Monthly Archives: December 2012


Paris, Up Close & Personal’s first guest post is from Daisy de Plume of THATLou. Daisy de Plume is the founder + creative director of THATLou, which runs themed Treasure Hunts at the Louvre (among other museums). You can find her on her blog www.thatlou.com, twitter, Facebook or Pinterest. She lives on Faubourg St Denis with her Argentine husband and their toddler, Storsh, who shows his belly on request in any of his three languages. — The neighborhood of FSD (Faubourg St Denis) is in the southwestern corner of the 10th Arrt, just......

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  Paris is a vast world of culinary delicacies and fine craftmanship in a country that offers some of the finest wines, cheeses and breads found on this earth.  As this fuels the passion of many « foodies » around the world, this is not, however, good news for everyone. In this modern day, we find ourselves in cities full of people with unique tastes, convictions and even dietary restrictions. Whether it be allergies/intolerance or simply choosing to live a healthy, eco-friendly lifestyle, you may hit some challenges head on.  As someone who lived,......

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Wine bars are not a new phenomenon in Paris but a recent trend of combination restaurant-wine bars have caught our attention. It seems like a natural pairing and it is a setup that seems to be taking Paris by storm. The concept is this: restaurants that require advance reservations, some that are very difficult to acquire, open a conjoining wine bar that serves a small-plate or limited menu version of the restaurant’s cuisine. This in a less formal, no reservations atmosphere. Like the idea? We love it. And so do many others.......

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The festivities are in full swing and there is no shortage of details to be checked off the many lists.  And as it’s only natural to overlook some of the less obvious, yet equally important details during this bustling season, we have decided to do some of this thinking for you. (We will graciously accept your thanks in the form of chocolate, wine, etc…I joke, I joke.)  At the top of this list of ‘unforgottens’ is Home Security.  Although it may not be the most enjoyable factor to consider, take it from......

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Most Parisian restaurants close up shop around the holidays, from right before Christmas Eve through after the first of the year. This can be inconvenient for anyone hoping to have a nice dinner out with their friends and family to celebrate Christmas or ring in the new year. Fortunately, there are some restaurants that remain open. We have created the following lists to help you navigate these closures and find the perfect, open restaurant. First up, the holiday closures: 75001 Les Bistronomes – closed 22 December through 2 January. L’Ecume St. Honoré......

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Christmas in Paris, what a remarkable thought!  Few places could hold a candle to the beauty and magic felt in our city during this special holiday season.   And although it seems as though the year’s end has snuck up on us, there are still  joyous memories to be made in the meantime. “So, what sets Paris apart at Christmas time?” you might ask.  As there is no short answer for this question, we’ll fill you in on one “pearl” that we at Savoir-Faire consider an unmissable event: the Christmas markets. The traditional......

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