Seven must-see record shops in Paris

Over and over again, vinyl records transcends the knowledgeable music lovers, and their quest is taken more seriously than ever.

The Parisian diggers are lucky because they can count on many old record shops to satisfy their passion for music, and even on unique events dedicated to them, such as the Disquaire Day.
Focus on 7 record stores among our favorites in Paris.

The classic: Crocodisc

By its longevity (forty years) and its opulence which overflows the shelves and bins of the three shops Rock, Jazz and Black Music reigning in the Latin District, at Crocodisc, abundance meets the exception, and the impressive expertise of the salesmen will help you to find the rare record.

Tuesday – Saturday: 11am-7pm
40 and 42, rue des Ecoles, 5e.
64, rue de la Montagne-Sainte-Geneviève, 5e.

The coziest: Balades Sonores

A lovely shop, decorated by Chicamancha, is full of new products and rare pearls despite its modest size. The wise advice and its adorable team will make you a satisfied digger. And to avoid ruining anything, this record store welcomes showcase bands every week in an amicable atmosphere.

Sound Walks
Monday – Saturday: 12pm-8pm
1-3 Avenue Trudaine, 75009 Paris

Underground: Born Bad Records

In the kingdom of rock’n’ roll, all styles are at the court: from punk to garage, to new wave and other psychedelic and saturated joys. Enough to delight lovers of classics and forgotten nuggets, as well as the curious who will appreciate the section of the famous eponymous label and the promotion of great French bands.

Born Bad Records
Monday – Saturday: 12pm-7.30pm
11 Rue Saint-Sabin, 75011 Paris

The favorite: Pop Culture

The beautiful shop, which bears its name, and the excellence of the selection (indie rock, pop, but there are also soundtracks, hip-hop, and world music) catch up with the narrowness of the bins. Let Fred guide you, the passionate record dealer with silvery hair, in this well-equiped store with new products as it is with rare ones.

Pop Culture
Monday 2pm-7.30pm – Tuesday – Saturday: 11am-7.30pm
23 Rue Keller, 75011 Paris

The generous: Souffle Continu

The abundance of records and the profusion of references plunges you into a most delightful music lover’s apnea. Electro, jazz, experimental, rock, cold wave and black metal, and the bosses have the knack to propose re-releases of unknown treasures but also new ones. The digger’s paradise! The most? The regular showcases!

Souffle Continu
Monday – Saturday: 12pm-8pm
22 Rue Gerbier, 75011 Paris

The versatile: La Silence de la Rue

A large stock, well stocked in all genres (nice funk, soul and hip-hop section), honest prices and the possibility to listen to your finds on the spot. And once you have tamed the boss of the place, you may benefit from his precious advice.

La Silence de la Rue
Monday – Saturday: 11am-7.30pm
39 rue Faidherbe, 75011 Paris

Extreme: Music Fear Satan

With a name like that (which refers to the post-rock band Mogwai) we have a pretty good idea of what to expect. Here the devil’s music has found its kingdom and the latter feeds the pagans with unholy records with exotic covers. Rock and metal in ALL its forms, lots of new releases and very chic French bands like Jessica 93.

Music Fear Satan
Monday – Saturday: 11am-8pm
4 Bis Rue Richard Lenoir, 75011 Paris

Foreign student in France, the guide to find a job!

As an international student, you can fully finance part of your studies and stay by working. The arrangements differ depending on whether you are a national of the European Union, the European Economic Area or another country.

From the legal point of view

You have decided to continue your studies in France, and you are looking for a job in France? Different possibilities are available to you depending on your country of origin and the documents in your possession.

If you are a citizen of the European Union (or Switzerland), you can study in France without having to present a residence permit. You can also freely work as a student in France.

If you have a long-stay student visa or a temporary residence card marked “student,” the law authorizes you to engage in a professional activity provided that it does not occupy more than 60% of your time or 964 hours maximum per year.

