Posts Tagged ‘Champs Elysées’

Paris Restaurants: Le Laurent

Today the Champs Elysées seems to be nothing more than international chain stores and crowds of tourists, but at the far end of the most famous avenue in the world, there are charming 19th-century […]

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The Grand Palais from the Ferris wheel in Paris

The Legend: One of the Dreamier Hotels in Paris

Shiny and modern, the Legend is a really lovely hotel in Paris, so I was happy to call it my home for a few sparkly Christmas days in the City of Light. I was greeted by an elegant and enchanting decor featuring clever owl lamps, artful tree branches, minilights and friendly front desk staff who appeased me by letting me practice my French skills.

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The seasonal Ferris wheel at the Place de la Concorde

Getting into the Holiday Spirit in Paris

Paris is a place with a mythical, magical quality. Every day of the year can be special, but the City of Light really lives up…

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The Louvre

Paris en Famille

Judging from the number of couples holding hands and looking lovingly into each other’s eyes as they walk along the Seine, past the Eiffel Tower, one is convinced that Paris remains a premier honeymoon destination. Practically speaking, the honeymoon is a newlywed couple’s vacation taken 1) when they have a rare, extended amount of time off work; 2) as a reward for tireless wedding planning; and 3) perhaps most important, because it may be the last time they travel without children in tow! But, traveling with kids in Paris can actually make the city come alive in a different and equally enjoyable way.

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An essential for the classic French look, a handbag from Céline is a great buy during the soldes in Paris

Les Soldes 2011

The year 2011 has arrived. Excited? Me, too. All I can think about is shopping, shopping, shopping! On January 12, staff will be up extra early to open their shops at 8 a.m., an ungodly hour for a city that doesn’t usually get started until 10 a.m., to reveal some amazing discounts. 

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Lights, Camera, Christmas! Take Your Own Paris Walking Tour of the City’s Christmas Lights

The City of Light really lives up to its name during the holidays, when many streets are illuminated with sparkling colors and

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Rouget with courgettes at Le 39V, Frédéric Vardon's sleek, modern restaurant atop the Sony building in the 8th Arrondissement of Paris

Le 39V

Le 39V opened last fall, one of a handful of higher-end places to appear, a welcome flash of bling in this age of austerity.

There is no old world charm in this Paris restaurant. This is a slick and sleek address, black and chrome, perched on the roof of the Sony building, just off the Champs Elysées.

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Tourist traps in Paris include cafés on the Champs Elysées where food is served as cars and tourists whiz by

Touring Paris: Tourist Traps

Yes, even in this beautiful city, there are some tourist traps to avoid while touring Paris. The first on the list of most locals would be the Moulin Rouge. Yes, the cancan was invented here, but that was a long time ago and the place now caters exclusively to tourists. The shows have gained a reputation for their lack of originality, and the champagne dinners are an insult to French cuisine. If you want to go to a cabaret, Le Crazy Horse is known for having the best, most sophisticated shows, with stars like Arielle Dombasle or Dita von Teese.

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Scrooge’s Guide to Christmas in Paris: Part I

I’m one of those holiday nuts. December 26 begins a countdown to my very FAVORITE time of year! I break out the decorations and CDs way too early. I shop year-round for gifts. Though I’m ashamed to admit it, I actually own a pair of tacky reindeer horns. Bref, I go off the holiday deep end. I have so many wonderful memories with my family that it’s a time of year I really cherish.

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The old-fashioned arcades on the Champs Elysées

Aux Champs Elysées

“At noon or at midnight, there is everything you want on the Champs Elysées.” Joe Dassin’s song about the Paris icon spins through my head every time I find myself walking the world’s most famous avenue. The song is lovely, nostalgic and oh-so-romantic. But what about the avenue itself? There is much debate among Parisophiles, and I understand the logic when some bemoan the commercialization of the street. “It’s turned into a shopping mall of brands you can find anywhere in the world!” they cry. It’s true: the Gap, McDonald’s and Nike are all there in full force, but this also translates into some very exciting contemporary architecture, with enough traditional addresses to make it worth the trip—especially at Christmas, when the holiday lights give the neighborhood a uniquely festive feel and the spiced wine from the Christmas market perfumes the air.

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