L’ Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile 

Eugène_Galien-Laloue Paris Arc de Triomphe

Not to be confused with the smaller, l’Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, Paris’ most famous triumphal arch was commissioned by Napoléon in 1806 to commemorate all those who fought for France during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars. Names of French generals and France’s victories are inscribed upon its surface, and beneath it is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, who was interred there on Armistice Day, 1920, as a symbol of those who died during WWI. An eternal flame has […]

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It’s Almost Time For This Year’s Beaujolais Nouveau!

beaujolais nouveau

Next week (November 20th) sees the release of this year’s Beaujolais Nouveau, the first vintage of 2014 from the Beaujolais region. If you think this is no big deal, think again – Beaujolais Nouveau Day is a wonderful time of fireworks, food, and festivals. And of course, the annual Beaujolais Run, which has in recent years, expanded to the US, Asia, and France’s neighboring countries. Just a few weeks after the grape harvest ends, this fruity young wine, produced from […]

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Armistice Day

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Paris by Mike Peel

Armistice Day – Armistice de la Première Guerre mondiale – (November 11th) is a national holiday in France, in remembrance of all those who were injured, and those who fell during the First World War and subsequent wars. This solemn occasion sees people attend memorial services across the country, take part in military parades, such as those at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier beneath the Arc de Triomphe, and lay flowers or wreaths at war memorials. On Armistice Day, […]

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Gourmet Hot Dogs Pop Up In Paris

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Parisian food blog, FASTANDFOOD, has long been known as the go-to site for information and news about fast food in the City of Light. We’re not talking McDonald’s or KFC here (well, OK, maybe we are… but just a little bit), we’re talking about fast food, Parisian-style, which of course, is something entirely different. Taking the Paris fast food culture one step further, a few days ago, FASTANDFOOD opened its own pop-up hot dog bar at the Lekker Kkoncept Store […]

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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


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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