Paris Quotes (France, La Seine …)

Paris Quotes (France, La Seine too) To be Parisian is not to have been born in Paris, but to be reborn there. — Sacha Guitry ... here's what Paris is: it is a giant reference work, a city which you can consult like an encyclopaedia: whatever page you open gives you a complete list of information that is richer than that offered by any other city. Take the shops... in Paris there are cheese shops where hundreds of cheeses, all of them different, are displayed, each labelled with its own name, cheeses covered in ash, cheeses covered in walnuts: a kind of museum or Louvre of cheese... Above all this is a triumph of the spirit of classification and nomenclature. So if tomorrow I start writing about cheese, I can go out and consult Paris like an enormous cheese encyclopaedia. -- Italo Calvino in Hermit in Paris Two days and three endless nights later we arrived in Paris... Paris looked much bigger than Bordeaux, but much uglier. The bread tasted flat. Everything, even the sun, seem…
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Songs about Paris and France

Sooooo many songs have been written about Paris. By some counts there are more than 2800! And sooooo many songs about France. But we never tire of them and listen to them again and again. Here's a few of our favorites, feel free to send us yours and we'll add them to the collection. Yves Montand sums up the number of songs about Paris with his own:

Tant de poètes ont écrit Des couplets des refrains Sur Paris Que je n'sais plus quoi chanter Pour vanter ta beauté Mon Paris

Au soleil, sous la pluie, à midi ou à minuit, il y a tout ce que vous voulez aux Champs-Elysées. -- Joe Dassin, "Champs-Elysées" Douce France Cher pays de mon enfance Bercée de tendre insouciance Je t'ai gardée dans mon cœur! -- "Douce France" de Charles Trenet Paris sera toujours Paris ! La plus belle ville du monde Malgré l'obscurité profonde Son éclat ne peut être assombri Paris sera toujours Paris ! Plus on réduit son éclairage Plus on voit briller son courage Plus on v…
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Quintessential French Objects

In nearly every French household you’ll find quintessential French Objects... DURALEX The invention of nearly indestructible tempered glassware in 1947 revolutionized tables in homes, schools, bars, hospitals and on boats. Even stacked tall in the cafeteria or high in the cupboard at home, Duralex (the name is a contraction of Dura lex sed lex) keeps those with butterfingers from being scolded. Kinds in the school cafeteria always check the mold number on the bottom of the glass - he or she who has the lowest number that day has to help clear the tables! The cult models, Gigogne and Picardie, have been seen in movies, used in sculptures and are popular in hip casual restaurants. Purchase Duralex limited edition glasses here  SYNTHOL The French family’s solution to bobos - the bumps, bruises, bites and scratches of everyday life. The amber magic potion always makes you feel better no matter the ailment. In 2014 the product was taken off the market and les mamans missed it so m…
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90+ Eiffel and Eiffel Tower facts – part 3

90+ Eiffel and Eiffel Tower facts Part 3 of a 3 part series Part 1 facts 1 through 35 Part 2 facts 36 through 72 "Je vais être jaloux de cette tour. Elle est plus célèbre que moi." – Gustave Eiffel Beginning in 1997, 1000 days before turning of the millennium the Eiffel Tower began the countdown to the year 2000 when a giant fireworks display was put on. The first “coloring” of the tower was for the Chinese new year in 2004 when the lights were a scarlet red. The tower has since been blue, green and many other colors commemorating different anniversaries or events. The Eiffel Tower is stuck by lightening quite frequently, but it is hard to capture a photo. Parisian Bertrand Kulik has done it several times. There is an underground bunker which was, during WWII, the most carefully protected spot in Paris. This is where the radio operators received the messages received from the antennas via wires that ran down the south pillar. Today the bunker is used as as…
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90+ Eiffel and Eiffel Tower facts – part 2

90+ Eiffel and Eiffel Tower facts Part 2 of a 3 part series Part 1 - facts 1 through 35 Part 3 - facts 73 through 102 "Je vais être jaloux de cette tour. Elle est plus célèbre que moi." – Gustave Eiffel The Eiffel Tower and Margaret Thatcher share the same nickname - La Dame de Fer ("The Iron Lady"). In 1960 Charles de Gaulle proposed temporarily dismantling the tower and sending it to Montreal for Expo 67. The plan was rejected. The names of 72 engineers, scientists and mathematicians are engraved on the side of the tower, each of whom contributed to its construction. In the computer game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, the tower is toppled by an airstrike. There are 20,000 light bulbs, 5000 per face, on the Eiffel Tower to make it sparkle every night. The sparkling bulbs were installed by hand over 5 months by 25 climbers for the year 2000. Souvenir sales began immediately when the Tower opened: mini towers in wood, ivory, porcelaine, steel and z…
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Paris Haiku: Paris is poetry. Paris is a poem.

"Paris is poetry.  Paris is a poem.  I’m probably not the first person to write these sentiments.  But, I might be the first to write: “Paris is a haiku!”  Around every cobbled corner is an “Aha!” moment waiting to be captured. Open your “haiku eyes” (*) and come along with me on a journey through Paris and French culture, in haiku." Anna Eklund-Cheong is a haikuist and American expatriate living in Paris. Here is a selection of her haikus capturing fleeting moments of her (and your) favorite city.  

from giant clock eyes

Monet, Renoir and Van Gogh

overlook the Seine

sewing together

the raw edges of the Seine

each stitch an arched bridge

      squeeze into creaky rattan bistro chairs, and stay as long as you like

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90+ Eiffel and Eiffel Tower facts – part 1

90+ Eiffel and Eiffel Tower facts "Je vais être jaloux de cette tour. Elle est plus célèbre que moi." – Gustave Eiffel Completed on March 31, 1889, the tower was the world’s tallest man-made structure for 41 years until the completion of the Chrysler Building in New York in 1930. It is 324 meters tall (including antennas) and weighs 10,100 tons. It was the tallest structure in France until the construction of a military transmitter in the town of Saissac in 1973. The Millau Viaduct, completed in 2004, is also taller, at 343 meters. It is possible to climb to the top, but there are 1,665 steps. Most people take the lift. 45 people fit in the elevator at a time allowing the transportation of 1700 people per hour. The lifts travel a combined distance of 103,000 km a year – two and a half times the circumference of the Earth. For weight reasons no more than 5000 people are allowed on the tower at any given time. In 1925 Victor Lustig, a con artist, "sold" the tow…
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