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Painting ParisKeith Eckstein 15/12/10 – WHO IS MARY BLAKE? – A former New York avant garde artist who has made Paris her home for many years. A citizen of a village called Montmartre where the angels of creativity still abide.


Panda à Paris

Keith Eckstein 15/12/10 – Reviewed – April 28, 2010

I’m going to start off this review of Panda à Paris with a little snack at lunchtime.

No ordinary snack and no ordinary lunchtime! No, this is an invitation to join (electronically, unfortunately) Maggie and Louis for lunch at the Hôtel Georges V in Paris!

A three course meal (more like eight course) costs only 78 euros per person – slightly more than my usual Boudin Noir and chips followed by Pig’s Trooters at Chez Pierre but probably worth every penny!


Parachute WomanKeith Eckstein 15/12/10 - I came to Canada from London with a heavy heart and 2 suitcases 5 years ago. I’m about to leave with 2 children, a Frenchman and very little in savings, in search of a place to bring up our family, with the number 1 choice being Paris. Having made the decision to leave over a bottle of Chateauneuf du Pape in the early hours of new years day 2010, we promptly booked 4 one-way tickets to London and sent out 127 resumes to companies all over Europe.

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ParisKeith Eckstein 15/12/10 - In the last 25 years I have taken 11,000 or so black and white images of Paris. Each of them has a story to tell. Some of the stories are about Paris, some are about me, and some are just stories. Read them and see them here.


Paris and Beyond

Keith Eckstein 15/12/10 – Reviewed – August 23, 2010

You know, I was going to wait a lot longer before reviewing Paris and Beyond.

Unfortunately, temptation has got the better of me and I’ve had to give in and review it now.

It’s still a very young blog but, even so, it is already full of interesting posts.

Now, I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again…. I like photoblogs and I also like blogs about Paris.

Paris and Beyond is Genie’s blog. Genie says of herself… “Paris reached out and grabbed me when I was 8 years old and it only took me 40 years to actually get there! I love Paris, its people, its architecture and all of France.”

Well, that’s nice. I can’t imagine people feeling the same way about Bognor (or Basingstoke, even?)

I’ll start of by asking the pertinent question; the one every visitor to her blog must have asked themselves….



Paris (im)perfect

Keith Eckstein 15/12/10 – Reviewed – March 11, 2010

I find myself still in Paris today (electronically, you understand. Physically, I’m stuck in Brittany until it stops raining – probably sometime in June! This year or next year – we’re not altogether sure!)

And the reason for two Paris visits in two days is an email that I received from Sion, who suggested that I come and visit her new(ish) blog.

Now I have been accused of not knowing how to spell etiquette, far less knowing what it means but…. I did think that it would be a little bit rude if I didn’t pop in and take a look!

And, what a surprise I had! paris (im)perfect is a real delight!

I think that Sion shares the same sense of humour with me – perhaps she was dropped on her head when she was a baby as well?


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Paris and I

Keith Eckstein 15/12/10 – Reviewed – October 13, 2010

Paris & I is Sab’s blog which he described to me as…. “It’s a daily Paris-themed photo taken, processed and uploaded exclusively on my camera phone (an iPhone).

My aim is three-fold.

Firstly, to get lots of artistic street photos of Paris out there for people to see.

Secondly, to write little word-snippets to accompany said photos.

Thirdly, to show people that you can take some really great, creative photos with a really basic device.”

Well, as far as I’m concerned, Paris & I does what it says on the tin.

I’ve made no secret nor apology for my looking for photoblogs.

Paris & I stands out because of the careful choice of words used to accompany the images.


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Paris at my feetKeith Eckstein 15/12/10 – I come from Scotland. I lived in France for a year. Then I lived in Scotland. Then I lived in France,then in Scotland, then in Italy. Then I moved back to France. Maybe I should just make up my mind…

paris breakfastsKeith Eckstein 15/12/10 – I paint Paris dreams… Paris breakfasts was begun to share a stack of watercolors sitting on a studio shelf. Your response was so positive and rewarding. Your comments inspired new Paris dreams to paint. Each morning’s post is an ‘amuse bouche’-a bite to savor with your coffee. I want to remind you of Parisien memories past or arouse new desires to visit Paris. My watercolor paints are hand-made to match any macaron color or pastry you desire. Enjoy et merci mille fois!

