Linda Mathieu

Linda Mathieu, a native Texan, lives in France with her French husband. She was a Paris Tour Guide and is the author of Secrets of a Paris Tour Guide, available at www.amazon.com.

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The replica of the Cave du Pont d’Arc Ardeche

Written by on August 8, 2017 in Rhône Alpes
The replica of the Cave du Pont d’Arc Ardeche

Imagine that you are a speleogist (one who studies caves) and you are in an area known for its many caves – in this case above the Ardeche Gorge. You climb the limestone cliffs, doing a little exploring, when suddenly, unexpectedly, you feel a waft of cool air coming from a small opening. You squirm […]

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Walking the Chemin de Compostela Pilgrims Route in France

Written by on June 19, 2017 in Guest Blogs, Tours in France
Walking the Chemin de Compostela Pilgrims Route in France

The Camino de Santiago (called le Chemin de Compostela in France) has become very famous in recent years helped by the release of an American movie called The Way. With a handful of stars but not much budget to promote, the film was a success largely by word of mouth sharing. It’s the tale of […]

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Musee d’Orsay Spectacular Second Empire Exhibition

Written by on October 20, 2016 in Arty, Paris
Musee d’Orsay Spectacular Second Empire Exhibition

The Musee d’Orsay museum which sits across the river from the Louvre is located in what was once a railway station. The permanent exhibitions are superb – paintings, furniture, art deco, sculptures and much more. It also has fabulous restaurants that are like works of art in themselves. Spectacular Second Empire Exhibition There are also regular […]

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Les Machines de I’ile Nantes

Written by on August 9, 2016 in Pays de la Loire
Les Machines de I’ile Nantes

Nantes in the Pays de la Loire, is a delightful place to visit. It has been named “the most liveable city in France” and the European Green capitol. The old city is restricted to traffic and is mostly pedestrian. A code is required to enter this section of Nantes at various barriers around the city […]

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Insider’s Paris Shopping Guide | Lubin Perfume Shop Paris

Written by on February 12, 2016 in Paris, Quirky
Insider’s Paris Shopping Guide | Lubin Perfume Shop Paris

Paris is awash with perfumeries and some of them are outstandingly special like Lubin, one of the oldest perfume shops in Paris, open since 1798 and once the hangout of Jospehine Bonaparte. Linda Matthieu, expat in Paris, goes on the scent of a great Paris perfumerie… There are perfume shops galore in Paris; some offer […]

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Paris Insider Address Book | Buly 1803

Written by on April 13, 2015 in French Style, Funky, Paris
Paris Insider Address Book | Buly 1803

Buly 1803 is located at the end of rue Bonaparte in a store that you might pass if you weren’t looking for it or if you weren’t keeping your eyes peeled. It is located in an old pharmacy and the owners were smart enough to keep most of the interior intact with dark cabinets and […]

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The history of Mustard in France

Written by on March 25, 2015 in Gastronomy, Quirky
The history of Mustard in France

Mustard has been popular in France for at least 1500 years, at one point there was even a mustard maker to Pope John XXII (1249 – 1334) who was at that time living in Avignon giving rise to the popular expression “Se croire le premier moutardier du pape”  which means “he thinks himself the Pope’s […]

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Picpus Cemetery Paris

Written by on March 23, 2015 in Paris, Quirky
Picpus Cemetery Paris

In a seldom visited corner of Paris, near Place de la Nation in the 12th arrondissement, is Picpus Cemetery, one of the city’s most unusual burial grounds – the last resting place of a hero of the American Revolution and victims of the French Revolution, a plot where the history of France is preserved… Here, between […]

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Louis Vuitton Foundation Paris

Written by on November 10, 2014 in Art and Artists, Arty, Paris
Louis Vuitton Foundation Paris

2014 saw the opening stage of a brand new private museum and art Centre. Sponsored by the group LVMH (Louis Vuitton) and its subsidiaries, the Louis Vuitton Foundation Paris is an incredible sight, a standout colossus of a building.   The construction of this new centre was started in 2006, designed by the American-Canadian architect […]

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The Orient Express train to Paris

Written by on June 30, 2014 in Guest Blogs
The Orient Express train to Paris

The Orient Express train to Paris from Venice is a fine way to travel in style says The Good Life Paris reporter Linda Matthieu… When my husband suggested we celebrate my birthday with a trip on the famous Orient Express train after watching a TV special on the subject, of course I said yes. Hasn’t […]

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