Secret Paris? You’re on Your Own

Is there anything more exciting, more exquisite, than the idea of a secret Paris? Hidden alleyways, forgotten corners, if you have a passion for travel, you want to escape the tourists and get under the skin of the city. You want the speakeasy bar with no name on the door; the little-known jazz club where the voice…

Simple Suppers – Entrecôte with Peaches and Courgettes

In the hipster Marais, you can choose if you want your freshly-ground coffee made with beans from Madagascar or Nicaragua. Here, cakes are designed rather than baked. In the mood for something savoury to go with your natural, organic wine? Just nip around the corner to the pistachio shop for a bag of handpicked nuts….

Chasing the Sun, South to Lyon

If you’ve never lived in the North; if you haven’t experienced the face-biting cold of a Nordic November or been blasted by sheets of sleet in a Scottish September; really, if your winters are less than 6 months long, you will never understand the pain of being away in another country when amazing weather arrives…

An Urban Garden Part 1: Plants that Can Survive in Paris

Six have given their lives. Five survive. A spring jasmine clings to its life as it hugs the frame of the bathroom window shutter. It has grown thin and dehydrated, its future is uncertain. Two new arrivals radiate health. Can they survive? Can we keep them healthy and blooming? It’s a tricky business keeping plants…

Paris Picks – Pho 14

A blustery Paris day in March can feel colder than a frosty one in January. The days are brighter, the temperatures higher, but the wind is biting and persistent. What better way to warm up than with a big bowl of steaming beef noodle soup in the Vietnamese district of the 13th arrondissement? The only…

Simple Suppers – Chargrilled Lamb and Baby Courgettes

We’re not the only ones in the family with a thing for France. When we bought a flat in Paris, we folllowed in the footsteps of Mr A Little Piece of Paris’ parents who have owned their own little piece of the south of France for years now. For our Easter holiday, we decided to…

Paris Picks – Lulu White Drinking Club

Even in a city like Paris, it’s easy to fall into a bit of a going-out rut. While I love that we’ve established our regulars in close vicinity to the flat, I want to make the most out of all that Paris has to offer. So on the Saturday night of our last visit, we headed south…

Come On, 2018, What Have You Got?

At the beginning of a new year, I take stock. I like to look back at the year gone by, remember what I’ve done and reflect on what I’ve achieved. 2017 held some true highlights: I visited Shanghai and New York, holidayed in Provence and of course, spent a lot of time in Paris. It…

8 Things I Miss About Paris When I’m Not There

I rarely get homesick and when I do it’s usually because I’m stressed out, worn out or weighed down. It’s more of a longing for a simpler time than anything else—a subconscious wish for someone else to look after me and worry about my problems for me. While I don’t often crave home, Paris is always…

Bloody HSBC France

I’m at the stage where just hearing, saying or writing those four letters – HSBC – makes me want to hurl something across the room. I’m tempted to start trolling them on facebook; I could set up a fake account and post antagonistic comments in the middle of the night just to let off some steam. I could strive to…

Paris Picks – Le Bon Kushikatsu

After you are seated at Le Bon Kushikatsu, either at the long wooden counter that runs the length of the restaurant, or at one of a few small tables at the back of the room, the chef presents the menu in a little wooden box. Everything in the box will be speared, deep-fried and served…