Paris Picks – Chez Janou

You will either love Chez Janou or you’ll hate it. At least that’s the conclusion I came to after reading the TripAdvisor reviews. I’ll get straight to where I stand on the matter: I bloody well love it. This Provençal restaurant close to Place des Vosges in Paris is no hidden gem. Look up #chezjanou…

Stay In a Little Piece of Paris

Do you also dream of your own Little Piece of Paris? Why not start by staying in ours? Small, stylish and undeniably Parisian, our studio apartment is in the heart of the lively, fashionable Marais. Enjoy your morning coffee or evening aperitif on the beautiful terrace, and explore the shops, cafes, bars and restaurants on…

Simple Suppers – Scallops, Sarda Sarda and Tomato and Basil Salad

I was expecting that this trip to Paris would involve hiding away in cosy bistros, tucking into a hearty bowl of pasta with a glass of full-bodied red. Instead we’re cracking open the rosé. It’s the 13th of October, it’s eight o’clock in the evening and I’m out on the terrace wearing a t-shirt. The…

From Paris to Lisbon in Search of Secrets

Last time I wrote, I told you somewhat heartlessly to give up your hopes of uncovering a secret Paris. I believed that in the internet age, where secrets are so easily shared, there are few left to discover. But after a recent experience in Lisbon, which has its own fair share of tourist traps and…

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…