Tours and Classes

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 Sydney Krueger of Tasty Side to Life Tours, a certified champagne tasting expert, for a day of exploring the people, villages, and nature.
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Insidr Paris: Friendly Frenchies Deliver Smartphone Rentals & Local Tips to Travelers

Brother-and-sister team Benjamin and Nina hit upon the idea of Insidr. It’s a phone, but also more than a phone. Each 4G-equipped Android is loaded with exclusive Insidr content developed for a variety of traveler needs: singles, couples,
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Sacrebleu: Insider Paris Experiences Fit for Locals and Tourists Alike

With Stephanie of Sacrebleu, a personal travel assistant, you’ll get the best tailored Parisian experience. On a recent tour with Stephanie -- an experience that felt more like an afternoon with an old friend -- I rediscovered classic monuments
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Inside the Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen, Part II: Where to Find Designer Vintage

We wrote in October with tips for navigating Paris’s Marché aux Puces St-Ouen, specifically where to find the best in oh-so-popular mid-century modern furniture. In this month’s article we’ll highlight where to find luxury designer items of the
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All That Glitters: Paris for Lovers (of Fine Jewelry)

Paris is a city that shimmers. Considered by many as the capital of fine jewelry, the city is a treasure trove for collectors and enthusiasts with its famed jewelry houses at Place Vendôme and historical pieces in museums across the city,
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Planning for Paris: Spoiled by Luxury Services in the City of Light

I’ve just booked my Haven in Paris apartment for a week in the City of Love. Sigh... Going to Paris has always been a dream of mine, and I want it to be just perfect. I am working with Haven in Paris to fill my days with the luxury service
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Paris’ 20ème: History, Culture, and Shopping in Belleville and Ménilmontant

The 20ème is one of the largest neighborhoods in Paris, covering the areas of Nation, Gambetta, Ménilmontant, and Belleville. Largely overlooked by tourists, this unique quartier is full of locals-only bars and restaurants, art galleries,

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Brocante Shopping in Normandy with My French Country Home

Brocante finds in action (Laurence Amélie) At My French Country Home in Normandy, we love to go antiquing. We welcome guests from all over the world, from private shoppers looking to experience real French brocantes (flea markets) and hopefully
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Experience Gertrude Stein’s Paris: Picasso, Matisse and Other Stein Favorites Reunited at the Grand Palais

It’s 1905 in Paris. Visitors to the Salon d’Automne are outraged. Who is that flamboyant woman with the audaciously colorful hat? Or rather who could have painted such a daring work? Matisse’s Woman with a Hat shocked most viewers. However, it
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Inside Paris – Ariel’s Favorite Paris Walks and Tours

Contemplating Van Gogh in Paris – Giovanni Giorgini There are so many tours to choose from in Paris… Whether you want to be whisked off on your adventure by bike, boat, balloon, Segway or foot (I have yet to find a horseback tour, but I’m
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Antique Shopping in Paris: A Guided Tour of the Marché Aux Puces

Typical Parisian flea market (Josh Leo) I first visited the Marche aux Puces (Les Puces de Saint-Ouen) 5 years ago. I was feeling adventurous and had a new house I dreamed of filling with amazing finds from the famous Parisian flea markets. As
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Day-Trip From Paris: A Visit to Champagne Includes Tastings In a Private Chateau

Spending a summer in Paris is a dream come true, but as the Parisians rushed away to enjoy the famous French summer holidays, we got a bit envious and started dreaming of our own escape into the countryside. Thankfully, we were in for a treat: a
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The Inside Scoop: A Foodie Tour of the Rue du Bac

Do you know Amy Reverdy, of the wonderful blog C’est La Me? If not,  prepare to be wooed. This sweet expat from California charms with her self-deprecating, I’m-too-west-coast-to-take-myself-seriously tales of adapting to life with