Monthly Archives: July 2014

Hot Spot on the Seine: Les Nautes


Photo Courtesy Les Nautes

Photo Courtesy Les Nautes

Have ever crossed the Pont Marie and looked down at the quai des Célistins and wondered what that cool little building on the Seine is all about? Les Nautes is a multi-dimensional restaurant and a top choice to check out this summer: they’ve got inside or terrace dining and the added bonus of takeaway meals on sale at their outdoor container.

First came the container, an awesome spot to grab a beer and some snacks and sit along the river. Last Fall, Les Nautes expanded their cantine on the banks of the Seine to a restaurant offering a full menu of simple and delicious French classics. The clean lines and subtle colors of the decor leave the eye to linger on the exceptional view of the Seine. The ambiance is hip and laid-back and the numerous events and dj sets at the bar spill out onto the quai with an impromptu dance party.

The place is exceptionally great on Sundays when the street turns pedestrian only and you’ve got free reign of the space. It’s also a go-to during the month of August, during Paris Plage when although the restaurant closes the container stays swinging from 9 AM to midnight 7 days a week.

1 Quai des Célestins, 4th arrondissement
Métro: Pont Marie (line 7), Saint-Paul (Line 1)

Festival Cinéma en Plein Air


Outdoor film festivals have become all the rage for Parisian summers. What better way to enjoy the fabulous weather and classic cinema, than beneath a blanket of stars with friends and picnics?! Better yet, at the Festival Cinema en Plein Air, all the movies are free!  Inspired by drive in movies, this summer festival is open to the public and showcases screenings in various locations.

Villette

With locations such as Saint Cloud, the terrace of Wanderlust, and the lawn at Villette, you’ll find a movie and venue sure to please everyone. Surrounded Continue reading

Tricks of the Trade | 2 wheels in Paris


A few months ago I adopted a beautiful blue Vespa by the name of Blue Diamond from a friend who moved back to the U.S. As someone who doesn’t even have a driver’s license, getting used to zipping around the city on two wheels took some getting used to. Three months in, however, I have cancelled my Navigo pass and could not imagine ever going back!

photo 2We have had a few clients inquire about renting scooters during their stay in Paris, whether it is for a day of sightseeing or for a few months for a test-drive before buying one of their own. Here are some things that I have learned while riding Blue Diamond throughout the streets of Paris the past few months:

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10 Things You Didn’t Know about the Tour de France


We all know that the Tour de France is the biggest cycling competition in the world, with riders traversing from Leeds to Paris over a three week period.  But we’ve dug up some little known facts for you on the event before you watch the finish on July 27th.

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Did you know….?

1. Twenty-two teams participate in the race, and each team is made up of nine cyclists, which comes out to 198 riders. Rules require that each team member be dressed identically: the same team shorts, jersey, socks, shoes, gloves, and Continue reading

Paris Dining | Good for Last-Minute Reservations


Since our last successful post where we shared some of our favourites for no-reservations in Paris, I thought it might be a good idea to share some of our top picks for last-minute reservations. I wouldn’t suggest just walking in to these restaurants without a reservation but if you call a day or two in advance you should get a table for two sans problème!

Some of our favourite openings of this past year are buried in the less-travelled neighbourhood of the 17ème. Coretta & Roca are two bright, modern bistros cooking up some great fare with a friendly smile. Corretta’s great terrace is perfect for the summer months so if you plan on being in the area, make sure to reserve a table at one of these spots.

photo 1Venturing south, La Versaison in the 15th arrondissement is another wonderful neighbourhood spot in a less-frequented neighbourhood. La Veraison is the perfect local spot. The food is simple, Continue reading