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Having a French Name Doesn’t Make You French

When we got the idea to move to France, I thought my problems were over. Yvonne is a French name! People had been asking me if I was French for as long as I could remember, so I pictured myself enfolded into French society, welcomed as a long-lost daughter, among my own people at last. Then I got to France, and that didn’t happen.
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Parisian Living

Les Batignolles: A Hidden, Hip, and Authentic Paris Neighborhood

Over the past few years, les Batignolles has been gradually getting hipper and hipper thanks to a steady stream of contemporary restaurants, cool cafés, and creative concept stores. The area is one of the best places to get a taste of authentic Paris. Sample it by seeking out these new additions to the district.
Restaurant Reviews

French Restaurant Alternatives in Montmartre

While Montmartre's numerous bistros serving traditional French fare often leave much to be desired, there are a number of small restaurants serving excellent international cuisine. If you’re looking for something delicious and different, don’t hesitate to try one of these addresses.
Parisian Living

Living vs. Making a Life: An American in Paris

At the time, the choice was an easy one, and my 13-year-old thought process simple: “Latin’s dead; I don’t like the way German sounds; all the boys are taking Spanish; if you take French you can go to Paris in high school.” I didn’t realize it at the time, but choosing that language, and that first trip to Paris as a teenager, would shift the course of my personal and professional life indelibly.
Restaurant Reviews

American Comfort Food in Paris: Gumbo Yaya

When the occasional homesickness hits, American comfort food is often my remedy of choice. And no one does soul food quite like pint-sized Gumbo Yaya.

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October Events in Paris: Nuit Blanche, Fête des Vendanges, FIAC & More

Autumn comes to Paris in October, when the air gets crisp and golden leaves shine overhead. The season's shorter days leave room for more nighttime fun, which makes this month a perfect host to the popular Nuit Blanche event. October brings another favorite annual event: the Fête des Vendanges de Montmartre.
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La Bise: The Art of the French Air Kiss

As a new Parisienne, I was baffled by la bise. I was raised in Texas, where the traditional greeting was a full-contact hug. When I later moved to California, I learned that there were three options for hugs. Then I moved to Paris and much to my surprise: They were kissing each other.
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Peek-a-boo: Mommy & Baby Travel in Paris

I looked forward to my first trip to Paris with June, visions of carrousel rides in Luxembourg Gardens and mother daughter museum visits filled my head. I let my daydreams of Paris trips approach reality as my daughter grew and started to interact with the world- getting closer and closer to the age where she could appreciate Paris.

Food & Drink

Where to Lunch Near the Louvre Museum

The Louvre Museum is a must for most visitors to Paris, however, as with many heavily touristed sites around the world, the dining options right nearby can be rather bleak. Luckily a mere few blocks away you can have a delicious meal at the following restaurants.

Passerini Restaurant in Paris: Italian Classics Revisited

Italian chefs have made an increasingly bold mark on Paris’ food scene over the past several years. Among the most successful in this arena? Giovanni Passerini, named Best Chef by Le Fooding in 2017.

Wen Zhou: Pork Buns and Dumplings in Paris’ Belleville

Knowing where to eat in Chinatown isn’t an easy feat. Rows of unassuming and almost-identical storefronts line bustling blocks, and rue de Belleville in the 20th is no exception. But 24 rue de Belleville is home to something special.

The Best Paris Rooftop Bars for Summer Apéros

August in Paris is all about slow living: the nights are long and the apéros are endless. It’s no wonder Parisians flock to rooftop spots around the city to watch the sunset with friends. From the 2nd to the 16th and everywhere in between, here are our top picks for rooftop bars to check out this summer.

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