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Treat Yourself In Paris!

So you are going to Paris and you want to absolutely live it up? Well there is no better time to treat yourself in the city of lights than right now! We here at ParisByM have compiled a list of the absolute most glamorous, and luxurious things for you to do during your time here! So sit back, relax and get ready to indulge all of your heart’s desires!

1. Hot Air Balloon Ride Around Paris!

Treat Yourself

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For around $1,000 dollars an hour… you and one other person can enjoy a romantic hot air balloon over paris. Weather permiting, you and your significant other can sip champagne and take in all of the views over the city. This non-traditional, albeit definitely worthwhile, method of viewing Paris is the perfect way to treat yourself  when first arriving  and wanting to orient yourself to the city!

Interested in reserving your own hot air balloon ride? Look now further! Check out this link here!

 

2. Dinner And A Show At A Parisian Cabaret!

Treat Yourself!

Photo Credit: Christine Zenino – Flickr: Moulin Rouge

From the Moulin Rouge to Lido…. Cabarets are the place to go if you are looking to treat yourself to a night of wild, entertaining fun! Prices will vary but you can enjoy a performance with dinner and a few glasses of champagne at the Moulin Rouge for around €190! But… since money is no object on your once in a lifetime trip to Paris… why not upgrade to a meal that is slightly nicer for around €210! These performances are world class with talent recruited from all over the world and showmanship the likes of which you have never seen!

For more information on great cabaret performances in Paris… check out this great post we created here at ParisByM!

3. Treat Yourself To A World-Class Dining Experience

Treat Yourself

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Paris is world famous for its sophisticated, chic, and simply delicious culinary culture. You will never exhaust yourself of trying all that there is to eat here in this foodie haven. We here at ParisByM recommend splurging on a truly fantastic evening by dining at Restaurant Guy Savoy, where master chef, Guy Savoy, will take your taste buds to places they have never been before. So book that reservation, and embark on a journey to culinary excellence. Check out their website and menu here.

 

4. Go On A Shopping Spree At Galeries Lafayette!

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What better way to treat yourself than to shop until you drop right here in the fashion capital of the world. Galeries Lafayette is world famous for having amazing shopping! Here you can find all of the designer brands and more! Even if you aren’t the biggest fan of shopping… the sheer beauty of this place is enough to change that! Why not splurge and treat yourself to the latest stiletto by Vuitton or, for the men, invest in an Armani suit that is sure to impress all of your colleagues!

 

5. Enjoy A Drink With A View

Drinks With A View

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Paris has many fantastic places to enjoy your favourite cocktail… but for a truly unforgettable experience… treat yourself to the finer things in life by checking out one of Paris’s many rooftop bars and elevated restaurants. They can be found pretty much anywhere in the city. We personally recommend heading on over to some of the ritzier hotels in Paris… Here you will often times find chic lounges where you can look out onto the sweeping vistas of Paris. If you decide to go after the sun sets, the city is especially beautiful when all of the lights come on! Its not called the city of lights for nothing…

To learn more about where to grab a scenic drink In Paris… Check out the link below…

Drinks With A View In Paris

6. Buy Luxury Perfume

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Paris, and France, is famous for the many fragrances that it produces. Check out the famous perfume house known as Parfums Caron. Here you can buy an original perfume called Poivre Perfume that runs for around 1,000 dollars per ounce. While this price-tag might deter some, if you are looking to treat yourself this is a great place to start. This perfumery has been operating for over 100 years and, unsurprisingly, they have learned a thing or two about their craft during this time.

 

Looking for more info on where you can get a luxury perfume of your own… click here!

 

 

7. Attend Paris Fashion Week

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We’ve all heard of it… many of us have dreamed for maybe one day having the chance to attend. So why not plan your visit so that you are here for this world famous event. Celebrities and the ultra-wealthy from all over the world come to check out the latest trends in clothing. World-acclaimed designers come to display their newest collections for both men and women. After attending this legendary event, you’ll return home both prepared for next seasons trends, and you’ll be the envy of all your friends. This is an absolute must for the more fashion-saavy amongst you looking to treat yourself.

8. Head To The Spa

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Need to take a moment to unwind after a long week of exploring Paris? Don’t worry, there are plenty of places to treat yourself to a luxury spa day.  We here at ParisByM recommend heading on over to the CHI spa, at Shangri La Hotel, to take a dip in their magnificent pool after a nice long massage…  Whatever your needs are… you are sure to leave feeling both rejuvenated and ready to embark upon your next Parisian adventure!

