Who is Chocolatier Extraordinaire Josephine Vannier?

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Paris is heaven for chocolate lovers, and there are many boutiques run by world-class chocolatiers in the City of Light that should not be missed by sweets connoisseurs—Christian Constant, Michel Cluziel, Pierre Herme, Jean-Paul Hevin and Patrick Roger, to name just a few. But one of my favorites is a Marais shop that is a bit of an enigma—Josephine Vanier on the Rue du Pas de la Mule just steps from the elegant Place des Vosges. It’s not the delicious confections or the gorgeous edible sculptures that are puzzling; it’s exactly who is the never-seen namesake of this fantastic chocolaterie? Continue Reading →

France Protects Booksellers from Amazon.com. Merci!

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While Amazon.com continues to put U.S. book stores out of business through its cut-rate prices and ruthless business tactics to destroy its competition, France has taken action to protect what it deems a vital part of the nation’s culture and heritage. A new law would ban Amazon from offering free shipping to all addresses in the nation, effectively eliminating one of the online seller’s biggest financial advantages. Government officials say the measure is needed to protect two key components of French culture–books and the proprietors that sell them. Continue Reading →

Librairie Gourmande Named Top Cookbook Store

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Bon Appetit magazine today released its list of the best cookbook stores in the world, and it’s no surprise that Paris’s fantastic Librairie Gourmande is among them. “Food and wine books, old and new” is the motto of this two-level gold mine of cookbooks and other cuisine-related reading. Continue Reading →

Cost-Cutting in World’s Second-Most Expensive City

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According to a new Economist Intelligence Unit Worldwide Cost of Living Survey, Paris is the second most-expensive city in the world in which to live. There’s no doubt that Paris isn’t cheap. But the City of Light can be much more affordable if you know where to shop, when to dine, which museums to visit, and so on. Here are 10 tips you, as visitors to the City of Light, can embrace to lower your expenditures while still enjoying a full, fantastic Parisian experience. Continue Reading →

Another Fantastic Sunday in Paris

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It’s a chilly winter Sunday in Paris, but that wouldn’t stop me from being out and about in the City of Light. From beautiful churches to what the French call “window licking,” here’s my plan for a fantastic Parisian day. Continue Reading →

My Perfect Sunday in the City of Light

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Here’s exactly how I’d be spending my Sunday in the City of Light. Continue Reading →

Paris’s Best Culinary Supply Stores

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Today’s Paris memories are all about the city’s incomparable culinary equipment boutiques, particularly E. Dehillerin, where one can find the finest copper cookery in all of Par-ee! And it’s just steps from the famous 24/7 brasserie Au Pied du Cochon, where, not surprisingly, pigs feet are a specialty! Continue Reading →

Christmas at Galeries Lafayette

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From my friends at My French Neighbor — the gorgeous Christmas tree at the incomparable Galeries Lafayette department store on the Boulevard Haussmann. Such a wonderful time of the year to visit the City of Light! Continue Reading →