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Normandy WWII Museum

Normandy WWII Museum

The Normandy WWII Museum located in Caen, France is great for people of all ages and different ranges of historical interest.  World War II was not like any other war but a historical event that created shockwaves throughout the world.  Its ramifications are still evident as it has shaped the world we know today.

Normandy WWII Museum

 

What will you see in this Normandy WWII museum?

Upon arrival to the Memorial de Caen, you instantly see massive flag poles consisting of every great nation involved in World War II.  This instantly sets the stage on how influential this war really was.  This Normandy WWII Museum is the biggest museum in all of Normandy for many reasons.  It doesn’t matter how much prior knowledge you have on this topic or whether you consider yourself a big history fanatic, the museum caters to everyone of all degrees and ages.

The museum is structured as one massive timeline, explaining the series of events of WWII. The storyline begins with background information between the foreign nations and the explanation in the rise of totalitarian leaders involved, such as Hitler and Mussolini.   This Normandy WWII Museum takes into consideration that many visitors might not know why WWII was started, so by adding this to the exhibit, it is greatly beneficial and informative.  The timeline then proceeds from these causes of WWII all the way through the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Normandy WWII museum

Many focal points of the war are displayed such as Hitler’s invasion in Europe, American involvement after the Pearl Harbor attack, and the strategies and war tactics of the Allies and Axis Powers.  The key focal point is on World War II and the actions in Normandy, but the museum touches nicely on all the things before and after that had a hand in shaping how Europe is today.

Why is this Normandy WWII museum so interesting?

The Memorial de Caen doesn’t fail to shed light on sensitive and often-ignored aspects such as both civilian and soldier casualties, Holocaust victims, and the mass destruction of civilizations.  Despite the content containing graphic material, the museum portrays the information in an organized, clear, and tasteful way.  Real artifacts like worn uniforms, newspaper clips, guns, and machinery are displayed throughout the entire exhibit, giving visitors an actual sense of what the war was like.  Because WWII applies to many nations, captions and explanations placed underneath these artifacts and graphics are written in French, English, and German.  Along with these explanations, audio and video clips are displayed across the entire exhibit to aid in a better understanding of the content.  Audio tours are also available in multiple languages if you don’t understand English and French well.

How to visit this museum

Normandy WWII museum Being the largest and most complete museum in Normandy, plan to take at least three hours to fully see the entire exhibit.  Many people have expressed that they wish they planned more time for the museum!  If you only have time on your Normandy trip to visit one museum, make sure it is this one. The information may seem overwhelming at first but arrows are placed frequently to direct and make sure visitors see the information in the correct chronological order. Visitors may also buy tickets to see a short film on the D-Day Invasion as well as follow a tour guide throughout the museum if they wish to have a more in-depth education on the war.  This is extremely helpful especially to those who might not know a lot about WWII!  The Memorial de Caen presents a sobering picture of World War II and all of its ramifications as it broadens awareness to such an influential event.

ParisByM highly recommends taking time to see the beautiful yet heart-breaking exhibit as it raises awareness and knowledge of one of the biggest events in history.

More information to prepare your visit is accessible on the Memorial website here. If you are interested in visiting it during an excursion in Normandy, you can contact us to organize the full visit for you.

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Art Galleries In Paris

Art Galleries in Paris in Le Marais

If you plan to visit France and love art you may want to consider checking out these exceptional art galleries in Paris. You will find them in one of the richest areas for historical art and architecture that Paris has to offer, known as Le Marais – an area packed with history art and culture, it is also regarded as one of the oldest and most prominent destinations for experiencing art and culture in Paris.

Galerie Lahumiere – 17 Rue du Parc Royal 75003, Paris

http://lahumiere.com/?lang=fr

Art Galleries in Paris

Anne and Jean-Claude Lahumiere opened Galerie Lahumiere in 1963. It is nestled within the charming district of Le Marais.This gallery is dedicated to preserving the geometric and “constructed” abstraction styles of art. While visiting, you can expect to find much of the art displayed emulates popular 1950’s and 1960’s style. Additionally, you can anticipate to see work from artists like,  Cahn, Deswane, Gorin etc, and also contemporary artists such as Baudin, Bécie, Perrot, Stempful etc. Gallery Lahumiere is open Tuesday through Saturday from 2pm-7pm or by appointment.

Art Galleries in Paris

Modus Art Gallery – 23 Place des Voges 75003, Paris

https://www.modus-gallery.com/

Modus Art Gallery was founded in the year 1996. This gallery can also be found in Le Marais district of Paris. Here, you can see unique exhibits, which contain a mix of modern and contemporary works of art. The gallery showcases many talented, established artists but also supports young, emerging purveyors of art. The pieces displayed can range from paintings, sculptures, photography, and small objects, so as you can imagine, the price range varies as well! Modus Art Gallery is open everyday from 10:30am-7pm.

Galerie Art Concept – 13 Rue des Arquebusieres 75003, Paris

https://www.gallerieartconcept.com/

Art Galleries in ParisThe Art Concept Gallery was originally established in 1997 in Paris and in 2010, the decision to move the gallery to Le Marais district of Paris was made. Art Concept Gallery states they do not represent one particular artistic medium, so many of the pieces found in the exhibitions can be figurative or abstract. Past visitors have described the gallery as an “eclectic” collection defending contemporary art. Some artists that you have the opportunity to observe at Art Concept include, Jacob Kassay, Richard Fauguet, Julien Audebert, Ulla Von Brandeburg and Nathan Hylden among others. Galerie Art Concept is open Monday through Saturday, 11am-8pm.

Galerie Perrotin –10 ImpGalerie Perrotin, Art Galleries in Parisasse Saint-Claude 75003 ; 60 Rue de Teurenne 75003, Paris

https://www.perrotin.com/

Emmanuel Perrotin is a French art dealer and collector specializing in contemporary art. Perrotin opened his first gallery in Paris in 1990, at the age of 21. Since then, he has opened 18 spaces internationally in cities such as New York, Hong Kong, Seoul, Tokyo and Shanghai. In Paris alone, Perrotin has 3 gallery spaces that total 25,000 square feet. In 2005, Perrotin moved Galerie Perrotin to Le Marais district where he opened his showroom gallery at the Hotel Du Grand Veneur, which is also located in Le Marais. You can visit this gallery Tuesday through Saturday, from 11am-7pm.

Galerie Thessa Herold – 7 Rue de Thorigny 75003, Paris thessa herold, Art Galleries in Paris

http://www.thessa-herold.com/

This exquisite gallery was originally founded in the 70’s under the name of Galerie de Seine as it was located on the left bank of the river. Then, in 1983 the gallery was moved into the Le Marais district near the Picasso museum. The gallery holds a handful of exhibitions each year where visitors can find features from artists ranging from the historic avant-garde style to contemporary artists.You can visit this gallery Tuesday-Saturday from 2pm-6:45pm.

Art Galleries in Paris

Galerie Amyot – 20 Rue St. Louis 75004 Paris

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This art gallery is owned by a female art dealer and collector, Élisabeth Amyot. Visitors of this gallery can expect to find many visions of figurative art. Some of the artistist represented include, Richard de Prémare, Daniel Jaugey,  Sarfati, Lehry-Bouisson, and Gaudin. If you love art of figurative nature, this is the gallery to visit!

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The Chocolate Museum (Musée Gourmand du Chocolat)

It is one of the world’s most popular delicacies, but few people know a lot about it. In the chocolate museum for chocolate lovers (Musée Gourmand du Chocolat) in Paris, you can taste your way through the evolution of chocolate. During a visit to the Musée Gourmand du Chocolat you will learn how the Mayans and then the Aztec used to grow cocoa trees, how cocoa beans conquered Europe, but also how cocoa is converted into chocolate. A master chocolate maker will make chocolates for you with a tasting sessions that is of course included in the visit. Visit now and try different chocolate products while watching how they are made and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate at the end.

History

The building has 3 floors. You start on the ground floor where you go into the history of cocoa and the use of cocoa. Starting with the Olmecs, Mayans, and Aztecs, you will learn more about the important role cocoa played in ancient cultures. Jump to the year 1502, when Christopher Columbus and his crew robbed a Maya merchant and confiscated some cocoa beans in the process. He was not impressed by the goods but nevertheless brought the cocoa beans back to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella as a curiosity. By the end of the 16th century, cocoa use was widespread across Europe.

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The Tour

The basement is one of the most fun parts of the museum. Here you will find very special chocolate creations like a very large Eiffel Tower of chocolate and a very large Arc de Triomphe made of chocolate. Extremely beautifully crafted, and incredibly detailed there are also fashion designs of chocolate such as dresses and heels.  The dresses have actually been worn by real models.

You can also see how the process of making chocolate has become increasingly streamlined over the centuries. Look at demonstrations that take place in the basement every 25 minutes to discover the secret behind the glossy outer layer that makes chocolate cakes so attractive, and sample a few chocolate products made on the spot.

The chocolate maker will show you how pralinés with hazelnut in it are made. Before each session, you will watch a short film explaining how chocolate is produced nowadays, from harvesting cocoa until the final transformation to chocolate.

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Tasting

The best part of this demonstration: you can taste chocolate from different countries. Enjoy the creamy smoothness of Costa Rican chocolate, the delicious “melt-in-the-mouth” fruitiness of Peruvian chocolate, the sweet aromas of cocoa beans from Vanuatu and much more. You will also learn that chocolate has many benefits for your health.

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Various objects and beans are exhibited in which information is always given in 3 languages: English, French and Spanish.

At the end of your visit, enjoy a cup of hot chocolate milk and take a look around in the museum shop to buy a book, souvenir or some chocolates.

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Experience a Night at the Museum in Paris

In France, on the 19th of May, is celebrated as the Museum’s Night. Established in 2005, therefore making this year its 14th year celebration. If you are in France at this moment, you can’t miss this night at the museum!

 

What is the Night at the Museum?

The Museum’s Night is a day when museums and monuments are opened at night (till midnight for most of them). All visitors are welcomed to experience a night at the museum since the entrance is free for these events. It does not only concern French museums but all Europe’s museums. Special events are proposed for the night at the museum: guided tours, workshops, live shows and more.

Its aim is to attract new audiences, especially young people and families and to raise awareness of France’s cultural treasures, and more widely, European’s ones too.

First seen in Germany in 1997, this event has become a growing success. In 2017, more than 3 800 museums in Europe took part in the special night, with specifically 1 800 museums in France.

2018 was declared the European year of cultural heritage. Thus, this year is placed on the theme of Europe, in order to promote cultural diversity.

Museums will once again take part in the operation “La Classe, Louvre!”, which invites all students to study artwork from a museum. Then, they present their interpretation to their relatives and the visitors during the night of museums.

 

Where to go for the Night at the Museum?

In addition to the main exhibition, you can visit the temporary exhibit. To help you decide where to go for the night at the museum, ParisByM has made a selection of the most worthy ones to visit.

From the most classic ones to the modern ones, there is something for every taste. Feel free to check on the museums’ official website whether there are any special events organized for the night. Upcoming programs.

 

The Louvre Museum

The most classical museum, with antique art. If you haven’t seen the Joconde yet, this is your chance.

What to See: Exhibition of Delacroix, painter of the romantic movement. Its most renowned artwork is “Liberty Leading the People”.

For more information, click here.
Rue de Rivoli, 75001

Louvre, Paris, night at the museum

Louvre

 

The Museum of the Orangerie

Big fans of impressionism, use this special night at the museum to discover the museum of the Orangerie.

What to See: Exhibition of Claude Monet, you will be impressed to discover the famous Water Lilies he painted.

For more information, click here.
Place de la Concorde, 75001

Musee de l'Orangerie, night at the museum

Museum of the Orangerie

 

The Museum of the Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac

You will find in exhibited this museum, ethnologic and contemporary museum, art and civilizations from Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas.

What to See: “Hells and Ghosts of Asia”, the museum proposes to immerse in the Asian culture and imagination of scary creatures.

For more information, click here.
37 Quai Branly, 75007

Night at the museum

Quai Branly Museum

 

The Foundation of Louis Vuitton

Take a look at this amazing building of the XXIth which has incredibly inspiring modern artwork.

What to See: “Au Diapason du Monde”, a temporary exhibition based on the re-appropriation of myths and the exploration of the human being.

For more information, click here.
8 Avenue du Mahatma Gandhi, 75116

Night at the museum

Louis Vuitton Foundation

 

The Versailles Castle

The most famous castle in France, visit the impressive castle where the king Louis XIV lived.

What to See: The Royal Chapel, the Hall of Mirrors and the King’s bedroom.

For more information, click here.
Place d’Armes 78000

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Versailles’ Gardens

 

The City of Science and Industry

For a night with family, the City of Science and Industry is the perfect place to go. You have the choice between many temporary exhibitions and most of them are interactive, perfect for kids.

What to See: “Patate !”, an exhibition on potatoes. “Once upon a time”, which explore the science through childhood tales. “Cold” or “Special Effects”, which explains the different kinds of trickery techniques of the cinema.

For more information, click here.
30 Avenue Corentin Cariou, 75019

Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie, Paris Museums, night at the museum

Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie

 

Museum of Police Headquarters

For a less common night at the museum, visit the museum of Police Headquarters which traces the history of Parisian police between crimes and punishments.

For more information, click here.
4 Rue de la Montagne Sainte Geneviève 75005

 

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What to see in Paris in 4 Days

What to See in Paris in 4 Days

      When coming to Paris and realizing you only have four days to visit all the beauty the city has to offer, it may be a bit overwhelming. Such a large city, that has been around for so many years, has layers and layers of history built into its walls. Given that the Eiffel Tower is an obvious sight that you have to see when you visit, let’s take a look at what to see in Paris in 4 days. The great thing about Paris is although you may only have limited time to visit, we can give you a list of the top must-see destinations to visit while you’re here for 4 days, and you can always come back!

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Louvre:

The Louvre complex is another famous site that you can’t miss when visiting Paris. It was originally built in 1202 to be a fortress for a king, but in the 1500s, it got renovated with wings added to be a royal palace. In the late 1700s, it became the now famous Musée du Louvre. Its construction was finished when its famously recognizable glass pyramid was added in the 1980s. Stroll through the endless halls of art and sculptures and enjoy the breathtaking architecture at the same time. Take a peek at pieces like the Mona Lisa, and some Roman sculptures. Get there early or buy your tickets in advance, because the lines for the museum are always long. It’s also good to keep in mind that on Wednesdays and Thursdays, the Museum stays open until 10pm! You can also enjoy the underground mall the Tuileries garden right outside of the Louvre.

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Orsay Museum:

Another famous museum you can’t leave Paris without visiting is Musee d’Orsay. This museum can be found along the Seine River and was open in 1986 in the location of an old railway station. This art museum is filled with some of the most beautiful impressionist and post-impressionist artwork in the world. Here you can find works from artists like Monet, Van Gough,  and Manet. 

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Arc De Triomphe:

This monument was wanted by Napoleon in 1806 to commemorate the French Revolution. At over 50 meters tall, the Arc De Triumph is a must-see for some of the best views of Paris. Climb up its old staircase to the top and view the beautiful skyline of the city. See the elaborate details and decorations scribed into the bottom of the arc. The body of the Unknown Soldier is buried at the base, and you can see the flame of remembrance relit every day at 18:30. While seeing the Arc, makes sure to enjoy the rest of the Champs Elysées area with all its cafes and luxury shops.

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Notre Dame

Notre-Dame Cathedral: 

In the middle of the Seine River, on the island Ile de la Cite, you can find the beautiful 800-year-old Notre Dame. Build in 1163, this gothic Catholic church is one of the most famous churches in the world and sports beautiful architecture and stained glass windows. In this actively used church, you can find many renowned religious artifacts, paintings, and can see the history and renovations done over the years to the enormous building.

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Versailles

Versailles:

If you’re looking for a sight to take your breath away, Versailles is sure to do it. Famously known for its palace and its gardens, Versailles is a beautiful area just on the outskirts of the city.  Louis XIV hired many painters and artists to elaborately decorate the Palace with beautiful gold pieces and cover the ceilings in color. The gardens bloom with colors and boast tall fountains and sculptures to visitors. The area is one you won’t forget.

Cimetière Père Lachaise

Père Lachaise  Cemetery:

As the largest cemetery in Paris and the most visited one in the world, the Père Lachaise Cemetery is definitely a trip you’ll remember. The 44 hectares area in the 20th arrondissement has over 70,000 graves to see. Not only is the cemetery peaceful to visit, but it also houses many famous people like Oscar Wilde, Jim Morrison, Molière, and Edith Piaf.

Sacré-Cœur

Sacré-Cœur

Montmartre:

On a hill at the highest point in Paris, Montmartre is on the outer part of the city and is a beautiful and happening place. Located in this area is the famous Sacré-Cœur Basilica built as an expedition piece in 1914, and the world-renowned cabernet Moulin Rouge. Enjoy the artistic shops and streets, as long and you don’t mind the stairs! You could get some of the best views of Paris.

We have put together a 4-day package that can relive the stress of traveling, and assure you that you catch all the best attractions! This itinerary makes sure to hit all of the above attractions and many more! For additional information, click the link below:

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Theme Parks and Attractions Around Paris

When you think of visiting Paris, usually its famous monuments and museums come to mind, and they should.  But, there are also many theme parks and attractions around Paris that are worth visiting.  So whether you’re an adrenaline junkie, love theme parks, or just want to get away and have a change in scenery, ParisByM has got your back!

Disneyland Paris© Disneyland Paris, attractions around Paris

Not only is it one of the most well-known attractions around Paris, but Disneyland Paris is one of Europe’s top theme park.  As the only Disney park on the whole continent, Disneyland Paris attracts people from all over the world.  Not only does it include the Disneyland Park, but it also features Walt Disney Studios Park, Disney Village, seven themed hotels, and recreational activities like Golf Disneyland that are sure to please everyone.  Even better, you don’t have to worry about transportation, as Disneyland Paris is an easily accessible getaway with countless ways of traveling to and from Paris and even London.

Parc Asterixattractions around Paris

Based on the popular French comic book series Astérix Parc Asterix can be enjoyed by all whether or not you’re familiar with the series.  The park remains in the visual style of its stories through its six different worlds:  Egypt, The Roman Empire, Gaul, Vikings, Ancient Greece, and Time Travel.  Parc Asterix is most known for its insane variety of roller coasters but still caters to familiesthrill seekers, and the young adventurers.

Jardin d’AcclimationAttractions around Paris

Created for children, Jardin d’Acclimation was Paris’ first amusement park opened by Napoleon III.  While the park includes many attractions for children, it also boasts plenty of greenery and lounging areas that allow parents to relax while their kids enjoy.  Jardin d’Acclimation also features antique games, an animal farm, an archery range, children’s museums, and much more.  So whether you want to stay closer to the city or have a less expensive experience, Jardin d’Acclimation is a great choice among the attractions around Paris!

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For those beautiful days when all you want to do is go to the beach but don’t want to travel all the way to the South of France, ParisByM has the place for you.  As the largest urban water park in Europe, Aquaboulevard features a sandy beach, lazy rivers, two wave pools, 11 giant water slides, outdoor as well and indoor jacuzzis, and much more!  The park, located on the southern border of the Periferique, even includes cinemas, meeting rooms, offices, shops, and fitness rooms.  With a large focus on safety and hygiene, Aquaboulevard is the perfect place for an exciting day out for the whole family.

France MiniatureAttractions around Paris

About a 40 minute drive outside of the city, France Miniature transforms an outdoor park into a shrunken version of France.  This miniature park, laid out in the shape of France, features scale models of popular French monuments and landmarks placed in correlation to their approximate locations in France.  It also includes many attractions and interactive experiences appealing to younger children.  Where else can you see France in one day?

Foire du Trône (Trône Fair)Attractions around Paris

Maybe the oldest traditional fair in France and the largest in Paris, Foire du Trône attracts millions of visitors each year.  The fair is easily accessible by metro from the city and is located at the Pelouse de Reuilly bordering the Bois de Vincennes.  Foire du Trône boasts 350+ attractions including 80 rides and rollercoasters, with new attractions being added each year.  Additionally, by offering an array of carnival type and classic French foods, visitors can get into the carnival spirit and enjoy the historic fair that has been around since the year 957.

 

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5 Day Paris Itinerary for the Second Time Visitor

This list of must-see places in Paris is for those who have already had the privilege to see the most well-known symbols of Paris but want to discover more of the city. Here, you will discover a 5 Paris day itinerary for the second time visitor looking to be amazed at what France has to offer.

Day 1 – Latin Quarter

Catacombs

From the 1700s, underground stacking of over a million Parisian remains due to lack of space. Chilling and once in a lifetime experience.

5 Day Paris Itinerary for the second time visitor

The Luxembourg Garden

Jardin du Luxembourg

Beautiful gardens from the 1600s with greens and sculptures perfect to relax, enjoy a picnics, and take in the park.

Pantheon

Museum and an underground crypt that houses famous remains of people like scientist and Nobel Prize winner Marie Curie.

Saint Chapel

Beautiful stained glass church from 1248 that belonged to Saint Louis and held many Christian relics over the years, like the Crown of Thorns.

5 day itinerary to Paris for the Second Time Traveler

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Walk the Streets
      • See all the unique boutiques and restaurants on the stone streets
      • Visit bookstores like the famous Shakespeare and Company
Musée de Cluny

See all Medieval art, Roman baths in this unique building from the late 1400s.

 

Day 2 –Châtelet

Formes des Halles

Stop right off the metro underground at this amazingly built shopping center.

5 day Paris Itinerary for the second time Visitor

Wine Museum
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George Center Pompidou

Enjoy this cultural center build in the 1970s that houses a cinema, the National Museum of Modern Art, exhibitions, a library, music center, restaurants, shops and more.

Explore The Streets

The surrounding streets are covered in artistic boutiques, cafes, and vintages thrifts shops to enjoy

5 Day Paris Itinerary for the second time traveler

Pompidou Center

Musée de Vin

Museum and wine tasting French flavors in a 15th-century wine cellar

Dinner Cruise

Dinner boat cruise on the seine with live music and entertainment, with sightseeing the Eiffel Tower and the city’s architecture.

 

 

Day 3 – Le Marais

5 day Paris Itinerary for the second time visitor

Place de Vosges

Marche des Enfants Rouges

Sample Ethnic foods at the street market

Explore the Streets

shopping, bistros, fashion, street art, and history

Picasso Museum

Full art gallery of Picasso’s work

5 day Paris itinerary of the second time visitor

Le Marais Streets

Place des Vosges

This is the oldest planned square in Paris, filled with a park, shops, galleries, and cafes

Musée Grevin

Palais des Mirages attraction- “the Hall of Mirrors” a light-and-sound show full of color

( or Celebrity wax exhibit)

 

Day 4- Day Trip

Castles

Enjoy a day or 1/2 day trip to different castles on the outside of the city accessible by public transportation

Some options include:

5 day Paris Itinerary for the second time visitor

Chantilly

  • Chantilly
  • Malmaison
  • Saint Germain en Laye

*Other options and details about the castles and how to get there are attached below in the related articles

Cabernet

Come back from castle exploring for the day to enjoy a cabernet show and dinner at one of the famous Parisian sights, either: Moulin Rouge, Le Lido, or Crazy Horse.

5 day Paris Itinerary for the second time visitor

Lido

 

Day 5- Grands Boulevards

Gallery Lafayette and Pretempts
5 day Paris itinerary for the second time visitor

Opéra Garnier Paris

Two famous luxury indoor shopping plazas that have to be seen regardless if you enjoy shopping. The architecture of the beautiful buildings alone is enough to pay a visit.

Shopping Arcades

Hidden covered passageways built in the 1800s that are filled with shops, cafes, and antique bookstores and art galleries.

5 day Paris itinerary for the second time visitor

Lafayette  (credit: wiki)

Rue de Martyrs

surrounding scenic streets full of cafes and shops

Musée du Chocolate

Museum and Chocolate tour/tasting

Palais Garnier

Catch a famous Opera or ballet show

 

 

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Historical attractions in France

The city of love and the Eiffel Tower are probably the first things which come to mind when you think about France.
But France is more than just that, France is a country rich with literatures, ancient heritage and beautiful landscapes.
It is the country in which the enlightenment began, the country of Voltaire in which everybody speaks the language of Molière.
If you plan a trip to France, I encourage you to visit these French attractions which are linked to France history.

The Notre Dame Cathedral

This historical monument is without a doubt, one of Paris’ most beautiful buildings.

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Notre Dame de Paris (Wikimedia Commons)

Its construction started in 1163 but was spread over 2 centuries.
This gothic masterpiece occupies a symbolic place in Paris along with the cathedral of Reims, the most famous Churchs in France.
In fact, French Kings and Napoléon I were sacred here and ceremonies took place for the death of France’s Presidents Charles de Gaule, George Pompidou, and François Mitterand.
This archidiocese cathedral is also famous for its appearance in Victor Hugo’s novel Notre-Dame de Paris, published in 1831, which inspired Disney’s movie, “The Hunchback of Notre-Dame”.

The Arc de Triomphe

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The Arc of Triomphe is one of the many landmarks of the city.
Commanded by Napoléon I in order to celebrate his military victories, its construction began in 1806 and ended in 1836. It stands in the center of “La place Charles De Gaulle” in the 8th quarter of Paris, near the Champs-Elysées.
Now it houses the tombs of the unknown soldiers, where every day an eternal flame commemorate all the fallen soldiers, with a ceremony between 6 and 6:30 PM.

 The Pantheon

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Panthéon

The Pantheon is in Paris Latin quarter, near the Jardin de Luxembourg.
In the XVIII century it was planned that the Pantheon will serve as a Church, but now this impressive monument has the vocation to honour those who have marked France’s history.
Jean Moulin, Voltaire, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Victor Hugo, Emile Zola and Jean Jaurès are for instance laid to rest in the Pantheon.

 The Palace of Versailles

France’s symbol of the Glory, the Palace of Versailles is with its 700 rooms, the biggest castle in the world.

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Versailles Palace

Build in the beginning of the XVII century under the order of King Louis XIV, better known as “Le Roi Soleil”, Versailles palace was used as principal residence for France’s Kings before the revolution.
Its Baroque style, served as inspiration for the future construction of castles in the XVII and XVIII centuries.
But since the XIX century, Versailles palace is used as a museum with nearly millions of visitors.

If you have the occasion, I suggest you go around Versailles garden which is inscribed on UNESCO’s World heritage list.

The Basilica of Saint-Denis

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The Basilica of Saint Denis is a gothic style church located in the centre of Saint Denis which is 5 km from Paris.
Since its construction in the XII century, it was destined to host the Final resting of the Kings and Queens of France.
Now, this burial place reunites the rest of 43 Kings,32 queens and 10 servants of the monarchy.
If you want to discover France’s former Kings and Queens, I definitely recommend this place.
Here, you can learn more  about the Robertians, the Capets, the Merovingian and other Frankish family’s who once rulled France.

Château de Malmaison

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Château de Malmaison

The Château de Malmaison in Ruel-Malmaison was the principal residence of Napoléon I, the “Emperor of the French”, and his wife Josephine.
Before becoming their principal residence, it was a seignorial residence and a literary salon held by Madame du Moley who received artist like Friedrich Melchior Grimm or Bernadin de Saint-Pierre.
Since 1903, this historical monument remains the property of the French State which transformed 2 years later in a Museum.

 

The Château de Chambord

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Chateau de Chambord

If you want to visit an attraction outside the Region of Paris, you can go to Chambord.
Chambord and its Castle, “le Château de Chambord”, tells the history of the Renaissance.
The Castel of Chambord was built in 1519, under the order of King Francis I, and owns an ornamental garden and a hunting park, listed as a historical monument.

 

 

This list may help you having an overview of the main attractions in France.
If you are fascinated by history, I definitely encourage you to visit these monuments and learn the full history.

 

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5 Original Dining Experiences in Paris

When planning a trip to France, tourists often look for original dining experiences that allow them to see Paris in ways they never imagined. Eating in a restaurant on a Parisian street might be amazing, but imagine the effect a cruise dinner, or a dinner show can make. With endless options to choose, here are five original dining experiences to try in Paris if you’re tired of the traditional restaurant atmosphere.

Dinner Cruise

     What better way to tour Paris at night, than by taking a dinner cruise on the Seine river? Not only can you enjoy a romantic gourmet meal, but you can also take in the sights around you.  The Eiffel Tower, flawless architecture, and beautifully lit up streets surround the water. The tours typically last from 1.5 to 4 hours, with varying options. Pricing also changes depending on the length and the quality of the cruise’s amenities/food. You can pay anywhere from 100 to 300 euro per a person. Some also include enjoyable live bands and entertainment throughout the night.

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Cruise in the Seine River

 

Food Tour

     Another original dining experience you can have in Paris is by booking a food tour. With so many flavorful foods to taste, you can enjoy a wine, chocolate, or a cheese tour. More specifically, you could take a dinner walking tour, where you can experience all the different food options the streets/markets have to offer in Paris. These guided tours educate you on French foods while you enjoy the scenery. Fill your stomach trying a variety of dishes and foods from different shops. Feel like a true Parisian as you’re immersed in the culture, enjoying market hot spots and dig-in favorites.

Original dining experiences in Paris

Cooking Class

     You don’t always have to be sitting waiting around to get your food. You can make your dinner time a truly memorable experience by helping cook what you eat! Cooking classes in Paris are available for people at all levels, ages, and different languages. Not only are there classes where you can cook a fully authentic French meal, but there are also courses where you focus on specific categories, like French desserts and pastries. You can meet new friends by doing a class with strangers, schedule a big group, or have your own family/couple private cooking night. Regardless of your choice, you’ll love the experience, and hopefully the food you create!

original dining experiences in Paris

Dinner Cabaret Show

    For a night of music laughter eating, and fun, consider a dining experience you’ll never forget at a Cabaret Show. These exotic, theatrical dancing shows will make you want to laugh, dance, and sing along all while enjoying your meal in your seat. There so many Cabarets to choose from, with of the most famous among tourist being the Moulin Rouge, Lido, and Crazy Horse. There are many smaller ones to visit, although they may all not accommodate non-native speakers. The dinner shows provide a full evening of fun from around 175 to 300 euro

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Dine in the Dark

      Currently, one of the most original dining experiences you can try in Paris is dining in the dark. This new fad has become popular in big cities around the world, including Paris. The restaurant Dans Le Noir offers guests an hour adventure through their pitch-black restaurant, where they are served drinks and dinner. Not only are they blind, but so are their wait staff. The idea of the dinner is to heighten the senses and make one aware of their surroundings in the creative environment.  This is a must do for travelers looking for a night they won’t forget.

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View of Your Meal at Dans Le Noir!

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French cosmetic brands

French cosmetic brands

Every women should feel beautiful.
This is why the beauty industrie keep changing and  cosmetic brands keep changing and innovating.
The competition between beauty brands is very tough and only those which have a good communication strategy survive.
This is why cosmetic brands like Anastacia beverly Hills, famous for it’s brownkit, use all type of social media to promote their products. French people enjoy taking care of themself and I’m sure you also do.
So ParisByM selected the 6 Best French cosmetic brands.

 Bio Brands

Melvita

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Melvita is a french cosmetic brand created in 1980 by a beekeeper.
Melvita’s products were first composed of honey but they expanded their line on other natural products like Argan Oil based products.
Today, it has a wide product line composed of body care products, hair care products, perfums, flower water etc…
But its flagship product is its beewax hexagonal soap, which also is the first soap creation.
This brand very  succesful in France but now it is recognize in the United States of America and in Asia.
In fact,all its cosmetic products  meets the bio certification requirements.

Cattier

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Cattier

Cattier is part of the bio pioneer brands in France.
Cartier offers environement friendly  products good for health, rich in vitamin and in minerals.
Its products are principaly available in drugstores and are very affordable for bio products.
Among its wide range of products, you can find general care cosmetic, lip care products, baby care set and clay products.

High end cosmetic brands

Clarins

French cosmetic brands

Clarins

Clarins is the european leader in the cosmetic market.
Created in 1954, this band is mainly active in perfumerie and department stores via distribution agreements.
Today Clarins distribuate its products in more than 150 countries and is leading the high-end beauty market in Europe.
Clarins secret of succes:plants.
In fact, Clarins schemes contains more than 250 vegetable ingredients rigorously selected and cultivated in a sustainable and environmentally way.
If you like being pampered , I definitly recommand you enjoing a spa in Clarins parisian stores.

Sisley

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Sisley

Sisley is a french cosmetic brand which produces and distributes high quality make-up, healthcare products and fragrances.
Its products are formulated on natural plant extract and essential oils rigorously selected and controlled in order to guarantee clear results on the skin.
The brand is sold in the best department stores, perfumeries and salons all over the world.

Fragonard

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Fragonard

Fragonard is one of the oldest Perfumeries from Grasse, the city of perfum.
In France, Fragonard is known for its perfums but their also produce soaps, scented candles , face and body care products.
Fragonard also own its Musée du Parfum  in Paris which retrace the history of the perfum industry.
If you are planning to visit it, it  is opened from Monday to Saturday, from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., with free entry and free guided tour.
You can get there by subway: Opéra (lines 3, 7, 8), Madeleine (12, 14), Havre-Caumartin (9) Saint-Lazare (13)
RER A Auber, RER E Haussmann Saint-Lazare
Bus: 21, 22, 27, 52, 53, 66, 68, 81, 95

Dior

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Dior

Christian Dior is known for being the men who wanted to give women the passion and desire to stand for their beauty.
This is why he created Dior.
He started with a clothing line, which was so succesful that it revolutionized the fashion industry.
In fact, his design mixed elegance and casualness.
Today Dior has international sucess due to its clothing line, but not only.
Dior’s succes is also due to its perfumes and make-up products which are made for  every women.
Its most famous perfum and oldest perfum  is called Miss Dior and is worn by celebrities like Natalie Portmann

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Yves Rocher

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Yves Rocher

Yves Rocher is a Breton company focused on international expansion.
This brand is present in more than 110 countries and is known for being the brand which revolutionized the beauty industry.
For the reason that, it is the brand which created and developed vegetal cosmetic.
In 2015 Yves Rocher was elected, the most popular brand in France.
After all, they act for the beauty while being respectful to the environement.

Sephora

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Sephora is propably the best well-known French cosmetic chain.
In fact, Sephora owns more than 1 000 shops all around the world and feature nearly 300 brands like Anastacia Beverly Hills, Yves Saint Laurent, Dior, Benefit, Urban Decay etc…
But it also owns it own brand Sephora accessible to everyone.

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Top 5 student-friendly bars in Paris

During a quick stay in Paris, it is always great idea to meet people from all over the world in this beautiful city. And especially when you are a student traveling in Paris, there is no better choice than to go to a bar to meet interesting people.

However, as a student or a young traveler, it might be quite difficult to find bars that you expect. So, for pertinent recommendations, look no further than the list of Top 5 student-friendly bars that we have meticulously prepared for you!

L’Archi Bar (30 places)

In the heart of the student neighborhood, the Archi bar has become an inescapable place. Its basement room and terrace will make you spend an evening in a young ambiance. You can play your own music and create your own atmosphere. You won’t be disappointed either by the staff. They add to the ambiance and will party with you! So, you will be understood there whether, if it’s for its festive atmosphere or its awesome staff, all criteria are met by choosing the Archi Bar.

Schedule & Price

Opening hours: 8a.m. to 2a.m.Paris students bars

Happy hours: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Opening days: Monday to Saturday

Average age: 18 – 35 years

Cocktails: 6,5€ – 4€ (in happy hour)

Pint: 5€ – 3€ (in happy hour)

Le Bistrot des Artistes (60 places)

Paris students barsThe Bistrot des Artistes located around Odeon is a small and friendly bar where you can come to relax and meet friends. It is the perfect place to spend a good evening without breaking the bank! Cocktails at 5€ and pints at 3€ in happy hour, what more can you ask for? Here, the theme is sharing, everyone mixes together, both regulars customers and transients. As for decorations, the atmosphere is African themed, with safari hats, masks, and expositions on the walls. If you are an art lover, you will be won over. The bar regularly organizes exhibitions of paintings and photographs as well as offer concerts. Go alone or with friends, you won’t be disappointed.

Schedule & Price

Opening hours: 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Happy hours: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Opening days: Monday to Sunday

Average age: 18 – 27 years

Cocktails: 7€ – 6€ (in happy hour)

Pint: 4,5€ – 3€ (in happy hour)

Corcoran’s – Sacré Cœur (250 places)

Corcoran’s got everything a real Irish pub should have! Located in the very Parisian Sacré Coeur area, you would be able to taste their delicious whiskeys, bitter stouts, and sparkling ciders while watching a good rugby game. But that’s not all, this bar also offers you the chance to play giant quizzes or to take part in great concerts/DJ’s, something to have fun with friends! At Corcoran’s the happy hours take place from 7 pm to 9 pm and the pub can accommodate up to 300 people, the perfect combo to spend memorable evenings! So, if you’re looking for a British spirit, beer, and a crazy atmosphere, this bar is for you!

Schedule & Price

Opening hours: 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Weekend schedule: 10 a.m. to 5 a.m.

Happy hours: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Opening days: Monday to Sunday

Average age: 18 – 25 years old

Cocktails: 9€ – 7€ (in happy hour)

Pint: 6,9€ – 5,6€ (in happy hour)

Apérock (45 places)Paris students bars

“Drinks, Food & Good Music”: these are the watchwords of ApéRock! Opened in 2013 by a fan of punk and rock, this bar-restaurant is “the first spot in Ile-de-France where you can taste a 300g entrecote while listening to Madness”. Concerts, girly parties, and crazy programs punctuate the weeks in ApéRock.

Schedule & Price

Opening hours: 6 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.Paris students bars

Happy hours: 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Opening days: Tuesday to Saturday

Average age: 23 – 35 years

Cocktails: 9€ – 7€ (in happy hour)

Pint: 8€ – 6€ (in happy hour)

La Cave Saint Germain (50 places)

In the middle of the inescapable Rue des Canettes, you cannot miss the Cave Saint-Germain, which welcomes you every day from 6 p.m. to dawn. At the beginning of the evening, in a rugby atmosphere, you will taste a plate of cold meats around a good bottle of cocktail or pint. From midnight onwards, you will invade the vaulted cellars of the 17th century to wiggle until early morning on the dance floor. For those who prefer to talk about life quietly until dawn, the ground floor bar offers a wide selection of old whiskeys, cocktails or beer.

Schedule & Price

Opening hours: 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Happy hours: 6 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Opening days: Monday to Saturday

Average age: 18 – 25 years old

Cocktails: 12€ – 7€ (in happy hour)

Pint: 10€ – 3€ (in happy hour)

And of course, there are plenty more student-friendly bars in Paris, you also have “Belushi’s” beside the Gare du Nord, which is already famous in London and in other capital cities in Europe. Also, other famous bars such as “Les Afterword du VIP ROOM” which accommodates more than 600 people, the popular Australian-owned Paris chain “Cafe Oz” and so on.

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The 5 Best Places to Visit in Italy

On the menu, pizzas and pastas and for breaks, gelaterias and caffès. Isn’t Italian food the best thing in the world ? Besides delicious dishes, there are also plenty of famous artwork, so you will never get bored here. So come to Italy to experience la dolce vittà and take a tour on a Vespa around some of the most beautiful cities of the country ! Take a look at our selection of the best places to visit in Italy.

 

Rome

The capital of Italy, this city is one of the oldest cities in Europe and is filled with history and ruins. In fact, Rome has plenty of famous monuments, especially from the antique period which was the golden age of the city. The Colosseum and also the ruins of the Roman forum. Make a wish at the Trevis fountain and learn the myth behind the Bocca della Verità.

The Catholicism has an important place in the city. Close to 900 churches were built in total in Rome. Specifically, you must absolutely visit is the Basilica Saint Pierre in the Vatican, it is the Church where the pope lives. Be prepared to climb the stairs of the basilica to reach the dome painting by Michelange (320 steps if you take the lift or 550 without the elevator). Saint Pierre’s holy stone lies in this church.

Best places to visit in Italy

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Florence

In Florence, which is a cradle of art, you will see the most breath-taking masterpieces of the Renaissance age. This cultural city has the greatest museum of the Renaissance, the Galleria degli Uffizi, where the Boticelli’s “Birth of Venus” is displayed. You should also visit the Galleria dell’Academia to see artworks of Michelange, and especially the sculpture of “David”.

