Boulevard Haussmann Christmas Displays 2014

galeries lafayette christmas 2014

For some retailers in Paris, the 2014 Christmas season kicked off this week. Galeries Lafayette, Printemps, Le Bon Marché, and BHV will be unveiling their festive displays between now and the 15th. If you’re in Paris over the next few days, join in with the Parisian excitement, and experience these magical displays for yourself. You won’t be disappointed. Galeries Lafayette – November 5th This year, supermodel, Jerry Hall opened the festivities, which include free entertainment throughout the season, an inverted […]

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Where Did Your Jeans Come From?

levi jeans by M62

Denim is French. The tough blue cotton twill, which was used by Levi Strauss for his workers’ garments, originated in Nîmes, and was known as de Nîmes – ‘from Nîmes’. Even the word, jeans, has France to thank for its origin; Gênes is French for Genova – the Italian town which produced a similar hardwearing fabric, which was used by sailors.

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Get Ready To Ski!

skiing in the french alps

With more options to ski than anywhere else in the world, it’s no wonder that skiers – and increasingly, snowboarders – flock to France every winter. Despite France’s reputation for astonishingly expensive ski resorts, January and March remain the best times to grab a bargain… just remember to book as early as possible. Here’s our shortlist of the best places to take to the piste. Beginner Courchevel is famous for being the most fashionably expensive village in the in the […]

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French Wine Facts

french wine

With a per capita consumption of around 60 liters per year (60% red, 25% rosé, 15% white), the French drink more wine than any other nation in the world. Along with drinking the wine, France also exports more wine than any other country in the world – around 550 million cases a year, that’s around a third of its annual wine production. These exports are worth in excess of 10 billion euros a year, and along with spirits, represent the […]

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The Beaujolais Run

BEAUJOLAIS

If you’ve never been on the Beaujolais Run®, you’ve missed out on a whole lot of fun… and some superb wine too. In 1970, celebrity chef, Clement Freud was sitting down to dinner in Romanèche with restaurateur, Joseph Berkmann, when they hit upon the idea of challenging each other to be the first to get their respective cases of Beaujolais Nouveau back to London. Berkmann won. Both men had columns in prominent British newspapers, and through these, their gentle teasing […]

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Staying Safe In Paris – Avoid The Scammers Pt. 2

ring scam in Paris

Last week we talked about minor scams in the City of Light but this week’s ones are far more serious. We’re not talking a couple of Euros here and there – with these scams, you stand to lose not only your wallet but potentially, your entire holiday and hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars as well. Métro If you go into the Métro, and look like you don’t know what you’re doing at the ticket machines, you run the risk […]

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La Toussaint

la Toussaint

La Toussaint (All Saints’ Day), is celebrated on November 1st, and is a jours férié (public holiday). However, if la Toussaint falls on a Tuesday, then Monday becomes an unofficial day off too because it’s generally considered a bit pointless to have the weekend off, go into work for one day, and then have another day off. If la Toussaint falls on a Thursday, then Friday is usually taken off as well for the same reason. Everywhere – other than […]

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French Cider

French cider

Cider is not a beverage one usually associates with France but traditionally, it is the favoured drink for All Saints’ Day (November 1st) and All Souls’ Day (November 2nd). Historically, apples were the only fruit still around at this time of year, whether they were the last remaining few on the trees, or those kept in storage. To ensure people got the absolute most from their crops, apples which were unsuitable for storing and eating, due, for example, to being […]

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Halloween In France

Halloween in France

Halloween in France is a relatively new thing, and in some places, it is still met with resistance and viewed as yet another example of Americanization. As such, Halloween is of course, very un-French! In 1982, the American Dream Bar in Paris began to celebrate Halloween, and by the end of the decade, parties began to spring up in English-speaking areas of cities, mainly thanks to US expats. In 1992, the fancy dress company, César, with its spooky costumes, set […]

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Salon du Chocolat 2014

salon du chocolat 2014

Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, Salon du Chocolat is THE place to be for chocolate connoisseurs and aficionados. It is the only show in the world which is dedicated to the chocolate and cocoa industry, and as such, attracts thousands of professionals and visitors from around the world. Check out the promo video! With 20,000 square metres of exhibition space over 2 floors, Salon du Chocolat will be home to over 500 major brands, companies, and chefs, who will […]

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