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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Neighbourhood Guide |Cour des Petites-Écuries


As you’ve probably noticed, we’re starting to share more about our favourite little spots in Paris, as opposed to our favourite neighbourhoods. Every arrondissement has something great to offer, so it’s our mission to share with you some of our best finds and, hopefully, some new places to discover in the city.

 

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Cour des Petites Écuries is one of those spots that’s a great go-to all year round, but especially during the warmer months! The charming Parisian cobble-stone street courtyard is hidden between the trendy rue Paradis and rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis, and is lined with buzzing bars and a delicious choice of restaurants. The best thing about this place is that you have everything you need, you can even do a mini bar crawl just in this courtyard , and you don’t need to move far on a night out! Having said that, we, of course, have our favourite places to go, so allow us to share these with you.

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SFP Presents: Widetrip


For this week’s blog post we’d like to introduce you to our newest partnership, Widetrip! Widetrip is a new hot site for walking tours with locals that are passionate about the city of Paris. Widetrip caters to all visitors eager to discover a different side of Paris with open and engaging tour guides. Meet real Parisians who are committed to their city and genuinely want to share their passion, expertise, and interests with you. Whether you’re interested in architecture, poetry, social economy, or urban legends, Widetrip has it all, available in French, English, and Spanish. Here’s SFP’s interview with Widetrip’s founders, Nicolas and Manon.

 

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Neighbourhood Guide | rue Saint-Sébastien


As there are only so many arrondissements we can write neighbourhood guides about, we decided to continue the theme, but more specifically with some of our favourite streets in Paris. Last month Samara started us off with the wonderful rue Henri Monnier in the 9ème. This week’s choice is rue Saint-Sébastien in the 11ème. For those of you who have ventured down this road, then you’ll understand why we’ve chosen to write about it. Spoilt for choice by cafes, boutiques, old record shops & delicious Asian cuisine, please allow us to take you on our favourite journey down rue Saint-Sébastien.

 

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Pets in Paris- An Update


Back by popular demand! We’re here with an update of our most popular blog post- Pets in Paris. How to care for a pet in Paris is one of the most common, yet under-publicized issues of expats moving here, so here is everything you need to know about travel, the laws, and life in Paris with your pooch!

 

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I’d like to apologize in advance for the extensive photos of my whippet, Jack. I find him adorable, I hope you do, too!

 

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Spring 2016 Wardrobe Essentials


Seeing as spring is just around the corner and Paris Fashion Week has come to an end, we thought it would be appropriate to do a round-up of the essential spring-wear pieces for this season. We are very much looking forward to the arrival of warmer weather so that we can rock our new wardrobe finds!

 

With so many beautiful fashion trends this spring it has been extremely hard to narrow it down to the essentials. From cold shoulders to clinched in waists, long floral dresses, pastel tones, ruffled dresses, metallic fabrics, pleats, stripes and mini handbags, the list is endless. Allow us to help you out with some of our favourite  “must have” items for spring 2016.

 

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SFP’s Top 5 Instagrams to Follow


Since 2010, Instagram has taken the world by storm. It has become the new, most relevant way to blog and share your thoughts and ideas. Some use the platform to promote their business, others to share their selfies, and others to garner attention for their photography. In any case, we’ve fallen in love with the platform and want to share some of our favorite accounts to follow. Enjoy!

 

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A sort of jack of all trades, French girl Audrey works as a flat hunter in Paris, runs a website highlighting a few of her favorite things in Paris, and runs the popular Instagram Paris Promenade. Equipped with only an iPhone and her keen eye for photography, Audrey brings the beauty of the hidden corners of Paris straight to your smartphone. Continue reading