The capital of Tuscany was marked with the Medicis, an influent sponsoring family from the Renaissance. The Palazzo Pitti, which was their home, is today an important museum.
The Ponte Vecchio built in the XIVth century is the oldest bridge of Florence. This covered alley above the Arno river has become the most famous landmark of Florence. As for the Duomo, it overlooks the capital by its impressive structure. Florence is definitely one of the best places to visit in Italy.

Best places to visit in Italy

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Venice

Gathering 121 islands, Venice is really not an ordinary place. Built on stilts, you wouldn’t be able to resist its charm. You will like walking around the streets of the Italian city of love and visit the Palazzo Ducale and the Piazza San Marco. Walk along the shops of the Ponte di Rialto, take pictures of the Ponte dei Sosperi and visit the city on a gondola.

Do not miss the Island of Burano, a former fishing village famous for its colored houses. Fishermen are said to have painted their houses to identify their homes in the event of fog. The island is also known for its lace and glass blowing workshops.

For the Carnaval in February, Venetians wear masks and costumes. To attend the event, prepare your trip ahead of time.
Try eating a Baccala and a Tiramisu at Venise but do not overdrink Prosecco and Bellini cocktails.

Best places to visit in Italy

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Milano

As a city of fashion, fashion weeks are organized every year at Milano. You will have the chance to shop in the most beautiful gallery of Italy, the Galleria Vittorio Emmanuele II. It is really the ideal place for shopping addicts.

Leonardo Da Vinci’s Last Supper is one artwork to be seen at least once in your life. So jump on the occasion and visit the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie. Put yourself in the shoes of an opera singer at the Scala Opera House, and then go admire the Duomo of Milano, one of the most impressive gothic style churches. There’s not a thing missing in Milano, therefore it is one of the best places to visit in Italy.

And lastly, don’t forget to taste the Milanese veal chop and the risotto alla Milanese.

Best places to visit in Italy

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Naples

Naples is also full of history and treasures. Take a look at the Castel dell’Ovo, the oldest Neapolitan castle before going to the Basilica Santa Chiara, where some Kings and Queens of Naples and Sicile are buried. In fact, before the unification, Italy was separated by regions with their own Kings.

In the Museo Archeologico Nazionale, learn more about art and history of Vesuvian towns such as Herculaneum and Pompeii, destroyed by the eruption of the Vesuvius. And what’s more logical than visiting the ruins of Pompeii? Immerse yourself in the antique life and discover the baths, the gymnasiums and the amphitheaters of the time. After a rich afternoon in Pompeii, be sure to go see the Vesuvius, the volcano which destroyed Pompei. The long climbing is worthwhile.

Lastly, how can I mention Naples without even thinking about the real Neapolitan pizza! You should as well try the limoncello, a liquor made with the region’s lemons, which are known to be the best ones.

Best places to visit in Italy

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Where to go for outlet shopping in Paris?

Do you enjoy shopping in Paris, one of the biggest fashion capital in the world? Perhaps you are fan of luxury products but have a limited budget, then you need to take a look of this article about outlet shopping in Paris.

Vallée Village

Outlet shopping in ParisAround 35 minutes from Paris and 5 minutes from Disneyland Parks, La Vallée Village is a commercial center in the form of a “village” which gathers more than 110 luxury and fashion brands. This is a great place for outlet shopping in Paris under a relatively reasonable budget.

For example, you can find Armani, Guess, Kenzo, Longchamp, Mickael Kors, Sandro, Zadig&Voltaire, Burberry, Marni, Calvin Klein, Superdry etc. The concept is simple: all the shops offer more than 30% of discount for all the products, except for the new collection. In fact, all the shops there sell their collections of the previous year. So, it is true that you may not always find your size of clothes, shoes. In this case, be patient and visit another shop, I am sure that you will find some wonderful goods.

After your arrival, you can go to the welcome office to get a map of the Vallée Village. Hence i twill be easier for you to know the locations of the shops in which you are interested. When you make a purchase of more than €175 in a La Vallée Village boutique, you can ask for the tax-free procedures at the cash desk.

We suggest you spending no more than a morning or an afternoon in the village because it is not so big. Moreover, there are not many choices for meals on account of the number of restaurants in the Vallée Village. In fact, technically there are just one French high-class fast food restaurant, Prêt-à-manger and a Starbucks. Therefore, you can also walk for around 10 minutes to the commercial center “Val d’Europe” just beside.outlet shopping in Paris
It is possible to obtain a VIP card, including coupons of -10% discount in 6 shops chosen by yourself.
Since the items cost already much lower than other places, these coupons offer you an additional reduction. In order to get that VIP card, you can contact a travel agency for more information.

Not as the other shops in France, La Vallée Village is open every day except the December 25th, the January 1st and the May 1st. To welcome visitors, La Vallée Village offers transport service. Every day there are 2 Shopping Express® shuttles for going to La Vallée Village and 2 shuttles for the return:

Place des Pyramides – The Village Valley: 09:30 and 13:00

Village Valley – Pyramids Square: 16:00 and 18:45

Address: 3 Cours de la Garonne, 77700 Serris

Opening hours: 10:00-19:00 Sunday to Friday and 10:00-20:00 Saturday (closed 01/01, 05/01, 12/25)

How to get there: by Shopping Express® shuttles in Place des Pyramides or RER A Val d’Europe or get in touch with a travel agency for car transport

 

One nation

One Nation Paris is a French outlet shopping center located in Les Clayes-sous-Bois, Yvelines. It has been open since December 4, 2013. It is not far from Versailles, so if you are visiting Versailles and looking for an idea of outlet shopping in Paris, One Nation can be a nice choice. You can even book a Versailles packages on their website, which allows the entrance of Versailles Castle and the transport to One Nation shopping center.

outlet shopping in ParisThere are two floors in the center: the ground floor is dedicated to streetwear, casual lifestyle and sports brands including Café Coton, Mango, Naf Naf, Rossignol, The North Face, Quiksilver, Pepe Jeans, Vans, Levi’s, Desigual, Ikks, American Vintage; the second floor is more devoted to premium and luxury brands such as Armani, Dirk Bikkembergs, Yves Delorme, Courrèges, Etro, Hervé Léger, Zadig & Voltaire, Diesel, BCBG, Sandro, MaxAzria, Diesel etc.
If you are resident outside the European Union, you benefit automatically from a 12% tax exemption for more than 175.01 euros of purchases on the same day in one or more One Nation Paris stores.

It is important to note that there is actually no restaurant in the One Nation shopping center. However, there are some coffee shops such as Starbucks. Don’t worry about that because if you walk just three minutes, you can find places to eat outside One nation shopping center.

Address: 1 Avenue du Président John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 78340 Les Clayes-sous-Bois

Opening hours: 11:00-20:00 from Sunday to Friday and 10:00-20:00 Saturday

How to get there:

Shuttle One Nation:

From Paris Opéra: 10:15 from Monday to Friday, 13:30 Saturday and Sunday

From l’Arc de Triomphe: 10:25 from Monday to Friday, 13:40 Saturday and Sunday

From Versailles: 12:00 and 15:00 Saturday and Sunday

Bus 44/50 Vallée des entrepreneurs, Bus 20 Gare routière des Clayes

SNCF Transilien N: Villepreux Les Clayes

 

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6 Unusual Ways to Tour Paris

Paris is filled with plenty of interesting and different ways to get to know the city better. And if you are one of those adrenaline junky, these tours will spur you! Here is a list of unique ways on how to spice up your time in Paris. ParisByM has created a list of 6 unusual ways to tour Paris. 

1. Segway Tour

Sure you can just walk around Paris to tour, but it would be twice as fun to tour in a segway. Segways tours can be found in almost any major city and can be a little costly but the experience is worth it. And don’t worry if you don’t know how to ride one since the instructors will spend the first 20 minutes teaching you how to properly ride one for your safety. Once you’ve mastered it, you are ready to go on your way to tour Paris. This is a fun moment to spend with friends while learning about interesting facts about Paris.

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2. Helicopter Tour

For those who love heights, a helicopter tour is your best bet. Imagine touring Paris from a different perspective. While others might continually see the same view of Paris, you will be able to return home with pictures from a different angle. You will be able to see and understand the landscape and the structure of the way Paris was built. This way you will gain a deeper concept of the city of Paris. It is more costly but it is definitely a great experience considering the type of experience you will gain.

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3.Rent a Boat

There are plenty of cruises where you can dine, drink or tour in the seine, but you can also rent your private boat and spend it with a group of your friends alone. This way you can have fun with a little more freedom. Stir the boat to the direction you please or let the river take you anywhere. Find creative ways to take pictures and with the monuments of choice. You can also arrange a package with ParisByM that includes your private boat along with your accommodations and transportation on your trip to Paris for less stress.

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4. Hot Air Balloon

Hot Air Balloon is another way to tour Paris in an exciting way. For those who love heights, this is another great way to explore Paris. Typically hot air balloons are very expensive, luckily there is one company in the 15th arrondissement, called Ball Generali, where prices are as low as 12 euros for adults and 6 euros for children below 11 years old. This is a great experience to view Paris from the top angle and in a relaxed way. Some hot air balloon rides offer dinner or glasses of champagne while you slowly fly through the air.

(Note that Ball Generali is currently closed until March 24th)

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5. Horse Carriage

Take it back in time when horses and horse carriages were the means of transportation. Touring around Paris in a horse carriage will enable you to experience a similar moment in time. Imagine a moment felt as if you’ve traveled back in time. This way you will be able to understand Paris better and experience a different perspective of Paris. This tour is a very relaxed and romantic tour that can be spent with your lover or with a small group of friends. For this activity, you would most likely have to book beforehand on the time and location you would like your horse carriage. For additional costs, you can also request champagne or longer time.

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6. Rent a Motorcycle

Take some time alone with your loved one and run away on a motorcycle tour alone. You can rent motorcycles for a good price in Paris and tour around yourself. Get lost in many of the hidden roads and eventually learn how to get around in Paris. This is a good way to explore for those who are adventurous and spontaneous and for those who dare it. There are plenty of different companies that rent out motorcycles at a competitive price. Depending on the time and type of motorcycle, you can find great prices.

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Where to go for shopping in Paris

Considered as one of the biggest fashion capital in the world, Paris is now the city where no shopping-lovers can ignore. This article aims to give you a global idea about shopping in Paris.

Boulevard Haussmann

Shopping in Paris

Speaking of shopping in Paris, we should definitely talk about the Boulevard Haussmann. There may be the most famous shopping malls in Paris: Galeries Lafayette and Printemps.

Shopping in ParisPrintemps Haussmann is a department store founded in 1865. Because of a big fire, the store has rebuilt its interior in the 1920s. If you are coming to Paris in November or December, you can’t miss the Christmas display of Printemps Haussmann. It was the first department store to create this kind of display. Every year during the Christmas season, Printemps collaborates with famous artists to fulfill its window displays.

Shopping in Paris

As for Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann, it is an upmarket department store which was opened since 1895 and moved to Boulevard Haussmann in 1912. You can not only find haute couture here but also ready-to-wear collections at reasonable prices. Furthermore, Galeries Lafayette is one of the most popular tourist spots for shopping in Paris because of its fabulous dome. When you step in the mall, you should absolutely raise your head and take a look at the dome.

 

Le Marais

Shopping in ParisSince the Moyen-Âge until the 18th century, a lot of French nobles built their mansions in the Marais district. As an ancient aristocratic area, Le Marais is now a district of fashion. You can find some fantastic streets for strolling, for example, Rue de Rivoli, Rue de Turenne, Rue des Francs Bourgeois… Rue de Rivoli is one of Paris’ longest streets and includes the most fashionable shops in the world. Thanks to many ancient buildings, this street is both historic and modern.

Bazar de l’Hôtel de Ville Marais (Le BHV Marais), which offers various brands across its eight floors, is the biggest department store on Rue de Rivoli.

 

Châtelet-Les Halles

Shopping in ParisChâtelet-Les Halles, the quarter around the Pompidou Center, is definitely going to seduce you. As the biggest transfer station in Paris, Châtelet-Les Halles welcomes large amounts of people, which offers favorable circumstances to business activities. You can access the Halles Forum when you walk down the metro in just some minutes. It is an underground shopping center with 5 levels that was rebuilt from 2010 to 2017. Personally, I really like this place because I can find nearly everything I need: cinemas, all types of shops, restaurants, swimming pool, gym, banks… However, this place is also known for a bad reputation due to some suspicious people, such as pick-pockets, madmen, drug dealers. So, you need to be careful and mindful of your safety and not stay there too late.

 

Avenue Montaigne/Avenue George V

shopping in ParisIf you go to the Champs-Elysées and find it a little unoriginal, then you should walk just a short distance to the Avenue Montaigne or Avenue George V. These infamous streets in the 8th department are not far from the Champs-Elysées and the Place de l’Alma (Alma-Marceau Station). You can find designer shops specializing in high fashion, such as Balenciaga, Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent and Christian Dior’s first shop. One thing is sure: nothing is cheap in this area!

 

Boulevards Saint-Michel and Saint-Germain-des-Prés

Last and definitely not least, on our list of the best shopping streets are Boulevards Saint Michel and Saint-Germain-des-Prés. If Galeries Lafayette is for the tourists, then perhaps Saint-Germain-des-Prés is the favorite shopping area of Parisians. Both boulevards have numerous and attractive shops. This is the area of Sorbonne University, which will explain the numerous amount of bars, cafes, bookstores and the young and relaxing atmosphere. The Bon Marché is also in this quarter. It is true that Bon Marché is not as famous as Galeries Lafayette or Printemps Haussmann for tourists to go shopping in Paris, however, if you are looking for high-class stylish goods, then you can’t miss this department store!Shopping in Paris

Traditional French Food, must try foods in paris

Top 8 Traditional French Food You Need to Try

French food is no doubt one of the most renowned, especially the gastronomy.But you also have popular traditional French food. So today, ParisByM proposes you a list so you can try to cook French food, by yourself or with a chief. For those who do not cook at all, this selection will help you choose your dishes in a French restaurant.

So here is the list of the 8 most tasty traditional French food you have to try once in your lifetime. Bon appétit!

 

The Burgundy Beef

A traditional French food to not miss out. Burgundy Beef is, as its name says, a dish from Burgundy. It was, at the beginning, a dish served for special days. The beef is cooked up with onions, carrots, bouquet garni and, most importantly, the main ingredient which is of course the wine of Burgundy. If today it is served with potatoes and pastas, it was at first eaten with garlic toasted bread.

Traditional French Food

Burgundy Beef @Flickr

 

The Rooster in wine

The rooster, a French emblematic animal, can also be found in the plates. This local dish is an alternative of the Burgundy beef, so it is as well made with red wine. Some French kind of bacon called « Lardons », mushrooms, onions and carrots are added. After a few hours simmering with all these ingredients, the rooster will be ready to be eaten. And lastly, be careful to not get drunk by eating too much rooster in wine!

Traditional French Food

Rooster in Wine @Wikimedia Commons

 

The Fire Pot

The fire pot is a traditional dish from the 13th century. The meat is boiled for a long time with vegetables (potatoes, carrots, onions and pears) and aromatic herbs, to make a broth. The recipe is flexible, you can replace the beef with any kind of meat you want, from chicken to lamb. It is often eaten with baguette, the traditional Parisian pain bread.

Traditional French Food

Fire Pot @Wikimedia Commons

 

The Steak Tartare

Ideal for the carnivores, it is one of the easiest French dish to cook. After seasoning the raw meat, we add some capers, and onions. An egg yolk is often put on top.
Don’t forget to use good and fresh beef, otherwise you may be sick since it is raw.

traditional French food

Steak Tartare @Pixabay

 

The Quiche Lorraine

A French typical salted tart. Traditionally made with eggs, fresh cream and « Lardons », there are alternatives, for vegetarians for instance. This Lorraine pie can be served warm or cold. Most of the time, the “Quiche Lorraine” can be found in bakery and caterers.

Traditional French Food

Basil and Tomato Quiche @Wikimedia Commons

 

Tartiflette

A traditional French dish made with potatoes, onions, lardons and Reblochon cheese, a famous French cheese from Savoy. The must is when it is baked and gratined. It a warming dish, especially popular among families during winter’s cold season.

Traditional French Food

Tartiflette @Wikipedia Commons

 

The Escargot

Among the surprising traditional French food, is included the Escargot, which is cooked snails. Commonly savored for festive meals, such as Christmas Eve, this traditional French dishes comes from the Burgundy region. The snails are cooked with some parsley garlic butter sauce.

Traditional French Food

Escargot de Bourgogne @Pixabay

 

The Hachis Parmentier

The Hachis Parmentier is a French main dishes made with mashed potatoes and minced beef. It was named after Antoine Parmentier, a French nutricionist who popularized the potato, by proving to people that it was not dangerous for health, but, on the contrary, able to solve the famine.

Traditional French Food

Hachis Parmentier @Wikimedia Commons

 

BONUS

The “Crêpes”

A Breton specialty that is similar of America pancakes, but thinner. The “Crêpes” are a highly customizable dish that can be eaten in at any time of the day. Indeed if it is mostly eaten sweet, “Crêpes” can also be cooked with salty ingredients, jam and mushrooms for example. The salty version can be found under the name “Galette”.

Traditional French Food

Crêpes Pixabay

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La Vallée Village

A French “village de marques”, literally “village of brands”, is a shopping center specializing in promotional sales. In fact, it is a grouping of shops, often of luxury brands, organized like a village (and often the traditional architecture of the area of implantation). In Paris, the most famous “village de marques” is certainly La Vallée Village.

La vallée village

Concept of the Vallée Village

The creation of the concept is for brands to find a way organizing sales of goods all the year almost as the same way as sales. The difference between sales and “villages de marques” is that normal shops should obey the legal period of sales, but shops in a village de marques can make reduction all the time. This kind of shopping village provides products of great brands at attractive prices.

In order to give visitors a real impression of strolling, the architecture claims to be better quality than that of factory shop. In La Vallée Village, the items are mainly of the previous year’s collections and of the “surplus production” so that the sale of these items allows the other stores of the same brand to have free places to their recent items.

Around 35 minutes from Paris and 5 minutes from Disneyland Parks, La Vallée Village is a commercial center in the form of a “village” which gathers more than 110 luxury and fashion brands. This is a great place for shopping under a relatively reasonable budget.  For example, you can find Armani, Guess, Kenzo, Longchamp, Mickael Kors, Sandro, Zadig&Voltaire, Burberry, Marni, Calvin Klein, Superdry etc.

Outlet shopping in Paris, La vallée village

 

Tips For Your Shopping Session At The Vallée Village

After your arrival, you can go to the welcome office to get a map of the Vallée Village. Hence it will be easier for you to know the locations of the shops in which you are interested. When you make a purchase of more than €175 in a La Vallée Village boutique, you can ask for the tax-free procedures at the cash desk.

It is possible to obtain a VIP card, including coupons of -10% discount in 6 shops chosen by yourself. Since the items cost already much lower than other places, these coupons offer you an additional reduction. In order to get that VIP card, you can contact a travel agency for more information.

We suggest you spending no more than a morning or an afternoon in the village because it is not so big.

 

Practical Informations

Address: 3 Cours de la Garonne, 77700 Serris

Opening hours: 10:00-19:00 Sunday to Friday and 10:00-20:00 Saturday (closed on 01/01, 05/01, 12/25)

How to get there: by Shopping Express® shuttles* in Place des Pyramides or RER A Val d’Europe or get in touch with a travel agency for car transport

*Shopping Express® shuttles for going to La Vallée Village and 2 shuttles for the return:

Place des Pyramides – La Vallée Village: 09:30 and 13:00

La Vallée Village – Pyramids Square: 16:00 and 18:45

 

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Normandy Beach

Normandy Beaches Tour, An Other Side Of Normandy

Want to take a relaxing breakNormandy Beaches Tour is the vacation for you. You will find perfect places to spend relaxing holidays, don’t wait anymore and book your trip with our guide.
More than just being the region of the Normandy Battle, its landscapes have actually made it a cradle of art, and more specifically an impressionism. Indeed, plenty of gorgeous landscapes sculpted by nature are inspired by this location.
Whether to do a touristic tour or an unusual getaway its all up to you!

To have advice for a Normandy Battle Tour, you can read this article here.

 

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Honfleur

Walking along the streets and feel the French charm of the city that inspired many impressionists. A city full of flowers, it conveys a cozy and warming feeling. Fortunately, the charm of old days has been preserved since the city was affected by the bombs during World War II.

On the beach, all kinds of activities are proposed: Gliding, kite, surfing, paddle, hiking. In the summer, there are also organized sand castles contests. All the keys for a relaxing weekend!

Normandy Beaches Tour

Honfleur Harbor @Pixabay

 

Cabourg

For a romantic trip between lovers, Cabourg is the perfect place! This is a popular location for filmmaking (La Boum, Intouchables…). Each year a romantic film festival is organized. There are also spa therapy and casino that are the main attractions of the city.

Another monument you can’t miss is the Grand Hotel of Cabourg. This city was made famous by the French writer Marcel Proust who stayed there for a period. He described it in his book In Search of the Lost Time. This well-known monument was also occupied by Germans during World War II.

Normandy Beaches Tour

Cabourg Beach @Wikimedia Commons

 

 

For a Family Normandy Beaches Tour


 

Deauville – Trouville

Deauville is a seaside resort, well known for its leisure port and casinos. Parisians, especially, used to come here due to its proximity.
Along the white sand beach, you will find the symbolic multicolored beach umbrellas and the mythical boards. The 3 kilometers of beach was as well used by many artists as inspirations.
For those who love horseback riding, you have 2 hippodromes and a training center at Deauville.

Across the river, you will find the twin city, Trouville. The city is quieter than Deauville, which is a more luxurious place to go.

Normandy Beaches Tour

Deauville’s Famous Sunshades @Wikimédia Commons

 

Le Havre

This modern city with a harbor was classified as a UNESCO world heritage site in 2005. Rebuilt by Auguste Perret after World War II’s bombing, the building has a quite unique structure.
It is as well the hometown of the impressionist painter Monet.

The most important monuments and museums are the Church of Saint Joseph and the MuMa, Museum of Modern Art André Malraux. You can also take a look at the sample flat of Auguste Perret to discover an ideal apartment in the 1950’s.

Normandy Beaches Tour

Le Havre @Wikimedia Commons

 

 

To be close-to-nature Normandy Beaches Tour


 

Etretat

Come enjoy the sunset on the pebble beach of Etretat! Former fishing village, and as well seaside resort in the XIXth century, many painters and writers, inspired by the city, took part in its blooming. Boudin, Maupassant or Flaubert, to name just a few of the biggest ones.

This outstanding site with a natural treasure took a part in WWII. The halls were transformed into a military hospital.

The city is famous for its cliffs covered by limestone (white chalk), which gives its white color. On the Beach, enjoy the view on the Aval cliff in a shape of an arch, hollow needle, and human hole. Pay attention to the human hole so you wont fall in!

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Etretat Beach

 

Tahitou

For the people who dream to be connected with nature, Tahitou is made for you! This small island is a heaven on earth, ideal for recharging your batteries. Tahitou can be reached by boat or by foot as well, for the most courageous, when the beach is at low tide.

On the island, an ornithological reserve can be found. You can also visit the lazaret, with a marine museum, and the Fort Vauban, which was classified as a UNESCO world heritage site in 2008.

Do not forget : dogs are not accepted on the island

Normandy Beaches Tour

Tahitou @Wikimedia Commons

 

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music festivals in France

Music Festivals in France you shouldn’t miss

You would rather die than miss the opportunity to be  at a music festival?
You’ve already crossed 1000 miles just to take part at huge festivals like Tomorrow Land, Coachella or Rock in Rio?
And you want to discover another country’s festival like France in an alternative way by following your passion?
So here is a list of French festivals worth visiting before you kick the bucket.

 

Les Eurockéenes de Belfort

The Eurockéenes is an annual three-day rock festival in the peninsula of the Lac du Malsaucy, 10 km from Belfort.
It is one of  the most enormous music festival in France and has been nominated at the UK Festival Awards 2012.

Useful informations:

  • Where does the festival take place: in the peninsula of the Lac du Malsaucy
  • When does it take place: generally in the first week of August
  • Entry:46€ for a day, 108€ for 3 days

 

Solidays, Paris

Solidays, now 15 years old, is the oldest festival in Paris.
Yearly, it assembles about one thousand people who stand together against sexually transmitted diseases.
The artists, perfom voluntarily in solidarity with AIDS patients and its benefits are redistributed to AIDS support organisations and funding programs.

Useful informations:

  • Where does the festival take place: Paris
  • When does the festival take place: generally at the end of June
  • Entry: 39€ for a day,  89€ for 3 days

Le Festival des Vieilles Charues, Carhaix

This four-day festival, takes place in a commune in the Finistère department in Northwest France.
Le Festival des Vieilles Charues welcoms each year artists from different horizons.
So if you like multiculturality and different music styles, this is the place to be.

Useful informations:

  • Where does the festival take place: Carhaix-Plouguer, in Bretagne
  • When does it take place: generally in mid-July
  • Entry: 39 to 45 € for a day, 155 for the 4 day pass

 

 

Rock en Seine

Rock en Seine is the biggest rock festival in the Region Île de France.
It yearly takes place in the parc de Saint Cloud, outside the gates of Paris.
If you are coming for more than 2 days, you can also enjoy Paris and its area by visiting famous historical attractions  or by doing unusual things in Paris.

Useful informations:

  • Where does the festival take place : Saint Cloud, in the region Île de France
  • When does it take place : end-August
  • Entry:46 € for a day and 119€ for 3 days

 

Hellfest, Clisson

Hellfest is for French Heavy Metal fans The unmissable event.
You can miss all Heavy Metal meetings but if you miss this one, you are definitely down.
With more than, 220 000 participants in 2017, this event is the most visited music festival in France and one of the biggest Metal-Festival in Europe.
If Heavy Metal is too soft or too hard for you, you should know that, this festival has 4 stages dedicated to a particular style like death metal, hardcore punk, doome methal, black metal etc.

Useful informations:

  • Where does the festival take place: Clisson, in the Loire-Atlantique département
  • When does it take place: mid-June
  • Entry:85 € per day, 185 for 3-day pass

 

Electrobeach, Le Barcarés

Electrobeach is the biggest electro festival in France.
Created in 2014, it reunites over 100 000 visitors who  yearly dance on the Lydia Beach.
With Afrojack, Tiesto, David Guetta and Martin Solveig as electrobeaches headliner, Lydia’s Beach transformed to France’s  biggest dancefloor and to a music festival you shouldn’t miss.

Useful informations:

  • Where does the festival take place: le Barcarés, in southern France
  • When does it take place : mid july
  • Entry: 70€ for a day, 150 € for a 3 day pass.

Francofolies de la Rochelle

Les Francofolies is the biggest French-speaking festival in the world.
If you don’t speak french but enjoy listening to French sounds, French people will show you how to celebrate        here ;-).

Useful informations:

  • Where does the festival take place: la Rochelle, in Charente Maritime
  • When does it take place:mid july
  • Entry: from 8-40€, it depends on the concerts

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Weekend trip to Paris

Paris has many attractions worth visiting (the Eiffel Tower,the Notre Dame, the Louvre Museum) but if you’re just for a weekend in the French capital, you will have to make choices. What you do or do not visit is of course a personal choice, but we want to help you on your way. What should you definitely visit and what can you easily skip? A weekend is actually not enough to explore the French capital but you can also do a lot on a weekend. You will then have to limit yourself to the absolute highlights. In this article we will sum up the best places you should visit and during a weekend in the City of Light.You should surely also have time to drink a coffee in a traditional café, have lunch with a delicious wine or soak up the Parisian ‘joie de vivre’!

The Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower,Paris,Tourism,Weekend trip
Is there a monument in the world that is more famous and iconic than the Eiffel tower ? It is almost impossible to visit Paris without seeing the Eiffel Tower. Even if you don’t want to visit the world-famous tower, you’ll see the peak from all over the centre of Paris.  This immense iron monument, a real architectural and technical challenge, is nowadays a symbol of Paris and France for tourists from all over the world. The pride of the Parisians has quickly become the most visited monument in the world.The tower is 324 metres high, when it was built at the end of the 19th century, it was twice as high as the highest building of the time, the Washington Monument in the United States.

The Sacré Coeur

Sacré Coeur in Montmartre, Weekend trip Paris, places of interest paris

The Sacré Coeur is located in the 18th arrondissement in Paris on the hill of Montmartre nobody can miss out on this bright white eye-catching church.This is not just a church but a basilica. This beautiful basilica is definitely not to be missed in your city trip Paris. Follow the narrow, winding streets of Montmartre and you’ll automatically arrive at this white basilica with its impressive architecture. Standing at the front of the basilica, you can look far beyond the city. In front of the Sacré Coeur is a large staircase of 237 steps. It is a challenge to climb it and get to the basilica. But if you find this too heavy, you can also come up with the cable car. This cable car is called the Funiculaire de Montemarte.

The Notre-Dame

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Who does not know the story of the whistleblower of the Notre-Dame ? The writer of this story, Victor Hugo, also called the Notre-Dame “symphony of stone”. If you visit Paris, it is also worth visiting this Gothic masterpiece. Situated in the heart of Paris, this church is one of the top 10 sights of Paris.The Notre-Dame is a very striking Cathedral. It is 130 metres long, 48 metres wide and 35 metres high. The two unfinished towers have a height of 69 metres. Enjoy stunning views and climb the stairs of these towers.

The Louvre Museum

Louvre, Paris,Weekend trip to Paris

A visit to Paris is not complete without having seen the Louvre museum. This is the largest museum in the world and according to many people the most beautiful. The museum itself is already a separate attraction. It used to be the largest palace in the world and of course you also want to see the Mona lisa and the Venus of Milo and 400,000 other works of art.

The Luxembourg garden

Weekend trip to Paris, the Luxembourg Garden of Paris, France

Even though your program is packed, try to do it quietly during your weekend in Paris. The Luxembourg garden is an ideal place to relax, enjoy the beautiful surroundings and watch the people around you. 

The Luxembourg garden is a park of about 25 hectares. This is one of the most popular among both Parisian residents and tourists. During the weekend you will find many couples and families with children in this park and during the week you will find many students here. There are separate chairs everywhere in the park, which you can put on the desired spot in the park.

The Luxembourg garden also has an open-air café, a music tent, tennis courts and a puppet theatre.

In the park there are many statues of important figures from French history.

Arc de Triomphe and Champs-Elysées

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Arc de Triomphe,Weekend trip to Paris,Tourism,Paris,France

 

 

 

 

 

 

The city of Paris also includes the famous monuments. The Arc de Triomphe is one of the most famous monuments in Paris. This is also the most famous triumphal arch of the world. The Champs- Élysées is known as the street through which everyone wants to walk.The French also call the Champs- Élysées called “La plus belle avenue du monde”. What in English means: the most beautiful avenue in the world. The Champs- Élysées is so popularly called but officially it is Avenue des Champs- Élysées. The name is from Greek mythology. Elyzee were fields, these were considered to be a happy residence.

 

Versailles Castle

 

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Unusual things to do in Paris

You would like to discover Paris in an alternative way without queuing up to get to touristic attraction everyone has already seen?
Or do you just want to do uncommon things other than touristic activities?

You should visit Noteworthy Museums

The louvre Museum and the Georges Pompidou Center are not the only Museums in Paris.
There are many others, which make Paris worth visiting.

The Catacombs

Catacombes of Paris, unusual things to do, Paris, France

Catacombes of Paris

The Catacombs are a maze-like ossuary, 20 meters under the Paris Road’s.
Beforehand, only insiders were visiting this” spooky place”.Now, it is so successful that even families with small children are queuing up to get to the Catacombs.
In the XVIII century, more than 6 million mortal remains were evacuated there, to make place for new death people.
If you plan to visit the Catacombs, I recommend you packing warm clothing because it’s cold, there.
I also recommend you schedule something after that, because a visit to the Catacombs takes approximatively 45 minutes,while the waiting time  sometimes be very long, as only 200 people can go in at the same time.
If you are planning group-visits, I suggest you reserving 8 weeks in advance.

 

Le Grand musée du parfum & Le musée du parfum Fragonard

unusual things to do in Paris

Le Grand Musée de Paris

As you may certainly know, France is renowned for its Perfume industry.

Paris is the Place where the creators of prestigious Perfumes are based while Grasse is the centre of the Perfume industry.
But, le Grand Musée du Parfum and le Musée du Parfum Fragonard are in Paris.
These Museums will make you understand the perfumers’ approach and offer you a real sensory experience.
The entry price for le Grand Musée du Parfum is approximately 14,90€ for an adult.
For le Musée du Parfum Fragonard, the entry is free.

Choco-Story Paris- Le Musée du Chocolat

unusual things to do in Paris, unusual things

Musée du Chocolat

Chocolate is the most liked confectionery of French people.
So, if you like Chocolate and French People, Choco-Story is the Museum you don’t have to miss.
For the reason that, this museum will awake your taste buds and make you dive into the tasty world of Chocolate.
On top of that, you can take home your self-made chocolate.

 

The Wine Museum of Paris

unusual things to do in Paris

Crédits:Office du tourisme

For Christians, wine is a celestial drink which connects “God” to the Human beings.
No matter what color, wine is expected on every French dinner tables.
The Wine Museum, “Le musée du vin “, is with its many wine references, an inescapable place, not far from the Eiffel Tower.
So if you are a wine lover, this is where you should go.

You can take part at unusual guided tours

Guided tour of Paris meurtrier

unusual things to do in Paris, unusual things

Henry désirée Landru (Crédit:Wikipedia)

If you are a fan of crime television shows like “Criminal Mind”, “Cold case” or “Riverdale”, this guided tour may hold your attention.
Because you will visit famous places where crimes were committed.
You will hear about the greatest French criminels like Henry Desirée Landru ,alias “Bluebeard”, Guy George or Thierry Paulin who once frightened French People.
So if you want to shudder in Paris streets, I invite you to take part at this tour.

The haunted mansion of Paris

Halloween Paris 2016, unusual things to do in Paris, unusual things

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Strong nerves are required for those who desire to visit the haunted mansion of Paris.
In fact, it is a real emotional thrill ride and the only place in Paris where you can strain your nerves.
You can also get acquainted throughout different circuits, with parisian legends like “Le bossu de Notre-Dame”, “Le fantôme du jardin des Tuileries” and “Le pâtissier sanguinaire”.
But, I wouldn’t recommend it if you have kids under 12.

You can do unusual activities during your trip

Take part in an auction

unusual things to do in Paris, auctions

Crédits:lenouveleconomiste.fr

A lot of people are dreaming about renownedness and wealth, while most dreams about propriety.
For those who dream about propriety, it is an evidence to go to auctions because, by taking part of them, you can acquire expensive things at advantageous prices.
Furthermore, if you’ve never been to an auction, it would be worth looking behind the scenes of auctions.
Maybe you could be the next owner.

Sight jogging

Best Places to Go Jogging in Paris, unusual things to do in Paris

Credit: Josiah Mackenzie

For all those who can’t keep on their feet and don’t enjoy bus tours, sight jogging may be the perfect city tour for you.
Sigh jogging is a combination of jogging and sightseeing and  is currently trending on all European metropolitan areas for  the main reason that sight jogging is green and healthy.

 

Sure, there are many other unusual things to do in Paris but this list may help you having a quick overview of things you might enjoy doing.

 

 

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ParisByM internship

Alternance / 8-12 month internship – Sales & Marketing

THE COMPANY

ParisByM is a start-up in the tourism industry specializing on receiving tourists in Paris. ParisByM offers tailor-made packages adapted to each traveler’s situation, expectations and budget.

The type of clients is as follows:
– 80% of foreigners vs. 20% of French nationals.
– 80% of individuals vs. 20% of groups

ParisByM is growing and is looking for an intern to take part in its development.

More information on www.parisbym.com

MISSIONS

Sales manager – 60%-70% of the time

Weekly manage leads to qualify their needs and find the correct offer from ParisByM
Prepare tailor made trip packages based on client requests
Meet customers to make sure everything is in order
Get client reviews and feedbacks

Marketing manager – 30%-40% of the time

Take part in the weekly brainstorming sessions
Design & create attractive offers by creating thematic packages (Paris, France, Europe)
Develop partnerships with third parties and other local companies in the tourism industry
Redact content for the website and especially posts for the blog
Newsletters for the various acquisition channels

SKILLS REQUIRED

English native language or bilingual
Fluency in French
Excellent writing and communication skills
Interest in the fields of culture, travel / tourism and events.
Ability to adapt quickly to evolve in a small business environment on a variety of subjects
Proactivity and creativity to think out of the box
Ability to adapt a start up environment

CONDITIONS

ParisByM offers this position as either a long term internship (stage longue durée) for 10-12 months with an internship convention or as a part time internship (contrat d’apprentisage) for 12 months.

ParisByM does not offer this position as a Contrat de Professionalisation.

Legal allowance of ~550 € / month up to 1 000€ / month

Available: now
Located in Paris (75016).

HOW TO APPLY: send resume and cover letter in French or English to mat@parisbym.com

 

How is it to work at ParisByM?

ParisByM is a local company, operating from Paris and dedicated to plan all inclusive packages for tourists who want to schedule holidays in Paris and France

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All employees at ParisByM, from the CEO to the interns take part in weekly brainstorming sessions, customer interviews and weekly operations.

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5 Star Hotels in Paris

Enhance your Paris experience and treat yourself to a 5-star hotel easily managed by ParisByM‘s for your convenience. ParisByM offers custom packages based on your time, budget and interests. Simply call or inquire today.

Hotel Raphael

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If you are looking for an elegant place, Hotel Raphael is the place for you. With red velvet Louis XV and Louis XVI style furniture, the place screams royalty. This hotel is located in the 16th arrondissement with a rooftop panoramic terrace that views the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triumph and is the leading hotels of the world chain. Bedrooms come with minibars, bathtubs and separate showers, slippers, and bathrobes. You will have access to a fitness area, steam room, and a sauna. Prices start at €380 per night excluding breakfast. For breakfast, pay additional €40 per person. Rooms vary from a Classic room, Deluxe room, Junior Suite and Junior Deluxe Suite. Meeting and conference rooms available upon request.

(all children welcomed, pets allowed surcharge may apply, parking available, non-smoking hotel)

Hotel Montalembert

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For a classic and contemporary style hotel, Hotel Montalembert is the place. This hotel is located on the left bank of Paris by the Saint Germain des Prés district. Hotel Montalembert includes a restaurant that offers dishes for tasting or gourmet. In the spring, the hotel opens their terrace with an intimate and luxurious atmosphere. They also offer massage service for those looking for relaxation. You can find this offer in the deluxe room, junior suite, and suite. While all rooms come with the offer of a beauty service that includes manicure, pedicure, hairdressing and facial care. They also offer limousine services for all trips. Prices start at €434 per night excluding breakfast. Pay additional €30 per person for breakfast.

(all children are welcomed, babysitter services, pets allowed at no extra cost, parking available, non-smoking hotel)

Maison Albar Hotel Paris Céline

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Maison Albar is a fairly new 5-star hotel that opened at the end of 2016 at the Les Halles district in the 1st Arrondissement and is walking distance from the Louvre Museum. The hotel is modern style with advance technological uses such as the Japanese toilets and the iPad control system to control the TV, temperature, and lighting, as well as international power sockets. They offer shoe polish service, dry cleaning and the option for connecting rooms. The hotel proposes spa that includes facial and body massages with an access to an indoor pool, a jacuzzi, a steam room, a hammam, a sensory shower and a space fitness. Their restaurant, called Odette Restaurant, offers simple and contemporary menus that change based market products to create a typical Parisian experience. Prices start from €299 per night and an additional €25 per person for breakfast.

