How exactly do the French get down for Christmas and New Years? I know what you’re thinking – if we’re celebrating the same holidays how different can it get? Well… get ready to be shocked and amazed, non-French people. We’ve mapped out the major winter holidays of Christmas and New Years to give you an[…]
Are you curious (or confused) about Hanukkah? We’ve got a useful guide to this remarkable Jewish holiday below! It’s December, and you know that the holidays are just around the corner. Suddenly your Jewish friends start talking about Hanukkah, and without warning you’re hearing words like Menorah, latke, the 8 Days, and dreidel being thrown[…]
Versailles. It’s a huge place – do you know every nook and cranny? We’re going to find out… Take the quiz below and show us your smarts!
It wouldn’t be a Royal Palace without a few hidden-yet-astonishing stories… we’ve dug them up. After centuries of royal habitation, you just know that Versailles has baggage. The history of the place is relatively well known – it started as a pretty frumpy hunting lodge. When Louis XIV, the awe-inspiring Sun King took power, he[…]
Can you tell the difference between the most famous queen of France, and modern day celebs? Or will Beyonce, Ellen Degeneres, Denzel Washington, Steve Jobs, and other celebrity quotes fool you? Take the quiz to find out!
You think you know, but you have no idea… Okay, maybe opening an article about Paris’ culture-rich history with a line from MTV’s show ‘Diary’ is a bit… off. (But seriously, remember that show?) Nevermind all that because your brain is going to get soaked in culture right now. Marinated in it. Simmered slow, on[…]
If you’ve been in Paris on May 1, you may have noticed a strange phenomenon: most stores, museums, and monuments are closed. And why are lily of the valley flowers being sold everywhere? May is a month riddled with days off and long weekends in France. Out of all of them, May 1 is one[…]
What you didn’t know about the good ol’ Louvre will shock and delight you. Ever feel like getting the side eye from a painting? Paris’ Louvre museum is definitely the place to go to see famous paintings, especially ones that seem half-magic… looking at you, Mona! The world famous Mona Lisa isn’t the only baffling[…]
The French have given us more than just good wine and sweet treats… turns out they have a way with words, as well. We really can’t discuss literature without mentioning a few of the French greats. Where would we be without one-liners like ‘Love is a reciprocal torture’? Thanks Monsieur Proust! Read on below to[…]
Paris inspiration: find out the 10 books about Paris you need to read before your trip. So you’ve made the great leap – you’ve booked your trip to Paris! Whether this is your first time, or you consider yourself to be a veteran Paris traveler, it’s always pretty exhilarating clicking the ole ‘pay now’ button[…]
Your peek into the life of the Paris-loving literary genius “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” Source: Napoleon Sarony, Wikimedia commons Most people exist, and most people have heard this quote at least once in their lives. It comes from Oscar Wilde, an Irish writer who[…]
I have a history lesson for you today… but it involves shopping too, so not to worry! Today marks the start of the bi-annual ‘soldes’ (sales) in Paris. If you’ve ever visited the city in July or January, you know exactly what I’m talking about. But how did these sales come about? And why are[…]
Why climb Notre Dame Cathedral’s towers instead of a different Paris monument? There is no shortage of monuments to climb in Paris… the Eiffel Tower, Sacre Cœur Basilica, Montparnasse tower, even the Institut du Monde Arabe (check the views here). But for a true climb into history (and honestly the most breathtaking views I’ve ever[…]
Did you know that under French law nothing can be built on a vineyard? It’s thanks to this neat little legal stipulation that Paris has its vineyard, the Clos de Montmartre. And without that vineyard October would not have its famous wine festival La Fete des Vendanges, making it a much less jovial time to[…]
This may be one of the most famous French love stories but it is also one of the saddest. Père Lachaise purportedly hosts these two famous lovers, Heloise and Abelard, in a beautiful tomb in the South of the cemetery near the main entrance. Abelard was a famous French philosopher, theologian, and logician. He began[…]
There are not many cities in the world that are more associated with jazz music, than our beloved Paris. It seems that jazz festivals are practically continuous, and great clubs are sprinkled in nearly every corner of the city. Let’s explore how American racial segregation, the World Wars, and resistance all shaped the depth of[…]