Monthly Archives: January 2013

Neighborhood Guide | Canal St. Martin

From the moment I crossed the first bridge over Canal St. Martin, I knew it was love.  This is where I wanted to live.  From the romantic canal ways, the diverse, creative population, to the vibrant ever changing street art:  it’s no surprise the Canal St. Martin is among the favorite neighborhoods in Paris.  It attracts artists, Parisians, and tourists alike.  Finally able to call the 10e arrondissement home,  I find inpiration each day as the seemingly magical streets take on a life of their own.  I’m pleased to share many of my findings with you.


Adding to our selection, I asked my friend and editor of Her Royal Majesty, Harriet Alida Lye to share a few of her favorite spots.  Harriet, is a Canadian writer and has called the 10e home for several years.  She always seems to have the skivvy on fresh, new addresses in Paris.  Thanks Harriet! Continue reading

Getting Married in Paris | Le Mairie

As many of you already know, just before the holidays, my lovely and wonderful boyfriend of 9 ½ years asked me to marry him. Knowing how complicated the average administrative feat is in this lovely country we live in, I have decided to share my experiences in wedding planning with you throughout the next six months of our engagement.

If you are planning a wedding in Paris, one of the first things you need to arrange is the civil ceremony.  Why you ask? While dress shopping and choosing flower arrangements are definitely much more fun, you civil ceremony at the Mairie takes a great deal of time and organization and, in France, it is the only legally binding ceremony you have.


The ceremony must take place in the city hall, or Mairie, of the district in which you live. The ceremony is conducted in French (you may have a translator present) by a French Civil Authority (officier de l’état civil). Religious ceremonies are option and are not legal binding in France. They may only be held after the civil ceremony has taken place.  Many couples choose to have the civil ceremony in the morning and the religious ceremony that same afternoon.

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A Relaxing Retreat | Thémaé Spa

Living in Paris means having access to so many great things to do, including museums, restaurants and concerts. It can sometimes feel like I am constantly going, constantly surrounded by crowds of people. On top of that, the dreary winters can really bring me down.  Sometimes I just need to take a break from it all and recharge. A day at the spa is the perfect way to do that.

The front of the spa (photo by Thémaé Spa)

The front of the spa (photo by Thémaé Spa)

The SFP team loves checking out the various spas around the city! L’échappée (which our friend Kasia, of Kasia Dietz Handbags, recently wrote a great blog post about) and Thémaé are our go-to places. I recently needed a relaxing escape from everyday life, so I booked an appointment at Thémaé. Located in the 1st arrondissement, right around the corner from the Louvre, the entrance is unassuming and tucked between several retail locations. Only people in the know could guess that a serene space lies within.

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Bridges of Paris

Bridges have played a major role in revolutionizing  modern society.  In Paris, perhaps the best way to  discover the history and the charm of the city is to explore the banks of the Seine and connecting canals.


Among the 37 bridges of the Seine, Pont Neuf holds the most diverse history of memories.  The construction of Paris’ oldest bridge began in 1577 under the Reign of Henry III.  Pont Neuf was completed under the Reign of Henry IV in 1606.  It was the first stone bridge in Paris that did support houses, as Henry IV insisted that it would impede the clear vue of the Louvre. Continue reading

La Galette des Rois

La Galette des Rois is a French tradition that has been around for centuries. From the fall of the Roman Empire to the French Revolution, the customs and reasons behind this celebration have seen many transformations. Today, these thin, frangipane filled pastry puff cakes adorned with a golden crown can found displayed in patisserie windows across France throughout the whole month of (10) Continue reading

Craft Beer | A New Trend in Paris

When most people think of Paris, an image that immediately comes to mind is sipping a glass of wine outside at a café. The French know their wine and finding a good bottle of French wine is easy in Paris. Of course, Parisians also drink beer and large brands such as 1664 or Kronenbourg are all over. But finding a beer of the same caliber as a vintage Bordeaux has been, until recently, incredibly difficult. Since the end of last year, however, it seems as though that is all changing. The craft beer revolution, which has already succeeded in the US and elsewhere, is beginning to appear in Paris.  Beer lovers rejoice!


Here are 3 of our favorite places to sample French craft beers:

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