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Paris, the City of Light… and water? The use of water in French gardens has been an important design element since the Renaissance, following the Italian style. French gardens and public space designers have since incorporated fountains into the landscape to serve as monuments while also allowing for impressive displays of jetting water and the...
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Painting by Landon
July 14th in France is the Fête Nationale, or Bastille Day, which celebrates the anniversary of the French Revolution of 1789. The French Revolution was an extraordinary moment when people joined together to show that you could rise above an unjust situation and recreate a society. You may argue that this marks the crossroads of...
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paris plages paris beach
It can get pretty hot in Paris during July and August. If you’re visiting the City of Lights this summer and want to escape the heat, there’s no need to travel all the way to seaside resorts in Normandy, Brittany or the South of France. Since 2002, Parisians have had their own beaches right in...
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hemingway paris
Ernest Hemingway wrote in A Moveable Feast, “There is never any ending to Paris and the memory of each person who has lived in it differs from that of any other. We always returned to it no matter who we were or how it was changed or with what difficulties, or ease, it could be...
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fete musique paris
This Friday, June 21st is the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, and that night the Fête de la Musique 2019 is celebrated all over the world. Now in 120 countries and 700 cities, this musical holiday was started here in France by the French Minister of Culture, Jack Lang, in 1982. The...
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One week from now, on June 18th 2019, D’Orsay Museum opens its doors for the first time to female impressionist painter Berthe Morisot and we are very much looking forward to it (especially our Impressionism enthusiast tour guide, Laure!). During the second half of the 19th century, there were two sisters whose great uncle was...
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I moved to Paris eight years ago and I can honestly say it took me three to four years to find my own pace living in Paris. By pace I mean the rhythm of the city and how you adapt to it, mostly, how you cope with navigating the bustling streets. At first, I felt...
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kids fashion paris
Paris is one of the fashion capitals of the world, and the options for designer shopping are endless. Whether you’re hitting the high end haute-couture boutiques, department stores, or cool pop up shops – there is something to be found for everyone, including kids! Here is a curated selection of shops in Paris where you...
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haussmann building paris
In the 1850s, Napoléon III gave the Baron Haussmann the great task of creating new roads and buildings for the city of Paris. The Baron met some controversy for his designs at the time, but nowadays we can’t imagine Paris without its famous façades. And it only took seventeen years to build! Here is a...
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paris flea market brocante
In French, the verb chiner literally means to search for rare or old objects. It is not surprising that such a word exists in the French language as Flea Markets originated in Paris in the 19th century. Le Marché Aux Puces – the oldest and largest flea market in the world – located in St....
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