Whiz around Paris and ponder on liberty

Parisians take their liberté seriously!  There is of course the history of their nation and the Declaration of the Rights of the Man and of the Citizen of 1789 being considered one of the most important documents that have shaped the world in terms of the idea of freedom for all mankind, and having in part Read more

Now is the month of Maying: walking, cycling, secret gardens, and velo being an anagram of love …

Many of our friends around the world – perhaps the luckier ones – are spending the month of May on vaccinations and the related worrying. Our Parisien friends in the meantime have been getting onto their bikes (or “vélos”). The talk-of-the-town in recent months have been about vélo – the French word for bikes – being Read more

Rethinking cities #1: Ommmm in Paris, the 15-minute commute in Milan, and Amsterdam in a doughnut

As cities are coming back to life with summer drawing to a close and Covid restrictions relaxing …we urbanites and city-dwellers are looking forward to some of the magic that cities offer … chance meetings in the street, lazing at kerb-side cafe tables looking into the streetscape, accidental tableside conversations that spark an idea, chit-chats Read more

Paris: BlaBla capital of the world

Happy Earth Day everyone! Yes, we mean Paris the capital of the world of BlaBla Car, the e-mobility tech company. As we at Madeleine’s want to be cool while doing good, we thought we’d write something in honour of Earth Day.  And so we decided to share our piece on a very Parisian technology company, Read more

Visiting Paris this spring as France goes from red, white, blue to yellow and green

Are you going to Paris this spring? Has Paris turned from its customary red, white, blue to yellow and green? Yellow of course is the yellow of the “gilets jaunes” (yellow vests or “GJs”) or what has been called “yellow chaos”. Thankfully, Paris survived the gilets jaunes final demonstration (“Act 18”) this past Saturday (16th Read more