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We all know that Paris is beautiful with it’s Haussmannian architecture and luscious gardens.  But sometimes Paris’ beauty is hidden in places that you can only discover after a bit of poking around in the city.  One such source of exquisiteness are the passage couvertes–glass covered passages that were built to shield luxury shoppers from the rain.  Originally there were more than 100 passages couverts, but that number has dwindled to about 20. Here are some of our favorite passages in Paris: Galerie Vivienne (4 rue des Petits Champs) Ever since it’s opening in......

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This is a guest post by Lily Heise of Context Travel. She and her team 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! It’s still possible to find little pockets of the countryside in Paris, mostly close to the city’s edge. Enjoy this amble through one of these remaining “villages, Charonne, a journey taking you back 150 years to when it was annexed into Haussmann’s 1860 grand scheme for Paris. Much like......

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While most of you were off vacationing on the beach this summer, we were scouring the rainy streets of Paris for some of the hottest new hangouts of the summer. Earlier this week we introduced Le Pavillion des Canaux as a great colorful and delicious hangout but there are so many more new openings of the summer to share with you! Now that you are all back from your travels, show off that tan at some of these delicious new spots on the Paris dining scene: Pierre Sang on Gambey After the......

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In case you haven’t seen all of those colorful Instagrams of the latest trendy cafe/resto, we’ll let you in on a little secret: it’s Le Pavillon des Canaux.  This atypical house turned restaurant gives us a whole new take on the cafe/resto/bar scene in Paris. Big open doors welcome you to the space that is colorfully painted by street artists Supakitch and Alex One.  Every room...

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Have ever crossed the Pont Marie and looked down at the quai des Célistins and wondered what that cool little building on the Seine is all about? Les Nautes is a multi-dimensional restaurant and a top choice to check out this summer: they’ve got inside or terrace dining and the added bonus of takeaway meals on sale at their outdoor container. First came the container, an awesome spot to grab a beer and some snacks and sit along the river. Last Fall, Les Nautes expanded their cantine on the banks of the......

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Outdoor film festivals have become all the rage for Parisian summers. What better way to enjoy the fabulous weather and classic cinema, than beneath a blanket of stars with friends and picnics?! Better yet, at the Festival Cinema en Plein Air, all the movies are free!  Inspired by drive in movies, this summer festival is open to the public and showcases screenings in various locations. With locations such as Saint Cloud, the terrace of Wanderlust, and the lawn at Villette, you’ll find a movie and venue sure to please everyone. Surrounded...

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A few months ago I adopted a beautiful blue Vespa by the name of Blue Diamond from a friend who moved back to the U.S. As someone who doesn’t even have a driver’s license, getting used to zipping around the city on two wheels took some getting used to. Three months in, however, I have cancelled my Navigo pass and could not imagine ever going back! We have had a few clients inquire about renting scooters during their stay in Paris, whether it is for a day of sightseeing or for a......

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We all know that the Tour de France is the biggest cycling competition in the world, with riders traversing from Leeds to Paris over a three week period.  But we’ve dug up some little known facts for you on the event before you watch the finish on July 27th. Did you know….? 1. Twenty-two teams participate in the race, and each team is made up of nine cyclists, which comes out to 198 riders. Rules require that each team member be dressed identically: the same team shorts, jersey, socks, shoes, gloves, and...

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