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Paris Daily Porn

Keith Eckstein 15/12/10 – Reviewed – January 4, 2010

Paris Daily Porn is Meg Zimbeck’s photo blog. Intresting photos combined with provocative titles make this blog a good daily read.

Meg Zimbeck moved to France five years ago (originally from Kansas), and has freelanced for the Wall Street Journal, BlackBook, and Gridskipper.

She also maintains another blog at MegZimbeck.com where she writes largely about restaurants and food.

It is Paris Daily Porn that interests me the most, though (I’ll be taking a look at MegZimbeck.com in a couple of weeks time.) The clever photographs, the witty titles – an ideal way of getting your daily dose of Paris without having to go there yourself.


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Paris FilesKeith Eckstein 15/12/10 – Emmy award-winning producer, writer, 60 MINUTES, NIGHTLINE, Sunday Morning blah blah blah…

Paris FocusKeith Eckstein 15/12/10 – Follow me as I follow my dream to Paris…Maybe you will find yours along the way!

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Paris Inspried

Keith Eckstein 15/12/10 – Reviewed – September 13, 2010

Paris Inspired is the blog of Paris Paul.

Paris Paul explains that… “In 1990, I quit my useless job in the States and sold all of my possessions in exchange for a one-way ticket to Europe and a train pass so I could run with the bulls in Pamplona. Figuring I’d ride the rails until my money ran out, I voyaged through most European capitals before falling in love with the first French girl I met and moving to Paris. One marriage, two kids and a divorce later, I’ve been on vacation in the City of Light for twenty years now.”

What a great CV!

With a resume like that, Paul had better watch out that they don’t try to offer him a major job (the top job?) at the Élysée Palace!

Paul goes on to say that… “Not a typical tourist blog, Paris Inspired is a look into the City of Light through a writer’s eyes. These are my musings about my muse, love poems for my mistress, reflections of a side to the city seldom seen: the inside.”

I want to read some of those love poems!


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Paris PassionsKeith Eckstein 15/12/10 – Keith Spicer – Canadian journalist and ex-newspaper editor, resident in Paris for 13 years. Studied and taught at Sorbonne, studied international relations in Paris and Toronto. Published six books; latest is “PARIS PASSIONS: Watching the French Being Brilliant and Bizarre” (2009): www.parispassions.com.

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Paris through my lens

Keith Eckstein 15/12/10 – Reviewed – March 26, 2010

Back to Paris, it would seem.

I’m not sure why I am finding it so hard to stay away?

Perhaps it is the quantity of great blogs that I’m finding there?

One leads to another and I can’t resist visiting them all!

The one I’m visiting today is Paris through my Lens.

Now, this is a seriously seductive photo blog.


ParisDailyPhotoKeith Eckstein 15/12/10 – You love Paris? You have never been to Paris but you would like a sneak preview? Then come here every day and you will find a brand new picture, taken by one of its inhabitants: me! Wish list (of photos!) welcome.

Parisian Adventures - I’m Canadian, French-Canadian. I was born and raised in Montreal, where I met my French boyfriend a couple of years ago. We lived happily with our puppy but French boyfriend could not find a job in his field so we decided to move to Paris, France. The move was possible for me as I had just completed my Bachelor degree in journalism and political science and was accepted for a Master in a Parisian university. My puppy and I took the plane that brought us on the other side of the ocean in 2008. As a jobless student I have had the chance to explore the city and more. I have accumulated a lot of material that I would like to share. That is why I have created Parisian Adventures.


Parisian Fields

Keith Eckstein 15/12/10 – Reviewed – November 12, 2010

Parisian Fields is the blog of Philippa and Norman. “Philippa Campsie is a Toronto writer who studied in Paris as a university student, and has never quite got Paris out of her system ever since. She collects Paris maps and travels there with Norman as often as possible.

