Author Archives: viviennemackie

About viviennemackie

Avid traveler, travel writer and photographer. In an earlier life I was a psychologist, but now am an ESL teacher. Very interested in multiculturalism, and how travel can expand one's horizons, understanding and tolerance.

Now Always on a Sunday

Open on Sundays Galeries Lafayette is an upmarket French department store chain, the flagship store on Boulevard Haussmann in the 9th arrondissement, very close to Opera Garnier. From January 8, 2017 it is now open on Sundays 11am-7pm (Mondays-Saturdays 9:30am-8:30pm), … Continue reading

Posted in icons of Frnace, Paris shopping, Paris sights, where to eat in Paris | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Sculptures in the Tuileries Gardens

The Welcoming Hands 1996, in the Jardin des Tuileries since 2000, by Louise Bourgeois Bronze patine, granite The Tuileries Garden, one of the oldest public gardens in Paris, always impresses visitors with its orderly design along the city’s historical axis, … Continue reading

Posted in free art in Paris, gardens, outdoor sculpture, Paris, Paris sights, parks and gardens | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Where to Eat in Vannes

Brasserie Les Halles et des Arts 9 rue des Halles, Vannes This brasserie is on a side street, just up from Les Halles (the Covered Market Hall, just inside the old walls on the east side of Old Vannes) and … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Eating Around Gare de Bercy

 Bercy Café On recent trips in France we have quite frequently traveled from, or to, Gare de Bercy—often on our way to Clermont-Ferrand. On a couple of occasions, we’ve arrived at Bercy with a number of hours to spare before our … Continue reading

Posted in cafe, food, Paris, restaurant | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Jardins Éphémères, A First in France

In the summer of 2016, Vannes had a wonderful garden series, called Jardins Éphémères (Ephemeral Gardens). When we first walked into the old walled city from our hotel just outside the city walls, we noticed a pocket-sized patch of greenery … Continue reading

Posted in art exhibition, Brittany, city walks, gardens, parks and gardens, Vannes | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Paris: A Restaurant Re-Visited

Les Petites Ecuries I wrote about this restaurant before (https://vivsfrenchadventures.wordpress.com/2015/04/09/and-testing-the-new-in-paris/ ) 40 Rue des Petites Ecuries, 10th arrondissement, not too far from Gare de l’Est. Closest Metro stop: Chateau d’Eau.  We remembered this place from a previous visit to the … Continue reading

Posted in food, Paris, restaurant, where to eat in Paris | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

La Trinitaine and Breton Galette Cookies

Good marketing by Cows (on Parade), and What’s in a Name? Biscuits, Galettes, Palets? La Trinitaine: Located at Kerluesse, Saint-Phillbert, Morbihan Last summer we spent some time in Brittany. We used a few different towns as bases to explore the … Continue reading

Posted in Brittany, cafe, food, icons of Frnace, special shops | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment