Seeing as this is our first blog post of 2017, we want to begin by wishing you all a very happy new year. We hope that this year brings you much happiness, good luck, and success in everything you wish to do. 2016 was a somewhat interesting and difficult year for all of us, but we must look forward, carry on, and strive for a better 2017!
As ever, lots of things are happening and changing in Paris, which means we need to stay on top of it all to know what’s coming up and what is not to be missed. We thought we would help you out with a short list of some exciting things to look out for the in the City of Light this year, and to brighten up this rather grey January day.
Here’s what we’re looking forward to in Paris in 2017…
Once described by Émile Zola as ”the Belly of Paris”, Les Halles (pronounced ”Ley-All”) is a thriving commercial district in the heart of the French capital. The origins of Les Halles (literally ”The Halls”) can be traced to a public market created in the 12th century. In this post, Lodgis, the Parisian real estate agent specialising in furnished apartment rentals, looks at how a historic neighbourhood in Paris’ 1st arrondissement has transformed over 800 years, whilst still preserving a unique identity
Even though France is now a secular country and prides itself on laïcité (“freedom of conscience”), it has a long history of Roman Catholicism before the French Revolution got rid of a national religion. This means that while there is no official state religion, the majority of its citizens are Catholic, and thus holidays such as Christmas and Easter are celebrated very publicly, with special lights, giant Christmas trees (sapin in French), and Christmas-themed window and building dressings. What you may not know, though, is that France has the third largest Jewish population in the world (after Israel and the US), approximately 600,000 people, half of which are living in Paris. Since our CEO is Jewish and we’re certain to have Jewish followers, in the spirit of inclusion, here is a guide on Hanukkah in Paris.
Allow us to introduce you to the inspiring and creative founder of Creative Mind Tinz storytelling agency, Sageer Suleiman. Originally from Nigeria, Sageer has been in Paris since the young age of 10 years old, and now calls Paris home. After moving abroad several times and experiencing life, culture and new languages in different parts of the world, Sageer’s passion for creativity and story-telling grew and led him to start his project and launch a service to help other’s tell their stories. Fortunately we were able to sit down with Sageer over coffee and find out more about his agency and where he draws his inspiration from…
Bakeries, boulangeries, patisseries, are the heart and soul of life in Paris. The city that is world famous for its baguettes and croissants keeps bakeries at the center of daily life. You’ll see the Parisians going to their local bakery daily for a fresh baguette, ripping off the end and eating it on the way home, of course. But where Paris really shines is in its specialty off-beat bakeries, the ones where the pastries that come out are practically works of art. Here are our favorites, so go out and treat yourself on this cold and rainy November day.
As the weather gets cooler and the leaves start to turn, we know that Autumn has officially arrived. Not that we are complaining! Autumn is one of our favourite times of the year to be in Paris. Cosying up in one of our favourite cafe’s, wearing chunky knit scarves, and enjoying the beautiful clear skies and sunsets that October brings are amongst our favourite aspects of Autumn. The best part is being able to tuck into some of the delicious and warming foods. Goodbye to picnics and hello to homemade soups!
October has arrived and we’re charging up our cameras and clearing the memory cards to prepare for the most picturesque month in Paris. To celebrate the beauty of autumn in Paris, this week’s blog post features our favourite photos of this magical time of year. Enjoy!
Ask anyone who has been to Paris, someone who came to visit, or someone who lived here for years and years, and we guarantee they’ll all say they wish they had done “x” or didn’t have the time to do “y.” Well, we’re going to give you our tourist bucket list, as well as an insider bucket list, of everything you should try to do before you leave Paris. How many can you cross off already?
As this is our last blog post before la rentrée, we thought we would mix things up a bit and create a quiz to test your knowledge on Paris. If you’ve lived in Paris for a few years and have kept up to date with our blog posts, this quiz should be a walk in the park.
Paris is a wonderful city to live in, and there is always something new to discover. We are constantly amazed and pleasantly surprised at the new facts and quirks we learn about the city on a regular basis. The discovering is never ending, which is what makes this city such a special place to live in.
This could be the start of a series of blog quizzes, so naturally we’ve designed this quiz to ease you in gently. There are a few tricky questions that might catch you, so think carefully before answering! How well do you know Paris? Click on the link and get started!
After the sleepy-eyed, new mommy-hood early months of 2016, when the days started to get a bit warmer and I started taking my new little bundle of joy out and about on the town, I realised that I was in desperate need of a refreshing new look! The Reporthair was the perfect solution!
Photo: The Reporthair
After a quick phone call with a hair consultant to talk about my hair and what I was looking to have done, the delightful Anita showed up at my apartment with everything Continue reading