My Christmas Decorations That Celebrate Paris

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For lovers of both Paris and Christmas, there are many shops in the City of Light that sell Parisian holiday ornaments and decorations–including Galeries Lafayette, Printemps, many souvenir shops and two wonderful boutiques–Il Etait Une Fois… at 6 Rue Ferdinand Duval in the Marais and Christmas a Paris at 7 Rue de Conde on the Left Bank. And while I’ve bought decor from all of these stores, I was craving something more–something bigger than just a few Paris ornaments for my tree. Here’s what I came up with … Continue Reading →

Not in Paris for Bastille Day? We’ve Got You Covered!

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So, you weren’t able to to be in Paris for Bastille Day? Missed the incredible half-hour fireworks show over the Eiffel Tower? (Me too, sadly.) Never fear, OuiAlwaysHaveParis has got you covered! Continue Reading →

Joyeux Quatorze Juillet! (Happy Bastille Day!)

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Today, France celebrates it’s national independence day, the anniversary of the 1789 storming of the Bastille prison in Paris that marked the start of the French Revolution. If you’re in Paris today (lucky you!) show up early to snag a spot on the Champs de Mars park adjacent to the Eiffel Tower for an unparalleled view of the fireworks show. Many of the city’s bridges also are ideal viewing locations. Aimer! Continue Reading →

Happy Birthday! La Tour Eiffel Turns 125 Years Old

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Today, Paris’s Eiffel Tower turns 125 years old. I can’t imagine there’s a monument anywhere in the world that is as recognizable as La Tour Eiffel or as indelibly linked with a nation’s culture as is this wonderful French monument created for the 1889 World’s Fair (and which was supposed to be torn down two decades after the event ended). The tower is beloved by both the French and by visitors from around the world. Check out these 40 little-known facts about the Eiffel Tower as well as some of the hundreds of photos I’ve taken of La Tour over the years. Continue Reading →

Paris’s Iconic Eiffel Tower

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Today’s memories of Paris are all about the Eiffel Tower. This iconic symbol of Paris – indeed, of all of France – is recognizable worldwide and celebrated by Francophiles in every nation. I’ve been up the tower five times (twice at night, three times during the day), including actually climbing the steps to the second level during my high school French trip in 1985. During my last visit to Paris in November and December 2012, the apartment I rented in the 6th Arrondissement had a fantastic view of the tower, and I could see it twinkling each night from my balcony. Magical! Continue Reading →

Bonne Annee!

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I’ve never been in Paris on New Year’s Eve, which is celebrated with elaborate fireworks displays at the Eiffel Tower. Someday, I’ll be in the City of Light to ring in the new year. Until then, I’ll just have to satisfy myself with pics and videos. Bonne Annee, tout le monde! Best wishes for a happy and prosperous 2014! Continue Reading →

Celebrating at the Trocadero Christmas Market

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From my friends at My French Neighbor. Christmastime in Paris is simply magical! Continue Reading →

So True. So Very True.

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From one of my favorite Paris blogs, Paris Attitude. Continue Reading →

We, the Lovers of Paris …

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You love Paris. OK, let’s be honest: You’re obsessed with Paris. No matter how many times you’ve visited, you keep planning to return again and again. Your home is plastered with Paris souvenirs and French-themed decor. You’ve got a “I’d rather be in Paris” bumper sticker on your car. You’ve named your dog or cat Paris, and it’s not an homage to that reality TV parasite. Everything you do is Paris, Paris, Paris.

Me too. (That’s me, on the right, at the Trocadero Christmas market.) Continue Reading →