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10 Day Trips Close to Paris

If you only have a short time for your next trip to France, it might seem impossible to see more than one town. Luckily, there are plenty of amazing places to go when Paris is your home base. Here are 10 of our favorite day trips close to Paris.

Provins

Provins is a beautiful medieval town that has been recognized as a French UNESCO world heritage site. Traveling from Paris to Provins only takes about an hour and a half by train, which makes it a convenient choice for your next day trip. During Christmas season, Provins hosts a popular medieval Christmas market. However, most of the time, Provins is a peaceful place to experience beautiful architecture and historical sites without breaking the bank.

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Barbizon

Barbizon is located at the edge of the stunning Fontainebleau Forest. Taking a trip to this town is like walking into an impressionist painting. During the 19th century, painters frequented this area because of its inspiring lighting and landscape. Today, Barbizon still has a countryside village feeling, but it also has boutiques, restaurants, and historic sites for tourism.

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Fontainebleau

For many years, Fontainebleau has been home to Paris’ elite, including Louis VI and Napoleon III. Today, it is a popular destination for a weekend getaway and for tourism. Each year, its royal palace attracts 300,000 visitors, which is comparable to Versailles. The château is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is sure to exceed all of your expectations. Fontainebleau also boasts incredible natural sites, including the 130 acres of garden surrounding the palace and the 25,000 hectare Forêt.

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Moret-sur-Loing

Moret-sur-Loing is located at the south-east corner of the extensive Fontainebleau forest and is 65 kilometers from Paris. The town is cozy, centered around a beautiful church, and features 2 principal towers. Alfred Sisley, a renowned English impressionist painter, spent the last 10 years of his life in this town. Come see what drew him here by making this your next day trip close to Paris!

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Chartres

Chartres is about an hour by car or train southwest of Paris. It calls itself the “Capital of Light and Perfume” because it is located in the center of the Cosmetic Valley. The Gothic Chartres Cathedral has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979 and is thee largest cathedral in France.

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Senlis

Senlis is located only 30 minutes away from Paris in the heart of one of the largest forests in northern France. It is a fabulous romantic destination for couples and a perfect place to wander. When you arrive, you will feel like you walked into a history book. It still features its ancient walls, Renaissance houses, medieval vaulted cellars, and main cathedral. You can also visit various museums to learn a bit more about Senlis’ history.

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Giverny

Giverny is best known for its dreamy water-lily ponds and gardens created by the incredible Impressionist painter Claude Monet. Today, the picturesque village attracts artists, art lovers, and tourists. In addition to visiting Monet’s former home and the town’s museums, you can enjoy its cozy teashops and restaurants. We recommend arriving close to opening hours to avoid long lines and big crowds.

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Chantilly

The number one reason to visit Chantilly is to see its picture-perfect castle. The old, elegant town is only 50 km from Paris and is surrounded by gardens and parklands. It also features an eclectic museum and a horse museum. If your stomach has big eyes, you can also try its famous Chantilly Cream.

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Auvers-sur-Oise

Auvers-sur-Oise once attracted Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Cézanne, Camille Pissarro, and many other Impressionist painters. This small town, just 30 km from Paris, has no shortage of beautiful greenery and gardens. Start off your visit with a trip to the Château d’Auvers and then be sure to make your way over to the Église d’Auvers, which was immortalized by Van Gogh a year before his death.

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Chevreuse

Chevreuse is a fairytale town in the Ile de France region overlooking the haunting ruins of a medieval château. The town features cute cafés, historic streets, and a peaceful river. It was founded in the 11th Century and has inspired iconic writers like Emile Zola and Alexandre Dumas.

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We hope that this post about the best day trips close to Paris has inspired you to leave the concrete jungle for at least a few hours during your next visit. For help planning your dream trip to France, reach out to us here at ParisByM!

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Classes To Take In Paris

Whether you are a foodie or an art lover, being in Paris is bound to give you a kick of inspiration. Maybe so much so that you want to learn how to recreate some of what you see and experience. Luckily, there are many options of classes to take in Paris to explore your hands-on, creative side.

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Art Classes in Paris

Travel Sketchbook Workshop

Artist Pauline Fraisse teaches her unique sketchbook workshop all over the world. Her Paris class immediately became a hit with tourists and locals alike and comes in many different varieties. She offers 3 hour courses for adults, 1.5 and 1 hour courses for children, and half day private courses at Giverny.

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Magdalen Art

Magdalena offers art courses mainly from the comfort of her 9th arrondissement studio. She also brings her students to various museums around Paris from time to time. Whether you are just beginning your artistic journey or are already advanced, she is able to adapt her teaching to enhance your knowledge of art history and technique. You pay for your courses by the hour, which makes it easy to do just as much as you have time for.

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Atelier d’Artistes

The Atelier d’Artistes has been around since 2002, with the goal of creating an inclusive space for students to explore sketching, painting, and sculpting at a suitable pace for their level. To make their studio accessible, they have locations in the 12th, 15th, and 17th arrondissements of Paris. This is a good choice if you are visiting Paris for long enough to sign up for at least 10 classes. If you are feeling hesitant or only have time for one class, you can sign up for their trial workshop, which if completely free. P.S. – If you are also a nature lover, I recommend going to their studio in the 12th arrondissement, which is very close to the Bois de Vincennes park.

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Cooking Classes in Paris

La Cuisine Paris – Le croissant and breakfast pastries

If you love breakfast pastries just as much as we do, you probably dream about learning how to make them. In just 3 hours, you can learn how to make the iconic Parisian croissant, pain au chocolat, and pain au raisin. Don’t miss out on one of the top classes to take in Paris (and a chance to show off to your friends and family back home).

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The Art of the Parisian Apéro – Entertaining with Hors d’Oeuvres

The same company, La Cuisine Paris, is back again with a pre-dinner social experience where you can learn to master gougères cheese puffs, homemade mayonnaise, quail eggs, rillettes, baked mushrooms, and more. To make it even better, you get to finish the class with a glass of Kir Royale.

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A World in a Pan

The chef, Perrine, offers 6 cooking classes taught in English. In the class “just like a Parisian“, you meet at her apartment before going to the market to choose your produce. Then, you cook with eight or less people and enjoy what you made over a glass of wine. What you cook is tailored to your tastes and the season, so feel free to go more than once! Traveling with family? Bring them to the “Little Chef” class!

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I hope that this post has gotten you excited about all the opportunities to learn during your next trip to Paris! There are truly so many classes to take in Paris, and I confident that there is one for you, even if it is not on this list! Contact us at ParisByM for more help planning your dream trip. We’d love to make it a reality.

 

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The Best Hikes in France

Whether you are a lover of the outdoors or just looking for the perfect Instagram pic, there is a great hike in France for you. Here are some of the best hikes in France, for adventurers of all levels:

 

Le Chemin des Rognes

  • Difficulty: Strenuous
  • Location: Bellevue to Baraque des Rognes
  • Time: 3.5 – 5 hours
  • Stop at: Le Piano Gourmand for French Mediterranean fusion
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Lac Blanc

  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Location: Aiguilles Rouges region
  • Time: 3-4 hours
  • Stop at: Overnight shelter by the lake
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D-Day Beaches

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Location: Normandy
  • Time: Flexible
  • Stop at: The various D-Day towns

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GR 20

  • Difficulty: Strenuous in the northern section, easier in the southern section
    Location: Corsica
  • Time: 11-15 days
  • Stop at: Overnight huts, Le Vizzavona hotel and restaurant

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Mare a Mare Sud

  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Location: Corsica, ending in Propriano
  • Time: 5 days
  • Stop at: Bartaccia Hotel, Miramar Boutique Hotel, Terra Cotta restaurant

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Western Front Battlefields

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Location: Borders of Switzerland and Belgium
  • Time: Flexible
  • Stop at: Various villages and towns along the way

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The Pilgrim’s Trail, Mont St Michel

  • Difficulty: Easy but risky (only safe during low tide)
  • Location: Bec d’Andaine to the Bay of Mont St Michel
  • Time: 2 hours
  • Stop at: Mont St Michel

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GR5 – Grand Traversee des Alpes

  • Difficulty: Advanced
  • Location: Lake Geneva to Nice
  • Time: 25-30 days
  • Stop at: Refugee locations, the French Riviera

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Alpage de Blaitiere

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Location: Grepon parking lot to the Alpage
  • Time: 2.5-3 hours
  • Stop at: Restaurants and fresh food shops in the Alpine pastures

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Robert Louis Stevenson Trail

  • Difficulty: Flexible
  • Location: Le Monastier to St Jean du Gard
  • Time: 2 weeks (or less if you would like)
  • Stop at: Food and rest stops, the Hotel Restaurant les Sources in Chasserades

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Verdon Gorge

  • Difficulty: Flexible
  • Location: Alpes de Haut Provence
  • Time: 1 to 5 days
  • Stop at: Water activity centers

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Cirque de Gavarnie

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Location: Pyrenees Mountains
  • Time: 1 day
  • Stop at: Waterfalls and large rocks

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Shelburn Escape Line: the Freedom Trail

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Location: Brittany
  • Time: 2 hours
  • Stop at: Chapelle de Saint-Samson, La Maison d’Alphonse, Plage Bonaparte
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GR 34

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Location: Mont Saint-Michel to Pont de Saint-Nazaire
  • Time: 1 day
  • Stop at: Any seaside spot of your choosing
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BONUS: Tips for your hike

  • Prepare for weather
  • Considier your altitude
  • Plan for overnight sleeping gear like a sleeping back or air mattress
  • Wear breathable materials
  • Keep your bag as light as possible
  • Stay hydrated by bringing a canteen or collapsible water bottle
  • Break in your shoes before your hike
  • Think ahead about what you’re going to eat – stay nourished
  • Invest in good boots and socks
  • Waterproof your bag
  • Prevent blisters by using liner socks or rubbing Vaseline on the area
  • Make friends on your hikes – Accept generosity and be generous
  • Make sure you don’t leave anything behind at your stops
  • Let yourself get a good night sleep in between hiking days
  • Take a day off when you need it
  • Stretch after a long day of hiking
  • Find a way to tackle boredom – Sing, listen to music, download podcasts and audiobooks
  • Make sure you have insurance for long distance walking.
  • Don’t have any expectations. Just enjoy the process.
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There are 4,378 hikes all around France. This means that even if you haven’t found your dream hike in this post about our favorite hikes in France, it is out there somewhere. We are here to help you find your perfect hike. Contact us at ParisByM to plan an unforgettable trip to France and its surrounding areas.

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Places in Paris to go running

You probably think Paris is synonymous with croissants, chocolate, and wine. We can’t argue with you there. However, it is also a great place to go for a long, calorie burning run (before eating your body weight in food). Here are our favorite places in Paris to go running:

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  1. Le Jardin du Luxembourg

    This is one of my favorite places to go for early morning runs in Paris. Each loop around the perimeter of the park is about 2 kilometers long. Even in the summer, the park stays relatively shady, especially around the edges, thanks to its trees and little hideaways. To get there, you can stop at the Notre-Dame-des-Champs métro stop and walk to Rue Vavin. Don’t forget to leave a little extra time to take photos of the beautiful garden and palace. Plus, if you are worried about security, there are always armed guards lining the palace’s perimeter.
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  2. Le Bois de Vincennes

    Le Bois de Vincennes, located on the eastern edge of the city, is one of the biggest parks in Paris. If you are a runner who never seems to get tired, look no further. This park features an English landscape garden, a botanical garden, and four lakes. You can even bring your kids along with you, as there are mini-golf games, slides, and ping pong tables for the entire family to enjoy while you jog through the park. Your body and mind will definitely thank you for a little fresh air and thinking space.
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  3. Le Jardin des Tuileries

    This is an incredibly central running spot that is great for lap runners. This means that even when you are at your most tired in the morning, you don’t have to worry about getting lost in this modestly sized garden. You can just enjoy the scenery around you and jog for as long as you’d like. When you feel like it’s time to call it quits, you can stop for a coffee and a croissant inside the garden and then stroll back to your hotel.
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  4. La Seine

    If you prefer to run at night, La Seine is a perfect option. There are so many places in Paris to go running in the morning, but less that I’d recommend once the sun starts to set. La Seine, however, seems to come alive at night. Not only will you get to people watch every mile along the way, but you will also feel safe and reassured by the company of the runners around you.
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  5. Le Canal de l’Ourq

    This Canal is 108.1 kilometers…not one for all us short distance runners out there. With few cars and pedestrians, you can run for hours and hours. It is truly a green sanctuary, getting more peaceful and natural once you escape the city limits. If you are feeling overwhelmed by the hustle and bustle of the City of Lights, this is the perfect run for you.

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  6. Le Jardin des Plantes

    This garden is located in the 5th arrondissement. Like the Tuileries, it is a great running spot for rectangular laps. While laps might seem disappointing or basic, I promise that the stunning scenery will keep you entertained and amazed. Le Jardin des Plantes is Paris’ main botanical garden, is over 375 years old, and features more than 4000 plants. I’d say it’s worth a visit.

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I hope that these 6 places in Paris to go running have inspired you to pack your running shoes for your next trip to Paris. To me, Paris is so much more than concrete and museums. It is also natural beauty and fresh air. Don’t buy it? Try going for some of these runs.

