I'm not an early riser. I have a rule against stepping outside my Paris apartment without first indulging in my café au lait.
â¢ Staying under the radar, a newly single George Clooney joined a friend for a walk through Paris on Tuesday. The actor, hardly recognizable in sunglasses, a blue T-shirt and jeans, enjoyed a quiet stroll around the backstreets of the city's trendy St. Germain neighborhood.
If the smell of jet fuel or the mere sight of a vapor trail is enough to get your pulse racing, then chances are you don't need to be told that the biggest event in the airline industry is about to take place.
To reach the very top, the world's elite tennis players have to show their versatility by winning at venues around the world, in differing climates and on a variety of different surfaces.
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In a city known more for romance than thrift, there are still hotels that combine the best of both. Here are six blessedly under-the-radar options -- spread across some of the city's most charming arrondissements -- all for well under $200 a night.
â¢ Paris and Nicky Hilton hit the town Friday night for a double date with boyfriends Cy Waits and David Katzenberg. The foursome dined at Hollywood's Cleo at the Redbury, sharing Mediterranean specialties like Htipiti and baba ganoush dips with flatbreads. Though Paris's paparazzi-shy boyfriend slipped in and out the side entrance, the camera-ready heiresses arrived at the restaurant's front door.
â¢ He's making his time in Paris count! Before premiering The Social Network, Justin Timberlake popped into his favorite steak restaurant, Le Relais de L'Entrecote, for a meal. Then he slid into the front row at the Givenchy fashion show as part of Paris Fashion Week alongside Liv Tyler. Next up? A private dinner for his movie's cast at Restaurant Costes - all within a five-hour span!
French police believe they've gotten to the bottom of a series of robberies in which teenage girls exposed their breasts to distract men withdrawing money from Paris cash machines.
â¢ It certainly is the City of Love! Following in the footsteps of RenÃ©e and Bradley and Kate and Matthew, Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel met in Paris on Monday for dinner with friends at Le Restaurant Ralph's inside Ralph Lauren's St. Germain store. Timberlake, who quietly flew into Paris earlier that day, arrived first, joined by Biel 15 minutes later. The couple dined on salads and cheeseburgers and drank red Bordeaux before leaving together around 1 a.m. The next morning, they resurfaced at Chanel's flagship store on Rue Cambon.
â¢ With wife Gisele BÃ¼ndchen busy promoting her line of Ipanema flip-flops in Paris, hubby Tom Brady focused on his personal fitness. The football star was spotted stretching and doing yoga with a trainer next to the rooftop pool at the Hotel Le Bristol. Says an admirer, "He's very blonde and beautiful in person."
â¢ She may be in Paris to promote her upcoming horror flick The Wolfman, but Emily Blunt took a day off to explore the City of Light. The actress and three friends strolled along the Left Bank of the Seine river, stopping into the famous Shakespeare and Company bookstore before continuing on to the MusÃ©e de la Mode and its library and gift shop. Later that night, the actress joined her costar Benicio Del Toro for dinner at the Hotel Costes, where they ran into Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor, who were in town to premiere their latest, I Love You Phillip Morris.
â¢ Awards season is in full swing, but recent Golden Globes presenter Julia Roberts just escaped Los Angeles for a visit to Paris with hubby Danny Moder. The two arrived in the City of Light via private plane, and were spotted strolling around the city and lunching at CafÃ© de Flore in the St. Germain district before crossing the river for some shopping at the Palais Royale. Though she sported sunglasses, fans started recognizing the actress as she popped into some boutiques - and one even shouted "Pretty Woman is here," while calling her friend on the phone.
â¢ Britney Spears, taking sons Sean Preston, 3½, and Jayden James, 2 on a McDonald's run in the Grand Boulevards neighborhood of Paris. When they tried to order Big Macs, the counter crew told the pop star - who's on the European leg of her Circus tour - that it was too early for burgers since they were still serving the breakfast menu. Instead, they headed off to a nearby Pizza Hut.
â¢ Katy Perry, strolling the aisles of Paris's oldest department store, Le Bon MarchÃ©. Enjoying a day off from her "Hello, Katy" tour, she checked out the store's wares before heading to dinner at the Avenue Montaigne's Maison Blanche restaurant.
The world's premier air show takes place in Paris next week, with the recent loss of Air France flight 447 over the Atlantic Ocean likely to cast a shadow over the event.
