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Ahhh the French school system.  You’ve heard legends about how short the weeks are and how long the vacations last.  Or what about the fact that it’s virtually free?  That’s right, no $50,000 price tag on a college education! Well we’ll be more specific with that in a bit. But let’s start with the basics.  French children start going to school at a very young age: some start at the age of 2, while nearly all begin at the age of 3.  Spending 2 to 3 years in maternelle (the equivalent of......

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100 Artists, 36 apartments, 31 days, 16 different countries, 9 floors. This is what makes up the largest collaborative street art exhibit in history: Tour Paris 13.  Before the building is torn down in November, street artists from all over the world have used the abandoned building as their canvas. The Mairie du 13ème along with the Galerie Itinerrance have worked together to turn the 4 500m2 into an artistic amusement park. Each artist was given an apartment, floor to ceiling to create their work. The ephemeral exhibit is open to the public......

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A few weeks ago, on a particularly cold and rainy Fall afternoon, I stumbled upon a beautiful little shop called Adeline Klam. Walking into the bright and colourful shop, I forgot all about the Paris weather and ventured into sunny Japan! The shop is filled with beautiful printed papers, washi tapes, origami kits, garlands, and an incredible selection of handmade lamp shades and pillows. In addition to all of these little goodies, the shop also offers a series of ateliers where their crafting experts show you how to create beautiful origami creations as well......

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Today marks the start of our Fall giveaway! This October you could win a Longchamp purse or briefcase just by tweeting pictures of Halloween French-Style! Halloween has become increasingly popular here in France but it is still not easy to find. Snap photos of Halloween sightings throughout France or French-inspired Halloween photos from around the world. We will choose a winner at random on the 31st and they will be sent their choice of Longchamp bag. Here is what you have to do to participate: 1. Like our Facebook Page 2. Follow......

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San Francisco’s original barre-based class has opened a studio in the 16th arrondissement and adapted their classes to the French lifestyle. Caroline and I had the privilege of attending a class yesterday morning and we cannot tell you how fun, energizing, balancing and absolutely wonderful this class was! We can’t contain ourselves and thought that we should share it with our readers. Created in 2000 by Jill Dailey McIntosh, The Dailey Method® is an efficient mix of muscle strengthening and flexibility exercises with inspiration from Yoga, Pilates and Cardio Barre. The class......

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Encore: what a great name for a restaurant right? A name that I’m sure the owner hopes will foreshadow the return of many customers!  I was excited to see if the hype of this new place lived up to its confident name and it’s hip Japanese chef Yoshi Morie.  In business for just over a month, this French bistro seemed like the perfect place to go on what seemed like the coldest, grayest day of fall thus far.  Much to my delight, the restaurant provided a great meal that can only be......

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Last year was my first official ‘la rentrée’ experience.  I was arriving as an English teaching assistant and an au pair, and was quickly inducted into this French ritual.  I arrived in Paris on August 27th and was greeted with kids running down the streets, mom’s scouring the Monoprixs for school supplies, and boulangers baking up a storm.  What was going on? Parisians seemed cheerier than I remembered them and there seemed to simply be an air of optimism and unmistakable enthusiasm.   The mother of the children for whom I was......

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Fall has fallen upon Paris this past week and when the weather goes from sunny summer to rainy and cold in a matter of days, everyone needs a little pick-me-up! In honor of Paris Fashion Week, what could bring more joy than some retail therapy for some new fall fashions in Le Marais? Here is our exhaustive list of the best shops Le Marais has to offer! Start with some rocker vintage T’s at Noir Kennedy (22 Rue du Roi de Sicile) before hitting up K. Jacques (16 rue Pavée) for some lovely......

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As a New-Yorker, one of the first things I eat when I am back in NYC is a bagel. After 13 years here in the City of Light, it is still one of the number 1 things that I crave from home. Since I moved here, a few solid bagel places have opened up and Monoprix has even started selling some pretty dry and flavorless bagels in the past few years. Needless to say, a slow trend has been emerging. Over the past few years, some of my favorite bagel spots are......

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This guest post by Meg of De quelle planète es-tu takes you into the secrets of the 16th arrondissement of Paris. Meg is a Denverite gone Parisian and enjoys all things floral, antique and vintage déco, beer, putting holes in her walls for handing rediculous amounts of frames, snacking on sweets before dinner, lipstick, photobooths, flea markets and many other things. Digital marketing is her stomping ground and you can find her on her blog, twitter, Facebook, Tumblr or Instagram.  — The 16th arrondissement of Paris covers the city’s western borders, stretching from The Arc de Triomphe to the......

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