La Grande Epicerie

Monday’s rainy day adventure was a trip to the city with my host mom Agnès and the three children. Starting their second week of Spring Holiday on Monday, we were running out of ways to keep the kids entertained around the house. It was a perfect excuse to load them all onto the train and do […]


Un Dimanche Parfait

It would be a crime to visit Paris and not take in a few of their world class museums. However, it is also a crime to the wallet to pay full price for all of them. There are a few ways around this. First, if you happen to be lucky enough to visit Paris before […]

Faire du lèche-vitrines

After almost three full weeks in Paris, I thought it was time to do some faire du lèche-vitrines, window-shopping or more literally window-licking in French. Of course Paris has the Champs-Élysées with its expensive designer boutiques and plethora of tourist haunts as well. However, I’ve been there before and I had a new destination in mind. Today […]


In an attempt to provide a friendly welcome to new English tutors in the Maisons-Laffitte area, I met up with a Canadian girl Dana, who just arrived on Monday. She already did the first day obligatory Eiffel Tower stroll earlier in the week, so I suggested a lovely walk in the Montmartre area today. The […]

Moulin Rouge

I would venture a guess that a good portion of the male tourists that visit Paris take it a show at the Moulin Rouge. Now I’ll have to admit that I also saw a show there on my first visit to Paris. Expensive, touristy, and overhyped, I definitely wouldn’t ever go back, but it was […]