(all children welcomed, pets allowed surcharge may apply, parking available nearby and charges apply) 

Hotel Vernet

Experience a chic and opulent Parisian lifestyle in this “Haussmann” style hotel located in the 8th arrondissement between the Golden Triangle and the Place de l’Etoile on the Champs-Elysees. This hotel has elegant art deco design with rooms equipped with large flat screen TVs with selections of international channels. Their bathrooms are made of Carrere marble and wood with brass taps and mosaic floors. They offer exclusive in-room hairdresser, manicure, and pedicure upon request as well as PlayStation for the guys. Their well-known restaurant called The V, the restaurant of the Vernet has a large stained glass dome. Their dishes originally designed by their Executive Chef Richard Robe who has created the highest standards dishes with rich and exquisite flavors. Prices start at €276 and pay an additional €35 per person for breakfast.

(all children welcomed, pets allowed surcharge may apply, parking available for €40 per day, non-smoking hotel

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Top 5 Rainy-Day Activities in Paris

If you’ve ever been to Paris in the winter, you’ll know that it can be cold, rainy and even pretty miserable. The Eiffel Tower is beautiful but do you really want to stand in the pouring rain and lashing wind while on a walking tour or stand at the top of the Arc de Triomphe, freezing and unable to see anything?   We didn’t think so, and that’s why the team at Paris by M have compiled together a list of our favourite rainy-day activities in Paris so that you can stay warm and dry while enjoying the best sights and attractions that our city has to offer.

1. The Catacombs

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The first on our list of rainy-day activities in Paris is something a bit different and potentially slightly unnerving.  The Catacombs in Paris were created when they ran out of space for the living, so they had to relocate the dead.  As you wander along the endless underground passages, previously used as stone mines, you will learn a bit about the history while being surrounded by the remains of more than six million people.  Perfectly sheltered, deep underground the city, this is an interesting activity which will keep you safe from the rain showers in the world above you.

2. The Louvre and Musée d’Orsay

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The Louvre and Musée d’Orsay are second in our list of top 5 rainy-day activities in Paris and are sure to make for a rainy-day activity with something for everyone.  When the rain starts to pour, these two museums are obvious escapes from the miserable weather.  You can easily spend a day in the Louvre and Musée d’Orsay with their endless and enchanting collections of art and historical artifacts.  If you wish for something a bit more structured and informative, why not organize a private guided tour around one of the museums? ParisByM will be more than happy to help facilitate this rainy-day activity.

3. Shopping

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Of course, when the rain pours down, a good choice of activity in Paris is to visit some of the best shopping locations in the city.  To begin Galeries Lafayette and Le Bon Marché can easily take up a good part of your day, as you can wander around them for hours, admiring the beautiful items on sale.  There are cafes within and around both and the ambiance and experience in itself is enough to tempt you in from the rain.  If you’re a lover of shopping, Paris in the rain is the perfect opportunity.

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4. Teatime

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The rain is pouring and we think you deserve a well-earned repose in one of Paris’s finest tearooms or cafes.   Where better to shelter from the rain than in one of our most famous tearooms: Café Angelina.  Well-known for being one of Coco Chanel’s favorite spots in the city and renowned for its wondrously rich hot chocolate, Café Angelina is utterly self-indulgent and completely necessary for a rainy day in Paris.  Even if it stops raining, you won’t want to leave!  If you are after something a bit different, Fringe Café is extremely popular.  It intertwines the art of great coffee and delicious food with that of photography.  This provides a perfect hangout on a rainy-day in the city.

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5. Covered passageways in Paris

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Created in the 18th and 19th century, les passages couverts (covered passageways) were created around the area of the Les Grands Boulevard in Paris.  Since then they have provided a delightful selection of boutiques, cafes and, most importantly, a shelter from the rain. Like an old-fashioned shopping mall, these passageways provide an enchanting alternative to the high-street shops you are used to. One almost feels like they have stepped back in time. Passage des Panoramas is well-loved and Galerie Vivienne is extremely pretty and has a lovely café. A perfect hideout for a rainy-day in Paris.

As you can see, there are many things to do in Paris when you are seeking shelter from the rain. The final suggestion we have is that you grab an umbrella and explore the city because Paris is still beautiful, even in the rain.

Furthermore, ParisByM is here to help you organize your time in Paris, to make it as easy and stress-free as possible. We can organize your tickets for any exhibition or museum you wish to visit, arrange guided tours and restaurant recommendations and provide endless services and customer care while you are here. The options are infinite.  Please visit our website to check out our package and tailor-made holiday options.

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carnival in France

The best places to experience carnival in France

Carnival is traditionally celebrated in France during the last day before the beginning of fasting, the so-called ‘Fat Tuesday’.  Traditionally, pancakes, waffles or beignets are eaten in the carnival. Carnival festivals and parades are also organised in a number of cities that last for several days.  France has a lot to offer to the international carnival celebrations, here are the best places in the country to celebrate.

 

Carnival of Dunkirk (Hauts-de-France) from 6 January to 8 April 2018
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The Carnival of Dunkirk is one of the most famous in France. It was originally a fishermen’s party, but nowadays hundreds of thousands of carnival participants from all over Europe take part in the colourful and festive parades, evening balls, ceremonies and other carnival traditions such as herring scarves or the “rigodon final”.

At the height of the carnival, thousands of people flow through the streets of the city to get out of the sphere on the tones of traditional songs. The giants also take part in the carnival parade. In the evening there is a carnival ball, whose flamboyance never fails to disappoint.

Carnival of Nice’ Roi de l’ Espace’ (Côte d’ Azur) from 17 February to 3 March 2018

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Everyone knows the carnival of Venice or Rio, but did you know that the Carnival of Nice is also quite the spectacle to behold? Le Carnaval de Nice’ is the largest carnival in France!  Two weeks of celebration and parades with floats. It is wonderful to see, especially in the dark, even if you normally don’t like carnivals.  The Carnival of Nice attracts hundreds of thousands of spectators and party celebrants.  The program is extensive and varied: carnival processions, masquerades, floral parades, cavalcades, etc.  Each year a new title is chosen for His Majesty King Carnival and that title becomes the theme of the event and the inspiration for the “Ymagiers”.  In 2018, the theme will be the “Roi de l’ Espace”!

Carnival of Albi (Occitania) from 17 February to 3 March 2018

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This carnival is perhaps one of the oldest in France, although it has only been celebrated every year since 1951.  It is situated in the beautiful city of Albi, on the Tarn.  The celebrations commence when the mayor hands over the keys to the Queen of the Carnival.  The first evening procession consists of a parade of costume-clad beings and decorated trolleys, making their way through the city. This is the same for other carnival ceremonies such as the King’s cremation.

Carnival of Annecy (Savoie Mont Blanc) from 23 to 25 February 2018

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Annecy owes its reputation as the Venice of the Alps not only to its canals, waterways, and watercourses but also to its Venetian carnival, which is very popular in the region. Every year, hundreds of masked carnival celebrants travel through the streets of ancient Annecy to admire their colourful, baroque extravagance.   This Italian-feeling carnival is one of extreme beauty that shall be enjoyed by both young and old, who can admire the amazing craftsmanship of the costumes and masks.

Granville Carnival (Normandy) from 9 to 13 April 2018

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With more than 130 000 visitors each year, the Carnival of Granville is one of the largest in western France.  This popular event has been going on for more than a century and originated with the cod fishermen, who celebrated before they left at sea.  What makes this carnival one of a kind is it’s bizarre tradition of the “intrigues”! On Tuesday evening of the carnival, the disguised “intriggers”, essentially people in traditionally fancy-dress, parade through the city and go into bars, restaurants and even the residents’  homes to recount myths and legends of times gone by.

Go forth and enjoy some of the great carnivals that France has to offer!

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Loire Valley Wine Tasting : Ideal For Wine Lovers

Wine Tasting is more than only drinking wine, it is a real experience that allows you to learn about wines. How to differentiate them ? What does an appellation means ? How to properly taste wine like a professional ? And many other things on wine vocabulary. We see, scent, taste and evaluate the wine quality. The main goal of a wine tasting is to know how to talk about the wine after tasting it. Since Loire Valley’s wine is famous all over the world, why not doing a wine tasting in the region ?
Here is our guide to help you for a Loire Valley wine tasting.

 

Why You Should Do a Loire Valley Wine Tasting ?


 

Curious or wine expert, come and taste the wines produced in the region of the Loire Valley. The region is the 3rd biggest wine region of France, making it worth tasting. Without forgetting that the Loire Valley’s wine history dates back 2000 years ago, attesting the quality of the region’s wines. There are countless vineyards in Loire Valley mostly thanks to the temperate climate, which is ideal for grapes production. Lastly, this region has a great diversity of wines : 86 different wines appellation including very famous ones, so you have a wide choice of white, rosé, red or mousseux wine. That is one of the main reasons why you should do a Loire Valley wine tasting. The most important appellations of the region are Chinon, Bourgeuil, Cheverny, MontLouis and Vouvray. You will find at Vouvray mostly white wines and red wines at Chinon.

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Where to go for a Loire Valley Wine Tasting ?


 

The Duhard wine cellar

This cellar does not produce and sell its own wines but those of many domains. This allows them to offers a general view of the wines of the region. In addition to the affordable price of the wine tasting, they also speak English, which is better for the understanding. The friendly staff explains very well wine’s notions, even for beginners and people who know little about wine. Individual or group tasting, young or old wines, or even according to a theme, choose the type of wine tasting that suits the best to your desires. For more information on the Duhard wine cellar, here is an article.

56 Rue du Rocher des Violettes, 37400 Amboise

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Duhard Wine Cellar

 

The Voltaire wine cellar

This wine cellar is located in Chinon, where are produced the some of the best wines of the region. It is a must to visit to get a global idea on the wines of the region. The friendly boss gives good piece of advice, in English as well. He has a broad range of organic quality products. Enjoy the local wines proposed and the delicatessen and refined cheese served with. They speak in English. You must also know that in summer season, the selection of wines is wider than the rest of the year.

13 Rue Voltaire, 37500 Chinon

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Voltaire Wine Cellar @Chinon Coeur de Ville

 

Boisard Fils, The Domain of the Mortier

The Boisard produces in their 13 hectares of fields, wines with the appellation Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil. What is special about this domain is their production process that takes into account the respect of the ecosystem. Their vineyards are cultivated in harmony with nature to produce organic wines, that means no chemicals, pesticides or insecticides, but natural and ecological systems to protect the vines against pests or any potential diseases. The staff is welcoming and passionate about their job. They explain well, whether it is in English or German. Seing the vines is also an interesting plus.

Le Petit Bas Mortier, 37140 Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil

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Where To Stay In Loire Valley : Hotels Guide

A lot of impressive castles from the Renaissance are scattered throughout the region. From the famous castle of Amboise to the outstanding castle of Azay-le-Rideau, this region is really filled with history. We also can’t forget to talk about the wine of the region, known internationally. If you are interested, you can take part in a wine tasting proposed by wine cellar.

So here is a list of special hotels where to stay Loire Valley to immerse in the universe of the Renaissance and extend the fairy atmosphere conveyed by the region’s castles.

 

Amboise


 

Hotel Les Minimes ****

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The manor house offers an exceptional environment to their clients. The spacious room are designed with the French touch of the Renaissance time. Really well located, the hotel is at only 5 minutes of the château of Amboise and 15 minutes of the Clos-Lucé! I advise you to ask a room with a view of the Amboise castle. Warm and customer-friendly service, you will find everything you need for your comfort.

34 Quai Charles Guinot, 37400 Amboise

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Hotel Le Clos d’Amboise ****

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The Clos d’Amboise was a former master house from the 17th century, transformed in hotel. Its history gives him a unique charm you will not resist to. The traditional design with a modern touch is really pleasant. You can enjoy the sauna, the swimming pool and a breakfast at the terrace full of rose bushes. A bar-restaurant is available if you are a bit hungry.

27 Rue Rabelais, 37400 Amboise

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Chenonceaux


 

Hotel Auberge du Bon Laboureur ****

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Former postal relay, this charming hotel has a cosy setting where you can rest. Behind its luxuriant exterior, can be found a heated swimming pool and Scandinavian baths. The 1-star restaurant offers in its menu, tasty and original dishes. Very well-located, the hotel is at 2 min only of the Castle of Chenonceau and 30 km from the zoo of Beauval.

6 Rue du Docteur Bretonneau, 37150 Chenonceaux

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Hotel La Roseraie ***

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With its comfy bedrooms and its classical design, the hotel conveys a relaxing atmosphere. The secret weapon of this hotel is its flowery garden where it is nice to walk around in summer. With a restaurant and a swimming pool at your disposal and a perfect service, this hotel is really a good value for money. Highly recommended.

7 Rue Docteur Bretonneau, 37150 Chenonceaux

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Cheverny – Chambord


 

Hotel Relais des Trois Chateaux ****

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In you search a comfy place where to stay in the Loire Valley, come to the hotel of the Relais des Trois Chateaux. At first a postal relay, it was transformed in hotel-restaurant in 1865. Since, the hotel kept its special identity while modernizing itself. The spacious rooms, the helpful staff, everything is here to make you feel at ease. The little extra is the fireplace where you can have a café or an appetizer.

1 Place Victor Hugo, 41700 Cour-Cheverny

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Hotel Restaurant Saint Hubert ***

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Near the castles of Chambord, Cheverny and Amboise, this hotel-restaurant is an ideal location where to stay in Loire Valley to see the most worth visiting castles. A simple and cosy hotel-restaurant perfect for families : Rooms for 4 available. The restaurant offers local specialities. The staff is very welcoming and attentive to our requests.

122 Rue Nationale, 41700 Cour-Cheverny

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Hotel Saint Hubert @Hotel Saint Hubert

 

East of Tours


 

Chateau de Rochecotte ****

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Spend a night in an exceptional place : a castle of the Loire Valley. The castle of Rochecotte with its majestic French style gardens and Italian patio has a both classical and baroque design. The hotel by its special assets, represents the French grace. This authentic place is at 20-25 min from the magnificent castle of Azay le Rideau, renoved recently, and the castle of Ussé, so beautiful that it has inspired Charles Perrault for the Sleeping Beauty tale.

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French Riviera tours : the best places to visit

Situated in the south-east of France, French Riviera attracts more than 10 million tourists each year. The second leading tourist destination in France benefits from 300 days of sunshine per year and 115 kilometers of coastline and beaches.

However, different from the Parisian region where the monuments are generally centralized, French Riviera is a tourist attraction more dispersed which is consisted of several cities and towns. Therefore, you would not fully receive and integrate what French Riviera offers if you didn’t have a good tour plan before setting off.

The most worthwhile places you need to visit in French Riviera

Nice

French Riviera toursConsidered as the home and the heart of French Riviera, is an unmissable destination. You can walk along the Promenande des Anglais and discover its famous building such as “the Negresco”. Then get a walk on the place Massena and take a break on the Coulée Verte. The flower market in the old city is also worth a visit, a famous colorful place surrounded by typical buildings. All in all, you will find why Nice is the first destination in French Riviera by discovering the huge amount of attractions.

Monaco

French Riviera toursMoncaco possesses a special status which makes it become the second smallest country in the world – it is an officially independent city-state. In Monaco, you will be able to visit the old town, the palace, the cathedral and the garden over looking the sea. By night, there is also an amazing light show in the city of Monaco. Even though so many things to discover, don’t forget the most famous “Prince’s Palace of Monaco” and “Monte Carlo Casino”

Cannes

French Riviera toursWhen we talk about Cannes, the first thing that really comes to mind is Cannes Film Festival. So, you can come to Cannes and make your dream come true! Visit the film festival palace and walk on the famous red carpet to fell like a star, this must be the first thing that would you like to do in Cannes. But alongside, it is also fascinating to walk along the famous Promenade de la Croisette with the coastal view and the most famous hotels accommodating the celebrities.

Èze

French Riviera toursNot far from the city of Nice, you can pass through the middle corniche road to discover this amazing perched, medieval village at more than 560 meters above sea level. The region is famous for the great variety of flowers that grow there, and there are a number of perfumeries to be explored, such as the famous perfumery “Fragonard”. You can also enjoy a free visit of the Galimard perfume factory.

Antibes

French Riviera toursAntibes is a resort between Nice and Cannes, the city is famous for having the largest marina in Europe and Mediterranean, and the third largest marina in the world. The city was once occupied by the Celto-Ligurians, the Greeks established a trading post here in the 11th century. Its fortifications were ordered by Vauban. What is inescapable in this city is the Musée Picasso, with Picasso art collection on display in the chateau museum where he lived and worked by 1946.

Saint-Tropez

French Riviera toursWe are almost on the edge of the French Riviera, in this genuine Provencal fishing village, the diverse charm and creativity of designers from around the world have created the “St Trop life style” in a contrasting mix of massive yachts. You can start to experience the special St Trop life style with a drink or cake at Seneauier Bar, where is a favourite meeting place for celebrities. Then either a walk up the citadels steps offering a 360° view at the top; or have an memorable shopping experience in the multitude of shops filled with famous French and international brands. If you still have time, you can visit Gendarmerie Nationale, which is a cinema-history museum focusing on local films & actors.

Set off from Paris

To get to French Riviera from Paris, the best way is to catch a plane, the price for a return round trip varies from 130€ to 200€ which lightly cheaper than taking a TGV. If you want to enjoy the scenery along the way, don’t hesitate to take a train or rent a car and self drive.

When to visit French Riviera

The best moment to visit French Riviera is no doubt in summer, on the other hand, the inappropriate moment to visit is in winter.

Excerpt Nice, which is relatively populated city in French Riviera and you can still see habitants in winter, other cities are inaminate in winter.

 

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Normandy Beach

What To Visit For Your Normandy Battle Tours ?

1944. June, the 6th. D.Day of the invasion of Normandy. Soldiers from 16 different nationalities landed on Normandy’s beaches, marking the start of Europe’s liberation from the Nazis. Allies landed on the 5 beaches of Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword. Back on the track of a broken past.

All along Normandy Coast are monuments and museums dedicated to World War II. In fact, the battle of Normandy was a decisive turn for peace in Europe. 4 days are needed to do a complete tour. But you can skip some steps.

 

Practical Information Before Doing Normandy Battle Tours :

For Normandy Battle Tours, you can rent a car. But I recommend you contact a tourism agency or to book a tour with a guide since organizing this tour will be pretty difficult, especially if you do not know French roads well. As for public transportation, it is limited and not advised.

 

Day 1 : Mémorial of Caen, Sword Beach and Canadian Tour

To start Normandy Battle Tours, you should visit the Memorial of Caen, one of the most important museum on World War II. It covers the contemporary history from Sarajevo to the fall of the Berlin wall. You can take a ticket for the visit of the Memorial of Caen and for “Arromanches 360”, a circular cinema with unique footage of WWII.

Then visit Juno Beach and the Sword Beach, where the Merville Battery is located. At the Merville battery, you will discover the Germans’ defense system, with 20km-ranged cannons.D Day sites, 5 beaches of Normandy, Normandy Battle Tours

At Juno Beach, which was affected to the Canadian army, was held a bloody battle. The low tide and the lack of visibility, led to a late arrival of the army, enabling the opposing army to organize itself. Thus, Canadians suffered heavy losses. It is also the beach of Charles de Gaulle’s return (you can take a look at the Lorraine cross).

The Center Juno Beach is the only Canadian museum. It depicts Canada’s role during World War II.

 

Day 2 : Arromanches, the “Musée du Débarquement” and the British Cemetery

Arromanches’ port, also called Port Mulberry or Port Winston, is the ground zero for the operation. Actually, there were 2 harbors but the one on Omaha beach was destroyed by the storm. Normandy Battle ToursThe floating port was decisive for the liberation of France, especially for the offensive of Montgomery at Caen. The artificial harbor was built for the battle in 8 days thanks to a system of  spare parts. Located on the middle of the 5 beaches, weapons and ammunitions were provided by this bridge.

Enjoy a 19-minute movie at “Arromanches 360“, a circular cinema with exclusive images and footages of the World War II, ideal to immerse in the context of the war.

After this, you can visit the “Musée du Débarquement” of Arromanches, the first museum to commemorate the battle of Normandy. Built on the ruins, the museum will describe how the harbor was made.

Then, you can walk through the British cemetery. Actually, there are 27 cemeteries in Normandy. So there is no need to visit all of them.

 

Day 3 : Omaha Beach and the “Pointe du Hoc”

Normandy battlefield excursion in 1 to 2 days, Normandy Battle ToursOmaha beach is also called “Bloody Omaha“, since one of the most devastating battles was here. Near Omaha beach, you will find a memorial and the American cemetery, where almost 10 000 soldiers who fought for peace are buried. For a better understanding of the context, I recommend you visit the visitor center.

The Museum of D-Day Omaha was built in commemoration of American soldiers who fought on Omaha Beach. Some special pieces are displayed as a rebuilding of Port Arromanches A.

After Omaha beach, you should admire the Pointe du Hoc. American rangers climbed steep cliffs to take this important observation base of German fortifications. They discovered then that the Germans had moved their cannons a few days before. The mission was so risky that from the 225 rangers, only 90 were in shape to fight. It still bears the marks of the intense bombing from the Allies. You will be able to visit the remaining bunkers.

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Day 4 : Sainte-Mère-Eglise, the batteries of Marcouf and Utah Beach

Sainte-Mère l’Eglise is the first village liberated by the Americans. Paratroopers took a lead role in this mission. One story in particular, made this village famous. Wounded in the legs, one paratrooper landed on the Church tower and remained hanging here for 3 hours. He pretended to be dead, then was captured by the Germans and fortunately he managed to escape. A manikin was put on the Church as a souvenir.

The Airborne museum covers especially the role of paratroopers and the material and techniques of the time.

After visiting the museum, you can either explore the labyrinth of the batterie of Crisberg or the battery of Azeville. The first one, the battery of Crisberg, has shown the most opposition. Its 30km-ranged guns made it the most impressive battery of the Normandy Coast.

To end your Normandy Battle Tours, go to Utah Beach. In the “Musée du Débarquement” is displayed one of the 3 last bombardiers still existing, the bombardier B26.

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Now, you have all the tools to prepare ideal Normandy battle tours. So, what are you waiting for ?

 

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Paris Landmark

Discover Paris Landmarks to prepare for your visit in Paris

Paris is renowned for its cultural places and beautiful landmarks full of history just like the Eiffel Tower which was originally created for the universal exhibition.
Here is a selection of the top 6 Paris Landmarks that you should not miss when visiting Paris for the first time.

 

The Eiffel Tower

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The Eiffel Tower is France’s national emblem but was once scorned by the French people and intended to be destructed after the universal exhibition of 1889.

Today this 324 meter (1,063 ft) tall landmark, made of iron, is the most-visited paid Paris Landmark and a very romantic place where many proposals are made.

The Arc de Triomphe

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The Arc of Triomphe is another one of Paris landmarks.
Ordered by Napoléon I in order to celebrate his military victories, its construction began in 1806 and ended in 1836. It stands in the middle of the “Charles De Gaulle” square, at the junction of the 8th, 16th and 17th neighborhoods of Paris, near the Champs-Elysées.
Now, it shelters the tombs of the unknown soldiers, where every day an eternal flame commemorates all the fallen soldiers, with a ceremony between 6 and 6:30 PM.

The Pantheon

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Panthéon Paris

The Pantheon is located in the Paris Latin Quarters, near the Luxembourg Garden.
Built as a church in the XVII century, and after several modifications, this impressive Paris landmark has now the vocation to honor those who have marked France history.
Jean Moulin, Voltaire, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Victor Hugo, Emile Zola and Jean Jaures are for instance laid to rest in the Pantheon.

The Cathedral of Notre Dame

One of the most famous Paris Landmark is with no doubt, one of Paris most beautiful monuments.

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Notre Dame de Paris (Wikimedia Commons)

Its construction started in 1163 but lasted over 2 centuries.
This gothic masterpiece has a very symbolic place in Paris, along with the cathedral of the city of Reims, and are the most famous holy places in France.
Napoléon I was coronated emperor here and nowadays, religious ceremonies often take place here, like for the burial of the French Presidents: Charles de Gaulle, Georges Pompidou, and François Mitterand.
This archdiocese cathedral is also famous for its appearance in Victor Hugo’s novel “Notre-Dame de Paris”, published in 1831, which inspired Disney’s movie, “The Hunchback of Notre-Dame”.

The Basilica of Saint-Denis

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The Basilica of Saint-Denis is a gothic style church located in the center of the city of Saint-Denis, 5 km North of Paris.
From its construction in the XII century, it was dedicated to hosting the remains of the Kings and Queens of France.
Nowadays, this burial place reunites the rest of 43 Kings, 32 queens and 10 servants of the monarchy.
If you want to discover France former Kings and Queens, we definitely recommend visiting this beautiful monument.
Here, you can learn more about the Robertians, the Capets, the Merovingian and other Frankish families who once ruled over France.

 

Sacrée Coeur Basilica

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The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris is a roman catholic church located in the 18th arrondissement of Paris.
Its construction began at the end of the 19th century and was inspired by byzantine-roman style churches like the Périgueux and St Mark’s Basilica in Venice.
Today, the Sacré Coeur is another one of the worthy Paris landmarks, popular for its elevated position which provides a wonderful view over the capital city.

 

Now that you have discovered Paris Landmarks behind your screen, do not hesitate to come discover them in person!

 

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5 Reasons to Visit the Fragonard Perfume Museum in Paris

Settled in the middle of Paris 150 meters away from the south-west to the Opéra Garnier you will find the Fragonard Perfume Museum. Unique in its kind, the Fragonard museum of perfume is absolutely worth a visit during your stay in Paris, ParisByM will explain to you why.

1. The rich historical background

Fragonard museum ParisThe first reason that you should visit Fragonard Museum of Perfume in Paris is for its historical background. In fact, the original form of the museum was a theater built at the beginning of the 1880s. The “Eden Theater” used to be a showplace with exceptionally large halls and rooms with designs and decors trending at that time. Eventually, the Eden Theater was forced to close because of a haphazard management which converted the theater into a bicycle merry-go-round. As the bicycle was a modern way to move at the time since a lot of Parisians came to learn how to ride a bike. Afterward, the place was taken over by the famous English furniture dealer Maple & Co, and it wasn’t until 2014 when they transferred the key to Maison Fragonard.

2. A maison of quality and traditionFragonard museum perfume Paris

Going to the Fragonard museum of perfume in Paris is, first of all, a good way to get to know a great brand of perfumery. The brand’s name “Fragonard” was chosen after Jean-Honoré Fragonard, who is a famous painter born in Grasse, a town in French Rivera. This small town in the south of France is considered to be the cradle of French perfumery. As a result, Fragonard carries the same perfume quality as Grasse and the refinement of 18th-century arts. Similarly, it expresses its desire to run the business in accordance with its tradition.

3. The collection of precious objects

Fragonard museum perfume ParisThe exhibits of the museum might be the most telling argument. The museum truly possesses various and precious perfumery-related objects and raw materials, which dates from Antiquity to the 20th century. Passing through the chronological order, the large collection provides us with a clear vision of its different uses and other various aspects of perfume. There are, for example, scent boxes, bottles in blown glass, potpourri used at the court of the king Louis XIV, composing the dazzling collection. Moreover, the collection has been constantly enriched by the Maison’s current directors.

4. A museum easy to access, amusing, also educational

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The entrance of museum

Despite the delicacy of the museum, it is not complicated at all to visit it! If you want to visit the museum, there is no need to book, additionally, the admission is free for everyone. If you are a foreigner, there is no problem because they have free guided tours as well which might be available in your language. The museum makes the guides speak different languages available for you, options vary from French, English, German, Chinese, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Russian at your disposal. They are professional as well as friendly. The guided tours rotate every 20 minutes throughout the day and includes access to people with reduced mobility.

5. Buy a little gift for your family & friends

At the end of the visit, you will get to the museum’s showroom, where you can buy some Fragonard’s perfumery products as little gifts for your family and friends. Different from a tourist trap, where the price is generally very high due to the large volume of tourists. In case you want to buy a gift for someone you can surely find an item or a trinket for a good price.

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The showroom

 

As ParisbyM has familiarized you with some useful information about the Fragonard museum of perfume in Paris, we hope you have a nice trip!

The Musée du parfume is opened from Monday to Saturday, from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., with free entry and free guided tour.

You can get there by subway: Opéra (lines 3, 7, 8), Madeleine (12, 14), Havre-Caumartin (9) Saint-Lazare (13)

RER A Auber, RER E Haussmann Saint-Lazare

Bus: 21, 22, 27, 52, 53, 66, 68, 81, 95

 

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5 places for Valentine's day in Paris

5 Places to Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Paris

There is no better place to spend Valentine’s Day than in Paris. Paris as we call, the city of love, has an abundant amount of romantic locations. Take your loved one to celebrate this Valentine’s day in Paris and discover the romantic sceneries Paris has to offer. ParisByM has created a list of five great places in Paris to celebrate with your significant other.

1. Walls of “I Love You’s” 

The Wall of Love is located in the 18th arrondissement in the historically artistic hill of Montmartre. The wall consists of 250 different languages on how to say “I Love You”. This is the perfect place to take your loved one and express your love in 250 languages. After, take a nice stroll through the neighborhood to discover the romantic scenery and the artistic influences where Van Gogh created his Montmartre collection while he lived there with his brother in the mid-1900s. Spend some time at the Montmartre gardens and make memories or take a ride in the carousel to spice up your love scene. Wall I Love You Montmartre (1), Valentine's day, paris   carousel, valentine's day, paris

2. Big Wheel of Paris 

Enjoy the view from the 100 meters tall Ferris Wheel located in place de la Concorde, where you have a good view of the Eiffel Tower, the Luxor Obelisk, the Louvre and the Arc de Triumph. Take a trip around the wheel with your sweetheart to spend a brief one-on-one time with your sweetheart while enjoying the view. With the wind blowing in your hair, the bright lights, and the height to set the perfect mood to kindle some emotional feelings.

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Champs Elysées, Valentine's Day

3. Seine dinner cruise and visit to the Pont des Arts Lovelocks

Sure, it might seem to be a cliche, but don’t miss out on one of Paris’ most romantic activity. The Seine dinner cruise is a relaxing moment with the combination of a glamorous dinner and an attraction tour. The bright lights and sound of the river create the perfect ambiance for your ideal night. There is no better way to spend a magical Valentine’s day evening than eating delicious food on a cruise with a view and with your beloved one. After, visit the Pont des Arts, also known as Passerelle des Arts. It is a pedestrian bridge crossing the Seine river where lovers come with locks to create love promises. They carve their initials in the locks and secure it to the bridge to assure a long-lasting love and a memory to reflect on. Note that we do not recommend to do the same and attach your lock to the bridge fences, as this poses problems in terms of  security (imagine the weight of dozens of iron locks sweeping away a portion of the bridge and collapsing on someone’s head while a boat is passing underneath…), but you can find other places to “enchain your love“!

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4. Parc des Buttes Chaumont

For the nature lovers, visit this beautiful park this Valentine’s day and explore the beautiful setting. Spend loving time by the waterfall and have some deep conversations or have a make-out session at the Temple de la Sibylle, on top of the hill. This temple is the miniature version of the famous ancient Roman Temple of Vesta in Tivoli, Italy and has been an inspiration for plenty of romantic paintings in the seventeenth to the nineteenth century.

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5. Dinner on top of the Eiffel Tower

The perfect Paris Valentine’s day experience won’t be complete without mentioning the notorious dinner on top of the Eiffel Tower. As common as it is, it is still considered one of the most romantic locations just right for Valentine’s Day. The view of the city from up there is just magnificent and is definitely a must for all couples. Dinner on top of the Eiffel Tower is extremely popular and it gets booked quickly, therefore, we suggest booking early even before arriving in Paris. Although the restaurant on the 2nd floor is that of the famous chef Alain Ducasse and its exceptional location and the quality of the menu are reflected in the price, you also have the option to dine on the first floor at the more affordable traditional restaurant and still share the experience of dining on the Eiffel Tower on Valentine’s Day (booking a few months in advance is still recommended).

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Korean restaurants in Paris

Which Korean restaurant in Paris to taste?

Speaking of Korean food, there must be bibimbap, kimchi, budae jjigae, Korean barbecue, spicy fried rice cake… No matter whether you have the nostalgia for Korean cuisine, or if you want to offer an exotic flavor to your taste buds, you can definitely find some fantastic Korean restaurants in Paris.

 

1/Soon

This light-filled restaurant is situated nearby the Avenue des Champs-Élysées. The interior decoration is simple and elegant with pretty color combination. Although it is a little bit small, this can be a sweet place to have a meal with friends and family. They provide various dishes, such as japchae, bibimbap, barbecue etc. If you are looking for a restaurant with a good value for the money after shopping in the Avenue des Champs-Élysées, why don’t you give the restaurant Soon a shot?

 

Address: 20 Rue Jean Mermoz, 75008 Paris
Opening hours: 12:00-14:30, 19:00-22:30
How to get there: Metro Franklin D. Roosevelt (M1/M9), Saint-Philippe-du-Roule (M9)
Phone number: +33 1 42 25 04 72 / +33 6 14 07 36 19

 

 

2/Hwarang

Recently opened, this new Korean restaurant has already won a soaring popularity. Hwarang is located at the junction of the 5th and 13th district. As the owners, a Korean couple, promised, they use only fresh ingredients. The environment is very sweet, just like at home. In this restaurant, you can take main Korean cuisine and barbecue, of course, the taste is authentic. Moreover, the price is also very reasonable.

 

Address: 11 Boulevard Arago, 75013 Paris
Opening hours: 12:00-15:00, 19:00-23:00
How to get there: Metro Les Goblins (M7)
Phone number:  +33 1 45 32 90 51

 

3/Dokkebi

The first time I heard about Dokkebi, it was from a Korean friend who came to Paris for her study. Indeed, the place is small, there are just a couple of times downstairs and upstairs. However, everything tastes exactly as in the Korea. With a lot of choices and reasonable prices, you can come here with your friends to relive the tastes of dishes made by mom.

 

Address: 33 Rue des Petits Champs, 75001 Paris
Opening hours: 12:00-15:00, 19:00-22:20
How to get there: Metro Pyramides (M7/M14)
Phone number: +33 1 42 61 79 49

 

4/Jeongané

Located in a corner of the street, Jeongane is small but definitely a good and sweet Korean restaurant in Paris. There is no denying that the service is very comfortable and fast. If you order the barbecue, you will find that the meat is already macerated, which gives it a particularly succulent taste.

 

Address: 60 Rue des Morillons 75015 Paris France
Opening hours: 11:30-14:30, 19:00-22:30 (except Monday noon)
How to get there: Metro Porte de Vanves (M13)
Phone number: +33 9 73 56 35 88

 

5/Somec

This is a Korean restaurant full of modern art, both in restaurant decoration and food presentation. BBQ, grilled pork dumplings with secret recipe, traditional bibimbap and other classic Korean food… Basically you can find everything about Korean cuisine. The ambiance is comfortable not only for a small meal between friends, but also for groups. If you decide to organize a group meal, it’d be better to book tables in advance.

 

Address: 80 Rue de la Procession, 75015 Paris
Opening hours: 12:00–14:30, 19:00–23:00 (except Saturday noon and Sunday noon)
How to get there: Metro Volontaire (M12)
Phone number: +33 1 47 34 08 35

 

6/Shingané

Tasty food, elegant decoration, friendly service… What can we expect more for a restaurant? Shingané is situated near Cimetière du Père-LachaiseAfter a stroll in the Cimetière, perhaps you will enjoy another nice moment in this restaurant. Although it is larger than most of Korean restaurants in Paris, I suggest you make a reservation just in case.

 

Address: 63 avenue Gambetta, 75020 Paris
Opening hours: 10 :00-14 :30, 19 :00-22 :30 (except Monday all day)
How to get there: Metro – Gambetta (M3/M3bis)
Phone number: +33 1 43 15 65 11

 

7/Sodam

Sodam is a Korean restaurant near Montparnasse Tower. A good choice after enjoying the wonderful city view on the Montparnasse Tower or hanging out in the quarter.  As an authentic restaurant, it is highly recommended by one of the most famous French food comments website, Lafourchette. Barbecue, fried dumplings, bibimbap… whatever you are looking for, you can find it here. It is said that the owners of Sodam is twin sisters from the Korea, therefore you can taste real Korean food with family recipes just like in the hometown!

 

Address: 39 Rue de Gergovie, 75014 Paris
Opening hours: 12:00–14:30, 19:00–22:30 (except Monday all day)
How to get there: Metro Pernety (M13)
Phone number: +33 1 45 41 04 32

 

8/Bong

This restaurent of some repute in Paris is particularly famous for its barbecue. Accompanied by the aroma of grilled porc, their kimchi cake, fried vegetables are also worth trying! I bet you will step in this restaurant with plenty of expectations and go home with full of happiness. In consideration of its good business, I suggest you make a reservation first before going.

 

Address: 42 Rue Blomet, 75015 Paris
Opening hours:  12:00–14:00, 18:30–22:00 (except Sunday all day and Monday noon)
How to get there: Metro Volontaire (M12)
Phone number: +33 1 47 34 73 62

 

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Rooftop in Paris

Enjoy a City View on a Rooftop in Paris

A charming city view on the Eiffel Tower, a cocktail in your hand and a loved one by your side, who would not be pleased? Rooftops are the ideal place to take a rest during your holidays. But you’re sure where to go? ParisByM will help you to choose a rooftop in Paris, to see the city of light in all its glory!

 

Galeries Lafayette

During your shopping session, take a break on the Galeries Lafayette’s rooftop and rest on one of the comfy chairs located on the 7th floor of La Coupole. You will be able to appreciate a great view over Paris from this rooftop, while enjoying a drink in the Cube Bar.
For more information, click here.
21 Boulevard Haussmann, 75009 Paris

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Rooftop Galeries Lafayette

 

The Rooftop of the Montparnasse Tour

Visit the rooftop of Paris’ highest skyscraper, the Montparnasse Tour: a dynamic place where many activities happen, like meditation classes or trampoline sessions. With a view of 360° from a height of 210 meters, it is surely one of the most breathtaking views from a rooftop in Paris. You will be able to see all the most famous monuments of the capital.
For more information, click here.
33 Avenue du Maine, 75015 Paris

 

The Rooftop of the Grande Arche

In the business district of Paris, La Défense, the rooftop of the Grande Arche offers you 1 000m2 of open air areas with a garden. Admire all the Parisians monuments while walking along the promenade deck. Different activities are offered, like an outdoors cinema or an ice-skating ring in winter. In addition, photo-journalism exhibitions are often displayed. 
For more information, click here.
1 Parvis de la Défense, 92800 La Défense

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Le Perchoir Marais

Chill at Le Perchoir Marais: drink cocktails and eat tapas at the hottest rooftop in Paris. Located in the Marais district, it is “the place to be” for Parisians and tourists alike. Transformed during winter in a cosy and warm style, you can enjoy a drink throughout the year
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33 Rue de la Verrerie, 75004 Paris

 

43 Up on the Roof

Take a rest on the top of the Holiday Inn hotel : on the menu, delicatessen, wine and cocktails. Surrounded by palm trees and nature, discover Notre Dame de Paris cathedrale and the city from a different perspective. The idyllic setting will take you to cloud 9! 
For more information, click here.
4 Rue Danton, 75006 Paris

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43 Up on the Roof

 

Lounge Bar View Rooftop

If you want a calm and casual place, far from touristic areas, this is the rooftop you need to go to. Simply furnished, you will feel at home, but with the addition of a gorgeous view, French specialities to taste and affordable cocktails as a bonus. 
For more information, click here.
257 Rue de Vaugirard, 75015 Paris

 

Hotel Raphael

Enjoy delicious dishes one of the most charming rooftops in Paris, just around the corner of the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe. The enchanting hanging garden in a luxury rooftop, combined with an exceptional service, look totally like heaven! 
For more information, click here.
17 Avenue Kléber, 75116 Paris

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Café de l’Homme

Not a real rooftoop, but located on a hill and therefore overlooking Paris, this elegant place will allow you to eat dishes and drink cocktails in a very French-style decor. The chef mixes French local products and flavors from all over the world, creating incredibly tasting gourmet meals, and this in addition to the stunning view of the Eiffel Tower. 
For more information, click here.
17 Place du Trocadéro, 75116 Paris

 

The Molitor’s Rooftop

From this flowery summer rooftop, you can have a gorgeous view over most of Paris landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower, and over the famous Molitor’s swimming pool, renovated a few years ago only. In this colorful place, you will find a Clarins’ spa and numerous activities. Open from May to September.
For more information, click here.
6 Avenue de la Porte Molitor, 75016 Paris

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The Terrass

On the 7th level of the Terrass’Hotel, close to the Sacré-Cœur basilica, you will find a restaurant and a bar with large bay windows, and a green terrace with a romantic atmosphere. The view on Paris completes this ideal place to share a sweet moment with your loved one. 
For more information, click here.
12-14 Rue Joseph de Maistre, 75018 Paris

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cafes in Paris

Which cafes in Paris you won’t want to miss?

