1001 Orchids at the Jardin des Plantes
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by Pronoti Baglary
1d ago
Just before spring arrives in Paris, the Jardin des Plantes has put together an incredible display of orchids. This is the second edition of the event titled “Mille et Une Orchidées.” And just like last year, it promises an ethereal journey into the secret world of orchids in the dreamy setting of the Grandes Serres du Jardin des Plantes (the historic greenhouses). Built in the Art Deco style... Source ..read more
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Decode the Educational Landscape: International vs. Bilingual Schools in Paris
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by ICS Paris
2d ago
Choosing the right school for your child is a significant decision that shapes their educational journey and overall development. In the vibrant city of Paris, parents often find themselves at a crossroads between international and bilingual schools. Each option brings a unique set of advantages, and navigating this decision requires careful consideration of various factors. In this article, we’ll... Source ..read more
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Meet the Literary Doyenne Behind the Red Wheelbarrow Bookstore
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by Emily Monaco
4d ago
This is the fifth bookstore I’ve ever owned,” says Penelope Fletcher from where she’s sitting in a cozy corner of her shop, sunlight flooding in through the massive windows overlooking the Luxembourg Gardens. “This is the fourth Red Wheelbarrow.” The name, evoking the William Carlos Williams poem, has indeed been familiar to Anglophone bibliophiles in Paris for over two decades. But Fletcher’s... Source ..read more
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Les Bouquinistes: A History of the Beloved Booksellers on the Seine
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by Anne McCarthy
6d ago
The city of Paris is buzzing as the city prepares for the Olympics which commence July 26, but it hasn’t been smooth sailing for everyone involved in the lead-up to the Olympic Games – particularly for second-hand Paris booksellers, les bouquinistes, who operate in bookstalls along the Seine. Originally, there was talk of the famous green bookstalls being removed from along the Seine in advance of... Source ..read more
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The Smart Side of Paris: The ‘Patrimoine’ of Saint Roch Church
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by John Eigenauer
1w ago
Just a block from the Tuileries Gardens on the Rue Saint Honoré, you can find the somewhat nondescript Baroque façade of the Saint-Roch church. It is, in fact, so mundane that it would be easy to walk by without feeling the temptation to peek in. Yet the church’s history alone is enough to inspire curiosity in even a hurried tourist. Louis XIV laid Saint Roch’s first stone... Source ..read more
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French Dishes Named After Actual Places in France
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by Pronoti Baglary
1w ago
What’s in a name?” Shakespeare quipped famously. A lot, it turns out, when it comes to naming dishes. When I first moved to Paris, food was one of the ways I inadvertently came to learn about the geography of France. Well, who am I kidding! By “food,” I mean cheese and wine. I had tasted many a sip of a well-bodied Bourgogne and Gaillac, and eaten globs of Bethmale, Rocamadour and Comté before I... Source ..read more
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Paris Vignettes: The City’s Walls and Storefronts
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by William OSuch
1w ago
The Paris Vignettes series features the inspired work of street photographer William “Bill” O’Such in themed installments The artistic facades that grace the Parisian landscape form an integral and enchanting part of the city’s identity. A discerning eye can appreciate the dedication of store owners who invest extra effort in crafting captivating window displays (“dingue de lunettes”... Source ..read more
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Flâneries in Paris: The Opera District
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by Marian Jones
1w ago
This is the 24th in a series of walking tours highlighting the sites and stories of diverse districts of Paris. For a wow moment when exiting a metro station, it’s hard to top the sight of the Palais Garnier against a vivid blue sky which greets you as you come to the top of the steps at Opéra. Granted, I had to turn round to see it, but it’s a moment of – pun intended! – pure theater. Source ..read more
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Letter from Paris: February 14, 2024 News Digest
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by Bonjour Paris Editors
1w ago
Happy Valentine’s Day from Paris! For a dose of romance, here’s a look at “love in the Louvre.” Paris is also celebrating the Chinese New Year with lots of festivities: the Musée Guimet in the 16th is showing off a spectacular light show on its facade, the 13th arrondissement will host its famous parade on Sunday, and the Jardin d’acclimatation is welcoming visitors with the “Festival Dragons et... Source ..read more
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Héloïse and Abélard: A Story of Passion and Sorrow
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by Marian Jones
1w ago
To one flowing with milk and honey… I send the flood of delight and the increase of joy…. I give you the most precious thing I have, myself, firm in faith and love, steady in desire.” These words were written in 12th-century Paris by the young Héloïse to her tutor Abélard, with whom she’d fallen truly, madly, deeply in love. Their story is recalled especially around Valentine’s Day... Source ..read more
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