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Paris in the Fall

A new rhythm begins in Paris with la rentree, when Parisians return from their vacances, and shops re-open all spruced up after a month off.  Yes, France remains a stalwart in the European economy despite the 25 or so days of vacation that Parisians take in a year, with a good chunk of it in […]
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Summer in Paris

    Ice cream cones drip in the sunlight.  Children laugh with delight as they ride the carrousel in the Jardin des Tuileries.  Women in breezy sundresses sit lazily at a café mid-afternoon.  Friends share wine, cheese, and a baguette for a pique-nique in the park. Stars only begin to sparkle in the sky after […]
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Paris Summer Sale (Soldes)

Paris only has two sanctioned sales during the year — in January just after the Christmas break and in July just before the August holiday.  The summer sale is in full swing through the end of July, with many stores now in their second and third markdown.  Unlike sales in the U.S., stores are open mostly […]
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Roland Garros 2016 — Top Places to Visit

The French Open is about to finish  its 125th year at Roland Garros in Paris, with the Men’s Championship Match held on June 5. assuming rain delays do not push out the event further.  What is not so well known is that nearby is the haute Village d’Auteuil, in the 16th arrondissement, which offers an array of great restaurants, […]
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Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen

Many of us come to Paris for the shopping but, if designer stores on the Champs Elysées aren’t your style, there are other options. Determined to have a real Parisian shopping experience, I decided to look into something a little more off the beaten path. When I heard about the Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen, […]
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Romance In Paris

Paris is a city for lovers.   It offers a full menu of sexy places, romantic hideaways, restaurants, cafes, brasseries, cabarets, bars, and places to stroll for a walk, hand in hand, for a quiet respite.  Simple things in Paris spark romance, like buying flowers at a marché , walking in a majestic Paris jardin, or taking a stroll on one […]
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