Paris is considered to be a romantic city. On a cafe terrace, we always see Parisians enjoying the sunshine and talking with their friends. Easygoing and relaxed. If you want to behave like a Parisian, you must step inside the cafes in Paris while visiting the city.

Famous cafes in Paris

Saint-Germain-des-Prés

In fact, the first café in Paris appeared in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés district in 1672. We can therefore say this is the cradle of Paris cafe culture.

 

Le Procopecafes in Paris

Although the first café in Paris had limited success and closed later, one of its waiter opened a café named Le Procope in 1689, which is still in business. More than 300 years later, Le Procope witnesses all variations of its clients’ life, but also all the changes in Paris. Nowadays, we can stil enjoy a meal at Le Procope but it is highly recommended that you book a table in advance.

 

Café de Flore and Les Deux Magots

Paris cafe, cafes in ParisSpeaking of cafes in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, every Parisian will immediately think about Café de Flore and Les Deux Magots. These two cafes are both celebrated for their famous clientele, especially writers and artists. Georges Bataille, Robert Desnos, Jean-Paul Sartre, Pablo Picasso… they were all frequent patrons and completed many of their works here. After all the stories of joys and pains, pleasures and sorrows, written here, do you really want to pass by these places and not come in ?

 

Montparnasse

Montparnasse, as the heart of artistic and intellectual activities in Paris in the 1930s, prompted a lot of openings of literary cafes.

Le Dôme

cafes in ParisLe Dôme is the first café opened in Montparnasse and soon became a gathering place for visual and literary artists. However, in 2016, Le Dôme declared a bankruptcy. Even though the owner hasn’t officially announced any closure, you might want to plan a visit quickly and check out this location before your departure.

Today, seafood dishes are kind of its specialties but the prices are quite high (around €80 per person for an hors d’oeuvre and a main course).

Little tip: do not confuse Le Dôme, Le Dôme du Marais, Le Bistrot du Dôme

La Coupole

cafes in ParisIn the beginning, La Coupole has been established to outshine Le Dôme because of the great success of the latter. Located on the same avenue and just 1 minute by foot from the Le Dôme, La Coupole also succeeded to attract a mass of artists, including Sartre, Picasso, Hemingway… In 1988, this cafe was selected to be an historic monument.

If you want to have a meal in this district, we suggest you choose between Le Dôme and La Coupole since their dishes are almost identical.

L’Opéra

Café de la Paix

cafes in ParisSituated in front of the Opéra, Café de la Paix has a wonderful street view. On the terrace, you can relax with your friends and appreciate the splendid architecture in the meantime. If you step inside the café, you will notice that the whole café is decorated in Second Empire style.

Moreover, it is worth mentioning that Café de la Paix has a complete and carefully selected wine list.

 

A bit of glossary

cafes in Paris

The most simple coffee that you can find everywhere should be “café espresso”.

If you want to order an Americano, it is similar to “café allongé”.

“Thé gourmand” or “café gourmand” is always a cup of tea or coffee (usually an espresso) accompanied by a selection of small desserts.

“Café au lait” means a very milky coffee.

If you look for a coffee with less milk than a “café au lait”, you may choose a “café crème”.

Last but not least, by ordering a “noisette” which is very popular in cafes in Paris, you will get an espresso with a little bit of milk (less than a “café crème”).

Do you know… ?

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We notice that the chairs on a café terrace are almost all set face towards the street.

They say that people-watching is a national sport in France. So where better than a café terrace to do this “sport”? Hence Parisians enjoy observing the passer-by’s and also the street view when they sit on a terrace.

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Champagne region France

The Champagne region in the north of France is of course the first place known for the champagne, the world-famous wine produced here. But also small and large cities like Reims, Châlons-en-Champagne, Epernay, Troyes and Langres make a weekend or holiday in the Champagne region worthwhile.

Champagne is a wine region in the north of France, known for its sparkling wines, which are the only ones in the world to be called “Champagne”. The region consists of two regions. In the north you will find cities like Reims, Epernay and Châlons-en-Champagne. In the more southern region you will find among others Troyes and Langres.

TROYES

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Troyes is a city that by chance has the shape of a champagne cork. It may not be immediately noticeable, but if you look at the historical centre on the map, you will no longer hesitate. Because the city is more southern than Reims, it is less visited during short holidays.

The city is popular because of a number of historic buildings, such as the Cathedral of St Pierre-et-St-Paul and the Museum of Modern Art. Just outside the city is the nature park Parc Naturel Régional de la Forêt d’ Orient, a park where you can walk quietly or do water sports.

In the streetscape of Troyes you can still see many authentic buildings with stained-glass windows and you will find some churches worth visiting. In the Église St-Panthaléon you will discover beautiful sculptures. The Gothic Cathédrale St-Pierre-et-St-Paul is home to an impressive interior set by the colourful light play of the stained glass windows.

As a historic capital, Troyes owes much of its glory to the markets in the Middle Ages and the prosperity of the Counts of Champagne. You will find unique half-timbered houses from that period. The funny thing is that these houses are often skewed, but in any case they are beautiful because of the bright colours.

It is also an art city, where craftsmanship flourishes very well. In the many museums and galleries there are beautiful works of art to admire. Troyes is also a true shopping paradise. The city has no less than 250 outlet stores.

Tip: don’t plan your visit on a Monday, because then all museums, churches and shops are closed!

REIMS

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Situated on the banks of the Vesle river, Reims has no fewer than four buildings listed on the Unesco World Heritage Site: the Notre-Dame Cathédrale, the Saint-Remi Basilique, the Tau Palais and the Saint-Remi Museum. With these beautiful historical constructions, Reims is a city that has a lot more to offer than just champagne.

The Roman remains bear witness to the wealth that the city used to have. In Reims you can visit the famous Gothic cathedral, stroll through a Roman triumphal arch and study the interior in a Carolingian basilica.

The cathedral of Notre-Dame is remarkable. During the 13th century it was rebuilt after a fire completely destroyed it. Not only the cathedral suffered from devastation, the whole city has been completely destroyed a number of times. The last destruction dates from 1918. The city was constantly rebuilt.

Now it possesses the structure that it also owned during the 17th-18th century. It is a pretty small town that you can easily discover on foot. The strategic location of this city made it a city of military importance in former times.

CHÂLONS-EN-CHAMPAGNE

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Châlons-en-Champagne is the capital of the Châlons-en-Champagne-Ardenne region. With the Gothic cathedral Saint-Etienne and Romanesque church Notre-Dame-en-Vaux with its beautiful stained-glass windows, you can also visit structures that are unique enough for a place on the Unesco list. Châlons-en-Champagne is a city with lots of greenery. You can see this at the city park’ Le Petit Jard’ and the surroundings by the water.

Tip: Take a boat trip on the Marne. This gives you a unique view of the authentic medieval buildings from the river!

EPERNAY

City of Épernay, champagne in 2 days

Epernay, located on the Marne, can be seen historically as the centre of champagne production. All the grape varieties needed for champagne can be found here. You can also walk through the Avenue De Champagne. This is a district with only champagne producers and traders. You will find stately and impressive houses, originally built to impress the French royal house.

Underneath the city are miles of underground corridors where the champagne is stored. Champagne houses often give guided tours through their cellars.

Moët & Chandon, champagne in 2 days

Be excited:

Moët & Chandon, the oldest champagne house;
Mercier, where you will be guided through the cellars with a panoramic lift and a train;
The small winegrowers, who mainly run family farms and brew the best champagne wines.

LANGRES

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Langres is located on the Plateau of Langres where several rivers such as the Seine, Aube, Marne and the Meuse spring out. Langres is one of the best maintained cities in France. Thanks to very intact architectural monuments including the fortifications around the old town, you can walk through history almost literally.

Take a walk along the ramparts of the city and pass by the 12 establishment tower, the 13th century Saint-Martin church and the 7 gates, including’ La Porte Gallo-Romaine’. Soon you will have a nice walk of 3.5 km on it, because that is the length of the city wall.

 

 

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What to see in Paris in 4 days

City trip Paris

Paris: the city of light, the city of love, a city full of art, culture and history and above all, one of the most beautiful cities in the world . This legendary city hardly ever needs an introduction. After all, Paris is the most popular city in Europe, and with a good reason. This French capital has an endless amount to offer in the field of art and culture, but also culinary enthusiasts and fanatical shoppers can indulge themselves. Time for a city trip to Paris.

DISCOVER THE MAIN ATTRACTIONS OF PARIS

Whether it’s your first, second or tenth time, a visit to places of interest such as the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame and Sacré-Coeur must not be missed during a city trip in Paris. As far as we are concerned, these three highlights are always worth the effort because there is always something else to see and do.

EIFFEL TOWER IN THE DARK

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Visit the Eiffel Tower when it’s dark, every evening between 21.00 and 0.00, all the lights on the Eiffel Tower will blink every hour. Hundreds of people, many of them couples, gather around the Eiffel Tower to see this small spectacle. With a rug and a bottle of bubbles, you make it a picnic in one of the parks (Champ-de-Mars or Trocadero) around the Eiffel Tower.

NOTRE-DAME

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Around the Notre-Dame you take a lovely walk, read a booklet on one of the many benches and enjoy yourself for hours watching the impressive structure and the many tourists who come here daily.

THE SACRÉ-COEUR FROM ABOVE

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The Sacré-Coeur is located in the lively Montmartre district, known for its fantastic view of Paris and the many painters who make portraits of tourists. Even better than the view from the stairs for the Sacré-Coeur is the view from above the Sacré-Coeur, an attraction that is still known to few tourists. On the left side is an entrance where you buy a ticket for a few euros and climb the basilica.

VISIT THE MOST BEAUTIFUL MUSEUMS OF PARIS, WITH THE WORLD’ S LARGEST MASTERPIECES

Besides the sights mentioned above, Paris is also known for its museums. Paris has many special museums and exhibitions. Museums you should not miss are the Louvre, Palais du Tokyo and the Musée d’ Orsay.

THE LOUVRE

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The Louvre, one of the most famous museums in Paris, is located in a former palace and is known for its masterpieces as the Mona Lisa. In the Louvre you can spend days and then you haven’t seen everything else. The collection ranges from sculptures to paintings and goes back to history. Besides the various collections, the property itself is also worth a visit.

MUSÉE D’ORSAY AND PALAIS DE TOKYO

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Credit: flickr user Monica Arellano-Ongpin

Museums You've Never Heard Of

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This also applies to Musée d’ Orsay, this museum located in an old railway station which makes a visit worthwhile. Another famous museum is the Palais du Tokyo, known for its contemporary art and modern exhibitions.

OTHER INTERESTING MUSEUMS IN PARIS

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If you have already searched for all these museums and if you are looking for something new, the Centre Pompidou and the Grand Palais, both with a changing exhibition, are worth the effort. Just like the Petit Palais, where works by Rembrandt, Rubens, Cézanne and Monet hang.

  1. EXPLORE THE COSIEST DISTRICT OF PARIS: LE MARAIS

    Self-Guided walking tour, le marais

In total, Paris has 20 districts with each its own atmosphere and sights. Le Marais is the former Jewish quarter of Paris. This is where you have to be when it comes to food, bars and nightlife. In Le Marais you can go shopping as well as having good food and drinks. This is because of her many small boutiques that are also open on Sundays.

In the middle of Le Marais is Place de Vosges, a cozy square surrounded by all sorts of terraces. In summer the park in the middle of the square is perfect for a picnic.

For shopping, the streets Rue des Rosiers, Rue Charlot, Rue du Rio de Sicile and Rue Vielle du Temple are a must, here you will find especially the smaller boutiques. Le Marais is also characterized by the dozens of cosy restaurants. Something can be found on every corner of the street! The following are recommended: La Terrasse Sainte-Catherine, Chez Janou, Au Passage and La Cevicheria.

Besides the trendy and trendy district Le Marais, the districts of Saint Germain and Bastille are fun to discover.

4. GO CYCLING IN PARIS DURING YOUR CITY TRIP

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Paris has a large and simple metro network that takes you from A to B in a few minutes. Very easy when it rains or is cold. If the sun shines and you dare it, then the bike is an absolute must, because what is better than discovering the city at your own pace with the best views at any time. At various places in the city there are bicycles that you can easily rent. All you need is a credit card. A day ticket costs € 1.90 and a weekly subscription € 8, -. In total there are 1000 stations and every 300 meters a bicycle.

 

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Paris flood

Paris flood : Seine River floodwater continues to rise

When we talk about the Seine, perhaps all of us will have a romantic image with elegant Parisians walking along the river under the sunshine. However, the River Seine is not that calm this winter. In fact, the Seine is sometimes quite precarious because of flooding.

 

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Since January 2018, Parisians have been warned as the Seine is flooding and its water level keeps rising. Although the actual situation is not as severe either as in 1900 or as in 2016, we wonder just how high the Paris flood can reach at this time and when this natural disaster will mark its end. The Seine River rose up to 5.88 meters on the Sunday 28th and went down to 5.33 meters on the Monday 29th. Therefore, some say that the water level has now reached its peak and will proceed to fall down. However, as no one can really control the nature, everything is far from conclusive. If it is to rain a lot in the coming days, it is not difficult to imagine that the Seine River’s flood will keep on being aggressive.

 

Even though the city council of Paris took a lot of measures to guard against the Paris flood, such as planting trees to absorb water, everytime there is a flood, it will severely get in the way of Parisians’ life.

 

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The sidewalks along the river where Parisians love going for a stroll now have been completely inundated. The week of 22nd January, the public transport system has been affected: the RER C has been closed not only between Gare d’Austerlitz and Avenue Henri-Martin, but also between Viroflay-Rive Gauche and Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines. According to the RATP company, it is said that the partial closure of the RER C will continue until the 5th February but nobody knows when exactly RER C will totally return to normal. If you are planning to visit Paris and to take RER C, it would be better to look for another metro line in order to insure your travel plan.

 

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Moreover, because of the Paris flood, no boat can pass under the bridges so all the Seine cruises have been suspended until the water goes down to the normal level. From now until the near future, you need to contact the cruise companies in advance to make sure if they will still provide cruise service.

 

Last but not least, please notice that it is strictly forbidden to go boating or swimming in the Seine River, especially in this dangerous moment with the flood. Not only can you be caught by the police, but also you risk your life by doing that.

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Discover the city you never see with cooking tours in Paris

Are you going to visit Paris soon? No matter whether you already know this city, or if it will be your first stay, you may be in search of a new traveling experience. Perhaps doing some local activities as a Parisian, such as untraditional cooking tours in Paris can give you an impressive view.

Market tours

Markets are usually open on Sunday and another one or two days during the week in Paris. But you can also find some popular markets which are open nearly every day. According to your needs and schedule, you can take cooking tours Paris in one or two markets. And that will definitely be an excellent unusual “tourist” experience.

Le marché des enfants-rougescooking tours in Paris

As the most ancient market in Paris, Le marché des enfants-rouges is located in the 3rd (Marais) arrondissement. This market is so complete that you can find every kind of food here, from vegetables to fruits, from meats to fishes… Even If you are looking for a nosh, you will be able to find snacks from all over the world.

From Tuesday to Saturday: 8:30 to 19:30

Sunday: 8:30 to 14:00.

Closed Monday.

Address: 39 rue de Bretagne, 75003 Paris

How to get there:

  • Metro 3 Arts et Métiers / Metro 5 République / Metro 8 Filles du Calvaire / Metro 11 République
  • Bus 20/75 Square du Temple – Mairie du 3ème, Bus 96 Bretagne

 

Le marché Bastille

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With 115 sellers, Le marché Bastille is the biggest and the most popular street market in Paris. In this market, you can not only find food but also clothes, jewellery, toys etc. However, since there are so many sellers and this is a visitors’ favorite market, you should be very careful about products’ price and quality. When you are looking for something, make sure you compare the price at several stalls.

Thursday: 7:00 to 14:00

Sunday: 7:00 to 15:00

Address:  Boulevard Richard Lenoir, 75011 Paris
How to get there:

  • Bastille (metro 1/5/8) / Sully-Morland (metro 7)
  • Bus 65/69/91 Bastille, bus 29/65 Bastille-Beaumarchais

 

Raspail Biocooking tours in Paris

If you are a fan of bio products, then you can’t miss the Raspail Bio market in your cooking tours in Paris. Open since 1989, it is the biggest and the most fashionable bio market in the French capital. Around 50 sellers provide fresh bio vegetables and fruits, meats, flowers, cheeses and even bio cosmetic products. We can also taste Italian sandwiches in the stall “la Cucina”.

Sunday: 9:00 to 15:00

Address: boulevard Raspail

How to get there:

  • Metro 4 Saint-Placide / Metro 10 Sèvres-Babylone / Metro 12 Rennes or Notre-Dame-des-Champs
  • Bus 68/89/94 Rennes – Raspail, bus 39/63/68/70/83/84/87/94 Sèvres – Babylone, Bus 83/95/96 Rennes – d’Assas

Cooking workshops

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Cook&Go

The concept of cook&go is very simple: you come, you cook and you go home with your plate. Of course, a chef will be there to teach everyone how to make your delicious dishes. The themes of the workshop are various: appetizer, main course, hamburgers, pastries, cookies… From 39€ to 79€ per head, you can choose a theme that interests you, learn a new dish and then enjoy what you make by yourself. If you are planning cooking tours in Paris, then why don’t you take a look at their website to know if there is a class that suits your schedule? Moreover, it is possible to book seats for your friends visiting or living in Paris as a sweet gift.

Address: 36 passage Charles Dallery, 75011 Paris

How to get there: Metro Voltaire (line 9) or Bastille (line 1/5/8)

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L’atelier des chefs

Do you want to learn to cook from a real chef? L’atelier des chefs may be the best choice for your cooking tours in Paris. If you are taking it seriously, they provide training courses of one-day, two-days, five-days or even longer if you are interested in the French gastronomy. In fact, you will be able to learn from a chef as in a real cooking school, that’s to say, 7 hours every day. But also, you can just choose one theme and learn one or several dishes in 30 minutes to 4 hours.

So, if you have one day more in Paris and you have already visited all the monuments, learning to cook with these chefs could be an excellent and original idea.  They have several workshops in Paris so that you can select one which is the most suitable for you.

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Fragonard Museum Paris

Fragonard Museum of Perfume, an olfactory trip in Paris!

In Paris, we usually struggle to find a place to visit which is pleasing, delicate and low-cost at the same time. In this regard, ParisByM have recently discovered a very delightful place that will offer you a unique and memorable experience! So, let us talk you about the Fragonard Musée du parfum (Museum of perfume).

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Entrance of the museum

Fragonard museum ParisOpened by the renowned perfume house Fragonard, the Musée du parfum is situated in the middle of Paris, a stone’s throw from the Opéra Garnier. It spans over 2000 m², in the 19th century, its original form was a theater called Éden-Théâtre which later became a cycling track for the Parisians to learn how to ride bicycles. Under this thick atmosphere of history, the free admission is available for everybody. If you are not a French speaker, the museum also has the tour guides who could be able to speak your languages (English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Germany, Italian, Portuguese, Russain).

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When entering the museum, you will feel immediately the mysteriousness of the perfume which is relieved against the dim light and the retro decoration. Then, a dazzling array of exhibits will jump into your eyes, especially the perfume collections and other perfumery-related objects dating from Antiquity to the 20th century which are really impressive by the first sight. Passing through these exhibits in chronological order, you will get to know about the born of the perfume, and the different uses of the perfume until its standardization. Also, you will find that the museum is literally modernized, because not only your tour guide, but also the informative videos will be at your disposal in order to explain to you about different exhibits.

As you keep going forward, you will walk into the stills room, where you will be plunged into an early 20-century alike perfume factory. The stills models are verisimilar. With the explaination of your tour guide, you will perfectly understand the different stages of the perfume production (from the picking to the distillation then to the bottling). Afterwards will come the very interesting part of the museum, the introduction of the profession “nose” and the “olfactory pyramid”. This part is informative and also very practical, because the knowledge acquired will certainly help you to choose your next perfume!

In the end of the visit, with it comes the interaction between you and your tour guide. You will be brought into a room to play a scent recognition game with Fragonard’s products. At this point, you will truly feel the magic of the perfume by smelling different fragrances.

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The museum’s showroom

Once the visit is finished, you will leave the museum by passing through the museum’s showroom. Different from a tourist trap, the prices are extremely attractive, the products are generally much cheaper than you had thought before, and you will not feel embarassed if you don’t want to buy anything. The duration of the visit is actually flexible, you can finish the visit within half an hour if you are in a hurry, or you can take more than an hour to invest your heart and soul into this world full of aroma and culture.

A delicate museum of 2000 m², with a collection of over 300 precious objects retracing 3000 years of history of perfume as well as the secrets of the manufacture, the raw materials and the profession of perfumer. Thanks to all these rich contents, the museum offers you a simply unique olfactory trip in Paris!

Fragonard Museum Paris

If you want to visit the musée du parfum, there’s no need to book, all you have to do is to show up in front of the museum reception. The guided tours are free, and they take place about every 20 minutes. By the way, if you are a group of more than eight people, you may have to book in order to facilitate the organization. Or you can just go to the reception and wait for the next guided tour.

 

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Do I need a visa application to visit France?

Are you planning to visit France recently ? For citizens of certain countries, you may need to apply a visa to come in the France and/or in other European countries. This article aims to give you information about visa application to visit France, as of the rules applicable at the date of parution of this article (February 2018).

Do I need a visa application to visit France?

For most of the visitors, the necessary visa is a “Short stay (less than 90 days) visa”. That’s why we are mainly talking about this kind of visa application to visit France in this article.

Speaking of “France”, we need to identify 3 words :

– French European Territory

– French Overseas Départments or Regions (DOM)

  • Guadeloupe (and its dependencies: Saint Martin, Saint Barthélémy), French Guyana, Martinique, Réunion

– French Overseas Territories (TOM)

As a part of the Schengen Area, French European Territory requires short-stay (less than 90 days) Schengen visa. If you are visiting just The France, you should submit your application to a French embassy; but if you are planning to visit more than one country in the Schengen zone, you need to go to the embassy of your main destination (the country where you will stay most of your trip). However, if you are national or have a resident card of Schengen Area’s countreis, you won’t need this tourist visa.

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visa application

If you want to go to DOM area, you need also a short-stay visa unless you fall under one of these situations :

  • Nationals of the European Union, the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland

– Holders of a currently valid residency document for France, regardless of their Citizenship;

– Nationals of the following countries: Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Bermuda, Bolivia, Canada, Chile, South Korea, Costa Rica, Croatia, El Salvador, the United States, Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, Nicaragua, New Zealand, Panama, Paraguay, San Marino, Holy See, Singapore, Uruguay, Venezuela, Mauritius, Seychelles, Bahamas, Barbados, Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Kitts and Nevis.

– Holders of passports from the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (People’s Republic of China) and the Macau Special Administrative Region (People’s Republic of China).

– Facilitation for cruise ship passengers: besides the categories of foreigners that are already visa-exempt, cruise ship passengers meeting the following criteria may enter without an overseas visa during their stopover:

  • holders of a currently valid Schengen visa issued by France;
  • holders of a currently valid residency document issued by a member state of the European Union, the European Economic Area or by Switzerland, Andorra or Monaco;
  • holders of a currently valid residency document issued by Canada, Japan or the United States of America.

 

What do I need to apply for a visa?

In order to apply for a short-stay Schengen visa, you can check this list of necessary documents:

  • proof of your financial situation (cash, traveler’s cheques, international bank cards, etc.),
  • supporting documents on the guarantees of your repatriation (for example, return transport ticket, etc.),
  • an insurance covering medical and hospital expenses, including social assistance, for the care you may receive in France (the minimum coverage required is €30,000),
  • a reception certificate or a proof of accommodation in a hotel or host establishment, if your stay is carried out as part of a private or family visit,
  • or documents on the object and conditions of your stay in France, if your trip is for tourism or professional purposes or for the hospitalization or research work.

You can find additional information on the official website of the French Government for application for visas here.

How much does the visa application to visit France cost?

For different people and visa types, the visa application cost is also different:

      The regular Visa fee (in Euro)

             Airport transit visa                                                   60.00 EUR

             Short stay Schengen visa, less than 90 days       60.00 EUR

             Long stay visa, more than 90 days                        99.00 EUR

       The visa fee is 35 EUR for:

             Children between the age of 6 and below 12 years old.

             Nationals from Georgia, Kosovo, Russia, and Ukraine.

       There is no visa fee for:

  • Children under 6 years of age
  • Pupils, students, postgraduates and the accompanying teachers who are traveling for the purpose of studying or educational training
  • Researchers of the third countries (which are not in the Schengen Area) traveling for the purpose of scientific research
  • Representatives of non-profit organizations aged 25 years or less participating in seminars, conferences, sports, cultural or educational events organized by non-profit organizations.

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How long should I wait for an answer?

Generally, it doesn’t take more than 48 hours to process your visa application to visit France. But for nationals of certain countries or during certain periods, such as school holidays, this process may take 14 to 21 days.

However, it is not necessary to apply too early neither. When you submit an application for a visa, you may request that the date of validity start either on the same day that the visa is issued or on another date no later than three months after the date on which the visa is issued.

Do hesitate to visit the official website of the French Government for visas applications to be sure to have updated information.

 

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Art Galleries in Paris

Art Galleries in Paris : The Ultimate Guide

Notice to all lovers of art, Paris will make you fall in love!

Not only is Paris the city of love or the city of fashion, but it is also a cultural place, where plenty of artists are based. Whether in the Marais, Saint Germain des Prés or in the 13th district of Paris, there is no shortage of art galleries in Paris. Intrigued visitor or art expert alike, you will definitely find a treasure. To not be overwhelmed by all of these art galleries in Paris, ParisByM has made a selection for you.

Here are our selection of the most influential art galleries in Paris by district…

 

Marais


There is no need to introduce the district of the Marais where artists are present on every street corner. It is the most abundant district of art galleries in Paris, a must-go place for an art lover.

 

Galerie Art : Concept

Founded by Olivier Antoine, this gallery moved from the 13th district of Paris in 2010. With a prominent role on the international scene, its program includes contemporary art from artists as Michel Blazy, specialist of the organic or Roman Signer, who is known for his humorous work.

4, passage Sainte-Avoye
Open from Tuesday to Saturday 11h-19h
Website : http://www.galerieartconcept.com/

Art Galleries in Paris

Galerie Art : Concept

 

Galerie Jeanne Bucher Jaeger

Founded in 1925 by Jeanne Bucher, this art gallery celebrated its 90th anniversary in 2015. She revealed many artists including some precursors of modern art who are now historic like Giacometti, Mondrian or Masson. The art gallery also promotes contemporary artist like Jiechang Yang, Paul Wallach or Michel Branco. It also owns another gallery in Paris, located in Saint Germain, as well as one in Lisbon.

5-7, rue de Saintonge
Open from Tuesday to Saturday 10h-19h
Website : https://jeannebucherjaeger.com/

 

Galerie Perrotin

Renowned globally, the iconic art gallery of Emmanuel Perrotin has been in operation since 1989. Among his 8 galleries, some are based in New York and in Asia (Seoul, Hong Kong and Tokyo).
The total surface area of Perrotin’s art galleries in Paris amounts to 2 300 m2. Some 50 artists are displayed there, including Asian artists, thereby demonstrating Perrotin’s interest for Asian art. In particular, you will find artworks from Takashi Murakami.

76, rue de Turenne
Open from Tuesday to Saturday 11h-19h
Website : https://www.perrotin.com/

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Galerie Perrotin

 

Galerie Almine Rech

Specialized in conceptual art and minimal art, the gallery shows contemporary art through all types of art from sculpture to photography. It is distinguished by strong individualities. For instance, Jeff Koons or Jannis Kounellis are on display.

64, rue de Turenne
Open from Tuesday to Saturday 11h-19h
Website : http://www.alminerech.com/

 

Saint Germain des Prés


The Quartier Latin can boast, some of the most important art galleries in Paris can be found here! Located in the heart of the 6th district of Paris, you would not be wrong to walk around the neighborhood!

 

Galerie de l’Europe

This international gallery is separated in two parts, with a space dedicated for photography and a space for painting expositions, with an interest for figurative art. It promotes young artists of contemporary art such as Alain Pontecorvo or Yan Marczewski by organizing personal and collective exhibitions since its opening in 1997.

55, rue de Seine
Open from Tuesday to Saturday 10h30-13h, 14h-19h
Website : https://www.galerie-europe.com/en

 

Galerie Georges-Philippe and Nathalie Vallois

Thanks to the duality between contemporary and new realism, the gallery has gained a lot of attention since its creation in 1990. Gilles Barbier and Vincent Lamouroux, one of the artists behind the exhibition “Constellation”, are the cutting-edge artists of the gallery.

33-36, rue de Seine
Open from Tuesday to Saturday 10h30-13h, 14h-19h30
Website : http://www.galerie-vallois.com/en/home.html

 

Galerie Loevenbruck

Opened in 2001, the 130m2 are used to promote contemporary art from pop art to art installations. Not only does the gallery highlight rising French artists but as well international artist like the Irish Blaise Drummon. Their key artists are Philippe Mayaux and Bruno Peinado.

6, rue Jacques Callot
Open from Tuesday to Saturday 11h-19h
Website : http://www.loevenbruck.com/

 

Belleville


The youngest district of art galleries in Paris, Belleville, is full of promising artists. The contemporary art that is exposed, reflects the dynamism and the blazing passion of the district artists’ youth. Here is the most famous one…

 

Galerie Air de Paris

Exhibiting since 1990 engaged art, Air de Paris remained true to the young image of the district by breaking the codes. The virulent image boosted the dynamism of French art. You will find displayed the artwork of Enrique Metinides, Bruno Serralongue, or Shimabuku.

32, rue Louise Weiss
Open from Tuesday to Saturday 11h-19h
Website : http://airdeparis.com/now.htm

 

BONUS

 

Galerie Arludik

The first gallery exposing artwork from pop-culture universe, comics, or even videogames. It has been exposing entertainement contemporary art since 2004. Some of their represented artists are Mr Garcin or Scott Campbell.

12-14, rue Saint-Louis en l’Ile
Open from Tuesday to Saturday 14h-19h
Website : http://www.arludik.com/

 

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Eiffel Tower (Paris, France)

The Eiffel Tower is undoubtedly the most famous building in France and Paris. The three hundred-metre-high tower was built for the World Exhibition in Paris in 1889. Because this exhibition took place exactly 100 years after the outbreak of the French Revolution (1789), it was also built to commemorate this revolution.

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The construction of the tower lasted from 1887 to 1889. In total, 250 steelworkers participated in the construction work. The Eiffel Tower was inaugurated on 31 March 1889 and officially opened on 6 May. This was done by the Prince of Wales, King Edward VII of England.

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The Eiffel Tower is one of the most famous landmarks of the city of Paris. The tower is visited by many tourists and is considered a technical masterpiece of 19th century architecture. The Eiffel Tower was designed by the architect Gustave Eiffel (1832-1923).

France: World Exhibition in Paris

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Paris Eiffel Tower , the 317-metre-high Eiffel Tower was built for the world exhibition of 1889. The occasion for the exhibition in Paris was the commemoration of the storming of the Bastille in 1789, the beginning of the French Revolution. On the occasion of the festivities around the centenary of the French Revolution in 1889, a world exhibition was organised in Paris. Architects could put forward ideas for a suitable monument, which would be erected in the vicinity of the exhibition area. Gustave Eiffel’s plan won the battle.

Gustave Eiffel

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The French architect Gustave Eiffel founded his own company in 1866. He was one of the first engineers to use iron as a supporting structure for bridges and buildings. Relatively few people know that Gustave Eiffel was also involved in the construction of the Statue of Liberty in New York. This statue was designed by Bartholdi and was donated by the French state to the United States in memory of the cooperation between America and France during the American revolution. Eiffel designed the iron skeleton for the Statue of Liberty.

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Around 1890 Gustave Eiffel partially stopped working. His company was to be run by others in the future, so that Gustave Eiffel could become involved in research. In Auteuil, Eiffel built the first aerodynamic laboratory, which he gave to the French state in 1921.

Highest building in the world

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When the Eiffel Tower was built, its height of 317 metres made it the tallest building in the world. Only in 1930 was this height exceeded by the Chrysler building in New York. The monument consists of three floors. You can choose to go by stairs or by elevator. You have to be in good condition, because the stairs to the first floor already has 360 steps.

On the first floor you have a beautiful view and dining area, on the second floor (115 meters high) the view is even more beautiful and here is also a restaurant and on the third floor (275 meters above the ground) you can enjoy a beautiful view. In clear weather conditions you can look up to seventy kilometres from this floor. From the floors of the Eiffel Tower you have 360 degrees views over the city on each floor.

 Restaurants in the Eiffel Tower

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On the second floor is the gastronomic restaurant Jules Verne. Restaurant Jules Verne was once awarded a Michelin star The restaurant has its own elevator from the south leg of the Eiffel Tower.
You can book Jules Verne restaurant online but a place at the window is not guaranteed. Because of the special decoration of the restaurant, you are actually comfortable everywhere. On the first floor is 58 Tour Eiffel. This restaurant is a kind of luxury brasserie at an altitude of 125 meters.

From this restaurant you have a beautiful view over Paris. A dinner in the evening here is about € 85, – including tickets for the Eiffel Tower. Lunch costs approximately € 45. This restaurant is one of the best restaurants in Paris. Stylish tourists will certainly stick to this. It may cost a little bit, but then you also have an excellent dinner, lots of candlelight and a view over the City of Light. How romantic is that? First outside enjoy the view, and then relax for a good French meal with the sparkling lights of Paris around you through the panoramic views.

Television tower and tourist attraction

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Although it was originally intended to demolish the tower at the end of the exhibition, the tower is still at the same place in the centre of the city. Today the Eiffel Tower is used as a television tower and tourist attraction. Stairs and elevators enable the thousands of visitors to see the beautiful Paris from the tower every day. Thanks to the festive lighting, after sunset, the tower also provides a beautiful spectacle from the ground.

The Eiffel Tower is open from 9.30 am to 11.00 pm and in summer from 9 am to midnight. You can buy your tickets here for the Eiffel Tower. Then you already have them and you don’t have to stand in line anymore.

 

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Loire Valley castles

The 6 most beautiful Loire Valley castles

The Loire Valley, known as “Le Jardin de la France (the garden of France)”, was being the favorite residence for the French kings during the Renaissance, and these buildings are mostly built or substantially reworked during the Renaissance in France. ParisbyM will present you some of the most beautiful Loire Valley castles, in order to help you in case you want to visit castles in the Loire Valley.

Loire Valley castlesAs you can see from the map, there are numerous castles disperse in the region. The main reason might correspond to the hundred years’ war which made the French kings and the English kings oppose against each other. During this very long war, the kings of different nationalities possessed each a bank of the Loire and made the construction of several palaces and military fortresses which later became, particularly during the Renaissance, the majestic Loire Valley castles. In addition, the winegrowing condition and the goat cheese production make this region more charming in terms of the castle culture.

The 6 most beautiful Loire Valley castles

1. Chateau de Chambord

According to most people, the Chateau de Chambord is the castle the most worthiest of being visited. As the hunting reserve of the king François I, its immense park is the biggest closed forest park in Europe, with an area that is similar to the city of Paris. Its facade is also spectacular with its hundreds of amply curved chimneys and chapiters. In addition, you can also attend the horse and raptor shows in the Chateau de Chambord (the raptors may graze your shoulder!).

 

2.Chateau de Chenonceau

The chateau de Chenonceau also named “le château des dames” (the castle of the ladies), spanning the river “le Cher” just like an elegant lady. Its history is marked and embellished by women. Thomas Bohier built the castle in 1513, but it was his wife Katherine Briçonnet who supervised the construction and imposed her style on the castle. Afterwards, Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Médicis also added their personal touch. As a result, you will have the chance to promenade in the marvelous French garden and in the forest, and to cross and walk along the banks of the beautiful le Cher.

3.Chateau royal de Blois

To visit the chateau royal de Blois, is to discover a panorama of the French architecture history. In the center of the inner courtyard, four architectures of four different periods (from the medieval style to the classic style) are available for you to visit. Evidenced by the royal apartments sumptuously furnished and adorned with magnificent decorations, it is also a place which is evocative of the kingship and the daily life of the Court during the Renaissance.

4.Chateau de Cheverny

Domaine de Cheverny was a seigneurial property that had belonged to the same family for six centuries. Unlike many castles in the Loire Valley, Cheverny has always been inhabited and each generation contributes to the maintenance of the castle with passion, to keep the beauty of the place. Therefore, Cheverny presents the most beautiful interior and the most beautiful furniture. It is worth mentioning that, in the comic “The Adventure of Tintin”, Hergé used Cheverny as the model for Marlinspike Hall, you can also visit an exposition dedicated to the comic album.

5.Chateau d’Amboise

The primary reason to visit Chateau d’Amboise is that it offers you a unique view of the panorama of the Loire Valley. With its terraced gardens, you have many different vast and magnificent views of the valley. Another thing to know: Leonard da Vinci who lived in Amboise, is buried in the Chateau d’Amboise. You can also visit the Chateau Clos Lucé which is right next to it, where Leonard da Vinci lived for his last three years.

 

6.Chateau Chaumont-Sur-Loire

The castle of Chaumont-Sur-Loire, standing in the Loire Valley between Amboise and Blois, its construction was for the purpose of protecting Blois from the attacks of the Counts of Anjou. It may not be interesting to visit the castle itself, but its gardens do worth a visit. Each year, the castle hosts the International Garden Festival, from April to November. You will discover not only the style of “French garden”, but also different contemporary artistic landscape creation. Really amazing and surprising to discover!

 

Not only these 6 castles above, ParisbyM have selected for you the 19 most beautiful Loire Valley castles, you can check them out by clicking the marks on the following map!


Have a good trip in the Loire Valley!

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The Eiffel Tower

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When you think of Paris you immediately think of the Eiffel Tower, one of France’s most iconic constructions. This monument is the most visited sight in France. Every year, more than seven million people visit the Eiffel Tower, making it the most visited monument in the world. Some people see the Eiffel Tower as an unofficial wonder of the world. It is therefore also a monument that everyone wants to have visited in their lives.

 

 

Hours of operation

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The Eiffel Tower is open every day of the year:

Opening hours during the summer period (15 June – 1 September) from 9:00 am to 00:45

and the rest of the year opened from 9:30 to 23:45.

During the Easter weekend and spring holidays, opening hours are extended until midnight.

Before you buy a ticket, it is better to check what the best choice is. There are many different options and rates. As an individual, the prices are slightly higher than in a group or with family.

Access by elevator (up to 2nd floor):

Access by elevator to top:

Adults: €14
12-24 years: €12.50
4-11 years / disabled persons: €9.50
0-4 years: free

Access via stairs (up to the 2nd floor):

Adults: €5,00
12-24 years: €3.50
4-11 years / disabled persons: €3,00
0-4 years: free

In collaboration with Ticketbar we offer you the tickets for the Eiffel Tower not only can you avoid the queue but you will also get a beautiful city tour by bus through the city of Paris so you can see all the highlights of the city. The Eiffel Tower is often sold out months in advance, but you can still buy tickets at short notice so you don’t have to wait in the queue.

Click here to book an entry time and for more information: www.tour-eiffel.fr

 

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The Eiffel Tower consists of 3 floors :

To the first floor you can use both stairs and elevator. On the first floor you can walk around and enjoy the view over Paris. You can see the gardens around the Eiffel Tower and other Parisian monuments. On the outside of this floor are 72 names these are names of French engineers, scientists and other important people from the 18th and 19th century but there is also plenty to see on the inside of the tower there are photographs and paintings to admire.