It is up to the employer to carry out the hiring procedures. A declaration must be sent to the prefecture at least two working days before taking up the post. It should include information such as:

  • the company name
  • information about you and the employer
  • a copy of your residence permit or your VLS-TS
  • the nature of the job you will be doing
  • the duration of your contract
  • the number of annual working hours
  • the effective date of the contract

This document may be sent by e-mail, registered mail or fax for some prefectures. Please note that the formalities will be carried out either at the prefecture of your residence if you have a long-stay visa; or at the prefecture that issued the card if you have a residence permit.

multipotIf you want to work more than 964 hours per year, you will need to apply for a temporary work permit. This exception is granted in the context of studies whose curriculum is at least equivalent to a master’s degree. Some courses that include a sequence of salaried work also allow you to occupy a student job abroad for more than 60% of your time. This is the case of the doctoral student who holds a post to preparing his thesis, of the student who is taking a sandwich course or of the beneficiary of a research grant.

Finally, if you are in possession of a temporary long-stay visa, you will need a temporary work permit to do a student job. The number of working hours is limited to a maximum of 482 hours for a study period of 6 months. Your application must be submitted to the territorial unit of the “Direccte” (Direction Régionale des Entreprises, de la Concurrence, de la Consommation, du Travail et de l’Emploi) of your domicile. It is necessary to complete your file with your visa or residence permit as well as a promise of employment or a work contract.

Students receive a gross salary based on the minimum wage. Certain sectors such as investment banks and consulting firms offer better remuneration, particularly for students in their final year of “specialization” who commit themselves for a period of 6 months to a year. High-tech companies also offer good opportunities for those who get a job there.

In large student cities like Paris, Reims or Lille, the average salary can vary between 350 and 900 € depending on the activity. It should be noted that babysitting is more expensive in Paris and that working in fashion or modeling allows you to earn more, especially during specific events like fashion week.

Part-time work

Student small job part-time contract is often more suitable for an international student in France. Indeed, this is a post intended to be occupied for a period of less than the legal duration authorized per week, which is 35 hours. It has the advantage of being more flexible for students, even though the positions available are often available in the evenings or on weekends.

Hotels, restaurants, and sales are among the sectors that recruit the most. Other student jobs such as babysitting, translation or language teaching are more easily accessible to foreigners.
To put all the chances on your side, do not hesitate to value your knowledge of several languages, your experience in other countries and your field of specialization.

Hope this will help you!

Karcher SC3 my Review

Ok for those of you that know me, you are now aware that cleaning is something that I really hate!!! When I say “really” hate I mean REALLY hate it!

If there is one appliance that quickly becomes a necessity when looking to save time on home cleaning chores, it is the steam cleaner. We still have to find the right model right?

If you are looking for a cheap entry-level steam cleaner, I highly recommend the SC2. If you’re looking for a top-of-the-range model, the SC4 Karcher steam cleaner is a bit better than the SC3.

I have tested for you the device that sits between these two cleaners: the Karcher SC3 (Fiche technique du Karcher SC3).

It has an excellent price and performance ratio, but this is not the only advantage.


what's in the box


I will be introducing the others in this comprehensive test of the Karcher SC3 steam cleaner.

Karcher SC3 My Presentation:

This steam cleaner has an ultra-fast heating time of 30 seconds only.

This SC3 Karcher has a power of 1900 watts, a maximum steam output of 100 gr/mn at a pressure of 3.5 bar. It is equipped with a steam regulator. You will be able to adapt the steam to your type of floor and adjust it according to the degree of dirt on your surface.


Regarding safety, nothing is left to chance here. This steam cleaner has a safety valve that prevents the tank from opening when under pressure and thus avoids any risk of burns. It also has a child safety device.

The lifespan of this Karcher SC3 cleaner is optimised thanks to an integrated descaling cartridge. Its tank has a capacity of 1 liter and can be filled at any time. This way, you won’t waste time during your cleaning session.

