Our Paris Bucket List


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?

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How well do you know Paris?


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!

 

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The Reporthair |Your Personalised Hair Stylist


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

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

The Parisian Doughnut


There is no shortage of sweets and pastries here in Paris. Macarons, eclairs, caramel au beurre salé, crème Chantilly and so much more, are staples of French culture and culinary traditions. But now that the coffee scene in Paris is thriving, there is nothing more perfect for my American palate than a decadent doughnut to pair with that perfect cup of coffee!

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Doughmade’s Strawberry-Rhubarb (photo: Instagram)

Luckily for me and my sweet tooth, a few fabulous Americans have tapped the doughnut market and have recently started selling their doughy creations throughout the city. Amanda of Boneshaker Paris and Alex of Doughmade have both partnered with some of Paris’ best coffee Continue reading

Secrets of Paris


Paris is one of the most beautiful, elegant, and charming cities in the world. We may be biased, of course, but I’m sure there are many who will agree. Everyday you can discover a new bistro, coffee shop, or boutique as you meander down the small streets and loose yourself in the city of light. You may feel as though you know this city like the back of your hand after living here for a few years, but there is always something new to learn about Paris!

We’ve spent some time gathering our favourite anecdotes and secrets about Paris that are unknown to many. We love how the city continues to surprise, so allow us to share some of our little know favourite facts with you.

 

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Up Close and Personal With Kristin Lee Lewis | Paris International Fitness


A few weeks back we had the privilege of experiencing a personal training session in the Jardin des Tuileries with Kristin Lee Lewis, the founder of Paris International Fitness. The session was varied and fulfilling and left us feeling so great afterwards! The idea of being able to enjoy working out and being guided at the same time to make sure you’re achieving your optimal goals is that motivation we all need to continue with a balanced and active lifestyle.

Since our last blog post on Kristin, that dates back to just over 3 years ago, we were very keen to follow up with an updated post on Kristin’s company, detailing all of the fantastic services that she and her team offer, and delving deeper into Kristin’s inspirations and motivations.

 

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Photo courtesy of Paris International Fitness

 

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Boulangeries and Baguettes- What You Should Know


There are many inconveniences that come with moving to France. From the complicated, bureaucratic visa process, to the confusing health care system, to dealing with less than stellar customer service, it can sometimes seem like France is a never ending contradiction. But one of the things us expats continue to love and brag about to our friends back at home is the food. One bite of confit de canard or a mille-feuille and all your reservations about life in France just disappear. And be honest, when you head to your favorite boulangerie and walk home with a baguette in hand (ordered bien blanche, to be extra Parisian) you feel like you’re on the set of a cheesy Parisian RomCom, and you love it. So, for this week’s blog post, we’re going to tell you all about boulangeries and baguettes, and make your next visit feels extra special.

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SFP Picks | The Best of Bio in Paris


Have you noticed that as soon as a new trend hits the scene in Paris, it catches like wild fire and spreads all over the city? Admittedly, some trends are better than others but this organic, healthy eating, juice drinking, local produce, bio friendly way of life has really come to the forefront in Paris with organic-friendly places opening up everywhere.

Years ago, a french person would have found you alien-like if you told them you couldn’t eat dairy, gluten, or meat. Nowadays, we can count ourselves lucky, because not only are the options opening up for us but they’re fast becoming the “coolest” places to discover in the city today.  Check out a few of our favourite café’s where you can eat all things organic…

 

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Fit in Like a Local: 15 French Slang Words and Expressions You Won’t Find in Any Travel Dictionary


This is a guest post by the wonderful Brooke Neuman, a French editor at TakeLessons an online marketplace for local and online lessons. Since 2006, TakeLessons has been connecting knowledgeable teachers with eager students in any subject that comes to mind, from academic tutoring to culinary classes to computer skills to languages. We hope you learn a thing or two from her post and walk away feeling just a bit more French. C’est parti!


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