Posts Tagged ‘holidays’

French Culture: Five Favorite Holidays

One of the joys of Parisian life is the festive calendar; you’re never really that far from a holiday. Some of these highlights of French culture (such as Bastille Day) are known round the world. Others may be less well […]

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French Fashion: The Holiday Wish List

The holidays are just a few weeks away—have you started looking for the perfect gifts for your loved ones? We have some brilliant French fashion gift ideas to share with you, to ensure that you will surprise him […]

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How to Frenchify Your Hanukkah

This year the stars aligned to create a superholiday, Thanksgivukkuh (it won’t come around for about another 76,000 years, so I hope you made the best of it!). Now that the pumpkin latkes and challah stuffing are all […]

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Top Five Most Luxurious Holiday Gifts Made in France

Receiving gifts made in France is every girl’s dream. A perfect one is a bottle of Ann Gérard perfume. Truly, these are the most interesting, elegant perfumes I’ve come across in years. The names—Cuir de […]

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Paris festivals: Bastille Day planes

French Festivals, Fêtes and Holidays: Bastille Day

Bastille Day: a commemoration of the storming of the Bastille prison; a celebration of the first république; and, like many French festivals, fêtes and holidays, a real pain in the derrière if you’re out of the loop. Of course, Parisians make it look so effortless: a parade here, a picnic alfresco there—all while dropping by the Fête des Loges in the Tuileries, catching the fireworks and then casually strolling into a bal des pompiers (firemen’s ball). To ensure that you don’t miss out on any of the fun, we’ve concocted the perfect last-minute checklist for your Bastille Day sans stress.

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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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Seen on the Streets of Paris: Trimmed in Fur

It is very cold in Paris now with chance of snow. Snow adorning the boulevards is not the only thing winter has brought to the City of Light: the ever-remarkable Paris street fashions have been trimmed with fur.

Fur, real or faux, lifts the simplest black coat and skinny dark blue jeans to a new level of sophistication and even a little decadence.

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La Fermette for cheese in Paris

Uniquely French Gifts

Finding charming French gifts for a local French host or for overseas family and friends can be a challenge. To ease the angst of gift shopping in Paris, I’ve scoured the city, taken advantage of free samples, dropped some cash, and, most important, taken note whenever hearing a French person enthuse about something. (Spoiler alert: that something is usually either chocolaty or smelly.) Anything edible and described as hallucinant (mind blowing, or what appears to be “hallucination inducing”) is a must-have.

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Le Grand Palais des Glaces

Ice-Skating in Paris

Le Grand Palais is a magical palace in Paris. Built to show off the country’s industrial prowess for the 1900 World Fair, this glass-and-steel marvel…

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’Tis the Season to Drink Champagne in Paris

The sound of popping champagne corks is synonymous with the Paris holiday season, throughout which bubbles are enjoyed among family and friends during apéros and evening meals. Paris bars are a perfect place to indulge and order une coupe de champagne to celebrate the festivities in the City of Light.

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Find Your Perfect Holiday Frock

We cannot believe that it is already November, and you know what that means… it’s time for all the fabulous holiday fêtes and festivities! We recommend you find your formal holiday “it dress” now before all of the good ones are gone. How could you go wrong with long, black and elegant?

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Paris Christmas: One-Stop Shopping

Paris Christmas shopping can be complicated. It’s crowded, the shops are hot and everything takes a little longer. You’ve probably already struggled to see all the sights and now you have to get the loved ones something special. Except, before you know it, no time is left.

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Christmas: Your Perfect Paris Presents

Noel warms the spirits with vin chaud, delights the eye with wonderful windows and brings dazzling lights. It’s hard to resist a holiday prowl for perfect Paris presents. However, merchants export much of what you see. So is it impossible to find something unique? Absolutely not! Here are my only-in-Paris picks.

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Shopping the Christmas Markets in Alsace: Stocking Up on Everything Cute and Carb Laden

Having grown up in Los Angeles, where it was always warm and the only things decorated for Christmas were the palm trees

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Ayala Brut Majeur

Ayala Brut Majeur

A fine champagne is the most festive and exalted of all French wines. Just open a bottle and friends will inevitably ask: “What are we celebrating?” The association of champagne with grand festivities […]

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