Norman Ball is a retired university professor who can’t stop taking pictures of Paris graffiti and interesting cars. He is the author of several books and has conducted research on the unexpected parallels between Paris and Niagara Falls.”

I came across this blog quite by chance (it was displayed on someone’s blogroll) and although I was loathe to review yet another Paris blog – I just couldn’t help myself!


Parisian PenséesKeith Eckstein 15/12/10 – Irish thoughts on Parisian life

Parisian SpringKeith Eckstein 15/12/10 – Tanya – Writer, traveler and lover of all things French. My days of living la belle vie in Paris might be over (for now), but my mindset is still totally Parisian Spring.

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Parisienne Mais Presque

Keith Eckstein 15/12/10 – Reviewed – May 15, 2010

Parisienne Mais Presque is the blog of a Seattlite, who according to her own about me page… “now lives on the other side of the map, just outside of Paris. She fell in love with and married a Frenchman in Boston, and in 2003 they took the great leap across the Atlantic. This summer they celebrate eight years of marriage and the second birthday of their son, le Petit. This is the story of her life as a pseudo-Parisienne in her country of adoption.”

So, what is life like for a pseudo-Parisienne in Paris?

Let’s take a look….


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Peter’s Paris

Keith Eckstein 15/12/10 – Reviewed – March 10, 2010

Back to Paris for a look at Peter’s Paris. Now, I’m not sure if Paris actually belongs to Peter but he certainly does seem enamoured by the place.

Rather than hunt for the obligatory Citroen 2CV, mushroom and Lingerie posts that seem to be popping up everywhere on Life in France blogs these days, I took a look at the categories listing and picked a few articles out at random.

The first one I came across that tickled my fancy was Hemingway in Paris – “A moveable feast.” This is not a small post (but that’s understandable, bearing in mind the subject matter.)



Petite Anglaise

Keith Eckstein 15/12/10 – Reviewed – November 26, 2010

www.petiteanglaise.com is the blog of Catherine Sanderson who (to use her own words), dreamed about living in Paris from the moment of her very first French lesson , at the age of eleven. She’s thirty-seven now, and Paris has been her home for fourteen years. She set up her blog in July 2004. A year later, she left her partner, Mr Frog, the father of her daughter Tadpole, for a man she met in my comments box, documenting everything here.

In 2006 she got dumped, dooced and outed, but also landed a book deal. In 2007 she won her case for unfair dismissal at a French employment tribunal against her ex-employer.

Her first book, a memoir based on events covered in the blog, was published in several languages in 2008.

All I can say is WOW!


Petits DetailsKeith Eckstein 15/12/10 – Hi! I love to hear from you. Please know that I appreciate your comments and e-mails even though I am not always able to respond.  I grew up in the United States and now live near Paris with my husband (who is French) and our son. I like all things vintage and making things by hand.

Photoblogging in ParisKeith Eckstein 15/12/10 – I am 63 and live in Paris. My husband died in 1992 and I have a wonderful daughter.

Pichets in ParisKeith Eckstein 15/12/10 – A WRITER WHO LOVES TO TALK, WRITE ABOUT, AND SHOW PICTURES OF PARIS.


Polly-Vous Francais?

Keith Eckstein 15/12/10 – Reviewed – March 15, 2010

I know that I’ve been spending far too much time away from home (electronically, that is – I won’t be able to physically leave Brittany until the mud dries out – anticipated for sometime in July.)

But, there is a method in my madness (although there may well be madness in my method!)

You see, I am looking for that perfect Life in France blog; one that contains those essential elements… posts about 2CVs, mushrooms and Lingerie!

And that’s why I’m in Paris today, checking out Polly vous Francais.

And, what did I find but… not one but two Citroen 2CV posts.

This is a great start; a bit like being 3-0 up against Man U. at half time!


Postcards from ParisKeith Eckstein 15/12/10 - I’m Canadian (from Toronto), spent nine years living in the UK (London) and then decided to move to Paris to finally write my novel. Where better to be a starving writer? Anyway, I had been thinking of doing a blog for some time and thought that my new life in Paris might be of some interest.

