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I am Nathalie, the author of Sophie the Parisian's. But who is Sophie? She is a Parisian woman from head to toe. She knows Paris and its art de vivre like the back of her hand. She can talk and talk about Paris and the Parisian life and culture for hours: elegance, gastronomy, fashion, education, seduction, and personality of the so-called perfect Parisian woman.

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Buongiorno,
Sono Nathalie, l'autrice di Sophie la Parigina. Ma chi è Sophie? E' una parigina dalla testa ai piedi e conosce Parigi e la sua art-de-vivre come le proprie tasche. Può comunicare e parlare per ore di Parigi, della vita e della cultura parigine, sa tutto dell’eleganza, della gastronomia, della moda, dell’educazione, della seduzione e della personalità di queste parigine da molti ritenute perfette... Attraverso questo sito e i suoi libri, Sophie svela ...

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The Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame de Paris, the Seine River emblematic sights that make the City of Lights so thrilling. Paris is timeless. It is the city of fashion, art, culture, glamour and romance. Paris, sang Maurice Chevalier “will always be Paris, the most beautiful city in the world!”. Paris is not just a dream vacation destination; it also an alluring place for a second home. A welcoming city par excellence, the French capital attracts foreign asset managers looking to acquire premium real estate, as well as globetrotters and Paris-lovers of every generation seeking a short term-or long-term home away from home. The more you get to know the city, the more time you want to spend here soaking up the atmosphere in typically Parisian neighborhoods, taking the time to appreciate French art de vivre, and making the city’s unique lifestyle your own. Buying or renting in the heart of Paris… Q&A with Thierry Chomel de Varagnes, Associate Director of Barnes International.

It is the turn of the master pastry and cake maker Sadaharu Aoki to tell us about his love story with the French capital and his profession – part gourmet delight and part work of art.

“Tomorrow’s Christmas! Paris has been getting ready for three weeks. From the Christmas lights on the Champs Elysees, to elaborate window displays at the capital’s most famous department stores, everything is magical and enchanting. “C’est TELLement magnifique”, says Mom. My name’s Emmie. I rewrote my letter to Santa Claus five times. It’s not because I kept changing my mind about what Christmas presents I wanted; it’s because I couldn’t find the right words to get him to stay an extra ten minutes at our house so I could give him a hug and talk with him. Daddy said not to be too hopeful. Santa has a lot to do on Christmas Eve and probably won’t have a second to spare.

IIn the Ville Lumière as elsewhere, the absence of sunshine is synonymous with gloom and periods of depression. It’s really true: the barometer of our mood varies according to the whims of the sun. The proof is that, in Paris, where the gray is omnipresent, a sunny day is always a beautiful day…

Are you enthralled by Paris but only have a few days to discover one of the most bewitching of capitals? Here is an idea of a romantic visit… Montmartre, Medici Fountain, hôtels particuliers (mansion houses) in the Marais...

Whether in Paris or elsewhere, the Parisian woman is keen on always being in the right place at the right time! Restaurants, bars, cultural or social events—she is aware of everything that is happening in her city and organizes her forays with savoir-faire.

So they are unsuitable for gardening, unless it’s high-society gardening or the jardins of the Palace of Versailles. She wears them “casual chic” or “elegant cool,” from morning to night, during the week or on the weekend, from the kitchen to the meeting room, at an opening in Saint-Germain-des-Prés or riding a bicycle through the streets of the French capital…

Why are Parisians so often seen sitting on a café terrace with a glass of Perrier and a slice of lemon, or going to the office with a big bottle of spring water sticking out of their bag? And at home, infusions and teas, whether or not for detox, feature prominently!

french pumpkin soup

This beautifully colored soup is a tradition in France. I got the recipes from my grandma’ Madeleine that used to prepare it for her grandchildren in winter time. Many thanks to her. It is very low in cholesterol and sodium, it is also a good source of vitamin E, vitamin B6, folate, iron, magnesium and phosphorus. Also a very good source of dietary fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, copper and manganese... Serve hot as a light and creamy first course.

Who goes under the table? No, it’s not some new Parisian parlor game, but the celebration of Epiphany. Like every year, all of France is getting ready to “draw kings” in a few days’ time with the famous galette des rois (King Cake). The yearly tradition starts on January 6th and runs for several days. All French kids dream of the same thing; getting that one piece of cake that hides the magic trinket that will earn them the right to be crowned king.

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