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Artisanal Boulangerie & Brunch in Paris: Benoit Castel

Benoit Castel’s boulangerie in the 20th arrondissement may not be in the center of Parisian action, but it’s well worth the trek. And not just for the unlimited weekend brunch. Brooklyn ambiance and not a tourist in sight. During the week, the
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Treize au Jardin: American Comfort Food in Paris

Treize au Jardin is both restaurant and tea salon, an inviting and whimsical space perfect for lunch, brunch, apéro or un petit café and decadent dessert en terrace. Treize is now open until 9pm seven days a week, making it an original place for
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African Dance in Paris: The Best Studios in the City of Light

From traditional African drum and dance to the urban street grooves of Angola, Ghana, Nigeria, Congo and Jamaica, Paris’ dance scene is popping with African-inspired polyrhythms. I zero in on three studios offering an array of lively classes fit
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What to do in Paris in November: Lauryn Hill, Michael Jackson, Renoir, Pitchfork Festival & More

November in Paris offers plenty of opportunities to embrace autumn. Capture the changing leaves and city scenes by camera with a guided photography workshop and city stroll that lets you to see Paris through a new lens (November 4).
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Biking in France: Friendly Changes for Cyclists & Bike Commuters

France has set an ambitious goal: Increase the level of bike commuters threefold in the next six years. Today, only 3% of the French use a bike as their daily means of transportation, but the French government is hoping to increase that number
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Beaupassage: A Paris Gastronomic and Wellness Haven

Paris is famous for its covered passages and galeries, shopping arcades that date back to the 19th century. Today, these architectural gems typically house shops, restaurants, and cafes. But now there’s a new passage in town, by the name of
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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