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Paris brands: Chanel, Louis Vuitton

Paris brands: Chanel, Louis Vuitton

What better way to get to know a city than by acquainting yourself with its most prodigious children? We’ve already written a short biography of Parisian golden boys Yves Saint Laurent and Christian Dior; this week it’s time to try on famous Paris brands Chanel and Louis Vuitton. Let’s see if they fit. more ...

Where to celebrate Halloween in Paris 2012

Where to celebrate Halloween in Paris 2012

Halloween in Paris isn’t really celebrated as much as other places in the world (you might find the odd pumpkin-shaped morsel in the patisseries, but in general this is not a French tradition). An excuse for a night out is valued everywhere, however, and entertainment centres from the bars and clubs to Disneyland Paris are well up to the job of giving you somewhere to celebrate Halloween 2012. Here are your options. more ...

Bistro restaurants in Paris

Bistro restaurants in Paris

In Paris, eating out in a restaurant from time to time is almost considered to be something of a fundamental human right. That’s why the French invented the bistrot – a low-cost eating establishment where any Frenchman can get his petit salé, a bit like a cheaper, less snooty version of a restaurant. Bistrots in Paris abound, meaning you’ll need to take our handy guide with you when it comes to sorting les hommes from les garçons. more ...

Le Marche des Fiertés Paris 2012

Le Marche des Fiertés Paris 2012

Of all the gay pride parades that take place, the “Marche des Fiertés” (Paris gay pride parade) 2012 will be one of the biggest. Being the first capital to elect an openly gay mayor in 2001, gai Paris has for centuries been highly liberal; and this is reflected in the hundreds of thousands of participants who will spill out onto les rues in a multicoloured show of solidarity with homosexual rights. more ...

Budget ways to enjoy Paris in the spring

Budget ways to enjoy Paris in the spring

We love the City of Light in the spring. Beautiful, romantic and more French than fromage, there is plenty of fun to be had. And, best of all, many of the activities on offer come at a very low cost. All you need to do now is grab your cherie (or an unsuspecting Parisien(ne)), book your apartment and get set for a très bon voyage. Here are some ideas of what to do when you’re there. more ...

New Year in Paris

New Year in Paris

Paris really earns its name, the city of lights, at Christmas. The evenings are lit up in a very special way and the colourful silhouette of the Eiffel Tower shines in the night sky. The lights, tradition, the romance and the magic of this city make Paris one of the perfect places to spend an unforgettable New Year. more ...

Apartments in Montmartre, Paris

Apartments in Montmartre, Paris

Montmartre is one of the most famous and most charming districts in Paris. Situated on a hill in the north of the city, it stands out amongst the flatness of the city and is distinguished by the white silhouette of the Sacré Coeur church from a distance. more ...

First National Food Festival in Paris

First National Food Festival in Paris

Taking place this Friday the 23rd of September for the first time ever is the “Fête de la Gastronomie” (National Food Festival) all across France. Paris will of course be at the heart of this Gastro Fest which is not only featuring the most events but the most impressive. more ...

Heritage Days in Paris

Heritage Days in Paris

Every year in September they celebrate European Heritage Days in Paris, which allows the fortunate public to access the historical monuments in the French capital for the modest price of nothing for an entire weekend. Are you going to let this opportunity slip through your fingers? more ...

Parc Zoologique de Thoiry, popular safari park near Paris

Parc Zoologique de Thoiry, popular safari park near Paris

The Parc Zoologique de Thoiry is one of the most famous and most original animal attractions in Europe. Comprising a perfect family day out given that not only does this fabulous attraction feature lots of exotic animals, but also a beautiful castle, stunning gardens, and the largest and only interactive green maze in Europe, all located only 35km from Paris. more ...

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