Author Archives: SFP Guest Blogger

Peonies, Flower Shopping, and Healthy Eating


Allow us to introduce you to Lucia Chauvet, a Parisian born, multilingual foodie, photographer, and adventure-lover. Lucia started her blog, Lucia Talks Pictures, in 2016 with the idea to share her knowledge of food and photography in Paris, from the perspective of a multicultural life. If we could all share one common interest, food is probably the first thing that springs to mind! We are very excited to feature Lucia this week as a guest post on SFP, to have an insight into a couple of her MANY food experiences in Paris.

 

Photo by Lucia

 

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The Best Areas to Buy in Paris and Why


Today’s blog post is a guest post by our lovely property sales partner, 56 Paris. Extremely knowledgable about the real estate market in Paris, 56 Paris can help you with all of your property purchasing or selling needs, and help make what is often a stressful situation more manageable. If you’re thinking of purchasing or selling an apartment in Paris, send us a message and we’ll put you in touch.

 

The 56 Paris Team- Photo by 56 Paris

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Guest Post by Lodgis- 800 Years of Les Halles


Once described by Émile Zola as ”the Belly of Paris”, Les Halles (pronounced ”Ley-All”) is a thriving commercial district in the heart of the French capital. The origins of Les Halles (literally ”The Halls”) can be traced to a public market created in the 12th century. In this post, Lodgis, the Parisian real estate agent specialising in furnished apartment rentals, looks at how a historic neighbourhood in Paris’ 1st arrondissement has transformed over 800 years, whilst still preserving a unique identity

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Fit in Like a Local: 15 French Slang Words and Expressions You Won’t Find in Any Travel Dictionary


This is a guest post by the wonderful Brooke Neuman, a French editor at TakeLessons an online marketplace for local and online lessons. Since 2006, TakeLessons has been connecting knowledgeable teachers with eager students in any subject that comes to mind, from academic tutoring to culinary classes to computer skills to languages. We hope you learn a thing or two from her post and walk away feeling just a bit more French. C’est parti!


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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

Stroll through Pigalle & SoPi with Context Travel


This is a guest post by Lily Heise 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!

Over the past few years the streets just south of Pigalle, known as SoPi, have paved their way onto the cool map of Paris with locavore gastrobars, designer shops and hipster hangouts. However, this seemingly new bohemian blood has actually been flowing through its veins since the quartier’s inception two hundred years ago, when it went by the name La Nouvelle Athènes. Discover the eclectic history of this hip neighborhood on this little stroll, and why not stop to have a look at Savoir Faire Paris’ guide to the 9th arrondissement and some of the great boutiques along the way or finish with an artisanal beer?

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With the shadow of the France’s defeat at Waterloo fading, coupled with an advancing industrial age and growing middle class, Paris began experiencing a resurgence in the 1820s. This grow naturally forced the belt of the city’s borders a notch or two wider. The prime real estate pocket just between the Grands Boulevards and the sleepy village of Montmartre became the hub of La Nouvelle Athènes and this nouvelle zone soon became the intellectual, political and artistic hub of the Romantic movement and, as such, critical to the social and artistic revolutions of the 19th century.

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Le Bon Marché: The Other French Revolution


This is a guest post by Lindsay Poulin 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!

Chanel, Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Louis Vuitton, Hermès… These names remind us that fashion and Paris are synonymous, with styles and trends changing as quickly as the temperamental Parisian weather.  Every year hundreds of thousands of visitors flock to the grands magasins to shop designer labels; given their grandeur, these stores seem to have been a fixture in the fabric of French fashion history since the whimsical styles of Marie-Antoinette’s court. However, the concept of shopping at a department store is actually a more recent – and revolutionary – development, a facet docent Virgina Vogwill, who has spent over a decade working as a costumer in the French film industry, explores on our new walk covering the history of fashion in Paris.

Up and Down.Throughout the 18th and early 19th centuries, the business of fashion was dominated by designers such as Rose Bertin, Charles Worth and Jacques Doucet, who held court in their ateliers on rue de la Paix and rue Saint-Honoré. Their expensive and made-to-order styles attracted royalty and aristocracy from all over the world, establishing Paris as a true fashion capital. So when did this change? Continue reading

La Jeune Rue


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!

In January 2014, a sleek, chic, relatively unknown French businessman surprised the whole of Paris with an unexpected press announcement: he planned to transform three non-descript streets in central Paris into a hip gastronomic and cultural wonderland, and he’d accomplish all of this by January of the following year.

Photo Credit: Sara McCarty

Photo Credit: Sara McCarty

The businessman, Cédric Naudon, had in fact already begun this massive transformation several years earlier by buying up vacant storefronts on the Rue du Vertbois in the 3rd arrondissement. Eventually, he’d acquired dozens and begun discussions with teams of Continue reading

Dining-In: An Authentic Experience


This is a guest post by our fabulous Fall intern Laurel Heidewohl. Laurel is a student at The American University of Paris and was one of our favorite interns. She had a wonderful experience at EatWith and wanted to share it with our readers. We hope you enjoy!

 

Ever indulged in a scrumptious meal with a handful of strangers? We have… and let us tell you – it was more than delightful!

EatWith, an online global community that invites you to intimately relish in a homemade dining experience of your choice, has revolutionized our outlook on eating out.

10841521_10205631946104216_437788692_n-17:25 pm – we exit the Grands Boulevards metro stop to find our way to location of the dinner party.

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