come to you.
Our French teachers aren’t just native French speakers, they’re qualified teachers with many years of French tutoring experience.
We’re known for our excellent service, great value and teaching methods that work.
With VoulezVouloz you’ll learn French fast!

To enter, click HERE!

Bonne Chance!

*This contest begins June 29, 2012 and ends at 10:00 am (PST), July 31, 2012.  This prize is not exchangeable for cash.  It is good for two French lessons via Skype with VoulezVouloz to be used within 90 days of the end of the contest.

Escargot. Yes or No?

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Saveur Magazine

We think that this picture will get most of your mouths watering.  We just posted it on Facebook and the comments immediately started coming in.  We posed the question, “escargot…yes or no?”  You all love escargot!  Here are a few ways to get your escargot fix.

Learn About It!

Not all species of snails are edible.  Make sure you choose the right ones.

Make It!

There were many recipes to choose from but the easiest we found was this one from AllRecipes.com

Buy It!

You can find escargot and the shells at gourmet food shops but we like the variety on sale from iGourmet.com

Watch Other People Eating It!

There really isn’t a graceful way to eat escargot.

 Share It!

 What are your favorite restaurants in Paris that serve escargot?  Send us an email at community@cobblestay.com.