Born and raised in Kansas, I moved to France in 2014 to make my lifelong dream a reality. I'm passionate about travel (especially within my adopted country), French culture, and the expat experience.
While millions of tourists flock to Paris in the summer months, it seems nearly all of the capital city’s usual inhabitants head for the hills, spending their fantastically French five-week paid vacation basking in the sunlight on the beaches of the French Riviera or heading abroad to discover new cities, cultures, and landscapes. But we can’t all be so lucky, and indeed a few of us are left behind to battle the hordes of travelers and oftentimes stifling heat here between the Haussmannian buildings.
With the Coronavirus outbreak causing the capital city to shut down, it seems like no one can really take advantage of what makes Paris so wonderful. But, believe it or not, there are plenty of ways to bring la vie parisienne to us! Whether you can’t leave your Parisian apartment or had to cancel your trip to Paris, here are our Top 7 Ways to Cope with Confinement with a healthy helping of Parisian charm.
What you need to know when Parisians take to the streets.
With the Yellow Jacket protests making news around the world, many are wondering if it's still safe to visit Paris. If you’re a bit nervous about coming to the capital, here’s some local insight and practical information to let you know what everyday life is really like in the city when Parisians go on strike.
Last week, I got a sudden, strong craving for a cinnamon roll. This isn’t something that happens to me often, and believe it or not, in a land full of pastries, this particular treat can be hard to come by. What was I to do?! Luckily, I remembered seeing something about a new boulangerie in Paris on Instagram, one that apparently serves excellent cinnamon buns. So, I decided to give in to my sweet tooth and my social media-fueled curiosity, and finally head to Circus Bakery...
Open since 1965, this Paris music venue is nothing short of legendary. Dating back to the beginning of the 20th century, before becoming ‘Le Bus,’ the space was originally a café-concert open all night, then a jazz club where international talents including Louis Armstrong would come to jam.
If you’re lucky enough to be in Paris during July and August, head to the northeast part of the city to catch an outdoor movie on the lawn of the Parc de La Villette. Wednesday – Sunday nights, the open air cinema presents a wide range of movies, playing everything from Nouvelle Vague classics to Mars Attacks!, with kid-friendly films also on the program.
The bright red neon sign of Aux Folies has become something of a beacon for those of us who live in Belleville. This brasserie is lively and low-key, and it’s a veritable Paris institution. It might not be much to look at really, but there’s something about this bar that embodies the spirit of this vibrant, down-to-earth neighborhood.
While there is some pretty steep competition in the battle for the Best Park in Paris, the Parc des Buttes Chaumont in the 19th arrondissement is the hands-down winner as far as I’m concerned. Maybe it’s because I lived nearby, but the stunning vistas, rushing waterfalls, and little lake might have something to do with it.