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Video: Paris in Motion

Check out this gorgeous stop motion video of Paris!


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Francophile Alert: Win a Trip to Paris from Pottery Barn

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The folks over at Potter Barn are offering up the chance to win a free trip to Paris, France.

Here are the prize details:

ONE (1) GRAND PRIZE: A trip for two (2) to Paris, France. Trip package includes
round trip, coach-class air transportation for two (2) from a major airport near winner’s
home (determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion) to Paris, France; four (4) nights’
accommodations at a hotel determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion (single room,
double occupancy); and a $1,000 gift card. Terms and conditions of gift cards apply.
Winner must complete the trip on or before March 17, 2015 or prize will be forfeited. Trip
must be booked at least twenty-one (21) days prior to departure.

Sounds like a totally amazing way to experience Paris for the first time.

This sweepstakes is open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States (and the District of Columbia) and Canada (excluding Quebec), who are at least eighteen (18) years old at the time of entry.

Limit: Each participant may enter receive one (1) entry per day for registering or logging in.

Deadline: You must enter by June 8th, 2014

CLICK HERE FORE MORE INFORMATION AND TO ENTER!!!


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Stunning Photos of 19th Century Paris – Gallery

Check out these stunning photos of 19th Century Paris by Charles Marville. They’re from an exhibition going on at  New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. Source.


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Francophile Alert: Win a Trip to Paris from White House Black Market

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The folks over at White House Black Market are offering up the chance to win a trip to Paris, France.

Here are the prize details:

ONE (1) GRAND PRIZE: A trip for two (2) to Paris, France. Trip package includes
round trip, coach-class air transportation for two (2) from a major airport near winner’s
home (determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion) to Paris, France; five (5) nights’
accommodations at a hotel determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion (single room,
double occupancy); ground transportation to and from airport and hotel; $1,000 spending
money; travel agent services; and a $1,500 gift card to White House Black Market.

Sounds like an amazing prize!

This sweepstakes is open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States (and the District of Columbia) and Canada (excluding Quebec), who are at least eighteen (18) years old at the time of entry.

Limit: Each participant may enter one time per day during the Promotion Period. Multiple entrants are not permitted to share the same email address.

Deadline: You must enter by March 31st, 2014.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO ENTER!!!


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Rick Steves: Christmas in France – Video

From Paris to Burgundy, Christmas is the stuff of dreams, where rich sounds of medieval carols abound, simple rituals are shared by families and friends, and where, when days are short and nights are long, it’s customary to leave a light in the window.


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Francophile Alert: Win a Visit to the French Alps

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Tablet is offering up the chance for you to win a luxurious trip to the French Alps.

Here are the prize details:

The grand prize for the winner is comprised of three components: (a) five (5) nights at the Altapura hotel, located in Val Thorens, France complete with daily breakfast and a Pure Altitude welcome gift bag (b) a one (1) two thousand dollar ($2,000) American Express gift card provided by Fodor’s to be put towards winner’s cost of airfare for the trip. Winner is responsible for any additional costs of airfare in the event that the his/her fare(s) exceeds the $2,000 American Express gift card (and in the event that his/her fares are less than $2,000, winner shall be entitled to retain and use for any purposes) the difference).

Sounds like a wonderful prize!

This sweepstakes is open to permanent legal U.S. residents at least 21 years of age and of age of majority in state of residence physically residing in the fifty (50) United States of America and the District of Columbia, excluding Rhode Island.

Limit: One entry per person.

Deadline: You must enter by December 15th.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO ENTER!!!


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Francophile Alert: Win a Trip to French Wine Country – Enter by Saturday!

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The official France tourism agency is offering up the chance to win a trip to French wine country.

