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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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Black Truffle Season In Paris

February 14, 2019

Winter 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…

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Valentine’s Day in Paris

February 13, 2019

Paris 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…

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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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Galette des Rois (King’s Cake)

January 6, 2018

Just 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…

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Woody Allen’s Midnight In Paris

Woody Allen’s Midnight In Paris — A Snapshot In Time

April 7, 2014

In Woody Allen’s Midnight In Paris, he captures the spirit and soul of Paris by sharing some of its best venues, from the steps at Sacré-CÅ“ur at midnight, to Pont Alexandre III in still night rain. Owen Wilson, playing Gil, an aspiring writer,…

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Rue Cler

March 13, 2013

One of the best gourmet shopping markets (marchés) in Paris is on Rue Cler, the same area Julia Child shopped when she lived in Paris in the early 1950s. What is interesting about Rue Cler is that many of the same shops…

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Pâtisserie Viennoise

February 19, 2011

Down a hidden side street just off the main tourist area around St. Michel is a tiny, unremarkable shop front that is simply labeled Pâtisserie Viennoise (Viennese Pâtisserie). All that can be seen in the small window is row upon row of…

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