 

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Côte d’Azur

When you hear “Côte d’Azur,” you probably think about luxury and sunshine. While there is no shortage of either on the beloved southern border of France, the Côte d’Azur is so much more than its stereotypes. We’re here to tell you all about it.

 

Menton

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Menton is situated along the French-Italian border and is nicknamed the “Pearl of France.” In February, it hosts its annual Lemon Festival, which follows a different theme each year. In the warmer months, you can enjoy its coastal villages and beaches. With over 316 days of sunshine a year, we see no reason not to explore what this underrated village has to offer.

 

Antibes

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Antibes is full of literary and artistic history, not to mention picture perfect beaches. F Scott Fitzgerald and his family enjoyed their summers on the Cap d’Antibes at Villa Saint Louis. Luckily, the mansions and villas that once attracted Fitzgerald are still standing. You can also check out old Antibes, including the Provençal food market and the first museum dedicated to Picasso. To add to its historic charm, Picasso’s home and workshop, the Château Grimaldi, is in Antibes.

 

Nice

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If you’ve heard of the French Riviera, you have definitely heard of Nice. Once you arrive, climb up to La Colline du Château to enjoy panoramic views off the Baie des Anges, Old Town, the boardwalk, and the city’s architecture. Overlooking the Mediterranean and boasting two beautiful Promenades, Nice is not to be missed.

 

Cannes

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Today, Cannes is known for its International Film Festival, which draws rich and famous celebrities from all around the world. Way before this, Cannes was a restful seaside town full of culture and people-watching. Visit Le Suquet, the city’s old quarter, to enjoy pastel colored homes and winding staircases. You can also take a ferry to Ile St Honorat or Ile Ste-Marguerite to enjoy two uncrowded beaches.

 

Èze

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Èze is a calm, medieval village with a beautiful Mediterranean backdrop. If you like hiking, check out the famous Nietzsche path that connects the town and the 1400-foot high summit. If you make it to the top, you can enjoy the town’s medieval fortress surrounded by an exotic garden, which was featured in a Hitchcock film. Thanks to its year-round warm climate, Èze also has fresh bananas, dates, carob, oranges, and lemons.

 

Grasse

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Grasse, the world’s perfume capital, is another picturesque medieval village. Its main attractions are the famous perfumeries, like Fragonard, and its endless lavender fields. In August, the town hosts the Jasmine Festival to celebrate one of perfume production’s favorite flowers. Because Grasse is situated between Cannes and Nice, it is easy to stop in for a couple of hours during a road trip.

 

Monaco

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Monaco is a sovereign city-state and country bordered by France on 3 sides. It is the second smallest country in the world after the Vatican but the most densely-populated sovereign state in the world. While it is usually known as a playground for the ultra-rich, you can also enjoy Monaco on a smaller budget. Check out sights like Prince’s Palace, Fort Antoine, and the Monaco Cathedral. Don’t forget to check out the luxurious yachts on the harbor.

 

I hope that we’ve convinced you that the Cote d’Azur is full of diverse sea-side villages with rich cultural histories. Next time you go to France, we highly encourage you to check out what its southern border has to offer. If you want help planning your dream trip to the coast, reach out to us here at ParisByM. France is our specialty and our favorite place in the world. We want to share it with you!

 

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Corporate Meetings and Incentive Trips in Nice

Incentive trips are extremely important for boosting employee morale and performance, yet only a fraction of companies plan them. Not sure where to go? Here’s why you should consider Nice.

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Corporate meetings and incentive trips in Nice

Why Nice?

Logistics

Nice is the number one conference and seminar town in France after Paris. As the capital of the French Riviera, Nice houses an international airport, which connects to almost 100 cities in 30 countries. Plus, the airport is very close to the town’s center. There are more than 100 three, four, and five-star hotels with meeting and event rooms, which means that you are sure to find an accommodation that meets the needs of your company and budget. Should you require a larger meeting space, you can take advantage of the Acropolis Exhibition Hall. It has 5 auditoriums that seat between 250 and 2500 people and multi-purpose meeting rooms.

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Off-time

When your employees aren’t in meetings, there will be no shortage of fun activities for them to enjoy. With the sea on one side and mountains on the other, they can enjoy water sports, a bike ride, or a hike. For those feeling less ambitious, there is always the option to curl up on a lounge chair with a book.

Although Nice is known for its laid-back Mediterranean vibe, it also has a rich and varied cultural heritage. For instance, you can enjoy the Nice Jazz Festival in the Cimiez gardens under hundred-year-old olive trees. Or, you can taste some of Nice’s fabulous gastronomy. We recommend trying the socca and pissaldiere specialties, which can be found in the Cours Saleya market.

 

Galas and cocktail events

Some business trips call for large cocktail dinners or celebration galas. Luckily, Nice has no shortage of stunning venues for you to pick from. However, planning a successful, luxurious event can be difficult and stressful, especially on top of planning the logistics of an entire trip. We recommend reaching out to a specialized, local event planner to make sure that your event goes smoothly.

For inaugurations, team building activities, parties, or product launches with a “wow factor,” we recommend checking out Eklabul Evenements. You should also check out Event Solutions, Yazakar Live Communication, and WTT.

 

How can you start planning a corporate trip?

Dates

When choosing dates, be sure to consider national and religious holidays. Depending on your sector, you may also need to check the dates of any upcoming business deals or big meetings to avoid unpleasant conflicts.

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Meals

If one of your goals is to bond clients and employees from all over the world, it may sound counter-productive to split up during meals. However, depending on the number of people on the trip and your travel location, it might be necessary. Plus, it is actually easier for people to meet one another if they are in smaller groups! You can group together those who do similar work in different offices or employees with completely different roles.


Administrative concerns

A couple of months before your trip, check that everyone has all the travel documents (visas / passports) that they will need. Depending on where you are traveling, you should also make sure that everyone has the necessary vaccines.

 

Reservations and Accommodations

Make sure that you have arranged airport and inter-city transport for your guests. If employees are responsible for their own transport, make sure to give them recommendations. Double check that you are aware of any dietary restrictions and that you have taken them into account when planning dinners and cocktail events. Ensure that you have rented out conference rooms and work spaces as needed. If possible, book them in or close to the main hotel.French Riviera tours, corporate trip ideas, corporate meetings and incentive

 

I hope that we’ve convinced you that Nice is a great option for corporate trips. If you want other ideas or help planning your business trip, reach out to us here at ParisByM. We have years of experience and expertise in organizing trips to France and would love to make your dream trip a reality.

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The Best Things for Students to do in Paris

Paris offers a rich and exciting college experience and has no shortage of students. Whether you love art, history, food, or shopping, you are sure to fall in love with this city. Here is our list of the top things for students to do in Paris.

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Things for Students to do in Paris

Explore Paris’ world-class museums

The Centre Pompidou opened in 1977 and houses the biggest modern and contemporary art collection in Europe. Its exhibitions have an international outlook and you can also enjoy shows and concerts at the Centre. Practical information about your visit can be found here.

The Louvre museum was created in 1793 during the French Revolution. While you may know it as the home of Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, it houses so much more (Don’t forget to grab a map of the 5 levels and 3 interconnected wings!). If you are looking to spend only a few hours in the Louvre, I recommend visiting the Denon Wing for a mixture of sculptures, antiquities, and paintings (including the Mona Lisa).

The Musée d’Orsay is my personal favorite museum in Paris…Don’t miss it! It used to be a railroad station and houses a famous clock facing the seine (Some say it’s the best photo spot in Pairs, so don’t forget to snap a photo). You can find an amazing collection of impressionist paintings and sculptures in this museum, including the Little Dancer Aged Fourteen by Degas.

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Dance the night away

When someone says “Paris,” you probably imagine sipping wine and drinking coffee on outdoor terraces. However, Paris also has a vibrant, fun nightlife culture. I’m going to share two of my favorite places to go if you want to let loose and dance off your third croissant of the day.

Le Cavern, located in the 6th arrondissement, is a great, relaxed dance club and bar for those in their 20s and early 30s. I recommend trying the wines and beers, rather than the liquors. You should expect live French or American music or an electronic DJ. The best part? Locals actually go here.

Supersonic, located in the 12th arrondissement, offers free live gigs in a two-floor loft space. Alcohol is relatively cheap and they offer some quick tapas and fast-food bites. Come here to dance, drink, and hangout in a cool, rock environment.

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Try local cuisine

La Becane A Gaston won the 2018 Trip Advisor Certificate of excellence and is ranked in the top 50 restaurants in Paris. We recommend trying this restaurant for its familial ambiance (it is owned by 2 sisters after all) and its fresh, local dishes. Expect to spend between 15 and 30 euros for a delicious pasta, meat, or seafood dish. To avoid disappointment, be sure to book your table in advance. It’ll be worth it, trust us!

Le Vaudésir is located in the 14e arrondisement at 14 rue Dareau. It won the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2017-2018, and we recommend it for locals and tourists alike. Expect to spend between 5 and 20 euros for simple, traditional, and fresh French cuisine. It is a true hidden gem with amazing food and service and a welcoming atmosphere and owner.

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Enjoy Paris’ natural beauty

Located in the north-eastern 19th arrondissement of Paris, the Parc des Buttes Chaumont is one of the largest green spaces in Paris. It offers stunning views of Montmartre and contains a suspension bridge, caves, and a mini river. Whether you want to curl up with a book, have a picnic, or play soccer, this park offers you a peaceful and bright refuge in a bustling city.

The Jardin des Tuileries separate the Louvre from the Place de la Concord in the 1st arrondissement. If you come in the summer, you can enjoy the fun fair or the Ferris wheel. If you want to relax after a long day of walking, come by and take a stroll or sit and admire the intricate landscaping.

Jardin des Plantes, located in the 5th arrondissement, has been open to the public for almost 400 years. It is the main botanical garden in France, meaning that its plants are grown for public display and scientific study. It contains archives, libraries, greenhouses, artwork, and a zoo. The entire garden is as a French national historical landmark.

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As you can see after looking at our list of things for students to do in Paris, there is a good reason that it is such a popular study abroad destination. If you are interested in booking weekend trips throughout France during your semester, contact us at ParisByM. We’d love to help you out!

 

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The Best Outdoor Activities in Annecy

Annecy is a picturesque village in south-eastern France featuring Europe’s cleanest lake and stunning views of the alps. With so much natural beauty and small-town charm, it can be hard to decide what to see and do. Here is our guide to Annecy for all you outdoorsy types!

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Outdoorsy Adventures in Annecy

Visit the shore of Lake Annecy

Lake Annecy is the third largest lake in France and the “cleanest” lake in Europe, thanks to its strict environmental regulations. To give you an idea of how beautiful it is, the famous Paul Cézanne painted it in his Le lac bleu. In the spring and summer, you are sure to find many visitors and locals tanning or picnicking on its grassy shore. To avoid huge crowds or to experience a different view, try walking or biking the perimeter of the lake until you find your perfect spot.

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Bike around Lake Annecy

Biking around Lake Annecy is one of the best ways to see the mountains, small surrounding towns and lake from all angles. We recommend following the Voie Verte bike path on Annecy’s tourism website. Depending on your biking level and comfort with biking on roads, you can choose to bike on the east side, west side, or both sides of the lake. The east side is more advanced, but provides some of the most striking views of the loop. Be sure to go in a clockwise direction if you choose to do the full loop (unless you love biking uphill). Expect to spend about 15 dollars per person for a half-day bike rental.

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Get out on the water

Whether you want to go paddle boarding, paragliding, canyoning, or motor boating, there is a water activity in Annecy for you. The relatively quiet and calm waters make nautical activities accessible to all visitors and locals, so don’t be intimidated. Get out on the lake and experience all the beauty around you!

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Ski or snowboard

While you can’t exactly go swimming during the colder months, you can definitely go skiing or snowboarding. The fact that Annecy gracefully switches between an incredible winter and summer town means that there is never a bad time to visit! We recommend checking out the ski resorts in Semnoz and la Clusaz.

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Go paragliding

You should also consider paragliding, especially if you don’t plan on hiking or biking in the area. You will not only get a birds-eye view of the lake, but you will also get to see all the surrounding towns and mountains. If you’re looking for a fast way to soak in all of Annecy’s natural beauty, this might be the option for you!

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Hike in the Alps

Regardless of your hiking level, there is a hike in Annecy that you can enjoy. I love this article about the various hiking options. You can also consider guided hikes, if you are nervous about navigating the mountains on your own! Montagne Sensation offers full and half-day hikes in meadows and forests, opportunities to enjoy local cheese and farm products, thematic hikes, and other outdoor activities. Don’t forget to bring a backpack with plenty of water and snacks!

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After you’re done with all of your sporty activities, I recommend going to Glacier Des Alps. While there is always a line outside of this incredible ice-cream shop, there is a good reason! Plus, you get an additional free mini scoop with your order!

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We hope that this guide to Annecy for all you outdoorsy types has been helpful and inspires you to take a one or two day trip to the charming town. What I loved most about Annecy was the feeling that every local truly loved being active and outside. For help booking your trip to Annecy or for more tips, contact us here at ParisByM. We would love to give you the insider scoop.

