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A Very Parisian Halloween

Article by Frank Cierpial

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For me, Halloween has always been a time for candy, creative costumes, and fun and why should Parisians sit that out? In school, I learned that Halloween is not really a thing in France, but based on what I saw over the past two days, it is. Yes, it’s true that the French like other Europeans generally celebrate the “Toussaint” as we call it in French, or  “All Saints Day” in English, which is what Halloween derived from in America. But they do celebrate Halloween as well. My first stop on my Halloween journey was to the Conciergerie which is a prison and is part of the Palais de la Cité which I will be talking to you about in a minute. My last stop was my favorite destination in Paris for drinks and fun, the famous…Sly Bar. They had an awesome and unforgettable Halloween party that ended a night of fun, costumes, and all things spooky in Paris. Let’s dive in!


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Galeries Lafayette Gourmand Gourmet & Grocery

Probably the chicest grocery store in Paris aside from La Grande Epicerie over at Le Bon Marché, the Galeries Lafayette saw a need in the very commercialized Grand Magasins quarter : a low count of grocery stores! So much fashion shopping and so little places to get your daily goods.

That has all changed now in this beautifully organized grocery boutique in the bottom floor of the Galeries Lafayette home department building on boulevard Haussmann. The displays beckon to you to pluck some of that juicy looking fruit, or fill a paper sachet full of nuts and grains, and the whole thing is surrounded on all sides (and above) by a massive food court with an extensive choice of restaurants and food stands with EVERY kind of cuisine you could hope for, ready and waiting for your order.
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Summer Perfume Promenade 2015

Articel written by Barbara de la Motte Sainte Pierre et Melissa Ladd

Last year we did a fun perfume promenade with our dear friend Barbara, and to uphold this new tradition tradition, made a point of continuing our perfume discoveries again this summer with a stroll around the rue de la Paix and Vendome area.

L’été dernier nous avons effectuer une promenade parfuméé avec note chère amie Barbara, et pour continuer dans cette nouvelle tradition nous avons insister pour en faire d’autres découvertes cette été en se promenant dans le quartier Vendôme rue de la Paix.
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Hotel Joke Paris : A Seriously Fun Hotel

Article by Chelsea Kindred

Happiness serves hardly any other purpose than to make unhappiness impossible.” – Marcel Proust

It is not often that your first step into a new hotel surprises and enchants you. In the lobby of Hotel Joke, toys abound, lighted balloons that change color hang over the reception desk, and a corner filled with games and books invites you to take a moment to relax and enjoy. Warm croissants, fresh fruit, coffee and drinks are available for the taking. You can breathe; you’ve made it here.

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Promenade Pereire – A Happy Place


The Promenade Pereire, this long park full of kids, flowers and fun, has always been a place of happiness to me. Back when I was a nanny for a family who lived near Porte Maillot, I used to bring the little boy I cared for here to play. It was built in 1989, so it’s a rather recent park, and is perfectly nestled in a highly residential area of the 17th arrondissement. The after school hour is the most delightful, with kids squealing and running around, nannies pulling out an array of cookies and snacks, strollers parked in the shade… Continue reading Promenade Pereire – A Happy Place

Spring always arrives Early in Paris

Spring does always arrive early in Paris, it seems. It disapears for a while in May or June, but usually in March or April in Paris we get a a burst of sun and brightness and all the trees go, « aaaaaaahhh! » and the Parisians flock to the café terraces and Paris’ gardens where cherry blossoms beckon us to take off our scarves and turn our faces to the warm light that bathes the city in a blissful glow. Yeah, the first signs of Spring in Paris make you feel giddy and poetic, and life is full of possibility.

Spring cherry blossoms in Paris
Spring cherry blossoms in Paris

I couldn’t resist a stroll through the Square des Batignolles on one of those precious days… In my 9th month pf pregnancy, waiting for Bébé Chéri to arrive, I was filled with a sense of absolute perfection.Spring in the Square des Batignolles, Paris
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