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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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La Goutte d’Or is what you would call an “up and coming” neighbourhood of Paris that is less-frequented by tourists. We have heard a lot of buzz about some great places opening in the area and we decided to share some of our insider secrets to you loyal readers! La Goutte d’Or is located in the 18th arrondissement just east of Montmartre. It is roughly the section in between Rue Ordiner to the north and Boulevard de la Chapelle to the south with Boulevard Barbes...

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Everyone loves a good glass of bubbly and no bubbly can be called Champagne unless it comes from the Champagne region of France. Located just a few hours outside of Paris, Champagne makes for an excellent (and delicious!) weekend trip from the city. Not only can you visit the beautiful city of Reims but you can visit Champagne caves all day and learn how the experts have perfected this queen of beverages. Since there are so many options of champagne houses to visit, we thought we would share some of our favorite......

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The Louvre is enormous but it is simple to create a unique visit all on your own by piecing together a theme and letting it guide you from artwork to artwork. Choosing a motif and searching it out in at the Louvre is a fun and stimulating way to train your brain and eye and to personalize your tour. Stay simple for kids : fruit, animals and water all work great. Adults can go as intellectual as they want, delving deeper into iconography and style. For part two of our Secrets of......

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Whenever I tell people that I live in the 15ème, I don’t always get such a great response. The 15th is known to be quite calm and family-oriented and visitors to Paris may not even step foot into my home quartier unless they are visiting someone. After six years of being a resident of the 15ème, I would like to share some of my favorite neighborhood spots and strongly encourage those of you who have not discovered the neighborhood to come and check it out! The 15th arrondissement is the biggest arrondissement......

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We all know Paris is old. The city is brimming with ancient art and architecture, some dating back more than a millennium. Here is our top ten list of the places in Paris that have stood the test of time. 1. The Oldest House The house of Nicolas Flamel, a famed alchemist who claimed to have found the Philosopher’s Stone, was built in 1407 at 51 rue de Montmorency in the 3rd arrondissement. The house, with tavern at ground level still stands and was restored in 2007. Métro: Etienne Marcel (line 4)......

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  Paris is arguably the most visited city in the world. Warmer weather brings with it droves of tourists. What this often means for locals is crowded streets, a cramped métro, and English spoken everywhere. Parisians are used to tourists but you often hear the same complaints tourist season after season. Here is our list of the 10 best ways...

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“I’m wearing a bright pink scarf” reads the text I receive as I walk to meet Jodie in front of the carrousel at métro Saint-Paul in the Marais. It’s early spring and the city is bustling with an optimism only the promise of warm weather can inspire. We’ve never met before and I am looking forward to hearing Jodie’s expat story. It’s the question we expats inevitably ask each other, “so what brought you to Paris?” Jodie spots me first and I turn to see...

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