French Family Update: Ninette Turns 102

Philippe’s mother, Ninette, turned 102 last week and we drove to Normandy to celebrate.  Until last year, Ninette lived unassisted in the family’s three-story home. A wonderful housekeeper came every day to prepare lunch and, as she reached 100, to help with bathing and morning toilet, but she slept alone in the big house. Ninette…

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Two-Bedroom Paris Vacation Rentals that will Give you Real Estate Envy

Whether you’re traveling with your children, your parents, another couple or just a friend, it’s always more comfortable when everyone has their own bedroom to retreat to at the end of a long day of Paris sightseeing. Fortunately, we have many beautiful two-bedroom apartments that are perfect for mid-size groups. Keep reading to discover some…

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15 of the Most Beautiful Squares in Paris

The City of Light is famous for its stunning architecture, but which are the most beautiful squares in Paris? We’ve rounded up 15 favorites from classic locations to secret spots. Our guide also includes stylish Paris Perfect apartment rentals near must-see squares. Beautiful Squares in Paris 1st Arrondissement Place Vendôme Upscale Place Vendôme is one…

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Here are 5 of the Most Beautiful Bridges in Paris

Paris is defined, as much as anything, by the two sides of the Seine River–the Left Bank and the Right Bank. But no one can stay on just one side; there’s too much to see! This is where the bridges in Paris come in handy. There are 37 of them criss-crossing the river and connecting…

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5 Paris Tips: What you Need to Know before you Go

When visiting a new country, there’s always the risk of some culture shock. It’s helpful to have a few practical Paris tips in mind before you leave to ensure you’ll know how to be respectful of the culture and the general way of life. 5 Paris Tips When in Paris, do as (most of) the…

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Palais-Royal History: A Peaceful Place for Parisians

Hiding in plain sight, just a stroll from the Louvre, former palace Palais-Royal is one of Paris’ most intriguing insider secrets. While visitors flock to iconic landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower and Palais Garnier, this heritage arcade often escapes attention. In the 1st arrondissement, it’s a favorite with locals, drawn by the rich Palais-Royal…

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The Perfect Montparnasse Guide: A Value on the Left Bank of Paris

Montparnasse flies under the radar, but this vibrant, authentic neighborhood, once flocked with artists and writers, retains many reminders of its bohemian past. On the Left Bank of the river Seine, it boasts cultural sights, foodie streets and leafy parks. Skyscraper Tour Montparnasse and Gare Montparnasse station are well known. But there’s much more to…

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Everything You Want To Know About the Café Terraces in Paris

The Parisian terrace: one of the city’s most iconic, romantic images. It is so iconic and romantic, in fact, that in 2018 the city requested UNESCO to recognize the terraces in Paris on its world heritage list! The idea is that these cafés and terraces bring people together and nurture a creative, artistic community, and…

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