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Flavigny sur Ozerain

The country of anise candies: Flavigny sur Ozerain

Flavigny sur Ozerain is one the most beautiful villages in France. It boasts a unique historical heritage made of architectural medieval beauties. Furthermore, a characteristic of this area is also the anise, a plant which is distinct by fennel or star anise.(star anise comes from China).

Flavigny sur Ozerain

In this peaceful and charming village a small candies factory, “Les Anis de Flavigny “has established its house. In the following article we will display from the plant to the creation processing how these delicious candies are made up.

The candies factory

Flavigny sur OzerainThe factory located in Favigny sur Ozerain, is 60 kilometers away from Dijon and 1.30h from Paris by TGV. It is built up at 421 meters, on a promontory at the end of a limestone plateau.

Inside the factory the candies are prepared with white sugar since the discovery of beet sugar (around 1600). Before that, they used cane sugar. The anise is always prepared with sugar unrefined cane organicly certified by Ecocert. The anise of Flavigny is available with different flavors: anise the course, blackcurrant, lemon, orange blossom, ginger, tangerine, mint, licorice, rose and violet. The taste of aniseed drinks was introduced on the shores of the Mediterranean in ancient times, according to the Turkish and Greek domination. The cultivation of anise has thus gradually extended to the entire Mediterranean basin.

Flavigny sur OzerainThe natural flavors are extracted from plants by a steamed distillation with alcohol. For example, the processing for the pure mint is done in a still where the leaves and the water are heated and the steam developed by the leaves is responsible for the essential mint oil. The quantity of oil than can be produced with a ton of petals is based on different plants. All around the location the anise perfume, as the most used plant will stimulate your smell.

Run by a family for years

Flavigny sur OzerainThe factory has inherited three generations of knowledge carried forward by a team of 35 people. In 1923, Jean Troubat had the idea to sell the anise in the stations and underground of Paris and afterwards opened the first shop right there. In 1928 he distributed boxes of anise in United States, Canada, Algeria and elsewhere in Europe. Now the anise of “Les Anis de Flavigny” factory is sold everywhere in garden centers, organic stores, airports and railway stations.

Why visiting Flavigny sur Ozerain and the factory?

At the “Les Anis de Flavigny” further the anise’s factory you will have the opportunity to visit the others fantastic and grateful buildings which include the anise museum, the anise cafè, and the anise boutique. Hurry up to  get stocks of one of the most delicious type of candies in the world. Furthermore experiencing Flavigny sur Ozerain will be very delightful in order to stimulate your own senses. The Burgundy region, where the village is located, will give you the opportunity to know one of the best finest French cuisine and its huge variety of wines. You absolutely cannot miss Les Anis de Flavigny factory and its surrounding.

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A nice and cheap hotel in Paris

Follow our personal review of Hotel Victoria 2 stars hotels. Even though it is a 2 stars, Victoria hotel has a good value for money and it might be your cheap hotel Paris. Thanks its simply dedication for their guests good rooms and location we really can recommend you this place.

What you will find at Hotel Victoria – from 79€

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cheap hotel ParisThe Hotel Victoria Paris is situated in an alleyway away from the Parisian noisy traffic creating a very quiet and relaxing environment. Hotel Victoria has 103 rooms in 4 floors which are most recently renovated. The single and the double are pretty small, but their good shape makes the space very comfortable. The triple rooms are larger and also perfectly adapted for a family of 4 people. Each room is equipped with the basic amenities and the modern decor is embellished by black and white photos of Paris. The rooms have either a view on the courtyard or on the quite door entrance street. The breakfast is a buffet composed of milk, yoghurt, drinks, (coffe,tea and chocolate, orange juice) baguette, cereals and fresh croissants. The price range is from 79€ to 150€.

Who is it for?

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Hotel Victoria being a 2 stars hotel, can be hardly likely suggested to who is looking for a luxury option. However it will be a very good solution for who have not a huge budget and not wants deny to themselves the quality. We can suggest hotel Victoria to couples, families and young people who are looking for a cheap hotel Paris.

 Why choosing Hotel Victoria?

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Hotel Victoria in Paris is located in 2 Bis Cite Bergere in the 9th district, between Opera Garnier and Place Vendome. The entire area is surrounded by cultural meeting places as the famous Palais Royal, shops and restaurants as “Bien Bien” for a real Thai cusine experience, “Chipotle Mexican Grill” and the famous american chain of “Hard Rock Cafè“. Within minutes walking there are Galaries Lafayette and Printemps shopping-mall. The closest metro station is Grands Boulevards line 8 and 9. Book in advance to not losing the opportunity to stay in this nice and cheap hotel Paris.