More bodies are found from the crashed Air France plane as the search for flight recorders begin. CNN's Karl Penhaul reports.
From visits to the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre to a cruise down the Seine, the First Family explores the City of Light
The first family will be there for a few days, including D-Day and Sasha's 8th birthday
Life imitated art in Paris on Saturday.
â¢ In Paris with her Black Eyed Peas bandmates, Fergie found time to sneak away from promoting her new album, The E.N.D., for some solo shopping! The singer ventured to the Palais Royale, and was nearly unrecognized in her dark glasses and black top. Fergie then hit the racks at Rick Owens, selecting two pieces before trekking back to her hotel on foot.
Paris is a city made for strolling. When you arrive, follow the route from the Hotel de Ville to the Arc du Triomphe, through the Louvre, the Tuileries and up the Champs Elysees to gain an idea of how the city links together. If you've got lots of energy, keep going from the Arc du Triomphe to La Defense and the leafy neighborhoods of Neuilly-sur-Seine.
Despite its various setbacks, public bike-sharing is slowly but surely paving the way to a greener urban environment, one city at a time.
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â¢ Avril Lavigne and hubby Deryck Whibley supported pal Britney Spears at her L.A. show at the Staples Center. Seated 20 rows back, the two rocked out for the night with some friends who accompanied them. "They were enjoying the show," says an onlooker. "They looked really cute together." The twosome slipped out right before the encore and headed in the backstage direction.
The sexy actors help keep the City of Lights lit by clubbing to all hours
It's easy enough to find your average bistro in Paris. The challenge is discovering those off-the-radar spots that locals keep to themselves. Budget Travel leads us to seven restaurants that are destinations in their own right.
When the dollar sank to a record low against the euro last July, many Americans decided that a trip to Europe would have to wait for another time. That time may have arrived.
Truly appreciating the beauty of Paris is a pleasure that can't be hurried.
Bill Veeck had nothing on Courtney Paris. The man who sent a midget to the plate and signed off on Disco Demolition night in Chicago would stand up and cheer -- were he not deceased -- the promotional instincts of Oklahoma's wide-bodied, 6-foot-4 Superwoman.
No matter when you go, Paris has that certain 'je ne sais quoi' that makes it special. But time your visit right and you could find yourself taking part in one of the city's signature events.
All airports in the Paris area will be closed to air traffic Monday evening through Tuesday morning due to concerns about the weather, French civil aviation authorities announced.
There is to be a revolution in Paris -- plans for a 50-story building have been given the green light, which will make it the first skyscraper to be built in the city for 30 years.
Just like those petite waifs that glide effortlessly down the Rue de Rivoli, seen at first-hand the beauty of Paris can be breathtaking.
Gourmets may sigh with delight at the thought of dining in Paris, but many visitors wonder what the fuss is all about.
Sephora is much more than just a make-up shop: It's a shrine to the healing powers of beauty products, complete with friendly assistants who can't wait to work their magic on you.
Meg, 33, has lived in Paris for about three and a half years, where she works as a health policy researcher. Originally from Kansas in America's Midwest, she moved to the city for love. While her relationship didn't last, her affair with Paris did. Her blog, Le Blagueur à Paris, covers the city's culture and food. She also writes for travel blog Gridskipper.
When the day is done, the vibrant Marais boasts more than its fair share of drinking, dining and people-watching opportunities. Kick-start the evening with an aperitif or two at one of the tiny bars along Rue Vieille du Temple, such as the '50s-inspired Pick-clops, La Belle Hortense or Le Petit Fer a Cheval. Measure your coolness quotient at the Moroccan-inspired Andy Wahloo (Rue des Gravilliers) or jostle for space at La Perle (Rue de la Perle).
France's interior minister called Wednesday for new security measures in the wake of an explosives discovery at a major Paris department store.
Four armed robbers -- two of them men disguised as women -- walked into a luxury jewelry store in Paris and swiped an estimated €80 million (U.S. $101 million) in jewels, the Paris prosecutor's office said.
Jewel thieves pull off one of the largest heists in Paris' history. CNN's Jim Bittermann reports.
I live in New York. But I also have flats in San Francisco and Los Angeles, and I keep a condo in Miami, a chateau in Switzerland and a pied-a-terre in every Paris arrondissement. You see, I'm a house swapper.
