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One of the best things about living in Paris is taking vacation like a true Parisian. This past Toussaint, the Savoir Faire Paris team took our Frenchmen and the puppy, piled into the car and headed southwest to the Vallée de la Loire for a week of countryside exploring. Located only three hours from Paris, the Loire Valley, as it is called in English, is comprised of about 800 kilometers of historic towns, vineyards, and over 300 châteaux, all spanning along the middle stretch of the Loire River. Its rolling green hills,......

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From the fresh pastries at the bouglangerie to a nice warm meal at a trendy bistro, Paris is not lacking in good food. In fact, French cuisine is so important that it is protected by UNESCO. But sometimes expats, and even some French, get tired of French food and start craving things from other countries. My friends and I stock up on our favorite American treats every time we go back to the States; for me it is peanut butter and oatmeal. But as more and more anglophones come to Paris, speciality anglo......

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Le Marais is one of those areas in Paris that you will just never be able to get enough of. I love it because of its complicated and juxtaposing history where it started out as a marshland that was then built up to house the aristocracy around Place des Vosges and then it morphed into the Jewish neighborhood in Paris and then, all of a sudden in the 1970s it was the center of homosexuality. Today, as I walk down the old cobblestone streets, all of these contrasting histories pop out at......

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About a week ago Brian Pirolli of Where is Bryan?,  Smart Planet, and ½ of the mastermind behind this weekend’s Cupcake Camp Paris and our friend, Tess, went to dinner at Derrière restaurant in the 3rd. We had planned a dinner to catch up as friends but this restaurant turned out to surprise us with much more than just some good food. Derrière was designed as an apartment-style venue where you feel like you are welcomed into someone’s (very large!) apartment for an intimate dinner party. When reserving your table, you can......

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As the weather gets crisp and chilly, many of us would rather sit around in sweats all day drinking mulled wine by the fire but if you are planning on walking the wintery streets of Paris, here are some of this seasons fashion trends to keep you looking classy and fabulous! Silhouettes This season’s clothing styles revolve around experimenting with the silhouette. Be prepared to see a lot of geometric shapes from umbrella skirts to triangular princess collars, chunky heals and hourglass cinched waists.  Choose a silhouette that fits your body type......

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Do you love architecture and want to see as many famous buildings in France as you can? The Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine can help you do this, all without leaving Paris! A space dedicated to the study and exhibition of architecture, it is located in the Palais de Chaillot, a building originally built for the Exposition Internationale of 1937, steps away from the Eiffel Tower. Before becoming a space for architecture, the building was the original headquarters of NATO and it was here that the United Nations General Assembly adopted......

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I have to admit, I am not one of those people who loves to exercise, but there comes a time when you have snarfed down a few too many croissants and Laduree macaroons to make any excuses. Like many things in Paris (and France in general), however, exercising is not always as straightforward and easy as you might think it. Why? Well, the French  don’t really exercise all that much. They keep their trim and slim figure by eating those pastries in moderation and walking up the stairs to their 6th floor......

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The new Islamic art wing of the Louvre is the largest addition to the museum since I. M. Pei’s iconic glass pyramid. The new section, located in the Denon wing, measures approximately 3,000 square meters over 2 levels, almost tripling the amount of space that was previously given to works of art originating from the area made up of modern-day Syria, Egypt, Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan. This new addition to the Louvre provides ample space for the museum to rotate its 18,000 pieces of Islamic art, one of the best collections of its......

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There is nothing better than having something personalized! Imagine coming to Paris and creating that perfect one-of-a-kind item to bring home. We have found three very unique spots where you can do just that. Our first, and most luxurious, personalized item comes from Francis Kurkdjian, whose bespoke perfumes are more than enough to seduce your nostrils. Their collection of perfumes use the purest and rarest essential oils and their attention to every detail produces a rarely matched level of sophistication and elegance. Not enough to tempt you? Maison Francis Kurkdjian also offers......

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Abri is being called the best new bistro of the rentrée…so obviously we had to check it out. I made a reservation about a week and a half in advance for dinner and went on a nice little date night to check out this buzzing spot. Located just outside the Poissonniere metro, Abri doesn’t seem like much from the outside. Walking in, the kitchen takes up most of the space with a few two-person and 4-person tables surrounding it. The decor is simple: low hanging brass lighting, school-style chairs and white walls.......

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