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Stinky French Cheese: Our Top 8 and Where to Find Them in Paris

Best Pungent French Cheese and Cheese Shops in Paris

It was French President Charles de Gaulle who famously said, “How can you govern a country which has 246 varieties of cheese?” That was in 1962. Today there are nearly 400 distinct cheeses in France, and discussing and eating them is a national pastime. Anyway you slice it, this is the land of fromage and it is a source of regional pride. Just like with wine, many varieties have their own AOC, or Appellation d’origine contrôlée. Roquefort only comes from Roquefort and it must adhere to strict regulations to earn the name. The types of cheese in France are as varied as the landscapes, and while it may seem like a love of pungent cheese is in the blood of the French, I believe it’s an acquired taste. Rather than going straight for the Brie on your next trip to Paris, push your palate by trying one of the following stinky cheeses and do as the French do: savor it after your meal, preferably with a digestif.

Best Pungent French Cheese and Cheese Shops in Paris

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Edith Piaf Centenniel: Tracing the Roots of La Môme in Paris

Edith Piaf Centennial

La vie en rose. No soundtrack to Paris would be complete without at least one song by one of France’s greatest songstresses: Edith Piaf. This year celebrates the centennial of the birth of “La Môme,” the ideal time to take a journey back to the roots of this immensely talented artist.

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Korean Fried Chicken comes to Paris' 2nd arrondissement at Hero

Hero Restaurant

The dream team behind Paris’ classy and cocktail-forward Mary Celeste, Candelaria, and Glass hits a high note with the greatly anticipated opening of Hero, a three-story Korean canteen and bar. The small menu revisits traditional Korean street food, artfully prepared by Haan Palcu-Chang, former chef at Mary Celeste and inventor of the restaurant’s well-loved deviled eggs.

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Best smartphone applications for exploring Paris

12 Apps for Exploring Paris

Whether you’re a visitor or a Paris resident, there are always new spots to explore. These days, few people carry guidebooks or maps, but chances are you do have a smartphone in your pocket. When it comes to navigating Paris, here are a few apps that make discovering this city easier.

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Smalls Museums, Musee du quai Branly, anthi tzakou

Paris Museums off the Beaten Path

It’s true that even seasoned visitors to Paris could visit the Louvre and the Orsay again and again, discovering something new each time. But why not delve a little deeper and explore some of Paris’s lesser known museums whose collections can be equally interesting and enlightening?

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Spring Street Style, Montage 5

Spring Trends in Paris: PFW 2015

While designers unveiled their collections at Paris Fashion Week, bloggers, models, and starlets showed what’s fashionable now on the streets of Paris. Investing in one or more of these in-style pieces will help reboot your wardrobe for a stylish springtime in the City of Light.

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Provence villa rental and Cotes-du- Rhone wine

Holiday Villa and Vineyard in Cairanne

Settled amongst the vines of the Rhone Valley, where the fresh air is perfumed with the scent of the surrounding fruit orchards and olive groves, you’ll find Nick and Sabine’s lovely villa. Visit the friendly couple for a wine tasting during the week or rent their home for a holiday.

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Caroline de Marchi luxury handbags and a hidden courtayard in the heart of Paris

Caroline de Marchi Handbags

Luxury handbag designer Caroline de Marchi’s showroom is located in a courtyard off the fashionable rue Saint-Honoré. A haven from the crowded, boutique-lined street, the space offers a respite for the weary shopper as well as a welcome change from the typical Paris shopping experience.

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The Best Wine Classes and Wine Tastings in Paris

Wine Tastings and Tours in Paris

One of the best things about being in Paris is that going local means partaking in some particularly good French wine. My travel M.O. is “arrive and imbibe.” While wine courses and tastings can be found all over Paris, here are a few of my favorites for education without intimidation.

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