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Guided tour behind the scenes from a professional guide

Follow a personal work experience about a guided tour, through the story of Zoya, one of our recommended tourist guide.  You will discover her point of view on sites to visit or why not, getting some travel tips. She is specialized in leading tourists on their trips in and around Paris. Have a look at the following review.

The reason why I chose this job – Zoya’s story

Above all, the reason why I’ve chosen to be a tourist guide is because I like to be in touch with people, sharing my emotions, knowledge, experience, and ideas with them. It’s a rewarding experience helping tourists discover new and exciting things.
I adore my job as it gives me the impression of living through the ages. Sharing these emotions with other people, it’s really rewarding. This job also enriches me, every time I go to the Loire or Provence region it’s like it’s for the first time. I learn new things with my clients, through their reactions and their perceptions of the French history.

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The best personal excursion


guided tourChoosing a favorite excursion is a hard job because I have plenty of favorite places. Perhaps over all, I would choose the real wonder Loire Castles excursion. That area is full of history and historical anecdotes which is very appealing and attractive for the clients. You can dwell on the French king’s history and the glamorous court life. There, you have the possibility to share the ancient French life style with a unique experience.

Anecdotes


Guided toursTalking about anecdotes, I particularly
remember  a very funny one: we were in Rouen and we were talking about the death of Louis XII, who died of heart attack due to overexertion during sex and suddenly, my client said – what a wonderful death!! There are other things, like during TDV Paris: an American client asked when the French people work, because the shops and cafés were full of people idling and enjoying the sun. I replied that it is a famous typical French life style. He was very impressed and said – That’s the place I would like to die!!

Wine Tours

guided tours

guided toursTalking about guided tour for wines,  I mostly work with the luxury segment of clients and I used to work following the restaurants quoted by “Michelin Guide”. The same thing it is for wine producers selection. In the Bordeaux region I suggest visits to the worlds most well known wine châteaux, (Premier Grand Cru classé B et A) such as Chateau Margaux, Mouton Rotchild, Châteaux de Pavie, Canon, Yquem, Guiraud, Cos Estournel, Angelus, Montrose etc. The same for Champagne region, I mostly do the private visits of Dom Perignon and caves or Krug/Salon degustation. In the village of Cognac, I propose private visits of Louis XIII caves/degustation of 100 year cognac of Louis XIII, accompanied by a lunch at a VIP banquet hall at Remy Martin house. Obviously everything depends on the budget and a clients personal preferences. For instance, I have also had several requests for Blanc Champagne or Extra Brut Champagne. The food tours depend on people’s tastes. 

I also have different demands for different nationalities. For instance, the Spanish tourists are keen on history and curious about the minor details; instead the Americans are focused on French life style, fashion, cuisine, wines, traditions, anecdotes and gossip.

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Hotels near Eiffel Tower

Hotels near Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower neighborhood is one of the quietest places in Paris. The quarter is chic and a bit posh. From the several  hotels available we suggest to you some of the best. Who does not want to sleep next to the most famous monument of the world?

Grand Hotel Leveque- from 75€

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Grand Hotel LevequeGrand Hotel Leveque is located in 29 rue Cler, just 5 minutes walking from the Eiffel Tower. Along the street you will enjoy its pedestrian area, its bustling market, bars, restaurants and shops. Many monuments are easily reachable from here: Orsay Museum, the Rodin Museum or the Museum du Quai Branly are a few minutes walking from the entrance door. Grand Hotel Leveque is a 3 stars hotel and features 50 rooms with a typical contemporary style. At the ground floor there is a dedicated area for computers and printers and the breakfast room is available from 7.am to 10.30am. The price range goes from 75€ to 150€ the good value for money is guaranteed.

Hotel Ares Eiffel – from 140€

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Hotels near Eiffel TowerHotel Ares Eiffel is a 4 stars hotel  located in 7 rue du Général de Larminat a very quiet street in the center of La Motte Picquet area, in front of the Village Suisse antiques market. The Eiffel Tower and the Champ de Mars are to 5 minute-walk. It has 40 spacious rooms that were renovated in 2007. Their style is mixed with Baroque décor and contemporary furniture giving a cozy sensation in a comfortable environment. Price range goes from 140€ to 450€ per night.

Hotel Raphael – from 300€

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Hotels near Eiffel TowerHotel Raphael is located a few meters away from the Arc de Triomphe and it is also reachable in few minutes from the Eiffel Tower. Hotel Raphael is a very romantic and typical old Parisian mansion. From its suites located at the top floor, it offers an exceptional view on both the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe.

