France

June 5, 2018
Renting and Buying Luxury Designer Goods in Paris premium
I first stumbled upon InstantLuxe.com a few months ago while searching for a vintage Rolex. I’d never heard of the site and was leery as I scrolled through the photos of designer watches. As I looked closer at the site, I discovered that it’s part of Groupe Galeries Lafayette, which added instant credibility. Lo and […]
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May 10, 2018
A Work of Art—and Sound—at Galeries Lafayette premium
You probably know Galeries Lafayette as one of Paris’ premier shopping destinations, but did you know it’s home to an actual gallery? Galerie des Galeries presents exciting exhibitions throughout the year, and the one on now through June 24 will be music to your ears—literally.
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April 25, 2018
Shop ’till you Drop: Guide to Getting your VAT back in France premium
One of the best things about visiting France is the shopping. AND, if you happen to be a non-European Union resident, you can shop ‘till you drop for less by claiming back your sales tax. Since this concept doesn’t exist in the United States, Americans can find the process quite confusing. Thus, I’ve put together […]
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March 21, 2018
5 Things to do at Galeries Lafayette in Paris (other than Shopping) premium
Did you know that the department store concept was created in Paris? It was in the mid-1800s that Paris shopping moved from covered passages to les grands magasins. These big stores set up shop on wide boulevards with plenty of lighting. It was in 1893 that two cousins from Alsace opened what is now known […]
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March 15, 2018
7 Places for Francophiles in New York City premium
Are you a Francophile like me? If you love all things French, but cannot get away to go to Paris, take a trip to New York City for your fix. The Big Apple is home to immigrants from all over the globe, including France. Here are seven places for Francophiles in New York City.
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February 13, 2018
Back to School: Learning French at Château de la Mazure premium
Travel from Paris’ Montparnasse train station to Laval took less than two hours, but felt a world away from the frenzied city. It’d been two years since I’d visited the Loire Valley, but it had become one of my favorite regions in France for its wine, rural landscape, and châteaux. During the summer, I was […]
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