It took a central power and a "world" event to trigger the transformation of a medieval city into a modern one. During a two-decade period, wide avenues took shape in the capital's historic core, obliterating winding alleys and entire neighborhoods, displacing an estimated 350,000 residents and pushing the working class out of the city center.
CNN's Eunice Yoon takes a look at the start of a new trading month for the Asian markets.
There is to be a revolution in Paris -- plans for a 50-storey building have been given the green light, which will make it the first skyscraper to be built in the city for 30 years.
Everybody's working on plug-in cars, but their success depends on gas prices and cleaner power plants
Piece by piece, judicial investigators have spent seven years assembling a searing accusation that penetrates the shadows of a dirty global trade in France
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Paris Plage turns two miles of the Seine into a white sand beach every year, but not all Parisians are celebrating
Faced with too many visitors, the city of Paris asked its citizens to open their homes as B&Bs. It doesn't get more authentique than that.
• A little rain won't stop the sightseeing! An umbrella-toting Owen Wilson, strolling through Paris' Jardin des Tuileries in a straw hat, white suit and sky blue shirt. The actor escaped the wet weather after a bit, slipping into the gardens' Jeu de Paume art gallery where he perused the Richard Avedon photography exhibition. The actor then took off in – no, not a private car! – the city's Metro.
In a city famous for being the birthplace of the avant-garde, it can be hard to keep up with the latest trends. Here's a rough guide to what's hot right now in the French capital.
As I dodge Parisians walking their poodles and pushing baby strollers in a vibrant market street, I'm reminded that one of the reasons Paris is endlessly entertaining is because of its neighborhoods. On streets such as rue des Martyrs, real people make cozy communities in the midst of this vast, high-powered city. You find a warm and human vibrancy you miss when just hopping from big museum to museum.
PARIS -- "Last American in Paris" could be the title of a summer blockbuster movie. The star? Robby Ginepri, the sole American survivor in both the men's and women's singles events at the 2008 French Open. Ginepri would have been an unlikely candidate for this particular casting after entering this year's French Open with a career 0-5 mark at Roland Garros.
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An American Airlines plane flew from Dallas, Texas, to Paris, France, even though a "large panel" fell off the underside as the flight took off, the airline said in a memo to pilots.
Organizers of the Cannes Film Festival say Clint Eastwood's Changeling and Wim Wenders' Palermo Shooting will lead this year's streamlined competition
A Parisian exhibit of photos from the Nazi occupation draws heated debate. Is it art or propaganda?
CNN's Eunice Yoon reports on China's reaction to pro-Tibet protests in Paris that disrupted the Olympic torch relay.
Activists protesting the Olympic Games in China climb the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. (No audio)
The last part of the Olympic torch relay in Paris was canceled Monday after a day of chaos in which anti-China protesters forced authorities to extinguish the flame at least five times, take to a bus and skip some scheduled stops, including city hall.
Security officials extinguished the Olympic torch for a second time amid heavy protests during the torch relay
You might have 40,000 songs on your MP3 player, but in one sense they're all rather boring: They sound the same every time you play them.
A massive operation against suspected leaders of last year's riots is itself criticized as being suspicously opportunisitic. But for whose benefit?
French President Nicolas Sarkozy is expected to announce a $1.46 billion (€1 billion) plan on Friday designed to revitalize suburbs of Paris plagued by low-income and high-unemployment.
CNN's Jim Bitterman reports on a fatal blast at an office in Paris.
French officials are trying to determine who sent a parcel bomb that exploded Thursday in a Paris law office, killing a female assistant who opened the package.
What little is known about the blast that claimed the life of a secretary seems to rule out the kinds of suspects that first come to mind
A parcel bomb exploded at a lawyer's office in central Paris on Thursday, killing one person and seriously injuring another
French suburbs stayed relatively calm Wednesday night after 1,000 riot police were deployed to quell disturbances that began when two teenagers died in a collision with a police car, French officials said.
As rioting continues, officials are dealing with the problem differently than in 2005. CNN's Jim Bittermann reports.
CNN's Monita Rajpal talks to a French journalist about the resurgence of riots in Paris' northern suburbs.
The Paris suburbs were again rocked by riots after a second night of lawlessness Monday caused widespread destruction and left scores of police injured, according to French authorities and media reports.
