I watched the Royal wedding at the English pub Frog and Rosbif on Saint-Denis with friends and lots of happy strangers. The pub was packed with people as excited and passionate as I was about watching the wedding of Will and Kate on large television screens. It was a beautiful wedding, but it wouldn't have been as much fun to watch it without fish 'n chips, a pint of beer, and a party! During the week, the pub has a great happy hour--beer cocktails for 3 Euros, beer for 5 Euros, and non-alchoholic beverages for 1 Euro. And, the staff is super friendly. I'll be back! For now, Congrats to the beautiful couple!!! The pub is located at 116 rue St. Denis. Métro : Etienne Marcel
I've been wanting to try to find a way to capture what April has been like in Paris. So, when I found this image on the web (no, I can't take credit for this lovely photo) I had a YES moment. April in Paris is like my favorite color pink! It's crisp, lovely, positive, and invigorating. I'm allowed to be a little cheesy sometimes. Allow me to have my moment! Merci.
A tour of the Latin Quarter by Paris Walks.
The best tours of a city are the ones you do by foot. Walking tours provide a unique opportunity to explore the nooks and crannies of a place. They can also be quite fun.
The best one to do in Paris are the ones provided by Paris Walks where you can explore just about every area of the city. The tour guides are not only entertaining, but they have interesting backgrounds and extremely knowledgeable about French history.
The weather this weekend is going to be ideal for a walking tour--warm and sunny. l suggest the Latin Quarter walking tour with guide Brad Newfield. Brad packs a lot in, is a great storyteller, and takes you down streets that you wouldn't ever find on your own.
The well priced tours are 12 Euros per person and last about 2 hours. You can pay cash to the guide or pay by phone with Paris Walks. All guides speak English and reservations are not required unless it states to rsvp on their website.
Fine European antiques at French Dibs
If you have never been antiquing in Paris, you haven't fully experienced the city. No worries. There are plenty of European treasures that can be found online--one excellent source is French Dibs.
Frenchdibs.com pulls together an incredible inventory of 20th Century European furniture, art, decorative objects, and salvage from European flea markets, galleries, and private collections.
French Dibs is owned by New York-based interior designer and architect Ana Eskreis and Paris-based designer Elisabeth Righel.
I was lucky enough to meet Ana (Scout Paris was recently featured in French Dibs' newsletter) where we talked about our mutual passion for collecting and the difficulties people may face while scouring the markets.
"Even if you are a frequent flyer and visit flea markets around the world, there are two challenges facing even the most seasoned traveler--Is it a real find or a fake and how will I get it home?" says Ana. "Part of the reason why we started French Dibs was to take the hassle and worry out of shopping overseas."
You can tell by looking at the well-edited inventory that Ana and Elisabeth have a great eye and flair for finding unique pieces. While there is a charge for local shipping, prices include international shipping, furniture set-up, and package removal.
An eclectic inventory of chairs on French Dibs....
I love the quote from the movie Sabrina, "Paris is always a good idea." Well, Paris is an even better idea during the spring season. It's absolutely perfect. Everyone is outside enjoying the fresh air and warm sun. I recently had a picnic with friends on the grassy space at the Eiffel Tower. The menu was simple: ham and cheese baguette, quiche, and a bottle of wine. Parfait!
One of my favorite things to do on a Saturday morning is stopping by my local outdoor food market to pick up the freshest tomatoes, strawberries, and raspberries. The fruits and vegetables at these markets are amazing in this city. The markets even top the ones in New York City. Yes, I said it. These images are from my local marche, but you can find one in just about every Parisian neighborhood.
The fruit is so sweet and fresh at the local markets and I always feel more in touch with the local culture. If you are visiting Paris, just ask the hotel for the closest market in your area. It's definitely a nice option for picking up snacks.