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In today’s age of  “there’s an app for that”, an application can be found to help you do or find just about anything you can imagine. We’ve shared a few tips in the past about easier living in Paris due to applications such as LeCab and Time Traveler Tours.  Amongst the vast array of Paris centered applications, we’ll divulge our top picks, all available at the touch of a finger!...

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Anyone who lives in Paris will tell you that they love it but that sometimes they need an escape from the crowds, noise and pollution for a little bit. It is not always possible to take a weekend, or longer, away from life in the city but there are a variety of wonderful places right outside the city to escape for a day. If you need a break from the hectic city life or if you are a tourist looking to see beyond Paris, here are 4 of our favorite places to check......

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From the moment I crossed the first bridge over Canal St. Martin, I knew it was love.  This is where I wanted to live.  From the romantic canal ways, the diverse, creative population, to the vibrant ever changing street art:  it’s no surprise the Canal St. Martin is among the favorite neighborhoods in Paris.  It attracts artists, Parisians, and tourists alike.  Finally able to call the 10e arrondissement home,  I find inpiration each day as the seemingly magical streets take on a life of their own.  I’m pleased to share many of my findings......

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Paris, Up Close & Personal’s first guest post is from Daisy de Plume of THATLou. Daisy de Plume is the founder + creative director of THATLou, which runs themed Treasure Hunts at the Louvre (among other museums). You can find her on her blog www.thatlou.com, twitter, Facebook or Pinterest. She lives on Faubourg St Denis with her Argentine husband and their toddler, Storsh, who shows his belly on request in any of his three languages. — The neighborhood of FSD (Faubourg St Denis) is in the southwestern corner of the 10th Arrt, just......

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  Paris is a vast world of culinary delicacies and fine craftmanship in a country that offers some of the finest wines, cheeses and breads found on this earth.  As this fuels the passion of many « foodies » around the world, this is not, however, good news for everyone. In this modern day, we find ourselves in cities full of people with unique tastes, convictions and even dietary restrictions. Whether it be allergies/intolerance or simply choosing to live a healthy, eco-friendly lifestyle, you may hit some challenges head on.  As someone who lived,......

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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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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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