Posts Tagged ‘holidays’

More on Easter in France

April 15th, 2016

Chocolate is king at Easter, in France as in the US.  But in France, while you can find chocolate bunnies, you also find bells (cloches) and fish/shellfish (fritures).  For the bells, it’s in honor of a legend that all the church bells return to Rome for Easter.  With the fish, it’s supposedly a reference to 2 New Testament miracles (when the inhabitants of Galilee had a catch so large that it tore the nets and another where Jesus -resurrected – appeared to Peter, after which he caught


Easter Treats!

March 27th, 2016

French chocolate makers outdo themselves at Easter.  Here are just a few samples (OK, the last one isn’t chocolate but marzipan) from some of my favorite chocolate shops in Paris!  


Merry-go-rounds are everywhere in Paris!

December 21st, 2015

As the end-of-year holidays approach merry-go-rounds sprout like weeds all over Paris (well, all over France really).  While you can always find a few that operate all year round, in early December they start to sprout everywhere!  And this year, to make sure that all children can have the opportunity to enjoy them, certain ones all over the city will be free until January 3rd.  Details on where to find them at The photos below were taken a couple of years ago of the merry-go-round


Santa Claus On Motorcycles

December 19th, 2015

I love the unexpected!  Leaving a theatre the other night I ran into a motorcycle ride around Paris – thousands of Santa Clauses (well here they’re Saint Nicolas) on motorcycles, roaring down the boulevards of Paris!  Great atmosphere, great fun but boy was it loud.  And heaven help you if you wanted to cross the street!  It’s an annual charity event by the fire brigades.  Final destination – the Eiffel Tower where they distribute gifts to orphans that they help support.  Next year, if you’re


4th of July Shoutout from French Bakery

July 5th, 2014

Poilâne, noted Paris bakery, creates wonderful decorations for some of their wonderful breads but they may have outdone themselves with their creation to honor the 4th of July! Official Poilâne photo


May in France – one long weekend after another!

May 3rd, 2014

The month of May is riddled with holidays in France.  And when they fall on a Thursday, as many of them do this year, the French sure know how to ‘faire le pont’, literally make the bridge, to give themselves a long weekend.  So this May the ‘ponts’ start with May Day (May 1), followed by VE Day (Victory in Europe Day on May 8th), followed by Ascension on May 29.  You get the picture.  Oh, and then there’s Pentecost Monday on June 9th.  What


In Paris with Kids for Easter?

April 20th, 2014

Thought you’d have to skip the Easter egg hunt?  No so!  Here are some Parisian options: Champs de Mars near the Eiffel Tower.  Run by the Secours Populaires there’s a 5 euro fee that goes to support their charity.  Colored eggs can be exchanged for chocolates.  10 – 5 Easter Sunday. The annual Easter egg hunt at the Conciergerie (1st arr.) takes place on Sunday, April 20, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free for children and teens under 18. Château de Vincennes is holding an Easter


Easter Chocolates!

April 17th, 2014

Parisian chocolatiers outdo themselves at Easter with both eggs, figurines and, especially in the case of Patrick Roger, sculpture. If you are in Paris, check out the windows of any chocolate store you pass by for the eye candy – or enter the stores and buy something!   For those of you not in Paris now here’s a sampling of spectacular eggs .  Below are a couple of the more extravagant (and expensive) creations.  But rest assured all the stores have  affordable options for eating! Pierre


Valentine’s Day Food Treats

February 13th, 2014

Valentine’s Day in France means chocolates and champagne, a tradition I like!  But bakers and pastry makers join the fray along with chocolate makers with themed treats.  Take a look!  Better yet, if you’re in Paris, rush out and buy some.  Hungry yet? Pierre Hermé (1st 2 photos + others)      


New Year’s Eve Paris – Free Transportation

December 30th, 2013

If you’re spending this New Year’s Eve in Paris here’s some good news – public transportation (metro, RER, buses) will be free from 5pm on December 31 until noon on January 1.  In addition, certain metro and RER lines will run all night (instead of closing by 2am on holiday nights).   Included are metro lines 1, 2, 4, 6, 9 and 14 as well as RER A and B.  Note:  Not all stations on these lines will be open so you may need to walk

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