What’s Hip and Hot in 2016

At InsiderFrance, it's our job to select the most exciting places, people, and events that are going to make a difference in 2016--whether you travel to France or not. Naturally, we are not going to stop you from returning to your tried and true favorites--whether...

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The World’s First Paris Cocktail Book by Doni Belau

PARIS--Leave it to Doni Belau, an inveterate Francofile and the brainchild behind the website Girls' Guide to Paris--currently boasting 1.5 million followers a year--to come up with the first quintessential Paris cocktail guidebook "Paris Cocktails." Like all  successful trendspotters, Doni uncovered and tested in the space...

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A Wedding Anniversary Celebrated on the Seine

PARIS--Sometimes, there are occasions when it pays to pull out all the stops. A long-standing client, who is both an ardent golfer and Francophile, wanted to surprise his wife of 30 years with a fabulous anniversary celebration this past June. It was for a small...

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Birthday Picnic in the Bois de Vincennes

PARIS--It's not everyday that we get a request to create an elegant birthday picnic in the Bois de Vincennes for a gentleman celebrating his 40th birthday and coming all the way from Australia to do so. "I am inviting friends from all over the world, and...

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A New Take on the Paris Flea Market

St. Ouen, France--If you can't find that coveted Birkin, Kelly or Constance bag at the flagship Hermès store in Paris, never mind. If you can't source a quilted goatskin Chanel bag or elegant pearl necklace at an affordable price, it's not a problem. Worry about counterfeits...

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Monet’s Giverny Shows How to Cultivate Your Garden

GIVERNY, FRANCE--"One must cultivate one's garden. Il faut cultiver votre jardin." Voltaire's advice, given at the end of Candide, remains ever so relevant, especially when you visit the splendid garden created by the painter Claude Monet in Giverny--now open from April 1rst to October 31rst....

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Paris Confidential: Latest Happenings in Paris

PARIS--It is with much gratitude that I write you today, letting you know that Paris has now got its mojo back. In January, the city's mayor and the French President  inaugurated the Philarmonie de Paris, designed by Pritzker-prize winnings architects Jean Nouvel and Christian de Portzamparc.  This unique cultural complex is...

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