A quiet room in Paris

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A good night’s sleep can make or break your vacation. The sound of snoring can resonate through budget hotel walls. Street noise can also be a factor. Read the reviews on TripAdvisor.com before reserving.

Knowing your French cheese: GENUINE Brie

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Paris travel Proclaimed “the king of all cheeses” during the Congress of Vienna in 1968, this soft cow’s milk cheese has been produced in the Seine-et-Marne since the seventh century. It was a favorite of both the emperor Charlemagne and King Henry IV. Although Brie-style cheeses are produced all over the world, the oldest and most popular varieties, Brie de Meaux and Brie de Melun, are required by French law to be made with raw milk of the region (appellation d’Origine Controlee)—and thus are prohibited from crossing into U.S. borders. No Worries Paris No rules in the U.S. govern what can be called a ‘Brie.’ A local importer trademarked “Brie de Meaux” in the 70’s allowing anyone to slap a label onto cheeses that are made with pasteurized milk resulting in a different texture and flavor. Six varieties are produced in France. The final taste depends on the size of the mold used to contain the coagulated raw milk curd and the length of time it ages. In its prime, the velvety white rind of Meaux should smell like a fresh, damp forest, while the interior tastes of butter and hazelnuts. Brie de Melun has a stronger, saltier flavor that is also tart. The crust (“la croute fleuri”), which develops when penicillium mold grows on it after it’s been rubbed with salt, is meant to be eaten. Cheesemakers say the crust is both good for your health, and essential to taste. Here are some cheese shops where you can shop for your “wow” moment. Brie Cheese France Androuet  134, rue Mouffetard – Paris 5; 37, rue de Verneuil – Paris 7; 93, rue de Cambronne – Paris 15; 17, rue des Belles Feuilles – Paris 16; 1, rue Bois le Vent – Paris 16; 23, rue de la Terrasse – Paris 17; 13, rue Daguerre – Paris 14   www.androuet.com

Fromagerie Damrémont – Chez Virginie 54 Rue Damrémont, 75018

Fromagerie Quatrehomme 9 rue du Poteau 75018 Paris www.quatrehomme.fr

Fromagerie Laurent Dubois 2 Rue de Lourmel, 75015

Ferme Saint Hubert 36 Rue de Rochechouart, 75009

Fromager Marie-Anne Cantin 12 Rue du Champ de Mars, 75007

Barthélémy 51 Rue de Grenelle, 75007

You’ll spy many of these shops on your walking tours in the No Worries Paris guidebook.

La Cocotte: hip food + bargain shopping at Les Puces

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pucesbootsAfter trudging around the flea market all morning you’ll want to take a well deserved break. Head for the Paul Bert market and there you’ll find Philippe Starck’s restaurant La Cocotte (sweetheart, my little chickadee).

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The 250-seat cafeteria/industrial/chic eatery will turn your shopping experience into an event. All the furniture was sourced within 260 feet from the restaurant so the carbon imprint is almost negative. There are large tables, deep sofas and plenty of books. The eclectic mix of finds and comfort food make this cozy nest a hangout you’ll find hard to leave.

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Ma Cocotte
 106 rue des Rosiers 
93400 Saint-Ouen

http://www.macocotte-lespuces.com

LE PLATS DU JOUR

POULET FERMIER DE CHALLANS À LA BROCHE :
POUR MOI TOUT SEUL : 23€ OU ENTIER POUR 4 : 85€

SOURIS D’AGNEAU DE SEPT HEURES,
HARICOTS COCO EN COCOTTE 26,50€

BAVETTE “BLACK ANGUS” À L’ÉCHALOTE 29€

TARTARE DE BOEUF, CLASSIQUE OU SNACKÉ 19€

FILET MIGNON DE PORC AUX POMMES 23,50€

LE CLASSIQUE CHEESEBURGER 22€

SAINT-JACQUES RÔTIES, RISOTTO ET JUS DE VIANDE  29€

MA COCOTTE DE LÉGUMES EN POT AU FEU 15,50€

At Pere Lachaise cartoonist laid to rest

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From the BBC:

Justice Minister Christine Taubira said the dead cartoonists were the “guardian angels, those who watch out to make sure democracy was working” and the “face of France, obnoxiously assassinated. You were dreaming of being free, we will continue your dream.”

