Hip Guide to Paris and France
Paris is one of the most extraordinary cities in the world. An ancient city, it has evolved into the one of the world's cultural, economic, and gastronomy capitals. A trip to Paris is often a major highlight of many a visitor's lifetime.
With it's broad boulevards, grand monuments, wealth of museums, world class shopping and culinary excellence, it's no wonder legendary Paris embodies the sophistication and joie de'vivre envied around the world.
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Getting around Paris seems daunting at first, but with a little planning you can find your way easily. In fact Paris has much to offer in the assortment of districts or "arrondisements" that comprise the city.
Champigon Poulet au Vin Blanc
From the Alsace you can count on good wines, and fine food. My favourite of the moment is an easy one-dish meal that offers a homey complexity of flavours. The following recipe will serve four, and is nice to have with with crusty French bread and a bottle of crisply chilled white wine. Just remember that with all things French, freshness is the key to success.
France 2012 Public Holidays
New Year's Day/ Nouvel An (Jour de l'An) 1-Jan
Good Friday 6-Apr
Easter Monday/ Lundi de Paques 9-Apr
Labour Day/ Fête du Travail 1-May
Victory Day/ Fête de la Victoire 1945 8-May
Ascension Day 17-May
Whit Monday/ Pentecost Monday 28-May
Bastille Day 14-Jul
Assumption Day 15-Aug
All Saints' Day/ Toussaint 1-Nov
Armistice Day 1918 11-Nov
Christmas Day 25-Dec
St. Stephen's Day 26-Dec
New Year's Eve 31-Dec