TGV Est Européen Opens.

The long-awaited TGV East (TGV Est Européen) finally opened today to the public, reducing travel time from Paris to Strasbourg from 4 hours to 2 hours and 20 minutes, and to Frankfurt from 6 hours and 15 minutes to 3 hours and 50 minutes. The destinations of the new TGV Est Européen line is show below, taken from SNCF’s TGV Est Européen website:

tgv map from

Tickets are also quite reasonable, with tickets from Paris-Strasbourg starting at around 25€ one-way. If you do understand a bit of French, some tickets can be booked directly on SNCF’s own website by clicking here.

Parisian Coffee Table Books.

In my previous entry I wrote about the bookstore Assouline in Paris. While visiting the bookstore I was fascinated by their selection of specialty books that have an exclusive look, beginning with the packaging. I did inquire about these books for this particular entry, and here they are for my readers.


chanel books by assouline.

This special three-volume collection on Chanel features perfumes, fine jewelry and fashion comes complete with storage in an outer slipcase made in Chanel’s signature quilted leather. Available in the US direct from Assouline for US$550.

The Legend of Cannes.

“the legend of cannes” by assouline.

To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the world-famous film festival, Assouline released a special boxed-version of the book “The Legend of Cannes” that features 100 illustrations of the film festival with text by journalist Henry-Jean Servat. The special boxed version in a movie reel case is priced at 99 Euros and not available in the US.

MetroTrek: Paris.
When we think of Paris, we tend to think of things like the Eiffel Tower, the Champs-Élysées, the Louvre and perhaps the cafés on the Left Bank of the river Seine. However, there is much more to Paris than just your basic tourist attractions. Having been to Paris numerous times, I frequently end up exploring the city on foot as well as on the métro, as it’s truly great to just get lost in the city (literally); you will find so much more than what’s in your guidebook. If it’s your first time to Paris, you might want to spend a day doing something outside of your standard itinerary. I decided to do exactly that in Paris. Here are some of the highlights:

Walk Along the Canal St-Martin:

view of the canal st-martin, paris.

I never knew there was a canal in Paris until the movie Amélie. After seeing the movie I just had to visit this place near the Place de la République. I remembered my first visit was during a drizzly morning, but this time around I was blessed with abundant amounts of sunshine. Many relaxed alongside the canal with a baguette and a drink — what a way to spend a wonderful Sunday.

Métro: République (lines 3, 5, 8, 9, 11)
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