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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Staying Safe In Paris – Avoid The Scammers Pt. 1

donation scam in Paris

As wonderful and full of joie de vivre as Paris is, as with any city frequented by millions of tourists, there is a darker side – one of people whose sole aim is to relieve unsuspecting visitors of their cash. These scams, while usually nonviolent, are nevertheless deeply irritating, and for some, intensely distressing. Most tourists know to keep their wallets and cell phones out of their back pockets, to keep their purses fastened, and to wear their backpacks on […]

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The Little Corporal

napoleon

So many people think that Napoléon Bonaparte was short but in reality, at 5’7″, he was 2″ taller than the average height for adult males at the time. He did however, ensure that his bodyguards were both taller and broader than him, thus giving rise to the myth that he was a bit of a titch.

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Dijon Gastronomy Fair 2014

la Foire Internationale et Gastronomique de Dijon 2014

Visitors staying in Burgundy next month could do a lot worse than plan a visit to Dijon to experience the sensory delights of la Foire Internationale et Gastronomique de Dijon. Now in its 84th year, the Dijon gastronomy fair – one of the best in France – is famous for its exceptional food and wine. This year it is host to over 580 exhibitors, all offering a huge array of goodies for professional and amateur cooks alike, and lovers of […]

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France By Numbers

france map

In terms of land area, covering 247,367 square miles, France is the largest country in the European Union. L’Hexagone has over 2000 miles of coastline, with access to the Atlantic ocean, the Mediterranean sea, and the English Channel. In 2013, almost 85 million tourists visited France, making it the most visited country in the world. And they probably relished some of the 1,000+ different types of cheese and wine, which are available in France’s markets. Délicieux!

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La Musée Maillot’s Extraordinary Borgia Exhibition

les borgias et leur temps

Between now and February 15 next year, art lovers in Paris can visit la Musée Maillol to experience the museum’s newest exhibition, Les Borgias et Leur Temps (The Borgias and Their Times). Regardless of whether their notoriety was deserved, or merely propaganda put about by their enemies, it cannot be denied that the family had some remarkable characters among its number, and that the mere mention of the Borgia name conjures up images of political intrigue, power struggles, and corruption. […]

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Eight Things You May Not Know About The Liberation of Paris

liberation of paris

Following on from our blog last week about the D-Day Landings, we thought you might interested in these snippets about the actual liberation of Paris itself. The fight for Paris’ freedom from Nazi occupation took place between August 19th and 25th 1944. What began with the French resistance, and led to reinforcements from General Charles de Gaulle’s Free French Forces and the US Third Army, commanded by General George S. Patton on August 24th, ended with the surrender of the […]

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France’s Very Own Internet

minitel

Before the rest of the world had the Internet, France had Minitel. The service was launched in 1978, and allowed users to pay their bills, shop, buy train tickets, and check stock prices online. Users also had online mailboxes, and could chat to each other. Sound familiar? Although the service was eventually retired in 2012, even in 2009, there were still around 10 million connections a month.

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La Musée du Vin – a ‘must’ for wine lovers!

musée du vin

At the top of a hill in the center of Paris, not far from the Eiffel Tower, is the Musée du Vin. Housed in the cellars of the 15th century Abbaye de Passy, which was built by les Frères de l’Ordre des Minimes, the museum is home to a permanent display of a wide range of tools and implements relating to 2000 years of French viticulture – the journey from vine to table. The museum offers group guided tours in […]

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How Many Toilets Did Versailles Have?

Chateau de Versailles - 1675

While much has been made of the fact that the palace of Versailles had few toilets when it was built, the reality was that they simply were not needed. Guests would bring their own commodes, and chamber pots would be used too. That’s not to say that people didn’t occasionally relieve themselves in the gardens, or in convenient corners inside the palace. We think a few vespasiennes would not have gone amiss!

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