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Demain: Hope, World Change & How We Can All Make a Difference

Demain, The Film by Cyril Dion and Mélanie Laurent

I wrote this post in October, before November 8, before the world turned upside-down for the seemingly umpteenth time since 2016 began. It seems even more apropos now.

As someone who calls two continents home, I have watched anxiously in worry and fear as places close to my heart have become increasingly polarized by divisive politics. Things I never thought possible even five years ago have happened, and continue to happen. At times, I feel overwhelmed with despair. How did we get here? Is there even a way out of this mess?

Now, more than ever, it is important not to lose sight of the fact that there is hope in the midst of chaos. It’s easy to forget because voices raised in fear and hate tend to drown out those around them. But we need to remind ourselves that quietly, all over the world, there are men and women who get up every day and continue to fight the good fight. They are the everyday warriors and the more we share their stories, the more power we give them. And perhaps, through sharing their stories and showing what is possible, we can find the strength and courage we need to effect change too. – Darlene

“There are solutions. And if we give it everything we’ve got, if we all join our forces and hearts, we can all start to change the world. Demain.”

Demain, The Film by Cyril Dion and Mélanie Laurent

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Lavomatic, Hidden Cocktails Through a Laundromat in Paris

Lavomatic

I watched as my friend approached one of the washing machines, pressed something (I’m still not sure exactly what) and, to my surprise a door swung open, not to reveal the guts of a machine à laver, but a tiny dark staircase. Speakeasy was clearly my initial thought, but in climbing the narrow staircase and arriving at the top, my expectations were overthrown. 

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Ore by Alain Ducasse at the Palace of Versailles

Ore by Alain Ducasse

Overlooking the Pavillon Dufour behind the golden gates of the Versailles palace is the newest gem of the Alain Ducasse empire. Ore, the first ever full-service restaurant within the walls of the seventeenth-century palace, affords a peaceful and simple space apart from its rich surroundings. Taking its name from the Latin word for mouth, Ore is a gastronomic experience not to be missed. 

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Champagne, Tasty Side to Life Tours

A Day in Champagne

Since becoming à la mode among French and English nobility in the 18th century, Champagne has symbolized royalty, celebration, and the elite. Few are familiar with the other side to the unique, bubbly beverage. I jumped at the chance to join Sydney Krueger of Tasty Side to Life Tours, a certified champagne tasting expert, for a day of exploring the people, villages, and nature.

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November 2016 Events, Lola Marsh

November Events

Icons of Modern Art at Fondation Louis Vuitton, La Nuit Américaine, Le Mois Particulier, Fotofever, Lola March at Point Éphémère, Portes Ouvertes d’Anvers Aux Abbesses, Lauren Collins on When in French at Shakespeare & Company, Paris Cocktail Festival.

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Le Tout Monde Restaurant, Paris

Le Tout Monde

My favorite dining companion never fails to strike up a conversation when we’re in a restaurant- sometimes with a neighboring table, often with the server or sommelier. So it was no surprise that he immediately hit it off with the owner of Le Tout Monde when we enjoyed an apéro and entrées there on a rainy evening. The conversation quickly turned to vin nature – a shared passion, it turns out – and mutual acquaintances in the small community of French natural winemakers.

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Privé de Dessert, a unique culinary concept in Paris

Privé de Dessert 2

At PDD2 what you see is not what you get. The offshoot of Privé de Dessert, the quirky SoPi restaurant where entrées and main dishes look like classic French pastries, has brought the same fun approach to the Opéra neighborhood in the guise of a take-away “pâtisserie” with a twist. Every delicacy in this bright 2nd arrondissement café looks like a pastry, yet it’s anything but dessert.

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Le Triangle: Craft Beer in Paris

Le Triangle

The craft beer boom in Paris grown at such an astonishing rate that the market has essentially become saturated in a matter of years. The team behind Le Triangle had no problem making a space for themselves in Paris’ craft beer scene, as they simple pulled from their own particular passions- cooking, micro-brewing, and hospitality- to create one of the city’s few craft beer tap-houses.

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Paris Barbershops, Alain Maitre Barbier Coiffeur

Barbershops

Like many cities around the world, Paris has experienced a revival of traditional barbering methods in recent years. Whether you are a traditional gentleman sporting a slicked back style, a modern man with a classic fade, a proud bearer of a full beard, or a younger dude pulling off something a little bolder, Paris has a great selection of barbershops to suit your style.

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