Posted in ParisKeith Eckstein 15/12/10 – Making the move from Washington, DC to Paris has been one of the most exhilarating experiences of my life.  But it was also profoundly unsettling.  The questions came in waves.  In the first days, it was all about getting phone service and finding the eggs in the supermarket.  Later, my kids needed an orthodontist and a piano teacher.   And when the basics had fallen into place,  I was finally ready to ask questions about travel and pursuing personal interests.

Plus TardKeith Eckstein 15/12/10 – du lait, pas de papiers


Postcards from Paris

Keith Eckstein 15/12/10 – Reviewed – November 24, 2010

Postcards from Paris is Miss K’s blog.

Miss K has this to say of herself… “I’m Canadian (from Toronto), spent nine years living in the UK (London) and then decided to move to Paris to finally write my novel. Where better to be a starving writer? Anyway, I had been thinking of doing a blog for some time and thought that my new life in Paris might be of some interest.”

Well, it’s certainly of interest to me!

And you too, I hope!



Poulette

Keith Eckstein 15/12/10 – Reviewed – August 20, 2010

Who is Poulette, I hear you ask?

Well, according to her about page she is… “a 28-year-old Australian girl living in Paris. Fashion lover. Mustard lover. Chicken lover.”

And, in her first post, Poulette in Paris, she says that… “I have named myself ‘Poulette’ for a combination of reasons, but whilst on the topic of all things food related, it’s primarily because I just love roast chicken. I really just bloody love it.”

Well, that makes sense…

“Secondly (and lets be real – no less importantly) because if you type poulette.com into your browser (go, on), you will find a very explicit warning page from what I have derived is that of an ‘adult’ website.”

Hmmmm…

“Thirdly, I am female and I work in fashion….”

I think I’m beginning to understand….


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Pretend ParisianKeith Eckstein 15/12/10 – Rachel - Back in Paris, Part III. Au Pair? Done it. English Teacher? Done it. Now what? Student! Au Pair! Teacher! Thought I’d combine all three to make my life a little more fun!

Pretty in ParisKeith Eckstein 15/12/10 – Brigitte Bigeard is a professional makeup artist from Chicago working with an international team in Paris, France. Providing exceptional service for over 15 years in film, television, print, special events and weddings worldwide. This blog is here to provide you a window of what we’ve already done and what we can do with a smile on our face meeting your every need. A contributing writer for several magazines, you can find regular articles on Focus On Style online.

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Put Your Flare On

Keith Eckstein 15/12/10 – Reviewed – June 12, 2010

Put Your Flare On is Aimee’s blog.

Aimee used to work in the corporate world. Cubicals. Macho bosses. 50 hour work weeks.

She got burnt out and decided to move to France to make a life with my husband, Julien.

The she got pregnant and had a baby.

She stayed at home with Maximilien for the first year of his life and then she fulfilled a dream of hers: opening her very own café.

After being a full time working mama for a year she decided that her life wasn’t busy enough and decided (with the help of her husband) to have another baby!

Alixe, was born December 1, 2009.

Aimee’s café can be found at L’OisiveThé – so why don’t we see if she has any tales to tell?


QBParisKeith Eckstein 15/12/10 – DIANNE HENNING – I’m another American in Paris since 1992… came for love, stayed for the health insurance. Currently doing website and graphic design.

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Rob’s Adventures in ParisKeith Eckstein 15/12/10 - Hi I’m Rob, a 20 year old student from Bristol University who is in Paris for the year to teach English in a school in Créteil, a suburb of Paris. This blog tells of my experiences teaching in France as well as observations from a English newcomer to the French capital.

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Ross-Bif: A Brit Living in FranceKeith Eckstein 15/12/10 – The experiences of a young British man living in France.


Rue Rice

Keith Eckstein 15/12/10 – Reviewed – May 30, 2010

Still in Paris and I’m feeling in a Love Story kind of mood (it must be spring!)

So I’ll start off by asking….

What can you say about a woman who has had a threesome with her husband and the president of the United States?

