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Christmas Markets in Paris

December 28, 2023

By DAVID DADOUN Nothing exudes the spirit and festiveness of Christmas more than the traditional Christmas markets in Paris. Sip hot spiced wine while shopping for artisan cheeses, giant-sized ginger bread cookies, sausages, wines and other winter season specialties. Each market…

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Winter Sale (Soldes)

January 1, 2023

By DAVID DADOUN Paris only has two sanctioned sales during the year — in January and February just after the Christmas break and in July just before the August holiday. The winter sale is in full swing through mid February,…

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Winter In Paris

December 2, 2019

The City of Lights literally sparkles at night during the festive winter season, as the Eiffel Tower, the Champs-Elysees and narrow streets of Paris glow with twinkling lights, Christmas ornaments and decorations through the New Year. As with everything in Paris,…

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Saint Germain Jazz Festival

May 21, 2019

Since the early 1920s, Paris has been a haven for great jazz, and that is especially true in the Saint Germain area where jazz clubs abound.  So the Saint Germain Jazz Festival, running through May 27, is a great opportunity to…

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New Year’s In Paris

December 27, 2018

If you are lucky enough to be in Paris for New Year’s, the difficulty is not finding out what to do but narrowing your choice of where to go. Notably, the metro is free until New Year’s early morning. There is just too…

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Beaujolais Festival In Paris

November 22, 2018

On November 22, Parisians and the world celebrated the arrival of 2018’s Beaujolais by uncorking the season’s fresh and juicy crop. Restaurants, cafes, bars and brasseries all share in the celebration. All the more reason to pop some fruity wine, given…

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Thanksgiving in Paris

November 21, 2018

Thanksgiving in Paris is like Bastille Day in the United States:  an ordinary weekday that tradition has turned into a day to celebrate with family, friends, great food and great wine.  If you are lucky enough to be in Paris…

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Salon du Chocolate — Paris

November 1, 2018

From October 31 to November 4, this premier chocolate festival at Port de Versailles should not be missed by anyone who loves chocolate. Celebrating its 22st year, all of the prestigious chocolatiers will be at this event, and a kids workshop and exhibition…

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Paris in the Fall

September 23, 2018

By DAVID DADOUN 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…

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Paris in the Fall

September 23, 2018

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…

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