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Summer Sales In Paris

July 1, 2019

Paris Summer sales just started, and significant mark-downs are already occurring in stores throughout the city.  A great time to shop in some fantastic venues, including on  Rue des Francs-Bourgois in Le Marais (the 4th Arrondissement), and Rue de Passy in the 16th.  Well…

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Summer in Paris

July 14, 2018

Ice cream cones drip in the sunlight. Children laugh with delight as they ride the carrousel in the Jardin des Tuileries. Women in breezy sundresses sit lazily at a café mid-afternoon. Friends share wine, cheese, and a baguette for a pique-nique in the park. Stars only…

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Bastille Day (July 14th)

July 13, 2018

Celebrations for Le Quartorze de Juillet (14th of July), also commonly known as Bastille Day or La Fête Nationale, mark one of the major party events in Paris for the year. It commemorates the storming of the Bastille prison and the French revolt against Louis…

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Best Summer Events In Paris

July 31, 2015

Paris has a full menu of events for summer, from the Open Air Cinema at Parc de la Villette through August 24, to scattered brocante fairs for treasure hunters seeking antique Christofle silver and oil paintings. On the first Sunday of each month the national…

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Piscine Joséphine Baker

June 4, 2012

While swimming in the Seine may sound rather unappealing to most, for kids the idea may be supercool. The floating Pool Joséphine Baker offers such an experience as an innovative, modern use of precious little Parisian space. The entire facility…

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Jardins du Palais Royal

September 11, 2011

I managed to spend almost a year hearing and reading about the seemingly mythical Jardins du Palais Royal. Yet I was continually unable to find an entrance. Every time I walked down to the Place Colette, I was faced by…

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Sundays in Paris: ‘Paris Respire’

July 14, 2011

In Paris, Sunday is a day when the office is left behind and family is the main focus. After the habitual grasse matinée, or ‘fat morning’ in English, the city has little to offer in terms of activities, seeing as France…

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Le Trabendo

September 6, 2010

One of the joys of living in a capital city is the abundance of music that is widely accessible. From enormous tours de force such as Lady Gaga to relatively unknown acts, there are venues that cater for all crowds. However, as…

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A street performer playing the cello on the sidewalk.

Jazz Festival in Parc Floral

July 14, 2010

Since the 1920s at the height of jazz, Paris has always attracted great jazz musicians, from Charlie Parker to Miles Davis. There are also over 40 jazz clubs in Paris that continue to attract star performers worldwide, and Paris itself continues to develop…

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Le Tour de France

July 10, 2010

Le Tour de France, the world’s premier biking race that stretches in 20 stages from Rotterdam, through the mountainous Pyrénées, to the grand finale on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées in Paris, ends this Sunday on July 25.  The winner, in…

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