Paris Underground, Literally
Sunday September 30th 2007, 11:31 am
Filed under: paris,photos

paris underground photos at flickr
[photo courtesy of Neverends]

If you’ve been curious about what lurks beneath the City of Light, check out the underbelly of Paris by visiting this  Flickr group without having to go there yourself and contending with the olfactory assaults, strange critters and damp, dark secret, scary places.  Ok, maybe I’m exaggerating but I’m glad others have gone down there first to share their photos! Click here to see the photos.

Global Warming is Killing French Wine
Saturday September 29th 2007, 12:08 pm
Filed under: environment,news,wine

no more french wine and other wines. Global Warming is going to seriously crimp your wine life…well, and your life in general.

Say Goodbye to French Wines. Wacky temperatures and rain cycles brought on by global warming are threatening something very important: Wine. Scientists believe global warming will “shift viticultural regions toward the poles, cooler coastal zones and higher elevations.” What that means in regular language: Get ready to say bye-bye to French Bordeaux and hello to British champagne. [LA Times]

Say Goodbye to Light and Dry Wines. Warmer temperatures mean grapes in California and France develop their sugars too quickly, well before their other flavors. As a result, growers are forced to either a) leave the grapes on the vines longer, which dramatically raises the alcoholic content of the fruit or b) pick the grapes too soon and make overly sweet wine that tastes like jam. [Washington Post]

Say Goodbye to Pinot Noir. The reason you adore pinot noir is that it comes from a notoriously temperamental thin-skinned grape that thrives in cool climates. Warmer temperatures are already damaging the pinots from Oregon, “baking away” the grape’s berry flavors…”

[From Top 100 Ways Global Warming Will Change Your Life]

Support Freedom in Burma – Today
Saturday September 29th 2007, 4:46 am
Filed under: events,news,paris,politics

info birmanie burma myanmar
“The only real prison is fear, and the only real freedom is freedom from fear.”
- Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

Sorry for the late notice but today beginning at 2pm, Saturday, September 29, 2007 – there will be a Manifestation sur le Parvis des Droits de l’Homme du Trocadéro in Paris to support the people in Burma. It’s organized by Info Birmanie, Dr Sein Win, the PM of the Union of Burma, will be present. Please attend.

Metro : Trocadéro
Website: Info Birmanie for more information and to find out how you can help
Up to Date News about Burma (blog): The Burma Campaign in English

For more information on protesting countries other than France, click here (Facebook acct. req’d) or click on “more” to continue reading. (more…)

Friday France Photo: Macarons
Friday September 28th 2007, 12:38 pm
Filed under: food and drinks,paris,photos

big macarons from berthillon

Paris Apple Expo: Good for Apples
Thursday September 27th 2007, 11:35 am
Filed under: events,games/software/tech,paris

apple expo booth paris

The good things about the Apple Expo, where we dropped by earlier today on our way home from the north, WERE the apples available from the Macgeneration booth. Thank you Macgeneration! [a note: Apple USED to provide real apples at the entrance of the expo for everyone, but no more. Steve Jobs, why are you so cheap? They’re apples. They’re cute and healthful and make people happy. AND they’re in SEASON.]

Back to the expo. No places to sit down and people sat on the floors along the walls and in the stairwells. NO iPhones in sight! I also wanted to take a look at the new iPods but there was only ONE iPod Touch available (that I could see) in that whole expo and the crowds were ballooned around it, and I really didn’t feel like negotiating through all that body guarding, body density and…body odor.

Is this a rant? NOOOOOoooooooooo. I still feel it’s worth a look on Saturday (last day of the expo), because it’s so much fun to people watch. I think French geeks dress a little better than American ones. Also, I did notice that the new iMacs were about 100 euros cheaper than on the Apple online store in France. Lastly, there’s a booth called Goldway that has really good prices on all kinds of things. You can bargain like crazy, too, especially on the last day.

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