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Luxury Lingerie Shopping on Paris’ Left Bank

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There is nothing more Parisienne than underwear that oozes sexy attitude with understated elegance, and there is nowhere better for a decadent splurge on intimate underthings than the area around the Carrefour de la Croix Rouge on the Rive Gauche. Over the last few years this magical little triangle of land has attracted some of the most seductive names in the lingerie industry, with a La Perla store that is set to open any day now.

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Sophie d’Annunzia on the rue du Cherche-Midi is what the French call a multimarque, carrying a little bit of everything from not-so-sexy girdles to sumptuous cashmere shawls, with a lot of lace in between. She carries every size for all ages in her timeless little boutique.

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La Table de Cybèle

It’s seems that Boulogne, a relatively staid suburb of Paris, is becoming spunkier as a different breed of establishment seems to be seeping into the area. Concept stores, pizza joints with NYC aspirations, a combo cookie shop/tattoo parlor and the like are making a bit of a buzz that has caused some to liken the area to the “Brooklyn of Paris.”

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Best Bike Rides in Paris

A bicycle provides the perfect tempo for exploring a city. You can get from point A to point B faster than you would walking, but it’s slow enough that you get to take in the scenery in a way that riding a bus or the subway never allows. Here are some of the best bike rides around the City of Light.

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Eating & Drinking Around Montreuil

Approaching Montreuil on the eastern bound line nine, you’re welcomed to the unique Paris suburb as your metro tram whizzes by the Montreuil station Maraîchers. Named after the market gardeners of this formerly green and fertile region, Montreuil is a city proud of its bucolic past and embracing its diverse and progressive present.

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Finding an Apartment in Paris

One of the questions we receive most frequently from our readers and guests is “I’m looking to buy an apartment in Paris – where should I start?” Buying real estate anywhere has its challenges. When you’re navigating listings, visits, brokers, fees, and regulations from across a continent or an ocean, the whole process can take on herculean proportions. Here are a few tips to keep in mind.

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Top Five Movie Houses in Paris

In France, cinema is the 7th art, as culturally important as painting or literature and like museums or libraries, movie houses play a key role in local culture. Netflix has not yet come up the Seine, and according to the Office de Tourisme there are 84 theaters in Paris with well over 350 screens.

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Craft Beer Shops in Paris

Craft beer is slowly but surely making its way into the Parisian palate. This May, Paris Beer Week inundated the city’s craft beer bars with brews familiar and unknown, leading local beer geeks to rejoice and even converting a few skeptics.

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Bois de Boulogne

The good King Dagobert would hunt bear and wild boar through the forest that is now the 2000-acre Bois de Boulogne on the western edge of Paris. That was over 1000 years ago, but the woods are still alive with adventure and excitement, thanks to Napoleon III who returned from exile in London full of ideas for English gardens in Paris.

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Les Guinguettes: Seine-side Socializing

Parisians who can’t flock to the seaside during the summer months are still drawn to their closest water sources, as evidenced by the popularity of Les Berges. However, this craving to enjoy the hotter months waterside goes back much further than Les Berges, which are, in essence, revivals of the great era of Les Guinguettes, and once again Parisians can’t seem to get enough.

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