Club-wielding police fought stone-throwing rioters in the northern suburbs of Paris for a second night Monday, with at least five officers suffering injuries during the clashes, authorities said.
Youths assaulted a police station, torched cars and vandalized stores in a weekend rampage that injured 21 police officers in this rundown Paris suburb
Moving around France just got a whole lot easier. But amid relief over union decisions to suspend the nine-day transport strike is whether the return to normal will last
The scope of the transport strike widens, but is finding less support among the French. CNN's Jim Bittermann reports.
A 24-hour walkout by French civil servants has coincided with the seventh straight day of crippling strikes by transit workers, putting further pressure on the French government to negotiate an end to the weeklong walkout.
Only a week after his mother's death, Kanye West returned to the concert stage Saturday night in Paris, only to dramatically break down in tears, audience members tell PEOPLE.
More trains were running and there were fewer traffic jams Thursday after the French government proposed negotiating with transport unions striking over pension reforms.
The sensation of speed is as muted as the Christian Lacroix interiors of the first-class carriages. Passengers stroll the corridors without lurching from side to side. Drinks at the bar are neither shaken nor stirred by the train's acceleration. Only the green rush of the Champagne countryside whooshing by at 200 mph vouches for the velocity of France's newest and fastest TGV, as it hurtles along the track from Paris to Strasbourg.
Commuters in Paris have braved severe traffic jams as transport workers in the city continued a second day of strikes against planned pension reforms by President Nicolas Sarkozy.
Widespread strikes are expected to cripple France's transport network just as rugby fans make their way to Paris for this weekend's World Cup final.
Art is on the plate at five top spots where the views are as fine as the food, and you can keep the security guards up late.
In years to come, Suri Cruise's first-ever Paris visit will be remembered as an introductory mix of rainy weather shopping, snacks, Mom's ruined pair of heels and a "strategic" museum nap.
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The haute couture is no longer just about handmade clothing that costs upwards of $20,000 a piece. Nowadays, with the $217 billion luxury market growing at 10% a year and millionaires being minted every minute in emerging markets like China and Russia, Paris's Place Vendome has become a veritable shopping mall for the big spenders who are in town for the shows this week. Fine jewelers like Van Cleef & Arpels, Chanel, and Boucheron are seizing the high luxury moment, showing collections of unique often over-the-top pieces.The venerable French jeweler Van Cleef & Arpels opened their doors Wednesday to present their newest fine jewelry collection, Atlantide. Many of the pieces were just models since most of the collection is still in production up in the ateliers. If all goes according to plan, the Atlantide collection will travel from Paris to Hong Kong in the fall and land in New York City just in time for the holidays. Based on the mythic stories of Neptune and his queen, Cleita, the Van C
With friends and family arriving in Paris for their wedding on Saturday, Tony Parker swept Eva Longoria off for a surprise Fourth of July visit to one of the world's most romantic sites.
Paris Hilton got a visit from actress Ashley Scott (TV's Jericho) on Sunday night - her final visit before she leaves jail Tuesday.
Tough as it may be, Paris Hilton has gotten into the routine of being in jail, say her parents.
Add another famous name to the list of people offering good will to Paris Hilton and her family: The Duchess of York.
Paris Hilton made a special gift for her visiting dad Sunday - a Father's Day card.
French police Tuesday surrounded a bank in a Paris suburb where two gunmen are believed to be holding six people hostage, police said.
Kathy Hilton and daughter Nicky are still reeling from their visits to Paris in jail, they tell PEOPLE.
With the June 5 deadline for Paris Hilton to turn herself in to jail looming, her younger sister Nicky is speaking out.
The following is a log of news stories from the 2007 French Open at Roland Garros:
A stateside Baguette as we wait out the rain in Paris...
When it comes to iconic baguettes, flaky croissants and melt-in-your-mouth pains au chocolat, the French capital delivers.
AUSTIN, Texas -- Oklahoma center Courtney Paris came awfully close to seeing her long-running streak of double-doubles come to an end. She didn't notice. Paris was more worried about watching her season come to a close. With their super sophomore having a rough time in the paint, though, the Sooners found another way to hold off a gutsy Southeast Missouri State team for a 74-60 win in the opening round of the NCAA tournament at the Erwin Center.
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