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A Parisian Should Be Two Things: Classy and Fabulous. Oh Wait, They Already Are.

Click clack, click clack. You’ll hear these sounds ricochet off the cobblestone streets, the old, iron gilded buildings, and the aisles of the neighborhood supermarche.
No, they’re not the sounds of euros falling out of pockets, nor are they the clicks coming from those high tech cameras you’ll notice on every tourist’s neck.
Why, they’re Christian Louboutins, of course.
You know the ones. The infamous red sole that you’ll catch a peek of when ordering your cafe au lait, while riding the subway, or possibly even in the five-story-deep Catacombs.
And the thing is, that no one is surprised. That is because like New York City is the City That Never Sleeps, Rome is the City of Love, and L.A is the City of Angels, Paris is the City of Fashion.
Fashion in Paris is like the crepe stations you’ll find on any corner while visiting Paris. Everywhere you look, and just as delicious as that Nutella et Banane crepe you’re savoring.
Fashion has a long history in Paris. It is no secret that no matter where you come from to visit Paris — considering Paris is the number one tourist destination in the world, with 16.06 million international overnight visitors in 2015– you will be exposed to gorgeous French fashion. Here, we summarize some of the French designers that turn the Parisian streets into a catwalk.
Coco Chanel
If you’ve ever heard the phrase “a girl should be two things, classy and fabulous,” then you know Coco Chanel. As the founder of the quintessential chic French brand sporting her last name, Coco Chanel’s designs epitomize the classic French woman, and they are a must-see for any Paris shopping trips
Louis Vuitton
This French fashion house has been glamorizing the Parisian streets since 1854. It’s one of the world’s top luxury brands, and there is nothing better than buying an accessory dotted with those signature LVs. How about returning after a long day of Paris shopping to a luxury apartment where you can unwrap your goods and bask in their glory in private? We promise we won’t tell.
Christian Dior
Known for swank turn-of-the-century styles, Dior enjoyed making extravagant outfits that showed off a woman’s curves with rustles, bustles, and bunches of fabric. He is seen as the creator of haute-couture in the world of fashion, something that seems to be flowing through the veins of those ever-fashionable Parisians.
Christian Louboutin
This designer single-handedly brought the stiletto back to the global stage. Even though they can be seen worldwide, no Paris vacation is complete without seeing those red soles everywhere you go. Hey, why don’t you grab some for yourself while you’re at it?
Once you visit, you’ll notice that Paris shopping is unlike anything else in the world. So go ahead, get caught up in the trend because when in Paris…

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Chocolate, Caneles, Croque Monsieurs, Oh My! Here Are the Top Foods You Must Try in Paris

Paris. The city of lights, the city of romance, the city of food. Yes, food.
Typically, people come to Paris to experience the ‘je ne sais quoi’ of the city, the gorgeous sparkling Eiffel Tower, and the sultry Frenchmen and women. But what they forget is the incredible Parisian cuisine. Made famous worldwide by traditional French chefs, French food is full of hearty flavors, delicate touches, and a certain je ne sais quoi all of their own. The average daily spending of a foreign tourist to Paris is 62 euros, so put your euros to good use and invest in as much Parisian cuisine as you can, as no trip to Paris is complete without it! Make sure to include some of these picks for a Julia Child experience all of your own.
Croque Monsieur/Madame
This simple lunch staple was the start of fast food in France, but it is not just an ordinary ham and cheese sandwich. Instead, picture ham grilled to perfection, doused with a little bit of mustard, all within toasted brioche slices. Add salty cheese on top and you’ll have a feast fit for a king. Want to get even fancier, ask for a Croque Madame and you’ll get a fried egg on top.
If you can find this delicious treat in one of the many restaurants in Paris, then you are in luck. A canele is a small pastry that is filled with sweet custard accompanied by a dark, caramelized crust. It is about five inches high, full of perfection.
It is no secret that France is known for its wine and champagne, as wine tourism is one of the most dynamic industries in the country. Anyone visiting Paris must try their fair share of red and white wines, and if they need some inspiration, they can head to Galeries Lafayette. Inside they will find the Bordeauxtheque that boasts over 1,200 Bordeaux wines perfect for any taste.
Steak Frites
Now your Paris vacation wouldn’t be a Paris vacation if you didn’t try French fries in their place of origin, would it? This classic bistro dish of steak, sauces, and french fries is brought to all new heights in Paris as the meat is tender and well chosen, and the fries are hand cut and double fried.
Lucky for you, these French desserts can be found on almost every street corner. You choose the fillings, from banana and Nutella to sugar to chocolate sauce and strawberries… the opportunities are endless! So go ahead, have five.
Parisian cuisine is like a box of chocolates, easy to come by and worth the indulgence. So come with an empty stomach and get ready to feast!

