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Insider Paris: Linda Donahue’s Parisien Salon

Photos by Linda Donahue A self-proclaimed wanderer and observer, Linda Donahue knows how to make herself at home. A writer and photographer by trade, Linda has built a career around roaming, exploring, and simply getting to know the ins-and-outs
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Da Carmine – Napoli in Paris. Pizza & terrace on rue des Martyrs

Terrace & Pizza Da Carmine. Photo Erica Berman Last Wednesday was perfect weather in Paris (not a common occurrence) and I was having dinner with good friends. What better time to find a terrace to dine on and enjoy the setting sun and
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HiP Paris Eats: Communal-Style Dining

Glou Restaurant – Picture by Erica Berman Our friends over at Parisien Salon, a website with great tips on things to do in Paris, recently posted  a helpful list of tasty restaurants that feature canteen-style (communal) tables. Perfect
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Neighborhood Spotlight: A day in the Marais

The Marais is one of Paris’ oldest and most famous neighborhoods. Home to scores of galleries, shops, cafés and restaurants and riddled with narrow cobble-stoned streets, it is one of the best Parisian neighborhoods to explore for the leisurely
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Rachel Khoo’s Cucumber & Mint Soup

Photo courtesy of rkhooks.net The markets of Paris are bursting with fresh produce, but who wants to spend August slaving over a hot stove? Food creative Rachel Khoo has come to our rescue with a chilled soup that is perfect for a simple summer meal.
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Jonesing for Gelato in Paris – Caramella – rue des Martyrs

I’ve been back from Italy 8 days now. I am settling nicely into my Parisian rhythm, but I still heed the call for gelato. As I thought luck would have it, there is an Italian-owned gelato shop, Caramella, right around the corner from me on
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Cul de Poule – Chicken’s arse or mixing bowl, in any case interesting dining!

After reading David Lebovitz’s super upbeat post and Geneviève’s gently scathing article about the Cul de Poule restaurant, I was unsure whether I would find a trendy hipster resto with snooty servers and less than average food, or a
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Sassy Summer Recipes from Rachel Khoo

<h6All Photos courtesy of www.rkhooks.net and www.rachelkhoo.com Rachel Khoo, one of our favorite Paris foodies, has been cooking up a storm all summer, jetting (or EuroStar-ing) between Paris and London to bring her unique brand of
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Slow Travels Through Europe

View from the Ecoles apartment where Pauline stayed – Photo Barbara van Zanten. www.europaphotogenica.com Pauline Kenny, founder & owner of www.sloweurope.com, can be difficult to track down.  After renting a 2 bedroom in the Latin
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Moonlight Cinema – Cinéma au Clair de Lune

August in Paris is all about slowing down and appreciating life’s little pleasures. In other words, you have an excuse to do absolutely nothing. In that spirit, the Forum des Images invites you to sit back and let them do the work, as they bring
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Mellow Paris: Why We Love August in Paris

Sunbathers in the Parc des Buttes Chaumont. Photo by Tory Hoen You may have heard rumors that Paris empties out in August. As it turns out, the rumors are largely true. But before you start envisioning a Parisian ghost town—tumbleweeds rolling
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Best coffee in Italy – on the highway, at the Autogrill?

Today I learned an interesting coffee tidbit from a couple of Italian friends and coffee connoisseurs; the best coffee in Italy, can often be found in the rest stops on the highway  (Autogrill). In fact, some Autogrill/rest stop restaurants
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Rooftop Paris: Exploring the 5th Arrondissement

Terrace and garden w/ stairs to upper level terrace. Some visitors to Paris will scale any height—or endure waiting in any line—to achieve the ultimate view of the city. And while Sacré-Coeur and the Eiffel Tower certainly do not disappoint,
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Tour de France in Paris: Sunday, July 26

The cyclists riding through Paris along the rue de Rivoli. Maps courtesy of www.letour.fr. The French are not known for their patience. They have a casual, challenging attitude towards lines, they push onto the Métro while passengers are
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Trains in Italy – no cars needed here

To get around the Ligurian Riviera without a car (Camoli, Cinque Terre, Santa Margherita, Finale Ligure, Varigotti, La Spezia, Portofino – you need to take a boat or bus from Santa Margherita) from Genoa on public transportation one may
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Sun by the Seine: Paris Plages ’09

Photo courtesy of Momondo.com Visitors to Paris now have one more item to add to their agendas: the beach! Paris is primed for what is perhaps the least logical—but most fun—event of the summer: Paris Plages, which kicks off July 20th. For the
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Wake Up! Paris Quartier d’été is back!

Twenty years ago, the first Paris Quarter d’été festival was held in order to “wake up the city” during the summer lull that tends to sweep Paris from late July through the end of August. Starting today, the festival is back for its
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