Hotels near Eiffel TowerThe interior design is a bit old fashioned and traditional, the wood is included in most of the décor details, and with the ancient mirrors all around, the hotel give you a very warm sensation bringing you back to the beginning of the 20th century. There are not many rooms but all very cozy, well designed and different the one from the others. There are even a few suitable triple rooms for families available. There are 2 amazing suites with their own balcony and a 180 degrees view on Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower. For the anecdote, one of them has been renovated with a special design by Chanel for a film shooting in 2014 and it remained the same ever since. They are simply amazing. We are proud to place Hotel Raphael in our category of best hotels in Paris. Prices range from 300 € to 2000 € per night.

Pullman Hotel Tour Eiffel – from 300€  

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Pullman Hotel Tour Eiffel is located 280 meters/0.17 miles from Tour Eiffel only. From every room the spectacular Eiffel Tower is just under your eyes and its big nearness will leave without breath. There’s no better place if you are looking for hotels near Eiffel Tower. Pullman Hotel is a 4 stars hotel and has a comtemporary style for each rooms. The restaurant serves Californian and French cusines. It has an open kitchen and a stylish wine bar. The fitness room with cardio equipment offers unrestricted views of the Trocadero. The price range goes from 300€ to 3900€

Why choosing the Eiffel Tower area?

The 7th district, where the Eiffel Tower is located, is a wealthy district, the home of French bourgeoisie and well-heeled expats. Even though Paris is changing quickly, the Eiffel Tower neighborhood keeps the traditional Parisian style offering insights into the local culture. For instance Rue Cler retains a workday charm with shops for groceries and offers plenty of space for slender stores and their patrons to spill out onto the street. The rue Cler walk is the only tour in Paris you should do while hungry. Cafè du Marché, for instance is an enjoyable place to sit and have a typical French meal, changing every day, the “plat du jour”. Artisan boulangeries are scattered everywhere. Not to mention the Eiffel Tower, which when opened was considered a monster and today is an icon of the city and of French culture.

Here the location of our hotels near Eiffel Tower.

 

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Boutique hotels Paris

The term “Boutique hotel” was coined in the US and is used mostly there and in the United Kingdom to describe hotels with 10 up till 100 rooms. As the years go by, this term has taken hold worldwide. Through our personal selection we are sure to recommend you some of the best boutique hotels in Paris.

The boutique hotels are characterized by special themes based on specific topic aiming to increase the customers’ desire. The denomination is not given necessarily to a 5 stars hotel only. For this reason we offer  you 6 different hotels which base their strengths on their excellent hospitality and accommodation quality.

Hotel de Banville – from 107 €

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Hotel de Banville is located in the residential and quite 17th district of Paris. Even though it is not exactly in the center of Paris it is just 15-minute walk from Arc de Triomphe and the Champs-Elysèes. The building has a contemporary style and the décor, not too glitzy, gives a sensation of modernity. The rooms are soundproofed and equipped with all the new amenities. Place du Marèchal-Juin is just a few minutes from the hotel, there many restaurants and shops are waiting for you. Even though Hotel de Banville is a boutique hotel in Paris, its prices are kept low starting from 107€.  For this high quality hotel this is well worth it.

 

Hotel Keppler – from 259 €

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Hotel Keppler is a 2 minutes’ walk from Champs Elysèes and is set in a classic style building keeping a traditional environment. The suites, in this boutique hotel in Paris, are simply amazing. They are similar to a private apartment thanks the size and the intimacy they give. They are decorated with black wood floor and molded ceilings. Luxury bathrooms and TV complete these suites. Hotel Keppler has also a garden which is available to enjoy in both winter and summer. A fitness center and a sauna are available for a relaxing afternoon.

 

Hotel Marignan Paris – from 350€

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Located between Avenue George V and Montaigne, Hotel Marignan was renovated in 2012. The rooms are luxury and in the same time look like contemporary accommodations decorated with marble and wood furniture. Some rooms have terraces which have a view of the Eiffel Tower. From these terraces you will have your breakfast meanwhile admiring the Parisian roof tops. At Hotel Marignan the restaurant provides fine French cuisine available for dinner and lunch with typical wholesome products.

 

L’Hôtel – from 305€

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The l’Hotel is located within walking distance from the Saint Germain des Pres and Mabillon metro stations. L’Hotel was built in 1828. The individually designed rooms, special fabrics, original works of art, and spacious bathrooms will have you feeling as if you’re staying in a sanctuary. L’Hotel has the Hammam Pool and the Afternoon Tea room. The pool and the steam room are open every day from 8am to 9.30pm. After a day-walk in Paris, why not relax a while in the warmth of hot water? In the Afternoon Tea Room, you will have the chance to try selections of French pastries, delicate finger sandwiches and tasty scones with strawberry jam. L’Hotel is fine boutique hotel in Paris. The price range goes from 350 € to 800 €.

