Considering Buying an Apartment in Paris? Just Do it.

What are you waiting for? You have a dream, you’ve got so far as to start researching, otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this blog, you probably have the money or you wouldn’t be searching (you must be looking really hard to have found my tiny piece of the internet), so just do it! Take the…

How to Choose the Perfect Paris Corner Café

There’s nothing more satisfying than bagging the perfect table in the perfect corner café.  Here are my tips for helping you to choose the best one: stake your claim and then settle in for the long haul. Stay local Parisians find a good local café and go there a lot. On a daily basis, even….

The Pros and Cons of Buying in Le Marais

When I say I have an apartment in Paris, most people say, “oh, where is it exactly?” They don’t necessarily know Paris well and probably won’t recognize the majority of addresses, but they ask anyway. The chance of recognition is higher when you say, “do you know the Marais?” East bank, just across the river…

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…