 

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Mont St. Michel

Mont St. Michel

Why Visit the Mont St. Michel?

Mont St. Michel

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Situated just 1 kilometer off the coast in Normandy, the small fortified town of Mont St. Michel looks like something straight out of a fairy tale. With the stunning abbey resting at the very summit of the fortified city, and the town sprawling out beneath it… it is actually quite impossible to get a bad photograph of this historic UNESCO world heritage site. The pictures just take themselves…

How to get there

Mont St. Michel is perhaps easiest, and cheapest… to access via car. Although lines to park near the city can  be very long in the morning so it is best to plan for this accordingly.

While traveling in Paris, however, most will not have access to a vehicle. Rest assured that, while there is no direct rail access, getting to Mont St. Michel from Paris via public transportation is quite possible. You actually have several options in how you will do this.

Your first option is to take a bus directly to the point of mainland just adjacent to the island. From here… you will be able to walk on the causeway to the fortified city. Bus tickets are relatively inexpensive and, even if you purchase them at the last minute, can be bought for as little as around $50 dollars. Be warned though, the journey by bus is a long three and a half to four hours… It might benefit you to bring some snacks and beverages along for the ride.

Your second option for transportation is to take a train… We recommend taking the TGV from Gare Montparnasse to Rennes. Here you can find a bus run by Keolis Emeraude that will provide you with a 90 minute journey to the island. With both options, we recommend checking for any discounts you may be eligible for. People under 25 and over 60 are usually eligible for marked down prices.

About the Island

Mont St. Michel

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Mont St. Michel is a tidal island surrounded by mudflats and farmland. At low tide… it is technically possible to approach the island through the mudflats, although this is not advisable. Not only does the marshland surrounding the island often times contain quicksand, but the swiftly incoming tide can create hazardous conditions for anyone who does not know what they are doing. We highly recommend that, should you wish to explore the mudflats, you do so with an experienced tour guide (click here for walking tours). Otherwise… it is best to approach the island via the well maintained causeway that connects it to the mainland.

The city itself, currently the home of approximately 44 permanent residents, has long maintained strategic fortifications. Its highly defensible position made it difficult for armies to successful mount an assault against the castle. The incoming tide would either strand, drown, or block out invading attackers.

Ironically, the structure of the town closely mirrors the feudal society which built it. God sits at the top in the heavens, the abbey and monastery just beneath that, then the castle’s living quarters, then the town and shops, and outside of the fortress there were fields for peasants to work in.

Exploring the Abbey

Mont St. Michel

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Visitors to Mont St. Michel have the capability to ascend to the top of the mountain and take in the view from the Abbey. The panoramic views that this hike will afford you are nothing short of spectacular. It is for us, the best part of any trip to Mont St. Michel.

Entrance fees to the Abbey will vary depending on your age and nationality. The standard ticket price for adults over 26 is €9. If you are under the age of 18, an EU citizen between the ages of 18-25, or disabled… entrance will be free for you. For more details on admission prices and hours of operations… click here.

Mont St. Michel

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When visiting the abbey you will be able to explore over 20 different rooms and multiple outdoor gardens. You will find many great halls, and chapels that once housed the monks who resided here.

When visiting the abbey… comfortable shoes are an absolute necessity as you will find yourself climbing up and down old steps on more than one occasion.

The Town Below

Mont St. Michel

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The winding village below the castle is a treasure begging to be explored in its own right. Here, while the crowds of tourists can at times feel overwhelming, you will find several cute cafés, shops, museums and gardens. We recommend stopping and sitting down at a restaurant to rest and refuel after your hike to the summit. You will need it.

Keep in mind that entrance to the town itself is free of charge but prices at cafés can be a little high meaning that if you are looking to travel on a budget, you may want to consider packing your own lunch to take with you! If you are feeling like an splurging though, the restaurant La Mère Poulard is famous for its omelette recipe which has been satisfying wary pilgrims long before it ever did tourists.

If you are looking to stay in Mont St. Michel overnight be warned that while a few hotels do exist on the island, they are very expensive and usually book reservations well in advance. Plan accordingly! We recommend that you, instead, stay at the nearby pirate city of St. Malo.

