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Musées Debout

Musées Debout Protesters Want to Shake Up Paris Museum Scene

What is happening on the Place de la République in Paris? The fact that the “Musées Debout” (“Museums Awake”) initiative has set up camp in this iconic square is no coincidence. Musées Debout is an offshoot of the “Nuit Debout” (“Night Awake”) movement, which attempts to spark discussion and debate with anyone and everyone unhappy with France’s political life and authorities.
French dinner party

How to Survive Your First French Dinner Party

When the French invite you to dinner in their home for the first time, it can feel like passing an entrance exam. French etiquette coach Marie de Tilly gives her sage advice on how to make sure you make the best first impression.
PAD Paris

PAD Paris 2016: Celebrating l’Art de Vivre and the Art of the Collector

As PAD Paris (Pavillon of Art and Design) celebrates its 20th anniversary, a collectible design expert at Artecase gives us the highlights of the crème de la crème of the city's design fairs.
American Library of Paris

The American Library in Paris: Great Books and So Much More

Paris has always attracted great writers. They come seeking inspiration and weave the city into the tapestry of their stories. But Paris is also a great city for readers. Even with the closing of some beloved bookstores, a rich literary community thrives here, and at its center lies the American Library in Paris, the largest English-language lending library on the European continent.
Author Elaine Sciolino © Gabriela Sciolino Plump

Bestselling Author Elaine Sciolino Opens Up About “The Only Street in Paris”

Elaine Sciolino’s latest bestseller about her French neighborhood street, la rue des Martyrs, is already rumored to become the favorite in this year’s list of best Paris books. Sciolino has lovingly, brilliantly and thoroughly written about la rue des Martyrs in the 9th arrondissment of Paris, which for the author is “The Only Street in Paris”.
The Only Street in Paris

Exclusive Book Excerpt: “The Only Street in Paris”

Bestselling author Elaine Sciolino shares an excerpt from her latest book, The Only Street in Paris: Life on the Rue des Martyrs, where she leads publisher Arianna Huffington on a secondhand clothing shopping expedition on her beloved rue des Martyrs.
rude French people

Don’t Let Rude French People Spoil Your Day

The French, with their dazzling history, can behave vis-à-vis everyone as if they know everything about everything! Etiquette coach Marie de Tilly shares insights on French attitude and tips on how to deal with rude French people.
Place Josephine Baker in Paris

Hearing Voices of Black History in Paris

Julia Browne brings the voices of black history to life on her Black Paris Tours which evoke the stories of Josephine Baker, Richard Wright, and other black luminaries of their times...
french etiquette

5 Lessons in French Etiquette and Why Manners Count

Business etiquette and French savoir-vivre coach Marie de Tilly explains how mastering good manners can make all the difference in fitting into French society.
Spirtitual quest

A Spiritual Quest for Meaning in Life

What does it mean to be "spiritual"? For the past 30 years, I was and am searching for transcendence, multidimensionality, whatever you want to call it: to have an answer to that eternal question : ”is that all there is?” and if not, then, what else is there?