 

Hotel De Sers – from 329 €

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Hotel de Sers is a 5 stars boutique hotel located in the 19th district, just 400m from Champs Elysees and a 5-minute walk from George V and Alma Marceau metro stations. The rooms feature very high quality materials, as the Italian marble in the bathrooms or the rosewoob for the furniture. Many suites have  simply an amaizing view all over Paris. The Hotel de Sers restaurant, which overlooks on a delighted courtyard, has a delicious French cuisine. Hotel de Sers offers also a sauna and hammam where the relaxing will be guaranteed. Special massages can be also organized.

Le Burgundy Paris – from 410 €

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Le Burgundy Paris hotel is located just 70 meters from the famous shopping street Rue Saint-Honorè and few minutes walking from Le Jardin de Tuileries and Opera Garnier. This hotel boutique in Paris has a mostly classic style which recalls the typical chic Parisian atmosphere. Some modern decorations blend in perfectly with the décor, in order to give an innovative touch.  The rooms, made with precious fabrics are very cozy and charming. Eight kind of very spacious suites and 1 apartment are avalible, which with their privacy and size will give you a sensation of isolation even though you are in the center of Paris. The Michelin Star restaurant, Le Baundelaire, is open for lunch and dinner. Furthermore the guests will have free entry to the Spa including an indoor swimming pool a fitness room and a Hammam.

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Hotels in Opera neighbourhood

Looking for a hotel in Opera Paris area?  You’re right it is a perfect area for staying in Paris, very central, with many connections and a lot of tasteful restaurants. Here’s a selection of excellent hotels we recommend in this quarter.

Richmond Opera Hotel – from 120€

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As a 3 stars establishment we would like to suggest the Richmond Opera Hotel, its an ideal location either for leisure or business.  Located a one minute walk from boulevard Haussmann and the Grands boulevards.

Why book at Richmond Opera Hotel?

The building is completely designed in an empire style which bring you back in time, creating a special relaxing experience. With their rooms in Louis XV style and especially quiet, you will discover the convenience of sleeping in the center of Paris while being apparently in your own nest. Price range from 120 € to 250 €.

Hotel Saint Petersbourg Opera – from 120€

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The Saint-Petersbourg Hotel Opera Paris is located in the very heart of Paris a 5 minute-walk Opéra Garnier, the Printemps and Galeries Lafayette stores.

Why book at Saint Petersbourg hotel Opera Paris ?

The hotel received its name from the Russian ballerinas performing at Opera Garnier who often stayed here.  This elegant 3-star hotel with its art deco entrance, big lounge and reception area gives you the base for your Parisian stay. The rooms are each decorated differently and gives you the chance to choose your preferred style. This hotel has everything you are looking for and for an usually rather expensive area it has low rates, with a price range from 120 € to 230 €.

Indigo Hotel Opera Paris – from 200€

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hotel opera parisHotel Indigo is part of InterContinental Hotels Groups which opened its first hotel in Atlanta.  Now reaching around the world in Paris, New York, London, Shanghai, Honk Kong, and Singapore they have an international high customer satisfaction. Hotel Indigo Opera Paris is located next to Place de l’Opèra in 2 Rue Édouard VII, a 3 minute-walk to the Madeleine metro station. The buildings design recalls the neighborhood’s style, with an elegant décor using mirrors inspired by the Opera.

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Why book at hotel Indigo Paris?

Hotel Indigo next to the Opera has 12 suites and duplex apartments, some with private balconies that offer magnificent views of the city and the Eiffel Tower. Being part of a big hotels group they boast a consolidated way of work and most of their customers have returned to this hotel after their first stay. At Hotel Indigo you will even find a peaceful heated terrace restaurant where you can enjoy a homemade French cuisine or just drink a tea in the afternoon. The price range is from 200 € to 550 €.

Park Hyatt Paris Vendome – from 800€

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Park Hyatt Paris Vendôme is a luxury 5-star hotel next to Place Vendôme on rue de la Paix within walking distance of Opera Garnier. Part of Palace Hotels Group the Park Hyatt is one the most prestigious hotels in Paris. It has a contemporary architecture and soft design by designer Ed Tuttle.

Why book at Park Hyatt Paris Vendome?

The palace has 153 rooms including 43 suites. The core element of this high luxury hotel are the suites.  There are 9 different types, each themed differently for all your needs : there is the Park suite king, Park suite twin, Park executive suite, Diplomatic suite, Residence suite, Ambassador suite, Vendôme suite, Imperial suite and the last top one Presidential Suite (210-square-metre apartment-style). The hotel even boasts some of the finest restaurants in Paris, Pur’ – Jean-François Rouquette, Les Orchidées, La Terrasse. Furthermore into the building you will find a 250 m2 spa to relax after a tiring day.