Handling and operation

handheld steam accessory
Handheld steam accessory for carpets

This steam cleaner SC3 is very easy to use but also very handy with its weight of 3.5 kg. It’s 4 m electric cable gives you a long range of action without unplugging the plug.

Thanks to its various accessories, this steam cleaner can clean wall and floor tiles, hobs, hoods, fume hoods, soft walls, etc. A floor nozzle with swivel axis, one pencil jet nozzle, one round brush, a hand nozzle and other accessories are supplied with the unit.

Technical characteristics:

  • Power: 1900 watts
  • Maximum vapor pressure: 3.5 bar
  • Heating time: 30 seconds
  • Steam capacity: 100 g/mn
  • Tank capacity: 1 L
  • Weight: 3.5 kg
  • Supplied with descaling cartridge, 1 round brush, 1 nozzle for floor and floor mop, 1 jet pencil nozzle, 1 hand nozzle, microfiber hat.

My honest opinion

This SC3 steam cleaner impressed us with its maneuverability, ease of use and performance.

It is a model that is perfect for small washes and has the power to remove even the most encrusted dirt. Its speedy heating time is a real asset. It is a pity, however, that it does not come with a window squeegee.

This steam cleaner SC3 is a high performance, high-quality steam cleaner and that’s why I recommend it without hesitation.

Best Exhibitions in Paris – October 2017

Autumn sets in comfortably, and with it its share of cultural victuals.

GAUGUIN The Alchemist

The Grand Palais exhibition presents Gauguin, a nineteenth-century artist, and pioneer of modern art, in several facets: paintings, ceramics, sculptures and wooden objects, engraved wood, prints, and drawings.

The chronological course of the exhibition retraces the artist’s creative process, from his beginnings in Brittany made of wild landscapes to his more philosophical inspirations, nourished by his various travels…

October 11, 2017, to January 22, 2018
Grand Palais
3 Avenue du Général-Eisenhower, 8th Avenue
Every day (except Mar) 10am – 8pm; Wednesday, Friday and Saturday: until 10pm
Prices: admission 14€, reduced price 10€.


gsgshsdjhftfttrdeOrganised in partnership with the London Tate, Picasso 1932 is an exhibition which, as its name suggests, traces the year 1932 (from 1 January to 31 December as it should be) in that it could have had a more productive year for Picasso.

We can discover the inspirations and research of the artist that have given birth to his greatest successes. The bathers, the portraits of Marie-Thérèse Walter, the artist’s exhibitions at the Georges Petit Gallery… Any date of this crucial year.

It is, therefore, a year of the master’s life that one discovers through the historical journey that presents works – including Le Rêve, emblematic of his aesthetic – but also archives.

October 10,2017 to February 11,2018
Open from 10:30am to 6pm (closed Mondays)
Picasso National Museum
5, rue de Thorigny, 3e

Bourdelle and the Ancient

The exhibition Bourdelle and the antique, a modern passion, thinks of itself as an invitation to take a step back. A reading of the present in the light of the past, because in the history of forms and ideas, there is no “progress” that does not come from a “step back,” no aesthetic revolution that does not pass through the rebirth of a buried past.

Starting from this premise, the Bourdelle Museum invites us to discover the work of sculptor Antoine Bourdelle, who drew inspiration from Ancient Rome for the works that marked his maturity at the beginning of the 20th century.

Alongside the works of Picasso, Modigliani and Zadkine, the sculptor’s work is now being rethought through this exhibition, which explores the fascination of artists of the last century with the ancient world.

October 4, 2017 to February 4, 2018
Museum Bourdelle
16/18 Antoine Bourdelle Street, 15th Floor
Open every day except Monday, 10 am – 6 pm

Burmese Images

fksgnsojgnpsgnpsngrrtrrrrDiscover Burma, its colonial history and multiple faces in a photo exhibition at the Musée National des Arts Asiatiques Guimet.

