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Navigating the French Cheese Shop (Fromagerie)

Ah, cheese. The dizzying selection. The alternately intoxicating and overwhelming smells seeping out of shop fronts and market stalls. The fierce opinions and friendly neighborhood banter while waiting in line. Cheese (and cheese shopping) is,
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On y va? Allons-y?

Often on the way out the door you will hear the Frenchies saying  “on y va,” or “allons-y.” What exactly does this mean? Quite Simply: On y va? = Shall we go? (singular) On y va! = Let’s go! (singular) Allons-y! =
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Parisian living – Cell phone free?

Written by Jen Holup Technology can be, at the same time, a great aide and a great adversary to modern urban living.  Yet, rather than search for a generalized answer to this dense question, the most effective measure we can take is simply to
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Markets in Paris – The Inside Scoop

Parisian Market Shopping Although supermarkets, big and small, abound in Paris, most natives make it a point to buy their fresh produce from the colorful, bustling Marchés that dot Parisian neighborhoods. Long considered the centers of city
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The Paris Blog

Extensive Blog on Paris and all that is going on in the city of Lights:   Fabulous vacation rentals in Paris, Provence and Tuscany: haveninparis.com
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Polly Vous Français

A wonderful Blog on Paris and France by An American with a love of Paris:   Fabulous vacation rentals in Paris, Provence and Tuscany: haveninparis.com
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La Recette du Jour

From classics like crêpes Suzette, tarte Tatin and ratatouille to more modern dishes such as rocket mousselines, passion fruit verrines, and pineapple carpaccio, La Recette du Jour celebrates French cuisine (with a few traditional British dishes
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Let us know why it is BETTER to rent an apartment in Paris, or a Villa in Tuscany or Provence for your vacation!!!

Bonjour Vacation renters! This chat board has been put in place to allow fellow travelers to explain why  the apartment and villa rental experience is so much more enriching and wonderful than a boutique hotel or luxury hotel for your stay in
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Feels Like Home in Paris Blog on Paris

Fabulous vacation rentals in Paris, Provence and Tuscany: haveninparis.com
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Chowhound

Chowhound is an Online blog with tons of info on restaurants and food in Paris (and the rest of the world).  You will also find recipes, videos and links to many other foodie blogs! From the editors’ of Chowhound: “Welcome to the
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Plein vs. Repu After a Nice French Meal

Words of wisdom after a nice French meal At the end of a nice French meal (repas), when you are asked if you would like another serving, you may be inclined to say, “non merci, je suis plein.” This is the standard reply in English .
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Bread in France

Everyone has heard of the ubiquitous French baguette, but do they know how to order one? Do they know about all of the other wonderful kinds of bread to be found in France? Here is some info on different ways to order a baguette, and other yummy
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Gourmand

A gourmand is a person who takes great pleasure in food. The word has different connotations from the similar word gourmet, which emphasises an individual with a highly refined discerning palette, but in practice the two terms are closely
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Joie de Vivre

Joie de vivre (from the French joie, “joy”; de, “of”; vivre, “to live, living”; “the joy of living”) is a term sometimes imported into English to express a cheerful enjoyment of life; an exultation
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My First Coffee in Paris

Text Erica Berman & Alison Goudreault Over 16 years ago comfortably ensconced in a Left Bank cafe I attempted to order my first Parisian cup of coffee. As the waiter brusquely arrived and impatiently blurted out ‘je vous ecoute’,
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Bonjour!

Welcome to the official blog of Haven in Paris! We are an American hospitality company specializing in short-term luxury apartment rentals in Paris, Provence, and Tuscany. Our goal: to provide our clients with all of the comforts, space,