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Back to School in France: Frantic Moms and Fading Tans

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Emma Stencil

In North America, it’s “back to school.” That time of the year when classrooms fill up and families slip into familiar routines, or start new ones as the youngest step into kindergartens and the oldest fly the nest for college. In France, it’s la rentrée, and is not just about families and their children. Each September, almost the entire population faces their regular routines after a long holiday season.

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Emma Stencil

Since many businesses close for the month of August and three-week holidays are taken for granted, September means Parisians are frantically mourning their fading tans as they get back into the swing of things. Stock that has been arriving slowly over the previous weeks has shop owners scrambling to get their newest collections out on the floor (eg. the Pablo boutiques just announced their collaboration with actress Clémence Poésy, who played Fleur Delacour in the Harry Potter series and dabbles in fashion design on the side). Figs and wild mushrooms also begin to perfume the air at local markets, inspiring chefs to rewrite their menus to reflect on fall’s bounty. And, like Canada or the US, it is also back to school for the young ones. 

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Huîtres de Cancale

On a clear day, the ghostly meringue swirl of Mont Saint Michel is just barely visible across the bay from Cancale. This plucky little seaside town has been famous for its oysters since the Roman occupation of Gaul, and continues to be a top destination for ostreaphiles the world over.

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Loches

On a hill overlooking the Indre in the heart of the Loire Valley, Loches remains one of the best-preserved medieval cities in France today. With its shadowy, cobblestone streets, sweeping views of the enclosing forest landscape, and lively marketplace and cuisine, Loches has a particular authentic charm difficult to find elsewhere.

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La REcyclerie

Up until recently the only reason people passed through Porte de Clignancourt, on the outskirts of the 18th arrondissement, was the famous Marché aux Puces antique market in St. Ouen. The abandoned train station overlooking the gardens is now home to the neighborhood’s newest addition, La REcyclerie.

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September Events in Paris

Jazz at la Villette, Festival d’Automne, Fete de l’humanite, Sneakerness, Sinkane, Techno Parade, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Park(ing) Day, les Journées Européennes du Patrimoine, Duchamp, Les Sept Soirées Ensembles

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Paris' Best Mexican Restaurants

When I spent a semester abroad in London in college, I desperately missed Mexican food. I remember asking a local if you could get it anywhere in the city. He replied “You mean like Doritos?” Obviously Mexican food was a long ways from catching on. But not in Paris.

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Luxury Lingerie

There is nothing more Parisienne that underwear that oozes sexy attitude with understated elegance and there is no where better for a decadent splurge on intimate underthings than the area around the Carrefour de la Croix Rouge on the the Rive Gauche.

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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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