Fashion Inspiration: The Ease of a French Mariniere

Anyone can admit that for tourists and ex-pats alike, understanding and personalizing French culture can be incredibly difficult. From the language to the etiquette, it’s easy to find yourself frustrated.     Even saying hi in Paris is difficult … However, there is one aspect of the French culture that is incredibly easy to master…. […]

Alarh Perfume

Alarh is a French cosmetics and perfume manufacturer that’s been in the Thomas family for 4 generations. Noble family from Brittany on his mother’s side, from 900 BC – oldest Brittany family.    Desgrée de Haut – lesgree, base of hill from high.  Crusades, then arrived in Brittany.   1986 when created Alarh group.   […]

Imagine Air

« Petit Déjeuner à Paris » C’est quoi l’idée derrière votre marque ? « IMAGEINAIR » est un jeu de mots pour exprimer « une image dans l’air ». L’idée est que chacun laisse libre cours à son imagination et ses souvenirs lorsqu’on découvre la marque et ses parfums. IMAGEINAIR est une vraie invitation à la découverte émotionnelle et olfactive. C’est […]

The secrets of The Phantom of the Opera

Charles Garnier’s dazzling Opera house is famous for its enchanting operatic tragedies, elegant ballets and for inspiring the legend of ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ Behind every tale there is a truth. From the falling chandelier to the underground lake, explore the fact behind the fiction of the Phantom of the Opera. Numerous failed attempts […]

Funny titles for American films in France

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French translations of Hollywood films vary from the sublime to the ridiculous.  Here’s our favorite! There is a strong tendency in the French film industry to translate original Hollywood movie titles into other English titles. The original English titles are changed into another English titles, much easier to understand, to make them more accessible to […]

Let’s talk about video games!

futuristic paris video game

 The French Inspiration Videos Games as an art form?   “L’Art dans le jeu Vidéo, l’inspiration française” (“The Art in the video game, the French inspiration”) at the museum Art Ludique (Cité de la Mode et du Design). A bunch of girls invited to a video game exhibit…hmmm…we were definitely on the fence but decided that […]

Was there a real Man in the Iron Mask?

The Man in the Iron Mask

Leonardo di Caprio’s immortalised Alexander Dumas’ legendary story on-screen but what truth lies behind a man enslaved in an iron mask? The identity of this illusive character has become subject to myth and while the fictitious accounts vary on the subject of the prisoners identity, we can be sure of one thing. He was a […]

Top Ten Jazz Age Paris locations

A comprehensive guide to finding and experiencing Paris in its Golden Age. When one imagines Paris it is all too easy to imagine it in flickering and speckled film or through a black and white postcard, in a time when boater hats and pearl studded dresses swayed to the Charleston, when artists and poets gathered […]

Beware of the PickPockets: 5 Ways Not to Lose Your Money in Paris


It all begins the same way, whether you’re waltzing down the quaint, narrow streets of Paris, or enjoying some frites at a nearby bistrot, or admiring the Eiffel Tower. One moment, you’re checking your notifications on Facebook, or bending down to tie your shoe and suddenly, someone is bombarding you to sign a petition, or […]

“And the César 2016 goes to…”

cesar awards 2016

On Friday, February 26th, the 41ème Nuit des César (the 41th edition of the annual César Awards – the French equivalent of America’s Oscars) was held at the Théâtre du Châtelet. Of course, the Set in Paris team had to go.  On this chilly night, we huddled together for warmth, waiting with baited breath, our eyes straining to see […]

Our very own modern-day Hemingway x

joseph terrell

When I first saw him, Joseph Terrell, our very own modern-day Hemingway, was sauntering down our little medieval Paris road with a cigar hanging out of his mouth.  This silver fox was infused with an air of experience. I mean, this guy looked COOL.   This guy has seen things, lived things, knows things!   I was intrigued and […]

To Tip or Not To Tip?


This must be one of the most frequently asked questions by people when visiting Paris.  Of course all around the world there are different customs for leaving tips at restaurants, theatres, etc. So what exactly is the protocol for leaving tips in Paris? We have the answer. The word tipping itself comes from T.I.P. – […]

Carrie Bradshaw’s Paris

Sex & the City

  Miss Carrie Bradshaw is the epitome of the New York 30s-something — columnist, fashionista, girl who knows how to brunch. After six seasons centered on Miss Bradshaw’s Manhattan lifestyle, Sex and the City took a daring plunge and moved its 2004 series finale to Paris. New York may be home to Carrie’s best gal pals (and most of her shoes), […]

Harry Potter Exposition hits Paris

Harry Potter

HARRY POTTER EXPOSITION HITS PARIS It is a great opportunity to visit a world renowned exhibit. I must warn you that the descriptions of each of the displays is in French ONLY. So if you are a strictly English-speaker, this may present a small trouble for you. The Harry Potter movie franchise defining by its sheer […]

Animated Movies as an Art Form

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We had the treat of visiting the Arludik Gallery on the first day of their exposition about Disney Villains. Running to the 30th of May 2015, the exhibit displays original artwork from the beginning stages of the creation of animated Disney films. It shows the big, the bad and the ugly villains from Maleficent in Sleeping Beauty, […]

Hidden Attractions: Prefecture’s Museum Edition

Musée de la Préfecture de Police

Okay you’ve seen the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, The Arc de Triomphe, now what? Although not somewhere I normally might have ventured into on my own, I’m glad I found my way into the Police Museum of Paris. Looking for unknown gems in Paris, I stumbled upon this small museum located inside the police department […]

True Love Has a Color and a Name


Cartier. What better backdrop for a proposal than Paris? Exactly what the advertisement managers at Cartier had in mind when filming their most recent diamond ring advertisement released on Valentines Day 2015. Opening with a scenic view of the Eiffel tower (because of course, when filming in Paris you MUST include a shot of the […]