This fall, Burma is the focus of the exhibition Burmese Images, Photographic Treasures of the MNAAG.
This tour highlights the Burmese collection acquired by the museum between 1989 and 2015 and enriched by recent donations – in particular, exceptional images of Burma dating from the second half of the 19th century.

Burma, its colonial history, and its many faces are all visible in this exhibition, where scenes of daily life and exploratory journeys of a civilization that oscillates between permanence and change intersect.

October 18, 2017, to January 22, 2018
Every day (except Tuesday, January 1st, May 1st, December 25th) 10am-6pm
Musée des Arts asiatiques Guimet – Paris
6 place d’ Jena, 16th

These are just some of the best Paris art shows you’ll find in October in the city of love !

A fake AdBlock extension for Google traps thousands of Internet users

Hackers have trapped Google by copying one of the most downloaded browser extensions.

If you have recently downloaded an ad blocker to your Google browser, you may need to remove it. A fake extension almost perfectly resembling the famous AdBlock Plus has infested nearly 37,000 users’ computers.

A SwiftOnSecurity security researcher discovered this fake program resembling AdBlock Plus, the famous ad blocker. It has been published on Google’s Chrome Web Store, which allows you to add extensions to your browser. The resemblance between the two “AdBlock” was striking.

An avalanche of tabs and ads

Alerted, Google then removed this extension, but nearly 37,000 users had already downloaded this “malware.” Once installed, Internet users were surprised to discover an avalanche of tabs and advertisements when they opened their browsers.

adblock plus

How was such piracy possible? According to the specialized site Bellping Computer, it seems that a homographic attack has trapped the giant of the Web. The name of the software mixed Latin and Cyrillic characters in such a way that it looked like two drops of water to the word “AdBlock Plus.” In reality, it was “Adblock plus.”

Terraces you need to know in Paris

The ritual is the same every year. From the first rays of sunshine, black sunglasses on the road, creamy and ready to sip rosé and summer cocktails, you will not resist the appeal of the summer terrace.

Before going head down, I have compiled unavoidable and new spots where to stop in the French Capital city.

The Roof of the Moulin Rouge Machine

The Machine adds a new string to its bow with its rooftop-garden

This summer, the Machine du Moulin Rouge is adding a floor to its arc: we already knew the boiler room in the basement, the central unit on the ground floor and the terrace of the bubble bar, which plays the extensions until dawn in July and August. From now on, we can also drink glasses on the roof of the Moulin Rouge, right under the blades of the legendary Parisian cabaret, until sunset!

It may take an early arrival to find a place, knowing that the initiative will only last for the summer period.

During the summer and spring period, the Machine will deploy an eclectic programming on its four floors, between hip-hop, disco, techno, Balearic or Afro house. Launched on July 1st with the evening Problèmes d’ amour, with the Italian DJ Alexander Robotnick, author of the hit of the same name in the 80s.

90, boulevard de Clichy, M° Blanche. Wednesday to Sunday, noon to midnight (22:00 on Sundays). Tapas (between 4€ and 9€), 7 € the Spritz at 14 € the Mojito (with champagne).

New Ground Control opens its doors.

Ground Control

Ground Control is packing its bags for the summer season in a former SNCF mail sorting center, hidden behind the Lyon train station. This version revisits on 1 500m2 the atmosphere of the two previous editions then established rue Ordener: chic guinguette spirit, big tables, deckchairs, refreshments, street-food and urban vegetable garden are part of the game.

The restaurants are located in a pretty cool area and offer a wide variety of dishes such as smoked trout, veggie burgers, Breton cakes, sandwiches at the porchetta or British pastries.

At the bottom left of the site, don’t miss the Argentinean barbecue of the Asado team which will delight the salty beaks with its grilled meat, roasted vegetables and choripánes, sausage sandwiches, chimichurri sauce, made with black bread with vegetal charcoal. The first weekend of the launch will take place from Thursday 18 May to Sunday 21 May. The season is officially open!

