Labour Day in France, La Fête du Travail, is also known as La Fête du Muguet — lily of the valley being the signature bloom for today. On this much-loved public holiday, it has long been a ritual to give family and friends bouquets of this sweet bell-shaped flower, which is considered a lucky charm. […]

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If you love a glittering chandelier and a little floral chintz, but aren’t quite on a Hôtel Ritz budget, these pretty Parisian stays might just hit your sweet spot … Hôtel Caron de Beaumarchais Inspired by the author of The Marriage of Figaro — who lived up the road at no.47, behind one of the […]

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Forget nuts. The best Parisian drinks come with a side serving of view, because it’s rooftop terrace season in Paris again. So if you’re in the City of Light any time soon, make space in your itinerary for one, or all, of the following bars. Hôtel Raphael Terrace Bar One of the most spectacular panoramic […]

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The offbeat 2001 movie Amélie never gets old, nor does Montmartre, the neighbourhood in which Mademoiselle Poulain lived. Here’s how to see it through her fanciful eyes. Decked out in your brightest colours (flip-bobbed hair optional), take the métro to Abbesses station, where Amélie first spots Nino rummaging for old snaps beneath the photo booth. […]

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