City Of (Christmas) Lights


Heralded by French movie star, Omar Sy (The Intouchables), switching on the Avenue des Champs Elysées lights this week, the City of Light has now become the City of Christmas lights, and the festive season in Paris is now in full swing! This year’s luminescent theme, designed and installed by Blachère Illumination, is called Scintillance, and depicts a meteor shower. Hundreds of thousands of tiny twinkling fairy lights adorn the three hundred Plane trees lining the Avenue des Champs Elysées, […]

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City of Light or City of Fright?

eiffel tower glass floor

As visitors head toward the City of Light this winter, they may well find more thrills than they bargained for at Paris’ most famous and iconic landmark, the Eiffel Tower. Last month, France’s most visited tourist site unveiled its stunning new attraction – a solid glass floor, which allows people to look almost 190 feet down to the street below. If that isn’t enough to make your legs turn to jelly, the safety barriers, which are also made from glass, […]

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Everything sounds better in French

Croque Monsieur

It’s true; for example, the humble ham and cheese toastie is called a Croque Monsieur in French – doesn’t that sound far more exotic? Even snails sound better in French – les escargots!

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Paris Subway Burger Map


Did you know that there is a subway map of Paris, which shows the location of every burger available in the City of Light? Doesn’t that just make your tummy rumble?! Visit pop culture site, FraisFrais, to download the full-size version.

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House-Sitting In France

House in Southwestern France

If you’ve ever thought you couldn’t afford a vacation in France, think again. House-sitting is a fantastic way to immerse yourself in the culture of another place, make new friends, and have a great vacation… for nothing more than looking after someone’s home, and taking care of their pets if they have them. Many expats in France need people to look after their homes, especially when they go ‘back home’ to visit friends and families, to take care of business, […]

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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

Culture Chien Chaud

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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