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    French at Fairfax: Francophile Businesses at LA’s Farmer’s Market

    At the Fairfax Farmer’s Market in LA, you can follow up your shopping with a little French.

    Load up on crêpes from the French Crêpe Company, lead by three French brothers who make some of the best dijon salad dressing I’ve had stateside. These crêpes are huge, and at $7 – 10, some of the cheapest eats you can get within a few miles of The Grove.
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    6 Manly Things To Do In Paris

    Maybe you think Paris is all shopping, poodles, and champagne, but there is a rougher side to the city. Whether you’re a man looking for ways to make Paris your own or a woman who wants to inspire the men in your life to give the city of lights a second look, here is a short guide for manly men traveling in Paris:
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    Preparing for Your Trip to Paris: How to Rent an Apartment

    Renting an apartment in Paris makes all the difference, but not many travelers know how to approach a rental. Hotels are straightforward – but how do you rent an apartment abroad? When is best to rent? What kind of documents do you need? How do you pick one?

    I’ve asked my friend Carole-Anne from Paris Attitude to share her advice with you on Parisian apartment rentals and preparing for a trip to Paris:
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    Are the French Rude? 5 Reasons Americans Might Think So

    The rude Frenchman is a classic trope that sometimes makes foreigners weary of traveling in France. It’s even one of the most Googled things about Parisians!

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    But some of the things foreigners find rude aren’t really personality traits – they’re simply cultural differences.

    Here are five reasons you might perceive a well-meaning French person to be rude when they’re just being, well, French:
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    Paris Elopements – Saying “Oui” in the City of Lights

    “Elope” literally means running away and never coming back. Perhaps that’s why so many couples choose to elope in Paris – it’s a city that makes you never want to go anywhere else!

    I’ve always thought my hypothetical wedding would be a traditional American ceremony; my giant family, a first dance, a big tasteless wedding cake that costs more than a used car. But with the higher costs of wedding expenses and the lack of cash in our wallets, I can totally see the appeal of running away with your beau and blowing the whole budget on some Loubies, Moet, and room service. Maybe throw in some Laudrée macarons for the “cake” while you’re at it.

    Here are my favorite shots of Paris elopements that make you just want to run away and never come back:
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    Seattle French Food And Adventures

    August. The month when every Frenchie goes on vacation.

    This month-long exodus is SO popular in French culture that the word “vacation” is even plural, perhaps to refer to a vacation’s implied multi-week duration.

    We in the states are not so lucky, but quick summer vacations still make for fantastic adventures — even when you’re traveling alone. So here’s how to enjoy a month’s worth of Seattle in a short, solo-weekend:
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    Franco-Foodie Adventures in Los Angeles

    One of the first questions people ask you in Los Angeles is “where are you from?” because most people aren’t actually from LA. I’m a rare exception, growing up a child of the beach amidst many transplants.

    But these transplants are what I love most about my hometown. They create an international culture in Los Angeles, making it one of the most interesting cities to visit for travel-adicts.

    So Francophiles, rejoice! The options are endless, but here are just a few of my favorite French spots in the city of anges:
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    Battle of the West-Side LA Croissants: Café Laurent vs. Amandine

    With the recent appearance of the “cronut” in Santa Monica, you may think the days of the traditional butter croissant are numbered. But I’ll beg to differ.

    There’s a reason a warm, buttery layered stack of dough has become such a stronghold of the French culinary ecosystem, and it’s largely because THEY’RE SO FREAKIN GOOD.
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    Confession: Why I Hate the Eiffel Tower

    Can you picture Paris without the Eiffel Tower? I can. And so can many Parisians.

    The truth is that I don’t really like the landmark and – while I’m blowing your mind – here’s another confession: I lived in Paris for 6 months without even so much as one step on the steel metal icon.
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    Five Paris Destinations for the Foodie on a Budget

    So you’re planning a trip to Paris, but don’t have a fortune to spend…

    After living in Paris on a very tight budget and a very large appetite, I’ve come up with the top five destinations for the foodie on the cheap:
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