Monthly Archives: July 2015

Yoga in Paris


 

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Photo Credit – Yoga Village

When you live and work in a city, life can sometimes get all too much and cause high levels of unwanted stress. We all need to find ways to alleviate that stress and find that down time in the midst of our chaotic lives. Drinking wine is always a great option of course, but for a healthier alternative, yoga is a favourite activity of ours and is one of the best ways to relax the mind, the body and the soul.

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Paris Pastry Shops – 10 Best


This is a guest post by the wonderful Lou in Paris. Originally from the UK, she moved to France in 2009 and works in communications and publishing. We hope you drool over this post as much as we did!

It’s no secret that Paris has some very talented pastry chefs. The French have high expectations and the profession is known for its rigorous training programmes and unsociable working hours.

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In my 6 years living here, I have not yet managed to taste everything that the city has to offer. However, I have tested enough to compile this top ten list of French pastry shops, just in case you’re planning to be in Paris in the near future.

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La Pagode


This is a guest post by Sara McCarty at Context Travel. They have shared some of their expert advice on some fun new ways to discover the City of Light. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Paris has no dearth of historic jewel-box cinema houses where you can escape the summer heat and take in a film amidst grandeur from a former age.

Photo Credit: Mart

Photo Credit: Mart

One such house is La Pagode, a late 19th century gem commissioned by François-Émile Morin, the director of Le Bon Marché department store, as a gift for his wife. The building Continue reading

La Petite Ceinture


La Petite Ceinture is a Parisian secret known to few tourists, other than those who do their homework! What was once an abandoned railway has become an incredibly picturesque garden, below street level, circling the urban jungle that is Paris. Between the graffiti and and overgrown grass, La Petite Ceinture, or “little belt,” is way off the beaten path.

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La Petite Ceinture was built in 1869 for military purposes, facilitating the shuttling of soldiers between train stations. Trains stopped running along most of la Petite Ceinture in 1934, though one area continued to be used until 1985. It is now full of wild flowers and fauna, with more than 200 species of plants and 70 species of animals.

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Most of the railway is off limits, but for those seeking adventure, it is easy to find research on entry points to the abandoned areas. The areas open to pedestrians are accessible at 99 rue Olivier de Serres in the 15th Arrondissement.

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There has been a lot of discussion in the past 10 years about whether to open the railway to the public, or keep it off limits and preserve a piece of Parisian history. We love this hidden gem of old Paris. Check it out yourselves and let us know what you think!