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Que Choisir Tests Beauty Ingredients

Cover of Que Choisir consumer magazine March 2016

News in France spreads like wild fire! Whether it is word of mouth or the morning news on Télématin, I have found either all of the white vinegar is gone because of its cleaning properties, my hair color disappears because of a sale or the beauty products we use may have nasty ingredients. My father-in-law bought the latest Que Choisir. Its article on Hygiène et Beauté (Hygiene and Beauty) was soon all over the news. Que Choisir is a consumer magazine in France, similar to Consumer Reports in the United States. They recently tested ….

Teenagers Visiting Paris

Girl wearing hat with her skateboard on Trocadero walkway toward Eiffel Tower

A Canadian journalist asked me how to visit Paris with teenagers. So I found out. Find some steps, a curb or grass to sit on in the afternoon. Bring a skateboard ( or longboard) to Paris and map out a city journey or practice session. Plan a picnic on a quai along the Seine or go on a bike tour. Run around the Louvre on a treasure hunt. Buy manga books or Goth and Lolita-style clothing in the Bastille area. Go shopping at any of the Paris malls or second-hand stores or go to a can-can show or how about that scary mansion in the tenth arrondissement on rue de Paradis….

Flea Markets and Brocantes in France

Plates in a dish rack at a bric-a-brac/brocantes/flea market in Mézilles, France in August

Take a train and go outside Paris and “chiner” for antiques and second-hand treasures. One suggestion to find something different is to go to a “vide-grenier”. People empty out their closets, display and try to sell their no-longer-in-use belongings on the streets of their cute little towns! The second weekend in August was the vide-grenier in Mézilles, France.