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The Top 10 Things to do in Paris in the Winter

While many people dream of sipping wine on terraces in Paris during the summer, there are plenty of excellent reasons to visit Paris in the winter. Paris comes alive during the colder holiday months and looks beautiful covered in colorful Christmas lights.

 

The Top 10 Things to do in Paris in the Winter

Go ice-skating

No list of the top 10 things to do in Paris in the winter would be complete without the best holiday ice skating locations. France’s biggest ice-skating rink, the Grand Palais des Glaces in the 8th arrondissement, is usually open from December to January. You can also check out the ice-skating rink in Champs de Mars’ Christmas village at the foot of the Eiffel tower.

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Ice Skating on Eiffel Tower

Walk through the Christmas markets

Traditional Christmas markets can be found all over Paris from the end of November to the beginning of January. Three of my favorites are the Marché de Noel at Notre Dame, Le Village de Noel at Les Halles, and the Abbesses Christmas Market at Montmartre.

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Shop the winter sales

Paris is a perfect place to do your winter holiday gift shopping, thanks to its impressive sales. Whether you prefer to shop inside Paris’ legendary department stores on Boulevard Haussmann (the Galeries Lafayette and Printemps) or wander down the famous Champs-Elysées, you are bound to find incredible sales (and new goodies)!

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See a performance

Luckily, Paris’ National Opera house and theaters are in full swing during the winter months. Enjoying Paris’ performance scene is a fabulous way to learn about French culture and enjoy world class art, so be sure to find your way over to one of Paris’’ stunning theaters after dinner at least once during your trip!

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Experience Le Festival de Merveilleux

At the end of every year since 2009, the Pavillons de Bercy Musée des Arts Forains has opened its doors for 10 days of performances. You can enjoy dancers, storytellers, magicians, musicians, and other artists during this magical 10-day period. You are sure to feel like you are in an old, enchanting village.

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Check out Paris Fashion Week

Go onto the site of the Fédération de la Haute Culture et de la Mode to see if any fashion week events are happening during your next trip. These events are sure to satisfy all of your expectations of Paris as a fashion capital of the world! Don’t forget your camera!

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Look at the window displays at Galleries Lafayette

The windows of this legendary Parisian department store are decorated with animated figures, imaginary scenes, and dreamlike worlds during the winter months. They are designed by professional, expert craftsmen and decorators and can be enjoyed by kids and adults alike!

 

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Experience Les Enchanteurs de Noel

For a couple of days in December, you can visit the historic Château de Vincennes for a wonderful journey through time. About one hundred artists fill this medieval town to provide you with an unforgettable indoor and outdoor experience that is so much more than a simple performance.

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Explore Paris’ museums

No matter when you decide to visit Paris, you have to visit at least one of its world class museums. My personal favorite is Le Musée D’Orsay, home to the most important collection of impressionist and post-impressionist paintings in the world. Check out our post about the best museums in Paris for some other ideas.

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Eat pastries and drink hot chocolate

I truly believe that one of the top 10 things to do in Paris in the winter is to curl up in a café or bistro with a book while you drink hot chocolate and eat French pastries. Be sure to grab a seat close to the window, so you can glance up and watch the snow fall.

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I hope that this post has made you excited for your winter trip to Paris! If you want more help planning your dream trip to France, reach out to us here at ParisByM. We would love to get to know you and help you organize your stay.

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The Best Things to do in Paris at Night

When someone says “Paris,” you probably imagine visiting le Musée d’Orsay and drinking coffee on outdoor terraces. However, Paris also has a vibrant, exciting nightlife culture. Here are our favorite things to do in Paris at night.

The Best Things to do in Paris at Night

Go dancing

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Here are two of my favorite places to go if you want to let loose and dance off your third croissant of the day. Le Cavern, located in the 6th arrondissement, is a great, relaxed dance club and bar for those in their 20s and early 30s. I recommend trying the wines and beers, rather than the liquors. You should expect live French or American music or an electronic DJ. The best part? Locals actually go here.

Supersonic, located in the 12th arrondissement, offers free live gigs in a two-floor loft space. Alcohol is relatively cheap and they offer some quick tapas and fast-food bites. Come here to dance, drink, and hangout in a cool, rock environment.

See a cabaret show

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Founded in 1889, the Moulin Rouge is a symbol of the Parisian Belle Epoque. After dinner in Montmartre, walk over to le Boulevard de Clichy to enjoy a dazzling, exciting, cabaret. A couple of other shows to check out are Crazy Horse and Lido. Don’t forget to reserve your tickets in advance!

Go to a wine bar

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You can’t visit Paris without trying French wine, and a wine bar is the perfect place to explore all the flavors France’s vines have to offer. This is one of the best things to do in Paris at night, without being touristic or breaking the bank.

I recommend trying Vivant, a traditional style winery headed by a Japanese chef. Not only do they have amazing wine, but they serve unique fusion-style dishes that combine Japanese precision with French indulgence. If you’re looking for a livelier scene, I recommend Le Porte-Pot, located in the 5th arrondissement. On Thursdays, you can enjoy a jazz concert while you sip your new favorite wine.

If you’re looking for a top wine bar experience, you should definitely visit O Chateau. It has been named the best wine bar in Paris and is the only Parisian wine bar to win the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. They even offer oenology (wine studies) in both French and English!

Take a Seine River cruise

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Seine River boat cruises typically last one hour, unless you select a cruise that includes dinner. For an affordable way to see some of Paris’ most beautiful sites lit up at night, check out the cruises offered by Vedettes du Pont Neuf. After you purchase your tickets online, they are valid for one year. This is incredibly convenient, as you can enjoy the cruise on any day of your trip!

Sip cocktails at a speakeasy

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If you’re looking to sip your cocktails 1920s Prohibition-style, look no further than Paris’ “speakeasies”. They are mysterious and hidden, yet glamorous and exciting. If you’re a fan of smoky mezcal alcohol, be sure to find your way to the hidden bar behind the kitchen of Hotel 1K’s Peruvian restaurant, La Mezcaleria. If you’re hoping to really work for your speakeasy experience, try Le Lavomatic, located in le République. The ground floor of the building is a fully-functional Laundertte. After walking up a spiral staircase, you enter into a cool interior where you can relax on a pop art style sofa with your Drunk in Love cocktail. Don’t miss out on Paris’ speakeasies, which are truly one of the best things to do in Paris at night.

See a ballet or contemporary dance show

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As a former dancer, I always jump at the opportunity to see Paris’ world class dancers perform. Trained to perfection and gifted with a gorgeous performance space, the dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet should not be missed! If you’re looking to see something a little less classical, check out this local website for a great list of current contemporary dance shows.

 

I hope that this post about the best things to do in Paris at night has made you even more excited for your time in the city of lights. Don’t forget to have that extra afternoon coffee to fight your jet lag and enjoy Paris’ night scene. If you want help planning the trip of a lifetime to France, contact us here at ParisByM. We would love to get to know you and construct your dream trip!

 

 

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Navigating Paris for College Students

Today, I’m going to talk about making the most out of Paris for college students. Once you decide to spend the summer or a semester in Paris, you quickly realize that you’ll be traveling to a completely different culture and a massive metropolitan center. Here are some tips and tricks!

Our Advice for Navigating Paris for College Students

Subscribe to French newspapers

Paris for college students I recommend buying a digital subscription to Le Monde during your stay in Paris. You can also buy the physical newspapers at the black kiosks throughout Paris, although the digital subscription is cheaper. Regularly reading the newspaper has many benefits. Notably, you will improve your language skills and be able to have educated conversations with locals. Understanding the current events and sentiments in France will go a long way to helping you feel immersed and comfortable. You might also find it interesting to buy newspapers with different political leanings to get a better grasp on the current debates.

Buy a Navigo Pass

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Having an efficient and cost-effective means of transportation is key for (literally) navigating Paris. I recommend signing up for a Navigo monthly pass (or student pass, depending on the length of your stay). This will give you complete, unlimited access to the metro, buses, and RER trains. Unless you plan on biking or riding a scooter around Paris, this is your best option!

Build a community

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This one might seem obvious, but it is incredibly important to build a community while you are abroad. This can mean frequenting the same theater, workout or yoga classes, or signing up for interest group meetups around the city. Even if you are going abroad with friends, I recommend trying your best to meet locals. You will get to practice speaking French and might be lucky enough to get shown around Paris! If meeting locals seems too intimidating, be sure to practice French with your Anglophone friends.

Get a transportation app

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In my experience, CityMapper is the best transportation app to use in practically every city. The days of getting lost and carrying around separate bus, subway, and street maps are over. All you have to do is put in your starting point and destination, and the app will do all the hard work for you. It will give you the duration and cost of your various transport options, such as metros, buses, bikes, and Ubers. You can also save a journey for offline access so that you can view it without internet or cellular connection.

Learn basic phrases and cultural differences

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The French are huge on their particularities. For example, you should always say “Bonjour” before asking an employee for help or starting a conversation. Failing to do so could be considered rude and is a clear sign that you are a tourist! Regardless of your level of French, attempting to communicate basic phrases to cashiers, waiters, and public service employees will lead to warmer and more successful daily encounters.

Attend plays, movies, concerts, dance performances, or sports games

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Paris is one of the cultural capitals of the world. Whether you love the arts or sports, you should embrace the excitement and passion that Paris has to offer. I recommend checking out what’s showing at the Paris Opera House, Comedy, and various theaters. You might even be lucky enough to visit Paris during a major sports tournament, like the World Cup!

 

I hope this post about Paris for college students has made you even more excited for your time abroad in Paris. Paris is a truly magical city, and I am confident that you will have the time of your life discovering it! Don’t forget to take lots of pictures (your mom will want them!) and to explore the cities and provincial towns around France during your free time.

 

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The Top 10 Things To Do In Paris With Teenagers

Going to Paris with your family? Stressed about organizing a trip that makes everyone happy? It can feel impossible to please your teenage kids. Luckily, we have compiled a list of the top 10 things to do in Paris with teenagers.

 

The Top 10 Things To Do In Paris With Teenagers

 

For Art Lovers

The Musée D’Orsay

The Musée d’Orsay is located in the former Gare d’Orsay railway station. Personally, it is my favorite museum in Paris and I truly believe that it is a lust see. It houses the largest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces in the world, as well as a collection of beautiful sculptures. Plus, your teenager is bound to love its famous, instagrammable giant clock!

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Montmartre Neighborhood

In the 18th arrondisement in northern Paris, you can find the famous Sacre-Coeur Basilica and the winding, hilly roads of Montmartre. During the Belle Epoque, many artists lived in Montmartre, including Claude Monet and Edgar Degas. Today, you can enjoy its picturesque views and collection of art vendors. For a fun night out, we suggest buying tickets to the Moulin Rouge to watch the can-can!

 

For Food Lovers

Outdoor Markets

Paris has an extensive and delicious network of outdoor food markets. You can find a variety of foods including fresh tomatoes, prepared African cuisine, and flaky chocolate croissants in the streets that house these incredible markets. We recommend checking out the Marché Bastille and the Marché des enfants rouges.

 

Brunch

Paris’ brunch scene has exploded in recent years. It is officially considered a trendy way to spend your Sunday morning. I love Hollybelly (although the line can be quite long), le Loulou Friendly Diner, and Café Mericourt.

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For Nature Lovers

Parc des Buttes-Chaumont

Located in the north-eastern 19th arrondissement of Paris, the Parc des Buttes Chaumont is one of the largest green spaces in Paris. It offers stunning views of Montmartre and contains a suspension bridge, caves, and a mini river. Whether you want to curl up with a book, have a picnic, or play soccer, this park offers you a peaceful and bright refuge in a bustling city.

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Tuileries Garden

These gardens separate the Louvre from the Place de la Concord in the 1st arrondissement. If you come in the summer, you can enjoy the fun fair or the Ferris wheel. If you want to relax after a long day of walking, come by and take a stroll or sit and admire the intricate landscaping.

 

For Shopping Lovers

Le Marais

Le Marais is comprised of the 3rd and 4th arrondissements and offers one of the most exciting shopping experiences in Paris. The two main retail streets are the Rue des Francs-Bourgeois and the Rue Vieille du Temple. In addition to flagship stores and retail chains, you can find small boutique and vintage stores here. You can also find innovative concept stores, such as the three story Merci boutique.

 

Saint-Germain

Located in the 6th arrondissement of Paris, Saint-Germain is considered one of the most fashionable and luxurious neighborhoods in the capital. Take a stroll down one of its main streets to enjoy incredible window displays. If department stores are more your thing, you should definitely check out le Bon Marché, located on Rue de Sèvres.

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For History Lovers

Place de la Concorde

Located in the 8th arrondissement of Paris, la Place de la Concorde was the site of many notable executions during the French Revolution. It was given its name in 1795 by the Directory to mark the end of the turmoil of the Revolution.

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Cimitiére du Père Lachaise

The Cimitiére du Père Lachaise is the most famous cemetery in France and one of the most visited sites in Paris. It was created in 1804 and holds the remains of Balzac, Chopin, Oscar Wild, and many other famous histotical figures!

