Fishing the Moon in secret trash cans of Paris

September 10, 2014  |  Story of the month


Maybe we don’t realize that a lot of abandoned and old objects hide the soul and history of Paris. Maybe by finding thousands of them, we are not even looking at the very little peak of the iceberg.
Paris cannot only be discovered through the usual common spots, places, tradicional food and souvenirs…LITTLE (but BIG in spirit) stories and things made also the Paris that we are looking for!
Curiosity DID NOT kill the cat in Paris: it showed him those forgotten treasures…sometimes and old job now disappeared, and old expression that make no sense nowadays, an old guy, a celebrity in his own neighborhood in the 40´s, never shown in the official story books of Paris.

Flea markets Paris

Flea markets Paris

Flea markets Paris

So why don’t we start with the legendary Parisian “Fishermen of the moon”? Those rag and bone men who used to walk the streets at night looking for valuable things in the garbage. In the very beginning they had only temporary stalls around the walls of Paris, nowadays, they have some special spots to make them come back alive. Places where time is not relevant, where the FORGOTTEN becomes the most popular. In some of those special flea markets in Paris, markets of hidden great stories, thousands of sleeping objects are waiting to be discovered, those that have much more than the value of money, those with stories worth telling…come with us, we will show you the flea markets Paris.

We like to think that once, at the very beginning, Paris by Martin was found on one of those nights by a Fisherman of the Moon and could be your secret open door to this magic city of lights and that the spirits of all those forgotten characters live with us.

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Cute little shops Paris – “Fallen from a truck”

April 8, 2014  |  Advice of the week


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Cute little shops Paris

In Paris you can find big design stores, but also cute little shops and boutiques where the concept is the big thing they offer: “Tombées du Camion” is a shop in Montmartre where the objects have high sentimental value but little monetary value, they are forgotten things, accessories, jewelry, toys, threads, medicine bottles, remaining stocks of “new things” from old factories, that were never sold. This is an original store that hides secrets and allows its visitors to discover new stories…exactly what Paris by Martin does…

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Tombées du Camion, 17 Joseph de Maistre, 75018

“Thou Shalt Not Call a Pig […]“

April 2, 2014  |  Story of the month

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Among a lot of wise things, Napoleon once said: “There are so many laws that no one is safe from hanging”. And no sooner said than done he dictated the law that prohibited people naming their pigs after him.

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Time passed by and no one ever changed nor deleted that law and, nowadays apart from being in serious trouble if you break that one, you wouldn’t want to be caught kissing someone in a train station, but, well…that’s another story…

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Best Baguettes Paris – 18th neighbourhood “the Mecca” for Baguettes?

November 28, 2012  |  Advice of the week


November, 2012

Best Baguettes Paris

Is the 18th neighbourhood “the Mecca” for Baguettes?


Best baguettes Paris – Paris by Martin (illustration: Vanesa Galiano)

Every year the city of Paris held a biggest bakers contest for the best baguette of the year. Hundreds of Boulangeries (bakeries) take part for an award of 4,000 euros and to become the official baguette supplier to the Elysée Palace (the house of the French president) with a daily delivery of 15 baguettes. This year (2012) , the 18th edition of this contest gathered 168 bakers . 124 participants reached the weight and length criteria in their baguettes to compete (between 55cm and 65cm long, and must weigh between 250g and 300g). The jury is composed of six volunteers, bakers (including the winner of last year’s title), food industry professionals and journalists. They judged on taste, aroma and appearance. Last year´s edition (2011) was won by Pascal Barillon’s Au Levain d’Antan, If you want this year best baguette look for Sébastien Mauvieux of the Boulangerie Mauvieux (159 rue Ordener, 75018 Paris) On the 18th edition the 18th neighbourhood wins for the 3rd consecutive time and the 5th time in 6 years. It is another Parisian riddle and a strong trace to look for the best baguettes to come in future editions. Join us in Paris by Martin to try some of the best baguettes in town and a lot more!

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The most exceptional king ever in the history of France?

November 28, 2012  |  Uncategorized

November, 2012 

He was so ambitious that he conquered many territories. He was so worried about his homeless handicap soldiers in Paris that he decided to build up the “Hôtel des Invalides” (a hospital disable soldiers). He was so concerned about his public image that he designed his own propaganda as the “Sun King” illuminating Europe with his knowledge and culture together with iconic characters such as Moliere and La Fontaine. He felt so short that he invented for himself some kind of high heals to be taller. Then, he forbade their use for the rest of mortals. He was the tallest! A war king, a culture king, a fashion king…was not he the best king ever in the history of France? He also built up Versailles but that s another weird and funny history. Come to further into details and to find out what is all about!

