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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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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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In French culture, there are rules about how certain foods are to be served at formal occasions. The most difficult dishes to serve are not necessarily the most difficult to enjoy. Serving foie gras, smoked salmon or fish to Parisian guests? In French tradition, there’s special etiquette for serving these dishes. Here are a few do’s and don’ts for the perfect hostess or host…

There are several differences between the French table manners and American dinner etiquette. Table manners in France are fundamental to every public dining situation. And every essential skill has to be built on a solid knowledge base. For French’s dining is more than just consuming calories, it is an Art de Vivre, a part of the partimoine culture. There is a proper technique for eating everything from asparagus to fish or dessert… 

My friend Anne Lipscomb is a former award-winning public relations manager who developed multiple chemical sensitivity in 1993. She became one of only a handful of people in the state of Washington to receive workers’ compensation for illness related to sick-building syndrome. “When I could finally contemplate a vacation abroad, after 14 years of being forced to live housebound, visiting Paris quickly rose to the top of my wish list”...

My friend Anna comes twice a year from San Francisco to visit me. I am always surprise to see her energy when staying in  Paris. A couple of years ago, she told me hers secret to make her stay in town as relaxing and rewarding as possible:  “Paris is a very spread-out-city so I prepare very well my day visit, remind sporty even while travelling and eat light food in the evening”…

French Soupe à l'oignon is a delicious soup for wintertime usually served as a starter. Even if it is so Parisian, Parisian’s find it heavy and today eat it very few. But all of us do order a time a year a Soup à l’oignon, when comes out a strong envy of tradition and diet exception! This is my grand’ma French Onion Soup recipe, once you try it you'll never try another. It culminates in a rich-tasting soup with melt-in-your-mouth onions.

How french mum help him to relax?

Are French children calmer than other kids? Honestly, I have no idea. But I do hear a lot of North American Moms saying how well-behaved French kids seem to be. “How do you get them to sit still like that for an entire  family meal?” they ask. Well, childrearing in France is certainly more laid back than when I was a kid, but it’s still pretty strict about lots of things, and that includes bedtime rules. Preschoolers, for instance, are supposed to be in bed by 8pm at the latest (earlier if they’re sleepy), and too bad if Mom or Dad (or both) aren’t home from work yet. Like all children, after a long tiring day at school, French kids may be cranky, anxious, or rambunctious. How do you get them to sleep under those circumstances?

Paris One step ahead 2014. Paris stays one step ahead, and the future face of the capital for the 2020s gradually takes shape. The cultural scene is without doubt the destination’s strongest attraction with the opening of new venues, the reopening of prestigious sites and with events for every type of public. From museums to trendy bars, from galleries to palaces or design hotels, from monuments to sumptuous restaurants, Paris is more than ever a capital city that is in the public eye and which continues to surprise Parisians and visitors. There is a vibrant energy at every turn! Paris is set to become an even more creative capital.

My friend Barbara came to Paris thirty years ago… Passionate about French Art de Vivre, the City of Light continues to fascinate her and gives her each single days energy and renew for her job. In fact, Through her company Sensi, Barbara offers managers of multinational companies the opportunity to try their hand at an artistic experience to develop their personal creativity in order to enhance their business performances. She is a true Parisian, she loves Paris and its magic roofs, the changing colors, the textures and the creative harmony of the city. I asked her to describe her “love affair” with Parisian roof…

If you’re moving to Paris with teenagers, your teens will be mixing with French teens, which means some pretty strange words will be coming out of their mouths  French teens, like teens everywhere, have their own special language. Don’t panic. We’re here to help.

So, you’re vacationing in Paris and you’d love to catch a Froggy Prince Charming, right? To attract a French guy, first you have to know what turns him on or off. Generally speaking, they’re attracted by interesting feminine women. In fact, several surveys have shown that on a first date, they notice your eyes, your smile, your boobs, and your hair (in that order). Weight actually comes last. In terms of fashion, their tastes are pretty conventional. The results below might just surprise you.

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