Love, Loss and Sorrow at Pere Lachaise

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Haunting images for a soulful Friday.

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Introducing……..No Worries Paris

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A sample page that takes you on a walk to Hotel de Sens, 1 Rue du Figuier, Paris 4th. This arrondissement oozes history and deserves at least half a day with an accompanying picnic along the Seine.

Did you know? We love Paris so much we wrote a guidebook for it. Take it on your next trip to Paris and put it to the test. You’ll see all the best sites and learn a little history along the way. You can buy it on Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, Powells.com, or directly from us (signed) at Trailblazer Travel Books.

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Spotted on her Paris rounds: Lynn Yaeger

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fashion writer for Vogue

She’s a standout in a crowd, a one-of-a-kind fashion-firster, a person you can’t help noticing because of her eccentric personal style, and it was not once, but twice I caught up with her at two of her favorite haunts – the Vanves flea market and Dior Fashion Week show.

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Did I introduce myself?….no. She was someone I knew had celebrity status but I didn’t know her name or where she fit into the fashion scene. To find her I turned to Google Images: red-hair cupie doll lips bangs fashion Paris and one small square photo of her face turned up. From there I went to a series of articles that filled me in with her impressive credits: contributing fashion editor to Vogue.com, contributing writer to Vogue, a former fashion reporter for The Village Voice with a thirty year career. Her column, “Elements of Style”, was renamed “Frock Star” in February 2007. She is a regular contributor to The New York Times, Style Magazine, American Vogue, Travel & Leisure and a fashion columnist for Full Frontal Fashion, a style website in association with Sundance Channel.

Yaeger describes her henna-dyed hairdo as that of ‘the world’s oldest French orphan’. Her powdered face, cupid’s-bow dark lipstick, and layered voluminous skirts round out the signature look. “People have asked how I get the courage to walk the streets in, say, a shredded Comme des Garçons coat over a tutu, with metallic orange hair. I owe my confidence at least in part to my parents, who were convinced I was the cutest thing on earth and told me so every single day. (Recently, seeing my reflection at a party, I could almost hear my mom saying, ‘Lynnie, you look so pretty!’)”

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Another interesting fact, Yaeger has been affected with a condition of ‘face blindness,’ or prosopagnosia, since she was a child. “I have a lot of difficulty recognizing faces and remembering faces, which is really bizarre for a fashion writer,” she says. “I need a lot of visual clues that aren’t the person’s face.” This has influenced the creation of her own strong, highly-identifiable signature look, she confirms.

Do you have the courage to stand out like Lynn? She is an inspiration and like her mom, I think she is truly beautiful.

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Free music for the lonely train traveler in France

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freepianoFranceEntertain or be entertained at many a train station in France. The SNCF has installed basic pianos across France. In Paris you’ll find them at Saint-Lazare, Montparnasse, Austerlitz, Gare de Lyon, Gare du Nord and Gare de l’Est near the suburban (Transilien) train platforms on the upper levels. Adjoining the piano is a sign “À vous de jouer” meaning: it’s your turn to play. Usually the pianists are engrossed in their music but should they shoot you a smile, you could perhaps place a request. Pianists: this is a chance to show off what you’ve learned from all those boring lessons at home. No one will judge you. The sound of music brings smiles to passerbys…..guaranteed.

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
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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.

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