Here are the prize details:

VITIVINI 2013 SWEEPSTAKES PRIZE: There
will be a prize awarded for 2 people:

One stay for two at Les Sources de Caudalie, luxurious 5-star hotel-spa and
gastronomic restaurant in Bordeaux. Three nights in Prestige room, breakfast
included and two Vinothérapie® rituals during half a day stay at the Spa
Caudalie. Valid every day of the year until December 31st, 2014.
Subject to availability at time of reservation.

www.sources-caudalie.com

One stay for two at the Bernard Magrez vineyards in Bordeaux for 4
days / 3 nights. Half board formula without transportation. Valid every day
until the end of the year until December 31st 2014. Subject to availability at
time of reservation.

www.luxurywinetourism.fr

Two round-trip plane tickets courtesy of Air France in coach from
winner’s nearest US gateway to France. Winner will have to pay all taxes
and fuel surcharges on the flight. Based on availability at time of
reservation. Extensions are not permitted at any time. The trip is valid
until December 31st, 2014 on a space available basis. Winner and Guest are
responsible for all taxes and for all travel, accommodations and expenses not
specifically included in the prize description. These include, but are not
limited to: travel expense from his/her home to the nearest Air France gateway
to France, dinners, lunches, drinks, and tickets to attractions during the
trip.

Sounds like an amazing prize!

This sweepstakes is open to residents of the United States and the District of Columbia who are 18 years old or older.

Limit: Only one entry per person/e-mail address permitted.

Deadline: You must enter by November 30th 2013.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO ENTER!!!


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Francophile Alert: Win a Trip to Experience New Year’s Eve in Paris

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Food52 and a bunch of other sponsors are offering up the chance to win a trip to Paris to experience New Year’s Eve in style.

Here are the prize details:

There will be one (1) winner who will receive one (1) prize package, including:
Round-trip airfare to Paris, France for the winner and one guest (total airfare cannot exceed $2500)
Two nights at the 4-star Apostrophe Hotel in Paris, France
New Year’s Eve dinner and experience for the winner and one guest in Paris, France
One pair of Christian Louboutin shoes for the winner (up to $1000 value), to be provided by SHEFinds.com

Sounds like a fantastic prize!

This sweepstakes is open to legal residents of the 50 United States and District of Columbia who are at least 21 years old as of the date of entry.

Limit: One entry per person and one entry per e-mail address.

Deadline: You must enter by November 17th 2013.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO ENTER!!!


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Culture: Chinese Immigrants in France Have Trouble Conforming to 35 Hour Work Week

It’s common knowledge that France prides itself in its statutory 35 hour work week, which many argue creates a good work/life balance. There’s a small group of people who disagree – Chinese immigrants who’ve settled in France and want to work much more.

From Reuters:

A newspaper open on the bar of this Paris cafe tells of a row over France’s Sunday trading rules. But the bar owner, Zhang Chang, says he has little time to follow such debates. He’s too busy working.

While French workers worry the country’s long economic downturn could mean the end of laws banning Sunday trading and enforcing a 35-hour week, Zhang and Chinese immigrants like him are quietly getting ahead the old-fashioned way – 11 hours a day, six days a week.

“As I see it, when you work, you’re paid. So why stop at 35 hours?” he asks, perplexed by France’s landmark law which shaved four hours off the statutory working week in the late 1990s.

Read the whole interesting article here.


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Article: The secrets to shopping Paris markets

From USA Today:

In Paris, shopping the outdoor markets for fresh produce isn’t the bourgeois bohemian sport that many of us play. Parisians shop for convenience, quickly, at the market closest to them of the 76 (give or take) in central Paris.

“It’s not about grabbing a latte and meandering around,” Wendy Lyn of The Paris Kitchen said on a private food tour. “It’s not an event.”

I think of the Union Square Greenmarket in Manhattan, which I treat as a weekly event, especially in the fall, with pumpkin spice lattes and scarves — I am a walking cliche.

But in Paris, we rented an apartment and I wanted to feel Parisian for the week. Lyn is the ultimate foodie insider in Paris, and after our Left Bank market tour, we left with not only valuable intel on how we would shop for our week, but the keys to the Paris restaurant scene, where she knows everyone. In the end, we would have paid double for our time with her, exploring both local outdoor markets and the standalone small shops that surround them.

Here are the guidelines I took away from the experience.

Read the whole article here.


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