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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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Roland Garros 2019 — Top Places to Visit

May 31, 2019

From May 26-June 9, The French Open will showcase the world’s best tennis players, with the Women’s Championship Match held on June 8 and the Men’s Championship Match held on June 9. What is not so well known is that nearby is the haute Village d’Auteuil, in…

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Brocante — Avenue Mozart

May 25, 2019

On June 1 and 2, a chic brocante will be on Avenue Mozart in the haute 16th Arrondissement of Paris. In the Village d’Auteuil area, treasure hunters can shop for fine silver, paintings, Baccarat glassware, and the usual bric-brac one can find at these…

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Lingerie Boutiques In Paris — Popular As The Baguette

February 13, 2019

There are a few things you will quickly notice about Paris:  a boulangerie on just about every block, a pharmacy on every other block, and upscale lingerie boutiques displaying their seductive wares as commonly as a baguette.  Unlike Victoria’s Secret, which…

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January and February in Paris

February 15, 2017

Although 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…

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Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen

March 7, 2016

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…

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Romance In Paris

February 14, 2016

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…

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Shopping in Le Marais – Vintage Fashion

March 3, 2013

We’ve hit those winter weeks when the ceaseless cold has us both frustrated and bored by repeating the same “closet staple†warm sweater. How to spruce up the wardrobe to survive through March? Head to the Marais for fabulous vintage fur. Chanel’s…

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Brocante — Village St. Paul (Le Marais)

April 9, 2012

This coming April 14 and 15, a chic brocante will be in the Village St. Paul area of Le Marais, in the 4th Arrondissement of Paris. In the Jewish Quartier of Paris, Village St. Paul is a well known hunting…

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March 6, 2012

Deyrolle is the most unique curiosity shop in all of Paris — a novelty hardware store with stuffed bears, zebras, ostriches, lions, tigers and other wild game sold to collectors worldwide.  When we first moved to Paris, we lived right next…

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