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Tap water in Paris safe to drink?

November 28, 2012  |  Story of the month

“The running water of Paris worth drinking a good tea”

October, 2012 


Tap water in Paris Safe? Paris by Martin

Tap water in Paris Safe? Paris by Martin

Is tap water in Paris safe to drink? It is a general accepted fact: Tap water in Paris has very special qualities. It is also commonly accepted that we talk about very good water. Water is one the main characters of the Parisian history…  many historic floods (one of them turned Paris into Venice), the left bank swamps forgotten after medieval times, part or entire iconic buildings floating since the XIX century and thousands of incredible stories connected to the most popular drink in the world.

Paris keeps a few natural water sources in some specific spots along the city. Some of them are witnesses of hundreds of visitors passing by without being noticed. They are accessible to general public. Among this universe of stories, spoken by a few, kept almost as a secret state affaire…It is said that everyday in the Embassy of Great Britain someone is sent out to get some water from one of this accessible but unknown sources nearby. Of course! The best tea deserves the best water we can get! Join us to know more about these stories!

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An ancient Parisian hero…more popular than Lady Gaga?

November 28, 2012  |  Story of the month

September, 2012 

Victor Hugo, an iconic writer, a politician being, respected by the crowds, left this world in May 1885 and more than 1 million people went out to street to say goodbye to this great man and to celebrate his life. In 1998, France won the Football world cup for the first time in France and even with all the media resources, marketing, merchandising of modern times…less people went out to the streets than the Victor Hugo funerals witnessed. Victor Hugo still lives in Notre Dame, in the Lutetia Arena, in some of the greatest novels ever and in many other things in our Parisian life….but that is another story to be continued. Come to discover what is all about…

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Good coffee in Paris? A proper “coup of Joe” is now possible!

November 27, 2012  |  Advice of the week

October, 2012 

Where to find good coffee in Paris?

Discovered by goats in Ethiopia, declared illegal 3 times in history, approved by Pope Clement VIII, “not having enough” the only good legal cause for a divorce, “a sweet one” for a yes in a marriage proposal and a salty for a no, the “Irish version” invented to warm up cold American plane passengers leaving from Ireland, Americano or a “ Coup of Joe” for the 2nd World War, a name due to its similarity in colour to the robes of an order of Monks, a “Tea Party” where the new nation gained its strong allegiance to this another drink just to face the enemy, regulated by the Italian government, the most expensive version is a product of an animal digestion, an opera wrote by Bach…and many funny and interesting facts behind one of the most preferred drinks in the world….coffee.

Even when the world most powerful businesses started life as coffee houses, even when a Parisian coffeehouse was said to have been the root of the intellectualism that led to the French Revolution, Paris is not recognized to be one the best places for sitting and cipping coffee (Viena, Amsterdam, Rome, Melburne, Wellington, Buenos Aires, Seattle). Despite these facts, a new coffee trendy era is arriving to Paris that may put Paris in this world ranking someday in the near future. So yes, good coffee in Paris is possible! If you are a coffee lover do not miss: Kooka Boora Bal Café Cafeothequeé Lomi – among some other few. If you are lucky you may see some of the “JUS DE CHAUSSETTES” independent baristas competition. 

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Tea Lovers in Paris – The biggest “tea bank” in Europe

November 27, 2012  |  Advice of the week

September, 2012 

Tea Lovers in Paris

There are maybe 4 or 5 recognized big masters of Tea in the entire world. Among this exclusive group only one is a woman. She has travelled to extreme environments all around the planet to get the best tea ever, from high mountain areas, to unreachable deep spots in exotic rainforests… This Lady is Madame Tseng and she is based in Paris. She has the biggest “Tea Bank” in Europe (at least) in her “Maison des Trois Thés”. Did you know that the most expensive tea is far more expensive then the most expensive coffee? Did you know that there are millenary teas that could cost more than a million euros? For beginners, for experts…an exotic universe to discover in Paris. A must for tea lovers in Paris!

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Simplicity, complexity, the French cuisine secret in your hands

August 6, 2012  |  Advice of the week

1st week of August.

In the very heart of Paris we can find one of the best kept original secrets of the French gastronomy. The place is called Le Soufflé and every single dish there is a Soufflé. Starter, main dish, desert…sweet, salty… so simple, so complex and extremely creative. Visit:

Do not miss this place. Paris by Martin helps you to build your relationship with Paris and to turn it unique and unforgettable.