This Paris Life

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Most visitors to Père Lachaise come to see Jim Morrison, Yves Montand, Alain Bashung, Henri Salvador or GIlbert Bécaud… However, there are also extraordinary women worth visiting in this cemetery!   Fortunate Hamelin (1776-1851) Born in Santo Domingo, she was sent to France by her parents to be forcibly married at the age of 14. […]

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Ever since Peter Mayle’s book ‘A Year in Provence’ hit the best-seller lists, a home in France has proved a big attraction for people from all over the world. Many followed Mayle to live the expat life in France, but, if that’s not for you, how about investing in a buy-to-let in the country?

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Road trips start with a plane ticket Expect fewer group tours and organized trips as people slowly readjust to travel immediately post-Covid.  They might rent a car and tour around on their own, or bunker down in an exotic spot for longer periods and experience it like a “local”.   Comfort food gets dolled up […]

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Brunch is the new dinner!   Looking for places to have an excellent brunch at once confinement is lifted? In Paris, there is no shortage of addresses. Want to make your taste buds travel? Head to Sir Winston for its British-Indian menu. If Italy is calling you, head on over to the Biglove Caffé! There […]

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19th century Haussmannian Paris coexists more and more closely with an architecture that is sometimes confusing, sometimes impressive but always brilliant. Here is a list of the main modern and contemporary buildings in the capital.   The Louvre pyramid Let’s start with a classic: enthroned in the courtyard of the Louvre Palace, the pyramid inaugurated […]

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For almost a century, the guests of this former mansion have been enjoying the best of French luxury through the starred restaurant, secret garden, perched swimming pool, and elegant suites.   Hippolyte Jammet (1893 – 1964) had a dream of one day opening a luxury hotel that would be the embodiment of his vision of […]

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Whether you’re having it for breakfast or as a snack, hot chocolate is the best drink to warm up you during these cold winter days. Below is a list of the best addresses in Paris to get hot chocolate from.   Cyril Lignac’s Chocolate Factory https://www.instagram.com/p/B8QPmY0Itmg/?utm_source=ig_embed The pastry chef that works at La Chocolaterie Cyril […]

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The government has announced that the stone quarries will be allowed to reopen, as they have been exempted from the current confinement measures put in place. The aim is to “considerably facilitate the restoration work on Notre-Dame.” The stone quarries, necessary for the restoration of the Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral, will be allowed to reopen, […]

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Are you looking for some beautiful towns and villages to go discover once confinement is lifted? These villages south of Paris are absolutely charming! Here is a brief overview of the most beautiful villages and towns to visit that are both steeped in history and just a few kilometers from the capital.   Provins: memory […]

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How to live in a foreign country People always ask, “How did you manage to live in Paris?” I’ve been meaning to write about it for years, but it seems especially timely, as recent crises are causing many people to become serious about pursuing all those dreams that keep getting put off. Moving to a […]

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