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How to order a specific coffee-based experience in Paris

When in Paris in 2009, my sister and I saw the people at a table near us being served a delightful assortment of small pastries to accompany a coffee - and at the time, we learned the name for this. Apparently it is a "thing." But those brain cells have long since been killed off. We may be re-visiting Paris in 2014, and if we want to replicate this experience...what does one call it? I think there were three small bits of heaven on the side of the coffee.
posted by dorgla on Apr 2, 2013 - 8 answers

Decode This German Shorthand Mystery Letter From 1939!

This envelope with a letter inside was found inside a large decaying bound edition of Shakespeare auf Deutsch in a junk shop in Bushwick that was only apparently open for a few months before disappearing. The letter, postmarked 15 March, 1939 - was sent to Paris by a Mr. Henri Wolf. The contents of the letter appear to be German shorthand. Included was small piece of what looks like code, there's nothing else on the back.The letter, envelope, postcard, etc in question are at this imgur album. Hivemind: What the hell is this?
posted by The Whelk on Mar 14, 2013 - 28 answers

Help me navigate the world of planning a trip abroad.

I'm going abroad this summer. What advice would you give to someone who hasn't been abroad in a decade? What resources exist for traveling? Specific areas: Sardinia, Italy (mainland), France, possibly London. [more inside]
posted by DoubleLune on Mar 14, 2013 - 8 answers

Postcard to Japan

I want to send a postcard from France to this restaurant in Japan where my friend is a cook. There appears to be an address on the front page of the website, but I'll be damned if I can make out what it says, much less recreate it on a postcard in a way that the French post can parse. I'm sure I could ask him myself, but I would prefer to surprise him. Can anyone help me with this?
posted by Evstar on Mar 11, 2013 - 9 answers

Finding summer accommodation in Paris

I'm going to Paris in July and August this summer to take a language course at the Sorbonne. Yay! However, my original plan to stay at a friend's flat has fallen through, and I'm going to have to search for my own accommodation. I don't know where to start... and my French isn't great. Help! [more inside]
posted by pikeandshield on Mar 11, 2013 - 10 answers

Are there other French TV shows I can watch via Roku?

Are there other French TV shows I can watch via Roku? [more inside]
posted by lxs on Mar 7, 2013 - 3 answers

Frameable topo/geo map of France?

I want to purchase a frameable map of France, done in a similar manner to this one of Oregon. My Google powers are letting me down, even in French. All I'm able to find so far are 3D, molded-plastic relief maps, and then regional, folding topo maps. Any clues welcome.
posted by sandettie light vessel automatic on Feb 18, 2013 - 7 answers

When was the printer Oliveau & Fils graveur in Bordeaux in operation?

I have an olive oil label printed in France by A. Oliveau & Fils graveur in Bordeaux for a grocery store or outfit in Mexico City, Cia. Abarrotera. The label looks like it is from the very early 1900s. I would like to know when Cia. Abbarrotera and/or A. Oliveau & Fils graveur was in operation.
posted by kirsti on Feb 17, 2013 - 10 answers

Where can I run Paris?

We're staying near the Hotel Le Littre from next Thursday through Sunday. Where I can I go for a nice run? [more inside]
posted by rybreadmed on Jan 27, 2013 - 4 answers

Magical, quirky Parisian nights?

Where to go and what to do in Paris this weekend? Good ways to meet people when in town for just a couple of nights? [more inside]
posted by thesnowyslaps on Dec 20, 2012 - 5 answers

Help Me Come Up with a Quirky Username for VLogging my exchange!

I'm going on exchange to Lille, France in January til June. I want to record my experiences on YouTube by V-Logging--can you help me think of a cute and quirky YouTube username? My brain is failing me! Also, looking for general advice and suggestions for students going on exchange. [more inside]
posted by rhythm_queen on Dec 16, 2012 - 4 answers

Le Pop Super-Bon!

Le Pop Super-Bon! Can anyone suggest French bubble-gum pop that's especially au courant? Like Yelle (particularly her first album), only more recent? Stuff good for dancing or for cleaning the house. I've seen these threads, but they're a bit stale. Merci à tous!
posted by Capt. Renault on Dec 14, 2012 - 6 answers

Are air quotes international, or localized?

Do Francophones (or other users of non-English quotation marks) use “air quotes”? [more inside]
posted by zamboni on Dec 12, 2012 - 7 answers

Shipping from France to USA

How can I order from amazon.fr marketplace from a seller who doesnt ship to the USA? [more inside]
posted by HMSSM on Nov 27, 2012 - 7 answers

Infinite possibilities - Paris

Any special must sees for a whistle stop 48 hour tour of Paris with a 5 year old and 3 year old? [more inside]
posted by numberstation on Nov 27, 2012 - 9 answers

Please recommend movies, books and tv to do with the First World War (1914 to 1918)

I'd like some recommendations for high quality movies, books, memoirs, tv shows, etc that cover the First World War (1914 to 1918) and the immediate years before and after. [more inside]
posted by h00py on Nov 25, 2012 - 40 answers

Living in France, studying in Canada.

