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Holiday Shopping: Unique Christmas Gifts from the City of Light

Christmas Gift Shopping in Paris, Rebecca Plotnick Photo Prints

Rebecca Plotnick Photography

Gift-giving is one of those benevolent acts that requires several critical components to come together in order to make the perfect package: it should be creative and thoughtful, yet useful; selflessly chosen, but still reflect a little bit of you, the giver.

Christmas Gift Shopping in Paris, COTO Design Handmade Cushions

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Holiday Dining

It’s the holiday season and those who jump on vacation as an opportunity for international travel often flock to Paris this time of year. Neighborhoods are decorated with draping Christmas lights and window shopping is taken to a whole new level. But worried where to dine on Christmas or New Year’s? We’ve got you covered.

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Mamma Primi, New Italian Dining from the Big Mamma Group, in the Batignolles District of Paris

Mamma Primi

When searching for authentic Italian cuisine, you know you have chosen well when the chefs and wait staff can be heard passionately chattering away in Italian on the terrace during their quick break between rushes. It is understandable that Parisiens, and in-the-know tourists alike, are flocking to Mamma Primi, the newest address from Big Mamma Group.

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December 2016 Events in Paris

December Events

Elaine Sciolino & John Baxter at Shakespeare & Company, Le Food Market Marché de Noël, Marché de Noël Norvège at La REcyclerie, Fête du Court Métrage at Carreau du Temple, L’Heure Bleue at Cité de la Mode et du Design, Cy Twombly retrospective at Centre Pompidou, 42nd Street at Châtelet Theatre.

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Le Mordant Restaurant in Paris' Upcoming 10th Arrondissement

Le Mordant

Winter is swiftly arriving in Paris and locals are warding off the froid in perfect French fashion: by gathering around tables and sharing delicious, warm, homemade food. For those who haven’t perfected the art of preparing hearty winter meat dishes or those who don’t have a table big enough for all their friends, the solution to their plight is Le Mordant.

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Demain, The Film by Cyril Dion and Mélanie Laurent

Demain: Le Film

“People are tired of hearing about what’s going wrong in the world. Everything is going wrong. Telling people over and over again doesn’t get you anywhere. So we decided to try something different instead.” Demain did not disappoint. The movie takes its audience on a two-hour journey across the globe to visit (extra)ordinary men and women who are working to bring about positive change.

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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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