Ground Control, 81 rue du Charolais, 12th floor. RER Gare de Lyon. Open Tuesday to Saturday / 11am – Midnight & Sunday / 11am – 10:30pm.

Palazzo, the summer terrace at the Palais de la Porte Dorée

From June 15 to October 15, the summer terrace Palazzo is installed on the forecourt of the Palais de la Porte Dorée.

Palazzo is a new festive summer event. Located in front of one of the most beautiful Art Deco buildings in Europe, near Daumesnil Lake in the 12th arrondissement, this ephemeral terrace will offer many activities every day to enjoy summer in Paris with family or friends.

The program includes nooks and crannies to indulge in the delights of idleness, a caravan scene, spaces to play (regardless of your age), free dances and DJ sets, a bar in Spritz, playful workshops, a petanque court, or an open-air bookstore.

From June 15 to October 15, Palazzo at the Palais de la Porte Dorée, 293 avenue Daumesnil, 12th. Golden Door No. See you Thursday, June 15th from 6 pm to midnight for the launch of Palazzo.


A perfect vegetal ambiance to sipping delicious cocktails creation

The new business of Thomas Delafon and Jean-Pierre Lopes opened (in September) in an unusual setting, a kind of sizeable Asian salon with a contemporary décor and vintage touches, serving every day an excellent Thai cuisine (well executed Thai pad, well-rolled nems).

This summer, we will be squatting in the terrace’s bistro tables, some sixty in all, and drinking – before or after dinner – at the outdoor cocktail bar.

A wooden kiosk surrounded by greenery, where you can order one of the eight creation cocktails. In favorites, a remix of the Piña Colada spiced with curry, the most refreshing, the Thai Basil, with vodka, lime, and basil, all to sip in a relaxed atmosphere, Acapulco seats, and benches to make you disconnect.

23, rue des Jeuneurs, 2nd floor. Monday to Saturday from 12:00 to 14:30, from 19:00 to 23:30. Average ticket: 25 €. Cocktails from 11 €. Phone: 01 40 28 98 30. Terrace in the shade.

Renoir Café

Artistic strolls in the gardens during lunchtime

Located in the Montmartre Museum, Café Renoir is no longer accessible only to visitors of temporary or permanent exhibits since this summer. Access to it is enough to pay an entrance fee to the beautiful Gardens of the places (to be preferred in subscription mode) that inspired Auguste Renoir for his Bal du Moulin de la Galette.

There, outdoors or under the glass roof, you can enjoy a snack or lunch on the go or just a drink, all the products being provided by good Parisian houses, except the summertime mint and lemon iced tea home-made. We also supervise the gardening workshops, as well as the Thursday evenings to drink a glass of wine as in the garden of a country house (15 €). PA

12 Cortot Street, 18th. From 12h to 18h, nocturnal from 19h to 22h. Breakfast formula: 16 €. Iced tea: 4 €. Entrance to the Garden: 4 € or annual subscription: 10 €. M° Lamack-Caulaincourt

Renoir Café

Artistic strolls in the gardens during lunchtime

Located in the Montmartre Museum, Café Renoir is no longer accessible only to visitors of temporary or permanent exhibits since this summer. Access to it is enough to pay an entrance fee to the beautiful Gardens of the places that inspired Auguste Renoir for his Bal du Moulin de la Galette.

There, outdoors or under the glass roof, you can enjoy a snack or lunch on the go or just a drink, all the products being provided by good Parisian houses, except the summertime mint and lemon iced tea home-made. We also supervise the gardening workshops, as well as the Thursday evenings to drink a glass of wine as in the garden of a country house (15 €). PA

12 Cortot Street, 18th. From 12h to 18h, nocturnal from 19h to 22h. Breakfast formula: 16 €. Iced tea: 4 €. Entrance to the Garden: 4 € or annual subscription: 10 €. M° Lamack-Caulaincourt

Paname Brewing Company

One of the most beautiful terraces there is in Paris

With the installation of Paname Brewing Company on the quays of the Loire, the Ourcq Canal holds one of the prettiest terraces in Paris, directly on the water with ball lanterns and a panoramic view of the canal.

