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Calendar of Paris Events

November 5-13
The 41st annual Salon Marjolaine, the largest organic fair in Paris, takes place this week at the Parc Floral (Bois de Vincennes) with 550 stands selling everything organic you could imagine. There are also plenty of food stands for lunch onsite, a vestiaire, and a little shuttle from the metro Château de Vincennes to the entrance of the Parc Floral. Open 10:30am-7pm. Entry €10, but you can get a €3 discount voucher on the website to print out in advance. You can also see my article and video from my visit in 2010.  

Marchés de Noël - Christmas Markets are Here! 
Am I the only one who thinks it's wrong that the Christmas Market opens on the Champas-Elysées before Beaujolais Nouveau?  The two largest are opening mid-month this year.
- November 11-January 8 on the Avenue des Champs Elysées
- November 17-December 27 at the Esplanade de La Défense
Other Christmas Markets will be opening around Paris in December, see the full list (en françaishere.   

November 17 
Although it's rather low-key in France compared to the hype it gets in America, the annual Beaujolais Nouveau festival takes place in wine bars throughout Paris today. Read all about the history and the different varieties (good, bad, ugly) and where to celebrate in Paris in this excellent article by Aaron Ayscough, The Redemption of Beaujolais Nouveau (read the 2014 update here and his current on-location exploration of the Beaujolais region here). And for fun, here's a link to the little video I made at the Beaujolais dinner I attended in 2010 with Meg Zimbeck of Paris by Mouth and Bryan Pirolli.  

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Entries in hotels (4)

Wednesday
Sep092015

How to Find Your Perfect Hotel Room in Paris 

It’s hard enough fining a hotel that fulfills the three ideal requirements of location, price and comfort, but then you have to worry about exactly which room you’re going to get (unless of course you book the Shangri-La’s eponymous “Suite Shangri-La”, in which case you should invite me for apéro, I’ll bring the Champagne!).

But now there’s a website, MyRoomIn, which lets you reserve the specific room you want from over 300 extraordinary hotel rooms in Paris. This is particularly interesting because many Parisian hotels have one or two very unique rooms that are unlike any others, and MyRoomIn highlights them all in one place, allowing you to search using over 100 filters to help you narrow down the choices (bed size, view, check-in/out hours, amenities, equipment, decorative vibe, etc).

And the best part is that the team behind MyRoomIn are all locals with experience in the tourism industry, so they know firsthand the best properties in Paris, hand pick each room to be included on the site, and send their own photographer to perfectly capture each one in detail, so you’ll know exactly what you’re getting. Very few hotel booking sites offer this kind of local expertise and transparency, I highly recommend it. 

Thursday
Feb132014

Paris for Lovers

There are plenty of articles telling you what to do, where to go, and what to buy for Valentine’s Day in Paris. But do you really need help finding something romantic to do in the City of Love? If you’re really in love with each other, then all you need is a good setting for strolling hand-in-hand, a decent bed for the night, and tasty food and wine to keep you fueled in between.  

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Tuesday
Feb122013

10 Reasons Paris is still the Most Romantic City

Updated on Friday, January 16, 2015 by Registered CommenterHeather Stimmler-Hall

A cruise on the Seine, kissing on the Eiffel Tower, a show at the Moulin Rouge, dinner at the Tour d’Argent...despite the tired clichés, Paris still has all the right ingredients for an unforgettable rendez-vous that fits any couple’s definition of romance.

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Saturday
Nov292008

Good News for Travelers on a Budget

Just in case you're not one of those people who checks the international exchange rates as often as your email (guilty here), there's some good news in all of the economic doom and gloom:

The US dollar is now worth €0.78, a huge rise in value since the July 15 low of €0.62! Not only will your travel dollars go further in Europe as the values hold or (cross fingers...) go up, but because so many people are cutting back on travelling at all, airlines have slashed their international fares in coach and business class. A New York Times article published this week quotes a business class fare from NY to London, usually close to $10k, for only $1700.

There are also hotel deals to be found, since many in Paris have either not raised their rates since last year or have special internet offers on their own website.

For those of you who've already paid for your tickets and accommodations, at least you can relax a little while the exchange rate remains reasonable, and maybe even take advantage of the Paris sales. ;)