Top chef Alain Ducasse is now a chocolatier too

Rue de la Roquette is a narrow, lively shopping street not far from Place de la Bastille in the11th arrondissement. In addition to shops, bars and eateries, the street has many alleys with courtyards, where many small businesses are located. Here, the famous chef Ducasse has chosen a former Renault garage Continue reading

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Paris light

Paris is often central to the work of Australian photographer Carina Continue reading

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Walking at 8 meters height over old track: the Promenade Plantée

You go up for about 50 steps and you reach the former railway behind Opéra Bastille. Until 1969, the train Continue reading

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La rentrée

The end of August, early September: the summer holidays of Parisians have come to an end. ‘La rentrée’ marks their return en masse. The emptiness of summer is being expelled. The upcoming Continue reading

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Street art in 1000 tile mosaics

He calls himself ‘Invader’. Inspired by the first-generation game called ‘Space Invaders’, this French artist ‘invaded’ Paris with his pixel art of alien creatures Continue reading

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The Allée des Justes in the Marais

A street sign which has been taped off and below it another one with a new, intriguing name is not common occurrence in the Marais. A 60 metre section of the rue Grenier sur l‘Eau Continue reading

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The battle for a historically accurate renovation of Hôtel Lambert

In 2007 the Emir of Qatar’s brother, Sheikh Abdullah bin Khalifa al-Thani, bought Hôtel Lambert which is situated at the tip of île Saint-Louis from the Rothschild banking family. For the impressive sum of € 80 million Continue reading

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Magic meridian medallions

On the 200th anniversary of his birth, the city of Paris held a contest to design a new Arago memorial. Arago (1786-1853), a famous French astronomer, scientist, humanist Continue reading

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Dames de table

No, we don’t talk about table ladies at a dinner. But about women who maintain the tradition of the oldest French perfume house Guerlain (1828). These ‘dames de table’ practice the craft of manually covering perfume or extract bottles Continue reading

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Tapping spring water for free?!

It is a bit of a climb to Place Verlaine up the hill of the ‘village’ Butte-aux-Cailles in the 13th arrondissement. But you’ll end up near the urban, design version of a ‘village pump’ with water tapped of a well deep down Continue reading

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