Parisian Living

France Expands Single Use Plastic Ban for 2020

After establishing itself as a front-runner in the quest to reduce pollution, France is now extending their plastic ban to be even more comprehensive. France first banned lightweight plastic bags, then become the first country in the world to ban plastic cups and plates in 2016. As part of its Energy Transition for Green Growth Act, France’s plastic ban will now includes straws, coffee
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December Events in Paris: David Lebovitz, Permaculture, Christmas Markets & More

As winter settles into Paris and the weather gets cold, it's hard to find motivation to get out of your cozy apartment. Luckily this month brings with it several weekly events to add to commit to your calendar and motivate you to get out of the house....read more
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Paris in Three Days: Favorite Spots Then Vs. Now

Once upon a time, I worked in the Paris tourism industry. It was 2008, Haven in Paris (boutique apartment rental agency that is now Haven In) had begun to take off, and I had the good fortune to get hired as its first full-timer and startup ...read more
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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 ...read more
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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)....read more
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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 ...read more
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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 ...read more

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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 ...read more
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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 ...read more
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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 ...read more
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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 ...read more
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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 ...read more
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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 ...read more