There is also information about the construction of the Eiffel Tower and Gustave Eiffel you can even watch a short movie about the Eiffel Tower and there are information panels showing which buildings can be seen from the Eiffel Tower it is also no longer possible to climb to the top with this staircase because too many parts of the stairs are missing these were removed from the tower and auctioned. Paris,eiffel tower,monument,visit,tour eiffel

Then comes the second floor it can be reached by stairs as well as by elevator. On this floor you have the best view of Paris. Then the less tall buildings can also be clearly seen. On the first floors, the large buildings stand in the way of the view of the smaller ones. In the floor of this floor is thick glass this allows you to look down so you can look.

On this floor is also located the restaurant”Le Jules-Verne” this restaurant has 95 seats and has been awarded a Michelin star. To get to this restaurant, you can use their own elevator. The decoration of the restaurant is sober but this is completely well made by the beautiful view that you have when you look out of the window it is necessary to make a reservation for this restaurant (Tel: 0033 (0)1 45 55 61 44)

The third floor of the Eiffel Tower can only be reached by elevator. From the third floor it is possible to take a few more stairs to a platform outside the view from this floor is very impressive.  The disadvantage of this height is that the buildings are less clearly visible than on the second floor. On this floor Gustave Eiffel had his office only this site was actually used for meteorological research by Gustave Ferrié in 1910.

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The Eiffel Tower visit in the evening

 

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Visiting the Eiffel Tower during the daytime is beautiful but it is also worth the effort to go to the Eiffel Tower in the evening. At 22:00 , the lights and searchlights of the Eiffel Tower are switched on every 5 minutes. This gives an extra effect to the tower. The lights illuminate the tower and make it so romantic to visit the tower in the evening. The searchlights illuminate the Paris skyline.

 

 

Access: Metro station Bir-Hakeim (line 6)

RER : Champ de Mars – Tour Eiffel (line C)

 

 

 

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Paris cafe

Paris cafes and places to taste French delicacies

Are you planning to visit Paris but get tired of traditional tourist activities? Then why not take a bite of great chocolate, taste French pastries or simply spend a relaxing moment in a café? I am sure that visiting Paris cafes and places to taste French delicacies can give you a completely different vision of the city. This article aims to help you to find some ideal spots for your stay in Paris.

The Latin Quarter

The Latin Quarter, as a microcosm of Paris, can definitely not be ignored in your trip plan. It is always comfortable to take a walk in this quarter. We suggest you to slow down your pace and to let the quarter tell its own history. I bet you will never regret.

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Jean-Paul Hévin

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I suggest beginning this promenade by Jean-Paul Hévin, a traditional but also creative chocolate ferry. In this shop, you can find not only chocolate bars and assortments, but also some pastries such as macarons, cakes and tarts.

Later you can take a walk in the Luxembourg Garden, just in the surrounding.

Address: 3 Rue Vavin, 75006 Paris

Phone: +33 1 43 54 09 85

https://www.jeanpaulhevin.com/fr/ 

Pierre Hermé

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Pierre Hermé is one of the best pastry chef in the world. In his shop nearby the Luxembourg Garden, you must taste his delicious macarons. What’s more, his classic pastries like Ispahan, Mont-blanc, are also worth degusting.

Address: 72 Rue Bonaparte, 75006 Paris

Phone: +33 1 43 54 47 77

 https://www.pierreherme.com

 Café de Flore and Les Deux Magots
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After these sweet experiences, it could be great to take a
break in the terrace of a café. Café de Flore and Les Deux Magots are two famous Paris cafés in the quarter of Saint-Germain-des-prés. They are both celebrated for their distinguished clientele, such as Pablo Picasso, Boris Vian etc.

Café de Flore:

Address: 172 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75006 Paris

Phone: +33 1 45 48 55 26

http://cafedeflore.fr

 

Les Deux Magots: 

Address: 6 Place Saint-Germain des Prés, 75006 Paris

Phone: +33 1 45 48 55 25

http://www.lesdeuxmagots.fr

 

Patrick Roger

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A little break in the café gives always us energy to continue our tour in Paris. Not far from the Shakespeare & Company, you will find Patrick Roger, which is an original chocolate ferry. We can always see some beautiful outstanding creatures.

Address: 108 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75006 Paris

Phone: +33 1 43 29 38 42

https://www.patrickroger.com

 

 

Gelati d’Alberto or Amorino

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After taking a look in the Shakespeare & Company, I suggest two options of ice cream for the following tour in Paris. If you want to visit Notre-Dame de Paris, Amorino can be a sweet choice which helps you to kill time in the waiting line in front of the cathedral.

If you are more interested by the Musée national du Moyen Âge and Panthéon, Gelati d’Alberto cannot be missed.

Gelati d’Alberto:

Address: 45 Rue Mouffetard, 75005 Paris

Phone: +33 1 77 11 44 55

 

Amorino:

Address: 16 Rue de la Huchette, 75005 Paris

Phone: +33 1 43 54 73 64

https://www.amorino.com

If you are interested in these places, I suggest two itineraries:

Itinerary with Notre-Dame de Paris:

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Itinerary with the Musée national du Moyen Âge and Panthéon:

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Montmartre

Nowadays, Montmartre is a quite artistic district. You may want to take a self-portrait by a street painter, climb and enjoy the wonderful view of Paris city here. As well, I suggest cafes in Paris in Montmartre.

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Café des 2 Moulins

The first destination of our tours of Paris cafes is the Café des 2 Moulins. If you are fan of the film “The Fabulous Destiny of Amélie Poulain”, then this place will absolutely attract you. You can drink coffee or have meals here. To avoid waiting for a long time if you travel with more than 4 people, I suggest reserving a table in advance.Paris cafeAddress: 15 Rue Lepic, 75018 Paris

Phone: +33 1 42 54 90 50

http://cafedesdeuxmoulins.fr/fr

A la Mère de Famille

Behind Moulin Rouge and Café des 2 Moulins, we find a shop of “A la Mère de famille”, which is one of the oldest chocolate ferries created in 1761 in Paris. Today, this shop is kind of like a museum of French confectionery: chocolates, caramels, candies, nougats, calissons… you will definitely fall in love with this place if you have sweet touth.

Address: 23 Rue Lepic, 75018 Paris

Phone: +33 1 53 41 62 97

https://www.lameredefamille.com

Maxim’s de Paris

If you want to take some macarons as gift to your friends and family, Maxim’s de Paris is one shop to stop by in Montmartre. They have a lot of flavors of macarons, Indeed, this shop sells also cookies, “crêpe dentelle” and jams.

Address: 14 Rue Norvins, 75018 Paris

Phone: +33 9 73 25 49 58

http://maxims-de-paris.com/fr/

Christophe Roussel

I suggest you to pass by Christophe Roussel if you visit the Love Wall. Voted as “Top 5 chocolatier in France” by Gault et Millau, Christophe Roussel makes not only chocolate bars but also some creative packages like “kisses from diamants”. Of course, their cakes of the season are also worth tasting.

Address: 5 Rue Tardieu, 75018 Paris

Phone: +33 1 42 58 91 01

https://www.christophe-roussel.fr

If you are interested in these places, I suggest an itinerary:

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Main reasons to take an all inclusive package for your trip to Paris

Are you planning to visit Paris but you are travelling on a budget, are too busy and don’t really know, what to visit or in which Hotel stay ? Then, all-inclusive packages may be perfect for you. These packages includes lodging and other services like a visit to the “Château de Versailles” and can be a low cost method. But are they advantageous?

Why should you choose  all-inclusive packages?

All-inclusive packages are more and more selected by people who often travel in unknown places.

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All inclusive packages are stress-free

These pack are in first place stress-free because if you choose a recognised company, this company will be very picky with its provider to not disappoint you.
So, you will be sure that your activity will not be cancelled without your knowing because the company you will have chosen wants to be up to your expectations.

All-inclusive packages saves money

All-inclusive packages are advantageous because they permit you to save a lot of money.

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In fact, Paris is an expensive city and you can easily waste a lot of money by only booking your trip or by choosing a tour guide.
By choosing an all-inclusive package, many charges are covered like guided tours.
You can for instance save up to 30 % of the amount you will have initially paid without an all-inclusive package.

However, it should be noted that all-inclusive doesn’t always mean all-inclusive.
Even if many things are covered, it is likely that some things are left out.
Once you arrive in an Hotel you may have finding yourself paying extra for internet or lunch.

All inclusive packages include an efficient itenerary

Another advantage is that all-inclusive packages in Paris are safer than a trip that you will have planned yourself because some places in Paris are not safe for tourist/foreigners.
To give an example, Paris is a big city with more than 2 million habitants and 14 metro lines, by only taking the wrong train or road you can end on the other side of the city.
While, by booking an all-inclusive package in Paris, you can’t get lost because they will always be someone who’ll guide you or will stay with you.

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Available offers or tailor-made offer?

Most companies offer two types of all-inclusive packages in Paris:
Tailor-made packages
Predesign packages

Tailor-made packages are packs that companies create following your purpose.

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These packages follow 100 % your expectations because you tell them how long you will travel, what you want to visit, the kind of activities you want to do during your holidays, the number of persons which will travel with you …
Furthermore, tailormade packages have many budgetary advantages for the reason  that, there are no hidden cost and you can know in advance how much you have spent.
So, if you like having control on your holidays and on your budget, tailor-made packages are perfect for you.
Then Predesign packages are packages which have already be designed and  include an accommodation, walking tours, bus tours, discovery cruses etc.
With them, you get rid of all activities starting by checking the hotel accommodation availability, choosing the place to visit and your travel guide.
Everything will be done for you.

Altogether, all-inclusive packages in Paris are interesting because you can adjust and modify your trip in function of your request and they are time sparing, stress free and budget friendly.

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Which chateau de France you should visit

The “Chateau de France”, is the symbol of the splendidness of the French history. From Versailles to Castelnaud, passing by the “Chateaux of the Loire Valley”, the rich and fantastic culture of castle may sometimes make us confused when it comes to visit a chateau de France. So, this article is aiming to help you to have a clear vision of the chateau de France, in order to help you further to choose the best ones to visit.

Castles of the Loire Valley

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Map of the Loire Valley

In France, when we talk about the castles, the first thing that really comes to mind is the “Chateaux of the Loire Valley”. During the hundred years war, the French kings and the English kings opposed each other, and each one of them possessed of a bank of the Loire. Theses kings of different nationalities did the construction of several palaces and military fortresses that eventually became, especially during the Renaissance, the magnificent chateau de France.

The Loire Valley is located in the west of the France, about an hour and a half from Paris (one hour and twenty minutes by train, and one hour fifty by car). The region is reputed for its natural landscape, cultural heritage and the castles which are very worth a visit. If you are passionate about the chateau de France, this place cannot be missed. Not only the famous castles like Chambord, Chenonceau, Amboise, Blois, Azay-le-rideau etc., you can also visit the little-famous ones such as Talcy, Menars, Abbaye de la Guiche, Chemery etc. If I write a list of the castles at this point, it will be long and tedious, I would suggest you buy and read a backpacker guide to get a more complete knowing about the Chateaux of the Loire Valley before your visit.

 

Castles in the Paris region

The world-famous chateau de France in the Paris region (in the department Île-de-France) is also unavoidable for a visit, like the Palace of Versailles, the Palace of Fontainebleau, the Vincennes Castle and so on.

The Palace of the Versailles is the most visited one among all the chateau de France, was constructed from 1661 to 1715, by King Louis XIV, in order to appease the rebellion and strengthen his kingship. The palace became since then, a very significant symbol of the greatness of France, which have been attracting people from all over the world to come and look at it with reverence.

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The garden of the Palace of Versailles

It is worth mentioning that, the chateau de France in the Paris region usually merges with the stories of French kings. For example, the Vaux le Vicomte Castle, located in the south-east of Paris, its background story is as fantastic as its look. Its builder, Nicolas Fouquet, was the superintendent of finance, imprisoned because of the manipulation of his colleague on the charge of corruption. And his Castle, Vaux le Vicomte, was then sealed and the king Louis XIV seized almost all his property. Also, the king Louis XIV used the Vaux le Vicomte Castle as the model for the design of the Palace of Versailles.

 

The chateau de France in the Paris region are all accessible by public transport, and it takes generally from 20 minutes to less than 1 hour by train. If you don’t have the availability to visit the castles which are outside the Paris region, the castles inside the Paris region are easy to reach and worth to visit, besides, don’t forget to get to know the stories behind these majestic castles.

 

The Castles outside the Paris region

The most famous chateau de France outside the Paris region and the Loire Valley must be the Chateau de Castelnaud, which is in the town of Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, in Dordogne department. It is a magnificent medieval fortress, offering you an amazing panorama of the Dordogne valley. Classified as historical monument, this fort is entirely dedicated to the great era of the Middle Ages. The fortress shelters a huge number of weapons and armor. The models, the furniture, the machines of war, as well as the numerous restorations of the fort, make of it a museum of war more real than nature. The castle counts more than 200 000 visitors a year.

 

Other chateau de France that I suggest you to visit are :

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Chateau du Haut-Koenigsbourg in the Alsace region (Key words: medieval, furniture, weapon, rocky spur)

Chateau des ducs de Bretagne in Nantes (Key words: Nantes history, Bretagne history, museum, Gothic-Renaissance)

 

Chateau de Valençay in the Commune of Valençay, the Indre department (Key words: French garden, English park, Renaissance, elegance, art)

Peyrepertuse, in the Commune of Duilhac-sous-Peyrepertuse, the Aude department (Key words: ruined fortress, Cathar castles, rocky spur)

 

 

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Top 5 Christmas Markets in France

It’s time for you to step into the country’s fairytale-like towns which are transformed into glowing, joyful centres of true Christmas cheer, perfect for finding gifts for loved ones, enjoying the food and drink of different French regions and having a fun-filled day with you and your family.  Are you visiting France this festive period and wondering where you can get your dose of European Christmas magic? Well, look no further than our list of the Top 5 Christmas Markets in France.

1. Strasbourg

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Situated near the border with Germany and Switzerland, the town has historically always been influenced by its Christmas-loving neighbours. This is no more evident than in the plethora of Yuletide celebrations and festivities that are put on in this Alsatian town, filling it with joyful, festive delights. A grotto of endless Christmas treasures awaits, including light-shows, beautiful Christmas trees and the delicacies of the food market. Their famous Christmas market provides everything you could possibly desire, from mulled wines to bredele cakes. Truly magical, the first markets in Strasbourg were held in 1570, the first to exist in France. This year, an addition of an Icelandic Christmas village has been added to the plentiful options of festive experiences in Strasbourg.

2. Reims

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If you are enjoying a holiday in or around Paris, Reims is an ideal festive day-trip. Located but 45 minutes away from the capital their market of the season offers 145 stalls of festive magic for all the family. The 21st edition of the Christmas market will take place at two UNESCO world heritage sites: the Cathedral and Palace of Tau, where you can be sure to find festive produce of every variety. Children will love meeting Father Christmas, the free ice skating and enchanting wooden toys. The beautiful Craft Market at the Palace of Tau is the perfect place to find Christmas presents for your loved ones. For something truly decadent and appropriate for the region, why not enjoy some champagne tasting on the big wheel high above the town? A day of yuletide enjoyment is guaranteed for everyone.

Open every day from 10:30 am to 8 pm (from 2 pm to 8 pm on Mondays)

Open until 10 pm on Fridays and Saturdays

3. Colmar

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The best thing about Colmar and its magical Christmas market is that the town is nearly fully pedestrianised, giving you the freedom to explore the wonderful nooks and crannies that this enchanting place has to offer. The market was voted the 3rd Best Christmas Market in Europe in 2016 and it is for good reason that it remains a favourite.  The ambiance of the Old Town makes it feel as if you have stepped into a fairytale, illuminated by the glow of the Christmas lights and the beautifully assembled market. From monuments, churches, museums and alleys, the whole town is decorated, transformed into what they call “a veritable open air theatre where the warm Christmas mood envelops the heart of the town.”

Open until the 30th December at the following times:

from Monday to Thursday: 10:00am to 7:00pm

Friday and Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am to 8:00pm

Christmas Eve: 10:00am to 5:00pm

Christmas Day: 2:00pm to 7:00pm.

4. Montbeliard

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Located in Eastern France, in the Franche-Comté region, you will find a Christmas market like no other, set in the town centre of Montbéliard. The Christmas market is pure enchantment, a fairytale dream with a glowing and hospitable atmosphere that the town is well-known for. The town revives the tradition of Württemberg through the market comprised of 160 stalls of beautifully crafted, top-quality products. You will find a host of hand-picked craftsmen, an enchanting display of lights, and carefully chosen activities for young and old and magic in the air.  Sample the delicious produce from the region, revel in the cheering music and choirs singing, and have a spin on the ice rink. An enchanting and heartwarming experience to be had by all.

The market is open until Christmas Eve, at the following times:

Monday: 2pm to 8pm

;Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: 11am to 8pm (except Thursday 21st December: 11am to 9pm)

Friday and Saturday: 11am to 9pm

Sunday: 11am to 8pm (except Sunday 24th December: 11am to 6pm).

Christmas Lights Illuminated every day: 4.30pm to 10pm

5. Metz

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Considered to be the country’s second favourite market after Strasbourg’s, receiving 3 million visitors, Metz provides a beautiful and vast Christmas market, spread over 5 different sites. The city’s major monuments are lit up offering a beautiful light display across the town. This has merited the self-proclaimed title of “capital of lights”, seen particularly at the Gothic Cathedral and the Place d’Armes.  A view of the cathedral can be seen from the top of the 60m high ferris wheel. A ride on this should not be missed, taking you up above the town, and exhibiting some of Metz’ most iconic monuments. Furthermore, there is a huge ice rink of 1000m2and an Ice Sculpture Wonderland at Place de la République, both activities to be enjoyed by all the family. Featuring several different markets, providing the best of festive produce and Christmas cheer to all, Metz at Christmas is not to be missed.

For opening hours for the numerous different markets and events, visit the Metz Christmas Market Website here.

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Top 5 Christmas Markets in Paris

Yes, the sad news is true.  The Christmas Market on the Champs Elysée has been cancelled.  However, we must not be disheartened for there are still many places in Paris where you can get your dose of festive cheer and partake in the magic of the capital at Christmas.  So as to ensure that you do not miss the best of what the city has to offer during the Christmas period, we have whittled it down to a list of the Top 5 Christmas Markets in Paris.  Paris, the city of lights, is a yuletide delight at this time of year, so be sure to visit, and immerse yourself in the wonders of it all.

1. The Christmas Market at La Défense

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23rd November to 28th December

Parvis de la Défense – 94200 Paris La Défense

RER A or Metro Line 1

The first of our Top 5 Christmas Markets in Paris, this vast affair is spread over 10,000 square metres, featuring 350 stalls of festive gifts and gourmet delights. This is not just a market, but a Christmas village and the place where Parisians go for their Christmas trinkets.  Beautiful lights, endless culinary wonders to sample and gifts to choose from, you will be sure to find everything you could ever have hoped for at La Défense, this Christmas.

2. Christmas Market at Notre Dame

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15th December to 24th December 11, 2017

Quai Montebello, Square Viviani, 75005 Paris

75005 Paris 5

Situated just next to the beautiful Notre Dame Cathedral 50 local artisans in this Christmas market, centering on arts and crafts from France. A beautiful selection of gastronomy and ethnic products, all made in France, await you. There is something for everyone, from traditional and delicious gourmet delights to stunning hand-crafted gifts. You can also sample the best of the regional flavours and foods, like foie-gras, sausages, macaroons and chestnuts.  There is a lively atmosphere, ideal for children, as Santa Claus will make an appearance and there are street artists and more to keep your little ones entertained.

3. A Starry Christmas, Christmas Village at Les Halles

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27th November to the 31st December

Fontaine des Innoncents, Place Joachim-du-Bellay, 75001 Paris

Over 70 Chalets of Christmas treasures can be found at the next instalment in our Top 5 Christmas Markets in Paris.  This is a new addition to the Parisian Christmas of 2017, and it has not disappointed.  With some of the most enchanting Christmas lights in the city, and a wonderful selection of gifts and culinary wonders, the Christmas Market at Les Halles is your solution to Christmas present-buying, along with being able to sample several types of Foie Gras and saucisson. There are late night openings on Fridays and Saturdays and there is a great deal on for children, with letter writing to Santa Claus and other fun workshops. This market is sure to get everyone in the Christmas spirit.

4. Christmas Market at Champs de Mars

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Quai Branly, Avenue de la Motte Picquet, 75007 Paris

For our forth of the Top 5 Christmas Markets in Paris, we have chosen the market at Champs de Mars.  For a truly Parisian Christmas, one must be in close proximity to the city’s most famous monument: the Eiffel Tower. At this market, you will be able to ice skate beneath the tower, and take in the wonderful, festive atmosphere that is on offer here.  Beyond that, in the market you will find hand-crafted gifts and decorations for your house, so that you can keep a little bit of yuletide Paris with you when you go home.

5. Christmas Market at St Germain des Prés

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2nd December to 3rd January

Place Saint-Germain-des-Prés, 75006 Paris

Next to Saint-Germain-des-Prés metro station you will find a yuletide gem in this Christmas marché, consisting of 25 beautifully decorated and glowing chalets. You will find on offer a range of arts and crafts and local produce, all within a cheerily illuminated, festive setting.  This is a perfect place to find some tasteful and tasty Christmas treats, and also to explore one of the most enchanting neighbourhoods in Paris. We recommend that you pop into the church, situated next to the market, as it is one of the most beautiful in the city.

And don’t forget…

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One of the most famous and cherished features of Paris at Christmas time is the display of Christmas decorations put on at Galeries Lafayette. Make sure to take a trip to see the beautiful Christmas tree and all the other lights and window displays, you won’t be disappointed.

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10 Places for Eating Vegan in Paris

In the home of croissants, cheese and other butter and egg-based delights, it could seem like an impossibility to find good vegan food in Paris. However, Veganism has been on the rise in the city and you can now be sure to find some incredible vegan treats in Paris. We have put together a list of the top 10 vegan eateries in Paris so that you will never go hungry in the city of love!

1. VG Pâtisserie

123 Boulevard Voltaire, 75011 Paris

09 67 80 13 42

Website

Here you will find some of the most beautifully crafted vegan creations in the city, with desserts and pastries at reasonable prices. Come here if you are after a coffee and a cake and you will not be disappointed. Organic, vegan and scrumptious pastries, a welcoming ambiance, VG Patisserie is perfect for a vegan in Paris. Big plus: you can taste macarons cooked without eggs. The real Parisian experience!

2. Vegan Folies

53 Rue Mouffetard, 75005 Paris

01 43 37 21 89

Website

Well-known for their incredible vegan desserts, Vegan Folies is our next installation in our top 10 vegan eateries in Paris. They also offer some savoury options such as some sandwiches and their well-loved lasagnes. The cheesecakes are some of the best vegan desserts in the city and are sure to please, along with the friendly staff and large portions.

3. Cloud Cakes

6 Rue Mandar, 75002 Paris

01 42 33 95 45

Website

100% Vegan, specialising in cupcakes, situated centrally near Les Halles, Cloud Cakes provides some of the best vegan sweet-treats in Paris. This coffee shop is perfect for a pit-stop or place for breakfast or lunch. They have wonderful, and extremely well-priced lunch options such as soup and salad for only 9,50€. This vegan treasure is not one to miss.

4. Loving Hut Paris

92 Boulevard Beaumarchais, 75011 Paris

01 48 06 43 84

Website

Next on the list of top 10 vegan eateries in Paris, Loving Hut Paris is home to yet another delicious homemade vegan cheesecake and some extremely tasty, Asian-influenced, savoury options. Some of their most popular dishes include their samosas and vegan quiche. This restaurant is a must on your list of vegan eateries in Paris.

5. L’As du Fallafel

32 Rue des Rosiers, 75004

01 48 87 63 60

Some of the best falafel in the city, at this Kosher Middle Eastern restaurant you will find extremely reasonably priced (less than 10€) vegan falafel that is renowned throughout the city, if not the world, for being some of the most delicious in Paris. The long queue speaks for itself.

6. Hank Burger and Hank Pizza

55 Rue des Archives, 75003 Paris

09 72 44 03 99

Website

Called by many “the best vegan burger in Paris”, the Hank Burger restaurant is a must. Their pizza restaurant also provides some of the best vegan pizza the city has ever seen. It is well known that their fries are also delicious, so make sure to try them! Entirely affordable and with gluten free options on the menu, it’s obvious why Hank is one of our top 10 vegan eateries in Paris.

7. Hot Vog

10bis Rue Vavin, 75006 Paris

01 42 49 36 69

Website

Vegan hot dogs? Yes, please! Artisanal levels of care and attention are put into the making of these extremely affordable hot dogs, and they do not disappoint. Their best-seller costs only 5€50 and is packed with delicious fillings and flavours. A simple, yet wholly satisfying vegan meal in Paris.

8. Le Potager du Marais

24 Rue Rambuteau, 75003 Paris

01 57 40 98 57

Website

Since 2003, this vegan gem has been adapting traditional French foods into vegan delights. 100% Vegan and entirely French-feeling, if you are after a traditional, Parisian restaurant experience with a vegan twist, then this is perfect for you. They have everything from onion soup, to crème brulée. This is about as vegan as Paris gets.

9. Le 42 degré

109 rue du Faubourg Poissonnière, 75009 Paris

09 73 65 77 88

Website

The 42 degré is the place to go if you want to combine tasty cuisine and vegan options. From starters to desserts, you can order a 100% raw menu and live an experience that is not only healthy and light, but also heavenly good.

10. Café Ginger

9 Rue Jacques Cœur, 75004 Paris

01 42 72 43 83

Website

Perhaps saving the best for last, this vegan delight makes up the final instalment of our top 10 vegan restaurants in Paris. Delicious food, fantastic service, Café Ginger is sure to please. Reasonably priced, excellent salads, soups, quiches and plenty of other hots and cold delights. With a Japanese influence and gluten free options, be sure to have dinner here.

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Top 5 Historical Monuments in Paris

There is no better way to discover the history and culture of Paris than by visiting some of its breathtaking historical monuments, which are scattered in and around the capital. With so many on offer in Paris, it is often difficult to know where to start, especially if you are here for only a short amount of time. To help you, we have narrowed it down to the top 5 historical monuments in Paris.

1. The Eiffel Tower

This is the first of our top 5 historical monuments in Paris, perhaps an obvious starting point. Designed and constructed by Gustave Eiffel for an international art festival, this must-see monument was intended to be but a temporary feature in Paris. Thankfully still with us, it is now one of the most frequented tourist attractions in Europe, if not the world. And it is for good reason that this is the case. Beautiful when sighted from a-far, astounding when seen up-close, you absolutely cannot miss La Tour Eiffel during your stay in the city. Alight at Trocadero (Metro line 6 or 9) for a breathtaking view of this historical monument, or take a trip in the lift to the top.

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2. Notre-Dame Cathedral

The historical monument is synonymous with Paris and, if for no other reason, should be on your list because it is completely free to enter! It is truly one of the most beautiful buildings in Paris, internally and externally, and celebrated its 850-year anniversary in 2013, a veritable Gothic masterpiece. We recommend going early in the morning or later in the evening to avoid the long queues. Furthermore, there are regular services and all are welcome to attend the mass, especially if you enjoy choral music. One almost feels transported back in time at this hauntingly beautiful, historical monument.

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3. L’Arc de Triomphe

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Iconic in Paris and around the world, l’Arc de Triomphe commemorates the lives of all the French soldiers who fought and died in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. Commissioned in 1806, inscribed with the names of French victories and generals, this historical monument is a must-see for your stay in Paris. One can approach the base of the arc wherein lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, buried after World War I, for whom a flame is rekindled every evening. This famous monument is fascinating for those interested in the history and culture of France as a nation. We also recommend that you make the climb to the top of the Arc, preferably at sunset, as it will provide you with a view of Paris like no other.

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4. Palace of Versailles

A short train ride away from the centre of Paris lies the astonishingly beautiful palace and gardens at Versailles. Commissioned and built during the reign of King Louis XIII and extended by his son Louis XIV, the Sun King, the palace encapsulates the glamour and wealth of the French Monarchy from the 17th century up until the Revolution. Be prepared however, the Palace and its gardens are vast, so make sure to set-aside a full day for your trip to Versailles. Incredibly luxurious and self-indulgent, a feast for the eyes, this historical monument is absolutely worth the time and money.

 

5. Basilica Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre

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This is the last of our top 5 historical monuments in Paris. Designed by Paul Abadie in Romanesque-Byzantine style, the construction of this Parisian landmark began in 1875, desired by the conservative Catholics. It was both a movement against the Paris Commune, the rebelling Republicans, and a signalling of national penance after France’s defeat during the Franco-Prussian War. Entrance to the basilica is free and we recommend you take a trip there on a Sunday to witness the world-renowned organ, built in 1898, being played at Mass and Vespers. This historical monument is the second highest point in the city and a trip to the top is highly desirable. There is a charge to access the Dome but upon reaching the top, you will be treated to, arguably, the best panoramic view of Paris.

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There are, of course, countless historical monuments in Paris that are certain to impress the curious tourist. One need only wander around the capital to see that some piece of history lies around every corner. This list, although not comprehensive, provides an excellent starting point. These historical monuments are those that you simply cannot go without during your time in the Paris, and we hope you enjoy visiting and admiring each of them.

Tickets for these monuments, and many more, are included in our package deals which can be found here.

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Team Building in Paris

Traveling with a group you want to get to know better? Paris is a city full of amazing opportunities for travel and team building. Explore the city in a new light by getting out of your comfort zone and trying new things. Below are the top five team building activities to try during your stay in Paris. They will give you a great taste for the city, and allow you to connect with people on your trip on a deeper level.

 

1) Photo Scavenger Hunt

Paris is a city with hundreds of sights to see, and a scavenger hunt is the best way to both explore the city of lights and experience team building in Paris with people in your group. This game can get as detailed or as broad as you want it to. An easy and fun way to accomplish this is to divide your team into even groups and create a list of 20 or so sights to see. All teams must visit each sight listed and take a group picture in front it, proving they went. The first team to finish wins! This team building exercise allows members from each team to work, strategize and get to know one another better than before. A group reflection is always encouraged at the end to voice what worked and didn’t work during the hunt. In addition, some local museums in Paris offer treasure hunts as well.

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2) Escape room game

A second team building activity Paris offers is the escape room game. Located in several different areas across Paris, it offers people a chance to work together to solve riddles and clues in order to unlock the door of a room and escape in a limited amount of time. Most of the locations offer the games in English as well. This stimulating game is an exciting team building activity to do in Paris because it provides a space for people to work together, collaborate ideas, and trust one another in order to complete a common goal under a time limit. Just like in the real world, teams have important jobs to accomplish with strict deadlines. This game allows people to experience something similar in a fun and enjoyable way. Keep in mind that this is an unique activity for team building in Paris and is very popular, so be sure to book in advance!

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3) Acrobranche

Looking to get active while in Paris? Acrobranche is high-adrenaline outdoor ropes course in the trees, and there is one located just outside the city. Completely safe, this activity requires a lot of teamwork and group effort. It is a great experience for team building in Paris, as it truly does builds people’s character. This activity is all about supporting those around you and uplifting them, guiding them, and encouraging them through what may be frightening, or difficult for others. While you are 100% strapped in and completely safe, the height and course difficulty may be challenging to some, so it is important to verbally support and communicate with one another. If interested, you can click here for information about prices, dates, and how acrobranche works.

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4) Food

There’s nothing in the world that brings people together like good food, especially in Paris. Parisian cuisine is one of a kind and what better way to experience it than with people who want to get to know better. From cooking classes, to wine tasting, to local food markets, to even enjoying a café, your choices are practically unlimited as to what you can do. Team building activities in Paris involving food are great to experience because they make for great conversational atmospheres. It allows people to share their own personal life stories or struggles, and it can help them step outside their comfort zone by trying new things or talking to new people, something very useful when team building in Paris.

 Cooking class in Paris

5) Guided Tours

Both public and private tours function as yet another great way to get involved in team building in Paris. Spending the day with others allows you to really get to know each other on a personal level outside of the workforce. Here in Paris, there are several options for tours and transportation ranging from: bus tours, bike tours, walking tours, audio tours, and even Segway tours! This a great way to experience all that the city has to offer and emerge yourself into a new culture. A city tour is also a great opportunity to create long lasting memories with those around you.

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Apps to Download Before Going to Paris

When visiting a new place for the first time, you want to make sure you are well prepared and have everything you might need. We have curated a list of 5 categories of apps to download before going to Paris so you can be certain to have everything you possibly need right at your fingertips.

1. Stay in Touch – Communication Apps

Talk to people with WhatsApp! WhatsApp is a great app to download before going to Paris and one highly recommended by us. This app allows you to message, call, and video chat with family and friends all around the world, even if they’re in another country. The best part about it is that it’s free, with no international charges! Rather than using your phone’s cellular plan, it uses your Internet connection such as Wi-Fi so you don’t get stuck paying for messages or calls.

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2. Don’t Get Lost, Get Directions! – Map Apps

Google Maps is a highly recommended navigation app worth downloading pre-departure. With Google Maps, get the fastest routes and directions to any place you want to go, including driving, walking, and public transit routes. This is ideal because as we know it, Paris is a city where public transportation is part of everyday culture. Google Maps will help you located the nearest metros, trains, and bus stops, while giving you real-time ETA’s, automatic re-routing options, and traffic conditions.

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RATP is a free app to download before going to Paris. RATP will act as your guide to public transport in Paris and the Ile de France region. It provides people with real-time schedules of all public transportation in the city including busses, RER trains, metros, tramways to and from the airports, and even the bike share system. There is also a function where you can receive customizable updates regarding your voyage.

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Why pay for an expensive taxi when you can have a private car come pick you up at a cheaper price? Uber is a ride-sharing app running daily and nightly and is convenient to avoid long waits. Requesting one is easy; all you have to do is input you’re desired address and an Uber driver will come pick you up within minutes. Once the request is confirmed, you’ll receive your trip details and estimated payment. You can even track their location the whole ride. Riding with friends? No Problem! Uber offers different options for traveling with larger groups too!

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Map over metros in Paris… Almost on every corner!

3. Money Manager – Conversion Apps

When traveling, it is always important to know keep track of what you’re spending. The Amount App is a conversion app recommended to download before going to Paris. It not only helps converts currency rates, but also includes conversions for weather, sizes, and others units of measurements, something travelers find very useful.

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4. Explore the Parisian Cuisine – Food Apps

France is a country known for its delicious gastronomy. Now, there is an app to help you locate the fine dining and even help you set up a reservation for a specific day and time. The Fork is an extremely popular app that is highly recommended. The Fork provides you with over 30,000 of Europe’s finest restaurants with options to directly reserve tables through the app at no charge. Discounts up to 50% off  are also available in certain restaurants.

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5. Extras! – Miscellaneous Apps

Get extra information with the QR Code Reader and Scanner. We highly recommend this  app to download before going to Paris. The QR code reader and scanner allows you to find useful information. When you see a QR code somewhere and want more information about it, use the app on your phone as a scanner, hold it over the QR code, and more information will appear. It also works with barcodes and business cards, another handy feature.

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Stay in the loop with events going on around you by downloading your favorite news app. Most newspapers and news websites provide their respective news apps available to download for free. Common ones include the NYT, the Washington Post, CNN, and Fox News among several others. You can read and catch up on the latest broadcasts while you’re waiting in line somewhere, on the metro, or just have some time to kill.

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Paris is filled with so much wonderful history and architecture that you are bound to want to visit at least one museum during your stay. A good way to discover what you can find at certain museums is to check to see if the museum you had in mind has an app to download before going to Paris. This is a great way to save time before your visit!

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Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Paris

We all know that traveling with little ones can be quite difficult, especially when it comes to dinner or lunchtime. In order to ease your planning process, we’ve curated a little list of 10 kid-friendly restaurants in Paris. They are easy and affordable places to eat when traveling with young children, and we even include some allergy sensitive options. Give your kids the royal treatment by taking them to a place that they will enjoy just as much as you!

1) SCHWARTZ’S DELI

16 rue des Ecouffes

Paris 75004

Tel: +33 01 48 87 31 29

Website 

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What more could a kid want then burgers, hot dogs, and cheesecake? Well, this place has it all! This deli is a close representation of what you would expect from a typical New-York Diner. While they don’t have kid menus, these options are very kid-friendly and super easy to share. Several different locations are available to choose from and no reservation necessary either!

2) LA BALEINE

47 rue Curvier

Paris 75005

Tel: +33 01 40 79 80 72

Website

kid friendly restaurants in parisThis kid-friendly restaurant in Paris is great because it is open 7 days a week! Kids menus are available for just 13.50euro for kids up to 12 years of age. There are also 2 different terraces to enjoy; the first is on the Jardin des Plantes side overlooking the park of the Wallabies, and the other is more shaded under the centenary Paulownia of Japan.

3) HARD ROCK CAFÉ

14 Boulevard Montmartre

Paris 75009

Tel: +33 01 53 24 60 00

Website

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Hard Rock Café is a classic, worldwide restaurant that families love. It’s great for kids, especially teens that like a warm, musical atmosphere. This place family friendly is great in the evening because after enjoying a delicious meal, you can browse through the museum that houses the living legends of rock stars. In addition, they have an organization called Roxtars Kids Club every Sunday from 12:30-15:30 where a group can supervise children!

4) ALOHA CAFÉ

32 rue Pierre Fontaine

Paris 75009

Tel: +33 01 77 18 39 71

Website

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This coffeehouse has the perfect kid-friendly environment. It is a great place to enjoy coffee, homemade pastries, sandwiches and more with your family and friends. Kids can benefit from the play area offered in the café, and the high chairs and baby changing tables are convenient and accessible for parents. The inexpensive prices also make this café a great brunch spot on Sunday’s.

5) NANASHI

31 rue de Paradis

Paris 75010

Tel: +33 01 40 22 05 55

Website

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This kid-friendly restaurant in Paris provides organic, fresh Franco-Japanese food that is sure to satisfy any child’s tastes buds. Located in the 10th district, this trendy place requires reservations ahead of time; however, it is a great place to bring your kids because there is a game area dedicated just to them. There, they can color, and play with modeling clay while munching on some delicious food.

6) CHEZ HE

4 Cité de l’Ameublement

Paris 75011

Tel: +33 01 53 277 33 61

Website 

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Chez He is one of the most innovative kid-friendly restaurants in Paris. A whole floor is dedicated just to the kids to play and have a good time, choosing from countless different games and activities for all ages. Parents, don’t worry about supervision; at Chez He there are TV monitors where you can keep an eye on the youngsters running around that connect to the play room. And while reservations aren’t necessary, it might be a good idea considering how popular this place is.

7) UNE MÈRE, UNE FILLE À Paris

43 Boulevard de Garibaldi

Paris 75015

Tel: +33 09 54 04 04 80

Website

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Need a little time to work on vacation? This is the perfect kid-friendly place to bring your kids and check those work emails during your stay in Paris. Here parents can benefit from free wifi, while the children can play in the designated play area. High chairs are also available for babies. The menu includes set lunch menus during the week and is open exclusively by reservation on Sundays for private parties, birthday celebrations, baby showers, family reunions… you name it!

8) LE CAFÉ PINSON POISSONNIÈRE

6 rue du forez

Paris 75003

Tel: +33 09 83 82 53 53

Website 

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Of course some children have allergies! Luckily we are here to give you some allergy sensitive kid-friendly options as well. This café includes food options that are very organic. You can find vegetarian, vegan friendly, gluten-free, and dairy-free options here. They also have breakfast, lunch, and dinner options available.

9) LE BICHAT

11 rue Bichat

Paris 75010

Tel: +33 09 54 27 68 97

Website 

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This canteen-like restaurant is another great kid-friendly restaurant in Paris for families who have kids that have allergies. It’s open 7 days a week and focuses of serving organic seasonal foods at low prices. Take out options are also available!

