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The Christmas spirit comes early to Paris and is marked by the arrival of vin chaud and roasted chestnuts in the streets and corner cafés. Strands of lights decorating the city’s avenues add to the festive feeling and inspire one to embrace the holiday season. Christmas is a great excuse to do some shopping in Paris. The avid Francophile will be happy to find a handful of Paris boutiques that specialize in products of French origin that make great souvenirs and gifts for family and friends. read more
Winter in Paris is an underrated season, one that turns the city into a poem of blues and grays. Still, its chilly winds and darker days can sap your spirits. The cure lies in special Paris luxuries: vin chaud (warm spiced wine), colorful scarves—and scented candles. read more
Recently I found a few places in Paris that I just had to share. Here are my new fall “finds” in no particular order.
Aesop is a shop on the rue St.-Honoré in the 1st Arrondissement, selling beauty products that make sense for the 21st century. The packaging is basic yet beautiful, and the staff is extremely helpful. Aesop uses lavender, mint and rose oils and other plant-based ingredients, which are completely pure. The face oil is sublime, as is the toner with vitamin B that I bought. While this firm is from New Zealand, and you can find its stores across the world, the products are so superior it’s worth a stop. There are two other locations in Paris (see the website link below). read more