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The London Experiment: Paris vs London

Many have explored the cultural peculiarities of the two cities. I get it, they’re different. But now that I’m back in Paris, I never thought I’d miss so many things about London, things that make it different from Paris beyond the clichés. The great London experiment has left me seeing Paris in a whole new way.
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The Best of Brittany: Culinary Treasures from the Breton Coast

From spectacular rose quartz shores, Celtic ruins, and emerald blue waters, you could easily spend a holiday away in Brittany. Here are our favorite Breton sights and the artisanal gastronomic flavors that accompany them. ...read more
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Is Everyone Hanging out Without Me? Learning the Ropes of Social Life in Rural France

As someone who had been living for the past decade in Paris apartment buildings with several story walk ups and with bolted doors, I was not used to having people randomly knock on the door or stop by. But now, in a small village where no one ...read more
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Rediscovering Florence: Craft Coffee, Vegetarian Dining & More

Florence is being introduced to the culture of slow coffee. New trendy caffès are opening that encourage customers to sit, relax and enjoy their coffees. Not only is the coffee culture changing, but the food culture is too. I never thought I ...read more
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48 Hours in Venice: A Weekend of Italian Food, Art and Culture

The charm of this unique city can still be appreciated during a short visit provided you do your research and avoid tourist traps. Here are some suggestions for making the most of Venice in one weekend....read more
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Winter Strolls: Three Itineraries for Soaking Up the Festive Atmosphere + Giveaway

There’s something particularly special about Paris over the holidays. Of course there’s the sparkling street lights, the enticing window displays, the abundance of heavenly holiday treats, but it’s something more than that. Spirits ride on this ...read more
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A Day in Champagne with Tasty Side to Life Tours

Since becoming à la mode among French and English nobility in the 18th century, Champagne has symbolized royalty, celebration, and the elite. Few are familiar with the other side to the unique, bubbly beverage. I jumped at the chance to join ...read more

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Negotiating à la Française: The Meaning of Non

Anyone who has spent a serious amount of time in Paris knows the word well. Non, Monsieur, it is not possible to have green beans instead of fries with your tartare… Non, you can not have a reservation for 20h, we have two seatings: 19h30 or ...read more
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Paris with Kids: Quick Fix Fun for under 5€

Apart from being romantic, Paris is also marvelously family-oriented. Despite this, it can be tiring traveling en famille. My son, Storsh, is far more tourist-tolerant if he knows some “kid time” is just around the corner. So instead of making ...read more
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A Weekend in Normandy: Rouen Roaming

On a bright, clear day in October I took the early morning bus to Rouen, where you can spend the day exploring several of the most impressive gothic churches in France, antique and artisan shops, a 14th century astronomical clock tower, and ...read more
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City vs. Country: From Paris to La Loire Valley, Pt I

It had only been a few months since I moved to the French countryside, but my city life already seemed like a distant memory. In exchange for a Parisian apartment, I now have a house in the Loire Valley, complete with dwarf goat, giant, ...read more
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A Quaint Mix of Old & New in Normandy’s Seaside Village Honfleur

In late November, as a several-month stint in Paris was coming to a close, I was far from ready to leave. Perhaps it was due to the fact that fall had flown by, or that I had met a sweet Frenchman. Likely both. A weekend jaunt to Normandy’s ...read more
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Experiencing the Wine Harvest in France

It's been a belle année in France and the annual grape harvests are upon us. Due to the beautiful summer weather and almost ideal conditions throughout the year, the harvest, or vendanges, are taking place much earlier than last year. Delve ...read more