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How to Make Crepes the French Way

Crepes are a staple in French cooking. A distant relative of pancakes, they’re easy to make, only requiring a few ingredients, and give instant results, making them the perfect no-fuss...
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Exploring the Rich History of the Marais: A Parisian Gem

Nestled in the heart of Paris, the Marais is a charming neighborhood brimming with history, culture, and architectural splendor. From its medieval roots to its present-day vibrancy, Le Marais has...

10 things to know about Vincent Van Gogh

The Musee d’Orsay just hosted an exhibition on Vincent Van Gogh, entitled “Van Gogh a Auvers-sur-Oise” (Van Gogh in Auvers-sur-Oise). This is the first show to focus on Van Gogh’s...

Eiffel Tower fun facts you didn’t know!

It’s safe to say that the Eiffel Tower is the most famous monument in Paris. The Tower, nowadays symbol of France, was built to be the majestic entrance to the...
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Family Friendly Cafés in Paris

Going out to dinner with young children can often be tricky, and especially so whilst traveling in a different country and culture. Dining, and meals in general, are considered sacred...
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Best baguette in Paris: Where to find it & who chooses the winner?

Everyone knows of the baguette, the most iconic loaf of French bread. Without doubt, Paris is the one city where bakers know how to make it right. Some clichés about...

Video: Royal Castles of the Loire Valley

MY PRIVATE PARIS VIDEO Visit Three castles of the Loire Valley This virtual tour was filmed in October 2020, in the Loire Valley. You can follow Flora Blanco, our guide,...

Sacre Coeur History: Over 100 Years Overlooking Paris

It is one of the icons of Paris, perched up on the hilltop of Montmartre, overlooking the city. What’s behind Sacre Coeur history? Its unique architecture and location makes it...

Your Ultimate Guide: Practical Information About the Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower stands as an iconic symbol of Paris, attracting millions of visitors from around the world each year. In this guide, we’ll provide essential practical information to ensure...

Berthe Morisot, the forgotten icon of Impressionism, showcased at Musée D’Orsay

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...
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French Christmas Traditions: All You Need to Know

Thinking about visiting Paris for the holidays? The French capital is an excellent choice for your a holiday vacation. Even if you can’t make it to Paris this December it...
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What Relics to See in Paris

What relics to see in Paris? Objects of reverence, relics are part of a deceased Holy person’s body. Throughout the middle ages, Christians venerated these holy artifacts. Since the time...
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Paris Strike – Tips for Visiting Paris During A Strike

Paris Strike 2019 December 5th 2019 marked the beginning of the record-breaking transportation strike currently taking place in Paris and the rest of France. Visiting the City of Lights during...

Memories of WW2 in Paris

Unlike many other European cities, Paris did not suffer much destruction during the War. But here are some places of memories of WW2 in Paris. When the Nazis were marching...

Everything You Need to Know About the 2024 Olympics

Are you eagerly awaiting the arrival of the 2024 Olympics? With the excitement building up for this global sporting extravaganza, it’s time to dive into everything you need to know...
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Our Top 10 Movies Set in Paris

With more time on our hands, now is a great opportunity to get inspiration for your next trip to Paris! Be transported to France from your couch with our favorite...

What to do in Paris with children

With school vacations and Spring Break approaching, spring and summer holidays are coming up! Traveling as a family, especially with young children, is always an adventure in more ways than...

Video: Eiffel Tower

MY PRIVATE PARIS VIDEO If you want to go to the Eiffel Tower, book here : Eiffel Tower Private Tour – My Private Paris If you want to know more...
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Video: Giverny

MY PRIVATE PARIS VIDEO If you want to go to Giverny, book here: Giverny & Auvers from Paris – My Private Paris If you want to know more about activities...

Thanksgiving in Paris: Where to Celebrate

France has many wonderful holidays throughout the year – several of which are not celebrated in the US. Yet, for American expats living in Paris and tourists visiting around Thanksgiving...

History of Jazz Music in Paris

The sounds rolling from Montmartre to saint Germain Birds flying high, You know how I feel, Sun in the sky, You know how I feelBreeze driftin’ on by, You know...
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Degas à l’Opéra: Exhibition at Orsay 2019

When one expresses the desire to take a stroll, one might go to the park or along the shore or the busy streets. When one is Edgar Degas you might...

History of the University

Paris has been around for more than 2000 years, and it has preserved many of its historical neighbourhoods. Most notably the Latin Quarter. The latin quarter is actually the cradle...

Unveiling Opéra Garnier: Paris’s Iconic Cultural Jewel

Nestled in the heart of Paris, Opéra Garnier stands as a testament to grandeur, elegance, and artistic excellence. Also known as the Palais Garnier, it has captivated audiences for a...

How to Navigate the Busy Streets of Paris

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...
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The Beguines’ Convent in Marais

When thinking of a place and a story to tell about the Marais, I thought of Victor Hugo’s house and museum at first, not too far from the famous Place...
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My Private Paris Coronavirus Update

The global COVID-19 pandemic, or coronavirus, presents a challenge like no other. All of us at My Private Paris are deeply saddened by the impact of this virus and our...

Why you should visit Fontainebleau castle

Fontaine-what? Fontainebleau – literally the beautiful fountain. Or the fountain found by a dog, called Bliau. Or maybe it was its master’s name. We’re not sure – which is not...