Living in one foreign country while doing a distance learning program based out of another. Possible? Advisable? [more inside]
posted by Tamanna on Nov 19, 2012 - 1 answer

Oh my lord I love this song; help me find it again!

I just heard the most amazing song on a streaming radio station from France! The song was in English, but there was no identification, and googling the bits of lyrics I could understand got me nowhere. Can you help me figure it out? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Nov 15, 2012 - 11 answers

Are there any magazines for anglophiles and francophiles? Google not helpful.

Are there any magazines for anglophiles and francophiles? Google not helpful. [more inside]
posted by miltoncat on Nov 11, 2012 - 8 answers

Help me plan my trip to France!

I’m currently based in Andalucía, Spain, teaching English for the school year, and am planning to visit neighboring France during Christmas vacation. France fascinates me and will be the first country I visit outside of Spain during my time in Europe, but to be honest: I know nothing. I have approximately 13 days to spend in the country, I would like to see Paris and a few other sites in the northwest, and I will probably enter the country on the Mediterranean coast (from Spain) and leave via the Basque Country (to return to Spain). What should I see? [more inside]
posted by huxham on Nov 11, 2012 - 11 answers

Phones in Paris

Going to Paris next spring 2013, traveling with parents who will be staying at a different hotel on other side of city. Would like to be able to call them to coordinate, what's the best option? [more inside]
posted by lirael2008 on Nov 10, 2012 - 9 answers

Which tablet for my mom?

Should my mom buy a Kindle Fire HD or an iPad mini? International edition. [more inside]
posted by Joh on Nov 8, 2012 - 18 answers

School me on French universities!

Explain to me the structure and reputation of the Paris universities. And, while we're at it, how about explaining the French tertiary educational system as well? [more inside]
posted by UniversityNomad on Nov 2, 2012 - 5 answers

Basque Country or south of France?

Basque Country of south of France for post-Christmas vacation? [more inside]
posted by kookaburra on Oct 30, 2012 - 4 answers

Tren? Ou et le billet? Wait, What?

Where can I book a train from Paris Nord to Beaune, returning from Beaune to CDG a few days later? [more inside]
posted by OompaLoompa on Oct 30, 2012 - 10 answers

Madrid and Paris events late October 2012

I'm visiting Madrid from 25 October till 1 November and Paris from 1 till 5 November. Any suggestions for evening entertainment such as raves or halloween parties? [more inside]
posted by jeffburdges on Oct 15, 2012 - 4 answers

From Paris to Geneva in a week - where to stop?

Where would you go in France if you had a week to get from Paris to Geneva? My husband and I (early 30s) are planning a trip and am not sure how to fill that space or where to go. We would prefer trains to renting a car, and the only restriction is that we'd like to spend a night or two in Annecy. [more inside]
posted by emily37 on Oct 8, 2012 - 11 answers

Am I going to be cheek to jowl with other family vacationers during Vacances de la Toussaint?

FranceFilter: Vacances de la Toussaint (fall midterm holidays) have what effect on traveling? Are trains, family-oriented sights, indoor pools, etc. packed, or is it mostly status quo? [more inside]
posted by wnissen on Oct 1, 2012 - 5 answers

Is there nothing to do in Paris but eat, drink & look at art?

Honeymooning in Paris, and trying to flesh out our plans (not to mention a wedding registry) with stuff other than restaurants & museums. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by chicobangs on Sep 10, 2012 - 25 answers

Where's a good tourist destination in central France?

I'm taking a holiday in the South of France soon and am planning to drive down there (there being Carcassonne). I plan to stop one night somewhere on the way - where would be an interesting place in the middle of France to spend one evening?
posted by ascullion on Sep 8, 2012 - 3 answers

They gave me a short-stay visa... but I need a carte de séjour

The French consulate in Toronto gave me a three-month visa, but I was planning on staying for 9 months to a year. I don't know why they gave me a three-month visa when I clearly stated I was planning on leaving in June, but someone just told me I can't apply for a carte de séjour with a three-month visa. HELP! [more inside]
posted by kansakwens on Sep 7, 2012 - 6 answers

I need a history book!