 

We hope that our list of the top 10 things to do in Paris with teenagers helps you plan your next family trip. Still feeling stuck? Overwhelmed? Do not worry – We would love to help you plan a tailor-made trip based on the interests and needs of your family!

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Where to Find the Best Brunch in Paris

Luckily for all of us (and our stomachs), brunch is officially a trend in Paris! If you’re just excited about this as we are, you know there are an overwhelming amount of delicious options to choose from. Here are our favorite places to enjoy eggs, granola, and fresh orange juice on Sunday mornings.

 

Our Favorite Spots for Brunch in Paris

 

For a fabulous selection of eggs: Eggs&Co

Take a walk to the 6th arrondissement for a friendly and incredibly satisfying meal. If you’re a fan of eggs in the morning, you won’t be disappointed by the range of benedicts, omelettes, and fried eggs offered by Eggs&Co. Plus, if you have trouble choosing what you want to eat, don’t worry – you can get a salad, eggs, and a giant pancake! Don’t forget to take a walk through the Luxembourg gardens after brunch.

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For an Australian inspired brunch affair: Le Loulou

You can find this bright, adorable restaurant in the heart of the Latin Quarter. On Sundays, you there is a food and jewelry street market just across the street. Le Loulou is gluten free and vegetarian friendly, so your whole party will be easily accommodated. I am personally a huge fan of their “famous” avocado club sandwich and their homemade frites.

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For a familial ambiance: La Bécane à Gaston

This is one of my favorite restaurants in all of Paris for any and every meal. While you won’t get your typical eggs benedict or granola at their brunch, you will be offered delicious cheeses, pastas, vegetables, and meats. Every dish is fresh, homemade, and made with love. Take a trip to the 10th arrondissement to try this gem!

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For brunch in an artsy, local neighborhood: Café Mericourt

Café Mericourt is located in the 11th arrondissement in the young Oberkampf neighborhood. Whether you want granola, green eggs, or pancakes, you will find your fix here. After a long night out, their breakfast roll on a brioche bun is sure to satisfy (and hopefully rejuvenate) you. They also have great vegetarian, dairy free, and gluten free options if you are trying to accommodate dietary restrictions.

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For a jam-packed Lebanese brunch: Maison Issa

For an authentic Lebanese dining experience, check out Maison Issa. They have two brunch menu options for 20 and 22 euros. With these menus, you can try an assortment of mezzes and desserts, in addition to eggs or a main dish. This is also a favorite spot among locals if you are looking for a less touristic brunch experience.

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For a colorful, Hawaiin style meal: Aloha Café

Aloha is a budget-friendly, fresh, and well-decorated spot to grab brunch with some friends. Their coffee, salads, tartines, sandwiches, and desserts are all delicious and incredibly fresh. For a warm island feeling in the middle of an often overwhelming (in the best way, of course) city, check out Aloha Café.

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For a Latin-American buffet: Isana

Latin American food in Paris? Don’t discount it! The staff of Isana strives to create unique combinations of flavors and cultures in its adorable restaurant in the 9th arrondissement. Plus, what could be better than a brunch buffet where the food is constantly refreshed, unlimited, and full of incredible variety? Be sure to make a reservation!

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For a Mediterranean inspired brunch: NOUS Restaurant

NOUS has four locations throughout Paris in the 2nd, 10th, and 9th arrondissements. Many dishes are made gluten-free and a majority of their products are organic and from France. They have a set 28-euro brunch menu that includes a hot drink, fresh juice, granola, classic brunch tartine, Mediterranean brunch bowl, and dessert.

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We hope that this post has made you excited about brunch in Paris! Take advantage of the slow Sunday, Parisian atmosphere by indulging in one of these delicious spots. Paris is full of hidden spots, and we want to help you discover them!

 

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It can be difficult to choose which stunning locations in Paris to see during a vacation or day off. No matter where you chose to visit, you are bound to be amazed by the treasures of the City of Lights.

 

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Parks, Gardens, Outdoor Spaces

Parc des Buttes Chaumont

Located in the north-eastern 19th arrondissement of Paris, the Parc des Buttes Chaumont is one of the largest green spaces in Paris. It offers stunning views of Montmartre and contains a suspension bridge, caves, and a mini river. Whether you want to curl up with a book, have a picnic, or play soccer, this park offers you a peaceful and bright refuge in a bustling city.

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Jardin du Luxembourg

This garden is located between Saint-Germain-des-Prés and the Latin Quarter. It is split into French-style and English-style gardens, divided by a forest and a pond. You can also find an apple orchard, an apiary, greenhouses, fountains, and 106 statues throughout the park.

Jardin des Tuileries

These gardens separate the Louvre from the Place de la Concord in the 1st arrondissement. If you come in the summer, you can enjoy the fun fair or the Ferris wheel. If you want to relax after a long day of walking, come by and take a stroll or sit and admire the intricate landscaping.

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Colonnes de Buren

The Colonnes de Buren, also known as Les Deux Plateaux, is a highly controversial art installation created in 1986 by Daniel Buren. It is located in the inner courtyard of the Palais Royal and was designed to conceal ventilation shafts. While not necessarily a place to sit down and relax, it is surely a unique and picturesque site.

Monuments and Churches

Panthéon

The Panthéon is located in the Latin Quarter and modeled on the Pantheon in Rome. Be sure to go inside and check out its interior dome and stunning floors and ceilings. An exact copy of Foucault’s pendulum, which evidences the Earth’s rotation, can also be found here.

Sainte-Chapelle

The Sainte-Chapelle is a Gothic style royal chapel that was built in the 1200s to store the king’s relics. It has been secularized since the French Revolution and contains one of the most extensive (and beautiful) 13th-century stained glass collections in the world. This is definitely one of our favorite beautiful places in Paris to visit.

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Palais du Luxembourg

The Palais du Luxembourg, located in the 6th arrondissement, is the seat of the Senate of the Fifth Republic. It is a stunning example of 17th-century classical French architecture and is a must-see while you are in Paris.

Sacré-Coeur Basilica

This Basilica is truly one of the most beautiful places in Paris to visit. Its architectural design, as well as the panoramic view of Paris that can be enjoyed from its entrance staircase, make it well worth the visit.

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Museums

Musée de l’Orangerie

The Musée de l’Orangerie is an impressionist and post-impressionist art gallery located in the Tuileries Garden. It is known for housing eight large murals by Claude Monet, though it also contains works by artists including Cézanne, Matisse, and Picasso.

Louvre

The Louvre is the world’s largest art museum and a giant former palace. Whether you chose to spend all day looking at ancient masterpieces or 20 minutes exploring the architecture and Louvre Pyramid, you are sure to agree that the Louvre is one of the most beautiful places in Paris to visit.

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Musée Rodin

For many sculpture lovers, the Musée Rodin is the most stunning place in Paris. It has two sites, one in central Paris and one just outside of Paris, and receives 700,000 visitors annually. On a nice day, you can spend time in the museum’s large garden sprinkled with world-famous creations, like The Thinker.

Musée d’Orsay

The Musée d’Orsay is located in the former Gare d’Orsay railway station. It is my favorite museum in Paris and houses the largest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces in the world. Be sure to check out its Instagram famous, photoshoot ready, giant clock!

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We hope that this post has made you excited about all of the beautiful places in Paris to visit, whether you are a tourist or a lifelong local. Even if you wander around without any of these places in mind, you are bound to stumble across a stunning street or building. Contact us at ParisByM for help visiting these gems and discovering many more!

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Exploring the Rive Gauche Area in Paris

As you know, Paris is divided into two parts by la Seinela Rive Gauche and la Rive Droite. In this post, we will tell you all about the neighborhoods and sights of the Rive Gauche area in Paris, and why you should definitely spend some time there during your next trip.

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Where is the Rive Gauche area in Paris?

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To those of us not from Paris, the Rive Gauche area looks like the southern half of the city. It houses the 5th, 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th, and 15th arrondissements and the neighborhoods of Montparnasse, Saint-Germain, and the Latin Quarter. Some famous sites of the Rive Gauche area include the Musée d’Orsay, The Eiffel Tower, the Luxembourg Gardens, and the Pantheon.

 

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Panthéon

This area is often known as the Latin Quarter. It is centered around the Sorbonne which houses many universities, colleges, and high schools. Its name comes from the fact that Latin was the language of learning at the Sorbonne during the Middle Ages. When visiting the 5th arrondissement, you can check out the Panthéon, the Sorbonne university, the Saint-Etienne-du-Mont Church, the Area of Luteia, the Jardin des Plantes, the Paris Mosque, and the street called Rue Mouffetard. Be sure to stop by the popular Maison Gregoire bakery for a quick (and delicious) pick me up!

 

The 6th arrondissement:

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Jardin du Luexmbourg

This arrondissement houses the neighborhood called Saint-Germain-des-Prés and the famous Luxembourg Gardens. The church of the former Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, which was built just outside the boundary of medieval Paris in the middle of meadows, can be found here. While you’re in the 6th arrondissement, you should definitely check out the Bon Marché department store and the Grande Épicerie de Paris, a popular gourmet grocery store for locals and visitors. After a long day of eating and window shopping, you can curl up with a book in one of the many benches of the regal Luxembourg Gardens.

 

The 7th arrondissement:

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Eiffel Tower

The most recognized symbol of Paris, the Eiffel Tower, can be found here. Did you know that the Eiffel Tower was built to commemorate the centennial of the French Revolution, during the same decade that the telephone and electric lighting were developed? The Hotel des Invalides, initially intended to provide hospital care for war veterans, can also be found here. If you want to check out some museums, don’t forget to go the Musée de l’Armée and the Musée Rodin.

 

The 13th arrondissement:

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La Bibliothèque Nationale

This arrondissement is not very touristic, but it is certainly vibrant and worth a visit. Chinatown, the Butte-aux-Cailles district and pool, and the Bibliothèque Nationale de France can be found here. If you are hoping to visit the south of France, Barcelona, or Madrid, you might find yourself in the 13th arrondissement’s Gare d’Austerlitz, one of Paris’ main train stations. For a taste of local life, check out this arrondissement.

 

The 14th arrondissement:

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Catacombes

The 14th arrondissement contains most of the artistic and local Montparnasse district. Open to the public 7 days a week, the Cimitère du Montparnasse holds the remains of famous writers and philosophers, including Simone de Beauvoir and Charles Baudelaire. The Catacombes de Paris, a chilly underground world that contains six million bones, is also located here.

 

The 15th arrondissement:

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Often referred to as “Vaugirard,” the 15th arrondissement has a real neighborhood feeling. Whether you want to explore its adorable streets, like the Rue du Commerce, or one of its thematic gardens, the Vaugirard is definitely worth a visit. If you are interested in history, you can also check out the Musée Jean Moulin and the Musée de la Poste.

 

 

 

 

We hope that this post has convinced you to give the Rive Gauche area in Paris a visit. There are truly many famous and hidden treasures in this side of the city, and we know that you will have an amazing time exploring them! For help planning a unique and memorable trip to the City of Lights, reach out to us here at ParisByM. We are lifelong lovers of this city and want to help you fall in love with it too!

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Why Study Abroad in Paris?

Why study abroad in Paris? Over 5% of Paris’ population is comprised of university students and around 100,000 of them are foreign. It is an incredible place to spend a summer, semester, or whole year. Still not convinced? Here are 10 more reasons why you should pick Paris for your study abroad.

Why Study Abroad In Paris?

  1. You get to learn and practice French, a beautiful romance language and the 5th most spoken language in the world. Plus, if you don’t already speak French, many Parisians (especially those who work in the tourism industry, restaurants, and hospitality) speak English!
  2. French Food, why study abroad in parisThere are bakeries (or boulangeries) everywhere. I mean, who doesn’t want to start their day with a fresh baguette tradition, a buttery croissant, or a decadent pain au chocolat? It’s pretty commonplace to see locals munching on baguettes in the street, since it’s so hard to resist starting your oven-hot baguette on your walk home. We can attest.
  3. Famous monuments, museums, and shows make for great classroom excursions. The Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, National Opera, and Theater will probably appear on your syllabi at least once. This means that academics will be exciting and integrated with the culture and history of the city itself. Paris will actively play a role in your studies, rather than merely be the backdrop of your semester abroad.
  4. What could be better than studying abroad where it is the norm to sit back and enjoy a glass of wine after a long day of classes or work? Oh, I know: Being able to do this at an outdoor café table that overlooks Notre Dame or the Seine. Plus, as your French improves, you will be able to eavesdrop on the juicy conversations of the Parisians sitting next to you.
  5. You have endless day trip and weekend trip options.
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    By train, you can easily head off to Versailles, Lyon, Champagne, Normandy, Brussels, London, Cannes, and Alsace. The best part is that you won’t even have to go through immigration or customs. If you are willing to take a flight, you can spend a weekend in Greece or Italy (if you can even part with Paris for that long).

