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Unspoken Rules

The low-down on Les Puces

One of the largest flea markets in the world, the Marché aux Puces, in the northern suburb of Saint-Ouen, is the perfect place to seek out everything from vintage clothing and old vinyl to antique… Read more

20 arrondissements in just one day

Running from dawn until dusk, and covering almost 60km, the annual expedition taking in all 20 of the Paris arrondissements is no walk in the park – but there is no better way to get… Read more

Unspoken Rules Of Paris: Boulangerie Basics

Text: Guillermo Martínez de Velasco Who doesn’t like bread? It’s probably humanity’s oldest baked good, and when it comes to breadlove, Parisians take it to the next level. The Boulangerie is not just a place… Read more

Unspoken Rules Of Paris: Casual Eye Contact

Text: Guillermo Martínez de Velasco Eye contact is something we all do. There’s something special, or distinct or something about looking into someone’s eyes. The only adjective that keeps popping up when thinking of the… Read more

Unspoken Rules of Paris: L’amour, bien sûr!

Image: Robert Doisneau’s “Les Amoureux” Text: Guillermo Martinez de Velasco  You know that moment right before you jump into a pool that you know is filled with cold water? That strange mixture of drive and… Read more

Unspoken Rules of Paris: Self-Esteem SOS

Text: Guillermo Martinez de Velasco Escobedo Image: Nouvelle Vague photographer Raymond Cauchetiere It was one thirty in the morning on one of those April days when it’s finally warm enough to be jealous of the people… Read more

Unspoken Rules of Paris: Friends For Sure

  Text: Guillermo Martinez de Velasco The bar right outside of Étienne Marcel was crowded. It wasn’t crowded in the normal, busy brasserie of the deuxième-kind of way. No, there were people awkwardly standing next… Read more

Unspoken Rules Of Paris: How To Be Bored

Text: Guillermo Martinez de Velasco Paris can be exhilarating, beautiful, surprising, interesting, warm, foul, and many other things. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever come across two people who have identical views on the… Read more

Unspoken Rules of Paris: Montmartre, Tonmartre

Text: Guillermo Martinez de Velasco I am about to describe something we’ve all been through. It’s nothing we should be ashamed of because we didn’t know any better. It goes a little something like this.… Read more

Unspoken Rules of Paris: Rivers, Canals, Bridges

Text: Guillermo Martínez de Velasco I don’t think I remember the first time I went to the banks of the Seine at night. It must’ve been during winter. I’m almost sure that they were very… Read more

Unspoken Rules Of Paris: Supermarket Savoir

Text: Guillermo Martínez de Velasco As skinny as everyone around you looks in their rolled up navy or khaki pants, people in Paris have to eat. As a matter of fact, you have to eat… Read more

From Grand Boulevards to Palais Royal

Text: Guillermo Martinez de Velasco If ever there was a walk that would evoke everything Paris wanted others to see about it without showing that which it didn’t, it would be the one-hour stroll that… Read more

From Grand Boulevards to Palais Royal Part 2

Go back to Part 1 Text: Guillermo Martínez de Velasco You walk around it and wonder what the word ‘Madeleine’ even means. You’re back at Capucines but decide to turn right. The thought of heading… Read more

From Grand Boulevards to Palais Royale Part 3

  Go back to Part 2 Text: Guillermo Martínez de Velasco “Why am I here?” You ask yourself as you’re trying to cross Place de la Concorde. It takes you four minutes and three separate… Read more

Unspoken rules: 35 Parisian New Year’s Resolutions

Text: Guillermo Martinez de Velasco 1-Find someone French to have a date with 2-Actually do that thing where I pick an area of the Louvre per week, and visit it very attentively 3-Buy a bicycle… Read more

Unspoken rules: Où est le feu?

Words: Richard Price     Images: VINGT Paris I have never tired of trying to figure out what it is that makes the French unique.  That is a delicate way of saying that I am endlessly frustrated… Read more

The Gardien/Gardienne

The gardien/gardienne is the gentleman or lady who often lives in the Loge (the ground floor apartment of older style Parisian buildings, often adjacent to the entrance foyer) and takes care of cleaning common parts… Read more

Unspoken Rules