I need help with a book suggestion! All my particulars found within, within, within.. [more inside]
posted by kbanas on Sep 3, 2012 - 3 answers

Tips for surfing in Normandy, France

I'd like to go surfing in next weekend in Normandy, France. Haven't pinned down a specific location yet. Any recommendations on where to go, where to stay and where (if possible) to rent a board?
posted by ar0n on Sep 2, 2012 - 2 answers

Major Mistress Mystery Missed: Madame Makes Masses Manic!

In 2010, the granddaughter of Marthe de Florian died at age 91. An apartment she had kept locked in Paris since 1940 was finally opened and among the items found in the apartment was a gorgeous painting of her grandmother by italian artist Giovanni Boldini. Every article about the discovery focuses on Marthe & Giovanni and the painting. My friends and I are far more interested in the granddaughter... Can you help us find details? [more inside]
posted by aristan on Aug 20, 2012 - 3 answers

Can I use a French sim card with my Droid Razr?

Can I use a French sim card in my Droid Razr? [more inside]
posted by mollywas on Aug 16, 2012 - 2 answers

Climbing & adventures for kids in Fontainebleau?

Recommended family adventures in Fontainebleau and Sancerre, France? [more inside]
posted by zeikka on Aug 6, 2012 - 3 answers

I'm thinking of applying for a Fulbright - how well do I REALLY need to know the language?

I'm thinking of applying for a Fulbright - how well do I REALLY need to know the language? [more inside]
posted by lxs on Jul 19, 2012 - 9 answers

Now what?

HoneymoonFilter: in a couple of weeks, we're flying into Olbia, Sardinia where a rental car is waiting for us and flying out of Ajaccio, Corsica ten days later. I haven't booked or planned anything in between. Any itinerary suggestions or tips on what we shouldn't miss? Thanks.
posted by halogen on Jul 15, 2012 - 3 answers

Best 3g SIM card for Western Europe?

What are my prepaid 3g data+sim options for Western Europe? [more inside]
posted by pompomtom on Jul 12, 2012 - 3 answers

Where can I buy berets in DC?

Where can I buy three black berets and gauloises cigarettes tomorrow or Saturday in Washington, D.C. (or on-line so they get here SUPER fast)? [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl on Jul 12, 2012 - 11 answers

Paris with a peanut-allergic three-year-old -- tips for delicious nut-free dining?

We're heading to Paris for a week -- hurrah! Only catch: my three-year-old daughter has a really serious peanut and tree-nut allergy. She needs to avoid anything that could conceivably contain even a trace of nuts. Is she going to have to live off Goldfish crackers, or can we find safe dining options for her and ourselves? [more inside]
posted by Yo Soy La Morsa on Jul 8, 2012 - 9 answers

How long do I have to be in France before my classes start?

Do I have to BE in France for 3 weeks prior to my classes starting for the 2B Visa (Canada-France Youth Exchanges Agreement)? [more inside]
posted by kansakwens on Jun 30, 2012 - 5 answers

August in Marciac advice

Has anyone attended any of the Jazz Master Classes at Marciac in August? Any words of wisdom to pass along? Where did you sleep? Where did you eat? What were the surprises? What do you recommend to a newcomer? + two extra questions on jazz workshops in general and on this jazz festival in particular.. [more inside]
posted by ruelle on Jun 26, 2012 - 0 answers

Help us plan a special, multi-generational birthday in Paris!

Traveling to Paris next week with family, and looking for ideas for something special for my mother's upcoming 60th birthday... [more inside]
posted by BobbyVan on Jun 24, 2012 - 1 answer

Where to go after Paris and Strasbourg

I need some ideas on where to spend the last leg of our France trip (Details inside) [more inside]
posted by justlooking on Jun 24, 2012 - 7 answers

Should I risk smoking weed in France?

Should I risk smoking weed in (Nantes) France while on exchange from Canada? [more inside]
posted by kansakwens on Jun 23, 2012 - 19 answers

I need help planning our trip to Paris please.

I posted this question a few months ago and have since narrowed down our options. Need help deciding please! [more inside]
posted by kdern on Jun 19, 2012 - 7 answers

Damn their warnings, damn their lies! They will see the people rise!

[QuoteFilter] Segolene Royal loses her parliamentary seat..."She then quoted Victor Hugo: "Traitors always pay for their treachery in the end." Where's the original from?
posted by Hollywood Upstairs Medical College on Jun 18, 2012 - 3 answers

Market days in Northern France?

Can you recommend a good local market day in Northern France? [more inside]
posted by pompomtom on Jun 6, 2012 - 4 answers

Suggestions for Paris and Nancy with a toddler?

We are heading to Nancy and Paris France at the end of the week with our 12.5 month old, and we will be in each city for a week. I am looking for suggestions! [more inside]
posted by girl scientist on Jun 3, 2012 - 4 answers

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