  6. You can pop champagne literally anywhere and everywhere. This means that you can post a photo of yourself drinking champagne in front of the Eiffel Tower (and every other famous monument). Or, you can relax by the Seine with some drinks. Either way, casual drinking is a way of life and a reminder to slow down.
  7. Do you have a sweet tooth? Us too. Luckily, there is no shortage of fresh macarons, éclairs, and chocolates in Paris. Put away your bag of Cheetos and opt for the finer snacks in life.
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    You can go to a different market every weekend. Whether you’re a foodie, an antique collector, or a fashionista, there is a market for you! Check out the Marché aux Pouces de St-Ouen in the 18th arrondissement, the Marché Bastille, and the Marché des Enfants Rouges.

  9. There are endless bookstores in Paris. The art of old-fashioned books is not dead in the City of Lights. Don’t speak French? You can either buy French books to advance your vocabulary or check out the world-famous independent Shakespeare and Company bookstore, which has English language books!
  10. You will fall in love. While not necessarily with a significant other, you will definitely fall in love with Paris. Its romantic settings, culture, arts, gastronomy, and sophistication are bound to steal your heart. You might even move there forever.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, why study abroad in paris

 

When people ask us “why study abroad in Paris?,” these are our immediate responses. At ParisByM, we are lifelong lovers of Paris and believe that everyone should experience its magic at least once in their lives.

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Fun Things To Do In Paris On Sunday

There’s nothing like waking up in Paris on a Sunday and realizing that all the shops around you are closed. Don’t worry! There are still plenty of lively places both in and outside of Paris for you to explore on a Sunday.

Things to do in Paris on Sunday

Enjoy brunch

Weekend brunch is a must while you are in Paris! It has definitely become a “thing.” While you can simply stop at any bistro or café, we recommend checking out La Becane A Gaston, Hollybelly 5, Eggs and Co, Zia, or So Nat. Don’t forget to sleep in for a couple extra hours before brunch, if you want to do Sundays like a local!

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Eggs & Co

See a show

Whether you are interested in theater, comedy, or dance, Paris has a show for you! The National Opera of Paris offers operas, ballets, symphony concerts, chamber concerts, and more. Anything you chose to see is bound to be exquisite. The Theater in Paris is also a great place to explore and offers some plays with surtitles shown in English. The Moulin Rouge is also open on Sundays, if you want to enjoy a truly iconic Parisian experience.

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Visit le Marais

Sunday is a perfect day to go explore the trendy le Marais district of the 3rd and 4th arrondissements. While we recommend that you simply wander around and enjoy the vibe, there are a few highlights to look out for. Check out le Marché des Enfants-Rouges, which is the oldest covered market in Paris, Place des Vosges, and the Jewish quarter on Rue des Rosiers (don’t forget to try a falafel!). There is also great boutique and chain shopping in le Marais, if you want to pick up some memorable fashion pieces. Because le Marais is one of the few areas allowed to keep shops open on Sundays, it will be crowded with both tourists and locals.

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Place de Vosges

Go to a flea market

Les Puces de Saint-Ouen, known to locals simply as Les Puces (The Fleas), is at Porte de Clignancourt in the 18th arrondissement. It is the largest antique market in the world and open on Sunday from 10am to 6pm. You can browse the market on a guided tour or guide yourself through the market using this map. While you are admiring the furniture and paintings of the market, be sure to watch out for your bags – Pickpockets are common here. If you like to pick up unique memorabilia during your trips, make Les Puces one of your things to do in Paris on Sunday!

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The Dauphine market one of the 14 markets in the Saint-Ouen fleamarket – Credit: Wikipedia

Take a day trip

The Palace of Versailles, the Estate of Trianon, and the Gardens of Versailles are all open on Sunday. You can start exploring the Gardens as early as 8am, which makes Versailles a great Sunday day trip for early risers. You can also visit Claude Monet’s Giverny Gardens on Sundays. We recommend getting there at 9:15am or purchasing a skip-the-line ticket to avoid unpleasant waiting. If you book a private tour, you will also get to skip the line. Be careful when visiting other small towns on Sundays, as many shops and restaurants will be closed.

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Versailles Grand Trianon

Go to a wine bar

We recommend going to at least one wine bar during your stay in Paris! Despite their title, wine bars tend to offers small plates of food, meats, and cheeses. Le Baron Rouge in the 12th arrondissement is open on Sundays from 10am-4pm, so consider stopping in for a midday snack. Be sure to try their fresh oysters and rillettes! L’Avant-Comptoir, a tiny gastropub and tapas bar located in the 6th arrondissement is also open on Sundays from 12pm-11pm. This bar has no seating, but you won’t even realize that you’re on your feet once you start trying their delicious plates and natural wines!

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We hope that list of things to do in Paris on Sunday has assured you that the City of Lights has a lot to offer, even on its beloved day of rest. Don’t despair if you find yourself spending a Sunday in Paris. Instead, embrace and enjoy the laidback Sunday culture.

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Local Tips: Where to Study in Paris

Many people dream of being a student in Paris. They imagine sipping wine on terraces, shopping in le Marais, and enjoying fresh croissants. But let’s not forget about that part of being a student that involves studying. Wondering where to study in Paris? Here are our favorite places in Paris to sit down and get your work done.

Coworking Spaces

Hubsy café & coworking has 3 locations in Paris. When you enter the cozy atmosphere of a Hubsy café, you will feel at home. You pay by hour, rather than for each snack or beverage you consume. There are special deals for students and for weekly or monthly passes. Each location is equipped with wifi, meeting rooms, and printers. The best part? They are open on weekends. Don’t forget to try their famous chai lattés!

Anticafé was the first coworking café to open in Paris. They have 8 locations throughout Paris and special deals for registered members and students. Remember that they don’t have real meals, only snacks!

La Permanence has two locations in the 5th and 14th arrondissements. It is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Wifi is included in your price of 1 euro per hour, although printing services cost an additional fee. La Permanence is more student oriented than the first two coworking spaces, making it a perfect solution to your questions about where to study in Paris.

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Libraries

The Bibliothèque nationale de France has 4 locations throughout Paris. We recommend purchasing an annual pass for the François-Mitterrand location, which is in the 13th arrondissement, for 15 euros. Entrance to their reading rooms is free between 5pm and 8pm and the library is closed on Mondays. You have to be at least 16 years old to use the public library’s facilities, so no need to worry about small children disrupting your (very studious) workflow!

The Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève is located in the 5th arrondissement and is open to students who are at least 18 years old. They offer a “carte blanche” for students, which is free and valid for 14 months. We recommend studying in their beautiful reading rooms at least once during your stay. Don’t forget to register online before you go in person (and bring your passport or driver’s license). Two warnings – there are often lines to get into this library and they are closed on Sundays!

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Cafés

Strada Café Monge is located in the 5th arrondissement and is an excellent place to work on weekdays. Its food menu and coffee options resemble those of cafés in the United States, so we recommend coming here next time you are feeling nostalgic for home. Be careful about coming here to work on weekends – they have a no laptop policy on Saturdays and Sundays!

ONI Coffee Shop’s laptop friendly attitude seems hard to come by in Parisian cafés these days. When you ask yourself where to study in Paris, you can longer assume that you can plop down at any old coffee shop for hours. Stop by this café in the 10th arrondissement to enjoy homemade pastries and freshly roasted coffee in a warm and homey environment. They also have smoothie bowls and fresh pressed juices, so there is still plenty for you to enjoy if you have a gluten allergy or are trying to eat healthy before your next croissant!

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We hope that this post has convinced you that there are beautiful places to study during your time in Paris. It can be hard to convince yourself to cuddle up with your books and laptop when you could be shopping or drinking wine, but these adorable spaces make it so much easier. Best of luck with your studies and enjoy your time abroad in Paris!

 

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A Complete Paris Museums List

There are 130 museums in Paris, but you might only know of 3 or 4. Don’t fret, we are here to make you the ultimate Paris museums list to make sure you don’t miss any museums of interest!

 

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Paris Museums List By Category:

Anthropology and Archaeology:

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Architecture:

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Art:

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Biographical

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Decorative Arts:

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Fashion:

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Science, Geology, Natural History, Technology, and Medical:

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The Museum of Natural History of Paris

Historic houses and History:

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Military:

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Other:

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We hope that this Paris museums list inspires you to go out and explore the museums in Paris! If you have further questions, be sure to contact us or check out other articles!

 

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Cheap Places to Stay in Paris, France

Looking for cheap places to stay in Paris, France? We can help! Here are some of our favorite hotel, hostel, and short-term rental options.

 

Hotels

While there are many expensive boutique hotels in Paris, there are also many more affordable options. Here are two of our favorites:

Hotel Ekta

Hotel Etka, a popular 3 star hotel, has room options starting at 77 euros per night. The hotel features Chanel and 1970s inspired décor and is located in the 8th arrondissement, which is famous for haute-couture shopping. If you stay here, you will be just a few blocks away from the Musée Yves Saint Laurent (definitely worth a visit!) and three metro lines.

Hotel Le Relais Montmartre

If you are interested in staying in the artsy Montmartre district, this 4 star hotel is a great option for you! It feels more like a home than a hotel, with antiques, a log fire, a courtyard patio, and friendly service. In the summer, you can enjoy your continental breakfast in the courtyard. Double rooms start at 70 euros per night, making this one of the best cheap places to stay in Paris, France.

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Hostels

Staying in a hostel can help you save money and provide you with a unique, social travel experience. Here are two of our favorite hostel options.

Les Piaules

Les Piaules is located in the heart of Belleville, an artsy and cosmopolitan neighborhood in the 11th district of Paris. It is walking distance from a metro station and a short subway ride away from Le Marais and le Louvre. If you want a private bathroom, you can take advantage of their “the cosy one” option and choose a room with rooftop access. If you want to stay in dorm style rooms, you are provided with personal blackout curtains and a power plug to make your stay more convenient and comfortable. There is a restaurant and a bar in Les Piaules, which although not included in your room fee, have affordable food and drink options and are a great way to meet other guests!

 

Le Village Hostel

Le Village Hostel is located in the charming, hilly Montmartre district. If you are a solo female traveler looking for a hostel option, we recommend staying in the all-female rooms. Each room is serviced with daily housekeeping and there is an elevator, terrace, and shared kitchen in the hostel. Plus, the vibrant and fun communal spaces facilitate socializing with other guests!

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Short-Term Apartment Rentals:

You should consider renting an apartment during your next trip to Paris if you want access to a private kitchen, living room, and bathroom and if you don’t need daily cleaning services or help from a concierge. You might also feel more “local” when you rent an apartment, as opposed to staying in a hotel or hostel full of other tourists. Airbnb is the most popular short-term rental option in Paris. It was founded in 2008 and is now offered in 100,000 cities. Paris is the most visited city worldwide for Airbnb users, which means that there are great options available for you! When finding an apartment, be sure to consider whether it is in a safe and central neighborhood and whether you want a private room or the whole apartment. Also, be sure to check the reviews of the host to avoid negative experiences and last-minute cancellations.

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We hope that this post helps you navigate the cheap places to stay in Paris, France. If you want more help making your dream trip a reality, reach out to our team at ParisByM. We have years of experience creating personalized trips to France and would love to work with you to create the experience of a lifetime!

 

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The Best Neighborhood to Stay in in Paris

There is not one neighborhood in Paris that is objectively the best. However, there is a best neighborhood to stay in in Paris for you. Let’s find out which!

Le Marais

Comprised of the 3rd and 4th arrondissements, le Marais has great architecture, art, food, and shopping and is a lively neighborhood with narrow streets and a diverse population. Le Marais is home to Paris’ famous Jewish quarter, which still maintains its strong traditions and various, delicious falafel restaurants and traditional bakeries. It is also the center of Paris’ gay community. Many young locals and visitors would describe le Marais as their favorite neighborhood and the ideal place to stay for an exciting trip. You should stay here if you want to live in a trendy shopping area with lots of food options, while being nearby to the Louvre and the Notre Dame Cathedral.

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Saint-Germain des Prés

Saint-Germain des Prés is in the upscale 6th arrondissement and many consider it the best neighborhood to stay in in Paris. It is located on the Left Bank of the Seine, just southwest of Notre-Dame. It is convenient for seeing the main sites, as you are just a short walk from the Luxembourg Gardens and the Louvre. If you stay here, you can take advantage of the many great outdoor literary cafés, art galleries, and book shops. You should stay here over le Marais if you prefer the feeling of open, wide streets to narrow passageways.

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Montmartre

In the 18th arrondissement in northern Paris, you can find the famous Sacre-Coeur Basilica and the winding, hilly roads of Montmartre. This is a more affordable location than the other areas we have discussed and provides you with excellent views of the city. Montmartre is incredibly charming, and full of bistros, artists, and greenery. You can also find the Moulin Rouge here, where you can venture to watch the can-can during a fun night out. If this artsy area appeals to you, but you want to avoid being surrounded by tourists, try the northern or western areas of Montmartre. Regardless, although Montmartre is not walking distance from the Louvre or the Eiffel Tower, you can easily take the metro to other main sites!

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Montparnasse

Montparnasse is located in the 14 arrondissement of Paris. We recommend staying here if you want the feeling of living like a Parisian on the day to day and want to save some money. You can enjoy the street market 2 to 3 days a week and walk through the Luxembourg Gardens on your way to other sites. While this is not a typical tourist area, there are plenty of cafés and restaurants full of locals, where you can grab a nice breakfast, lunch, or midday drink. Plus, Montparnasse is central for a lot of bus and subway lines, so navigating the city from this vantage point is very convenient!