In addition to the beers brewed in the large vats inside a large pub shed, the house serves a series of small dishes that will do good to the stomach (quesadillas, burgers, pizzas, kebab, ribs, bo bun, beef curry). The relaxed service – Australian girls in caps and students from all over the world – is a perfect match for the local atmosphere. As the first rays of sunshine are crowded, the alternative is on the first floor in the perched room with a canal view.

41 bis, Quai de la Loire, 19th century. M° Riquet. Monday to Sunday from 11 am to 2 am. Average ticket: 25 €. Tel. 01 40 36 43 55. Sunny terrace until sunset.

Les Nautes

The perfect place for a sunny front before leaving in the Parisian night.

A year ago, the Nautes Facebook page posted a viral photo of the team drinking on the terrace with water down to the hips.

Fortunately, this year, Parisian floods have given way to heat waves, and the bar/club will be able to profit serenely from the closing of the quays to cars and the crowds of Paris Plages, with its unique location at 10 meters from the Seine. At the bar, tight mojitos, and inside, DJ’s not very well known animate the turntables almost every evening, in an atmosphere that can quickly become decadent.

One, Celestine Quay, 4th. Wednesday to Friday 5 pm – 2 am, Saturday from 2 pm to 2 am, Sunday from 2 pm to midnight. Sully Morland. Cocktail: 8-12€. Board: 20€ Tapas: 5€.


Hope you like my selection!


A Country With Stunning Beauty

Are you another die-hard fan of France? Is France your favorite country? You would already know a lot of things about France and it is one of the best countries in the world. The beauty of France is nothing but stunning. Eiffel tower, cheese, wine and beyond are famous in France and of course, what more could you search for?

It’s not only rich in food and nature but it also has a wonderful history which would make your jaws drop in awe. Most of the tourists get attracted to France due to the breathtaking coastlines and valleys. It would become a crime if we don’t admire the good nature of French people. French people are the kindest people in the world and they would admire the beauty of nature. If you want to make your life beautiful you should plan a picnic to the countryside of France.

If you don’t enjoy the countryside of France there is no use of living at least once in your lifetime you should enjoy the beauty of France. If you consider the culture, castles, ruins, and architecture of France each and everything would have a beautiful history behind it. If you want to travel to France you would have to bear a huge cost yet it’s worth it. To limit your costs we will jot down a few points which might be a great help. Let us read the article for further learning.

What Are The Typical Costs?

Actually, flying to France is a great opportunity which everyone would crave for yet without money nothing could be achieved. But if you want to minimize the costs or if you want to plan the budget you should check out these points. Here we go;

  • Accommodation Costs- the simple dorm rooms will cost around 15-40 EUR for a night and the charges will vary according to the place where you live. If you want to accommodate in Paris then the costs could be higher. The private hotels would cost more than 75 EUR and the budget hotels would be 60 EUR. The budget hotels would have air-conditions and free Wi-Fi as well. If you want cheaper accommodation you should check out of Paris, French Riviera and Bordeaux. So likewise, the costs will vary according to the place.
  • Food Costs- if you want to taste country’s cuisine you should be great that it is less expensive. Actually, food is not expensive in France you will be able to obtain bread, meat, cheese etc. at the cheaper rate as it is the regular food of French people. If you want to eat at a restaurant you should spend around 20-35 EUR. That is all about food costs.

  • Transportation Costs- though trains could be expensive it is better if you travel by train. High-speed trains would cost higher than the regular ones. If you book already then it’s a chance to obtain a saving so you should bear this factor in mind.

So, you do not assume that visiting France as just a dream you can achieve it if you budget the expenses.