The Surrounding Landscape

Mont St. Michel

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Don’t worry… immersion in the Norman landscape is inevitable and your first experience with it will be your journey from the bus-stop/parking lot to the town itself. While we definitely recommend enjoying a nice scenic walk over to the island, if you are pressed for time or have difficulty staying on your feet… you may also take a trolly or even a horse drawn carriage over to the city.

You may want to take your time though. The countryside surrounding the mont has just as much to offer travellers as the town itself. Not only do you get some of the best views of Mont St. Michel from afar but, from out here, you can explore the surrounding area by land, air or sea. Whether you want to go on a horse back ride through the mud flats, kayak through the bay, or view the surrounding landscape from a hot air balloon… there is something for everyone to enjoy!

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Flights to Paris: Flying from Asia

Flying to Paris, Flying from Asia

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While planning any trip is a daunting task, planning a transcontinental trip is even more so. However, have no fear, ParisByM is here to help. There are several sites designed to help you find the best rates on a wide array of airlines when booking a flight to Paris. Fortunately, there are a multitude of airlines that are more than willing to go the extra mile to make your long flight as comfortable as possible.

Cheap flights:

There are several options for flights from Asia  for travelers who are looking to save money on their trip. These flights are significantly cheaper than many of the options out there.

Flying to Paris, Flying from Asia

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Keep in mind that these airlines will not offer all of the luxury seating options for flying to Paris.  These flights have fewer meal/snack options as well and may include two or more layovers. For what they lack, these flights make up in price in flying from Asia.

Round-trip flights start as low as 520€. Tickets in this price range are longer with at least one layover.  Depending on the season you book your flight for, the price may fluctuate up or down. Some airlines that offer these kind of long distance, low cost travel are: Aeroflot, Air China, and Air Berlin. Travel websites like Flight Centre, TripAdvisor, Expedia, and Kayak can help you find which airline is the best option for you and see competitive prices.

First class:

Flying to Paris, Flying from Asia

First Class seating in SWISS airlines. (Credit: wikipedia.com)

If it’s in the cards, why not spoil yourself? There are certain advantages when flying first class, such as in flight luxuries, the ability to check more luggage, and access to first class lounges. These first class options offer luxurious seating options with chairs that recline fully and full dining options. Certain airlines like Etihad Airways, SWISS, and British Airways offer similar luxuries for business class seats. Prices start around 5000€ for a round trip ticket.

Tips:

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Remember the sooner you book your flight the better rate you are going to get. Studies suggest that when you book your tickets six to eight weeks before you want to leave for your trip, you will find the best price. Make sure that you look up the specific regulations for check-in, luggage restrictions, and security measures for the airline you are planning of utilizing. While we are able to give generalizations of common regulations, each airline is a little different and you will want to be prepared before your departure.

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Flying to Paris: Flying From Europe

Flights to Paris: Flying From Europe

While planning any trip is a daunting task, planning a transcontinental trip is even more so. However, have no fear, ParisByM is here to help. There are several sites designed to help you find the best rates on a wide array of airlines when booking  flights to Paris. We have compiled the main aspects of the most common airlines flying from Europe to Paris.

Flying to Paris, Flying from Europe

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How to Find Your Flight

 There are several sites that boast their ability to aide you in finding the best rate for your flight to Paris. Some of these sites include: Kayak, SkyScanner, Expedia, and Orbitz.   When booking a flight to Paris the best option to obtain the best price is to shop around. In flying from Europe there is an array of airlines that either fly direct or have stopovers on their way to Paris.

When flying from Europe, round trip flights can start as low as 90€. Price fluctuates depending of the season, the time of year you are booking your trip and the country you are flying from. For instance in the month of July and August, tickets are going to be more expensive, because there is a high demand due to vacation travelers. When you are flying across a body of water or from a farther distance from France, airline tickets are, also, going to be more expensive.

Flying From Different Regions of Europe

Flying to Paris, Flying from Europe

First Class seating in SWISS airlines. (credit: wikipedia.com)

Round-trip tickets vary from the different region in which you are flying out of. In the Northern Europe region prices for a round-trip ticket start around 160€ with companies like RyanAir and Norwegian Air. Flying from Western Europe to Paris, round-trip plane tickets begin around 120€ from companies like Air France and RyanAir. With Southern Europe, round-trip plane tickets begin around 130€ with companies like RyanAir and Air France. Round-trip tickets from Eastern Europe begin around 100€ and go up from there with companies like RyanAir and Air France.     

