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French dinner party

How to Survive Your First French Dinner Party

When the French invite you to dinner in their home for the first time, it can feel like passing an entrance exam. French etiquette coach Marie de Tilly gives her sage advice on how to make sure you make the best first impression.
French lingerie

Book Excerpt from Paris Undressed : The Secrets of French Lingerie

Read Kate Kemp-Griffin's favorite chapter from her new book, a behind-the-scenes look into the sensuous, intimate world of French lingerie.
American Library of Paris

The American Library in Paris: Great Books and So Much More

Paris has always attracted great writers. They come seeking inspiration and weave the city into the tapestry of their stories. But Paris is also a great city for readers. Even with the closing of some beloved bookstores, a rich literary community thrives here, and at its center lies the American Library in Paris, the largest English-language lending library on the European continent.
Caroline Fredericks

Carole Fredericks: Honoring an American Sister’s French Musical Legacy

There are numerous examples of African-American artists who were, and are, very successful in France: Josephine Baker in the Twenties, Richard Wright in the Forties and James Baldwin in the Fifties. Yet for some, their accomplishments remain unknown and often uncelebrated in their native country. Thus was the case of my sister, Carole Denise Fredericks.
Beauté Congo, JP Mika, Kiese na Kiese

Dominica’s Petit Journal: Cool African Vibes in Paris

Congolese art comes to Paris, at the prestigious Fondation Cartier, until January 2016. Beauté Congo 1926-2015 is an exhibition of visual arts, music and photography which works backwards, beginning with the contemporary work of some current artists and ending on a series of precursor paintings dating back to 1926.
paris as inspiration

Paris Books: What Inspires Writers in the City of LIght

With so many Paris books out there, what exactly has inspired generations of authors to pen stories about the City of Light?
Place Josephine Baker in Paris

Hearing Voices of Black History in Paris

Julia Browne brings the voices of black history to life on her Black Paris Tours which evoke the stories of Josephine Baker, Richard Wright, and other black luminaries of their times...
french etiquette

5 Lessons in French Etiquette and Why Manners Count

Business etiquette and French savoir-vivre coach Marie de Tilly explains how mastering good manners can make all the difference in fitting into French society.
open book

So You Want to Start a Book Club…

The "rentrée" is a clever French word that describes back-to-school, back-to-work and the beginning of fall all in one. With kids and jobs returning to a regular schedule, it’s also the perfect time to start new projects. Like your very own book club.
Notre Dame Cathedrale interior. © Alexis Duclos

5 Mysteries in the Halls of Notre Dame Cathedral

Tour guide Laura Moore reveals some not-to-be-missed features to look out for when you visit Notre Dame cathedral in Paris!