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The Best Places to Walk in Paris

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New York Times: In her new book, “Flâneuse,” Lauren Elkin expands the concept of the flâneur — that aristocratic bohemian man strolling the city streets, possibly with a top hat or some other touch of the dandy — to include women wanderers from Virginia Woolf to Sophie Calle (one of whose works will be featured in “Person of the Crowd: …

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My Paris: Seduced by the Past

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The New York Times: The streets of the Marais are narrow enough in some places that sunlight pierces the shadowy canyons between its soaring Renaissance-era buildings for just a few hours a day. At night the lanes take on a mysterious, medieval air when streetlamps sputter to life, casting a sheen on timeworn turrets, carved doors and stone mansions. Slip …

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On ‘Paris Vagabond’ by Luc Sante

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Paris Vagabond, first published in 1952, is one of the most extraordinary books ever written about that city.   It follows in the lineage of great narratives by champion walkers—Louis-Sébastien Mercier’s Le Tableau de Paris (1781–1788), Nicolas-Edme Restif de la Bretonne’s Les Nuits de Paris (1788–1794), Alexandre Privat d’Anglemont’s Paris anecdote (1854), Léon-Paul Fargue’s Le Piéton de Paris (1939), among others—although its focus is more pointed and specific. Had …

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French meal-sharing websites under fire

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First taxis rose up against Uber, then hotels challenged Airbnb and now, restaurants in France are taking on meal-sharing sites they believe create unfair competition and could sap jobs. The websites, where hosts offer to cook a meal at their homes for a price of their choosing, are increasingly popular among travelling food-lovers who want to meet locals on top …

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American Barbecue in Paris

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After cheeseburgers and lobster rolls, barbecue is what Parisians now crave, part of their ongoing fascination with American comfort food. A spate of American-run barbecue restaurants has opened here recently, and Parisians are enthusiastically tucking into baby back ribs with a side of coleslaw.  Read more: American Barbecue in Paris – The New York Times

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What to Do on the Left Bank, Paris

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While the Right Bank of Paris has seen internationalism and the irrepressible rise of “bobos” (the Parisian form of hipsters) change its landscape in recent years, the Left Bank has been able to preserve the soul of the French capital. Walk through the Latin Quarter’s crooked cobblestone corridors or down the grand plane-tree-lined boulevards of St.-Germain-des-Prés and, more than once, …

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10 idioms only the French understand

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Est-ce que je te demande si ta grand-mère fait du vélo? | Mind your own damn business Translates literally as, “Do I ask you if your grandma bikes?” This is a rather funny (though not for the person receiving the insult) and sarcastic way to tell someone to get lost. via 10 idioms only the French understand – Matador Network.

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My Paris: Favorite places to eat

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David Lebovitz: If you’re coming to Paris, here are some of my favorite places to get something really good to eat. Most aren’t fancy, but are more places where you’ll find a good mix of Parisians with a few visitors as well. Most of them are moderately priced, except where noted. via My Paris | David Lebovitz.

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24 Hours in Paris (tale of a map)

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From Pret a Voyager: Recently I wrote a 24 Hours in Paris guide for Design*Sponge that highlights many of my favorite design shops in the 3rd and 10th arrondissements (it’s a more focused guide than the overall D*S Paris Design Guide I wrote a few years ago). And while I teach Map Making on Skillshare, I can’t claim credit for …

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In Paris, a Playful Path Along the Seine

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The New York Times has a piece about the abundant and often playful features of Berges de Seine (Banks of the Seine), a 1.4-mile pedestrian promenade packed with recreational activities, restaurants and bars, and creative patches of blooming flowers, plants and trees.  Read more.