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Betrand Delanoë is Trying to Evict Me!

July 7, 2010

A fun and unexplainable confluence of sinage that has nothing to do with this post.

Faithful readers, I don’t have a full posting for today but a very interesting article! Paris’ beloved mayor, Betrand Delanoë, doesn’t want me to be able to do vacation rentals.

C’mon, really? You think I’m driving up rental prices in Paris?


Since posting yesterday, I thought to expand a bit on this article. Although it was decently written, I don’t think it captures the extent to which short-term rentals are a part of Paris, just like any other major city. As the article points out, professors, researchers, and people who need to be in Paris but not for a whole year need and have the right to rent a decent apartment while they add to Paris economy and culture.

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Fourth of July at Le Sully

July 6, 2010

What do Americans do on the fourth of July in Paris?

Not much, apparently. There are some walking tours about the founding fathers, or the various American-themed establishments to go party in. But I had the ultimate luck of being lonely in my apartment, which is fine if you live in the 10th Arrondissement of Paris (expect soon post on this interesting neighborhood—an area that never sleeps, or at least, never stops drinking).

At around 8:45 p.m. I heard loud music from somewhere outside my window, so I wandered downstairs to find that the café right next door, Le Sully, was host to a live band called Le Gros Tube.

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Ambassdor’s Fourth of July Party

July 2, 2010

After sweating away and visiting the Marais for research yesterday, I got to put on my fancy pants and go to the U.S. Ambassador’s 4th of July party.

Hôtel de Pontalba

Yes, I know what the date was, I’ll get into that. The ambassador, whose offices are in Place de la Concorde, has an official residence at number 41, Rue du Faubourg St-Honoré, which is, of course, the fanciest street in Paris. Every haute couture designer has a boutique on the block, and all of the official ambassadorial residences are there because it is right near the Elysée Palace, where President Nicolas Sarkozy resides. The mansion, known as the Hôtel de Pantalba, is a gorgeous 19th-century building designed by Louis Visconti.

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First Day

July 1, 2010

After a brief four days of re-acquainting myself with Paris, I am finally ready to start posting. Expect colorful descriptions of the neighborhood I live in now, as well as previous neighborhoods I’ve inhabited, and beyond. There will be waxings-on about French culture, comparisons, and the beauty that is Paris.

UPDATE: Since I first posted this yesterday, some folks, including a French woman who is dear to my heart (and a former roomate) has pointed out how harsh my judgment is of the French in the following story. Let me say this now: I love the French. They are a proud and beautiful people, with an amazing history and that I don’t know what which allows them to maintain a very strong identity in a world that is rapidly changing before my eyes. They produce some of the world’s loveliest things, from clothing and decor to produce and cuisine, and their language is musical, logical, and sounds very refined. Indeed, look in the previous sentence for a good example of why English is a stupid language sometimes…

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Introduction. C’est quoi un flâneur?

July 1, 2010

Welcome to the Brooklyn Flâneur, which I have started as travel blog that will document my movements for the next four (or so) weeks as I conduct the research for the sixth edition update Paris for Dummies (Wiley).

Before a brief overview of what I’ll be be documenting…

…let’s ask it: What is a flaneur? If you forget, the link can also be found up above at the page.

Thank you to my dear friend Sara who, in sending me the link this book, inspired the name for this blog.