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The Parisian’s Paris: Discovering the 15ème Arrondissement

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10% of all Parisians live in the 15th arrondissement, making it the most populous arrondissement in the city, with more citizens than the city of Bordeaux. They come because it’s easy, with spacious boulevards and lovely buildings. They stay because it is a vibrant neighborhood away from the hustle and bustle of all the tourist sights, with great restaurants, excellent public transportation, and plenty of entertainment.

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Rachel’s Restaurant and Bakery

Rachel’s is a refreshing new face in the bistronomie movement in Paris – truly high-quality, homemade dishes made with seasonal ingredients that regular people can afford. Whether you’re stopping for lunch after shopping in the Marais or out on a romantic dinner date, you’ll feel comfortable and at home at Rachel’s.

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Marché aux Fleurs et aux Oiseaux

From the outside, it looks like any other Parisian covered market. Wander through its romantic, 19th century pavilions, however, and you’re transported to a hidden jungle within the Gothic heart of Paris. The sounds of traffic and crowds of tourists coming across the Pont des Arts are slowly drowned out by a piercing crescendo of birds calling from their cages: red and neon green parrots, lavender and turquoise parakeets, tangerine canaries, cooing doves, miniature cockatoos, and more.

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Van Gogh in Auvers-sur-Oise

Although the bright colors of Provence normally come to mind when thinking of the paintings of Vincent van Gogh, it was actually in Paris and nearby Auvers-sur-Oise that the passionate artist produced most of his work. As this year commemorates the 125th anniversary of his death, to pay homage to the artist, I’ve put together a stroll through the village using his own correspondence as a guide in his work, to highlight the places that so fervently inspired him.

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Candy in Paris

French desserts would make almost anyone’s mouth start to water. Beautifully lined on bakery shelves, they are a heavenly wonder for sweet-tooths. But in addition to pastries, macarons and mousse au chocolat, France is abundant with sweet regional specialties. Here are some of our favorite artisanal candy shops in Paris.

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La Rentrée

In North America, it’s “back to school,” 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 each September, almost the entire population faces their regular routines after a long holiday season.

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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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