Paris hotels under $100, ooh la la


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When all you need are the basics. Start with the neighborhood you like and go from there. Some great deals in Montmartre and Canal St. Martin . . . a little out of the way but with beaucoup de charme. Now you splure on food.

Hotel du Nord et de l’Est
49 Rue De Malte (11th/12th: Bastille / Gare de Lyon)
This two-star is situated just a one-minute walk from Place de la Republique, near the hip Oberkampf and Bastille neighborhoods.


Hôtel Libertel Canal Saint Martin
5 Avenue Secrétan, 75019

Cluny Sorbonne
8 rue Victor Cousin (5th: Latin Quarter / Sorbonne)

Located across the street from the Université de la Sorbonne in the Latin Quarter.

Grand Hotel Leveque
Address 29 rue Cler (7th: Eiffel Tower / Invalides)
Where a lot of Rick Steve groupies stay. A tad over $100 but a safe conservative location.

Hotel Libertel Gare du Nord Suede
106 BOULEVARD DE MAGENTA, 10th arrondissement
Tel : +33140361012

Best Western Montmartre
66 Boulevard Barbes, 18th
Tel. +33 142623181

Centre International BVJ Paris-Louvre Hostel
Address 20, Rue Jean Jacques Rousseau (1st: Châtelet / Palais Royale / Louvre)
Located just two blocks from the Louvre, the BVJ is a no-nonsense youth hostel with a strict 18-35 age

Hôtel Libertel Gare du Nord-Suède 106 bd de Magenta 75010

Hotel Henri IV
Address 25, place Dauphine (1st: Châtelet / Palais Royale / Louvre)

Don’t expect frills or chocolates on your pillow. For romantic types looking for a simple, historic, and central hotel. One of the best locations in Paris.

Hotel Audran
Address 7 Rue Audran (18th Arrondissement: Montmartre)
On one of Montmartre’s most charming streets.

Remember to book your reservations EARLY for the cheapest prices and bring your No Worries Paris guidebook along.

Place Louis Aragon: sit a spell


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A patch of quiet is Place Louis Aragon. In the middle of the Seine, in the heart of the city, sits a cobbled terrace with benches, a street light, and sense of place sense of history. Go down a level and sit on the paved riverbank to catch the last rays of the day and share a kiss.

louis aragon place sign

Just who was Monsieur Aragon?  A writer, poet, novelist, essayist, political activist, leader of the Resistance in World War II and if that’s not enough, founding member of Surrealism in 1924, with Andre Breton and Philippe Soupault. From 1953 to 1972 he was editor of the Communist Cultural Weekly, Les Lettres Francaises. He was made a member of the French Legion of Honor in 1981.

Ile Saint-Louis: his hood.

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Quai de Bourbon, Ile Saint-Louis, 75004

On your No Worries Paris guidebook route.


Le Petit Duc: sampling medieval sweets


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Around the corner from the Eiffel Tower sits a lovely shop that smells of Provence and is filled with sweet and savory delicacies derived from ancient recipes that date back to medieval times. Ears of the Good Goddess (ancient Rome) to hearts of the Little Albert (fourteenth century), the Petit Duc offers nougat with almonds, pralines, shortbread biscuits, Damask pink calissons (almond paste candy from Aix en Provence), Verdun sugared almonds, crystallized flowers and leaves in tins, and honey from the Hautes Alps. Packaged in decorative wooden and metal boxes, transparent tubes filled with treats, these make special take-home gifts.


Never tried calissons? Among the first known references was in Martino di Canale’s Chronicle of the Venetians in 1275. An earlier 12th century text written in Medieval Latin used the word calisone to refer to a cake made with almonds and flour. Some trace the introduction of calissons to Provence around the mid-15th century at the second wedding of King Rene of Anjou. Others suggest that it was not introduced in its modern form until the 16th century, as this was when almonds became an established crop in Aix-en-Provence.

Whatever you choose to believe, a sample taste will tell you this is something special, something hard to replicate in your kitchen. The oldest of their marzipan recipes is composed of rose petals with the exact distribution of 3 drops per 16 kg.