Price range from 800 € to 9950 €. As mentioned the Opera area is one of most luxurious in Paris and Park Hyatt Paris Vendome has a hotel structured around exceeding expectations. If price is not an issue Hotel Opera Paris will be a solution leaving you without regrets.

Why choosing this quarter?

The Opera area is included in the 9th district of Paris. It is a very central location to explore the city. It bears the name of the Paris Opera Theater the primary opera company of France. Furthermore in the area there are particular covered passageways built in the 19th century which in many cases have been transforming in shopping mall such as Printemps. Very close to Opera there is the famous Galeries Lafayette shopping mall that hosts the most important luxury brand clothes in the world.

The buildings of this area best the fine design and architecture details which contribute to making this the area very expensive, but at the same time one of the most luxurious and elegant in Paris. The area, well reachable thanks many accesses to transportation system, is full of delicious restaurants as “L’Opera Restaurant”, “Exki Restaurant” for a helthy and natural dish or Pur’-Jean-François Rouquette restaurant for the typical french cuisine.

Here are the locations of the hotels we recommend in the Opera’s area

 

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Giverny Monet

Foundation Giverny Monet

Claude Monet’s gardens at Giverny are like his paintings, brightly colored patches that are messy but balanced. Why not escape a day from Paris and dive into the nature of these fantastic gardens organized by foundation Giverny Monet.

History of the place

Giverny Monet

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In 1883, middle-aged Claude Monet, his wife Alice, and their eight children settled into this farmhouse, 50 miles west of Paris. Monet, already a famous artist and happiest at home, would spend 40 years in Giverny, traveling less with each passing year. He built a pastoral paradise complete with a Japanese garden and a pond full of floating lilies. Now a lot of gardeners work steadily to keep alive and preserve all the vegetal patrimony. The Giverny Monet foundation have allowed the Claude Monet’s house and gardens to become a fantastic visitable place where you can find a wonderful and peaceful environment, unmissable for tourists travelling Paris and France.

Visiting the Marmotan and/or the Orangerie museums in Paris before your visit here heightens your appreciation of these gardens.

Why to go at Giverny:

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THE CLOS NORMAND: Before Monet settled in Giverny, the “clos Nomand” was already a small garden with a path conducing to the house. Monet embellished it transforming the area into a extraordinary location, reproducing some trees and growing new plants. He made it the garden of his dreams.

Giverny Montet

THE WATER GARDEN: Monet had always attracted by plays of lights. He bought a piece of land close a small body of water which has become the water garden. Thanks the construction of a Japanese bridge and the use of Japanese plants he recreated the oriental atmosphere. Many times Monet has been inspired by this unique place for his paintings.

MONET’S HOUSE: The place where Monet lived, worked, and with his wife brought up 8 children. Visit all the rooms and let yourself imagine their past life.

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THE JAPANESE PRINTS: The passion for Japan led Monet to produce a unique collection composed of forty-six prints completely inspired by Japan people and places.

THE WATERLILY STUDIO: It is a shop opened from the 1st of April to the 1st of November, every day from 9:30 am until 6:00 pm. To remember your visit to Giverny Monet foundation you will find  many postcards, books, tea, posters, Daum rose vases, and sets of Champagne glasses to the official Monet tableware all based on Claude Monet gardens and works.

How to get to Giverny?

giverny monetBy Car: Drivers can travel to and from Giverny Monet foundation in a half day with ease. The trip is also doable in a half-day by public transportation with a train/bus connections, but because trains are not frequent (and less so on the weekend) be prepared for a full six-hour excursion. The area also features some picnic spaces.

By train: The Vernon station is situated on the main line Paris / Rouen / Le Havre. It starts from the Saint-Lazare Paris station. The fastest trains complete the journey in less than 45 min. In the Metro, take the ‘SNCF – Grandes Lignes’ exit. Buy a ticket to Vernon. The Rouen line departs from the right side of the platform, in the ‘Grandes Lignes’ section.

The Giverny Monet foundation is opened from 25th of March to the 1st of November 2016 from 9.30 a.m. till 6 p.m. – last admission 5.30 p.m. (Pets friends are not allowed).

By shuttle: As shuttle solution from Paris we suggest you the “Private Minivan Trip To Giverny Garden” which gives you of: choosing from several departures throughout the day, free hotel pickup and drop-off. The service lasts four hours, including: Round trip transfers, waiting during visit, refreshments (tour excludes entrance tickets and guide).BOOK NOW

Furthermore the tours displayed below include the shuttle service.

How to plan your visit?