Checking Your Luggage

Flying to Paris, Flying from Europe

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With transcontinental flights, there is commonly a single checked bag allowed. The most common checked baggage regulation is a bag that ways no more than 23 kg and measures no more than 158 cm when you total the length, width, and height of the bag. Carry on luggage is also included in most flights. The common regulation for your carry on is a bag that is no larger than 56 cm when you total the length, width, and height.

Things to Keep in Mind

The sooner you book your flight the better rate you are going to get. Studies suggest that when you book your tickets six to eight weeks before you want to leave for your trip, you will find the best price. Make sure that you look up the specific regulations for check-in, luggage restrictions, and security measures for the airline you are planning of utilizing. While we are able to give generalizations of common regulations, each airline is a little different and you will want to be prepared before your departure.

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Flights to Paris: Flying From Australia

Flights to Paris can seem awfully far away, especially when there is over 24 hours of air travel involved in flying from Australia. It’s true for our Aussie friends that flights to Paris could be a lot easier. Fortunately, there are a multitude of airlines that are more than willing to go the extra mile to make your long flight as comfortable as possible.

Flying to Paris, Flying from Australia

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Cheap flights:

In flying from Australia these are good options for travelers who are looking to save some serious money. These flights are significantly cheaper than some of the other options out there. Keep in mind, however, that these airlines will not offer the same luxurious seating options in flying to Paris.  These flights have fewer eating options and may include two or more layovers. For what they lack, they sure do make up in price in flying from Australia.

Round-trip flights start as low as $2,000 AUD.  Depending on the season you book your flight for, the price may fluctuate up or down. Some airlines that offer these kind of long distance, low cost travel are: Qatar Airways, China Southern Airlines, and Air Berlin. Travel websites like Flight Centre, TripAdvisor, Expedia, and Kayak can help you find which airline is right for you and see competitive prices.

First class:

Flying to Paris, Flying from Australia

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A flight that is longer than 24 hours can definitely warrant a first class seat. Why not spoil yourself? These first class options offer luxurious seating options with chairs that recline fully and full dining options. Certain airlines like Singapore Air, Thai Air, and Air China offer similar luxuries for business class seats. Prices start around for a round trip ticket at $11,000 AUD.

Tips:

This is going to be a long flight my friends. Make the flight easier on yourself by stopping off in Singapore or other layover stations. This will break the length of your

Flying to Paris, Flying from Australia

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trip up so you will have two sections of flight (generally around 10 – 12 hours each) instead of the 22-26 hours that these flights may take as a whole.

Remember the sooner you book your flight the better rate you are going to get. Studies suggest that when you book your tickets six to eight weeks before you want to leave for your trip, you will find the best price. Make sure that you look up the specific regulations for check-in, luggage restrictions, and security measures for the airline you are planning of utilizing. While we are able to give generalizations of common regulations, each airline is a little different and you will want to be prepared before your departure.

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Flights to Paris: Mexico and Central America

flying to Paris, flying from Mexico and Central America

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While planning any trip is a daunting task, planning a transcontinental trip is even more so. However, have no fear, ParisByM is here to help. There are several sites designed to help you find the best rates on a wide array of airlines when booking a flight to Paris. We have compiled the main aspects of the most common airlines flying from Mexico and Central America to Paris.

How to Find Your Flight

            There are several sites that boast their ability to aide you in finding the best rate for your flight to Paris. Some of these sites include: Kayak, SkyScanner, Expedia, and Orbitz.   When booking a flight to Paris the best option to obtain the best price is to shop around. In flying from Mexico and Central America there are an array of airlines who either fly direct or have stopovers on their way to Paris.

When flying from Mexico and Central America, round trip flights tend to start around $1000 USD or $18500 MXN. Price fluctuates depending of the season and time of year you are booking your trip. For instance in the month of July and August, tickets are going to be more expensive, because there is a high demand due to vacation travelers.

flying to Paris, flying from Mexico and Central America

First Class seating in SWISS airlines. (credit: wikipedia.com)

First Class

In flying first class, there is access to a certain level of luxury. This level of luxury comes with, generally, a steep price tag. Prices for first class generally start at $7000 USD or $ 129600 MXN and go up from there. There are certain advantages when flying first class, such as in flight luxuries, the ability to check more luggage, and access to first class lounges.  Companies who offer first class include, but are not limited to, LufthansaAirFranceDelta, and BritishAir.

