Coffee and Cake in a Bathtub?


Deep in the heart of Paris’ 19th arrondissement, at Bassin de la Villette, you’ll find le Pavillon des Canaux – a trendy café with a cosy feel about it, decked out to resemble a quirky home. Visitors to le Pavillon can socialize, read, or work in any of the rooms… including the bathroom. (It’s not actually the bathroom!)

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The Beer of Nord-Pas de Calais

The Beers of Nord-Pas de Calais

One of the lesser-known – but nevertheless fascinating – areas of Northern France, Nord-Pas de Calais, is taking advantage of its beer heritage in a bid to boost tourism. The region is already famous for its wines and cider, and the brewers of Nord-Pas-de-Calais are hopeful that now their locally-produced ales have been given the same protected status as their more glamorous grape and apple counterparts, they too will come to be regarded in the same light as the rest […]

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Salon Saveurs Christmas Market 2014

Salon Saveurs Christmas Market 2014

If you missed Salon Saveurs des Plaisirs Gourmands 2014 at the Porte de Versailles last week, fear not, for SSdPG will be holding a second gastronomic event in just under two weeks. The Salon Saveurs Christmas Market at l‘Espace Champerret, in the 17th arrodissement, will be held from December 5th until the 8th. For 18 years, the City of Light has played host to one of the best food fairs in Europe, where you can not only purchase some of […]

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Sky-High Des Res

eiffel tower apartment

Did you know that there is an apartment in the Eiffel Tower? Gustav Eiffel built it in order to meet important visitors to the Tower when it was opened in 1899. Although 21st century tourists today are unable to wander around inside, the apartment is on display, via a viewing window, complete with mannequins of Eiffel and Thomas Edison.

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What To Do In Paris This Winter

river of fundament

With the winter season now in full swing, Paris has no end of delights to amuse, entertain, and keep you occupied during your stay. Here’s a quick overview of a few of the best events the City of Light has to offer during the next couple of months. Seasonal Events Christmas lights and displays Ice-skating rinks – fun for all the family at these free venues (look out for our blog next month about ice skating in Paris). Christmas markets (locally-made crafts, […]

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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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