Everything You Need to Know Before Going to Versailles

Originally a hunting lodge, Versailles was transformed into a symbol of monarchy by Louis XIV in the 1600s, setting the stage for its remarkable heritage today. This UNESCO site attracts...
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Strange Museums in Paris

Paris is a city known world wide for its famous museums and exceptional collections of artworks and objects. Most people visit the Louvre and the Musée D’Orsay, but there are...
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Top 5 Secrets hidden in Montmartre

Montmartre – winding cobblestone streets, bohemian bistros, Sacré Coeur and the Moulin Rouge. There is so much to see in this French neighbourhood that makes it a must during a...
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Black Models: New exhibition at the Musée d’Orsay

Black models, Le modèle noir, is an exhibition in Orsay museum about the coloured models in painting and photography from Gericault to Matisse. Open since March 26th 2019, the exhibit...
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How Haussmann changed Paris: The history behind Paris’ most iconic façades

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...

Top 5 de tu día en Versalles

Versalles es mucho más que un palacio. Cuando Louis XIV, decidió convertir el palacete de caza de su padre en la residencia principal de la corte, del gobierno y suya,...

Unveiling Les Halles: Exploring Paris’s Vibrant Hub of Culture and Commerce

Nestled in the heart of Paris, Les Halles is a dynamic district pulsating with energy, history, and modernity. Once the bustling center of the city’s fresh food markets, it has...
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Video: Inside the Paris Catacombs

MY PRIVATE PARIS VIDEO If you want to go to the Catacombs, book here: https://myprivateparis.com/tour/paris-catacombs-tour/ If you want to know more about activities in Paris, don’t forget to drop us...

Family Outings in Paris: Sports Edition

Paris is known for being the city of love, as well as the city of lights. It has some of the most famous art museums & heritage sites in the...
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Where to buy art in Paris: The Ultimate Guide

Paris : the city of lights, love, and art. With the markets, studios and art galleries in the city it can sometimes seem daunting as to where to start. Whether...
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The Most Magnificent Fountains in Paris

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...

Paris with teenagers

Contrary to what some may assume, Paris is actually a family friendly city. As we discussed in a previous article, there are many wonderful outings and activities for children that...

Notre Dame Cathedral Fire: an update from Paris

Tomorrow, the 15th April marks the first anniversary of the terrible fire in Notre Dame Cathedral last year. The medieval church on Île de la Cité is France’s most iconic...
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5 Classic Books Set in Paris

Paris – the City of Lights, the City of Love. You may not be able to travel at the moment, but still you are allowed to daydream, get lost in...

400th Anniversary of Molière

Molière was born and died in Paris. 2022 marks 400 years since the birth of French playwright Molière. The special festivities began on the 15th of January, the date on...

Have there truly been no great women artists? Reconfiguring the canon in the Louvre

If you think of the Louvre, you’ll have no difficulties identifying its most well-known icon: that is, the Mona Lisa. In the world’s biggest museum, the celebration of the female...
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The 100th Anniversary of the Treaty of Versailles

The Treaty of Versailles became effective 100 years ago on the 10th of January 1920. The agreement, signed by European leaders on the 28th of June 1919, marked the end...

Bling Bling Wonders: Discovering the Magnificent Louvre

The Louvre is not only a treasure trove of priceless artworks, but also a sanctuary of “bling bling” extravagance. Some examples are the mesmerizing Crown Jewels, the lavish Apartments of...

Roland Garros – Tennis French Open 2022

Ah, Paris in the spring… Drinks move from the inside of the apartments to the cafés and river banks, flowers are blooming. Time for the best tennis players in the...

Charles de Gaulle

Who is Charles de Gaulle? What you didn’t know about the French most famous president. If you enter Paris by air, the name Charles de Gaulle will be the first...

Navigating a River Seine Cruise: Practical Tips for an Enchanting Experience

Embarking on a river Seine cruise in Paris offers a magical perspective of the city’s iconic landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame Cathedral, and Louvre Museum. However, ensuring a smooth...

Video: DDAY in Normandy

MY PRIVATE PARIS VIDEO DDAY in Normandy If you want to know more about activities in Paris, don’t forget to drop us a line at contact@myprivateparis.com !

How to Use the Paris Metro

The Paris metro system is one of the oldest in the world – having opened in 1900 for the World’s Fair. Known for its unique Art Nouveau entrances designed by...

Louis Philippe and Versailles: How the Palace of Versailles became a Museum

Visiting the Palace of Versailles soon? You might fancy a tour of the Trianon and the Queen’s hamlet, or the King’s apartments. The former residence of the last royal family...

Paris 2024 Olympics Sporting Events Calendar Revealed!

Get ready to mark your calendars as the Paris 2024 Olympics unveils its exhilarating lineup of sporting events. The first gold medals From July 27, 2024, the day following the...
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The Best Designer Clothing Shops for Kids in 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...
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Da Vinci Exhibition at the Louvre 2019: An Unprecedented Retrospective

This fall 2019, starting October 24th, an unprecedented exhibition dedicated to Leonardo da Vinci opens its doors to the public at the famous Louvre Museum. The worldwide-known genius is considered...
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Paris Gift Ideas: Perfect Parisian Gifts to Fit in your Suitcase

Paris is known for being the capital of fashion and one of the biggest shopping destinations in the world. The possibilities are endless for finding classically Parisian gifts that will still...
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Easter in France: French Easter Traditions

The Easter holiday can be the best time to visit Paris. Depending on when the holiday falls, you’ll likely be able to catch some lovely Parisian Spring weather – especially...

Bastille Day: the National French celebration

Why celebrate Bastille Day? French National Day, also called ” Bastille Day” on July 14th was declared a national holiday in 1880. Today, military parade on Champs-Élysées in front of...

History of the Louvre Museum: 5 Key Events

The Louvre Museum in Paris stands as a beacon of art, captivating millions of visitors from around the world. Beyond its renowned collections lie fascinating tales of triumph, intrigue, and...
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Christmas with Kids in Paris 2019 – What to Do & Best Plans

Christmas with Kids in Paris 2019 Paris is a magical city through the eyes of children and even more so at Christmas time. Twinkling lights along the iconic boulevards like...
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