Posts tagged Paris
No one will tell you to take the bus in Paris (but why you should)

Taking the bus forces stumbling around a city, this breathing organism that one is simultaneously outside of as a visitor and yet temporarily a part of. You find things you weren't looking for.

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Opéra Garnier. The place to see and be seen.

And, oh, I would have loved to dress up for a night of opera or ballet at L’Opéra Garnier in Paris (also known as Le Palais Garnier)! As I was in Paris in late July/August, the only time when the performing arts takes a vacation, alas, “It was impossible,” as the French like to say. Le SIGH. I went anyway for a tour and I was very pleased that I did.

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Relevant Right Now Art: Pussy Riot at Palais de Tokyo, Paris, Extended Indefinitely

The women of Pussy Riot in their speeches at the close of their trial aligned themselves in the tradition of Russian thinkers, artists and political dissidents and even with Jesus Christ himself to underline their point that critique in and of itself - even and especially when governmental and religious institutions are its subjects - is not a crime.

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When You're Tired of Speaking French, Go to Jim's

At first, it sounded like a con. Call someone I didn't know from Adam, tell him "party of one, I'm traveling alone" and "yes, I'll bring the 30 euro in cash to your house"...?!?! But, I put stranger-danger cynicism aside and phoned Mr. Haynes up.

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What You Need to Know About Vélib, Paris' public bike share

Vélib, Paris’s public bike sharing program, for residents and tourists, would have everyone believe a few things. With a striped shirt and baguette in tow, I will bike on Velib all around Paris for a mere 1€70. I'll pedal past the Louvre and along the Seine on my Vélib, with unicorns and rainbows and puppies... RIGHT?

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Museum of Letters & Manuscripts, Paris: Keepers of the Letters, Frail Histories of our Lives

Any writer, reader of good literature, history geek, folk fond of tactile correspondence, stationery freak or handwriting analyst should go immediately upon arrival in Paris to the Museum of Letters and Manuscripts (Museé des Lettres et Manuscripts en français).

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