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Christmas time in Paris


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


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


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


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


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


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.


Curious facts from Saint Germain


saint-germain-04.jpgA planned Sunday walk in the Saint-Germain, with a professional guide Axelle, a young passionate in Paris and its history, begins of course in front of the Saint-Germain-des-Prés church. The first question that everybody wants to ask is "where does the name of Saint-Germain come from?" The Saint-Germain-des-Prés Abbey was established...


Christmas Paris


christmas-1.jpgChristmas in Paris is usually without snow, with million lights, creative holiday decorations of the shops windows, catchy melodies in the shops, people phrenetically walking in the streets and buying the perfumes, duck paté "fois gras", oysters, smoked salmon, sweet buns. Butchers sell the roasted cocks, quails, stuffed turkeys...


Taking photos in Paris


0-photo-jan-schinko-jr.jpgAlmost everyone who visits Paris wants to make nice pictures and take them home as a souvenir. This city is an ideal place for attractive photos, it offers so many different places that you can hardly find in other cities. Except the seaside and the mountain scenery you will find all the possible motives in Paris. Professional photographers have their own tricks how to obtain the best pictures. If you are not one of them...


Parisian school in an aristocratic mansion


clichy-0.jpgA public primary school in the street rue de Clichy, number 10 in the north of Paris is a normal school as many others, with 12 classes from the CP (first grade) to CM2 (5th grade). However it has a special feature, it is located in the premises of an aristocratic Wendel mansion built in the years 1856-1864.


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