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Adventures in Paris

Adventures in Paris

Shipping to Yourself

April 19, 2017 by Abby

I recently had a guest who needed to receive a package while staying at my apartment. I was worried because if she addressed it to me, the post office would ask to see… Read more…

Categories: Travel tips

Is Your Passport Expiring Soon?

March 22, 2017 by Abby

Next time you have an international trip planned, be sure to check your passport carefully! Most airlines now will not let you board a flight from the U.S. to Europe… Read more…

Categories: Travel tips

What To Do on a Rainy Day

March 15, 2017 by Abby

I was returning from lunch with a friend by Étoile/Arc de Triomphe a couple of weeks ago and I got caught in the rain. This was not your romantic Paris rain… Read more…

Categories: Shopping

Beer Fair in Paris

March 8, 2017 by Abby

I’ve written about wine fairs in Paris–and in fact there’s another one coming up this weekend. But now there’s also a beer fair coming to Paris! March 26th – 27th is Planète Bière at the Tapis… Read more…

Categories: Food & wine

Fondation Louis Vuitton

March 1, 2017 by Abby

On Monday morning, I finally made it to the Fondation Louis Vuitton, one of Paris’s newest museums and monuments. The current exhibit of the Sergei Shchukin collection (including works from Monet,… Read more…

Categories: Museums & Exhibitions

Cheaper Eurostar Tickets Through Eurostar Snap

February 23, 2017 by Abby

Thanks to my friend Daisy of THATLou (soon to be THATMuse as they are expanding to the British Museum as well!) I discovered a way to purchase semi-last minute Eurostar tickets at a fraction of… Read more…

Café L’Improbable

February 8, 2017 by Abby

Last year, a new café opened up in the Marais. The entrance is a bit hidden, but the venue itself is open and spacious. Between the cathedral ceilings and the food truck… Read more…

Categories: Food & wine

An Evening at La Réserve

February 1, 2017 by Abby

This fall, I had the opportunity to attend a reception for Gilles Pudlowski of Le Pudlo and Pierre Hermé at La Réserve, one of Paris’s newer and more luxury hotels. This 5-star hotel, located near the President’s… Read more…

Categories: Food & wine

Villa Vassilieff

January 4, 2017 by Abby

A little while back, I ventured down to the 15th arrondissement, near the Gare Montparnasse, to visit one of Paris’s newest exhibit spaces and cultural centers, the Villa Vassilieff. This… Read more…

Categories: Paris attractions

How To Get There

December 28, 2016 by Abby

I recently discovered a great website in both French and English to assist with travel planning. offers, among other things, practical guides to all regions of France, and information on… Read more…

Categories: Travel tips