Economy Class

As the name suggests the economy class is the more economic, budget friendly, option for flying. Prices, for a round trip ticket, in the economic class tend to begin at $1000 USD or $ 18500 MXN. While flying economy is not as luxurious as flying first class, there is a level of quality and in flight serves generally offered on transcontinental flights. For longer flights this usually includes beverage service, a meal, and inflight media.  Companies who offer economy class seating include, but are not limited to, AirEuropaKLMLufthansaAirFranceDelta, and BritishAir.

Checking Your Luggage

           

flying to Paris, flying from Mexico and Central America

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With transcontinental flights, there is commonly a single checked bag allowed. The most common checked baggage regulation is a bag that ways no more than 23 kg and measures no more than 158 cm when you total the length, width, and height of the bag. Carry on luggage is also included in most flights. The common regulation for your carry on is a bag that is no larger than 56 cm when you total the length, width, and height.

Things to Keep in Mind

flying to Paris, flying from Mexico and Central America

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The most common airlines that fly transcontinental (and to Paris) are international airlines such as: AirEuropa, KLM, Lufthansa, AirFrance, Delta, and BritishAir. Flying direct from Mexico and Central America tends to be difficult to find both to and from Paris. Usually there is a stopover for a connecting flight.

The sooner you book your flight the better rate you are going to get. Studies suggest that when you book your tickets six to eight weeks before you want to leave for your trip, you will find the best price. Make sure that you look up the specific regulations for check-in, luggage restrictions, and security measures for the airline you are planning of utilizing. While we are able to give generalizations of common regulations, each airline is a little different and you will want to be prepared before your departure.

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Your Guide to Finding the Perfect Flights to Paris

While planning any trip is a daunting task, planning a transcontinental trip is even more so. However, have no fear, ParisByM is here to help. There are several sites designed to help you find the best rates on a wide array of airlines when booking a flights to Paris. There are several things to consider when booking a flight to Paris like: class difference, finding your flight, and checking your luggage.

First/Business Class

Flying to Paris

First Class seating in SWISS airlines. (credit: wikipedia.com)

In flying first and business class, there is access to a certain level of luxury. This level of luxury comes with a steeper price tag. There are certain advantages when flying first class such as, in flight luxuries, the ability to check more luggage, and access to first and business class lounges. First and business classes, with many airlines, are combined. More often than not, first and business class offer the same luxuries and amenities as the another.

Economy Class

As the name suggests the economy class is the more economic, budget friendly, option for flying. While flying economy is not as luxurious as flying first class, there is a level of quality and in flight serves generally offered on transcontinental flights. For longer flights this usually includes beverage service, a meal, and inflight media.

How to Find Your Flight

Flying to Paris

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There are several sites that boast their ability to aide you in finding the best rate for your flight to Paris. Some of these sites include: Kayak, SkyScanner, Expedia, and Orbitz.   When booking a flight to Paris the best option to obtain the best price is to shop around. Prices fluctuate depending of the season and time of year you are booking your trip. For instance in the month of July and August, tickets are going to be more expensive, due to the high demand due to vacation travelers.

Checking Your Luggage

With transcontinental flights, there is commonly a single checked bag allowed. The most common checked baggage regulation is a bag that ways no more than 23 kg and measures no more than 158 cm when you

Flying to Paris

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total the length, width, and height of the bag. Carry on luggage is also included in most flights. The common regulation for your carry on is a bag that is no larger than 56 cm when you total the length, width, and height.

Other Things to Keep in Mind

The sooner you book your flight the better rate you are going to get. Studies suggest that when you book your tickets six to eight weeks before you want to leave for your trip, you will find the best price. Make sure that you look up the specific regulations for check-in, luggage restrictions, and security measures for the airline you are planning of utilizing. While we are able to give generalizations of common regulations, each airline is a little different and you will want to be prepared before your departure.

Traveling From:

Check out our post on flights to Paris from various countries and continents.

Africa

Asia

Australia 

Europe 

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The United States

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