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Latin Quarter

The Latin Quarter is an energizing and busy neighborhood in the 5th arrondissement with endless small streets. It is walking distance to Notre Dame Cathedral and a 15-minute walk from the Luxembourg Gardens. I would not recommend staying in this area if you are looking for a “local” experience, since it is crowded with tourists. However, there are many diverse restaurants and shops that would undoubtedly provide you with a fun, cultural stay.

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Shopping street in the Latin Quarter, the student centre of Paris. Source: Flickr

The 7th Arrondissement / Les Invalides

Located on the Left Bank, the 7th arrondissement is relaxed yet central. If you stay here, you will have amazing views of the Eiffel Tower, while also enjoying intimate, small streets lined with boulangeries that cater to local residents. The Rue St-Dominique connects the Musée d’Orsay and the Eiffel Tower and houses all of your daily needs. Many monuments are located in this district, including the Hotel des Invalides and the Champs de Mars. You can also find the famous Rue Cler here, where you can eat at the popular, discount Café du Marché. We recommend staying in the 7th arrondissement for a mixture of local, touristic, relaxed, and bustling life.

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We hope that this article has helped you navigate the many arrondissements of Paris a little better. Hopefully, you have discovered the best neighborhood to stay in in Paris for you! Still unsure of where you want to stay? Want more help personalizing your trip? That’s what we’re here for – Reach out to us, so we can be your best friends during your next trip to Paris!

 

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Corporate Trip Ideas In France

Looking to plan a corporate trip to France? Not sure where to go? Whether for a business or incentive trip, here are our favorite locations in France to add to your list of corporate trip ideas.

Paris

English is more widely spoken in Paris than in many other French cities, making it a convenient place to travel with English speaking employees and clients. There are also many great venues for business meetings and events, like the Parc des Expositions and the Musée des Arts Forains. If your employees or clients will be spending time in the La Défense business district, they can stay in one of the many excellent hotels nearby. We especially recommend booking the InterContinental Paris on Avenue Marcel for business trips. There are no shortages of fun activities for your employees and clients to do partake in during their downtime. For example, they can visit Le Musée d’Orsay or the artsy Montmartre district. Paris is a great place to combine serious business meetings with fun travel.

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The French Riviera

The main business hubs in the French Riviera are Monaco, Nice, Sophia-Antipolis, and Cannes. We recommend adding the Riviera to your list of corporate trip ideas if you are seeking a little extra glamor, sunshine, and beauty. The variety of landscapes in the French Riviera provide you with both creative and classic location options for meetings and events and beautiful places to explore. For example, visitors can spend one day out on a catamaran and another in a conference room with breathtaking ocean views. For those coming from a colder climate, exploring the Riviera’s beaches and seaside restaurants will be a wonderful break. Plus, Nice and Marseille house an international airport, making the Riviera easily accessible for all employees and clients worldwide.

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Bordeaux

You might know Bordeaux for its famous vineyards, but it also features a revitalized and pedestrian-friendly city center, beautiful buildings, a lovely waterfront area with boutiques and cafés, and world-famous art. As many of your activities in Bordeaux will be centered around wine, make sure that your employees and clients are comfortable with drinking before you make Bordeaux your next corporate destination. Because Bordeaux is a major French city, there are plenty of venue options for business meetings, such as the Congress Centre and the Palais de la Bourse. To ensure a successful trip, we recommend using a travel agency to help you plan your vineyard tours, river cruises, and other tourism activities.

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Lyon

Lyon has an incredible MICE sector and contains many places and monuments that are listed as World Heritage by UNESCO, like the Croix Rousse and Bellecour Place. Lyon is also the gastronomic capital of France, which means that you will eat incredible food for every meal. The best business hotels in Lyon tend to be cheaper than those in Paris, making it more affordable for smaller companies or those on a budget. Yet, because Lyon is the 3rd largest city in France, it has a wide range of venue options that can host a large number of guests and an international airport that makes getting there a breeze.

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Alsace

The region of Alsace contains an international airport and is only 2 hours from Paris by train. Because it is uniquely located on the border of Germany and Switzerland, visitors can enjoy a unique blend of culture and history and incredible sightseeing. “Meet in Alsace,” which includes the three Convention Bureaus of Strasbourg, Colmar, and Mulhouse, provides assistance and solutions for those planning business events in Alsace. With the help of one of these locally specialized bureaus, hosting a business trip in Alsace has never been easier.

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We hope that this article has helped open your mind to some great corporate trip ideas in France. Whichever location you chose, your employees and clients are bound to be incredibly satisfied. If none of these locations seem to fit your needs, reach out to us at ParisByM. We would love to help make your dream corporate trip a reality.

 

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The Role of Travel Agency Services In Your Trip

Why should you use travel agency services when planning your next trip? Their experience and expertise can make all the difference. However, you must also take an active role in thinking about your trip and deciding which agency to use.

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Know what you want to get out of your trip before you reach out to an agency

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Your travel agent will not be able to plan a successful trip for you if you cannot provide him or her with basic goals for your trip. Do you want to see museums? Explore hidden neighborhoods? Go on food or wine tours? What are your priorities? Do you want to stay in a 5-star hotel? Not only will these questions help your agent create a truly personalized experience for you, but they will also help you pick your agent or agency. Different agencies are good at different types of trips. For example, if you are only looking to see the main tourist sites, maybe a package deal would be a better fit for you than a tailored trip.

Pick an agency that works in your price range

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You will be incredibly frustrated if your travel agent is continually recommending hotels, restaurants, and experiences that are either too expensive or too cheap for your taste. Don’t expect an agency that provides cheap deals to be an expert in couture travel. Similarly, don’t expect a luxury travel agency to provide you with lower quality recommendations. Be up front about your budget during your initial contact with agencies and be sure to check reviews from past clients to get a sense of the price and quality of their trips.

Chose an agency that is familiar with the region you are travelling to

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If you are looking for a “local” travel experience, pick an agency that specializes in and is located in the region to which you are traveling. If you pick an agency with a global approach, check to make sure that they plan trips to your destination frequently. You want to make sure that your agent will have the necessary connections and expertise to make your trip special and smooth.

Trust your agent but stand your ground when necessary

You hired your travel agent for a reason. You should trust their expertise and opinions and really listen when they hint that one of your desires or suggestions should be altered. However, remember that this is your trip. If you are not happy with their ideas or with the itinerary, say something! Only you know your tastes and what will make a trip memorable for you.

Think about the questions your agent is asking you

Student Trips to Paris, travel agency servicesIn order to create the best program possible, your agent is going to ask you questions about what you want to see and the personalities of the people you are traveling with. These questions are extremely important and allow your agent to make a trip that fits you like a glove. Provide as much detail as possible about your expectations and travel circumstances.

Form a relationship with your agent

If your trip was a success and you and your agent meshed well, consider using them again. Stay in touch and provide them with feedback. Overtime, they will come to know your tastes and will be able to design even better programs for you in the future. Plus, you won’t have to go through the stress of finding another agent you trust or that fits your budget well.

 

Even when you think that you can plan an entire trip on your own, an agent may provide you with invaluable advice and ideas and decrease the stress of planning. We recommend using a travel agent whenever you travel to an unfamiliar destination and hope that this article has provided you with some guidance on how to make the most out of travel agency services.

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Business Incentives for Employees

What is a business incentive, with respect to employees? It is a program or strategy to motivate employees and increase overall employee performance. Although these programs boost morale and loyalty, only 27% of companies invest in them. Here are some ideas for business incentives that you can implement for your company!

 

Ideas you can implement inside the office:

  • Allow your employees to take advantage of flexible hours, within reason. They will be thankful to have a job where they partially set their own schedule and can enjoy their lives outside the office.

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  • Provide your employees with free coffee, tea, creamers, and cookies. Investing a little bit of extra money in free food and drinks will go a long way to boost day-to-day morale.
  • Offer days off as a bonus, if you cannot afford to increase salaries. We recommend adding these extra days off around holidays so that employees can leave town or spend time with their families. For example, the day after Thanksgiving would be a great bonus day off.
  • business incentivesOrganize a book club or other interest groups in the office. This will allow employees to spend time discussing something other than work and help forge friendships between those with similar interests. Plus, if employees feel like they have a reason to spend time with one another, they are less likely to spend their lunch breaks isolated and more likely to spend time bonding!
  • On days when there is not much work to do, consider letting your employees leave work early. An extra hour, especially during the spring or summer months, can feel like much more. Plus, nobody wants to sit around the office when they feel like they have nothing productive to do.

 

Ideas you can implement outside the office:

  • If your company requires its employees to travel for business, consider extending the trip by one day Hotels near Eiffel Tower, business incentives and planning bonding events for your employees. These can take the form of dinners, nights out, or more creative events. If you are having trouble coming up with creative ideas, consider getting in touch with an event planner or travel agent. We are sure that your employees will love getting to explore and enjoy new places!
  • Offer travel subsidies for your employees, as long as they agree to have one team lunch or happy hour while away. This is a particularly great idea if you have offices in multiple locations and want to strengthen bonds across all your employees.
  • Take an outing with your employees. These do not have to be expensive. You can go to the movies, mini golf, a happy hour, a concert, a wine tasting, a theater performance, or dinner. Helping your employees share their interests with one another and socialize outside the office will help build trust and genuine friendship. This will improve the workplace environment and increase employee retention.
  • Offer a gym membership to your employees. In addition to being grateful for saving money on often
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    expensive memberships, your employees will benefit from increased physical and mental health. The effects of increasing the overall wellbeing of your employees should not be overlooked. They will become more efficient workers, happier, and require fewer sick days.

  • Offer free courses, seminars, or conferences to your employees. This will improve their skills and help them focus on personal growth. By helping your employees feel like they are dynamic learners, you will encourage innovation and company-level growth. When people learn new skills or have new ideas, they will want to bring them to the table. Because your employees have a day job, consider finding courses offered online, in the evenings, on the weekends, or as one day workshops.

 

We hope that these business incentive ideas for employees help get your creative juices flowing. While creating good employee incentives may seem like an afterthought, we encourage you to make them a priority. Your employees will be grateful and your company will benefit as a result.

 

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Our Business Travel Tips

Traveling for business can be incredibly exhausting and stressful. After a long day of flying, you’re expected to look and act professional. To help your travels go smoothly, we have compiled a list of business travel tips for you!

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Business Travel Tips:

  1. If you are checking bags, try to fly in meeting attire, so you won’t be stuck scrambling for a new suit if there is a luggage disaster. You could also pack an emergency carry-on bag containing a nice change of clothes and important toiletries. However, whenever possible, avoid checking a bag at all to save time at the airport.
  2. Try to stay in a hotel that is close to your main meetings so that you don’t have to worry about traffic.
  3. Get a frequent flyer number and start adding up points! You get rewards, like free flights and cheaper seat upgrades.
  4. Check in ahead of time to skip the long line at airports and the stress of dealing with automated check-in machines. When you get an email from your airline 24 hours before your flight, don’t ignore it!
  5. Try not to finalize travel arrangements until you have confirmed your scheduled meetings. Switching around flights and hotels is a lot more stressful than waiting an extra couple of days to book them.
  6. If you can, try to arrive a day early to your destination. This will help you overcome jet-lag and give you time to explore. Getting accustomed to where you are traveling before your meetings start will decrease stress!
  7. Do research on the social and business etiquette of your destination to avoid accidentally committing any faux pas. You might even receive extra kind treatment by respecting and abiding by the culture of your destination.
  8. Invest in a backup portable phone charger, and don’t forget to charge it before your flight.
  9. Sign up for TSA Pre-Check for domestic travel and Global Entry for international travel to save time at the airport. The less time you spend waiting in line, the happier you will be!
  10. If you hate waiting around the boarding gate and want somewhere to freshen up before or after your flight, consider purchasing an airport lounge membership.

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  11. Try to use the same bag for your carry-on and work bag to save space.
  12. Bring small bills in local currency for tips so that you can tip your driver and the hotel staff.
  13. If you struggle with jet lag, workout in the morning and when you land. Nothing quite does the trick like getting your blood pumping!
  14. Stick to your daily routine as much as possible when you travel. This will help you feel more at home in any destination. Similarly, stay in touch with your family to stay calm and grounded.
  15. Bring a good book. You never know when you will find yourself waiting around.
  16. Try to squeeze in sightseeing during your business trips. Pick at least one thing you really want to see and commit to seeing it! It would be a shame to only see the inside of your meeting rooms.
  17. Do you usually spill coffee or wine on yourself? Bring dark colors to avoid stains!
  18. To minimize what you have to pack, bring only versatile pieces of clothing and shoes. You probably don’t need that one standout outfit.
  19. Avoid layovers whenever possible. Note that a direct flight might stop (although you will not need to get off the plane), whereas a non-stop flight won’t.
  20. Bring a tennis ball in your carry-on luggage to roll out your feet, legs, and back. This small item will you bring you extreme relief after a long flight.
  21. If you want to go to sleep as soon as possible, order a vegetarian or kosher meal to get served first.
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We hope that you found these business travel tips helpful. If you are interested in planning sightseeing activities or logistics for your company, reach out to us here at ParisByM. We would love to help you organize your corporate trip!

