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New big-budget bohemain spots in Paris

The new bohemian spots in Paris (p0ssibly not for long since they’ve just been outed by the NYTimes) include two neighborhoods – Belleville and Pigalle (a former red-light district.

Along Belleville’s “steep hilltop streets” are galleries and fashion designers and upscale winebars and restaurants.

In Pigalle, are artsy hotels (the Hotel Amour) , designer boutiques popular with the likes of Lady Gaga (jean-charles de castelbajac) ns of course more great restaurants (Nomiya). The gentrified Canal St. -Martin sounds like a charming place to wander. Also the Du Pain et Des Idees boulangerie.

These must be Bohemians with a big budget. for more see:


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Holiday gift idea: a downtown gift card

A few years ago, my dad – at my request – got me a great gift: a gift card I could use to shop in a emerging hip neighborhood of shops and restaurants in downtown Des Moines called the East Village. It was a handy way to shop local AND shop well.  Fielding a request for gift ideas for my son who is a freshman at Northwestern University, I just looked online at the City of Evanston site and found it too has a gift card that can be used for downtown shops. I’m guessing other communities have this too…so worth a look.  My Google search for “downtown gift card”  unearthed cards for downtowns all over – St. Louis, Cincinnati, State College, Pa., Long Beach, California…often this stuff is listed on website for city or local tourism or chamber office.

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