10) LA PETITE FABRIQUE

15 rue des Vignoles

Paris 75020

Tel: +33 01 43 73 57 88

Website 

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La Petite Fabrique is a great space to relax and enjoy a meal with your kids. Strollers are welcome and there is a cozy warm environment, with a little vintage touch as well. The food is mostly vegetarian and is all prepared and served very fresh, yet they do offer meat dishes for those who prefer them.

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Indian food in Paris

Indian Food in Paris

Ever wanted to experience the different cultural dishes from around the world? Look no further! Little do people know, Indian food has a huge presence in Paris. Now, more than ever, there are a bunch of new places to try great Indian cuisine! Here is a list of top 10 restaurants to find delicious Indian food in Paris.

1. Le Maharaja

https://www.maharaja-restaurant.com

48 Rue de la Condamine,

Paris, France 75017

Tel: +33 1 42 94 96 72

Enjoy friendly customer service while dining on classical Indian and Sri Lakan cuisine. This restaurant has a cozy atmosphere and the dal makhani is a must try. Vegetarian friendly, this place will sure sooth your taste buds.

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2. Kashmir House

http://www.kashmirhouseparis.com/about.php

36 Rue de Chabrol

Paris, France 75010

Tel: +33 1 40 22 00 89

This is an indo-Pakastani restaurant house. This restaurant has a typical Indian setting with woodcarvings and exquisite furnishings. Its two Indian food specialties are its tandoori chicken and lamb Kashmir. This place is special because it allows you to privatize the restaurant for big parties.

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3. Bollynan Montorgueil

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12, rue des Petits Carreaux

Paris, France 75002

Tel: +33 1 45 08 40 51

This restaurant is great for both lunch and dinner, and can even make a good place to visit for drinks if you’re looking for good Indian food in Paris. They serve both Indian and French food, so it would be perfect to try cuisine from two different cultures in one spot. It’s the perfect spot to get some take-out if you’re on a time crunch.

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4. Restaurant Buddha

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13 rue Saint Hippolyte

Paris, France 75013

Tel:  +33 1 43 36 34 41

While this restaurant serves awesome Indian food, it also has Himalayan and Nepalese dishes as well, prepared by a Nepali chef using a real oven in Tandoori. While it has the classic dishes, they also serve homeland specialities including Mixed Pakoda or Bara (black lentils with Nepalese spices). Do not forget the delicacies like the Gulaab Jamun. Book reservations through laforchette.com today.

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5. Les Jardins de Shah Jahan

www.lesjardinsdeshahjahan.com

179, rue de Vaugirard

Paris, France 75015

Tel: +33 1 47 34 09 62

This Indian restaurant is ran by a team of experienced professionals who will greet you with a warm welcome. Located in the 15th arrondissement, Les Jardins de Shah Jahan brings you authentic Indian food at great prices. There are even discounts on the à la carte menu for take-out. Be sure to try their curry and nan bread specialties.

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6. Le Jardin du Kashmir

www.jardindukashmir.fr/en#

60 rue Legendre

Paris, France 75017

Tel: +33 1 85 09 01 88

This Indo-Pakistan kitchen offers a fine and neat cuisine. The decor in this restaurant is oriental with stunning woodwork and paintings on the walls. Most importantly, they offer great specialties of the region which are displayed à la carte: chicken tikka, sheek kebab, lamb curry or shrimp masala. Rich and sweet flavors of all Indian food in Paris are on the menu!

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7. Lakshmi Bhavan

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57, rue Rodier

Paris, France 75009

Tel: +33 1 45 26 61 87

This restaurant offers its guests with a one of a kind experience in the heart of the 9th district in Paris. Serving traditional Indian cuisine, the restaurant is also vegetarian friendly, and can be privatized for a large group event. With menus under 25€, be able to experience flavorful food at reasonable prices. You can also book reservations online!

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8. Palais de Raja Maharaja

www.lepalaisderajamaharaja.com

21 rue d’Ouessant

Paris, France 75015

Tel: +33 1 43 06 50 39

For over a decade, Le Palais de Raja Maharaja has been serving Indian food to its visitors. Recently, the owner of the restaurant stated, “We strive to offer our customers a memorable experience, and this accolade (TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence) is evidence that our hard work is translating into positive traveler reviews on TripAdvisor.”

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9. Samsara

www.lesamsara.com/

3 rue de Jourdain

Paris, France 75020

Tel: +33 1 43 66 02 65

Samsara is a yet another great option to explore Indian food in Paris and a good way to excite your taste buds. This is a one of a kind restaurant because in addition to table seating and take-out, Samsara delivers! Get the typical Indian cuisine delivered to your doorstep for great quality and low prices.

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10. Au Palais du Grand Moghol

http://www.aupalaisdugrandmoghol.com

9 rue Gérando

Paris, France 75009

Tel: +33 1 48 74 83 80

Experience the traditional Indian style with carved wood, and red tablecloths directly from India. Since 1979, this restaurant has brought the spices and flavors from India to the city of Paris for multiple people to enjoy. They even have a terrace when you can enjoy your meal while listening to Indian music being played.

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How to Organize A Corporate Event in Paris

When planning a corporate event, it’s imperative to have a well thought out itinerary. While traveling with a big group of people can be hard, it can also be a great experience if planned out correctly. Below are five of the most important things to keep in mind when planning the perfect corporate event in Paris and how to make the most of your trip.

1. The big picture

The very first step in organizing a corporate event in Paris is to define your event. What is it you’re looking to accomplish during this trip? What is it you’re looking to takeaway from a trip like this? Why plan this trip in the first place? It’s essential to determine the purpose of your trip and brainstorm activities and goals you have in mind for you and your respective company. This way, you can easily share your ideas with others, get people on board for the trip, and eventually start planning the perfect trip.

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2. Do your research

Before booking anything on impulse it is important to visualize what you are looking for. A clear outline of your event is always useful in determining how to feasibly book a successful trip. Useful questions to ask yourself include the following: How many people are traveling? How long will your stay be? When will it be? What is your budget? These general questions are necessary to help plan out the details of the trip accordingly. Once these key questions are defined, you can proceed to step three, organizing your program.

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3. Get Organized

Organization is key in order to maximize your trip. Once some guidelines about the basis of your corporate trip are set, begin organizing it. Thinking about suitable accommodation and transportation is important when booking a corporate trip to Paris. If you are traveling with a large party, looking into a bigger hotel chain might be more reasonable, especially when traveling on a budget. When traveling with a smaller group, it is easier to find more local hotel businesses to accommodate everyone. In addition, public transportation is fairly simple to use in Paris, and every inexpensive. After the details of your trip have been calculated, you are ready to move forward in the planning process.

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4. Include a special event

Make the event unforgettable for all corporate members by including a special event. A gala dinner, talent show, or award ceremony is a great idea to finish off a long day of conferences or seminars. A special activity serves as a great idea for allowing coworkers to bond and can be used as a great teambuilding activity. It will add a personal touch to your visit, making it even more of a memorable experience.

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5. Plan a day off

Paris is a city with so much to explore, so don’t forget to leave a day open! An excellent and exciting way to top off a corporate planned trip to Paris is to plan a day off, allowing people to see Paris in the light they choose. From monuments, to museums, it gives individuals a chance to customize their trip, and partake in exactly whatever they want. Whether it is a trip to Versailles, the catacombs, or the Eiffel Tour, it makes for a great highlight. Be sure not to miss out on all that Paris has to offer!

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Always be sure to keep in mind, that these basic steps require patience and preparation; however a little work goes a long way. Planning a corporate event to Paris should be an enjoyable process that shouldn’t be rushed. If you follow the guidelines above, you are sure to have a rewarding experience. Bon Voyage!

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Famous Brasseries in Paris

Discover some of Paris’ most well-known brasseries. Dating back from all the way from the 17th century to present day, these Brasseries are known for their stunning décor, historical significances, and most importantly, their delicious cuisine inspired by different regions all over France. Continue reading about 20 of the most famous brasseries in Paris. 

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1. Au Pied de Cochon

6 rue coquillere 75001 Paris

Tél: 01 40 13 77 00

www.pieddecochon.com

Located in the heart of the city, this fun restaurant has been a part of the capital since 1947. Whether it be at night or during the day, its mix of modernity and tradition brings a charm to the city. Enjoy their famous onion gratinée soup, or even better, pig!

 

2. Le Grand Café Capucines

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4 Boulevard des Capucines 75009 Paris

Tél: 01 43 12 19 00

www.legrandcafe.com

This restaurant serves as a magical place in Parisian life. Open 24 hours, this café gives you a chance to experience its extravagant decor as well as the chef’s specialties. And don’t forget to taste the exquisite pastries after a satisfying meal.

   

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3. L’Alsace

39 avenue des Camps Elysées 75008 Paris

Tél: 01 53 93 97 00

www.restaurantalsace.com

This charming restaurant is located on what is known as the most beautiful avenue in the world and is open all day everyday, 24/7. Discover all Alsatian gastronomy through different specialties including sauerkraut, braised pork shank, wine from the Alsatian region, and a variety of seafood.

 

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4. Chez Charlot

12 place de Clichy 75009 Paris

Tél: 01 53 20 48 00

www.charlot-paris.com

Known as the “King of the Shells,” this brasserie carries influence from the Provence region of France, which can be seen through its ceramics, 1925 furniture, frescoes, and overall splendor. This famous brasserie in Paris is a great spot to try all the extensive Mediterranean flavors including bouillabaisse from Marseille.

 

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5. Le Procope

13 Rue de ‘Ancienne Comédie 75006 Paris

Tél: 01 40 46 79 00

www.procope.com

This is the place to visit for all the history lovers! Founded in 1686, Le Procope served as a local meeting place for iconic figures such as Voltaire, Danton, Robespierre, Molière, Diderot, and Benjamin Franklin. Their décor marks events that took place in history, which is a charming feature. And of course, its cuisine makes it a famous brasserie in Paris.

      

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6. La Fermette Marbeuf

5 rue Marbeuf 75008 Paris

Tél: 01 53 23 08 06

www.fermettemarbeuf.com

The authenticity of this brasserie definitely stands out for its Art Nouveau style as seen in its décor and inventory of historical monuments. Incorporating both new and classical cuisine, the chef’s inspirations combined to make for a gourmet dining experience that’s elegant and refined. Some of the popular deserts include Grand Marnier soufflé, sweetbread, and aerial puff pastries.  

 

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7. La Taverne

24 Boulevard des Italiens 75009 Paris

Tél: 01 55 33 10 00

www.lataverne.com

La Tavern has a happy, and animated atmosphere. There is a warm and welcoming ambiance when you visit, and you are sure to get great Alsatian specialties. Be sure to try their quiches and shellfish.  

 

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8. La Lorraine

2 Place des Ternes 75008 Paris

Tél: 01 56 21 22 00

www.brasserielorraine.com

Although an older restaurant, this flamboyant institution remains young, lively, and welcoming to its guests. Their décor is that of Art Nouveau and it has one of the best seafood spreads of Paris as well as a big menu of their best products in their prospective area.

 

9. Le Petit Zinc

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11 rue Saint-Benoit 75006 Paris

Tél: 01 42 86 61 00

www.lepetitzinc.com

Near Saint-Germain-des-Prés, this quaint place has the most pure style of Art Nouveau. Enjoy a serene, quiet, and private environment while dining on the fine cuisine. Their specialties include lamb shoulder with rose garlic and veal liver, two of the many diverse selections they have.

 

10. Chez Jenny

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39 Boulevard de Temple 75003 Paris

Tél: 01 44 54 39 00

www.chezjenny.com

This Alsatian brasserie is considered to be one of the most beautiful brasseries Paris has to offer for its superb mosaics and wood paneling. With amazing sauerkraut and crustaceans, and the generous portions you’re in for a treat in you come to this famous brasserie in Paris!  

 

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11. Le sud

91 Boulevard Gouvion Saint Cyr 75015 Paris

Tél: 01 45 74 02 77

www.le-sud-retaurant.com

Le Sud is a unique place that spans multiple floors and offers different atmospheres: coffee, bar, restaurant, patio and green. This is a place encompassing a Mediterranean spirit, and it is ideal for cocktails, or al dente pasta. 

 


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12. La Coupole

102 Boulevard de Montparnasse 75014 Paris

Tél: 01 43 20 14 20

www.lacoupole-paris.com

This brasserie is one of the most famous brasseries in Paris. It serves a symbol of the history of Montparnasse, and is a great place to experience the nightlife.

 

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5-7 rue de la Bastille 75004 Paris

Tél: 01 42 72 87 82

www.bofingerparis.com

Brasserie Bofinger is yet another restaurant serving Alsatian specialties. It has a big diversity in its seafood choices and is considered “the most beautiful brasserie in Paris.”

 

14. Terminus Nord

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23 rue de Dunkerque 75010 Paris

Tél: 01 42 85 01 15

www.terminusnord.com

This brasserie is known for mix of Art Nouveau and Art Déco style, getting inspiration from the Gare du Nord train station. From businessmen to families, all kinds of people are welcome at the Terminus Nord and excited to experience the traditional brasserie culture.

 

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15. Vaudeville

29 rue Vivienne 75002 Paris

Tél: 01 40 20 04 62

www.vaudevilleparis.com

Vaudeville is a terrific brasserie known for its quality of cuisine and great customer service. Being situated in the center of the city, people love to come here to experience a typical French meal, while enjoying its lovely terrace.

 

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16. Boeuf Sur Le Toit

34 rue de Colisée 75008 Paris

Tél: 01 53 93 65 55

www.boeufsurletoit.com

Come and experience all there is at the temple of jazz music. Boeuf Sur Le Toit is where you can dine on typically served “Right Bank” food and enjoy an Art Déco style, which a touch of modernity.

 

17. Brasserie Flo

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7 cour des Petites Ecuries 75010 Paris

Tél: 01 47 70 13 59

www.brasserieflo-paris.com

Situated through the arches of a little cobblestoned road, Brasserie Flo is a famous brasserie in Paris that offers a delicious dining experience while surrounding yourself in an authentic setting dating from the 19th century. This is a great place to try French recipes.

 

18. Balzar

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49 rue des Ecoles 75005 Paris

Tél: 01 43 54 13 67

www.brasseriebalzar.com

Similar to Le Procope, the Balzar brasserie was home to many intellectuals, writers, and academic people at the time. Serving authentic French dishes, it provides you with an everlasting experience in the Latin Quarter, while exploring the history starting since 1886.

 

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19. Julien

16 rue de faubourg Saint-Denis 75010 Paris

Tél: 01 47 70 12 06

www.julienparis.com

Julien is the most feminine of the Art Nouveau brasseries in Paris. It contains moldings, immense mirrors, and “flower ladies” painted on molten glass, classifying it as a historical monument. Check out this famous brasserie in Paris to dine while looking at art. 

 

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20. Le Petit Marguery

9 Boulevard de Port Royal 75013 Paris

Tél: 01 43 31 58 59

www.petitmarguery.com

Having décor from the 1900’s gives this brasserie an original feel. Its friendly space is welcoming to everyone wanting to try French cuisine and its daily-modified menu offers a one of kind experience.

 

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Shopping in Paris – La Vallée Village

Love a good shopping spree? Shopping at La Vallée Village is a perfect way to shop the day away! Whether you are shopping for yourself or for a friend, this village-like outlet mall offers reduced prices of a minimum of 33% on over 110 fashion and luxury labels. Located not too far away from the center city of Paris, it is considered a must-do trip; after all, you’re in the fashion capital of the world! Below is some useful information on how to easily get there, and how to shop in Paris.

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General Information

La Vallée Village is located on 3 Cours de la Garonne, 77700 Serris, France. The shopping outlet is open seven days a week from 10:00am-7:00pm except for all major holidays. On Saturdays enjoy an extra hour of shopping, as the outlet mall doesn’t close until 8:00pm. The mall offers shopping for women, men, and children. Out of its 110 stores to explore, major brands include Zadig & Voltaire, Diesel, and Coach to name a few.

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Getting there is simple. It is about 40 minutes outside the center of Paris, and you can get there by car, RER A line, or the Shopping Express Shuttle the mall offers. For 25€ (13€ for kids), the shuttle has two daily departure and return times to choose from, and will pick you up and drop you off right in the center of Paris. You can even book your tickets online.

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Shopping Packages and Services

Make shopping in Paris a fun event! La Vallée Village offers bundle shopping packages that are easy to redeem and convenient to use. Their packages range from Haute Couture Shopping (Limited Edition), A Shopping Day Experience, or a VIP & Cultural Package. Click here to book your package online, or find out more information about what these packages include.

Enjoy your shopping experience with a hands free shopping service. For a flat rate of just 10€, you can shop in Paris stress-free, and have the store attendants manage your purchases so you can simply pick up your shopping bags on your way out.

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An on-site alterations service is also available at La Vallée Village. From Wednesday to Sunday, the alterations service is available to tailor any of your purchases. Some alterations may even be done in as little as an hour, depending on the sort of alteration required.

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Save even more money by taking advantage of La Vallée Village tax rebate service. For non-EU citizens who spend over 175€, you are able to receive a 12% tax rebate on your purchases with presentation of a valid passport ID. Be sure to also check your credit card and airline companies to see if you could benefit from La Vallée Village frequent traveller program. Click here to see a list of their travel partners, and all their benefits they provide. This way, shopping in Paris becomes even more affordable.

Car Services

If you’re traveling by car, La Vallée Village provides a choice of free or valet parking. In addition, they offer a quality premium car wash service for an additional fee. Have an electric car? La Vallée Village also offers charging stations free of charge.

Additional Services

La Vallée Village is family friendly, providing changing rooms, strollers, and play areas for children. It is a perfect place to enjoy family and shop at the same time. After a full day of shopping, you might get hungry. There is no need to worry because La Vallée Village is equipped with several diverse options for food and drink. Special offers also include free Wi-Fi, gift cards available for purchase, as well as a loyalty program you can learn more about online.

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To learn more about La Vallée Village and shopping in Paris, visit their website, https://www.lavalleevillage.com/en/home/. Discover all the possibilities La Vallée Village has to offer and leave in style wearing your favorite designer!

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Top 10 songs about Paris

Paris the stylish, elegant, the city of love, the city of Lights. There are so many adjectives to describe how unique Paris is! The singularity of Paris has inspired many singers around the world in their expression of love towards Paris. Here is our selection of the most beautiful songs about Paris.

J’ai 2 amours – Joséphine Baker (1931)  PLAY

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Josephine Baker was an American-born French dancer and singer. She was the leading character of the famous revue “Revue nègre” where she wore a skirt of bananas. She came to France in 1924. The song speaks of her love of Paris and her native country and framed the opening of a museum about French colonialism.

Ménilmontant – Charles Trenet (1938) PLAY

Originally from a small town in the south of France, Charles Trenet moved into the Ménilmontant neighborhood (in the 20th district of Paris) which he deals with in this song. It has had great success for many reasons. When it was released, Charles Trenet was at the top of his career as an icon for the Parisian youth. Besides, he was influenced by the American jazz and swing tones which were quite popular at the time.

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Paris – Edith Piaf (1949) PLAY

Edith Piaf is one of the most iconic singers of French music. Most of her songs are about Paris. She loved this city and described the Parisian life in her tunes. She was popular in France and abroad. All of her tunes where a success. The movie which was about the career of Marcel Cerdan, a boxer, is a good hymn of  the city because the boxer is French and the scene takes place in Paris and the US. She had a love affair with the boxer Marcel Cerdan and wrote ‘Hymne a l’amour’ in his honor after he died in a plane crash.

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Sous le ciel de Paris – Yves Montand  (1951) PLAY

Yves Montand was a Franco-Italian actor and singer who was famous for more than his abilities.  Married to a famous French actress Simone Signoret, he had an affair with Marilyn Monroe. In 1951, the French singer Jean Bretonnière performed this song for the French movie “Ciel de Paris”. Because of its great success, the song was covered by numerous musicians. Later, Yves Montand decided to re-performed it. That way, the song “Sous le ciel de Paris” became a kind of hymn of the city of Paris.

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La complainte de la Butte – Traditional song  PLAY

The song was written for Renoir’s movie “French Cancan“.  The song was also part of the soundtrack for the movie ‘Moulin Rouge‘. The term “butte” refers to the hill of the Montmartre district of Paris. It tells the love story of a poet and a beggar. They met one night and fall in love with one other, but, sadly, never meet up again.

T’en souviens-tu la Seine – Anne Sylvestre (1964)  PLAY

Anne Sylvestre is a French singer who moved to Paris from Lyon to pursue her singing career. In 1964, Anne Sylvestre released her fourth album “T’en souviens-tu la Seine”.

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Il est 5H Paris s’éveille – Jacques Dutronc (1968) PLAY

“Il est 5h Paris s’éveille” is one of Jacques Dutronc’s most popular songs. Written in 1968, this song had great success because it mirrored the political and social issues of the time.

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Les Champs-Elysées – Joe Dassin (1969) PLAY

Joe Dassin was a Franco-American singer. His song refers to the Champs-Elysées avenue which was regarded as a chic and elegant place in the 1960s. It depicts the meeting of a couple on the most beautiful avenue in the world.

Paris – Marc Lavoine (1992)

Marc Lavoine is a French singer and actor. After staying in the US, he came back to France and released the album “Paris”. This new album was very popular, especially because he tried to add a lot of  romanticism in his songs. The song “Paris” describes the city of Paris in a very nostalgic way.

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Rive gauche – Alain Souchon (1999) PLAY

The song “Rive gauche” from 1999 refers to the part of Paris which is on the south bank of the Seine river. It describes the evolution of Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighborhood from 1950 to 1990.

J’aime plus Paris – Thomas Dutronc (2007)

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This French singer is the son of Jacques Dutronc, previously mentioned released this song in 2007. In this song Thomas Dutronc portrays a different side of Paris than is usually portrayed.

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La Seine – Vanessa Paradis (2011)

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In June 2011, the French singers Vanessa Paradis and Matthieu Chedid collaborated to sing this tune, which is part of the soundtrack for the movie “A Monster in Paris”.

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Paris by night – Bénabar (2014) PLAY

Bénabar is a French singer, songwriter. In his songs Bénabar talks about everyday life. ‘Paris by Night’ is the first song of his new album releases in 2014.

 

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April in ParisFranck Sinatra (1932)

I love Paris – Cole Porter (1962)

The last time I saw Paris – Dean Martin (1962)

Bonjour Paris – Liza Minelli (1991)

 

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Market Tours

Market Tours In Paris

You wouldn’t want to visit Paris and not take the sneak peek of the city’s Market Tours. There’s more that awaits on a trip to Paris than sculptures and monuments. One of the best ways to discover a culture is through its culinary delights and flea markets. Paris is widely considered a top destination for gastronomes and flea markets from around the world. Paris continues receiving accolades for its food products and flea markets, which undoubtedly form a cornerstone of the French way of life.

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What to expect

Each district in Paris has its own weekly, bi-weekly, or quasi-daily market. Neatly stacked fruits and vegetables, bundles of carrots, ruffles of succulent butter lettuce, and baskets golden Chanterelle mushrooms will catch you off guard with the intrinsic beauty of French Fresh Produce. Visit to a fromager’s stall to view the delectable wares on display, such as artisan raw-milk cheeses so special they’re unavailable anywhere else in the world or take in charcuterie, homemade paté, and foie gras at the boucherie stand.

Food Market Tour

The Marche d’Aligre is just the perfect spot to explore typical Parisian market shopping experience.

The Aligre is an  open air market and is covered by Marche Beauvau markets, surrounded by flea-market stalls making it, a three in one market, and is  best place to get a real taste of the cosmopolitan nature of Paris. There are different types of stalls selling all sorts of products  from vintage and contemporary bits of crockery to clothes and last century’s gramophone players. Make sure you are not late or  you may miss out on the best things the market might have an offer on that particular day.

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Market Tours in Paris will take you to experience immense gourmet experience and discover some of the most famous Parisian food markets known for the quality of their products including Batignolles Market, Aligre Market, Montorgueil and Levis street. 

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The Marché d’Aligre has an array of products from les fleurs (flour) to fruits, with variety of many other things. Has long history of serving its quartier (quarter)—the market was inaugurated in 1781— some even consider it le Second Ventre de Paris (Second Belly of Paris), based on Émile Zola’s famous novel, set around Les Halles, the enormous, busy central market of 19th Century Paris. Stroll through the maze of stalls, hand-picking seasonal produce. Explore how the market system works, food origins, and the core idea of terroir , or how Parisians go about shopping for their food and the consequences and significance of this on the French cuisine.

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Paris’ St-Ouen flea market, known as Marché aux Puces St-Ouen or Les Puces de St-Ouen, is one of the largest flea markets in the world. Discover an impressive vintage focused area with 14 different markets and more than 2000 shops and get a customized experience to help you get the best shopping in Paris. Depending on your needs, we will reach and explore in depth some of the following markets: Malassis, Dauphine, Vernaison, Biron, Paul Bert, Serpette and Jules Vallès. Explore, your knowledgeable guide will explain the history of the market, which dates back to 1885, while showing you many of the secret corners of the vibrant market.

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Paris Private and Customized Vintage Shopping Tour at St Ouen Flea Market

 As you stroll through the market, have a throwback to a different era, learn all about know-how’s of bargain in the market: how to distinguish junk from genuine gems, where to go for the biggest discounts, and who sells what and where. Hear tales of famous celebrities like Sharon Stone and Madonna, who’ve been known to shop here, and learn about their favorite market shops at St-Ouen Flea Market: Bargain-Hunting Tour in Paris

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Discover the markets of Paris

Paris is known for being the capital of fashion and shopping is one of the things you should not miss while you’re here. But don’t forget that there is more than shops and malls. Have you ever thought about shopping on one the beautiful markets. You will certainly find what you’re looking for! Let’s discover our selection of market places in Paris.

Book market

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There is only one book market in Paris. Obviously, this is a place to go for lovers of old books since you will find a great deal of ancient and second-hand books.

  • Opening: All the year on Saturdays & Sundays from 9 AM to 6 PM.
  • Location: 8th district of Paris, metro stop Porte de Vanves metro station (line 14).

Stamp markets

In contrast to the urban legend, stamps are not in voice of disappear! People still collection them. Paris offers one stamp market for lovers of stamps.

  • Opening: All the year on Thursdays from 9 AM to 7.30 PM.
  • Location: 8th district of Paris, metro stop Champs-Élysées – Clemenceau metro station (lines 1 and 13).

Food markets

Food markets are an important part of French lifestyle since you can find the freshest food there. Basicly, you can find local food markets in every part of town but some of them are still special. Click here to learn more about the food markets of Paris such as Raspail or le Marché des Enfants Rouges.

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Flower market: Marché aux Fleurs – Reine Elizabeth II

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Created in 1808,  this flower market is the oldest flower market of Paris with a huge selection of seasonal and exotic flowers and plants. Its original name is Marché aux Fleurs, meaning Flower Market. In 2014, Queen Elizabeth II visited France for the 70th anniversary of D-Day. Therefore, the market was renamed.

  • Opening:  Every day from 8 AM to 7.00 PM except on Sundays.
  • Location: 4th district of Paris, metro stop Cité metro station (line 4).

Flea markets

Flea markets are the perfect occasion for those who are looking for second-handed and vintage things like clothes, books, furniture or other things.

The Saint-Ouen

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The Saint-Ouen flea market is one of the largest flea markets in the world. Spreading over 7 hectares, it is known for the huge amount of rare antiquities.

  • Opening: Mondays, Sundays and Saturday from 9 AM to 7.30 PM.
  • Location: 18th district of Paris, metro stop Porte de Clignancourt (Line 4) metro stations.

Porte de Vanves

The Porte de Vanves flea market is not the biggest one but its medium size allows vendors to exhibit an important amount of antique items. Moreover, you will be able to enjoy advice of professional antiques sellers.

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  • Opening: On weekends from 9 AM to 7.30 PM.
  • Location: 14th district of Paris, metro stop Porte de Vanves (Line 13) or Porte de Clignancourt (Line 4)

Note if you want to avoid the crowd, the morning is the best moment for you to go there (between 9 AM and 10 AM).

Montreuil

This market, which exists since 1860, has kept its traditional aspect. That means that most of the goods that are displayed there are ancient. So, it will be the perfect place if you are looking for retro and vintage stuff. Take note that this is not a very touristy place. Thus it enables you to discover a calm and authentic market.

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  • Opening: On Mondays until Saturdays from 7 AM to 7.30 PM.
  • Location: 20th district of Paris, metro stop Porte de Montreuil metro station (Line 9).

If you want further information about Paris markets Click here (French)

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25 Movies About Paris

Sure – Paris is one of the most famous metropoles but did you already know that it is also a popular scene for movies? We have prepared a short overview of movies about or set in Paris.

Amélie Poulain (2001) – Romantic Comedy

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Amélie Poulain was directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet with Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz and Isabelle Nanty in the leading role. Amelie is a waitress for a small café in Montmartre. She gave up her sentimental life after love failures.  Her life will change after the death of the princess Diana on August, 31st 1997.

 

Paris brûle-t-il (1966) – Historical Movie

 

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Paris brûle-t-il directed by René Clément with Jean-Paul Belmondo, Charles Boyer and Leslie Caron in the leading roles. It is an historical movie that shows the French resistance and military actions against the Allies who occupied the city. Will they be able to get away from the Allies ‘control?

2 days in Paris (2007) – Romantic Comedy

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2 days in Paris was directed and produced by Julie Deply with her, Adam Goldberg and Daniel Brühl in the leading roles. Marion, played by Julie Deply, is a French photographer who lives with her boyfriend in New York City. They will spend 2 days in Paris but the journey will be difficult, she will be struggled between her ex relationship and her parents’ reactions. This movie received the Coup de Coeur Awards (Mons International Festival of Love films) and the Prix Jacques Prévert du Scénario for the Best Screenplay.

 

Chacun recherche son chat (1996) – Romantic Comedy

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Chacun recherche son chat (1996) was directed by Cédric Klapisch, with Garance Clavel, Zinedine Soualem, Renée Le Calm and Oliver Py. Chloé, played by Garance Clavel, is a make-up artist who decides to take vacations. To do so, she needs to give her cat to her neighbor. The old woman will lose the cat in the crowd, in a famous area. Will they be able to find the cat again?

Midnight  in Paris (2011) – Romantic Comedy

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Midnight in Paris was directed and written by Woody Allen, with Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams and Marion Cotillard in the leading roles. In 2013, this movie received the Golden Globe Awards for the best Screenplay Gil (Owen Wilson) and Inez (Rachel McAdmans) are two American fiancé who want to get married. They spend few days in Paris, Gil fall in love with the city and decide to stay here against the others ‘opinion.  While he travel over the city, to find inspiration for a new novel to write, he fall in love with Adriana (Marion Cotillard). Who will he choose between Inez and Adriana?

Tout le monde dit I love you (1966) – Musical Comedy

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Tout le monde dit I love you (1996) is an American musical comedy directed by Woody Allen with himself, Julia Roberts and Goldie Hawn for the leading roles.  This movie deals with the romantic adventures.

Moulin Rouge (2001) – Musical

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Moulin Rouge was directed by Baz Luhrmann with Ewan McGregor, Nicole Kidman, Jim Broadbent, Richard Roxburgh and John Leguizamo in the leading roles. Christian (Ewan McGregor is a young poet. He moved to Montmartre and met Henri de Toulouse Lautrec (John Leguizamo) who convinced him to write a play for the Moulin Rouge. This movie won more than 15 awards and was also nominated for a lot.

Da Vinci Code (2006) – Thriller

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Da Vinci Code was adapted from Dan Brown’s detective novel of the same name. The movie was directed by Ron Howard with Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautou, Ian McKellen and Alfred Molina in the leading roles. One day, the professor Robert Langdon who study the symbols, was called to the Louvre Museum. The Sainère died, and left a symbol behind him, we need Professor Langdon to solve this mystery.

Le dernier métro (1980) – Romance

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Le dernier metro is a french movie directed by François Truffaut with Catherine Deuneuve, Gérard Depardieu and Heinz Bennet in the leading roles. The movie took place during the time when the Allies occupied the north of France. Marion Steiner (Catherine Deneuve) only thinks about the rehearsals of a play. The play was at first directed by her Jewish husband. While everybody think that Lucas Steiner (Heinz Bennet), her husband has left France, he is hiding in the basement of the theater.  This movie have received a lot of awards for the best movie, best scenario etc.

La traversée de Paris (1956) – Comedy

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La traversée de Paris is a franco-italian comedy movie directed by Claude Autant –Lara with Jean Gabin, Bourvil and Louis de Funès in the leading roles.  Marcel Martin (Bourvil) is an unemployed taxi driver who earns money by delivering things on the black market. One day, he will have to deliver by foot, 4 suitcases which contains pork. This movie received the best French film of the year.

La Grande Vadrouille (1966) – Comedy

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La Grande Vadrouille is a movie directed by Gérard Oury, with Louis de Funès, Bourvil and Terry-Thomas in the leading roles. This is the story of two Frenchmen who works for a British Air Force. The two Royal Air bomber try to avoid being caught by the Germans, who occupied France. For more than 30 years, la Grande Vadrouille was the movie with a successful cinematography worldwide, before being outdated by Titanic in 1998. For more than 40 years it was the movie with the biggest success the French territory before being outdated by Bienvenue chez les Ch’tis

Intouchables (2011) – Comedy

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Intouchables is a French comedy movie directed by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toleadano, with François Cluzet and Omar Sy in the leading roles. It is the second movie with the biggest box office in France. Omar Sy received the César Award for Best Actor. The movie starts with Driss (Omar Sy) and Philppe Maserati (François Cluzet) being chased by the police as Driss drive at high speed. Then Driss said that Maserati has an epileptic seizure and that he needs to be driven to the hospital rapidly. See this movie to know more about their one of a kind friendship.

La haine (1995) – Drama

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La haine is a french black and white drama, directed by Mathieu Kassovitz with Vincent Cassel, Hubert Koundé and Saïd Taghmaoui in the leading roles. It was nominated for the Cesar Award 11 times and won 3 times for the Best Movie. The movie starts with the aftermath of riots which opposed the youngster and the police in a suburb. It follows the adventures of 3 young friends of Abdel Ichaha: Vinz (Vincent Cassel), Hubert (Hubert Koundé) and Saïd (Saïd Taghmaoui).

Ratatouille (2002) – Animation

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Ratatouille is an American animation film directed by Brad Bird, provided by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. The title of the movie refer to a famous French dish. Remy is a rat who wants to become a cook.  He will meet Alfredo a young man who works at a famous restaurant. One day, Alfredo Linguini, a garbage man for a restaurant, will be in trouble, he will spill accidently a soup but he can’t cook. Remy will help him to cook the soup again.

Les bossus de notre dame (1996) – Animation

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Les bossus de Notre-Dame is a Disney animation movie produced by Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise and Tab Murphy. This movie was inspired by the novel “Notre-Dame de Paris” of Victor Hugo. It was successful that there was a second volume in 2002. The movie start in 1482, Clopin is a gypsy who came to Paris 20 years ago. He makes laugh the children in front of a theatre. Claude Frollo, is an evil judge, he chase the gypsies who illegally entered Paris.  Will Clopin be able to make a living in Paris? This movie was nominated over 15 times and won 7 awards.

Un American à Paris (1951) – Musical

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This movie is a musical directed by Vincente Minnelli, with Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant and Georges Guétary in the leading roles. It was inspired by the orchestral composition of George Gershwin: An American in Paris. The movie took place in Paris, Jerry Mulligan (Gene Kelly) is a young painter who fall in love with Lise (Leslie Caron) who already have a fiancé.  Will they be able to be together? This movie received a lot of awards for Best Art, Best Picture etc.

Ne le dis à personne (2006) – Thriller

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Ne le dis à personne is a french thriller directed and produced by Guillaume Canet with François Cluzet, André Dussollier, Maria-Josée Croze and Kristin Scott Thomas in the leading roles.  This movie is a remake of the same name novel of Harlan Coben.  Margot and Alexandre are each another madly in love. To celebrate their love, they have a regular anniversary. Margot and Alexandre were assaulted: Mary died and Alexandre was in coma during few days. Once he wake up, he is suspected by the police. Will he be able to clear his name?

 

Taken (2009) – Thriller

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Taken is a French thriller, directed by Pierre Morel with Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, and Leland Orser in the leading roles. Bryan (Liam Neeson) is a retired CIA who lives alone. His wife, Lenore (Famke Janssen) and his daughter Kim (Maggie Grace) lives together. Kim comes to France with her friend Amanda to visit her father. While their trip, Amanda and Kim will be kidnapped by sex trafficking organization. Here start the hunting of Bryan, who will do everything to find his daughter.

Le diner des cons (1998) – Comedy

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Le diner des cons is a French comedy, directed and written by Francis Veber, it was inspired by his play. We have Jacques Villeret, Thierry Lhermitte, Francis Huster and Alexandra Vandernoot in the leading roles.  Pierre Brochant is a publisher who regularly organize “idiots’ dinner” with his friends. Each of the people who participates have to bring a dumb person.  Nominated 6 times at the Cesar Awards in 1998, it received 3 awards: Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best Writing.

Inception (2011) – Science fiction

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Inception is an American science fiction directed, produced and written by Christopher Nolan, with Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon –Levitt and Marion Cotillard in the leading roles.  Dominick Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Arthur (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) are outlaw extractors. They get information by spying the subconscious of some people thanks to a new technology developed by the United States. Saito (Ken Watanabe) is a Japanese business man who is targeted by Dom and Arthur.  Saito will make a deal with them: if they prove his innocence, he will give the “Inception”.

Les misérables (2012) – Romantic Musical

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Les miserable is a romantic musical directed by Tom Hooper with Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway and Amanda Seyfried in the leading roles. This movie was inspired by Victor Hugo’s novel: les Misérables. During the XIX Century, Jean Valjean is a former convicted who has to take care of Cosette, the daughter of Fatine, a estate woman who had to prostitute to make a living for her and her daughter. This movie had won more than 30 awards.

Aristochats (1970) – Animation

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Aristochats is an animation movie of Walt Disney productions that was produced by Wolfgang Reitherman. It was inspired Tom McGowan and Tom Rowe. Duchesse is a cat who lives in a house of a former opera singer, Adélaide Bonnefamille, in Paris with her 3 kitten: Marie, Toulouse and Berlioze. This rich old woman is making her will, she will have to give all her legacy to someone but she doesn’t have anyone beside her cats. Edgar, the major- domo of the house, who is unhappy about Adélaide’s will. What will happen between Edgar and the cats?

Les rivières pourpres (2000) – Thriller

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Les rivieres pourpres is a French movie directed by Mathieu Kassovitz with Jean Reno, Vincent Cassel, Nadia Farès, Dominique Sandra and Karim Belkhadra in the leading roles . It is a remake of Jean Christophe’s same name novel. Pierre Niémans (Jean Reno) is a French police officer who investigate about a murder. Max Kerkérian (Vincent Cassel) is a lieutenant in a small city, who also investigate about a hit-and-run case.  The two cases are similar, Niémans and Kerkérian are looking for the same person.

Un monstre à Paris (2011)  – Animation

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Un monstre à Paris is a French animation movie directed by Bibo Bergeron and produced by Luc Besson. The story happen in 1910, during the flood of Seine River. Two friends: Emilie and Raoul, create a monster accidentally in the scientific lab. The monster is terrifying all the inhabitants.  Lucille, friend of Raoul, is a singer for a successful cabaret : “l’oiseau rare”. One day, she met the monster and discovered his hidden singing talent. Will the monster be still terrifying for everyone?

Dernier Tango à Paris (1972) – Drama

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Le dernier tango à Paris is a French and Italian drama directed by Bernardo Bertolucci with Marlon Brando, Maria Schneider and Jean-Pierre Léaud in the leading roles. Paul (Marion Brando) is a 40 years old man who is married to a hotel owner. Rosa, the hotel owner cheats on Paul with a lodger and one day she kill herself. Jeanne (Maria Schneider) is a young woman who lives with her widow mother. Those two want to leave their house and are looking at the same apartment but they will be engaged in a relationship even if they don’t know anything about each another.

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Les choses à voir à Paris en deux jours

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Deux jours à Paris ne sont pas assez de temps pour voir toute la ville, mais si cela est tout ce que vous avez, ne vous inquiétez pas – il suffit de planifier en conséquence. Un séjour de deux jours est suffisant, aussi longtemps que vous êtes efficace! Voici un guide sur les choses à voir à Paris en deux jours.