What can you say about a woman who is surprised that people don’t stand in their gardens and grab their breasts? I do that all the time!

What can you say about a woman whose husband plays the guitar? I’m not going to be trite and ask if he prefers Beethoven or the Beetles!

That she spends her time touching her toes stark naked?

Or that she has a Potty Mouth?

Best to let you all know that she is called Peggy and her blog is Rue Rice!

Now, wouldn’t Eric Segal have done a lot better if he had started off that way?



Rue Rude

Keith Eckstein 15/12/10 – Reviewed – May 27, 2010

Rue Rude is another one of those blogs that seem to have been going since the dawn of time.

It hasn’t really, because the dawn of time was really rather a long time ago but…

… it has been going since September 2004, which is also rather a long time ago.

I remember being entranced by Sedulia Scott’s blog when I first came across it. I then lost touch and have only managed to re-discover it all over again (a lovely process, let me tell you!) a few months ago.

Some things, like wine, mature with age but I have to say that Rue Rude came out of the bottle really rather drinkable, even when it was a young fruity blog.


Secrets of Paris NewsKeith Eckstein 15/12/10 – The latest events and insider tips for English speakers in Paris.

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SevinParis’s BlogKeith Eckstein 15/12/10 –  This should be the story of an average Scottish-Armenian 20-something, who lives in Amsterdam but is spending 8 months in Paris for work.  It’s a story you hear everyday, right?  Nothing to see here. Seriously though, hopefully this’ll be me keeping track of the things that I notice and things I do while in Paris so that I’ve got something to look back on later.  Anyone else that wants to tag along is welcome too.

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So you’re the American!Keith Eckstein 15/12/10 – There’s always money in the banana stand.

Someone Else is Living your Parisian DreamKeith Eckstein 15/12/10 – Here to mess with your romantic dreams of life and amour in “The City of Lights”; debunking myths, perpetuating old prejudices and conjuring new stereotypes about the French daily. This is a sliver of reality for those blind and silly in Paris-love who have “always dreamed of living in Paris” and “would-move-in-a-heartbeat!” Newsflash: She’s living in Paris and she’s not eating bon-bons, that’s for sure. She does; however, buy baguettes almost daily from the boulangerie around the corner and wears jeans everywhere. This might also provide some insight to non-English speaking French who will never know what’s on her twisted mind, otherwise; she may be having some pretty good laughs about you and running home to share them with a little community that she calls The Internet. Don’t worry, it’s a huge party and hardly anyone knows anyone else.

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Squeamish Girl’s Guide to ParisKeith Eckstein 15/12/10 –  After a few years checking out various far away lands, squeamish girl set down her roots in very civilized Paris, France. But it turns out that you can’t take the squeamish out of the girl and it just seems to pop up in the most unexpected of places (restaurants, metro, the doctor’s office). The adventures of an antiseptic yet challenge-seeking New Yorker in France……

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SUIS JE FOLLE ?Keith Eckstein 15/12/10 – A NEW LIFE IN THE 75, IN PICTURES AND IN WORDS.


Sundays in Paris

Keith Eckstein 15/12/10 – Reviewed – August 11, 2010

“It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn’t know what I was doing spending Sundays in Paris.”

Now, not a lot of people know this but… that was actually the first draft of the opening line of Silvia Plath’s The Bell Jar.

It got changed because the publishers read the opening line of Ted Hughes’ poem “Your Paris” which, of course, starts… “Your Paris, I thought, was American” and thought that he was dropping a subtle hint.

All of which has absolutely nothing to do with this lovely photo blog!

Sundays in Paris is a photoblog by T who is an anesthesioboist (whatever that is) who lives in Boston, Massachusetts and is a wife & mom and a doctor too.

And, she listens to classical Christmas carols all year round because they make her happy!


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If you know of any other blogs from English speaking expats living in Paris, please let me know and I’ll add them to this page.

And if you decide to visit any of the blogs shown on this page, why not leave a comment and say hello? It can sometimes be a lonely business (or, rather, hobby) being a blogger and an unexpected comment or email can really put a sparkle on the day!

All the best

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