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France is one of the world’s leading producers of oysters, its seaside towns brimming with shacks that serve up freshly shucked delicacies from local farms. And Parisians are among the world’s most passionate consumers of oysters, that mollusc with the most seductive of reputations. Perhaps it’s because oysters have a long history of esteemed Parisians […]

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For a proudly republican country, France sure loves its traditionally religious holidays. Take, for instance, La Chandeleur — or, Candlemas — which falls on February 2nd, forty days after Christmas. Thing is, these Christian holidays are deeply embedded into the cultural fabric of France because so many go back to ancient times, being reworkings of […]

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If you’ve been lucky enough to find yourself in Paris in December, you’ll have likely admired the sparkling window displays, and might have delighted over a curious-looking cake featuring in those of the city’s pâtisseries. The Bûche de Noël — or, Christmas Log — is said to date back to around 1870, when a Parisian […]

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Mini Eiffel Towers and shimmering City of Light snow globes are all good and lovely, but the Parisian souvenirs that might keep some of your favourite memories most vividly alive don’t come from the tourist shops or the bouquinistes’ sheds, but rather from the city’s best loved cafés and tea salons. Below are a few […]

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