2 jours à Paris

Jour 1- Commencez votre premier jour à la Tour Eiffel. La Tour Eiffel est situé sur le Champs de Mars et a plus à offrir que juste la vue à couper le souffle! La Tour Eiffel a trois niveaux ouverts au public. Les trois étages sont accessibles par des ascenseurs, et les deux premiers niveaux sont également accessibles par des escaliers. Voici une ventilation de ce que chaque niveau a à offrir.

Niveau un: plancher transparent, immersion spectacle, affichage interactif sur l’histoire de la Tour Eiffel, une boutique de souvenirs, le 58 Tour Eiffel Restaurant, le Buffet Tour Eiffel

Niveau deux: idéal pour la prise de vue, trois boutiques de souvenirs, le buffet Tour Eiffel, du restaurant Jules Verne, histoire fenêtre, vision bien

Niveau trois: le bureau de Gustave Eiffel, cartes panoramiques, un petit modèle de la Tour Eiffel d’origine, le bar à champagne

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Après la visite de la Tour Eiffel, vous rendre à la Seine et à bord d’un Bateau-Mouche pour une visite de Paris à partir de la rivière! La majorité des monuments de Paris sont situés le long de la Seine, alors profiter d’une croisière en bateau-mouche est le moyen le plus efficace de voir les choses à Paris en deux jours. things to see paris 2 days

Un endroit populaire à Paris qui est pas situé sur la Seine est L’avenue des Champs-Élysées. L’avenue des Champs-Élysées est bordée de magasins de marchandises et est un endroit parfait pour un déjeuner délicieux; il est aussi la plus belle avenue du monde. Faites votre chemin dans une brasserie traditionnelle, ou d’une boulangerie locale pour un sandwich sur le pouce!
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L’après-midi est un moment idéal pour visiter le quartier de Montmartre. Etant l’un des quartiers les plus anciens et les plus intéressants de paires, Montmartre est un must pour les choses à voir à Paris en deux jours. Lancer sur le boulevard de Clichy, au bas de la colline, et de faire votre chemin dans les rues pavées de La Basilique de Sacré-Cœur. Montmartre est également le Moulin Rouge, les marchés de rue, et de Saint-Pierre de Montmartre.
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Jour 2- Commencez votre deuxième journée à Paris avec un voyage à la célèbre Musée du Louvre. Le Louvre possède une incroyable collection de 35 000 œuvres d’art, et de ne pas mentionne la belle architecture détail dans le bâtiment lui-même. En plus de voir la Joconde et d’autres chefs-d’œuvre, le Louvre possède deux cafés situés dans le musée un café situé juste en dessous de l’entrée Pyramide. Il ya trois visites guidées par jour du Louvre, mais si vous préférez vous aventurer sur votre propre il ya un guide accès instantané audio avec des commentaires sur plus de 1000 chefs-d’œuvre disponible pour un peu plus de 2 €.

things to see in paris in 2 days

Après votre visite au musée du Louvre, la tête de la cathédrale Notre-Dame. Notre-Dame est ouvert tous les jours de l’année et les visiteurs sont invités à visiter l’intérieur de la cathédrale et de participer à ses services. La cathédrale est remplie de vitraux, histoire détaillée, l’architecture gothique, et est libre d’entrer, mais si vous souhaitez voir la vue imprenable du haut des tours, il vous en coûtera un peu plus.

things to see in paris in 2 daysthings to see in paris in 2 daysLa prochaine chose à voir à Paris est de deux jours est le Marais. Dans votre après-midi ici, vous devez visiter la place la plus ancienne et la plus belle de Paris, la Place de Vosges. Voici les artistes, les visiteurs et les habitants vont se prélasser au soleil parisien à l’été. Le Marais regorge aussi de galeries d’art et boutiques à la mode, non seulement à l’intérieur, mais aussi dans les rues. Le Marais est également connu pour diverses spécialités culinaires, surtout le brunch du dimanche.

things to see in paris in 2 days

Si vous vous retrouvez avec un peu de temps, je vous recommande de le dépenser au Musée d’Orsay fortement. Ce musée abrite des peintures impressionnistes de style, meubles, sculptures et photographies.

Plus de jours? Il y a encore beaucoup à faire à Paris comme à explorer cimetière du Père Lachaise et d’entendre les histoires de tous les français et les étrangers enterré là. Prenez un voyage d’une journée ou deux à Vallée de la Loire, Chartres, ou le Mont-Saint-Michel.

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Aller à Londres lors d’une excursion de Paris avec Eurostar

En plus de Paris, Londres a des nombreuses attractions principales pour les touristes de profiter! Avec l’achèvement du chemin de fer Eurostar en 1994, le tunnel sous la Manche relie ces deux villes animées en seulement deux heures. Voici ce que vous devez savoir si vous allez à Londres lors d’une excursion de Paris avec l’Eurostar.

Comment arrivez-vous à Londres en Eurostar?

La première chose que vous devez faire est de réserver un billet de train. Billets Eurostar peuvent varier de très raisonnable extrêmement coûteux dans le prix selon le moment où vous achetez votre billet. Pour les meilleurs tarifs, réserver vos billets au moins trois mois à l’avance. Si réservé trois mois à l’avance, les prix des billets peuvent commencer aussi bas que $ 52,00 par personne et par trajet. Plus vous vous rapprochez de votre date de départ, le plus cher qu’ils obtiennent, et si vous décidez de réserver des billets d’une semaine à l’avance, les prix sont autour de 100,00 $ par personne et par trajet. Le plus tôt vous savez quand vous voulez aller, le meilleur!

London Excursion Paris Eurostar

Le voyage de Paris à Londres en Eurostar prendre environ deux heures, et il ya des trains au départ environ toutes les heures à partir d’environ 7h00 et le dernier train quitte peu après 21h00. A Paris, les trains partent de la Gare du Nord, et arrivent à Londres à la gare de St. Pancras International.

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Qu’y at-il à faire et à voir à Londres?

London Eye – une excellente façon de voir la ville de Londres, jour ou de la nuit!

London Excursion Paris Eurostar

Westminster Abbey – lieu de repos des tombes royales, le président du Couronnement, et où le prince Charles et la princesse Diana se sont mariés.

London Excursion Paris Eurostar

Big Ben – la célèbre tour de l’horloge à l’extrémité nord du Palais de Westminster, la maison du Parlement britannique.

London Excursion Paris Eurostar

The Tower of London – Forteresse et le palais de Sa Majesté situés sur la Tamise, la maison des bijoux royaux.

London Excursion Paris Eurostar

Madame Tussauds – célèbre musée de cire et amusant pour tout le monde, des chiffres allant de les Royals de Bollywood!

London Excursion Paris Eurostar

Theatre District – avec plus de 40 sites dans le West End de Londres, des billets sont disponibles pour les spectacles, y compris Roi Lion, Jersey Boys et Les Misérables.

London Excursion Paris Eurostar

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Notre sélection des brasseries typiques

Si vous êtes à la recherche pour certains endroits où dîner et que vous voulez sentir, voir et sentir le vrai Paris, vous avez besoin de dîner dans une brasserie. Servant des spécialités intemporels, brasseries parisiennes vous donnera une tranche de la vraie vie parisienne avec une expérience mémorable. Voici notre sélection des brasseries parisiens typiques:

1) Brasserie Flo:

Presque hors de la vue, la Brasserie Flo est orné de statues de minuscules lumières ornés, peintures murales, sculptures complexes et sur le lambris de bois sombre. Cette brasserie a une petite fusée allemande et sert des spécialités classiques comme le steak tartare, huitres chaudes au champagne et petit salé aux lentilles.

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Addresse: 7 cour des Petites-Ecuries, Paris, France, 75010

Téléphone: 01 47 70 13 59

Site-web: www.brasserieflo-paris.com/en/

2) La Coupole:

Avec Ernest Hemingway présente sur sa soirée d’ouverture, La Coupole détient la réputation d’être le plus grandiose brasserie à Paris. Décoré avec art par les artistes de Montparnasse, vous pouvez danser dans la salle de bal bas ou prendre un délicieux repas sur la terrasse.

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Addresse: 102 boulevard du Montparnasse, Paris, France, 75014

Téléphone: 01 43 20 14 20

Site-web: www.lacoupole-paris.com

3) Bofinger:

Connue comme la plus ancienne brasserie à Paris, Bofinger est décoré dans un style Belle Epoque. Avec une sélection exceptionnelle de fruits de mer, vous pouvez avoir un avant-goût de tartare de saumon, les escargots, les huîtres, les fruits de mer ou de plateau gigantesque.

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Addresse: 5-6 rue de la Bastille, 75004

Téléphone: 01 42 72 87 82

Site-Web: www.bofingerparis.com

4) Terminus Nord:

Situé en face de la Gare du Nord de Paris, Chef Pascal Boulogne traite les convives à l’ultime expérience parisienne. Les voyageurs arrêtent souvent ici dans la matinée pour un croissant et un petit café, où le déjeuner et le dîner sont accompagnés de vins français.

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Addresse: 23 rue de Dunkerque, Paris, France, 75010

Téléphone: 01 42 85 05 15

Site-web: www.terminusnord.com/en/

5) Brasserie ma Bourgogne: 

Situé dans le quartier du Marais à Paris, Brasserie ma Bourgogne vous permet de dîner en face de la magnifique Place des Vosges. Ici vous pourrez déguster quelque chose de plats traditionnels de la Bourgogne, les plats traditionnels de la campagne Beaujolais.

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Addresse: 19 Place de Vosges, Paris, France, 75004

Téléphone: 01 42 78 44 64

Site-web: www.ma-bourgogne.fr

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Avec 14 arrondissements et plus de 2000 hôtels situés dans Paris, une grande partie de l’effort peut aller dans le choix le parfait pour répondre à vos besoins pour votre voyage. Voici notre recommandation pour vous sur 3 endroits pour séjourner à Paris.

1) L’Arc de Triomphe

La zone autour de l’Arc de Triomphe est un endroit populaire pour les touristes de rester à Paris. En effet, il est un lieu de banlieue facile. Il ya un accès facile aux taxis, les bus et le métro, ce qui peut vous prendre trop et depuis l’aéroport, monuments et musées pour un coût très faible. En outre, cette région dispose de plusieurs hôtels de qualité et vérifiées. Parce qu’il est un mélange entre les hôtels des chaînes internationales, comme Radisson et Best Western, et les hôtels locaux, vous obtiendrez la meilleure valeur pour votre argent ici. Enfin, depuis le trottoir des Champs Elysées en haut de l’Arc de Triomphe, cette région a une des meilleures vues de la ville des lumières.

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2) Museé Louvre/Le Marais

Rester près du Louvre ou dans le quartier du Marais, il est idéal si vous voulez être à proximité d’une variété de monuments, musées et activités. A l’est du Louvre, vous êtes près du Jardin Tulleries, Musée d’Orsay, Place de la Concorde, les Champs-Élysées, le Grand Palais, le Pont Alexandre III, et si vous vous sentez aventureux et que vous avez des chaussures de marche sur, Les invalides. A l’ouest du Louvre, vous êtes près de la Seine, le Pont Neuf, La Sainte Chapelle, Notre-Dame, le Centre Pompidou, l’Hôtel de Ville de Paris, et le Forum des Halles. Si vous cherchez un endroit très culturelle de rester, choisir de rester dans le quartier du Marais qui est considéré comme «vieux Paris». Si vous séjournez dans Le Marais, vous serez à proximité de la Place de Vosges, le musée Victor Hugo, le musée Picasso, plusieurs belles cours, le Musée Cognac-Jay, rue des Rosiers, le Cloître des Billettes, le Centre Pompidou, et Village Saint-Paul. Ces zones sont aussi connus pour leurs hôtels haut de gamme.

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3) Saint-Germain-de-Près

Ce quartier chic de Paris est connu pour ses restaurants de qualité et d’anciens résidents. Situé dans le 6ème arrondissement de Paris, Saint-Germain-de-Prés est le foyer de restaurants étoilés Michelin notés comme Guy Savory et La Société. Il est également le foyer de cafés célèbres, comme Café Flore, Café Les Deux Magots et la Brasserie Lipp, où la célèbre artiste et écrivains utilisés pour passer leur temps. En outre, Saint-Germain-de-Prés est l’ancienne maison de Boris Vian, connu comme le prix couronne de Saint-Germain-de-Prés, Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Ernest Hemingway, André Breton, Pablo Picasso, et la dernière résidence d’Eugène Delacroix, qui est à la maison est maintenant un musée.

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What to do in Paris for a Week

Quoi faire à Paris en une semaine

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L’intention de passer une semaine à Paris? Il y a tellement de choses à voir et à faire, mais avec ce guide, vous saurez exactement quoi faire à Paris pour une semaine.

Jour 1

  • Le Musée du Louvre – Contenant plus de 35 000 chefs-d’œuvre, le Louvre est le musée le plus visité au monde. Le foyer de la Mona Lisa, Liberty Leading the People et The Raft of the Medusa.
  • La Tour Eiffel – Le monument le plus symbolique de la culture française, la Tour Eiffel est un must à Paris. Admirez au niveau du sol, ou de faire l’aventure au sommet!What to do in Paris for a Week
  • Une Dîner croisière Bateaux-Mouches – Ceci est la façon idéale de terminer une longue journée. À bord d’un Bateaux-Mouches sur la Seine et profiter d’un délicieux repas tout en admirant Paris de la rivière.

Jour 2

  • La Cathédrale Notre-Dame – Prendre plus de cent ans pour terminer, la cathédrale Notre-Dame est majestueux avec ses vitraux, l’architecture gothique, et des gargouilles. Entrez la cathédrale gratuitement, ou monter dans les tours pour et vue imprenable sur Paris pour un coût supplémentaire.
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  • Musée d’Orsay – A l’origine une gare ferroviaire, le musée d’Orsay abrite aujourd’hui de nombreuses peintures impressionnistes d’artistes tels que Van Gogh, Renoir, et Monet.
  • Le Marais – Une fois que le quartier aristocratique de Paris, Le Marais est maintenant rempli de galeries d’art, de la mode hip et restaurants branchés. Arrêtez la Place de Vosges qui est la plus ancienne place prévue à Paris.

Jour 3

  • Le cimetière du Père Lachaise – De six personnes ayant mis au repos l’année d’ouverture, à plus de 6000 moins de 10 ans plus tard, Père Lachaise dans le lieu de repos de plusieurs personnes célèbres. Visitez les tombes de Jim Morrison, Oscar Wilde, Chopin, Géricault, Molière et Balzac.
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  • Montmartre – Accueil du Moulin Rouge, le Sacré-Cœur Basilique, et l’église de Saint-Pierre, les rues pavées de Montmartre sont vivantes! Relevez le défi de faire tout le chemin jusqu’à la colline pour visiter la Basilique ou choisir de monter le «train petite ‘vers le haut à la place.
  • Musée Grévin – Comparable à Madame Tussauds, le musée de cire Grévin est un endroit idéal pour les enfants à obtenir leurs photos prises avec des icônes comme Barack Obama, le pape Francis, Einstein et Gandhi.

Jour 4

  • Château de Versailles – L’un des châteaux les plus grands et les plus luxueux du monde, Versailles est un endroit que vous aurez envie de passer une journée entière à. Promenez-vous dans la galerie des Glaces, puis se diriger vers les jardins. Ne pas oublier de faire le petit voyage à la maison de Marie-Antoinette et le Grand Trion.What to do in Paris for a Week

Jour 5

  • L’Arc de Triumph – Situé dans le centre de la Place Charles de Gaulle, l’Arc de Triomphe est l’un des monuments les plus célèbres de Paris. Cette honneurs d’arc tout le monde qui ont combattu et est mort dans la Révolution française et les guerres napoléoniennes. Les victoires et leurs généraux sont inscrits sur la surface de l’arc. Comme la Tour Eiffel, vous pourrez admirer à partir du niveau du sol, ou choisir de monter au sommet pour une vue à couper le souffle de Paris.What to do in Paris for a Week
  • Champs Elysée / Avenue Montaigne – A l’est de l’Arc de Triomphe, les Champs Elysée est qui est bordée de nombreux magasins, restaurants, parcs et monuments. Bifurquant de Champs Elysée Montaigne Ave. Certains des boutiques les plus luxueuses se fait sur cette rue et comprend des magasins comme Louis Vuitton, Dior et Chanel.
  • Musée Rodin – Ouverture en 1919, le Musée Rodin est dédiée pour afficher le travail de l’artiste Auguste Rodin. Beaucoup de sculptures de Rodin sont situés dans le jardin, tandis que 300 cents de ses œuvres se trouvent dans la maison principale, l’Hôtel Biron.

Jour 6

  • Saint-Michel – Près de la Seine, la place Saint-Michel est le foyer de la Fontaine Saint-Michel et montre une vue de Sainte-Chapelle et Palais de Justice. Saint-Michel est pleine de charme historique.
  • Saint-Germain-de-Près – Dans le cadre du Quartier Latin de Paris, Saint-Germain-de-Prés est la germination de boutiques uniques, des restaurants et une ambiance parisienne. De loin l’un des plus grands domaines de flâner à Paris.
  • Jardin du Luxembourg – Commandée par Marie de Médicis en 1612, le Jardin du Luxembourg est divisé en deux gardes: anglais et français. Au total, il ya 106 statues réparties à travers les deux jardins, avec un verger de pommiers, des fontaines, et la roseraie. Il y a beaucoup d’activités pour les enfants qui se déroulent dans le parc ainsi.What to do in Paris for a Week

Jour 7

  • Les Invalides – Maintenant, le lieu de repos de Napoléon, des Invalides est un musée national de Paris présentant tout ce que tout le monde voudrait savoir ou voir à propos de l’armée française. En plus d’être un musée de la guerre, des Invalides est inclut aussi un hôpital pour anciens combattants.
  • Les Catacombes de Paris – Contenant les restes de plus de six millions de personnes, cette ancienne mine de calcaire à Paris, est maintenant un labyrinthe souterrain éclairé. Les gens ont visité cet ossuaire depuis le début du 19e siècle et maintenant les gens alignent encore à venir voir l’endroit attentivement ossements humains quelque 40 pieds sous terre.
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Planning a Trip to Paris with Kids

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Thinking of taking your kids on a vacation trip to Paris? It could be difficult to understand what there is to do. Here are 10 things to do when you plan vacations to Paris with kids.

1) Take a stroll along the Seine 

vacation trip paris kidsWith a majority of famous monuments of Paris located in close proximity to the river, the Seine is a magnificent area to take a stroll with kids. You can see the la Tour Eiffel, le Musée d’Orsay, Place de la Concorde, le Louvre, le Pont Neuf, l’Hôtel de Ville, Notre-Dame and La Sainte Chapelle. If you find yourselves walking along the Seine, near the Musée d’Orsay, the Invalides, and Place de la Concorde, you will find an area by the Seine called les Berges. Les Berges offer a numerous amount of outdoor play structures, outdoor games, and rest areas for kids.

2) Disneyland

vacation trip paris kidsAs the most visited theme park in all of France, Disneyland Paris is an adventure to bring kids to. Disneyland Paris is composed of two parks: Disneyland Park et Walt Disney Studios Park. Allow for at least one day at Disneyland Paris because both parks are filled with restaurants, charming experiences, and rides including Tower of Terror, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, Dumbo the Flying Elephant and Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast.

3) River cruise

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Another way you can explore Paris with kids is by riding on a river cruise. This outdoor tour boat is a wonderful way to relax for an afternoon, and not miss out on one of the must-see sites. Some companies also offer cruise lunches and dinners for an additional cost. Keep in mind that there are also discounted prices for kids.

 

4) Museums 

Paris, being a historical city, there are several museums to visit! In addition to the Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay, the Centre Pompidou has interactive exhibitions for kids. The Musée de la Poupée is enchanting for little girls and Grévin is a wax museum where kids can take pictures with famous wax figures like Barack Obama, Brigitte Bardot and the queen.
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5) Les Invalides

Les Invalides houses the biggest collection of the nation on the history of the French army and the remains of Napoleon housed in an extravagant tomb. This is the ideal place for kids who are a little older (teenagers) interested in weapons of war and history.
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6) Champs Elysées

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For an ideal shopping session, or for a stroll on a beautiful Parisian day, go towards avenue des Champs Elysée. At the Champs Elysée there are stores that everyone loves. From high-end luxury boutiques like Louis Vuitton, Dior, and Chanel, to less expensive options like Banana Republic, Marks and Spencer, and Levi, there is a store for everyone to shop at!

7) Restaurants 

vacation trip paris kidsAll parents know that kids can be difficult at times, especially when they are hungry! No need to stress. Paris has very accommodating restaurants pour kids. Here are some of our recommendations: Angelina, La Boule Rouge, Le Grande Café, and Pizza Pino.

8) Luxembourg Gardens 

vacation trip paris kidsThere’s no better place to let out a little energy than the Luxembourg Gardens. Initially commissioned by Marie de Medici, this park holds more than 2000 trees, 100 statues, monuments, and fountains. It is the setting of various pieces of famous literature including the novel by Victor Hugo, Les Misérables. The Luxembourg Gardens is a fantastic spot to bring the family for a picnic and after, to rent mini wooden boats for boat races in one of the fountains.

9) The Vincennes Zoo

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In Paris, there are several zoos and aquariums to visit, but the most popular, the Vincennes Zoo, is a success for kids. There are five principal natural environments (bio zones) that make up the zoo. The Vincennes Zoo allows you to have breakfast with giraffes, special encounters with animals in the animal park, and provides guided tours.

10) Versailles

The majestic Palace of Versailles is a place where you shouldn’t miss seeing when planning your tips to Paris with kids. Located on the outskirts of the city if Paris, Versailles is the most exquisite palace of all of France. After having gone through the palace, make your way to the gardens to see the fountains. If you’re lucky, you might see the water show! You can bring a picnic here, stay in the gardens, make your way to the little pond, or take a little train to discover the Grand Trion and the house of Marie-Antoinette. Be sure to give yourself a lot of time for Versailles, as there is a lot to do and see.
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5 monuments à voir à Paris

Avec Paris étant la ville animée qu’il est, il peut être difficile de déterminer où aller et les lieux à voir. Après avoir lu notre guide des lieux d’intérêt à Paris, vous saurez exactement où vous voulez aller !

1) La Tour Eiffel

Signature du monument de Paris! Debout à plus de 1000 pieds de haut, la Tour Eiffel offre une vue imprenable sur Paris. Vous pouvez vous arrêter sur le premier niveau pour une vue incroyable et les achats dePlaces of Interest Paris souvenirs ou les lieux de niveau d’intérêt Parissecond, qui abrite le célèbre restaurant Jules Vernes. Si vous vous sentez vraiment aventureux, continuer sur le troisième niveau de l’expérience d’une vue à 360 ° au niveau des nuages. Ne pas oublier d’arrêter au sombre pour voir la Tour Eiffel tout illuminé!

2) Le Musée du Louvre

Venez visiter le plus grand musée du monde et l’un des principaux lieux d’intérêt à Paris. Auparavant, l’ancienne résidence des rois de France, le Louvre accueille aujourd’hui plus de 35.000 chefs-d’œuvre. De la Joconde à la Pyramide du Louvre, il est un chef-d’œuvre pour tous les goûts.
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3) Le Musée d’Orsay

En plus du Louvre, Paris abrite le Musée d’Orsay. Musée d’Orsay est mondialement connu pour sa collection d’art impressionniste de différents médiums: peintures, Places of Interest Parissculptures, meubles, et la photographie. Situé sur la rive ouest de la rivière Seine, le musée d’Orsay est juste en face des magnifiques Jardins des Tuileries.

 

 

 

4) La Cathédrale de Notre-Dame

Ouverture dans le 14ème siècle, Notre-Dame est connue pour son architecture, vitraux, gargouilles, et est le cadre pour le célèbre roman, Le Bossu de Notre-Dame de Victor Hugo. Vous pouvez simplement observPlaces of Interest Pariser le merveilleux de l’extérieur, ou de choisir d’entrer dans la cathédrale et être surpris par le design d’intérieur.

 

 

 

 

 

 

5) Montmartre

Situé dans le 18ème arrondissement de Paris, il y a beaucoup de choses à voir à Montmartre. Visitez la basilique du Sacré-Cœur, le Moulin Rouge, ou Espace Dalí à absorber la culture Montmartre a à offrir. Montmartre est un lieu de banlieue pour vous promenant à travers les rues sinueuses ou attraper un tour sur le “petit train”.

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tips paris Information pratique

Lorsque vous voyagez à l’étranger, la préparation est essentielle pour assurer un voyage sans stress. Autant que vous vous préparez, il est facile de faire des erreurs lors de l’organisation de votre voyage. Pour éviter ce genre de complications, nous vous invitons à vous familiariser avec la monnaie locale, les fuseaux horaires, les jours fériés, les numéros de téléphone d’urgence, etc., avant votre voyage. Vous pouvez trouver toutes ces informations ici.

Tax & Pourboire

La taxe est incluse dans le prix de tous les éléments , de sorte que vous ne payez que ce qui est sur l’étiquette de prix . Quand il vient à basculer en France , les frais de service est inclus dans votre projet de loi, donc pas besoin de laisser un pourboire .
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Logement

Planifier un voyage à Paris, mais ne savez pas où aller ? Consultez notre guide des arrondissements pour savoir qui l’un des quartiers emblématiques de Paris est le meilleur pour vous. Pour hôtel distinctions en France, consultez notre guide d’hôtel.

Frais

Bien que Paris est connue pour être l’une des villes les plus chères du monde, il est possible de trouver une bonne affaire si vous planifier à l’avance et savez où chercher. Consultez notre Calculateur du coût de voyage gratuit pour une estimation de ce que vous allez passer lors de votre prochain voyage.

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Paris est une ville historique et abrite plusieurs attractions de renommée mondiale qui sont à ne pas manquer. (Pour obtenir des conseils sur la façon d’ éviter les longues lignes à Paris, cliquez ici. ) Toutefois, si possible, vous devriez vous familiariser avec quelques-unes des régions les moins populaires à découvrir le charme local. Pour un guide complet à 20 arrondissementstips paris  de Paris, y compris les activités et des principales attractions, cliquer ici.

Activités pour les enfants

Lorsque vous voyagez avec des enfants, il peut souvent être difficile de trouver des activités pour les enfants. En dépit d’être une grande métropole, Paris offre de nombreuses options amusantes pour vos petits enfants. De les promenades à poney au Jardin du Luxembourg à la magie de Disneyland, il y a quelque chose pour satisfaire les intérêts de chaque enfant.

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D Day sites: The American Sector

On 6th June of 1944, the largest naval battle in history occurred in Normandy. With more than 155,000 soldiers, 14,000 war ships and thousands of airplanes, the Allies fought to liberalize France from the German occupation in the World War II.

What to see?

D Day sitesBest known as D-Day, it was what many consider the turning point of the war. Combating the German occupation, the Normandy region became a home base of sorts for the units of the Allies. The American units, which had a huge role in the battle, were established in what is now named “The American Sector”, composed of some beaches and villages.

Many consider Omaha beach the most important one. It is here that the Americans landed and faced their first battle in hopes of liberating Europe. The Americans also landed, due to some miscalculations, in the Utah Beach. These two beaches are close in proximity, and in both locations, you will find many memorials, bunkers, and war remnants.

Colleville-sur-Mer - Cimetière américain de Colleville… IntercomAnother important place was the small town “Sainte-Mère-Eglise”, located in the heart of the airborne operations, this village served as a key place that proved vital to stop the German reinforcements. Also widely know for being the location where the airbornes were launched from.

 

6 kilometers (approximately 4 miles) away from Omaha beach, you can find the “Pointe du Hoc”, a cliff used by the American forces as an attack point.

The Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial is a large cemetery where more than 9000 fallen American soldiers are buried. It serves as a memorial from France to honour those who died for the liberty of the country.

How to experience?

D Day SitesThe American sector of Normandy has many stories throughout history to tell. From ParisByM, we recommend to take a guided tour to not miss any detail of the largest naval battle in history. In addition, many parts of the Normandy regions has memorials, museums with real war machines and iconic places which were a key to the victory.

Feel free to discover how the Americans helped liberalizing Europe through the feelings: the horror of war, the strategy and the euphoria of the victory in 1945.

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Qu’est-ce qu’un offre des vacances tout compris à Paris ?

Qu’est-ce qu’un offre des vacances tout compris à Paris ? Voici votre guide pour ce qui est (et ce qui est pas) inclus.

Ce qui est compris

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Tout compris généralement signifie que tous les aspects de votre séjour sont pris en charge, y compris l’hébergement. Vous aurez généralement rester dans un hôtel 3 ou 4 étoiles vous assurer que vous êtes à l’aise pendant votre voyage. L’hôtel sera généralement dans un emplacement central, tels que le centre historique de la ville.

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Itinéraire & visites

Visites et itinéraires programme sont un autre aspect d’un forfait tout compris. En tant que touriste, vous ne pouvez pas être aussi familier avec la région et aurez besoin de quelques conseils dans le choix de l’endroit où aller et comment accéder à ces endroits. Un forfait tout compris vous donne les moyens de rendre du point A au point B de la manière la plus efficace possible.

Billets

paris all inclusive Trouver le moyen le plus efficace pour voir tous les sites est toujours l’objectif de toute vacances. Un forfait tout compris comprendra des billets ainsi que les visites du programme / itinéraires de sorte que vous ne devez pas vous inquiéter de les acheter lors de vos vacances. Un bon forfait tout compris vous fournir des billets accélérées qui vous permettent de sauter les longues lignes à les principaux monuments.

Ce qui n’est pas compris

paris all inclusive Nourriture 

Pourquoi la nourriture non inclus ? Lorsque vous voyagez, il est pas rare que des retards et des erreurs. Si tous les repas sont fournis à des moments précis de la journée, vous risquez de manquer certains d’entre eux en raison de retards de transport ou des problèmes inattendus à l’un des sites.

Vous aussi vous ne voulez pas être lié à certains moments et les lieux de repas, qui peuvent restreindre où vous êtes en mesure d’explorer et pour combien de temps.

Donc là vous l’avez … votre guide à un forfait vacances tout compris Paris, une excellente option lorsque vous voyagez à la Ville Lumière !

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Normandie, Normandy, etretat cliffs

Étretat

Étretat is a commune in Normandy (North-East of Le Havre) best known for its chalk cliffs. Very similar to those which can be found in Dover, these cliffs soar above the gravelly beach and form natural arches and complex formations.

The Cliffs

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Cliffs of Etretat, Normandy, France; photo by Jarrod Castaing

Built as a simple fishermen’s village, Étretat is now one of the most renowned and beautiful beach resort in France: thanks to its white cliffs, the shingles and the natural arches, the town is the perfect destination for tourists from all over the world.  The Étretat chalk cliffs are made of different varieties of chalk and rise from 230ft to 300ft above the sea level.

The most unusual and interesting formation is, without a doubt, the so-called Needle (in French, “Anguille”), which rises 70 metres above the sea: an underground river and the natural erosion created, throughout the years, these natural structures, which are now the main attraction of Étretat and one of the most impressive and magnificent natural landscapes in France. Walking along specific trails, you can enjoy vertiginous routes with sensational views over the ocean: interestingly, you can recognize these cliffs, the arches and the “spires” from countless paintings by Impressionist artists like Boudin, Courbet and Monet, who were attracted by the breathtaking and unique landscapes.

Also, the cliffs were used as a special setting by the writer Maurice Leblanc, in 1909, for the novel “The Hollow Needle” (in French, “L’aiguille creuse”), which features one of the most famous character in literature, the gentleman thief “Arsène Lupin”.

The Beach

etretat, etretat cliffsThe gravelly beach, surrounded by the cliffs, is well protected from wind and tides: it is one of the favourite beach resorts in France and tourists from all over the world come there in order to relax and enjoy all the beautiful landscapes that can be found; however, during winter time, the beach regains its “wild” form. Gravel and stones are necessary to the preservation of the beach, since they protect  it from atmospheric agents.

A long walkway-dam called “perrey” divides the beach from the village: it used to protect Étretat from dangerous tides. Besides, the old sea front has been destroyed during World War II in order to better defend the coast.

The Village

etretat cliffs, notre dameThe small village is full of tiny cafés and cosy restaurants. However, the most interesting part of the city is what can be called as the “Old Town”: there, you can find  the impressive church of Notre-Dame, built in the XII century and now historical monument. The Norman Gothic style and the “lanter-tower” highlight the uniqueness of the building: moreover, the Roman façade makes the structure even more characteristic, underlining an amazing mix of cultures and architectures. Close to the church, you can also find a war grave, the “Étretat Churchyard”, which contains 264 Commonwealth and one German burial from the First World War.

clos lupin, etretat cliffsIn Étretat, you will have the chance to find several  beautiful châteaux, manors and villas: first of all, the so-called Clos Lupin, in rue Guy de Maupassant (interestingly, another artist who spent most time in the town…): the house, where Maurice Leblanc used to live, is surrounded by gardens and flowers (the name “Lupin” comes from the flower called “lupines”, in French “lupin”). The house is now a museum, where you can find interesting Lupin-style enigmas. Then, you can find the Manoir de la Salamandre, a typical old regional house, similar to those that can be found in the Pays d’Auges, an area in Normandy: it is a great illustration of the architecture of the region. Finally, you can also take a look at the Villa Orphée, built by the composer Jacques Offenbach: from there, you will have a beautiful view over the cliffs.

Last but not least, Étretat is also known because of the “White Bird” affair, where two pilots, in 1927, tried to make the first non-stop flight from Paris to New York: however, after the departure, the biplane disappeared in the ocean.

How to get there

etretat cliffs, impressionismÉtretat is about 50 minutes by car from Honfleur, via Le Havre. You can easily go there by bus (from 1 to 2 hours), starting from Le Havre’s “gare routière”, adjacent to the train station.

 

 

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Top 5 Festivals in France

Here is a Top 5 Festivals in France organized in different categories so that whoever you are, you will undoubtedly find the one that suits you.

Let’s begin this Top 5 Festivals in France with our first category: classical music.

1. Classical Music / Opera

festivals in franceThe first festival you shouldn’t miss is called “Les Chorégies d’Orange”. It happens every summer in the antique theatre of the city of Orange, and the beauty of the arena combined with the quality of the opera make it a must-see if you are fond of classical music.

There is also the “Festival de l’Opéra en plein air”, which happens in different places every year to perform one particular opera. Aimed towards making every generation discover classical music and promoting new lyrical artists, no doubt the “open air” frame is also part of its success…festivals in france

Finally, we advise you to attend the “International Piano Festival of the Roque d’Anthéron” which takes place every summer around Aix en Provence, in the French Riviera. Open air too, it is one of the most famous lyrical festival.

 

2. Pop Rock Musicfestivals in france

If you are fond of pop rock music and want to dance, you should go to the Vieilles Charrues Festival which takes places every July in Brittany. Gathering different types of music such as rock and electro, everybody can enjoy a great moment in one of the biggest European Festival.

Likewise, you shouldn’t miss the Solidays of Paris, organized every June and above festivals in franceall aimed at raising people’s awareness about sexual diseases (mostly AIDS). From electro to rock music, this festival is a great united meeting of young people.

If you want to discover French pop artists, head to the Francofolies in La Rochelle. The aim is to spread French current music, whatever generation you belong to.

 

3. Drama / Theatrefestivals in france

The more important drama festival of Europe is definitely the Festival d’Avignon, happening every summer. The most famous stage is located in the open air “Cour d’honneur du Palais des papes”, and although dramatic arts seem to reign, it offers other types such as dance or fine arts with artists from all over the world.

If you go to France in June to visitfestivals in france the castles of the Loire Valley, don’t miss the Festival d’Anjou. Many plays are staged in historical sites of the region, so that you will enjoy the beauty of the castles like the Plessis-Macé Castle along with dozens of drama shows.

In June again, Versailles organises the “Molière month” in its sumptuous place. The festival houses more than 300 open air shows, especially of theatre arts, but also living arts shows with dance or circus… And many entrances are for free !

 

4. Cinema

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The most famous festival of the world, the Festival de Cannes takes place in the French Riviera to reward the best movie, actor/actress, and filmmaker of the year. The ceremony of the “Red Carpet Walk” is watched all over the world to see the stars in their fancy outfits, and the surroundings offer outstanding views over the Mediterranean Sea, which gives the Festival a touch of fairy.

french riviera, festivals in franceThe Festival du film américain de Deauville, entirely dedicated to American movies, takes place in September. It has received very famous movie stars so far, from Robert de Niro to John Travolta. There is even a competition between independent movies so that you can enjoy every type of American cinematographic production.

Finally, and on a very different note, Gérardmer houses in the Vosges the International Festival of Fantastic Movies every winter, in which Fantastic has the place of honor in cinema as in other arts.

 

5. Carnival & Live artsfestivals in france

The last category of our Top 5 Festivals in France will make you party, especially in the Carnival of Dunkerque. Starting in January for three crazy months, it is one of the most famous in Europe because of the mass it gathers and the party atmosphere it spreads. From parades to balls, be sure you will have a very joyful, colourful and musical moment!

festivals in franceThe Carnival of Nice is, as for him, the biggest carnival of France. During the month of February, many floats decorated in the chosen theme of the year file in the streets of Nice, within a crazy party atmosphere.

To remain in this festive theme, we suggest you attend the Clécy Festival in Normandy. Different from carnivals, it remains a very joyful event which live arts will please every type of public with drama, music, and tale shows. This festival is the best compromise to get your fill of party atmosphere in less crowded places than carnivals.

 

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The romantic trip package in Paris is for those coming with their lover and who want to have nice time together, explore the city and possibly make a weeding proposal or celebrate an anniversary. Book one of our Paris vacation packages to fully discover the city within your time and budget constraints.

Top 10 Romantic Restaurants in Paris

For all lovebirds looking for a place to dine Paris holds some great restaurants for a romantic dinner for two. Discover our top 10 romantic restaurants in Paris in different price classes.

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1. Restaurant Lasserre

The restaurant Lasserre opened first in 1942 and has become a gastronomical institution in Paris. As one of the very high-class restaurants in the city of love they are specialized on couples and romantic dinners and can therefore not miss on the list of the top 10 romantic restaurants in Paris. Their service and quality has only received the highest ratings and they have been featured in the Guide Michelin since 1949.

To reserve click here. (site in French)

Restaurant Lasserre – 17 Avenue Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 75008 Paris

www.restaurant-lasserre.com

 2. Le Cinq

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Le Cinq is an elegant choice for a romantic dinner in a beautiful setting. The restaurant is situated in the Four Season Hotel Paris in the prestigious Avenue George V. The noble decor with the creative flower designs by Jeff Leatham and the artistic arrangement of food pair perfectly. With the maximum of three Michelin stars Le Cinq is definitely a top address in Paris.

Reserve a table here.

Le Cinq – Four Seasons Hôtel George V – 31 Avenue George V, 75008 Paris

www.fourseasons.com/paris/dining/restaurants/le_cinq/

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3. Lapérouse

Top 10 romantic restaurants in Paris

Treat your favorite person to a special romantic dinner in one of the private rooms at Lapérouse and enjoy the delightful French cuisine with international influences in an intimate setting. Located in a 18th century “hôtel paticulier” with an antique charm it poses as the perfect scenery for a romantic evening!

Book your table here.

Lapérouse – 51 Quai des Grands Augustin, 75006 Paris Tel.: 01 43 26 68 04

www.laperouse.com/

4. Les Ombres

Situated in the Parc de Musée du Quai Branly on a rooftop with a beautiful view on the Eiffel tower makes up the perfect scenery for a romantic dinner. Their menu offers a contemporary and worldly cuisine as well as delicious desserts.

Click here to reserve a table. (site in French)

Les Ombres- 27 quai Branly 75007 Paris, Tel.: 01 47 53 68 00

www.lesombres-restaurant.com (site in French)

5. Maison Blanche

Maison Blanche offers you a panoramic view on the city and the Eiffel tower. You can enjoy their two terraces Geroge V and Montaigne, both with a magnificent perspective on the romantic capital. After being spoiled with the creative creations of the awarded chef Fabrice Giraud the evening entertainment continues in the house-own club “Montaigne”.

