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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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For the second edition of our Neighborhood Guide series we move from the 9th arrondissement further south to a pedestrian-dominated, uber-trendy quartier of shopping and lunching known as Montorgueil. Montorgueil is located in the 2nd arrondissement loosely between the metros Sentier and Etienne Marcel. Rue Montorgueil is one of Paris’ classic market streets and is always filled with daily shoppers picking up their fish, meats and vegetables. The small street (only about 5 blocks long) also has a great number of dining and drinking spots. The real gems in this area, however,......

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August in Paris might seem like a pretty strange place. Everything is quiet and many of the boutiques, restaurants and shops in your area might have signs in the window informing customers that they will be closed for the entire month. Most of Paris has left to find sunshine and beaches. But what about those of us who are still in the city? Last week we posted our picks for dining in Paris during August, and really, what do you do in Paris besides eat anyway? For those of you who would......

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From late July through August, Parisians rush to escape the heat and tedium of the city, preferring to spend their long vacations near to the ocean with friends or family. While this means that the metros and buses are less packed and there are fewer lines everywhere, it also means that many businesses close up shop for long periods of time for vacation. Restaurants and shops can be closed from anywhere from just a single week to the entire month of August. It can be difficult to know when certain restaurants will......

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Paris is a city filled with history, culture and great food and is one of, if not the most visited cities in the world! Traveling with kids is  a challenge but can also make your vacation that much more special. In a city like Paris you want to make sure that mom and dad can have themselves some great wine and get to the Louvre while the kids can get some of that history and culture, as well as having the time of their lives. Sounds like a daunting task, I know,......

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Nothing is more perfectly Parisian than shopping for fresh produce in the open air food markets. The thought of stuffing your shopping basket with delicious loaves of olive bread, fresh fish, perfectly plump tomatoes and deliciously juicy fruit for the family or to bring to a summer picnic is something that many people dream of. In reality, however, these idealized markets can be more than just a little intimidating until you get the hang of it. There are certain habits and rituals to market shopping and, once understood, you will be able......

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It is truly the most exciting and highly anticipated time of the year. A time when all of Paris goes on sale and Parisians elbow and push and take off work to get that flat screen TV or that pair of shoes before it is out of stock. As Les Soldes only happen twice a year (once at the end of June and again in mid-January), it is worth scouting out and taking the time for some good planning before heading out on your shopping spree. Here are our three “Dos and......

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Before arriving in Paris to study abroad a couple years ago, I was told that being a vegetarian in France “would be impossible” and “thank goodness I eat fish because otherwise I would starve.” Aside from my very Parisian host mother who never quite understood that I didn’t eat chicken or that I would like more than a fried egg and apple for dinner, I was pleasantly surprised that everyone had been wrong and it was, and is, easy to be a vegetarian in Paris. It certainly helped that I ate fish.......

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Thinking of moving to France? Moving abroad can be very complicated and confusing, especially in a foreign language, but we are here to tell you that everything in France is 10x more difficult! No, just kidding – kind of! In all seriousness, things in France do tend to be just that much more confusing which is why we are here to help you get started. Whether you are coming for just a few months on your own or plan on spending years here with your family, there are our 5 major steps......

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To kick off our series of neighborhood guides where we plan on sharing our top neighborhood picks for shopping, eating and strolling, I thought that I would start with a quartier that has recently captured my heart with its boutiques, charm, centralized location, delicious goodies and cozy feel. The 9th arrondissement is centrally located just north of the 1st and south of the 18th arrondissements. While it’s borders technically range from Rue Amsterdam to Rue Faubourg Poissoniere and from Boulevards des Italiens up to Boulevard de Rochechouart, when I refer to “the......

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