Bringing Down the White Picket Fence


Stroll the Bridges You don’t have to stand in line at all the tourist attractions to get the best views of Paris.  Skip the lines and head for the bridges!  Take an evening stroll, breathe in the delicious Paris air, and watch the sun work its magic on this beautiful city. When the sun goes down, the city and its bridges light up.  Stay up late and share in the nightlife.  This… Read More

If you haven’t had a chance to read Our Guide to Paris-Where We Eat (Part 1), please be sure you do!  As promised, we have some additional favorites described below! Les Deux Magots  ( 6 place Saint-Germain-des-Prés, 75006 Paris, France Unfortunately, these days, Les Deux Magots gets a bad rap for being touristy and overpriced.  Being one of Hemingway’s old haunts, this beautiful cafe gets a lot of traffic.  We recommend coming… Read More

There are just too many fantastic places to eat in the city of Paris, and we’ve got more of our favorites coming your way.  Stay tuned.  Check out some of our recommendations here in Part 1 of Our Guide to Paris-Where We Eat and Our Guide to Paris-Where to Stay. © Paul and Michelle Shappirio and Bringing Down the White Picket Fence, 2007-2014. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and… Read More

  I always say, “To travel is to eat,” and I believe food is the ultimate gateway between the traveler and the local.  There is no better way to embrace the culture of a country than to dig your hands, your fork, your bread, into the culinary delights of a foreign place.  Food gives you opportunities, not only to taste, but also to converse with the people who cook it and serve… Read More

Paris, that magical place that makes people’s eyes sparkle.  Whether they’ve traveled there or not, the world swoons over Paris.  Maybe its love, maybe its good bread and cheese, or maybe its just that glittering tower that draws travelers in and keeps them coming back for more.  With all of its fascinating architecture, glittering lights, and bustling cafes, the city of Paris is dreamy and delicious and not to be missed. I… Read More

Be on the look out for Bringing Down the White Picket’s Fence’s guide to Paris!  We will feature all of our favorite things to see and do, recommend places to stay, and give you great suggestions for some amazing places to eat and drink!   © Paul and Michelle Shappirio and Bringing Down the White Picket Fence, 2007-2014. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this… Read More

Paul’s “Paris in the Rain” photo was recently chosen as a top 25 photo in a showcase challenge on the website The Photo Argus! You can check out his and all the other amazing rain photos by checking out The Photo Argus website at Wow!  So grateful for all the love lately!  Keep it coming!

Six months ago we heaved our luggage, for the final time, down the narrow and steep spiral staircase of our temporary little home in the beautiful city of Paris.  We rolled our suitcases onto our little cobblestone side street, adjusted our backpacks, took one final glance at our favorite cafe, and began our journey home. Here we are in January and I never really “finished Paris”.   During the last few days… Read More

Our Moms are in Paris and we’ve been so busy showing them the city that I’ve neglected to blog.  We’ve had them on bicycles and boats, to cafes and museums, on the sidelines of the Tour de France, and even for their first falafel!  I wish we had toted the camera along for that street dining experience!  We’ve walked and walked in the blazing sun and heat (they kindly brought it with… Read More

Provence…sigh… Blame my lack of blogging on the South of France. We just returned to Paris from our little “vacation on vacation”, a luxurious retreat to Saint Remy de Provence. Two years of marriage equals two sweet and delicious days of celebration in French paradise. Our only regret is we didn’t stay a week. I suggest if you are planning to walk down the aisle and say “I do” anytime soon, you… Read More