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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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At Savoir Faire Paris we are very fond of sharing our favourite gems of Paris with you all with recent posts of the best hot chocolates, the most luxurious lingerie boutiques and the best home ware stores to name a few. I started noticing that there seemed to be a very apparent, and may I add, very important one missing from our posts…the best places in Paris to buy wine. Well of course, how could we possibly miss this one off the list?! We all enjoy a nice chilled glass of Chablis......

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A few weeks ago I wrote a blog post on some of our tips for decorating like a Parisian and since then we have had a few requests on where to shop in Paris for some unique home decor items. We shared some of our favorites from our cultivated list of top boutiques to buy that little something special to add to your home....

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Every true Parisienne has her essential wardrobe items; designer handbag, beautifully printed neck scarf, classic trench coat and last, but by no means least, a drawer full of sassy and sexy lingerie. It would be an understatement to say that lingerie is an important part of the French culture and we are spoilt for choice when it comes to buying lingerie in Paris.  The French appreciation for lace, embroidery and carefully handcrafted garments becomes apparent as soon as you step out into the City of Lights. Lingerie is not to be worn......

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Whether you are moving to Paris and in need of some decorating tips or if you are looking to bring some touches of Paris into your home, the Parisian decorating style is something everyone swoons over. After decades of living in the city of lights, we have compiled some of our favorite tips for turning your home in to a Parisian paradise. 1. Fresh Flowers In Paris, no trip to the open-air market is complete without a bouquet of fresh flowers to brighten up the apartment. Each season brings a new color......

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There is something magical about the holiday season in Paris and there isn’t a better way to bring out the Christmas spirit than to head to one of the city’s Marchés de Noël, or Christmas Markets. Christmas markets throughout France originate from the Eastern region of Alsace that has historical roots being traded between France and Germany. The most famous (and largest) Christmas Market in France is in Strasbourg, the capital of the region. Here in Paris, Christmas Markets tend to pop up throughout the city from mid-November through the holiday season.......

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Auction houses  in Paris come in all shapes and sizes and handle everything from consignment sales to fine art auctions. The auction experience makes art and collectibles accessible to the broadest possible audience and offers a fresh way to discover, browse and buy premium pieces.  Here are some of the best auctions to find hidden gems and many unique pieces that you won’t find at traditional stores or even French markets:   Galerie Liova-Marc Perpitch: This dealer specializes in Medieval, Renaissance and 15th...

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In anticipation of the upcoming fall season, we decided to update our list of awesome markets in Paris.  Whether you’re looking for vintage clothes, fall ingredients for pumpkin pie, or florals to decorate your home, we checked out some of the coolest and most extensive markets in the city! Les Puces de Saint Ouen: What will you find at this enormous market you ask? Clothing, antiques, vintage pieces….and a bit of everything really!  This is one of Paris’ most famous markets, up in the north of the city.  You’ll find porcelain sculptures,......

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We all know that Paris is beautiful with it’s Haussmannian architecture and luscious gardens.  But sometimes Paris’ beauty is hidden in places that you can only discover after a bit of poking around in the city.  One such source of exquisiteness are the passage couvertes–glass covered passages that were built to shield luxury shoppers from the rain.  Originally there were more than 100 passages couverts, but that number has dwindled to about 20. Here are some of our favorite passages in Paris: Galerie Vivienne (4 rue des Petits Champs) Ever since it’s opening in......

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