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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. 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......

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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. 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......

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Swimming Pools in Paris

Now that the weather has warmed and the sun is shining, what better way is there to spend these beautiful Parisian summer days than pool-side? For those of us who plan on spending the summer in Paris instead of escaping to the beach, we have curated a list of our favorite swimming pools in Paris to share with you! Grab that new bikini, slather on some sunscreen and splash around in these great, truly Parisian, swimming pools this summer. Piscine Josephine Baker Probably the most well-known of Paris swimming pools, this stylish aquatic......

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Musée Marmottan Monet

Our latest museum spotlight is on the Musée Marmottan Monet located in the 16th arrondissement right behind the beautiful Jardin du Ranelagh. The museum holds the largest collection in the world of Monet’s work and is located in a stunning mansion just outside the Bois de Boulogne. The museum, which used to be a hunting lodge, opened in 1934 when the house and the art collection were donated to the Académie des Beaux-Arts by father and son Jules and Paul Marmottan. The permanent collections include various pieces focusing on the Impressionist and......

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An Expat Life | Stefanie Talley

Stefanie is one of those people we love to follow and find out what the latest trends and activities are in the City! Originally from Oklahoma City and currently living in Paris, Stefanie has opened our eyes to the fun and inexpensive things to do in the city through her blog – Free in Paris. Thanks to a giveaway on her Free in Paris blog, we were able to meet the lovely lady herself and decided follow on with an expat series on the life of Stefanie Talley....

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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......

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The Booming Coffee Culture in Paris Continues

At Savoir Faire Paris we love our daily coffee’s to get us through the weeks, as the hashtag goes #ButFirstCoffee – a moto that we live by daily! Fortunately for us, the future of coffee in Paris has been rapidly changing, meaning that finding your nearest cup of quality coffee is never too far away. The 1€ espressos from over roasted coffee beans at the bar of your typical brasserie are loosing out to those carefully crafted coffees by experienced baristas opening up “specialty” coffee shops all around Paris.      ...

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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......

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Paris is one of those cities where there is so much going on and so much to see in all the neighborhoods that, naturally, there are some areas that get overlooked. For me, that area is the Viaduc des Arts in the 12th arrondissement. I had been to the Bercy shopping area, to Bastille, to the Bois de Vincennes, and though I had driven by it a thousand times, I had never actually stopped and walked the Viaduc des Arts, a vast stretch of artists and artisans and cafes lining one side......

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The 14th arrondissement sits just below the Tour Montparnasse in the south of the city and is an arrondissement of Paris that is often overlooked. Many Parisians associate the neighbourhood with the disliked Tour Montparnasse, but the area has a lively history and so much to offer.  The tower was the only skyscraper built in the city walls and once it was built, it was felt that it disrupted the skyline of the city so much that a new law was put in place prohibiting anything like it in the future. The......

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