Life in Paris between Autumn and Christmas

There’s a peculiar timing between autumn and Christmastime. We are just leaving a season with golden feisty hues, only to realize that winter has crept in with icy temperatures and desolate bare branches. At the same time, cheery Christmas lights are being hung up in the streets and shops, announcing merry holidays to come. My…

Celebrating grape harvest in Montmartre with Frichti

This year’s Wine Harvest Festival in Montmartre was supposed to end with a bang and a firework at the Sacré Cœur. Alas, it was canceled so I decided to order wine and other goodies to organize an aperitif at home through Frichti, a startup that delivers home-made food and high quality products in the Paris…

The Louvre – A few tips on how to visit the museum

It’s Bastille Day in France and the entrance to the Louvre is exceptionally free to celebrate. Today also marks the reopening of the Islamic Art gallery after this spring’s floods. The Louvre is the subject of popular posts on my blog: the Napoleon III rooms and the Ancient Egypt mummies still figure among my most-read…

The Chaumet salons on place Vendôme

Before visiting the Louis Vuitton workshop, I had the chance to spend time in the Chaumet salons. Located on iconic place Vendôme across from the Ritz, they were exceptionally open to the public for LVMH’s Journées Particulières. The place represents the high-jewlery brand well: it is as exquisite, refined and full of history. Avant de…