Monday, April 30, 2012
Have you ever heard of Paris Syndrome? It's a Japanese psychological disorder wherein Japanese tourists visiting Paris are shocked and depressed that their idealized image of the city does not live up to their romantic expectations. Symptoms include dizziness, tachycardia, sweating, acute delusional states, hallucinations, feelings of persecution and anxiety.
Well, I've never experienced those symptoms but I do admit that Paris, while ever-beautiful and dreamy, is not the accordion-laced dreamworld that many people imagine it to be. For example, not everybody falls in love here. Read more about my thoughts on Paris romance here.
Saturday, April 28, 2012
("The Golden Isles", by Henri-Edmond Cross, via Musée d'Orsay)
I haven't read much on the blogs about "Debussy, La Musique et Les Arts," the fantastic exhibit going on now at Musée de l'Orangerie. This stunning show, illuminating the connection between Claude Debussy and the artists of his time who inspired him, has found the perfect home at Musée l'Orangerie, the Impressionist arm of Musée d'Orsay and home to a multitude of Monets, nestled just across the Seine in the Jardin des Tuileries.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
So perfectly located in the La Chapelle neighborhood that it's actually steps away from the La Chapelle Métro station, Muniyandi Vilas is one of those local haunts that you can tell is gonna be good because of its lack of tourists and the smiles on the faces of its customers leaving the place.
Monday, April 23, 2012
I'm proud to be participating in this year's Expat Blog Hop, sponsored by Blog In France! For this event we're encouraged to write something about the experience of being an expat. So what's it like? Take a look after the jump, and also enter to win my super-amazing Paris Cheapskate prize!
UPDATE: Congratulations to Sabrina and Barbara (from Austin, TX), who each won a personalized postcard from me (and Paris). If you're one of those ladies please be sure to send your address to parischeapskate - at! - gmail.com so I can send you some Paris love!
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
(photo via The Other Side)
Monday, April 16, 2012
Friday, April 13, 2012
Sunday, April 8, 2012
It's officially spring, officially April, and that can only mean one thing: antique/brocante/vide grenier season in Paris! These flea market, swap meet and garage sale-style events are the perfect way to snap up unique souvenirs and gifts for yourself or for loved ones back home. Check out my complete Do's and Don'ts guide to brocantes and vide greniers over at Girls' Guide to Paris.
Saturday, April 7, 2012
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Photographer and music video director Mark Seliger fell in love with the camera when he won a bet with his brother playing baseball. His brother had to give him his Diana camera, and it's all history from there.
Since then, Seliger went on to become a photographer for Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, Italian Vogue and GQ, and also a familiar video or two from the '90s. From now until April 14th, some of Seliger's stunning black and white work will be on display at A Galerie.
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
(photo via Paying Attention To The Sky)
"All this in the vague, yellowing light that lowers itself in the hour before dark; none of it of value except for the pleasure it gives, enlarging an instant and finally making it seem as if it were true."
(from Clarities of the Nonexistent)
Mark Strand Poetry Reading with French Translation
Wednesday, April 4th - 6pm
American University of Paris - Grand Salon
6 rue du Colonel Combes, Room C12
Métro: M8 or M13 to Invalides