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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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If you want to see Parisians during your stay in Paris, it ‘s better to choose a period off parisian holidays! If you want to visit parisian monuments and placet o be while in Paris, better to select a day off French feasts! Bank holidays and National school holidays mark out France’s annual calendar. Discover the dates of these holidays before organising your trip to Paris…

Did you know that in France we eat more than 55lb of cheese a year‽ With well over 1,000 varieties, there is little doubt that France is the world leader in Cheese! Whether you prefer your cheese fresh, pasteurized, sharp or mild, we have a cheese for every taste. We just love cheese! In fact, 96% of us eat cheese regularly. Everyone agrees that visiting France without tasting French cheeses would be a sacrilege, I agree…

In France, serving wine is not simply a question of pouring a liquid into a glass. It’s a sign of refinement and breeding that takes savoir-faire. To a certain degree, it’s ceremonial, especially in Paris…

Long candy, square candy, round candy… the Parisians love all sorts of bonbons. For some of us candy is a treat, for others, an indulgence. The French have had a sweet tooth for over 2,000 years! French confectionary comes in all shapes and sizes, depending on our tastes and mood. Les bonbons, c’est si bon! Even if we know very well that sugar is not so “bon” for health! That’s what candy means to us! And you?

It’s the new French paradox: we, the French, complain a great deal, don’t have much faith in the future or in institutions and yet, with an average of two children per woman, France, along with Ireland, is Europe’s champion. And this isn’t all. When French women are interviewed, 32% of them dream of having three children… A great many experts correlate the birthrate with the rate of growth and the record French fertility rate is certainly enviable …

How can I thank you, all of you who were able to understand the immense grief of the French people after the attacks in Paris, showing us your support and your amazing love of Paris by the countless messages sent.  During these horrible days in January, I was in New York visiting the 9/11 Memorial and new museum devoted to the intolerable attack in 2011.  While my first reaction was sadness, I was gradually comforted by my admiration for these incredible tokens of love and solidarity that arrived from all over the world, often from strangers, distant relatives and from artists who expressed their grief in their works.   My friends from Canada, Rose and Herb come to Paris twice a year for a long three-week stay. Their love affair with Paris has lasted for more than 20 years and the City of Light, continues to fascinate them. The way they talk about it is one of the nicest things I’ve read these past weeks…

Tomato Vegetarian Gazpacho

Don't expect to find strictly French food in Paris! Like any big city, Paris is home to a vibrant mix of international cuisines and Parisian girls love to discover original or creative recipes as this funny and healthy Yellow Gazpacho recipes with sunny yellow tomatoes! The difference in color between red and yellow tomatoes is not just superficial…

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 grapefruit, a nougat glacé or a cantaloupe 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…

Ah! Paris, the cradle of fashion, design and sartorial excellence. Paris: your podiums are most watched, your houses of fashion most influential, your collections most anticipated and your fashion-weeks can’t be overlooked. Each season, true fashion addicts wonder: what will be worn? Fortunately, Sophie is aware of the latest and will inform you about the major trends for the coming winter… Jane Birkin sang: "Ex-fan des Sixties, petite baby doll… ". You’re not dreaming. The Sixty’s are back! This is the main trend right now. Miniskirts, A-line dresses, patent leather Mary Jane shoes, graphic checks and patterns in marshmallow colors…  An unavoidable look for Parisians, both feminine and sexy, with strong influences of Swinging London, for a fresh and carefree allure. Absolutely necessary for the right mood sans faute pour être pile dans le mood Brigitte Bardot et Catherine Deneuve this coming winter.

At an upper crust dinner, how does one seat guests, in a way that shows respect for everyone and hurts no one’s feelings? Seating protocol is a conundrum for many a host and hostess.
The first thing to do is to draw up a guest list in order of social status and age. This will determine the order in which people are seated relative to the hosts of the table.

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