Giverny Monet

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Tour in group – from 81€

BOOK NOWThe price includes: Transport to and from Paris by luxury air-conditioned coach, entrance ticket to: Giverny House and Gardens and Services of our guide. The price does not include: Transfers to and from your accommodation in Paris

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Tour in small group – from 109€

BOOK NOW The price includes: Minibus transfers to and from your Paris accommodation, services of our driver-guide, entrance ticket to Giverny, self-guided visit of Monet’s house, tour of gardens, self-guided visit at the Museum of Impressionisms in Giverny.

 

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Disney world Paris

A Quick Guide to Disney World Paris

Have you spent every minute of your Paris vacation visiting monuments, drinking café au lait, and riding the metro? Check out Disney World in Paris to take a break from the City of Light and let loose with Mickey Mouse for a day.

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Disney World in Paris is actually called Disneyland Paris. It is a Disney theme park located just outside of Paris made up of two parks: Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park. Disneyland Park, full of characters, rides, and street parades, is your quintessential Disney theme park. Walt Disney Studios Park gives visitors a Disney-behind-the-scenes experience.

Main Attractions

These are must-see, must-do attractions once you are in Disneyland Paris!

At Disneyland Park:

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  • Hyperspace Mountain: Don’t miss out on this classic, futuristic Disney coaster.
  • Mad Hatter’s Tea Cups: Don’t be late to take a spin in these brightly colored tea cups!
  • Pirate’s of the Caribbean: Prepare to get splashed once you hop on deck.
  • Dinner with the characters: Don’t miss your chance to eat with Disney characters at Cendrillon’s Auberge, Inventions, or Cafe Mickey.

At Walt Disney Studios:

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  • Tower of Terror: Climb 13 floors of The Hollywood Tower Hotel only to plunge back down in an instant.
  • Rock ‘n’ Rollercoaster: Reach speeds of 57 miles per hour in just three seconds as Aerosmith’s music blares in your ears.
  • Ratatouille: The Adventure: Follow Remy, the beloved rat from “Ratatouille,” to safety as you scurry through a giant kitchen.
  • Armageddon: Experience first-hand how special effects work.

 Accommodations

If you are looking for a place to stay at Disneyland Paris, there are several Disney hotels to choose from that surround the park. All Disneyland Paris hotels are within walking distance of the park, or you can take the free shuttle to the park.*

Dinseyland Paris

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Although they may seem more expensive, Disney hotels are worth the price! Guests who stay at Disney hotels benefit from early access to FastPass cards, extended theme park hours, transportation to and from their resort, hotel entertainment, and the choice to have a Disney dining plan. Disney hotels provide you and your family with the true Disney experience, and there is a hotel for every budget!

If you prefer to stay at a partner hotel, you will have access to some of the benefits of Disney hotels, but not all. To get to the park, there is a free shuttle service to and from each partner hotel.

*Disney’s Davy Crockett Ranch is only accessible via car and is located slightly outside of the park area.

Getting There

If you plan on taking a day drip from Paris, don’t worry about the hotel! Take the RER A train to Marne-la-Vallée/Chessy and Disneyland Paris will be about a two minute walk from the stop. The trip on the RER A will take about 35 minutes and costs 7,10€.

You can also access Disneyland Paris by car. It is about a 45 minute drive from Paris to Disneyland Paris. Take highway A4 and get off at Exit 14 : Val d’Europe, Park Disneyland. It is important to note that this is a very busy highway and oftentimes, there is a lot of traffic so your travel time might be longer. If you’re interested in driving to Disneyland Paris, rent a car from our partner Europcar and start driving!

If you will be staying in one of Disneyland Paris’ hotels, you can take the Magical Shuttle Bus airport transfer from Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports directly to your hotel. It costs 20€ for Adults and 16€ for Children. Infants under 3 years old are free. You can book the shuttle up to 2 days before your arrival.

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Disneyland Paris ticket prices vary depending on the type of ticket you wish to purchase and the length of your stay. Child tickets cost less than Adult tickets. Ticket prices vary by dates, as well. There are 1 Day and Multi-day ticket purchasing options.

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If you plan on spending more than one day at the Disney parks, then a Multi-day ticket package would be best for you.

If you are only visiting Disneyland Paris for one day, the SUPER MAGIC Ticket 1 Day/ 2 Parks can be purchased for 84,00€ (approx. $115) for Adults and 77,00€ (approx. $105) for Children and it is valid for any day of the year (certain tickets have date restrictions). All tickets can be purchased online.

Disneyland Paris is the perfect place to go with your family to take a break from everyday Parisian life during your stay in Paris.

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How to find the best Paris vacation rentals?

When visiting Paris, I am sure we all want something that is worth the price, whether it is the accommodation, food, tickets to several activities and monuments and so on…

When it comes to vacation rentals in Paris, there are a whole lot to choose from. But how to find the best ones?

