Le cul entre les deux chaises

An American Spaniard in France or: How I Learned to Make an Ass of Myself in Three Cultures

French Housekeeping


A collection of random things I want to share with you.

→ A gallery of color photos of Paris in the early 1900s.

→ Cool video with great graphics illustrating the neighborhoods of Paris. It’s funny that my favorite spots don’t come off particularly well.

→ Ever since I read From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler as a kid, I’ve thought about how cool it would be to be alone in a museum. If the museum were the Louvre, the experience might be like this.

→ The screenshot I took for the post about CHARADE was featured in an article about Audrey Hepburn’s cinematic Paris. I told the editor to credit Stanley Donen and Universal since I don’t own the rights to the image, but it’s still my screenshot!

→ A joke poster from CollegeHumor for the Oscar-nominated AMOUR which is funny but inaccurate. Michael Haneke, the writer/director, is German. Reminds me of “the most French French film” ever made.

Amour alternate poster

Author: le cul en rows

I'm an American Spaniard, living in France. I like to tell stories.

4 thoughts on “French Housekeeping

  1. I had seen the gallery of pictures in colours of Paris in the 1900s. Seems to be doing the round. Neat video on the various areas of Paris…I thought it was pretty accurate for most spots.

    By the way, what are your favourite spots in Paris?

    • I don’t like crowds or tourists (i.e. people who don’t know where they’re going and stop suddenly), so most of the popular places in town are just trop trop pour moi. My current favorite areas are between République and Nation (L9), specifically Saint-Ambroise. There are proper neighborhoods there with an interesting mix of people and businesses and people doing their own things.

  2. You are right that is a nice neighbourhood. I agree with you about the touristy ones. We rarely go in the 5 or 6th along the Seine because they are too popular with tourists.

    • Ugh, the 5è and the 6è are the worst, aren’t they? It’s so upsetting since there are a lot of cool bars, restaurants and movie theaters there (plus lots of history) but both areas are full of people speaking English and taking pictures of everything. It’s too annoying (and sad) for words.

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