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

July 20, 2016 l by Alley Ratna
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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. &n ...Read More

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

June 28, 2016 l by Alley Ratna
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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, delic ...Read More

Unexpected Places to Declare Your Love in Paris

June 13, 2016 l by Alley Ratna
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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 ...Read More

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

June 9, 2016 l by Alley Ratna
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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 ...Read More

Oh La La- Finding the Iconic Sex and Sleeze of Paris

May 26, 2016 l by Alley Ratna
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When someone thinks of Paris, the first words that come to mind are probably glamour, romance, the Eiffel Tower, croissants... the list goes on and on. But there is something that many don't realize about Parisians, that in the turn of the century Belle Epoque -- the beautiful age -- lifestyle, romance often equaled sex. You got that right. With brothels, cabaret shows, and demimondaine ...Read More

The Blood of the Martyred Men Will Water the Meadows of France- Follow the Steps of the French Revolution Through the Streets of Paris

May 17, 2016 l by Alley Ratna
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Do you hear the people sing? Singing the songs of angry men? When you visit Paris, if you listen carefully, you may just be able to hear them. Made popular by Victor Hugo's Les Miserables, the French Revolution has been captured by the media and remade into countless school musicals and a recent award wining motion picture. The French Revolution was in fact inspired by the American co ...Read More

Let Yourself Eat Cake: Following the French Monarchy Through Paris

April 26, 2016 l by Alley Ratna
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There are so many cultural references to the French Revolution. "Let them eat cake!" " The Blood of the Martyred Men Will Water the Meadows of France!" " Off With Their Heads!" "Vive La France! Basically, the French Revolution was a large disagreement between the French monarchy and the little people of France. It resulted in political and social upheaval, monarchs without heads, and ...Read More

Finding the Da Vinci Code– Following the Steps of the Rose Line Through Paris

April 19, 2016 l by Alley Ratna
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It is without a doubt the popular novel The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown has just added to Paris being the world's number one tourist destination. Throughout the book Brown has described the infamous 'Rose Line', better known as the Parisian Meridian, the once challenger to the Greenwich meridian.   When vacationing in Paris, one should always be on the lookout for unique travel tips ...Read More

I See Paris, I See France….How to Get the Perfect Birds Eye View of the City of Lights

April 12, 2016 l by Alley Ratna
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Vacationing in Paris and want to see as much of the City of Lights as you can? Paris was the world's number one tourist destination in 2013, so finding something off the beaten path is the best way to see everything Paris has to offer. Since Americans only have on average 16 days of vacation per year, it is important to make them count! Be sure to visit these different locations all thro ...Read More

Paris: Finding the Je Ne Sais Quoi You Are Looking For

April 5, 2016 l by Alley Ratna
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Headed to the City of Lights? It's a given that you are going to see the must-sees; the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, Sacre Coeur, and Notre Dame during your Paris vacation. But are you searching for things to do off the beaten path in order to figure out just what the je ne sais quoi of Paris is all about? Checking out these sights below will help you carve out a piece of Paris tha ...Read More

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