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I love touring France so much that I am doing several series on the tourist attractions of France including, of course, its wines and foods...

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The first series visits all twenty arrondissements (districts) in the city of Paris. What are these articles doing in a website named wineinyourdiet.com ? When we say your diet we mean not only your weight-loss program if any and your entire food and drink intake. And who can ignore that dieting is stressful. Cut down on the stress by dreaming of, and planning a French vacation. You won't gain any calories by reading my articles. And if you are lucky enough to go, moderate consumption of that great French wine and food shouldn't affect your waistline too much (I won't promise that you'll lose weight on a French vacation.)You may be inspired by the great shape that many of the French possess. Remember the French Paradox; the French eat delicious food, drink great wine, and yet have a relatively low rate of death from heart disease.

I Love Touring Paris - The Twentieth Arrondissement

" ...Many artists now live and work in this district. Legend has it that the incomparable singer Édith Piaf was born under a lamppost on the Rue de Belleville. This part of Paris... "
I Love Touring Paris - The Twentieth Arrondissement

I Love Touring Paris - The Nineteenth Arrondissement

" ...It has been called the most romantic park in Paris, certainly one of the most romantic cities in the world.
What is less romantic than a slaughterhouse? ..."
I Love Touring Paris - The Nineteenth Arrondissement

I Love Touring Paris - The Eighteenth Arrondissement

" From the late Nineteenth Century until the end of World War One Montmartre was home to the artists and their milieu. Among those who hung their hats in Montmartre were ..."
I Love Touring Paris - The Eighteenth Arrondissement

I Love Touring Paris - The Seventeenth Arrondissement

" Every Saturday morning you can visit the Marché Biologique Batignolles (Batignolles Organic Market), one of two such markets in Paris. Of course food there costs more than at your run-of-the-mill Paris market but partisans will tell you that it is well worth the cost. And you can get some very unusual products such as ..."
I Love Touring Paris - The Seventeenth Arrondissement

I Love Touring Paris - The Sixteenth Arrondissement

" Janson’s motto was Pour la Patrie, par le livre et par l'épée (For the Homeland, by the book and by the sword). Many of its students..."
I Love Touring Paris - The Sixteenth Arrondissement

I Love Touring Paris - The Fifteenth Arrondissement

" La Ruche (The Beehive) is a weird-looking three-story circular structure that resembles a gigantic beehive more than human living quarters. It was designed by Gustave Eiffel as a temporary wine rotunda for the Exposition Universelle (Universal Exposition) of 1900. You know what other temporary building he designed. The French sculptor Alfred Boucher had the building dismantled and re-erected as inexpensive artist studios..."
I Love Touring Paris - The Fifteenth Arrondissement

I Love Touring Paris - The Fourteenth Arrondissement

" ...Vassilieff was quite a character; she founded a canteen for starving artists and once pushed the Italian-born Montparnasse painter Amedeo Modigliani down the stairs. Afterwards..."
I Love Touring Paris - The Fourteenth Arrondissement

I Love Touring Paris - The Thirteenth Arrondissement

" Unless you are a Princess Diana freak, who can blame you for not wanting to tour a hospital once famous for its rats? You really shouldn’t miss the next sight, unknown to many. The Butte-aux-Cailles (literally quails hill)..."
I Love Touring Paris - The Thirteenth Arrondissement

I Love Touring Paris - The Twelfth Arrondissement

" ...At the time of its destruction the Bastille was composed of eight eighty foot (twenty-four meter) towers and an armory. By that time the cachots (dungeons)... "
I Love Touring Paris - The Twelfth Arrondissement

I Love Touring Paris - The Eleventh Arrondissement

" This district has become bohemian and trendy, perhaps because other bohemian, trendy districts... "
I Love Touring Paris - The Eleventh Arrondissement

I Love Touring Paris - The Tenth Arrondissement

" ...Perhaps its most famous train was the Orient Express to Istanbul, first opened in 1883. Times have changed and the Orient Express... "
I Love Touring Paris - The Tenth Arrondissement

I Love Touring Paris - The Ninth Arrondissement

" Pigalle is centered around Place Pigalle, bordering the ninth and the eighteenth arrondissements. To a large extent it is a red-light district with some famous nightclubs including the Moulin Rouge, which sports an imitation red windmill on its roof. I am told that... "
I Love Touring Paris - The Ninth Arrondissement

I Love Touring Paris - The Eighth Arrondissement

" The Hôtel de Crillon is an exclusive luxury hotel located at the foot of the Champs-Élysées at the north end of the Place de la Concorde. The hotel dates back to the mid-Eighteenth Century. Marie Antoinette was a frequent guest and took piano lessons there. This joint is so chic that its gourmet restaurant... "
I Love Touring Paris - The Eighth Arrondissement

I Love Touring Paris - The Seventh Arrondissement

" The Eiffel Tower was erected between 1887 and 1889 as the entrance arch to the Exposition Universelle (World’s Fair) honoring the centennial of the French Revolution. It was not immediately popular. The French writer Guy de Maupassant supposedly ate lunch there every day. When asked why, since everyone knew that he hated the tower, he simply replied... "
I Love Touring Paris - The Seventh Arrondissement

I Love Touring Paris - The Sixth Arrondissement

" If you are looking for a hotel in the sixth district you might consider the Art Deco Hôtel Lutetia, built by the neighboring Bon Marché department store in 1910. Its guest list included Charles de Gaulle and Pablo Picasso. At the outbreak of World War II many artists and musicians took residence there but after France surrendered... "
I Love Touring Paris - The Sixth Arrondissement

I Love Touring Paris - The Fifth Arrondissement

" The Panthéon (from a Greek word meaning all the Gods) was originally built as a church dedicated to St. Genevieve, the patron saint of Paris. It sits on top of Montagne Sainte-Geneviève and overlooks all Paris. While it is a great-looking building its architect died before completion, and... "
I Love Touring Paris - The Fifth Arrondissement

I Love Touring Paris - The Fourth Arrondissement

" One can only imagine how hard it is to run the city of Paris. Maybe that’s why its Hôtel de Ville (City Hall) has been in the same Fourth Arrondissement location since the mid-Fourteenth Century. The present French Renaissance structure was rebuilt in the 1870s and is said to be inspired by castles in the Loire Valley. Its site was a well-known gathering place, in particular for public executions. The local specialty was... "
I Love Touring Paris - The Fourth Arrondissement

I Love Touring Paris - The Third Arrondissement

" ...While lots of aristocrats lived in this beautiful area no royalty ever did. Quel dommage (what a shame). Perhaps they stayed away because... "
I Love Touring Paris - The Third Arrondissement

I Love Touring Paris - The Second Arrondissement

" ...Remember when these arcades were built mostly in the 1820s and 1830s sidewalks were a rare commodity. In these arcades window-shopping developed into yet another Parisian art form. They evolved (degenerated)... "
I Love Touring Paris - The Second Arrondissement

I Love Touring Paris - The First Arrondissement

" ...An Abbé wrote a little poem about the garden 'Dans ce jardin on ne rencontre ni champs, ni prés, ni bois, ni fleurs. Et si l'on y dérègle ses moeurs, au moins on y règle sa montre.' ('In this garden one encounters neither fields nor woods nor flowers. And, if one upsets one's morality,...' "
I Love Touring Paris - The First Arrondissement

I Love Touring Paris - Launching A Series

" ...France is the home of the French Paradox; in spite of eating 50% more animal fat than Americans, and nearly three times as much pork, the death rate for French males from heart attacks is... "
I Love Touring Paris - Launching A Series