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The Saint Jacques Tower

2015-07-13

jacques0.jpgFrom June 5th till September 27th the city of Paris and the association „Des mots et des Arts“ enable the public to visit the Saint Jacques tower. Groups of visitors are limited to 17 people. Accompanied by a guide, you climb up 300 winding stairs and you find yourself on a terace with probably the most charming panoramatic view on Paris... 

 

Green chairs

2015-05-27

paris-zidle-1.jpgThey belong to Paris as the Eiffel Tower, baguette or the Rodin’s kiss statue. The Luxembourg or Tuileries gardens would not have their world-famous romantic touch without the green chairs. Metal green chairs, which serve for studying, reading, picnics, kissing, hugging, sun bathing, for stretching out the legs, as an objective of cameras, as the place for the birds jumping.

 

Stories from the Père Lachaise cemetery

2015-03-08

lachaise-0.jpgWe walk through the main entrance on the boulevard Ménilmontant and find ourselves in the world of stories, anecdotes and history of Paris, told by the stones of the Père Lachaise cemetery. Our guide Axelle from the Parisian blog Paris ZigZag takes us through the stories of the graves and monuments to various periods of the past.

 

January Paris

2015-01-14

2015-titul.jpgIn December, in the mood of Christmas holidays, with the taste of honey cookies and chocolates I planned to write about the Saint Denis basilique, about its marber royal tombs, how the kings have the statues of lions by their feet and the queens tombs are protected by the dogs statues, about the beauty of the statue of Marie Antoinette and the king Louis XVI...

 

Christmas time in Paris

2014-12-19

vanoce-3.jpgIn the Saint-Sulpice church among hundreds of wooden chairs there is a table with four white candles. One of them is already shorter, the second one will be lighted in two days. The cradle in the Betlehem is still empty, fresh straw waits for the little Jesus. Every year I try to get in the mood of the Christmas markets in Paris...

 

Amusement of the French kings and aristocracy

2014-10-11

zabava-titul.jpgWe meet on a September Friday at "Carrousel du Louvre". A sunny September day is one of the details of the perfect organization of the travel agency Elytour. We are accompanied by Jessica, a young elegant Parisian lady, a historian, whose knowledge and plenty of interesting anecdotes prove that she moves over the centuries of the Parisian history so gracefully...

 

Japanese Garden

2014-08-27

jap-titul.jpgIn the west part of Paris, in Boulogne-Billancourt there is a piece of Japan. A piece of Japan as it was dreamed and realized by a banker Albert Kahn with his idea to confront at one place various sceneries of our planet. At the end of the 19th century Albert Kahn had quite a big fortune and his decision to settle down falls on the town Billancourt-sur-Seine.

 

The Street of the Fishing Cat

2014-02-23

fishing-cat-0.jpg„La rue du chat qui pêche“ (The Street of the Fishing Cat) is situated in the 5th arrondissement of Paris, in the Sorbonne area. Quite often mentioned as the narrowest street of the city, it is 1,80 meter large and 29 metres long. It was created in 1540. The street was named successively „rue des Étuves“, „du Renard“, „des Bouticles“ and „rue Neuve des Lavandières“...

 

February in Paris has a smell of pancakes

2014-02-05

palacinky-4.jpgYou turn a calendar page from January to February and suddenly all over France pancakes become a hot topic. In the morning you go to the bakery to buy a bread and on the front desk you notice a pile of fresh golden pancakes. On the teacher’s request, children go to the kindergarten with eggs, marmelade or sugar; in the agendas of the school children you find a recipe for pancakes. 

 

French Epiphany cake

2014-01-18

kolac-titul.jpgEveryday life of the French, their traditions and seasons are reflected in the windows of the bakeries and pastry shops "boulangerie-patisserie". As soon as the Christmas time is finished, the pastries in the shape of a tree log "bûches" are replaced by golden round cakes from the flaky dough and almonds filling, "les galettes des rois" (the Epiphany cake). Let’s try to count them.

 

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