Ask to see their back showroom, a formal parlour. The shopkeepers speak English and will make you feel right at home.

Le Petit Duc Paris

Le Petit Duc
31 Avenue Rapp, 7th arrondissement

Tuesday to Saturday from 10 AM to 7.30 PM
Sunday and Monday from 10 AM to 1PM and from 3PM to 7.30 PM

Fashion Week Paris: haute couture

The 30 collections of haute couture fashion for autumn/winter 2014/15 have officially wrapped up. It then starts all over on September 23 when the Ready-to-Wear shows begin. Mode à Paris, Fédération Française de la Couture du Prêt-à-Porter des Couturiers et des Créateurs de Mode has all the info and a few photo of the runway hightlights.

Paris Street Style

Haute couture is worn by an exclusive elite of the world’s richest women. A single garment can cost tens of thousands of dollars due to the uniqueness and level of craftsmanship. It is a legally protected appellation in Paris, subject to strict criteria such as the hours of work carried out by hand, the limited number of pieces and the size of a house’s workforce.

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Paris Street Style

The Panthéon: go for the view


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Start at the top for one of Paris’s most dramatic dioramas. Then descend the colonnade stairs and walk to the central dome to find physicist Léon Foucault’s 1851 pendulum demonstrating the rotation of the earth.

Pantheon Paris Colonnade


pantheonNoWorriesParis1Go one step deeper to the crypt where some of Frances’s most famous heroes are interred:

Victor Hugo, Jacques-Germain Soufflot, Voltaire, Marie Curie (the only woman),Jean Moulin, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Alexandre Dumas, Émile Zola,André Malraux, Jean Jaurès, Pierre Curie, Louis Braille, Jean Monnet,Victor Schœlcher, Félix Éboué, Léon Gambetta, Gaspard Monge, René Cassin, Marie François Sadi Carnot, Nicolas de Caritat, marquis de Condorcet, Lazare Carnot, Jean Lannes, Joseph-Louis Lagrange, Henri Grégoire, Paul Langevin, Jean Baptiste Perrin, Jean-Étienne-Marie Portalis, Joseph-Marie Vien, Claude Juste Alexandre Legrand, Pierre Jean George Cabanis, François Séverin Marceau-Desgraviers, Jean-Nicolas Démeunier, Paul Painlevé, Jan Willem de Winter, Charles Pierre Claret de Fleurieu, Justin Bonaventure Morard de Galles, Giovanni Battista Caprara, Jean Reynier, Théophile Corret de la Tour d’Auvergne,Jean Baptiste Treilhard, Nicolas-Marie Songis des Courbons, Alexandre-Antoine Hureau de Sénarmont, Louis-Vincent-Joseph Le Blond de Saint-Hilaire.

In 2002, in an elaborate but solemn procession, six Republican Guards carried the coffin of Alexandre Dumas (1802–1870), the author of The Three Musketeers to the Panthéon. Draped in a blue-velvet cloth inscribed with the Musketeers’ motto: “Un pour tous, tous pour un” (“One for all, all for one,”) the remains had been transported from their original internment site in Aisne, France. In his speech, President Jacques Chirac stated that an injustice was being corrected with the proper honoring of one of France’s greatest authors.

French Fashion: birth of the New Look


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The 1950s was haute couture’s golden age. A new exhibit at the Palais Galleria retraces the evolution of the female form through the decade 1947–1957: from the birth of the New Look to the death of Christian Dior and the advent of Yves Saint Laurent.

Petticoats, corolla skirts, pointed shoes, bright-coloured floral and striped prints, wasp-waist suits with straight skirts, strapless sheath dresses, cocktail dresses, rock crystal embroidery, Chanel’s straight lined simple suits: such was the couture of the fifties.


Lucky you if you’re in Paris now or will be coming before November 2. Les années 50 : La mode en France, 1947-1957, is at Palais Galliera, 10, avenue Pierre Ier de Serbie, 16th arrondissement. Open Monday to Sunday, 10am to 6pm. Open Thursday evenings until 9pm.


First two vintage fashion photos by Henry Clarke


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