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Arts de la Rue - France's Street Arts Festivals
Arts de la Rue is one of my favorite festivals of the year where acrobats, dancers, dreamers, musicians and theatre troupes join forces for the space of a weekend. These free street arts festivals demonstrate existence of the surreal in the hearts of the French. Indulge yourself.

Sunday Mornings at the Market
The Sunday market has become a fixture in my week where clothes and shoes rub elbows with fruits and vegetables, and interaction between vendor and client are as important as the products themselves. It is noisy and crowded but the products are diverse and the prices good.

6 Billion Others - People of the World
Hearing different languages, being introduced to cultures, acknowledging their values, and looking into people's eyes will change your outlook. Yann Arthur-Bertrand aims to do just this by compiling interviews with people from around the world in 6 Billion Others.

Vintage Shopping in Paris
Though you'll have to scavenge through a sea of psychedelia, the allure of vintage shopping lies in finding that truly unique piece, something with history. Free P Star is my favorite place in Paris to shop for such wears.

The Collection Yves Saint Laurent Amassed
After several days on view at the Grand Palais, the collection of art, sculpture and furniture that French designer Yves Saint Laurent and partner Pierre Bergé amassed has hit the auction block. Christies reports it the most expensive collection ever to be sold. Have a look at some of the trinkets..

French Perception of Obama’s Presidency
In electing Barack Obama, Americans have drastically changed the French opinion of them as a whole. With stars in their eyes, everyone can’t help but feel inspired by Obama’s candor. While his chessboard moves are anxiously awaited, there is unease amongst some.

Once Upon a Tart
As an alternative to hibernating the winter months, I suggest warming the oven to bake a quiche or boiling up a hearty pot of soup. Here is a recipe for a Ratatouille Tart adapted from Once Upon a Tart, the cookbook I reach for when making soups, quiches, salads, dressings, and sweets.

History in a Portrait
Lucien Lorelle was a sought after portraitist. Lee Bull left her fashion career behind to capture the brutal reality of WWII. Sarah Moon creates pictures today that mirror years passed. Take a look at some of the photography exhibits around Paris this fall.

Weddings and Courtships France - Book Review
Those longing to infuse daily life and relationships with romance will find practicable ideas in Lisa Shea’s book “Weddings and Courtships France.” It paints a picture of marriage from courtship, to ceremony, to life en couple.

Mad Vicky's Tea Gallery
Mad Vicky’s Tea Gallery near Montmartre is a mingling of art forms and creative spirits where rhyme and reason are traded for spontaneity. An art installation served as occasion enough for a basement serenade from Diane Cluck.

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