Valentine’s Day in Paris

IMGP0527.JPGParis will always be a city synonymous with love, for most of us it’s the first place we come to when thinking of the perfect destination for a romantic break. This does mean however that many other couples will have the same idea of visiting The City of Light over the 14th February, so it’s important to plan ahead. If you are flying into Paris, certain airlines, like Air France may offer special deals on airfares over the Valentine’s weekend to encourage visitors, but do make sure you shop around for the best deal.

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Once there an abundance of romantic things to do lie at your fingertips, here are some of the best to help you plan that perfect Valentine’s Day in Paris. Read More »

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Black Truffle Season In Paris

IMGP3145.JPGWinter season may be viewed as a lowlight for fresh harvests from the earth, but the most prized and expensive bounty is cultivated from December through early February — the black truffle.  More expensive than caviar, black truffles sell for over 1,000 Euros a kilo, fine restaurants share, for a short period of time this special treat — but expect to pay high prices for enjoying black truffles on the menu.  Black truffles are especially popular with foie gras, risotto and simply with eggs (in an omlette).  Just about any restaurant worth its salt has a special black truffle dish on the menu.

Some of our favorite places to find black truffles in Paris are:

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January and February in Paris

IMGP2732.JPGAlthough New Year festivities are over, there are plenty of things to do and see in Paris this January and February before the winter season ends.  Our favorite places to visit and things to do after the New Year this winter season in Paris include the following: Read More »

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Chez Georges — A Timeless Classic

chez georgesYou never know who you might sit next to or see at Chez Georges, but one thing is always certain:  the fashionable elite and button-down set will bring life and love to this timeless classic.  So it was no surprise that when dining here recently during Paris Couture Fashion Week, Anna Wintour of Vogue found a quiet table for two, along with a host of other fashion mag royalty.  They come here because while fashion changes like the wind, Chez Georges remains a reliable friend offering the same classics, year in year out:  salad frisee, escargots, pave de beouf, golden frites, bernaise, tarte tartin, millefeuile and other timeless dishes. Read More »

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Galette des Rois (King’s Cake)

Galette des Roi.JPGJust when you think New Year festivities are at an end, La Fête des Rois starts on the Epiphany holiday, which falls on the first Sunday in January.  This is a great holiday, where bakeries in France and throughout Paris make a round almond pastry cake that families buy to share, and celebrate a holiday where anyone can be king or queen for a day.  A ’fève’ (originally a bean but now tends to be a plastic or enamel trinket) is baked inside the cake and the cake is shared around the table. Whoever bites into the almond crusty cake and finds the fève (just be careful not to break your tooth!) is crowned king or queen for the day.   Read More »

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Angelina’s — Best Place for Hot Chocolate and Tea in Paris

dscf7337 (angelina)Angelina’s is one of my absolute favourite places in Paris. I can’t remember how many times I have been, but every time I go, I feel completely at home. For me, Angelina’s is the essence of vieux Paris. The Belle Epoque décor, the ambience, the waiters and waitresses in their traditional dress, the mirrored walls, the consistent background chatter, and, of course, the trays of cakes that are whisked precariously over heads to reach that stunning display cabinet in their shop. They describe it as being “L’art de vivre à la française”, and I cannot disagree. Read More »

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