 

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The Best Located Budget Hostels In Paris

Why stay in a hostel during your next trip to Paris? You’ll get to socialize with other travelers, enjoy amenities like a communal kitchen and a terrace, and save a lot of money. Don’t let concerns about your hostel being in an unsafe location or being too far away from the main sight-seeing areas discourage you. Our team here at ParisByM has done the hard work for you: Here are the five best-located budget hostels in Paris that will make your trip unforgettable!

Our 5 Recommendations:

Le Village Montmartre

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At Le Village Montmartre, you can stay in a private room with one bed, a quadrupole room with friends, or a shared dormitory room – there are truly options for every type of traveler! Rates start at 44 euros per night, with WiFi and breakfast included. There is also a pub called “On the Road” located in the hostel, where you can hang out with other guests and unwind after a long day of exploring. You’ll be walking distance from the Moulin Rouge and the Sacré-Coeur basilica, making this one of the best budget hostels in Paris.

BVJ Opéra Montmartre

BVJ Opéra Montmartre offers dormitory style rooms for 19 euros and private single occupancy rooms for 29 euros per night. This hostel is less than a fifteen-minute walk from the Grévin wax Museum, the Moulin Rouge, and the Théâtre de Paris. Its small private courtyard, where you can enjoy a daily all-you-can-eat breakfast, features a one hundred-year old fig tree. While there are no elevators or kitchen facilities, BVJ is well-cleaned, incredibly charming, and run by an amazing staff!

Adveniat

For 37 euros a night, plus a yearly membership fee of 5 euros, you can stay at Adveniat. It is located just steps away from les Champs-Elysées and the Grand Palais and is a 15-minute walk from the Musée de l’Orangerie. Although this hostel is run by a Christian community and offers daily mass services, it welcomes guests of all faiths. If you want to eat dinner with a Parisian family during your trip to better discover genuine French culture, Adveniat will help you organize this unique experience. Plus, it is a particularly great budget hostel option if you are travelling as a family, since it offers special deals for those travelling with children.

Auberge de jeunesse MIJE Fourcy

Auberge de jeunesse MIJE Fourcy is located in the lively le Marais district and is just a 12-minute walk to Notre Dame, the Musée National Picasso, and the Congnacq-Jay museum. Prices start at 27 euros per night for a bed in a shared dorm-style room, with daily housekeeping and breakfast included. Auberge MIJE Fourncy also offers film screenings and discussions in the common area, facilitating interactions with fellow travelers. If you stay here, be sure to try the famous L’As du Fallafel a couple blocks away!

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Young and Happy

A five-minute walk from the Ecole Normale Supérieure and under a 15-minute walk from the Jardin du Luxembourg, Young and Happy is located in the heart of the Latin Quarter. Its rate per night starts at 46 euros, with private lockers and WiFi included. There is also a bar area, with guitars available for use, if you want to keep your musical talents sharp during your trip. But there is no elevator, so watch out if you have heavy bags or cannot take the stairs!

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We hope that you consider staying in one of these five centrally located budget hostels in Paris for a truly unforgettable trip. Remember, you don’t have to break the bank to have the experience of a lifetime! Staying in a hostel can be comfortable, convenient, exciting, and easy. Contact us here at ParisByM for help planning the rest of your personalized, budget-friendly trip to Paris!

 

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The Top Event Management Companies in Paris

Looking for an event management company in Paris to help you plan and execute your next event? Our team at ParisByM has organized a list of 4 of the best event management companies in Paris. Together, these companies can help you with a diverse range of events, whether your birthday party or a corporate cocktail party!

 

4 Event Management Companies in Paris:

 

For smaller events: Groupe Vista

Groupe Vista is a Paris-based event management company consisting of 35 event management experts. They follow a start-up driven approach, and I would recommend them for small to medium sized events. They recently organized a team-building activity in Canada for 50 managers in the finance and insurance industry after a merger. The event helped integrate the new employees, encouraged them to solve challenges together, and was a fun and exciting bonding experience.

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Source: Groupe Vista – Team building event in Canada

For creative, large-scale events with a global reach: Prelude Events

Prelude Event Architects has a global presence and was founded in Paris in 2005 by Wendy Von Fries. In France, they work in Paris, the French Riviera, Champagne, Normandy, the Loire Castles, and the French Alps resorts. They follow a problem-solution approach that allows them to conceptualize and deliver innovative and personalized events. Prelude can provide you with services including corporate entertainment, exhibitions, trade shows, helicopters, marketing campaigns, and celebrity search and management. You should also consider this company if you require multilingual meetings.

Prelude is one of the best event management companies in Paris. They recently organized an incredible customer reception for Cisco that aimed to facilitate networking and appeal to Cisco’s top clients. They called the event “Becoming Marie Antoinette” and situated it in a 19th century palace. Satisfaction was 100 percent both onsite and after the event, and Cisco has rehired Prelude for their next event (Here’s to hoping we can snag an invite!).

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Source: Prelude Events – Cisco’s “Becoming Marie Antoinette” Event

For high-end weddings and private events: Rendez-Vous

Rendez-Vous Paris was founded by Heather, a former corporate professional who believes that “true luxury is an experience.” I recommend them for large-scale, private events, such as high-end weddings. Heather is also bilingual in French and English, so she can work smoothly with a variety of professionals and clients across the globe. Rendez-vous mainly manages events in Paris, Champagne, New York, Rome, Israel, Greece, et Cote d’Azur. They can accommodate you in amazing and unique locations, such as the VIP salons at the Grand Prix of Monaco and the red carpet at the Film Festival of Cannes.

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Source: Rendez-Vous Paris – Wedding

For servicing large-scale, high budget events: PRG Group

Production Resource Group (PRG) France has over 35 years of experiencing servicing trade shows, corporate events, concerts, musicals, fashion shows, and other large-scale events. Because they only work with budgets starting at 20,000  euros (5 to 7 digit budgets), I recommend PRG if you are a large company or planning a major event. Their impressive list of clientele includes Red Bull, Google, Dior Culture, Mercedes-Benz, the Backstreet Boys, Audi, and the FIFA World Cup. Internationally, they work with 3000 professionals in various sectors of the event industry. PRG is constantly innovating its technology in order to provide the best audio, video, and lighting services. For instance, they created custom solutions for rigging and video for the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv. You can check out more of their work and technologies on their blog.

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Source: PRG France – 2019 Eurovision Song Contest

 

We hope this post helps you navigate the vast industry of event management companies in Paris! Bonne chance with your next event and feel free to contact us at ParisByM if you would like to organize a corporate trip or experience in France!

 

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The 3 Best Hostels in Paris, France

Looking to stay in a hostel during your next trip to Paris? Luckily, we are here to tell you about your three best options! By staying in one of the best-value and nicest hostels in Paris, France, you can save money and have a unique and adventurous travel experience.

The 3 best hostels in Paris:

Les Piaules

Why stay in Les Piaules? This is our number one recommendation out of the hostels in Paris, France. It is located in the heart of Belleville, an artsy and cosmopolitan neighborhood in the 11th district of Paris. The hostel is walking distance from the Belleville metro station and just a short ride away from Le Marais and the Louvre. Their “the cosy one” option, which includes a private bathroom, is an excellent choice for solo travelers and couples. You can choose a private room with rooftop access, which we recommend if you’re visiting during the warmer months (Don’t worry, there is air conditioning everywhere in the hostel). You can also stay in a room with 4, 6, or 8 beds if you’re traveling in a group or want to save some extra money. Each bed contains a blackout curtain and a power plug to make your stay more convenient and comfortable. They also have a restaurant and bar, with affordable breakfast, snack, dessert, and drink options. Be sure to try one of their homemade alcoholic slushies if you go to the bar!

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Beautiful Belleville Hostel

Another great option in Belleville is the Beautiful Belleville Hostel. It’s located on a relatively quiet street near the Parc des Buttes Chaumot and the metro. While Belleville is not walking distance from many of the main tourist attractions, it provides you with a relaxing, local neighborhood to return to after an exhausting day of adventure. This hostel has private hotel room options starting at 60 euros and shared room options starting at 30 euros per person. All rooms contain a private bathroom and are equipped with towels. Children are welcomed to stay in the private rooms, but not the shared hostel rooms. Breakfast is offered each morning for free (breakfast at Les Piaules is not included) and communal kitchens are available for use 24/7. Lastly, Beautiful Belleville has an elevator, so you don’t have to worry about lugging your suitcases up the stairs!

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Le Village Hostel

Le Village is located in the charming, hilly Montmartre district, just a few minutes from Sacré-Coeur. They offer private rooms, triple rooms, quadruple rooms, co-ed dorm rooms, and women only dorm rooms. If you are a solo female traveler looking for a cheap hostel option, we recommend the all-female rooms for you. If you are travelling with small children, baby cribs are available for free upon request. You can also rent a bike or a car and organize your airport transport through the hostel, although we recommend utilizing Uber and public transport once you are in Paris. Each room is serviced with daily housekeeping and there is an elevator, terrace, and shared kitchen. The communal spaces are vibrant and fun, with northern African décor, making this a particularly good option if you are a young traveler looking to socialize with other guests.

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Source: Le Village Hostel

 

When browsing your hostel options, be sure to look out for reviews about the cleanliness of the beds and bathrooms. Also, do not assume that all hostels have elevators – many require you to take the stairs! Here at ParisByM, we have also written about the best-located budget hostels and youth hostels in Paris, France, so feel free to take a look at those articles below if you are curious about your other options!

 

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Cheap Places to Stay in Paris: Short-term Rentals

Having trouble finding cheap places to stay in Paris? Luckily, there is a huge short-term rental market in Paris for tourists. Here are 4 of your best options and some advice for how to navigate them.

4 Options for Short-Term Rentals:

Airbnb:

Airbnb is a great option to find cheap places to stay in Paris and the most popular short-term rental option. It was founded in 2008 by Brian Chesky to provide tourists with local, diverse experiences and to empower people to become hospitality entrepreneurs. While you can use Airbnb in nearly 100,000 cities, Paris is the most visited city worldwide for Airbnb users. This means that there are great options for you!

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Source: Airbnb – “Comfy studio in Montmartre,” posted by Soline

Abritel HomeAway:

HomeAway seeks to make each vacation location in the world accessible for all travelers. It was founded 17 years ago and has close to one million postings in 190 countries. While there are less options on HomeAway than Airbnb, we have found that they often post cheaper rentals. The rentals also tend to have more reviews than those on Airbnb, which creates an extra sense of security for your trip.

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Source: Homeaway Paris – listing posted by Marc Pelissier

Homestay:

Homestay provides both long-term and short-term room rentals in Paris and the B&B experience. If you are looking to rent a room, as opposed to an entire apartment, we recommend that you give Homestay a try. Unlike Airbnb, hosts cannot work with you through a third party. They are expected to personally help you settle in, beyond just handing you the keys. By staying with a family or a host, you get a truly immersive experience. However, your host is not your personal tour guide and is not expected to be around 24/7. If you want a best friend to help you plan your time in Paris, contact us at ParisByM!

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Source: Homestay – Jean Michel’s posting in Temple, Paris

Parisian Vacation Apartments:

Parisian Vacation Apartments differs from the other sites we have discussed because you are not renting from an individual. Instead, you are renting an apartment that the company itself has acquired with the sole purpose of renting it out to visitors, like you! All of their apartments are renovated, clean, and central, and most have an elevator and air-conditioning. Many of their options are fairly expensive, but you can find some great options for around 100 euros per night. Plus, their team is all Paris based, fluent in English and French, and available 24/7 to help you!

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Source: Paris Vacation Apartments – Invalides

Our Advice:

The search:

There are some questions you should be sure to ask yourself as you search for cheap places to stay in Paris: Is this a location where I want to be? Is it safe? Is it close to the sites and the neighborhoods I most want to see? Do I want a private room or an entire apartment? Is the host reputable and does he / she have good reviews? Many of us or our friends have stayed in rentals and loved the experience. Some have faced unpleasant surprises and entirely regretted their choice to rent, rather than stay in a hotel. In order to ensure that your trip goes as smoothly as possible, you need to do some research about these questions in advance.

The risks:

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By staying in someone else’s home, you have the opportunity enjoy an authentic Parisian experience and possibly have an entire apartment to yourself, all while staying within your budget. However, there is always a risk involved when you are renting from a stranger. It is possible that your host will cancel just before your trip or lack the proper permits to rent.

If you prefer not to take the risks involved with short-term rentals, contact us at ParisByM to explore your hotel options. We would love to help make your dream trip a reality. You can have an incredible trip to Paris and stay within your budget!

 

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The Best Affordable Restaurants in Paris

Looking to eat well while in Paris without breaking the bank? Our team at ParisByM is excited to share 7 of the best affordable restaurants in Paris with you.

