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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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Paris’ Maison du Pastel: A Feast of Color

Diamond White, Autumn Leaves, Naples Yellow. These are just some of the color creations lining the walls of the historic Maison du Pastel boutique in the 3rd arrondissement. The shop sells a range of pastels that date back to the 18th century.
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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
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6 Ways to Fast Track Learning French in Paris

I can’t speak for the rest of the country, but I personally believe that Paris is starting to outgrow its image of snooty waiters whose demeanor changes the second you utter the word “hello” (or poorly pronounce “bonjour”). And yet, there is no
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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.
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Paris September Events: Design Week, Picasso, La Parisienne & More

September marks la rentrée in France, the moment when summer holidays wind down and the French get back to their daily lives. As Parisians return to work or school, the city wakes up from its August lull and offers a wide range of events that
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Paris Like the First Time, Again

Coming back after a lengthy hiatus, so much had changed. I’m living in new neighborhoods, seeing new people, tasting new foods. It’s like the Paris I lived in before was just a postcard, and now I’m seeing the real city for the first time again.
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Les Fleurs: Eclectic Handcrafted Artisanal Gifts in Paris

An eclectic gifting go-to carrying wares from (almost) exclusively small producers? This place does exist and it’s hiding steps from the bustling rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine in Paris’ 11ème arrondissement.
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La Rentrée: Paris Re-Awakens

Paris stretched. It was time to get back to work, and she was ready. Some people need springtime to feel reborn, but Paris just needs La Rentrée.