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Exploring the Hidden Gems of Paris’ Chic 16th Arrondissement

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When Benjamin Franklin came to Paris as US ambassador, he moved into the charming village of Passy, where genteel manor homes filled the bucolic countryside in what is now the 16th arrondissement. The Passy neighborhood still has that easy village feel, shady streets leading the way for relaxed, affluent Parisians out running their daily errands. It is far from the tourist crowds, yet very much in the heart of the city, the Eiffel Tower never far from sight.

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The 16th is known for its wide tree lined boulevards with bourgeois apartment buildings, the epitome of Baron Haussmann’s 19th century urban planning. This is an arrondissement made for leisurely strolls and easy access, full of excellent museums, remarkable food, and stupendous views with the extraordinary 2000-acre Bois de Boulogne park just steps away.

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On Becoming Parisian

Falling in love with romance-infused Paris – the grandiose Haussmannian architecture, the Marais’ winding streets, and the city’s bistro scene – is easy. But if you’re not born here, living in Paris is another story. It’s a whole other lifestyle, a mentality. And although it is hard not to love Paris for its compelling beauty alone, not everyone takes to Parisian life like a duck to water. Here are 10 signs I’ve integrated into the City of Light.

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Strolling Through Paris, Part I

The summer is one of the best times to go out exploring the city in all its splendor. However, some of the cities favorite places for strolling are packed with Parisians and tourists alike. Here is one stroll to enjoy les belles jours d’été without the crowds… and with some delicious delicacies to keep you refueled along the way!

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La Fine Mousse: Craft Beer & Bites

As French parliament considers an amendment that would place beer among the country’s protected gastronomic traditions, one wonders why craft beer isn’t available in more restaurants in Paris. While a few forward-thinking places like Septime and Frenchie To Go offer craft beer, only one has made it as important as the main course—La Fine Mousse Restaurant.

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Biking Paris: The City on Two Wheels

You’re in Paris. The sun is out, a cool breeze is blowing, café terraces and park lawns are full of sunbathing Parisians. The city is waiting to be explored, and you got up early enough that the day seems endless. Today is the perfect day to ride a bicycle. Riding a bike in Paris can in fact be glorious, but if you want to cycle in this city, get ready to do some work.

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Fuss-Free Parisian Picnics

Every year, as the sun starts to sizzle, a picnic pandemic hits Paris. Although undeniably chic, the pique-nique parisien often comes with a lot of fuss. Those agonisingly slow-moving queues at the supermarket and the fight to find a decent grassy spot, can mean that by the time you actually sit down to eat you’ve lost your enthusiasm (and your appetite!)

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La Goutte D'Or Neighborhood Guide

There are few things in the world that make me happier than living in the 18th arrondissement. One could argue that it’s pretty great living anywhere in Paris, but there’s something about this quartier that has my heart forever. From the cinematic charm of Montmartre to the seductive side streets found beyond the Butte, this corner of of the city is full of friendly neighborhood addresses, unique boutiques, and rich cultural diversity.

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A Photo Tour Of the French Riviera

When I’m not traveling on assignment, I often choose my travel destination based on an image that fuels my curiosity. I see a picture of a place and the next thing I know, I’m on a plane, on my way to take a better photo. It happened to me in Menton in the French Riviera, for a picture of laundry hanging outside a quaint yellow house…

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Our Search For a French Country House

You know the story. Disillusioned ad exec flees rainy London for the sunshine and lavender fields of Provence. Hilarity ensues in the shape of a dilapidated stone house, a village populated by idiosyncratic Frenchmen and lots of good food and wine. Indeed, Peter Mayle’s Provence seduced many dreamers to set off in search of their own little piece of France.

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