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“Living room view from the beautiful apartment I stayed in, one of many wonderful properties by Paris Perfect”- Georgianna Lane

First of all, the website PARIStay offers a wide range of both long – and short term rentals in Paris. You can rent an apartment in the very city center, or a bit outside of Paris. Prices are affordable, and you can choose the style of the apartment you want to stay in during your Paris vacation!

Secondly, another great website for finding vacation rentals in Paris is ParisAttitude. There is a great range of vacation flats and apartments in Paris… Choose your favorite! There is a very clear overview of the process of renting an apartment, and you can just type in the dates of when you want to visit Paris, and the best available apartments comes up! Make sure not to miss checking this website out, when you are choosing your Paris vacation rental.

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Enjoy Paris, while living in an beautiful apartment…

Third website we recommend is ParisPerfect. As they explain: “Your Paris Perfect experience begins with a hand-picked rental from the most trusted agency in Paris. Our expert team will help you plan your vacation from start to finish to ensure a trip of a lifetime.”

The website contains an great overview of the apartments provided, and as extra info there is several guides for your Parisian stay!

Last but not least, we all know Airbnb, which is just becoming more and more famous… Live like a real Parisian, by renting out an apartment of a host living in Paris! It doesn’t get more authentic than that.

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Montmartre

Is Montmartre in Paris worth the visit?

Montmarte is definitely worth the visit, if you have extra time. It is actually rising above Paris’ panorama, and Montmarte is different than anywhere else in Paris… It is a historic distric with history, character, and beautiful, and artsy streets with many hidden treasures. When you visit Montmartre in Paris, you will feel like being in a magical and imperfect village, far away from Paris. But when going to Montmartre in Paris on a visit, what to explore and discover?

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Sacré-Cœur Basilica, Montmartre

Montmarte is an artistic and bohemian village, which hosts some of the best known festivals in Paris during each year, and while being quite small regarding size, it has enough interesting sights for you to dedicate an entire day of your sightseeing in Paris to exploring the original, and timeless Montmartre.

You do have to explore Montmartre’s artistic heritage, where the great artists lived. The drank their coffee in the cafes, played music and danced the night away. You get the sense when you are there; that Montmartre was and still is the artists’ community. To mention some former artists living in Montmartre, it is: Salvador Dalí, Max Jacob, Juan Gris, Pablo Picasso and Vincent Van Gogh. Seen that movie by Woody Allen “Midnight in Paris”? Well, Montmartre is where Gil Pender meets some of these world-known artists.

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Evening in Montmartre…

When in Montmartre, you do not want to miss the vineyards in rue Saint Vincent. The vineyards in Montmartre presents a Parisian winemaking tradition, and and in the fall Montmartre hosts an autumn wine harvest festival that is truly a treat to attend if you’ll be in Paris in October!

You also have to check out the adorable bakeries in Montmartre – and the cafes and bistros… So factor some time in your Montmartre sightseeing schedule to relax and have a glass of wine or a café – and be sure to try some of the cakes, pies and patisserie goodies of Montmartre.

Of course, last but not least, you have to go to the very famous Basilica of the Sacré-Coeur, which is Paris’ highest point, and you can either hike up or take the tram, in order to go to the top and get an breathtaking view… You can also see the Eiffel Tower from here. Basilica of the Sacré-Coeur took about 40 years to build, and was completed in 1914. It is Montmartre’s biggest monument, so make sure not to miss.

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An artist is drawing the portray of a young man on the Place du Tertre in Montmartre in Paris.

Remember that we on ParisByM have some packages, which includes a guided your in Montmartre with a possibility to try a wine tasting with high quality wines… Check it out!

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3 Paris day tours you should try

In the hustle and bustle in Paris, it can be hard to pick day tours, you want to try. We all know, that a powerful characteristic of the French people is the regard they have for their history, and the restoration of their national monuments. The result of this preservation of the past has greatly contributed to the beautiful state of Paris today. I will hereby complete a guide, whereas I pick out 3 Paris day tours you definitely should try!

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Paris with a view on the Eiffel Tower

First time in Paris

If you want to enjoy some of Paris’ greatest monuments in your day tour, you should try our “First time in Paris”-package, which you will find on ParisByM. In the day tour the highlights are included for first time visitors, so if you are coming to Paris for the first time, this is a package especially aimed for you…

You will explore the Louvre Museum, which for over two centuries has been one of the biggest museums in the world. Here, you have to see the famous Mona Lisa by Da Vinci. But even though Louvre is best known for this masterpiece, there is so much more to explore. You can easily spend a whole afternoon here!

