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Paris Generosity and the French Paradox

How is it possible that the French can live off of over 500 cheeses, rich foie gras, silky sauces, and the best desserts, yet stay remarkably thin, live longer (and happier), than Americans.   Or that the French generally frown on wealth, at least not to discuss or flaunt it, yet support haute couture of the most expensive […]
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Pocket of Paris — Rue des Francs-Bourgois

In Le Marais, just a short walk from BHV and Hotel de Ville, is Rue des Francs-Bourgois, a chic shopping street that intersects with Rue Vielle de Temple and Rue des Archives, which is Jewish and Gay central of Paris.  Top end designer stores are in this area, including Rapetto,  Antoine & Lili, Manoush, Zadig & […]
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Parisian Cheats

One thing I will never get used to in Paris is standing in line and people cutting without any shame whatsoever.  What is worse, the cashiers are complicit in line cutting, by either simply ignoring it or, more maddening, encouraging such awful behavior. Share on Facebook
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Notre Dame — More Than Just A Destination

Most tourists come to Notre Dame to walk through the majestic cathedral, but do no more.  In reality, Notre Dame has a rich set of events and programs that visitors can enjoy, from concerts, to walking the 387 steps to the top of the cathedral.  More information can be found here. Share on Facebook
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La Perle

Made famous by the dramatic downfall of John Galliano from his post at Dior, La Perle is a relaxed neighbourhood café and brasserie on the Rue Vieille du Temple in Le Marais. Walking away from the busy Rue des Francs Bourgeois and continuing northwards, the pavements are more densely lined with cutting edge designer boutiques and […]
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Brocante — Village d’Auteuil

For one of the better brocante shows to look for silver, fine china, goblets of Baccarat, antique necklaces, old framed art pieces and other fine brocante pieces, visit Porte d’Auteuil in the posh 16th Arrondissement the weekend of June 23 and 24.   Saturday and Sunday only, 150 antique and brocante vendors will be lined up at the  Porte d’Auteuil metro.   […]
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