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Unexpected Places to Declare Your Love in Paris

Between the lights symbolizing intellectuals from past generations who got their start in Paris to the lights dotting every bridge crossing the Seine to the lights sparkling on the Eiffel Tower every night, Paris is the City of Lights.
But what about love? Of course, Paris is for lovers. World-renowned for its je ne sais quoi, there is just something about Paris that makes it the most romantic city in the world. So when you visit Paris, grab your lover and a baguette (because why not?) and head over to the spots that will give a whole new meaning to tourist attractions.
I Love You: The Wall
Lovers have their day to celebrate every February 14. But now, thanks to Paris, lovers are able to have a meeting spot where love comes together. Learn how to say I love you in over 250 languages at Les Mur des Je t’aime in Montmartre. This wall is meant to be a place to reflect on your love, and where better to do so than in this wonderful city?
Galeries Lafayette
Looking to buy something nice for your significant other? Perhaps even a diamond to signify your everlasting love? Head on over to the Galeries and you will not be disappointed as they have everything you could dream up and more. Venture on down to the Bordeauxthèque that boasts a selection of 1,200 Bordeaux wines to cap off your night in the most perfect way.
Square du Vert-Galant
This little garden on the western edge of Ile de la Cite gives you an unobstructed view of the Seine. As the square comes to a point, you’ll feel like you are standing on the bow of a ship floating down the Seine.
Place du Trocadéro
As this is a huge tourist area, break away and walk down the courtyard to find perfect views of the Eiffel Tower. You’ll be standing with one of the best views in all of Paris, and there is no better place to go with your lover once the tower’s light show starts come sunset.
In 2015, there were 16.06 million international overnight visitors on vacation in Paris. Take their lead and make your Paris vacation the most romantic one yet by booking a luxury apartment to spend the night in. Pariscopia has all the luxury rentals you could dream of, so head over to choose your luxury apartment today and get ready for the best vacation of your life!

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The Fight for Liberation- Follow the Men Who Took the Cliffs at Normandy

June 6, 1944 was a day that will be marked in history forever. It was on that day that 156,000 Allied soldiers stormed the beaches in Normandy, France in the fight for French freedom from Nazi occupation. During the Battle of Normandy, which lasted from early June to mid-July 1944, an estimated 425,000 German and Allied soldiers were killed, wounded, or missing.
Known as Operation Overlord, this battle eventually led to the liberation of Paris by the Nazis on August 25, 1944. With the day’s recent 72nd anniversary, here is how you can step back into history during your trip to Paris.
Tourists come from all over the world to visit Paris. Its surrounding area was the number one tourist destination in 2013, with a total of 32.3 million tourists staying in Paris luxury rentals, in fact. This number is set to grow to 1.8 billion by 2030, with the majority of tourists — 83% — visiting from surrounding European countries. As these people are German, British, Belgian, Italian, and American, the Normandy Beaches will be able to offer perspective to any who visit as these countries were all involved in Operation Overlord.
The Five Beaches
D-Day was the largest seaborne military invasion in world history. The Normandy beaches were split between the three major Allied forces, the Americans, the British, and the Canadians.
The Americans landed at Utah and Omaha Beaches. Omaha Beach was the bloodiest battle of that day, with reports of 2,400 U.S. troops perishing during the battle. The Canadians landed at Juno, and the British stormed both Gold and Sword Beaches.
During the invasion, the Allied forces struggled with inclement weather, rough seas, and a severely underestimated amount of German forces. The beaches were set right below cliffs, with the Germans firing from the top of the mountains. Many saw this mission as a doomed failure, but after a relentless 24 hours, the Allies took a foothold.
Visiting these beaches is an easy day trip from Paris, as they can be reached in about two hours by bus from Paris. There are many day tours available, and these will bring you to

  • The five different beaches

  • Pointe d’Hoc which is the highest cliff between Omaha and Utah Beaches

  • Arromanches the artificial harbor used by the Allied Forces

  • The American cemetery speckled with neat rows of crosses that stretch for miles.

It will sure be a somber day, but is a must see for any visitor on their vacation in Paris.
After all the sightseeing, it is crucial to have a great accommodation to go home to at night. You are in the city of glamour, so why not choose from the many Paris luxury rentals the city has to offer? Pariscopia offers many Paris luxury rentals including apartments all over the city so make sure to book today!