Our 7 Favorite Affordable Restaurants in Paris

La Becane A Gaston

La Becane A Gaston won the 2018 Trip Advisor Certificate of excellence and is ranked in the top 50 restaurants in Paris. We recommend trying this restaurant for its familial ambiance (it is owned by 2 sisters!) and its fresh, local dishes. Expect to spend between 15 and 30 euros for a delicious pasta, meat, or seafood dish. To avoid disappointment, be sure to book your table in advance. It’ll be worth it, trust us!

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Source: La Becane A Gaston, Instagram

Grenouilles Paris

If you’re looking for the best sandwich in Paris, we highly recommend Grenouilles. They use exclusively French and fresh products, like raclette and ham, and serve granita slushies, wine, and ciders. Seating is minimal and service is very casual, making this the perfect place to stop during your trip to Montmartre’s Basilique du Sacré-Coeur. If you visit Paris during the warmer months, we recommend taking your food to go and sitting on the steps outside the church!

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Source: Grenouilles, Yelp

Les Crepes de Louis-Marie

No list of the best affordable restaurants in Paris is complete without a creperie…That’s why we have included this incredible option, located in the 5e arrondissement between the National Museum of Natural History and the Jardin du Luxembourg. You can sit inside or outside and enjoy a galette priced between 8 and 9 euros or a sweet crepe priced between 4 and 7 euros. They are open from Monday to Friday from 12:00 to 15:00 and from 19:00 to 23:00. They offer gluten free crepes, student deals, and a frequently changing menu. We especially recommend trying out this creperie if you are travelling with your family and want to avoid the mess of chocolate dripping down your little one’s shirt as he tries to eat his crepe to go!

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Source: Instagram @curvymatters, Les Crepes de Louis Marie

Bistrot des Victoires

This authentic French bistro is located just minutes away from the Palais Royal and Louvre Museum. You should expect to spend about 10 to 15 euros for a dish and drink — We recommend trying the French onion soup, the duck confit, and the crème brûlée. They are open from 8 to 23:30 on weekdays and 10 to 23:30 on Saturdays and Sundays.

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Source: Bistrot Victoires, Trip Advisor

Bal de la Marine

Come to Bal de la Marine to enjoy a seafood lunch with the perfect view of the Seine and Eiffel Tower. We recommend trying the oysters and the mussels and lingering with a glass of wine while you enjoy the live band. If dining in the Eiffel Tower is out of your budget, this is a great, nearby alternative and one of the best affordable restaurants in Paris.

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Source: Bal de la Marine, Trip Advisor

Baoli Bao

Baoli Bao offers Asian fusion, vegetarian-friendly cuisine near the Opéra. Their menu is incredibly creative and you won’t be disappointed by the taste. You can order bubble tea, ramen burgers, black bun burgers, gluten free and vegetarian burgers, and coconut rice. Expect to spend between 12 and 20 euros for a main dish and drink at dinner, or come during lunch to enjoy one of their three lunch specials.

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Source: Baoli Bao, Trip Advisor

Le Vaudésir

Le Vaudésir is located in the 14e arrondissement at 14 rue Dareau. It won the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2017-2018, and we recommend it for locals and tourists alike. Expect to spend between 5 and 20 euros for simple, traditional, and fresh French cuisine. It is a hidden gem with amazing food and service and a welcoming atmosphere and owner. There is no menu online, as the available dishes change daily. You may get to try their quiche of the day, stewed pork, or chocolate mousse. We are confident that you will enjoy this local, family restaurant and encourage you to venture out of the traditional tourist areas to give it a try. Note that they are not open on Mondays for dinner (only breakfast and lunch) and that reservations should be made before noon.

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Source: Le Vaudésir, Trip Advisor

 

If you are looking for more recommendations or advice for your trip to Paris, be sure to send us a chat or email here at ParisByM. We would love to be your best friends in Paris!

 

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The Best Metro Tickets in Paris for Tourists

The vast options for public transport in a new city can be overwhelming. If you are looking to better understand the metro tickets in Paris, keep reading! Find out which of our 5 recommended options is best (and most cost efficient) for you.

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T+ Tickets

This should be your default option. Each t+ ticket costs 1.90 euros and is valid for a single, one-way trip. For a period of two hours, you can use one ticket to transfer between metros, between the metro and RER lines, and between RERs. For 90 minutes, you can transfer between buses, between buses and trams, and between trams. You cannot use these tickets for the Orlybus or the Roissybus (airport transport options) and you can only use the RER in zone 1 (this covers central Paris). Most importantly, if you purchase a pack of 10 t+ tickets, you only pay 14.90 euros. This is a great deal and you should definitely consider this for your metro tickets in Paris! Additionally, if you are traveling with children between the ages of 4 and 10 or with groups of at least 10 children, you are eligible for a reduced fair on your 10 pack.

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Navigo Pass (monthly and weekly)

If you purchase a Navigo Pass, you will have access to essentially all of the transport you will need during your trip. You will need to purchase a pass that allows you to access all of the zones (otherwise central Paris will not be included). A weekly pass costs 22.80 euros and a monthly pass costs 75.20. I recommend that you order your pass online and then get it delivered to where you are staying or pick it up at an ATM, ticket counter, or authorized retailer. Remember, these passes use calendar weeks (starting Mondays) and calendar months. This means that the period does not necessarily start on the day you purchase the pass — If you buy a weekly pass on a Thursday and leave the following Thursday, you cannot use the same pass! In this case, I would recommend buying t+ 10 packs.

 

If you plan to use more than 14 t+ tickets per week, the weekly pass option is cheaper than purchasing t+ tickets, including the 10-pack special. When calculating how many tickets you plan to use, don’t forget that you cannot use the same t+ ticket for the bus and the metro. If you are staying in Paris for 3 weeks or less, purchasing a weekly Navigo pass is cheaper than purchasing a monthly pass. Similarly, if you are staying for the duration of a month, but not a clean calendar month, the monthly pass is not your best option.

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Mobilis tickets

This option provides you with unlimited travel for one day. You will likely only be using zone 1, so your ticket will cost 7.50 euros. I recommend this option if you plan on using more than 4 t+ tickets and are only in Paris for one day. If you are in a group, you may want to consider getting a 10 pack of t+ tickets instead because you can split the ticket bundle to save money (the Mobilis option is only valid for one customer). The ticket period for Mobilis tickets begins at 12am on the day of purchase and ends at 11:59pm.

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Paris Visite Travel Pass

This pass has 1-day to 5-day options. It is valid for zones 1 to 3 and includes airport connections. This means that you can avoid paying the extra fee for an airport ticket if you plan on utilizing public transport to go to the airport.

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Airport Ticket

There are various airport ticket options to CDG, ORY, and Paris-Beauvais. The price is contingent on your destination and desired travel time. If you plan on using public transport to get to the airport, this a great option!

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We hope that this information about metro tickets in Paris helps prepare you for your trip! If you have more questions about navigating and exploring Paris, reach out to us here at ParisByM! We would love to help.

 

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Our Favorite Paris Museums

Having trouble navigating the massive number of Paris museums? Here are some of our favorites to get you started.

 

Paris Museums – Our favorites:

Centre Pompidou

The Centre Pompidou opened in 1977 and houses the biggest modern and contemporary art collection in Europe. Its exhibitions have an international outlook and you can also enjoy shows and concerts at the Centre. Practical information about your visit can be found here.

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Louvre

The Louvre Museum was created in 1793 during the French Revolution. While you may know it as the home of Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, it houses so much more (Don’t forget to grab a map of the 5 levels and 3 interconnected wings!). If you are looking to spend only a few hours in the Louvre, I recommend visiting the Denon Wing for a mixture of sculptures, antiquities, and paintings (including the Mona Lisa)!

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Musée d’Orsay

The Musée d’Orsay is my personal favorite museum in Paris…Don’t miss it! It used to be a railroad station and houses a famous clock facing the seine (Some say it’s the best photo spot in Pairs, so don’t forget to snap a photo). You can find an amazing collection of impressionist art and sculptures in this museum, including the Little Dancer Aged Fourteen by Degas.

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Grand Palais

Starting at the end of 2020, the Grand Palais will begin a 3 year renovation, so be sure to see it soon! It features a large glass dome and large-scale exhibitions on artists that have marked the history of art, like Picasso, Hopper, Renoir.

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Petit Palais

In the Petit Palais, just across from the Grand Palais, there is a museum of fine arts. Entrance to the permanent collection is free and there is a beautiful garden where you can sit and relax. The museum features European art from antiquity to the 20th century.

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Musée Yves Saint Laurent

The well-curated Musée Yves Saint Laurent is a must see if you are a fashion lover. You can see pieces from YSL’s collections, visit his studio, and watch a documentary film. You can even look at the cute little dish he used for his dog near his desk!

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Paris Catacombs

If you want to venture twenty metres underground, take a trip to the Paris Catacombs! There are six million remains from the end of the 18th century to the mid 19th century (when the Parisian cemeteries were closed for health reasons). The catacombs are a great change of pace and a beautiful ode to Parisian history. Be sure to bring a sweater, it can get chilly down there!

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Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimonie

The Museum of French Monuments, which was integrated with the larger Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimonie in 2004, encourages the spread of architectural culture. It seeks to help the members of the general public (that’s you!) become active participants in architecture and urban development. Here, you can explore the history of architecture from the Midlde Ages to the present day. We definitely recommend this museum if you geek out about architecture or urban planning!

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Musée National de Clouny

The Musée National de Clouny / Musée du Moyen Age is located in the 5e arrondissement. You can view tapestries, architecture, ceiling vaults, sculptures, and stained glass from the Middle Ages and sit in the lovely Middle-Aged style garden.

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Musée des Arts et Métiers

The Musée des Arts et Métiers was founded in 1794 as a repository for the preservation of scientific instruments and inventions. If you are interested in engineering or technical developments, you might find this museum interesting! It showcases mechanics, materials, construction methodologies, and means of communication and transport.

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Atelier des Lumières

Currently, at the Atelier des Lumières, you can partake in an immersive experience of Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night. His work is projected in motion and in massive form throughout a disability-friendly loft. We highly recommend the Atelier and look forward to its future, magical exhibits!

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We hope this list of Paris museums helps you plan your stay! Looking for more advice for your trip to Paris? Feel free to email us here at ParisByM or to explore our predesigned deals online. Bon voyage!

 

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Wedding Event Companies in Paris

Are you hoping to get married in Paris, the famous city of love and lights? Afraid that this dream is impossible if you don’t speak French? Don’t worry, we have done the research for you. Here are the top event companies in Paris that specialize in weddings and can accommodate English-speaking clients.

Our 4 Favorite Wedding Event Companies in Paris:

WeddingLight Events

Their team is completely English speaking and excited to help international clientele create and organize beautiful elopements and weddings. They are a full-service company, which means that you won’t have to worry about coordinating with the photographers or the venue. Instead, you can enjoy your special day and let WeddingLight Events handle the details. Whether you want a large wedding ceremony or an intimate elopement, they have you covered. They have organized weddings in locations such as the Paris Opera, Provence, and Normandy and are able to work with you to select the location of your dreams. Clients have called their work “exceptional” and their team “dedicated.” We are confident that if you trust WeddingLight Events to plan your wedding, you will also have an above and beyond experience.

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Sumptuous Events

Sumptuous events was listed the top 9 most influential wedding planner in the world by ‘Vanity Fair’. They are committed to infusing a unique ‘joie de vivre’ into each wedding and transforming any space into an enchanting scene. Their founder and director, Jean Charles Vaneck, is a degree qualified event manager and wedding planner who has draws inspiration from his visits to over 60 countries. He is incredibly experienced in the fields of luxury and hospitality and has the skills needed to create perfect events. In addition to wedding planning, Sumptuous Events can help you plan birthday parties, corporate events, over the top proposals, and fashion shows. We believe that they are true masterminds in design, décor, and story-telling.

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Rendez-vous in Paris

Rendez-Vous Paris is an excellent on-site planner for destination weddings in France. They hope to plan a wedding that’s distinctive and “unmistakably you.” Once your vision has been defined, they will organize a handpicked team of professions to bring your vision to life. Their founder and director, Heather, used to work in the finance industry but left the corporate world to pursue her dream of becoming an event planner. She has planned celebrity weddings, adds a “little French-touch” to each wedding she helps plan, and has been described as “resourceful” and elegant by her clients. Her work has been featured in E News, Vogue, and Condé Nast Traveler.

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DlG Paris

DLG Paris plans and designs unforgettable events for modern, busy couples who desire unlimited correspondence and expert advice every step of the way. They offer multi-day weddings in France over a week or week-end, destination weddings in Provence, intimate weddings in Paris and Provence, and memorable proposals in Paris. Their beautiful Pinterest boards gives me the utmost confidence that they can provide you with a beautiful and elegant experience that truly captures the French ‘joie de vivre’. While their team consists of native French speakers, they are all completely fluent in English and ready to give you the inside scoop.

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We hope that this article has made the world of wedding event companies in Paris a little less mysterious to you. Planning a destination wedding in France may seem stressful, but as you have read, there are many amazing, bilingual planners who would love to work with you to make your dreams a reality. If you are hoping to plan a honeymoon or a romantic trip to France, reach out to us at ParisByM. We can provide you with impeccable assistance and the trip of a lifetime.

 

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