Reserve here.

Restaurant Maison Blanche – 15 avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris Tel.: 01 47 23 55 99

www.maison-blanche.fr

6. Cristal Room Baccarat

Have a romantic time at the Christal Room that has been entirely decorated in Cristal by the prestigious Maison Baccarat. Enjoy the luxurious ambience and the creative dishes which perfect the exclusive experience.

Reserve here.

Christal Room Baccarat – 11 Place des États-Unis, 75116 Paris  Tel.: 01 40 22 11 10

7. Monsieur Bleu

Located in the famous Palais Tokyo and with its spacious terrace with a great view on the Seine river and the Eiffel tower Monsieur Bleu is one of the top 10 romantic restaurants in Paris. Revel in the classical French cooking with variations by chef Benoit Dargere. 

Book your table here. (site in French)

Monsieur Bleu – Palais de Tokyo – 20 Avenue de New York, 75116 Paris Tel.: 01 47 20 90 47

www.monsieurbleu.com (site in French)

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8. Les Petites Ecuries

You want to have a romantic dinner but don’t want to spend a fortune? We have a great tip for you. The Restaurant Les Petites Ecuries does not only have top ratings online (tripadvisor etc.) but is also a unique place with its green plant wall and different natural elements like trees inside the restaurant. Lights hanging from the ceiling create an intimate setting. The cuisine is traditional French and the service is great.

Reserve here.

Les Petites Ecuries – 40 Rue des Petites Écuries, 75010 Paris Tel.: 01 48 24 02 90

www.lespetitesecuriesparis.com (site in French)

9.Le Procope

Top 10 Romantic Restaurants in Paris

Founded in 1686, Le Procope is the oldest existing Parisian café. The beautiful decor of the the French “Brasserie” reminds of the oldern days in classic red with wooden ornaments. Enjoy the typical French cuisine where philosophers like Voltaire, Molière, and Diderot have done so. Bon Appétit!

Reserve directly on their website.

Le Procope – 13 rue de l’Ancienne Comédie, 75006 Paris Tel.:01 40 46 79 00

www.procope.com

10. Bistrot des Victoires

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Le Bistrot des Victoires is really a treasure in the overpriced brasserie and café jungle of Paris. This gem can be found in the heart of Paris close by the Louvre. The cuisine is french and also has some great vegetarian options. If you are looking for an affordable restaurant with great food this is the one for you out of the top 10 romantic restaurants in Paris.

Bistrot Victoires – 6 Rue de la Vrillière, 75001 Paris Tel.: 01 42 61 43 78

www.paris-bistro.com/choisir/paris1/bistrot-des-victoires (site in French)

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The top 10 day trips from Paris by train

After a few exciting days in central Paris, it is time to discover treasures near by! France has so many historic and beautiful sights to offer that choosing is the most difficult part. Also, due to its central location in Europe many cities are close and easy to visit for a day trip. Our selection of the top 10 day trips from Paris by train include some of the most beautiful places in France.

1. Versailles

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Only 20 kilometers south of Paris you can find one of the most decadent and pompous palaces the world has to offer. Not just the palace but the whole estate is remarkable and so “over the top” that it definitely deserves a spot on the list of the top 10 day trips from Paris by train. Once you arrive there, don’t be intimidated by the size of the state but take a walk in the beautiful gardens and discover the smaller palaces Ménagerie royale, Grand Trianon, Petit Trianon, and the Pavillon de la Lanterne.

For more Information about Versailles click here.

2. Giverny

Giverny, Fondation Claude Monet, jardin d'eau, pont japonais

From March until the end of October a very special garden opens its doors for visitors. About 60 kilometers outside of the French capital lies a garden many of us have already admired in the Musée de l’Orangerie. Monet’s masterpieces feature his gardens in Giverny but only by seeing the place with your own eyes you can understand the beauty of the various types of flowers and the pond with its water lilies.

Learn more about Giverny and Monet’s gardens here.

3. Disneyland

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The magic world of Disney is right outside Paris and perfectly suited for a day trip from Paris by train. Especially for Kids it is a magical adventure to meet Mickey and all the other Disney characters. You can visit the two parks in one or two days or only visit the main park. Enjoy the whole world of Disney and have live your very own fairy tale.

Here you can find out more about Disneyland Paris.

4. Champagne

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The most luxurious drink in the world come from exactly one charming region in France: La champagne. Here is where the wine yards grow their precious grapes and experienced wine and champagne producers create the champagne with which we celebrate our most happy and successful moments in life. Discover this place as one of your day trips from Paris by train and enjoy the delicate champagne tasting.

Discover more about the local champagne producers here.

5. Loire Valley

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Discover a treasure from the UNESCO list of world heritage sights by train from Paris. The Loire Valley is famous due to its architecture of the more than 300 castles and chateaux in its area. Besides the beautiful sights the region offers wine from the famous areas of Muscat, Sancerre, and Pouilly-fumé as well as extensive fields of artichoke and asparagus which line the river banks.

Discover 4 original Loire Valley Châteaux here:

Villandry Castle

Chenonceau Castle

Chambord Castle

Château: Azay Le Rideau

 

6. Rouen

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This formerly very important European city is today the capital of the French region Normandy. Its most famous sight is the Notre-Dame Cathedral which has been subject to a serial of Paintings of the famous painter Monet which are exposed today in the Orsay Museum in Paris.

A city guide of Rouen you can find here.

7. London

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London calling? Just hop on the Eurostar which connects the two European capitals. In about two hours you can reach each center, in Paris at Gare du Nord and in London at Kings cross is where this amazing train connection will let you off. Discover everything London has to offer and stay just for one day trip or even longer.

How to get to London? Find out here.

8. Strasbourg

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Strasbourg lying in the middle of Europe in the region of Alsace has a great past being part of both France and Germany throughout history. Today you can still admire the Wilhelmian architecture but due to the damages from the World War II you can find many different styles of architecture from the past 5 centuries. One of the sights you should not miss is the gothic Notre Dame Cathedral.

9. Deauville

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Spend a few hours by the beach in Normandy! Deauville is one of the most famous beach villages in France. For the past century Deauville hosted more than a few celebrities. Coco Chanel opened a store in Deauville in the summer of 1913 while she was residing there. Famous for the horse races, Deauville attracts many visitors and fans over the summer time.

 

10. Chantilly

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Chantilly in the north of Paris is a beautiful place for a day trip by train. For horse race fans it is a must to discover the old stables and the horse race sights. Besides horses, chantilly offers to visit the charming Chateau de Chantilly.

More about Day trips to Chantilly here.

 

 

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Top 3 Souterrains in Paris

The Top 3 Souterrains in Paris

Paris offers as much to discover overground as it does underground and I am not talking about its famous Metro system, which by the way was the first subway system in the world. Today you can find 18 mysterious metro stations that are not being used anymore. Besides these underground attractions we are presenting to you the Top 3 Souterrains in Paris.

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The first of our top 3 souterrains in Paris is the Réservoir de Montsouris in the 14th district of Paris was built in the years from 1868 to 1873 by the engineer Eugène Belgrand. As one of the 5 reservoirs of the Capitals it provides the water for about 20 % of all Parisians. Besides its practical use as storage for clean water it has also gained the nickname “Cathédrale d’eau” (Water Cathedral) due to its unique architecture and its majestic pillars. Up until 2001 anyone was able to visit the Réservoir de Montsouris but after new safety standards were required the reservoir had to close its doors to visitors. Only in 2014 during two days (journées de patrimoine) the “water cathedral” opened again for visits. The reservoir has two floors each sized 60 ooo square meters and fits a maximum of 202 000 cubic meters of water to secure the water supply of Parisian households. From the outside one can barely guess whats going on inside this water reservoir. It is covered by a large field of grass and flowers and all that is above ground are two small resembling buildings that really do not indicate the size and importance of the reservoir.

2. Les Catacombes

Catacombe, Top 3 Souterrains in ParisOne of the most visited attractions in the french capital can be found underground. The catacombs of Paris were created in the 18th century to relieve the overcrowded cemeteries within the City. Today, bones of more than 6 million people are buried in the ossuary. When visiting the catacombs at Denfert-Rochreau Station you will find these bones carefully piled on each other creating a sort of artistic appearance. Only after Louis-Étienne Héricart de Thury from the Paris Mine Inspection Service transformed the unorganized piles of bones  that it became a real mausoleum. Since then in 1810 the catacombs have been open for visits up until today with only a few short breaks. Today this one is one of the top 3 souterrains in Paris you can visit every day but make sure to buy your fast track ticket online to skip the queuing on site.

Reserve your tickets here. (site in French)

Les Catacombes de Paris – 1 Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, 75014 Paris

3. Les ÉTop 3 Souterrains in Parisgouts

“The city below the city” This term comes from the use of actual street names and house numbers that were placed underground in the sewers. So, there is quite literally a second Paris underground. The first sewer system was established in Paris in 1370 under the “Rue Montmatre”. You can follow the history of the sewers and visit the sewer museum at the Pont de l’Alma. The accessible part extends to a 500 meter path underground where you can discover the historic water cycle of Paris and many machines of which some are still in use. As the oldest and still existing sewer system “Les Égouts” earn their place in the top 3 souterrains in Paris.

Les Égouts de Paris – Place de la Résistance, 75007 Paris

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Best Boutique Hotels in Paris

Don’t want to live in the standard hotel when you travel to Paris? Want to explore some interesting and unique Parisian style hotel? Check out the best boutique hotels in Paris!

Saint James Paris

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Built in the 19th century, Saint James Paris is a 100-year-old chateau surrounded by its own private garden, offering a unique experience of intimacy, classicism and romance. It also provides a spa partnership with Guerlain, a luxury and relaxing choice after shopping at Champs Elysees, which is about 20-minute walk away. It has 48 suites and rooms that are elegantly decorated with its own atmosphere.

Hotel Info
Average Price: from €347
Address: 43 Avenue Bugeaud, 75116 Paris
Phone: 01-44-05-81-81
Website: http://www.saint-james-paris.com

Hôtel des Académies et des Arts

Best boutique hotels paris

Located in the 6th arrondissement, this boutique hotel is on the street of the Montparnasse district, where Modigliani’s studio is located on the top floor and the famous Académie de la Grande Chaumière is located at the back of the hotel.  The owners of the hotel, Laurent and Charlotte, come from the television industry and want to echo the rich history of Montparnasse. Each room is designed to have a fine art book, artsy decorations, and high fashion designed art pieces for guests and visitor to peruse. There are also some beautiful sculptures made by Charlotte’s family members.

Hotel Info
Average Price: Double from €165 B&B
Address:15 Rue de la Grande Chaumière, 75006 Paris
Phone : 01–43–26–66–44
Website:  http://www.hoteldesacademies.com

Hôtel Relais Saint-Sulpice

Best Boutique hotels paris

Located in 6th arrondissement, just the back doorstep of Saint Sulpice church and five minutes’ walk from Luxembourg, this small boutique hotel has a fantastic location. But be careful, don’t miss the door because it is on a tiny magic street and looks more like an entrance to a mansion of the 18th century. It is personalized decorated reflecting the spirit of French culture, combining with deep red papered wall, Chinese jars, white stove, and some contemporary artworks. There is no reception desk, but the hall is full of friendly and cozy spirit.

Hotel Info
Average Price: from €100
Address: 3 Rue Garancière, 75006 Paris
Phones: 01–46–33–99–00
Website: www.relais-saint-sulpice.com

Hotel du Petit Moulin

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Located in a 17th-century building with a classic 1900s bakery shopfront, the owner of this hotel, Christian Lacroix has transformed it into a supremely original hotel with many details. The hotel illustrates fabulous usage of combination in color, pattern, and objects, from the polka-dot carpet in the hallway, to an arrange of contemporary ceramic chairs, to panels of embroidered bead and colorful sketched made by Lacroix himself. If you are looking for colorful and fun rooms to stay, this is your hotel!

Hotel Info
Average Price: Doubles from €190
Address:29 Rue de Poitou, 75003 Paris
Phone: 01–42–74–10–10
Website:  www.hotelpetitmoulinparis.com

Hotel Thoumieux

Best boutique hotels paris

To continue the list of the best boutique hotels in Paris, here is another one, located near the Eiffel Tower. It hosts a well-known restaurant by Jean-François Piège, one of the most talented chef working in Paris today. His restaurant in Hotel Thoumieux won two Michelin starts two years ago. The hotel has 15 rooms designed and decorated by designer India Mahdavi with her distinct contemporary style. The rooms are small but very well equipped. Jean-François Piège’s restaurant upstairs closes on Saturday and Sundays. But the neighborhood is very busy, so there will never be an issue to find good food. But if you want to have a close look at a two Michelin star restaurant, this hotel is the best place to live.

Hotel Info
Average Price: Doubles from €150
Address: 79 rue Saint-Dominique, Paris
Phone: 01-47-05-49-75
Website: www.thoumieux.fr

Hotel Du Temps

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Designed by Alix Thomsen and Laura Leonard, the overall vibe is definitely one of the Parisian chic. Even though it is located in a noisy rue du Faubourg Posionniere near Square Montholon, the hotel has a peaceful and timeworn feeling with antique furniture and interesting contrast between white floorboards and tropical printed curtains. It creates a bucolic environment in the room, some even look like a summer villa with interesting lighting. There is also a pretty and cozy ground-floor sitting room and a cocktail bar that become popular place for local designers, musicians and photographers to hangout; it has hosted private concerts for Metronomy and Breakbot. The hotel serves breakfast; however, it doesn’t have a restaurant. But you will always find an updated list of best places to eat nearby at the reception desk. Since the hotel is fairly close to Lafayettes, Opera Garnier and Champs-Elysees, there are many good restaurants for delicious food.

Hotel Info
Average Price: Doubles from €135
Address: 11, rue de Montholon, 75009 Paris
Phone: 01-47-70-37-16
Website: hotel-du-temps.fr

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Nice Hotels in Montmartre

Montmartre is one of the most beautiful areas to stay in Paris. There was a time when most of the locals were artists which is why the neighborhood still has its special unconventional atmosphere. Do you feel like spending some nights there, right next to the street artists and small restaurants? Here are some nice hotels in Montmartre.

4-Star Hotels in Montmartre

Hotel Montmartre Mon Amour

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Near the Place des Abbesses and the Sacré-Coeur funicular station, this hotel is perfectly located in the Montmartre neighborhood. The rooms which are partly named Stolen kisses or Secrets of love are decorated in a romantic design – perfect for a vacation trip with your loved one! Enjoy the cozy atmosphere in the core of Montmartre.

7, rue Paul Albert 75018 Paris

Montmartre Residence

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This hotel is the perfect choice for those who want to be independent. The Montmartre Residence offers a great deal of apartments where you can prepare your food yourself so that you don’t have to stick to the breakfast times. No matter if you come alone or with your family – there are studios for single guests and apartments for up to six people. Enjoy your independence in this stylish and luxurious hotel – only a stone’s throw away from the Wall of Love.

1, rue Durantin 75018 Paris

Le Relais Montmartre

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Like the other hotels, the Relais is located in the heart of Montmartre, not far from the basilica and the Moulin Rouge. Even though, the rooms are quiet since the house is situated on a side street. The rooms are decorated in the classic bohemian, chic style. It is a family-friendly place with a small but romantic back garden.

6, rue Constance 75018 Paris

Terrass” Hotel

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Ideally located on the hill of Montmartre, you can enjoy a marvelous view over the city of Paris on the terrace of this fashionable hotel restaurant and bar.

If you have had an exhausting day – either because of work or because of sightseeing all day long – you can try the hotel’s spa. Treat yourself to a wonderful and relaxing massage before taking a break in one of the tasteful and modern Artist’s Suites.

12-14, Rue Joseph de Maistre 75018 Paris

Hotel le Chat Noir

Located right on the Boulevard de Clichy, the hotel le Chat Noir is a themed hotel. Everything is designed around the topic “Le Chat Noir” (The Black Cat in English), which was a 19th-century night club and said to be the first modern cabaret. Its interior is decorated in a style of understated elegance with vintage and modern elements.

68, boulevard de Clichy 75018 Paris

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3-Star Hotels in Montmartre

Hotel des Arts Paris Montmartre

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Right next to the beautiful cemetery of Montmartre and not far from the Sacré-Cœur Basilica, this hotel creates a very special atmosphere. As the name indicates, it was designed in an artsy style, including the contemporary art pieces for which Montmartre has become so famous. The tastefully designed rooms are inviting you to relax after an eventful day in the city. Enjoy one of the romantic double rooms with your partner or get a room with a view on the Eiffel Tower!

5, rue Tholoze 75018 Paris

Hôtel Basss by Happyculture

Right on the Montmartre hill between the Moulin Rouge and Sacré-Cœur, the hotel is located in the very heart of the famous neighborhood. Its vintage design with modern elements invites its guests to enjoy a relaxed afternoon in the room or on the terrace. You will be enchanted by the chic but discreet graphic design and the stylish atmosphere.

57, rue des Abbesses 75018 Paris

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Hotel 29 Lepic

Right between the world-famous Moulin Rouge and the Montmartre Cemetery, it is also near the café Les Deux Moulins, where the movie Amelie Poulain was filmed. Take a stroll through the heart of Montmartre and visit the Wall of Love which is only a few minutes away from the hotel. Its rooms are relatively simple but with a tasteful modern design.

29, Rue Lepic 75018 Paris

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Loire Valley Bike Tours

Would you like to enjoy your trip to France in a different way for a change? Why don’t you explore the wonderful nature and architecture of Loire Valley by bike? Marvelous landscapes, breathtaking castles, fresh air and exercise – doesn’t that sound like a perfect vacation?

About Loire Valley

Located only one hour from Paris, in the west of France, the Loire Valley is a region of nature and history. Lovers of ancient castles and chateaux will enjoy themselves! Not only the world-famous castles of Chenonceau and Chambord, the smaller castles like Azay-le-Rideau, Villandry and Saumur are worth a visit. Apart from that, you must see the city of Ambroise and the magnificent landscapes and woodlands of Loire Valley. Perfect for  unforgettable Loire Valley bike tours.Loire Valley 2 Days, loire valley private in 1 day, places to visit in France, loire valley bike tours

How to get there

If you are already in Paris, it is not difficult to get to Loire Valley. Find out more about travelling to Loire Valley here!

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Most providers offer both guided and self-guided tours. Both have their advantages, based on your ideas and needs. The local guides not only lead the way but they know loads of stories about the region. So, if you wish to learn more about the region, its history and its anecdotes, you should book a guided tour. However, if you prefer to discover the region at your own pace, we recommend a self-guided tour.

loire valley bike toursThere is a great deal of various offers available during spring and summer months, mostly from April to October. Please check the website of the specific provider for detailed information. All in all, you can choose between several bike tours with different durations – from only one day up to six days. In case of a duration of more than one day, most offers will include accommodation. You will be able to pick the Loire Valley bike tour that fits best for you since various routes are offered.

Additionally, there can be extra activities to guarantee an outstanding experience for you. For example, you can take a break to have a picnic in a nice spot off the road, visit the breathtaking castles and charming villages with their winding streets all around the area. There are even offers including wine tastings. Or you can also try a Bike & Spa if you’re into wellness!

Length & difficulty

To give you a rough idea of the tours, you will do 25 miles within approximately 12 hours, for example. The level of difficulty varies but most providers will indicate how strenuous the tour will be. If you would like to go on a Loire Valley bike tour, be prepared for cycling through a region with hills and changing grounds since most routes will lead you on back roads and through forests.

Advice

loire valley bike toursFirst, please don’t overestimate your own fitness! Cycling all day long can be more exhausting than you may think. So, perhaps it is more reasonable to book an easier route for a start. If you are an expert when it comes to cycling, don’t hesitate to try the other bike tours. But even if you are used to cycling a lot, don’t forget the drink enough water, especially during the hot summer months.

Second, if you’re coming with your family, check out first if there are family offers. If your children are old and fit enough for a bike tour, you might be interested in one of the easier ones. But after a whole day riding your bikes, one thing is for certain – your kids are going to sleep like a baby.

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Champagne Tasting

The whole country of France is famous for its production of exquisite wines. Especially champagne is the most luxurious sort of sparkling wine and champagne only comes from the Champagne region! Learn more about the Champagne region and champagne tasting!

France has got a lot of wine production regions. But as you know, champagne can only come from champagne region. The grapes growing in there have unique characteristics because of the climate and soil. To make your experience worthwhile, the best thing is to go directly to the Champagne region. Get out of the busy city and enjoy the peace of the countryside while taking a sip of excellent champagne!

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Where can I do Champagne tastings?

Champagne, champagne tastingChampagne region is full of beautiful vineyards, for example around Reims, Marne Valley, Hautvillers and Epernay. Fun fact: Hautvillers is famous for its monastery where, allegedly, the monk Dom Pérignon invented the method of fermentation for producing the valuable sparkling wine during the 17th century. Thus, the village is said to be the birthplace of champagne whereas Epernay is the “official” capital of champagne since several of the big champagne houses are located there. Consequently, you can visit the various champagne houses and local producers such as Veuve Clicquot, Ruinart, Dom Pérignon, Taittinger or Mumm. Some of the old vineries even date back to the 17th century!

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How does it work?

Tours are mostly offered in French or English and last approximately one hour and a half. You can go there with a small group of people but please, check out beforehand how many people you can bring. And don’t forget to check if you need to make a reservation in advance – you won’t be the only one interested in champagne tasting.

champagne tastingIn most Champagne tasting tours, you will learn about how the grapes are picked, you’re going to visit the tanks and the cellars where the valuable Champagne mature. And of course, what would a champagne tasting tour be without the real tasting? Try the locally produced champagne and taste the different grapes. Most of the champagnes are made of three different grapes, called assemblage but occasionally, you can find a vigneron producing champagne with only one sort of grape. Some of them have dedicated their work to the old sorts, those grapes which have been cultivated in the area a long time before this special sparkling wine has become popular all over the world.

If you liked one sort particularly after the tasting, you may also have the chance to buy a bottle right at the estate. Many local producers even only sell their wines directly at the estate which means that your favorite will not be sold by any ordinary wine merchants. So, don’t miss your chance and get a bottle of your favorite champagne!

Day trip from Paris, champagne tastingOf course, different estates offer different tours and activities. Some estates even offer workshops where you can make your own champagne! Additionally, more and more wine-growers start to offer Bed & Breakfast on their own estate so that visitors can get the most of their stay in Champagne region. So, if you prefer to stay there for more than one day, check out the different estates for a room and get an exceptional experience in the Champagne region.

Are you interested? But you don’t want to look for accommodation and transport on your own? Don’t worry and check out our champagne tour offer! It will certainly be an unforgettable day trip.

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Night Clubs in Paris

Your visit in Paris does not always have to consits of sightseeing… Why don’t you get out your best shoes and go dancing in one of the most fascinating cities in die world? We’ve made a list of 15 fashionable night clubs in Paris.

Batofar

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The Batofar is a combination venue, you can go there at almost any time – restaurant during the day, club at night. It hosts 250 events per year and party guests often expand the venue to the quayside next to the club.

When: Concerts from 7pm to 11pm, clubbing from 11:30pm to 6am.
Where: 11 Quai François Mauriac, 75013 Paris; metro stop Bibliothèque François Mitterrand (line 14)

Wanderlust

Located in the area around Gare d’Austerlitz, Wanderlust is one of the most popular night clubs in Paris, with its 1,600-square-meter terrace. The unique place also offers a huge area inside which invites you to drink, dance, eat or watch movies. Dance under the stars!

When: every day 12pm to 6am.
Where: 32 Quai d’Austerlitz, 75013 Paris; metro stop Gare d’Austerlitz (lines 5 and 10)

Rex Club

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The Rex Club is said to be the biggest feature in the clubbing scene around Grands Boulevards. This underground club offers a surface of 450 square-meters for dancing and having a drink while feeling the beat of bass-heavy techno, house and electronica. Check out the program!

When: Thursday to Saturday, 11:30pm or 12am to 7am.
Where: 5 Boulevard Poissonnière, 75002 Paris; metro stop Grands Boulevards (lines 8 and 9)

Queen Club

This is the perfect place for those who want to party during the week – there’s something every night! Once a gay hot spot, Queen Club has since become one of the trendiest night clubs in Paris. Famous DJs like David Guetta play here regularly!

When: every day, 6pm to 9am.
Where: 79 Avenue des Champs-Élysées, 75008 Paris; metro stop George V (line 1)

L’Heritage

Near the Avenue Champs-Élysées, it is one of the more expensive spots. We would recommend to book a table in advance to be able to enter this fashionable club decorated with plush fabrics and antique furniture which makes you feel like you were in a different century.

When: Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday, 11:30pm to 6am.
Where: 37 Avenue de Friedland, 75008 Paris; metro stop Charles de Gaulle (lines 1, 2 and 6)

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La Bellevilloise

La Bellevilloise has a full program of live music and artistic events as well as regular club nights. Don’t miss the beautiful terrace where you can sit down on colorful chairs, with a drink in your hand – especially to be recommended in summer. If the weather is not on your side, there are sofas in the main room to get comfortable.

When: Hours can vary
Where: 19-21 Rue Boyer, 75020 Paris; metro stop Gambetta (line 3)

Showcase

The Parisians love to go to Showcase to dance to electronic music. Located underneath the Pont Alexandre III, the former boathouse lies in the heart of Paris. Its exposed stone walls and the outdoor terrace with a view to the Eiffel Tower guarantee an exceptional party night!

When: Friday and Saturday, 11:30pm to 6am.
Where: Sous le Pont Alexandre III, Port des Champs-Élysées, 75008 Paris; metro stop Invalides (lines 8 and 13)

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L’International

Opened in 2008, it is rather a concert venue than a club where you can listen to folk, rock, pop, and electro music. Concerts are organised regularly and streamed live to the ground floor bar.

When: Tuesday to Saturday, 6pm to 2am.
Where: 5/7 Rue Moret, 75011 Paris; metro stop Ménilmontant (line 2)

Nuba

Like Wanderlust, this is another venue combining restaurant, bar and club right next to the Seine river. A large terrace with almost exotic decoration makes is a perfect party location for the summer. Enjoy some electro music with a view over the Seine river banks!

When: Monday to Friday from 6pm to 6am, Saturday from noon to 6am, Sunday from noon to 2am
Where: 36 quai d’Austerlitz, 75013 Paris

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La Machine du Moulin Rouge

La Machine du Moulin Rouge combines a bar, a club and a live venue on three floors. The main dancefloor used to be the Moulin Rouge’s boiler room – unusual interior guaranteed! Electro, rock or hip-hop – there’s something for every taste.

When: Hours may vary; terrace open Friday to Sunday from 7pm to 10pm
Where: 90 boulevard de Clichy, 75018 Paris

L’Arc Paris

This is one of the most iconic night clubs in Paris – re-designed in 2014 using the ideas of the famous singer Lenny Kravitz. Most of the guests are international celebrities who want to spend their nights dancing on its marble dancefloor. One thing is certain: it’s going to be glamorous!

When: Thursday (Girls Only) from 10pm, Friday and Saturday from midnight on
Where: 12 rue de Presbourg, 75016 Paris; metro stop Charles de Gaulle (lines 1, 2 and 6)

Matignon

This VIP club near Champs-Élysées organizes themed nights and special events, so call in advance in order not to miss anything. You’ll find a restaurant and a club there with luxuriously decoration designed by Jacques Garcia. Both the cocktails and the music here are above, so be prepared – it’s going to get expensive!

When: Monday to Saturday from 11pm to 5am
Where: 3 avenue Matignon, 75008 Paris; metro stop Franklin D. Roosevelt (lines 1 and 9)

Titty Twister

Since this fashionable club is located near the Avenue des Champs-Élysées, it’s a rather pricy venue. Still, its tequila bar, pool table and the decoration, which is right out of a Quentin Tarantino movie, attracts a young audience. Less chic and more like a Rock-n-Roll club with a certain New York vibe.

When: Thursday to Saturday from 11pm to 5am
Where: 5 rue de Berri, 75008 Paris; metro stop George V (line 1)

Le Montana

Located in St. Germain-des-Prés, Le Montana lies in one of the trendiest nightlife areas. It is known to be very expensive but it’s worth it, no matter if you only want to have a drink of if you want to dance the night away – there’s a bar on the ground floor and a dancefloor downstairs.

When: every day from 11pm to 5am
Where: 28 rue Saint-Benoît, 75006 Paris; metro stop Mabillon (line 10)

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Palais Maillot

Why don’t you take out your favorite shoes and go out to one of the legendary After Work party to Palais Maillot? Try this glamorously decorated club and dance the night away! Check out the details on their website, especially the dresscode.

When: Thursday from 7pm to 1am, Friday and Saturday from 11:30pm
Where: 2 Place de la Porte Maillot, 75017 Paris; metro stop Gare de Neuilly – Porte Maillot (line 1)

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Nightlife Districts in Paris

Certainly, party venues are to be found throughout the city but still, some districts are packed with bars, clubs or cafés to enjoy Paris’ nocturnal atmosphere. Here is an overview of popular nightlife districts in Paris.

Le Marais

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In the 4th arrondissement of Paris, the Marais neighborhood is known for its great offer of nightlife venues, especially for the many gay and lesbian clubs and bars such as Le Tango. But there is something for anyone!

As the main Jewish neighborhood of Paris, you can find several restaurants or snack-bars in the area, for example L’As du Fallafel selling the best Fallafel of Paris! Why not grab a snack before spending a cool night at the CUD Bar? This bar is mostly frequented from the early morning on since party people come from other clubs to enjoy the rest of the night at the CUD which makes it one of the most popular late-night spots in the Marais. Enjoy dancing to pop and house music but be careful if you don’t want people to get too close – it’s going to get hot in there!

If you want to spend a more relaxed night, try the Lizard Lounge. They sell American food like burgers and pancakes in a stone cave. There is a dancefloor where you can dance to house, hip-hop and funk music and you can enjoy small live gigs on Sundays.

Latin Quarter & St-Germain

In this area, 5th and 6th arrondissement, are popular because of the old-established cafés such as the Café de Flore or the Café Mabillon where Parisians love to have dinner and drink a glass of wine. Still, especially the Latin Quarter offers a lot of restaurants, pubs and bars since it has been the students’ district for ages. Thus, this area is perfect for those who wish to spend a relaxed night over a couple of drinks in cosy bars. For example, there is the Cavern Club – an old English pub. Or what about the vaults such as the Caveau de la Huchette? In any case, you will certainly find a cool location around Rue Mouffetard and Place de la Contrescapre! Just have a look around and pick the bar you like.

Montmartre & Pigalle

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When you’re in Paris don’t miss this neighborhood. It does not only offer the world-famous cabaret the Moulin Rouge but much more. Since Pigalle is one of the red-light districts of Paris, this is one of the trendy nightlife districts in Paris – a very lively area at night with bars, concert halls and clubs. For instance, you can find venues like La Boule Noire where you can enjoy rock music. La Machine du Moulin Rouge combines a bar, a club and a live venue on three floors. The main dancefloor used to be the Moulin Rouge’s boiler room – unusual interior guaranteed!

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Bastille

An area playing an important part in European history, this neighborhood used to be home to the families of craftsmen and turned into a trendy area in the 1990s. There is something for everyone – no matter what kind of music you’re into. For example, you can spend your night at a cool bar such as the Wild West bar Red House with its rustic interior and its selection of rock, punk, funk and electro music. Or why don’t you try Le Réservoir? Listen to soul, jazz, latino, rock or French pop music! Dining, dancing or just having a drink – do what you feel like! On weekends, you can even join the jazz brunch.

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République & Oberkampf

At some point, the Bastille neighborhood was “replaced” by République and Oberkampf, meaning that it is now one of the trendiest nightlife districts in Paris. You can find all kinds of nightlife venues there. Do you feel like relaxing in one of the armchairs or cozy sofas in Le 114 listening to rock and pop music? Their slogan says everything: “It’s just like home, but better.”

Le Bric à Brac attracts a young and cosmopolite target group fond of hip-hop and electro music. Why don’t you go there for a drink during their happy hour from 6 to 9PM? In the afternoon, customers can use the small library or watch projections of documentaries.

On top of that, the concert venue Nouveau Casino is known for the city’s liveliest club nights. So, what are you waiting for? Join the fun!

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Nos top 3 offres des vacances à Paris

ParisByM.com offre plusieurs options de forfaits de vacances pour tous les goûts et les intérêts (et vont même créer des packages sur mesure, ainsi). Voici une ventilation de nos forfaits top 3 de vacances.

Paris Tout Compris

paris all inclusive Durée : 2-4 jours
Logement : 3 à 4-étoile hôtel dans le centre de Paris 
Prix : €250 / personne 

Le forfait tout compris Paris est un forfait plus générale, populaire parmi ceux qui viennent pour la première fois, vous permettant de voir les principaux sites et attractions tout en restant dans un excellent hébergement.

Contourner les longues lignes dans les principaux monuments avec des billets accélérées, et profiter d’un repas ou du shopping dans l’un de nos endroits recommandés. Vous recevrez les promenades exclusive de la ville conçu par ParisByM.com qui vous permettent d’explorer certains des quartiers les plus célèbres de Paris (Notre-Dame / City Center, Marais, Montmartre, Saint-Germain / Quartier Latin) sur votre propre temps. Non seulement vous verrez les attractions les plus populaires, mais certains sites moins connus de la ville, aussi bien.

En plus de la ville promenades, vous pourrez profiter d’une croisière sur la rivière le long de la Seine et une visite auto-guidée du cimetière du Père Lachaise (itinéraire et les cartes fournies).

Avec le forfait Paris tout compris, vous avez la possibilité d’aller à Versailles. Cette excursion d’une journée vous donne accès au Château de Versailles, ainsi que les magnifiques jardins. Le transport est fourni de Paris à Versailles en train à grande vitesse.

Trajet Weekend à Paris

paris all inclusive; paris, holiday, packagesDurée : 3 jours / 2 nuits – flexible
Logement : 3 à 4-étoile hôtel dans le centre de Paris 
Prix : €350 / personne 

Les week-ends à Paris package est conçu pour ceux au sein d’une proximité de Paris ou en France qui souhaitent visiter Paris pour le week-end. Vous serez accueillis dans un hôtel haut de gamme lors de vos vacances, et, comme le paquet de Paris tout compris, vous recevrez des billets accélérées pour les principaux monuments.

Profitez de promenades en ville à Paris Centre, le Marais ou Quartier Latin, et Montmartre, et visites guidées de la ville en bus, à vélo ou une vieille voiture française typique. Vous ferez l’expérience d’ une représentation théâtrale et / ou spectacle de cabaret, ainsi que d’une croisière sur la rivière vous permettant de voir quelques-uns des sites les plus célèbres de la ville à partir de l’eau.

Trajet Romantique à Paris

paris all inclusive Durée : 3-4 jours 
Logement : 3 à 4-étoile hôtel dans le centre de Paris
Prix : €450 / personne

Il y a une raison de Paris est connue comme la ville de l’amour … venez découvrir de première main de la romance de la ville avec le voyage romantique à Paris package. Conçu pour les couples, ce forfait vous et votre partenaire avec un traitement VIP sur votre retraite romantique offre.

Profitez des promenades intimes à travers les quartiers les plus aimés de Paris, et d’explorer certaines des zones les plus luxueux, tels Champs-Elysées et l’avenue Montaigne. Aller en haut de la Tour Eiffel, le site le plus romantique du monde, et l’expérience d’un spectacle de cabaret dans l’un des cabarets les plus célèbres de Paris.

Les activités optionnelles comprennent une excursion d’une journée à Versailles, le Val de Loire ou de la région Champagne.

ParisByM peut vous aider à planifier votre voyage et de l’enregistrer sur votre hôtel à Paris : nous pouvons réserver vos billets pour les visites de monuments, vous épargner le temps d’attente en ligne, vous aider à trouver un hôtel à votre budget et vous fournir un itinéraire complet de ce à quoi faire à Paris pour la durée de votre séjour.

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Exotic Garden of Monaco

The Exotic Garden of Monaco has a unique collection of succulent plants, as well as an old prehistoric cave: from this garden, you can enjoy the most beautiful view over the city!

exotic garden of monaco, the french rivieraThe Exotic Garden of Monaco is a unique botanical garden situated on a Cliffside. It was built by Albert I, Prince of Monaco in 1912, thanks to the help of Louis Notari (the Chief Engineer) and directed by the French agronomist Louis Vatrican.

There, you can find several species of succulent plants – such as cactus – and other particular plants which will delight those who are interested in botany. From the Garden you can enjoy a great view over the city and the Mediterranean sea. Don’t forget to visit the natural cave – only with a specialized guide – and the Museum of Prehistoric Anthropology!

The Exotic Garden of Monaco is open all year except for the 19th November and 25th December.
January:  9.00 – 17.00
February to April: 9.00 – 18.00
May to September: 9.00 – 19.00
October: 9.00 – 18.00
November to December: 9.00 – 17.00

Guided tour of the Cave every hour from 10 am, last visit one hour before the closure.

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The Catacombs

Bored to death of the same old ordinary paths, of touristic sightseeing and well-known landmarks? Thanks to the Catacombs, you will experience the thrill of underground haunted tunnels, along with the unusual  and breathtaking beauty of old Parisian skeletons.

the catacombsThe Catacombs are one of the most gruesome and macabre sights in Paris. Full of endless underground tunnels  packed with skulls and bones, they represent the solution for aesthetic and hygienic problems due to the overflowing cemeteries during the XVIII century.

Built in 1810, the Catacombs contain a great number of exhumed bones, which are stored in lines. A narrow stairway will lead you down 130 steps  to the tunnels, where you will have the opportunity to reach the barely illuminated and eerie tunnels. Then, you will have the unique chance to walk through the 1.5 km underground tunnel  where millions of skulls from Parisians lie. The tour takes around 45 minutes.

The catacombs have been very important during the WWII: there, since 1944, the Résistance used to meet and to plan attacks, far beyond  Nazi control. Interestingly, nowadays thorughout the catacombs you may also find thrill seeking cataphiles, who wander through the tunnels and look at the lines of skulls as if they were in a sort of amusement park: however, differently, if caught, they are fined!

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This labyrinth, which contains bones from the 11th to the 19th century, has been built following the examples of Rome and Naples. The abandoned quarries, now used to house skulls and bones, has been packed to create space for new districts after numerous complaints about the risk of infection for the inhabitants, caused by the old Cemetery of the Innocents (close to Saint-Eustache, in the area of Les Halles)

One of the most intriguing and interesting attractions in Paris, the Catacombs have been visited by famous people such as Napoleon III and the Emperor of Austria. Take a walk through the narrow tunnels and explore the underground area where the dead rest in peace and the thrill seekers look for excitement!

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HOW TO GET THERE

  • Metro / RER B: Denfert-Rochereau
  • Bus: 36, 68
  • Parking: Boulevard Saint-Jacques

the catacombsYou will begin your walk at a green belle époque-style building in a grassy area in Avenue Colonel Henri Roi-Tanguy, close to Place Denfert Rochereau, in the 14th arrondissement: you can easily go there by metro and get off at them station Denfert Rochereau. The official entrance is in the Museum of the Catacombs, since all of the other entrances were barred or walled up after a series of strange orgies in the 70s.

The exit is close to Rue Dumoncel (metro station: Mouton-Duvernet), 700 m southwest of Avenue Colonel Henri Roi-Tanguy.

 

OPENING HOURS

  • From Tuesday to Sunday: 10 AM – 8.30 PM (last admission 7.30 PM)
  • Closed on Mondays, 1st May and 15th August.
  • Groups from Tuesday to Friday, from 10:30 AM to 12 AM every 30 minutes.

 

PRICES (valid on the spot)

  • Catacombs and exhibition: €10/12
  • Coupled ticket Catacombs + Archaeological Crypt (15 min. from the Catacombs with Metro 4 “Cité”): €13/16

the catacombsReduced prices for youth and young adults (18-26), holders of the “Paris Pass Famille”, school teachers and librarians, large families and membres of several French societies.

Free admission for youth until 17, disabled and those who accompany them, job seekers and those who have an income support. Furthermore, the entrance is free for retired Paris employees, professional visual artists and curators, as well as ICOM and ICOMOS members, journ