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Following Vincent Van Gogh: The Artist in Auvers-sur-Oise

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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, I’ve put together a stroll through the village using his own correspondence as a guide in his work, to pay homage to the artist and highlight the places that so fervently inspired him.

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“Auvers is decidedly very beautiful. So much so that I think it’ll be more advantageous to work than not to work, despite all the bad luck that’s to be foreseen with paintings.” A poetic foreshadowing by Vincent near the beginning of his stay in Auvers; in the 70 days he spent in the hamlet, he produced over 70 paintings. It was his fellow artist and dear friend Cezanne who encouraged the Dutchman to spend some time in Auvers under the care of Doctor Paul Gachet. The doctor himself dabbled in art and, over the years, had become a patron and friend to many other Impressionists including Monet, Pissarro, Renoir, and Sisley. For him, art was therapy.

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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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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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