Paris, je t’aime

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Last September, I was walking down the streets of Paris and loving every minute of it. I’d wander down side streets in search of fresh baguettes, head out to the main road to get a good look at the Eiffel Tower, and just absorb Paris and the culture. It’s hard to believe that was one year ago this month as it feels like it was just yesterday when I was sipping on Moroccan mint tea and drinking thick hot chocolate.

When I start missing France and all of its charm, I simply turn to movies set in Paris. Movies capture some of the most beautiful parts of the city on-screen, can be both enjoyable and challenging in thought and topic, and movies are the easiest (and cheapest!) way to experience a couple of hours in the City of Light. These are 15 great options:

1. Gigi

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2. Sabrina

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3. An American in Paris

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4. Everyone Says I Love You

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5. Midnight in Paris

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6. Charade

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7. Funny Face

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8. Marie Antoinette

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9. Amélie

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10. Moulin Rouge!

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11. Something’s Gotta Give during this scene

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12. Hugo

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13. Caché

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14. Paris When It Sizzles

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15. Paris, je t’aime

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Which Paris-based movies are your favorite to watch?

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Around Town: Moroccan Mint Tea at the Grande Mosquee de Paris – Paris, France


I have a friend to thank for introducing me to the Grande Mosquee de Paris and the Moroccan mint tea in the cafe behind the Mosque. After walking through the Mosque and admiring the beautiful mosaic walls, floors, and ceilings, set some time aside to enjoy hot Moroccan mint tea in the outdoor garden. There are also back rooms with gold platter tables, colorful chairs, and decorative art. This is definitely a unique place to spend time with friends and family, and you’ll never forget the atmosphere or the taste of the sweet Moroccan mint tea.

Address: 2 bis Place du Puits de L’Ermite, 75005, Paris

P.S. Breakfast in Paris.

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{Photos by Lauren}

Around Town: Le Saint Regis – Paris, France

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In Paris, starting the mornings with a warm croissant, a tartine, and café au lait is pretty common. While this is a tasty option, I crave variety after a couple of days of buttery croissants. Enter: the Eggs Benedict at Le Saint Regis café. I’ve enjoyed quite a few Eggs Benedict over the years, but this was the most delicious I’ve had. With thick bacon, fresh hollandaise sauce, and soft eggs, this meal was perfect in every way. The eggs in the omelets were cooked the way eggs in an omelet should be cooked, and the orange juice was freshly squeezed. The hot chocolate was a little too thick for my taste (it was as though I was drinking a melted chocolate bar), but then again, how can you go wrong with chocolate in the morning?

With a classically Parisian interior, Café Saint Regis is authentic without being a parody. The service was quick and friendly, and it is so easy to sit back and relax while people-watching. If you’re in the mood to be in awe after breakfast, just walk across the bridge to the Notre-Dame Cathedral.

Le Saint Regis address: 6 Rue Jean du Bellay, 75004 Paris

P.S. Le Grand Colbert in Paris.

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{Photos by Lauren}

Movie of the Week: The Intouchables

I laughed, I cried, I was inspired. I can honestly say that a movie hasn’t moved me in a long time like The Intouchables did. When I wasn’t smiling, I was laughing. Really hard. What I love about this movie is that it gives you a glimpse into two very different lives. However, despite the differences two seemingly opposite people may have, there may still be similarities if you look close enough, whether it is through senses of humors, outlooks on life, or the way relationships are valued. The movie is based on the true story of Abdel Sellou and Philippe Pozzo di Borgo.


Eat & Watch: Macarons and La Vie En Rose

To be honest, I have never tried a macaron. My friends love them and I constantly hear about how great these delicate desserts are, but I just haven’t given them a chance. Since macarons come in all kinds of fun flavors and appear fairly reasonable to make at home, I am officially adding them to my “To-Make” List. While this list is already quite extensive, I’m not one to say ‘no’ to a dessert. Allow yourself to be whisked away to Paris while enjoying these sugary treats and watching La Vie En Rose, a movie about the life of Édith Piaf, starring Marion Cotillard. Bon appétit!

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Food La La

It’s common to see pictures of kitchens from around the United States, but what do kitchens look like in other countries? I’ve always been curious what kitchens look like in homes around the globe, so when I found theKitchn, I was thrilled to find pictures of just that – kitchens from a different part of the world: France. It is interesting because while a kitchen may just look like any other kitchen, if you look closely, you’ll notice subtle differences that make each one unique. What do you like best about these French kitchens?

Images via theKitchn