The international Labour Day on 1 May 2013 is a very important public holiday in France. Most museums, monuments and attractions in Paris are closed on the day the French call la Fête du Travail. Locals and visitors welcome this wonderful occasion to take a break from work and spend time sightseeing in the French capital. But where do you go in Paris on 1 May 2013 if most places are closed? Here’s a shortlist of attractions in the City of Lights that you may consider visiting on Labour Day: …read more.
The three-day Easter weekend is coming up in less than a week. It’s a busy period for chocolatiers everywhere in Paris. Chocolate eggs of all shapes and sizes make their way into every pâtisserie, bakery and specialty chocolate stores of the French capital. Easter Sunday and Monday are relatively quiet days in the City of Lights, but there are nevertheless a few things that visitors can do during their Easter weekend in Paris:
Nine years ago, I had my first family dinner in Paris. In France, a family meal is a 7-hour sit-in at the dinner table, bumping elbows with at least 10 other members while an impressive succession of food platters parades under your nose. It was one of these platters that had assaulted my senses, grabbing my full attention in a way that no other food ever had. One little sniff from a distance and I’d recoiled in horror.
It was the famous cheese platter and the assailant in question was the Roquefort blue cheese. …read more.
Paris is the world capital of fashion, an undeniable expert in the latest trends and all things a la mode. It is, therefore, only second nature to the French to kick off January 2013 with two critical events of the year – the Winter Sales and Paris Fashion Week – at ten days apart from each other. Fashionistas, professional or not, watch out for these happenings with eager anticipation, saving dates while fattening their moneyclips, ready to dispense precious hours, energy and money when the time comes.
In just a few days into the New Year 2013, crowds of people from all over the world will gather in the heart of Paris for its infamous Soldes d’Hiver, or Winter Sales 2013. The winter sales this year begin on Wednesday, 9 January 2013 and goes on for 5 weeks, ending on 12 February 2013. During this period, all manner of businesses – luxury boutiques, specialty shops, big department stores – participate in serious price slashing of different degrees. Some stores start reductions at 30% off, others are even bolder with a 70% discount off retail prices!