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The Guinguette Revival: 30s-style Dancing, Drinking, and Dining Along the Seine

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Parisians who can’t flock to the seaside during the summer months are still drawn to their closest water sources, as evidenced by the ever-growing popularity of Les Berges on the Seine. However, this craving to enjoy the hotter months waterside goes back much further than Les Berges, or even the 12-year old Paris Plages. These initiatives are, in essence, revivals of the great era of Les Guinguettes, and once again Parisians can’t seem to get enough.

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In its purest form, a guinguette is an establishment located by the water that serves up simple food and ample drinks (traditionally white “guinguet” wine, which led to the name guinguette), accompanied by lively music, and thus dancing. What’s not to love? Continue Reading »

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10 Reasons to Love August in Paris

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Paris Plages/Pause Cafe, Isabel Miller-Bottome

For those who cherish the peaceful atmosphere resulting from the mass exodus of holiday-goers, August is Paris’ most prized month. In the past, I haven’t always embraced this sentiment, mainly because I love the charge of the city. I adore the hustle and bustle of the busy streets; the fashionable Parisians strutting down the sidewalk, chatting over a glass of wine or coffee on café terrasses, and shopping in the stylish boutiques. However, perhaps these August-lovers have it right? Here are 10 reasons to convince any reluctant critics (myself once included) why August is the best month to be in Paris:

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Jardin de Reuilly/Place des Vosges, Isabel Miller-Bottome

1. There’s so much going on for free

Free movies, free concerts, free exercise lessons, free…! Your social calendar will be packed with the outdoor cinema screenings at la Villette or the Clair de Lune festival, pétanque or dancing at the Canal de l’Ourcq, running on Les Berges, and more. It might just be the best month to be in Paris on a budget, and since the weather tends to be nice you can save on dining costs by picnicking.

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Le Lucernaire, Briag Courteaux

2. You can actually get a table en terrasse

I noticed the other day when scoping out the cafés on rue Montorgueil at the peak of lunch hour that there were a surprisingly large number of tables available. And same luck at apéro; we had our pick of the usually highly coveted tables. Next I plan to try some of the notoriously tough-to-get-into venues like le Perchoir; perhaps we’ll have repeat good fortune.

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July Events in Paris: Peacock Society Festival, Rosa Bonheur sur Seine, A$AP Ferg & more

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Naturally, the summer continues its music kick this month with some not-to-miss solo concerts, as well as a few festivals. This weekend, Macki Music Festival runs from the 4th – 6th and features acts like Blue Hawaii, Rejjie Snow, and Funkineven. Festival Soirs d’été picks up where Macki leaves off and runs from July 7 – 11, with shows like Klaxons and Kodaline.

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We have seductive L.A. singer BANKS at Nouveau Casino on July 7th and 8th and A$AP Ferg – member of New York City’s A$AP Mob – at le Trabendo on July 10th for his first Paris show.

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The Peacock Society Festival, put on by We Love Art & Savoir Faire, comes to the Parc Floral from July 11 – 13 and boasts names like 1-800-Dianosaur, Brawther, and Zaltan. And finally, Festival FNAC Live wraps up the month from July 17 – 20, with three days of shows including MØ and Glass Animals.

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Hidden Paris: Enjoying Springtime Paris Off the Beaten Tourist Track

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Jardin Albert Kahn (Hotels Paris Rive Gauche)

Immortalized in literature and song, there might not be a better time to be in Paris than the Springtime.

Enjoying Springtime in Paris off the Tourist Track

Les Berges (Raïssa)

Les Parisiens bask in the warm rays and take in the spring air and blossons in any way they can, usually camped out on the sunniest terraces or leisurely strolling through the most popular parks and along the waterways.

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Les Berges: Paris’s New Playground by the Seine

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Early fall has always been my favorite season in Paris. Residents return for “La Rentrée,” tanned and smiling (at least for now) after les grandes vacances and itching for some quality terrace time in their still seasonal summer looks.

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Kids go back to school (hence the smiling parents), the weather is often lovely and the energy in the air is palpable. There’s always a lot happening – from restaurant openings to new exhibitions and film releases.

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One of my favorite discoveries this rentrée is “Les Berges,” the newly pedestrianized waterfront that spans the Left Bank from the Pont de l’Alma to the Musee d’Orsay. Continue Reading »

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