European way of life

Category: FRANCE

Vue de la chambre Deluxe Terrasse Eiffel, Hôtel Wilson Opéra, Paris, France  © Hôtel Wilson Opéra

The Wilson Opera hotel, Paris

It was my refuge when Paris knew some terrible days at the beginning of this year. The Wilson Opera is a little three-stars hotel, so discreet that we could keep the address secret. Its name could make you think that it is located on the Grands Boulevards, but you’ll find it in the little Stockholm street instead, at a stone’s…

Mirabelles de Nancy sur l'arbre, photo de Stanislas Perrin  (CC BY-SA 2.5, 2.0, 1.0 via Wikimedia Commons)

The Lorraine mirabelle

It’s been three days of intense media coverage. Everyone is talking about it, even in the national press: war? the financial crisis? No (at least, not only): it’s the Lorraine mirabelle! Let’s zoom in on this little fruit, rich in vitamin C and fiber that exists almost nowhere else. A species of plum This delicate fruit is found almost only…

Salle des petits-déjeuners © Hôtel R de Paris

Review: Hotel R de Paris

This little designer four-star hotel opened in december 2013 in the heart of the 9th arrondissement. The address is still confidential, but this spring the clientele is already very international (Americans, Germans, Asians…). The hotel’s location on 41, rue de Clichy is a very good one, just a stone’s throw from Montmartre, the grands boulevards and the Opera – it…

Saucisse - purée © Eurofluence

Is France still the country of good food?

I asked myself the question, one winter night in 2013, when I walked by a small joint in the old city center in Nancy. The oldest “brasserie” in town had just taken its trash out. Its contents, and the fraud they gave out, were neatly displayed on the pavement. I didn’t even have to bend over to familiarize myself with…

En terrasse du Nemours, Paris, France, photo de Flickr’s (Regis Frasseto), licence Creative Commons.

Impressions: Le Nemours, real Parisian café

A coffee at the Nemours is like a timeless moment in the Parisian life. On the place Colette, an institution of the French theatre : the Comédie française. A little break, after the Louvre made us happily washed-up. The Nemours is at the crossroads between important centers of French politics: the Constitutional Council, the Council of State, the Ministry of…

Crise du CPE, Nancy, France, 2005 © Eurofluence

Why are French people always on strike?

A mystery for Americans foreigners watching us, a blessing for newspapers and an endless supply of topics for social scientists. On April 16th, 2009, the prestigious Time magazine asked again: why do French people like going on strike so much? After a more than two-week long strike at the SNCF, during the “baccalauréat” period and at the peak of the…

Stade de France, Mick Jagger, 13 juin 2014 © Eurofluence.

June 13th, 2014: I saw the Rolling Stones at the Stade de France

It’s hard to imagine that this could be the Rolling Stones’ last concert, at least in this configuration, when it feels like just another reunion between old pals. Still, 75 000 people, the population of an average-sized French town, and tickets sold in less than an hour on March 28th, 2014. Almost three months later, fans are there and the…

Le Stube

Review: « Le Stube », a German in Paris

« Ein Ort wo man ist und isst. » « A place where one is and eats. » Suddenly craving for sauerkraut (« choucroute ») in July? Or in need of a comforting goulash after a rough meeting or of a piroshki* session with friends? Not a problem. Sure, you can find everything in Paris, but until now, certain Danubian needs could be hard…

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Top 10 of the finest squares in the world

A few months ago, LonelyPlanet published a list of the ten finest squares in the world.  Seven of them are in Europe and LonelyPlanet has ranked Krakow’s Main Market Square as the most beautiful in the world ! I already know the St. Mark’s square in Venice (n° 2, Italy). And the Plaza Mayor in Salamanca (n° 5, Spain). Most of all, I live proudly just a ten-minutes walk from the only French square ranked by LonelyPlanet : the Stanislas’ square in…

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