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Fino’s Guide to the French – Issue #1 – Intro and Double Shot


Hopefully Humorous Observations and Occasional Tips in Dealing with the Gauls and Parisians [Author’s Note for 2014 Re-Publish: To celebrate my 18th year in Paris and the 4th anniversary of this series of post, I am republishing this first article … Continue reading

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Paris with/out Kids: Place de la Republique, a parental lunch in the 3rd, and a bike excursion


After nearly 2 years of crippling traffic jams in the neighborhood, Paris finally unveiled the “new” Place de la Republique. Basically it eliminated traffic passing on the north side of the square and created two way traffic down the “Grands … Continue reading

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A Tale of Unmatched Socks


I noticed yesterday that I had six unpaired socks in my socks-n-undies drawer. This caused lots of existential questions to surface to my consciousness. Where did the “other halves” disappear too? Is there a singularity that appears occasionally in the … Continue reading

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More Paris Burgers: Loulou’s Friendly Diner – A Great Left Bank Grill


A reader of this blog and colleague suggested Loulou’s to me months back and I was finally in the neighborhood to be able to check it out. On the Blvd St Germain within striking distance of The Abbey Bookshop (stop … Continue reading

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Theatre Review: “L’importance d’être sérieux” at the Théâtre Montparnasse


Don’t be put off by the poor translation of the title of the Oscar Wilde classic “The Importance of Being Earnest” (I would have used the word “sincère” rather than “sérieux” personally), this new translation by Jean-Marie Besset with direction … Continue reading

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NSFCCDP Movie Review: Oblivion (2013) – Tom and Morgan Save the World, Again


In a record crowd for the NSFCCDP, seven of us took the occasion to see the Paris opening for Tom Cruise‘s new scifi movie Oblivion. I will try to avoid spoilers because I know the film is coming out in … Continue reading

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Being Dad: A Surreal Parisian Open Doors Experience


Living in the City of Lights has its ups and downs and a large share of surreal moments – particularly when dealing with any portion of the French administration. Saturday, the various municipal centres for sports (besides the city pools … Continue reading

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Mouse Apocalypse


I live in an old building. Well, relatively old for Parisian standards since most of the pre-19th C buildings were destroyed by Baron Haussman. One thing you learn when you live in a building that is nearly 200 years old, … Continue reading

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Expo Review: Hiroshige at the Pinacoteque (until 17 March)


I am a big fan of Japanese Ukiyo-E and have write reviews of expos on the subject as far back as 2009 and 2008. This winter, the private Pinacoteque museum on the Place de la Madeleine is featuring two complimentary exhibits: Van … Continue reading

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Expo Review: Canaletto-Guardi et the Jacquemart-André Museum (ending 21 Jan 2013)


While it is a small museum by Parisian standards, the Jacquemart-André has an interesting and diverse collection including a few Rembrandts, two Mantegnas, a Bellini, and two Chardins as well as other works from Van Dyck, Botticelli, and Civelli. I … Continue reading

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