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  Warning: Don’t read Dining Out In Paris on a FULL Stomach!   Is it possible to have a bad meal in Paris?   Oh yes, but most of the time eating out in this city is wonderful — a feast for the senses.   I generally frequent the local restaurants wherever I am staying…

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  To me, a perfect day in Paris is exploring one single street.   Naturally, most people who visit this city for the first time head to the grand and wide Champs-Elysées which leads to the magnificent Arc de Triomphe.   But if you have more time, I find searching out other hidden gems in…

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  Be prepared to practice your best Parisian Pout when you see the popular comedy show “How To Become Parisian in One Hour!” This one-man show plays into every cliché and stereotype that people all over the world have of Parisians; as envied for living in one of the most beautiful cities in the world;…

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Another hidden treasure in Paris is MamazSocialFood.com.  This is a website where you can arrange to have a home-cooked or gourmet meal with a French couple or family. Imagine — a way to interact with real Parisians! A real adventure.  I loved this idea. For the cost of a night out (I paid $$50 USD/$65…

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  Over the years I’ve tried different forms of accommodation on my visits to Paris,  everything from staying in boutique hotels to living with a host, or host family to keep up my French. My preference, however, is renting an apartment, especially for a longer stay.  This accommodation back in 2018** was a huge success.…

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  When you visit the Mediterranean, it is not hard to be swept up by the conspicuous wealth.   Nothing stands out more in that regard than the turquoise-watered marinas berthing a plethora of luxury yachts.   After all, the Côte d’Azur is where the super-rich come to play and relax in style on their…

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  Here’s what I have been watching on Netflix that is in French (with English subtitles!)   The Chef’s Table France   The Chef’s Table is a well-known documentary series, where renowned chefs share their deeply personal stories, inspirations, and unique styles.   But I found the French series to be some of the best…

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  If you are looking for a slice of France in North America, look no further than Québec, also known as la belle province|the beautiful province.   I have spent a little time here this summer and so begins my short series on its largest city,  Montréal.       Even for many Canadians, arriving…

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  Another great thing about Paris?   You are never very far from magnificent soul-enriching art.   Or a haunted house.       Right around the corner from the apartment I rented, no more than 30 metres away at 14 rue de la Rochefoucaut is an elegant three-story gray stone house.     You…

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