Paris Picks – My Favourite Breakfast Spot

When choosing somewhere to eat in Paris you often have to make a choice: quality or location. Nestled in the arcades of the beautiful Place des Vosges, Carette is an exception to that rule. I can’t think of a better way to start the day than on the sunny terrace of this beautiful café.

Pros and Cons of Buying in the Marais

When people ask where in Paris our apartment is, I know they probably won’t recognise the majority of addresses, but the chance of recognition is higher when you say, do you know the Marais?  East bank, across the river from Notre Dame?  Home of Place de Vosges and the Picasso Museum? No? The old Jewish…

Paris Picks – Cafe Philippe

If you find yourself on Rue de Bretagne, looking for something a bit more tranquil, cross through Square du Temple and onto Rue Duepetit-Thouars where a string of restaurants crowd the pavement of an almost traffic-free street. Tempted by the small menu of inventive sounding homemade dishes, we chose Café Philippe as our lunch spot…

Merde, Literally

Stephen Clarke wrote A Year in the Merde, Merde Actually and Merde Happens about life as an Englishman in France. But has he ever experienced merde, literally? I have. In my shower, on my bathroom floor and in other places I’d rather forget. We were washing up dishes from the previous evening’s cheese and wine,…