Les Enfants Perdus
Sunday August 30th 2009, 12:15 am
Filed under: food and drinks,paris,restaurants,tips,travel and places,travel tip

apricot mille feuilles with pistachio cream
Apricot Mille Feuilles with Pistachio cream
We stayed a short distance from Canal Saint Martin last week in Paris and wandered into Les Enfants Perdus for lunch one day. It’s a relatively new bistro we’d recommend if you find yourself in the neighborhood in search of a satisfying meal in a charming setting. Friendly service, tasty dishes (see menu below) and yummy desserts.
les enfants perdus menu
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Les Enfants Perdus
9, Rue Récollets
75010 Paris, France
Telephone 01 40 35 54 51
Métro: Gare de l’Est, Line 4
Hours: Open daily for lunch (brunch on Sunday) and dinner.
Prices: A la carte: about €35 not including wine.There’s a prix fixe lunch menu available (two courses, coffee) for €15

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Grom, Paris
Friday August 28th 2009, 8:04 am
Filed under: food and drinks,paris,tips,travel and places,travel tip

gelato in paris france grom
We finally got a chance to try out the gelato place in Paris, Grom. Perfect timing last week because Paris was blazing hot, the way I love it. ;-)

Their philosophy embraces the use of quality ingredients and because of that the gelato is outstandingly yum! They also believe in eco-sustainability so their disposable materials including garbage bags and spoons are made of corn starch and vegetable oil based plastic, which are entirely biodegradable.

Two locations in Paris:

81, Rue de Seine
75006 Paris France
Telephone: 01 404 69 260
Hours: 12pm-12am, Every day

Gelateria Grom
111, Boulevard Beaumarchais
75003 Paris France
Hours: 12pm-7pm, Monday – Saturday

Meeting with Your Banker in France
Monday August 24th 2009, 4:30 am
Filed under: advice,cultural differences,daily life,funny,tips

banque en ligne monabank
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The following clip might make some of you cringe, particularly those of you who bank in a large French city, and no matter what you do, can’t seem to contact your own banker. Ever. Since I’m not one of those people anymore (Our bank is in a small town where I have easy access to our banker. Yes, that IS possible.), this spot is sort of hilarious – but I’ve been there so know that I feel for you if this scenario is more of a reality in your life. The good news is that if you hang in there (the spot is sort of long), it offers a solution!!! NOTE: In French.

Picasso Museum in Paris to Close for Renovation
Saturday August 22nd 2009, 10:17 am
Filed under: art/culture/design,articles,news,paris,tips,travel tip

From AP:

Paris’ Picasso Museum is closing its doors for renovations, spiriting away its masterpieces under high security to government warehouses for more than two years while seeking to expand the much-visited but cramped site.

The museum will be free to all visitors Sunday, the last day before the work begins.

It will stop lending out Picasso artworks during the overhaul, which will begin with experts updating, computerizing and restoring the inventory, museum director Anne Baldassari said Saturday.

The museum, in a baroque mansion in Paris’ Marais district, opened in 1985, and it traces the Spanish-born artist’s prolific career. Picasso died in 1973.

Renovation of the 3,000-square-meter (32,000-square-foot) space will begin early next year. It is expected to last two years and cost euro20 million, the museum said in a statement.

“It needs modernizing,” Baldassari said, citing electrical problems and the need to make it more accessible to people with reduced mobility.

She also wants to boost attendance — currently at about half a million people a year — and attract more young people by expanding exhibition space and adding halls for student activities.

While the museum has about 5,000 pieces in stock, it only displays 250-300 at a time, she said. “We can’t continue like this,” she said.

To guard against theft of the museum’s riches during the renovation, the artworks will be packaged and shipped, under tight security, to storerooms managed by the national museum authority, Baldassari said. The entire process is very “locked-up and watched by police,” she said on France-Info radio, declining to give further details.

Picasso’s paintings, sculptures and sketches are among the world’s most coveted artworks and are often targeted by thieves.

The museum will continue to host education and cultural events related to the Picasso collection at other sites while the renovation is done.

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The French are the Most Productive Country in the World.
Saturday August 22nd 2009, 5:18 am
Filed under: cultural differences,daily life,news

They keep saying that the French are the most productive people in the world year after year. A new study conducted by the UBS has reaffirmed this finding that although the French work the least amount of hours per year in the world, they still manage to be the most productive.

People work an average of 1,902 hours per year in the surveyed cities but they work much longer in Asian and Middle Eastern cities, averaging 2,119 and 2,063 hours per year respectively. Overall, the most hours are worked in Cairo (2,373 hours per year), followed by Seoul (2,312 hours). People in Lyon and Paris, by contrast, spend the least amount of time at work according to the global comparison: 1,582 and 1,594 hours per year respectively.

Maybe we should all work LESS and see what happens – but don’t blame me if you get fired from your job.