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Paris Loves Tourists!

Rue du TrésorParisians may grumble about them, but then tourists grumble about Parisians, so it’s only fair! ;-) But I’ll let you in on a little secret… Paris loves its tourists! Really??? you ask? Well, it’s only because they bring an enourmous amount of business to a country that is leaning more and more towards a services industry. Besides luxury, tourism is one of France’s big resources. +70% of the active populatin works in the service industry, which includes everything related to tourism. And Paris, being the most visited city in the world, really needs to open up its heart to tourists. We need them.
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Summertime Soirée on the Faubourg Saint Honoré

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Scott Sallée attended the Summertime soirée for us and offered to share his experience with Prête-Moi Paris!
Summertime on rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré is in its third edition, and following the themes of peonies and jazz in 2012 and red roses and tango in 2013, we were invited to discover New York circa 1950-1960, with vintage cars, Mad Men, Broadway, the Jets, and the Pink Ladies.
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Sinfonietta Cocktails and Conversations Soirée

Sinfonietta Paris @ Éléphant Paname I am finally getting to posting about this fantastic event that I attened at the end of April. It’s one of those types of events that you jump at the chance to attend because these social and cultural gatherings can be so unlike the trypical Parisian soirée. It is aparantly very anglo-saxon to gather and be social after a concert or something. Parisians don’t tend to mingle easily with people they don’t know. Which I find strange since if you consider the monument the Opera de Paris, it was created to allow the masses and classes to mingle during intermissions, but I am sure they did a lot more of stand-offish oggling than mingling. Parisians stick to their own generally speaking. Only since social media has shrunk the world have they learned in Paris not to be so wary of strangers at public events. So Sinfonietta’s cocktails and Conversations was a great chance to be able to mingle and be social after a gorgeous concert. Read more →

First Time Visit to Paris?

Lock of Love Dreamed of a trip to Paris for years?

So… It’s finally happening… Yaaaaaaay!

Now what do you do first?
Moi, I would make a list of all the things I wanted to do, plan all my outfits, probably create an elaborate Pinterest board, and then search for hotels. That’s part of the fun of planning a trip. What isn’t as fun is the tedious  reserving of all of your activities. But, great news for you (first time Paris visitor), there is someone else who can take care of all those reservations for you!
PARIS City VISION  allows you to visit Paris and enjoy the city of lights without feeling like you are your own baffled travel agent. Many people on their first trip to Paris leave it all un-planned and un-reserved until they get here, and then it is a fatiguing struggle to fit it all in and most of the time you don’t understand half of what is going on nor how to get to where you need to go. Right?
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Les Berges de Seine – Breathing Room in Paris

Berges de Seine Paris THIS is the place to go for a breath of fresh(er) air in Paris. A long stretch of asphalt offers Parisians a bike path dotted with a myriad of other things to do and see. There is even a Vélib station in the middle ofthe quai. There are places for kids to play (with adult supervision provided by you), there are tables for checkers and other boards games integrated so you can pick-nick and play at the same time, there are plenty of plants and foliage and flowers to make your stroll pretty, there are cafés, and benches and views… and there is space, room, a rare luxury in Paris. Read more →

Dries Van Noten Retrospective

Dries Van Noten Inspirations expo The Musée des Arts Décoratifs often has fashion exhibits that are of the utmost quality. I have seen a few there, and most recently the Dries Van Noten Inspirations retrospective of his fashion design career so far. If you do attend this exhibit, may I suggest reading Dana Thomas’ portrait of the Belgian deisgner, in the Wall Street Journal first to give yourself an idea of where this artist and his style of working comes from. Thomas’ article describes an independant and hard working man who cares for every little detail of his company. He refuses to sell his company to the large groups, is not on the stock market and insists on only creating two collections a year for men and for women. This allows him more time for the creative process which is the part that he most enjoys (per Thomas’ article). An inspired designer who prefers the thrill of designing for his own brand, than the call of the wealth from the « fashion industry ». He is one of the few remaining artists who is still able to remain self sustaining and entirely inspired. Read more →

Les Jeudis Arty

JeudiArtylogoA new non-profit organisation Parisian event is in the works. It is fun, trendy and culturally speaking it’s terribly chic but remains accessible to even a total non-art snob such as myself.

I know little about art. I took a few art and architecture classes when I first arrived in Paris, but beyond a few classics and some of the greats, I know really nothing. But I love when it is explained to me. It always makes so much more sense… So of course I will be taking full advantage of the invitation that was extended to me for this event I wanted to share with you. Read more →

Little Paris Tips

I have a few fun updates about some things I love in Paris :
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I posted about this bubbly brand back in 2012, but did you know that Mon Champagne now delivers, in Paris, in less than three hours?!? I mean we all know how bad a champagne emergency is, right?!?!? LOL! Okay, all kidding aside, who wants to lug six bottles of champagne home in a caddie on the metro? Pas moi. Plus the delivery guys (on bicycles = they are in shape) are claimed to be hot! Hmmmm… this could be a new way to meet a French man for you single ladies out there!

Aaaand, EVEN MORE EXCITING is the Champagne Box. My friends over there are crowd funding to launch the product so hop on board and offer Mon Champagne your support. This is going to be awesome when it launches. Plus for your contribution, you can have cool stuff! http://kisskissbankbank.com/champagne-box You have until the 14th of May to participate! Read more →

Why Visit Paris this March

Post by Jenny Bailey

Jenny Bailey

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Avenue Carnot – Étoile via flickr by Dimitry B

Despite the recent rainy weather, the occasional blossom and warmer temperatures are all tell-tale signs that (dare we say it?) spring is in the air!

Whether you’re craving some fresh air or you’d rather stay indoors, here’s our round up of some of the fabulous stuff going on in the capital this month. Read more →

Some Things Never Change : 19th Century Parisian Activities

Expo : Les Parisiens de Daumier.
Until March 4th… HURRY!
3€ Entry.

Galerie du Crédit Municipal de Paris

55, rue des Francs-Bourgeois – 75004 Paris.

Mon-Fri 9am-5pm – Closed Sundays

I first heard about this expo via the blog Paris, Maman et Moi. Being a 19th century French literature fan (I have the entire collection of Balzac – and FYI, some editions of Balzac’s works were illustrated by Daumier) I knew this was right up my alley. So instead of waiting in line for the Brassaï expo (just like in Sheily’s post linked above), I headed over to see these wonderful drawings of what Parisian life was like in the 1800′s.

You could say that Daumier, who’s work is the entirety of the exposition, was what we would consider a lifestyle/humorist blogger today. Each drawing (there were dozens and dozens of them) mocked, exaggerated or poked fun at a certain « type » of Parisian, in different situations of social life back 150-200 years ago. Read more →

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