At Georges Wolinski’s funeral, his daughter Elsa said his ideals would live on.

“I’m beginning to realise that he is gone,” she said. “But as I said before, they’ve killed a man and not his ideas. So here we are. We stand here and will continue to defend the principles of Charlie Hebdo.”

Yesterday the French battled to get their hands on the “survivors’ issue”, which sold out before more copies of an eventual print run of five million hit newsstands.

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Paris: No Fear

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parisMarchNOW#JeSuisCharlie crowd at Place de la Republiqe, Sunday, January 11. Solidarity.

Packing tips for winter in Paris

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Paris: packing tips for winter

Snow, rain and cold wind doesn’t stop Parisian women from keeping their chic streetstyle, albeit bundled up. Try to coordinate some basic looks to pack that are color coordinated. Though the euro has lost some value lately, clothing, shoes and accessories aren’t cheap to buy here. Start with basic black, add a cashmere scarf, the best boots you can afford (break them in), as well as some walking shoes that are tricked out, well made and comfortable. Make sure your coat doesn’t weigh you down, and keep your head warm with a wool knit beanie or hood.

Once you have a street uniform for your daily walks you’re good to board the plane. Upon arrival fill it in with whatever catches your fancy… a fashionable color that hasn’t yet reached your city, a French designer je ne sais quoi, avante garde jewelry from  Agatha or a Marais boutique.

Reserve room in your suitcase for purchases and gifts you’ll want to bring back. Mailing excess baggage home is definitely not advised: $$$.

Le Camion Qui Fume: artisianal burgers from a foodtruck

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First things first: here’s where you can find a big juicy burger, with smokey bbq sauce, melted grueyere, fat mushrooms, gourmet bun, crispy onion rings, thick cut bacon for around 10.50 euros. Downside, there can be a 40 minute wait and you have to know where it will be parked. Here’s where they’re going to be in the next few days:

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Le Camion Qui Fume (The Smoking Truck), owned by Kristin Frederick, a California native who graduated from French culinary school is the real deal. Track them down for a trip down memory lane with a twist a la francaise.

The menu:

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Come to Mamma! Tell them No Worries Paris sent you.

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After feasting on this filling treat you’ll need to take a walk. Consult your No Worries Paris guidebook for some ideas. They’re are some great ones surrounding the truck.

Happy New Year from Trailblazer Travel Books

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Essential gear for the independent and curious traveler. Order fom Amazon, barnesandnoble.com, Powell’s, or trailblazertravelbooks.com.  Cheers and happy trails!

Off limits at Hôtel de Ville, Paris

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Hotel de Ville ParisNormally admission to the Hotel de Ville is by guided tour only.  But, once a year, Paris’s mayor opens the doors to the public on Heritage Days. This year I was lucky enough to spend three hours at City Hall wandering the halls dazzled by the crystal chandeliers, stained glass, sculptures, paintings, elaborate ceilings framed in gold, adorned with pink cherubs, winged horses, historic insignias, French portraits.

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The library and council room were open for inspection. Many works from the collections of the Municipal Contemporary Art Fund added a visual twist in many of the salons and governmental offices. In the back of my mind was the fact that the inside of the building was totally destroyed by fire during the 1871 revolution. It took 19 years to reconstruct and furnish this treasure.  Make it to next year’s open house or schedule a guided tour.

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The Protocol Department organizes free visits of the Hôtel de Ville‘s Reception Rooms, with commentary, from Monday to Friday.

For groups contact the department at 00 33 (1) 42 76 54 04. Book approximately two months in advance – but late-comers can also try their luck! Languages: French, English, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian Duration: 1 hour

For individuals a weekly visit is available in French (two weekly in summer). Groups can accommodate 30 people max. The dates and times are fixed on the Thursday preceding the visit.

Register at the Hospitality Suite, 29 Rue de Rivoli (4th arr) from Monday to Saturday from 10am to 7pm. or call 00 33 (1) 42 76 43 43 (Monday to Saturday 10am to 7pm).
Or call the Protocol Department: 00 33 (1) 42 76 50 49 or 00 33 (1) 42 76 54 04

Access for visits is at 5 Rue Lobau (4th), at the back of the building.
Metro: Hôtel de Ville.

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