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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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  There is no denying that living abroad, wherever it may be, means experiencing a different culture, a different way of life and most importantly different social customs. After living in Paris for the last 2.5 years I have been able to accept the peculiar French habits, which seemed so foreign to me when I first arrived. Admittedly there are a lot of clichés that the French have had to endure which aren’t all necessarily true. But hey, we’re all given reputations, and lets face it, they don’t always come from nowhere!...

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These beautiful first days of warm weather and sunshine bring all Parisians out of their winter hibernation in search of outdoor activities. In lieu of basking in the sun on a terrace with a glass of rosé, get your blood pumping and head out to explore Paris by bike! Paris plans to become the World Cycling Capital and with the wonderful bike sharing system of the Velib‘ combined with our recent pollution issues, bicycles seem to be the best mode of transportation these days!...

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After almost 15 years of living in Paris, I have done some extensive travels to the various regions of France. So much that many people (including my husband!) could not believe that I had never visited the majestic Mont Saint Michel on the northern coast of lower Normandy. As we were spending a lovely long weekend in northern Bretagne, we decided to take the hour-long drive one morning to experience the beauty of the island before the heavy Easter crowds rolled in. The island used to be a part of the mainland......

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What I love about Paris is that even after living here for several years it’s still possible to discover new areas of the city and their little hidden gems. I was excited to write this blog post because it meant that I could do what I love doing most – explore! I spent the weekend discovering, the somewhat lesser known, 12th arrondissement, which is one of the largest districts in Paris and home to the Bois de Vincennes and Gare du Lyon station.   I started my day with a delicious croissant......

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