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Hotel Raphael’s La Terrasse Bar in Paris

Flowers Arc de Triomphe Hotel Raphael La Terrasse Bar

I drank fresh-pressed orange juice and got tipsy from the view. Lynn, the Activities Vice President, at American Women’s Group Paris, arranged a “Ladies Who Drink in the View @Hotel Raphael” visit. And we drank in the view on La Terrasse on a very bright sunny Paris day under parasols surrounded by greenery. I crossed over the chess board checkered floor to one side of the Hotel Raphael terrace bar to see the Arc de Triomphe…..

2014 Best Paris Baguette

Anthony and his father Antonio, Credit : Mairie de Paris

Each year Paris votes for the best baguette. For the next year the boulanger winner provides President of France residing at the Elysée Palace with the morning baguette.
The 2014 best Paris Baguette winner is Anthony Teixeira. Mr. Teixeira is the artisan baker at “Aux Délices du Palais” bakery in the fourteenth arrondissement. The father of Mr. Teixeira, 24, pictured won the same prize in 1998.

How did le Croque-Monsieur get its name?

ham and cheese sandwich the croque monsieur at the grocery store

Le croque-monsieur (croak-missyou) is THE real French sandwich. It is not just a ham and cheese sandwich made with two pieces of bread. It is toasted and it is famous. Le croque-monsieur is one particular sandwich that has made it’s way from the brasserie and bistro to the microwave in France.

Diners take photos of meals exquisitely arranged on the plate. Not many take a photo of a sandwich. These foods, however, do share something in common. They are available in the refrigerated section of the grocery store.

Wine Tasting in Paris On the Seine

Wine Tasting in Paris evening on the Batostar with Thierry Givone, Jennifer and Katy from Pennsylvania, Belile and Monique from New York and Colleen

Sit by the Seine, be introduced to and déguster champagne, white and red wines, for a couple of hours. Watch the boats go by and the Paris evening lights illuminate. Welcome to Wine Tasting In Paris.
Burgundian raised, Thierry Givone, has a passion: introducing beginners to his passion for French wines. His presentation is light and easy to understand. When you go to someone’s home or a restaurant, you will know the basics

A Guide to Paris for Lovers of Literature

Les Deux Magots side view with lady in long red scarf

For guest contributors, Marta López and Josie Sampson, Paris is the city that has spent centuries inspiring artists, writers, musicians, photographers and filmmakers alike – and within minutes of wandering the streets of the City of Light, it is not hard to see why.

If, like them, it is literature in particular that tickles your artistic fancy, you’re in luck. Home to around 1000 bookshops in the city and almost 100 libraries, Paris boasts an impressive literary history, having been home to the great writers, both past and present.