Vapiano!

After moving to Paris, one of the things that this blogger missed was a certain chain of unique “Pizza/Pasta Bars”, Vapiano. The concept behind Vapiano is accessibly chic – an effortlessly sophisticated place to go out that still manages to pull of being accessible and humble. Vapiano itself desribes itself perfectly as “an innovative European…

From the lips of a legend: Ave Maria – Deanna Durbin

Stumbled across an old clip of Deanna Durbin, who reportedly now lives somewhere on the outskirts of Paris. She built a sound career in film in the 30s, and acted alongside names as big as Judy Garland. After her career took a turn, she slowly eased out of public life andnow lives here, and is…

St. Germain l’Auxerrois

These are images taken from St. Germain l’Auxerrois that arguably has the most impressive stained glass windows in Paris. These stunning works of art apparently survived the French revolution and several other threats to the building’s integrity. The building itself dates as far back as the 7th Century and used to hold substantial political significance…

"Champs" lit up for Christmas 2010

With Christmas a month away, Champs Elysees is dressed for the part. Here are a few images from my mobile phone. Pardon the quality 🙂

General Petraeus at Sciences Po: Of Killer Rabbits and Afghanistan

Today General Patraeus who heads the NATO effort in Afghanistan gave a compelling, humble assessment of the campaign’s progress in Afghanistan at Sciences Po. I was fortunate to go along and hear him speak. While I recorded some video footage, the quality is extremely poor and not suitable for posting here. Anyhow, Gen Petraeus spoke…

Doctoral Studies in France? How France measures up to the States

For students who have gone through English medium universities, the choice to study in France is often not an obvious one. he English speaking world has several great options for the young academics to choose from – while the linguistic barrier of studying in France only serves to be discouraging for the would-be students fromAnglophone…

A taste of Southern France: Le Plomb du Cantal Restaurant!

Having a great dinner out is often a combination of several things – great company, location, time of the year – well whatever it is that drives personal choice. And well, striking that balance is almost always tricky. Nonetheless, this blogger can testify to have had just the right mix of all factors that make…

A history of looted Parisian Art

The New York Times recently carried a fascinating piece on some of the city’s famous art pieces that were seized as wartime booty in the past. Focusing particularly on the Louvre and Identifying Paris as the most significant victim of Hitler’s art theft during the second world war t “Hunting for looted Art in Paris”…

Paris month of photography – catching the tail end

Dutch photographer Ellen Kooi makes her debut Paris exhibition between the 17th of November and the 22nd of December at the Dutch Institute. Her work is usually surrelaistic, thought provoking and quite stunning indeed. Can’t wait to see her work over this weekend! But, in the meantime will have to make do with paging through…

"Croissant" performed by Jay Brannan

Croissants are a quintessential part of the French diet – along with other staples “pain au chocolat’ (literally translated ‘bread with chocolate – and other such confectionaries. Recently, I stumbled across a glum, depressing but thought provoking acoustic song christened after that quintessential piece of french food – the croissant. Sung by Jay Brannan, a…