Next up, you can go to Arc de Triomphe at Place de l’Étoile at the top of the Champs-Élysées. Arc de Triomphe is a symbol of the French nation, which links the old and new Paris, and is located on the highest point of the line running from the Louvre to the Grande Arche de la Défense. You have to go up and experience the amazing view of Paris. Overwhelming and beautiful!

By afternoon, you can go on a cruise on the Seine River. Many of the most famous Paris landmarks, such as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and the Notre Dame cathedral lie along the banks of the river – and a Seine Cruise gives you a whole new perspective on these wonderful monuments. A cruise down the beautiful Seine River shows you the wonderful architecture and café lined boulevards of Paris. Buy tickets at ParisByM, and enjoy a dinner cruise with your loved one.

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Seine Cruise – imagine enjoying a dinner here, while the greatest monuments pass you by? Whoa.

Off the beaten path

Option two, is possibly my personal favorite… The “Off the Beaten Path”-package, which allows you to get a guided tour through the famous and beautiful district Montmarte. You can see the famous Sacré-Cœur Basilica here, and you can either take the tram or hike up to enjoy an amazing view from the Roman Catholic church. Afterwards, you can go on a wine tasting tour with high value French vines, and a guided tour to the home of the world-known “Phantom of the Opera”; Opera Garnier. The Palais Garnier is “probably the most famous opera house in the world, and you will be overwhelmed by the amazing architecture, and the romantic atmosphere… Make sure not to miss. Definitely one of the 3 Paris day tours you should try.

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The golden interior of Opera Garnier in Paris. Amazing.

Museum lovers

Last but not least, you should try our “Museum Lovers” package, and the title speaks for itself; If you want to experience the history of the City of Lights while discovering all of its other monuments, this package is dedicated to you! Visit the World-famous Louvre, the Sainte Chapelle, and a tour to the Notré Dame – besides you will get to experience a cruise on the Seine. Discover the world-known Louvre where not a corner are left out, go afterwards and enjoy Saine Chapelle, which is a masterpiece of Flamboyant Gothic architecture built by Saint Louis in the heart of the Palais de la Cité on the Ile de la Cité in Paris. Discover its unique stained glass windows rendering the air iridescent with light and colour, symbols of the Heavenly Jerusalem. This is a royal medieval Gothic chapel, and you will be able to enjoy a concert here! Look at http://www.songkick.com/venues/1168011-la-sainte-chapelle for the upcoming concerts in 2015.

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Saine Chapelle in Paris… Overwhelming experience.

 

Afterwards, go and enjoy Notre Dame and get a guided visit by an experimented guide, which will give you wisdom about the importance of the Cathedral in Parisians’ life!

 

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Notre Dame in Paris!

At dinner time, go to a Seine Cruise. You do not want to miss this… A cruise down the beautiful Seine River shows you the wonderful architecture and café lined boulevards of Paris. Buy tickets at ParisByM, and enjoy a dinner cruise with your loved one. What’s not to love?

Hope you enjoyed my personal pick of 3 Paris day tours you should try!

 

 

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Trips from Paris by train

Most people who come to Paris again and again, rarely become tired of it… However, if you want to explore and discover beyond the city limits, there are plently of day trips from Paris by train! I want to introduce you to my personal guide to trips from Paris by train, and each of them are close enough to go back and forth in a day.

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From Paris with love… Credit: Pinterest

Provins

First of, there is a small town called Provins. It is an hour and 25 mins south-east of Paris, and you can depart from the train station Gare de l’Est. Provins is an ancient town, and get you back to the Middle Ages, with beautifully and amazing buildings, and winding streets. If you have the slightest interest in history, this would be the perfect day trip for you. Provins is also well-known for its rose-derived produce so use it as an excuse to stock up on rose petal jam.

You can take a local train from Gare de l’Est – they leave every half an hour. You won’t save any money by booking in advance so you can just stroll up on the day.

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Provins, with it’s beautiful, narrow streets and historical aspects…

Giverny

Next up is Giverny, which is also included in a day trip in our beneficial packages on ParisByM. You will be amazed by the very famous series of water lily paintings by the Claude Monet. Giverny is just 45 minutes from the train station Gare Saint Lazare station, and you can go with a fast train. The house and the garden is inspired by Monet’s life work. When you take the train, you will arrive in Vernon, from where it is approximately an hour walk from the train station. You can also rent bikes, because some companies offer bike rental just outside the train station, or else you can take a very short bus ride towards Giverny. You will hereby find this beautiful garden, which is very peaceful. At summertime the garden is in full bloom, which leaves you amazed, and the impression will for sure stay with you forever. Make sure not to miss!

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Giverny.. Amazing!

Auvers-sur-Oise

Auvers-sur Oise is the place, where painter Vincent Van Gogh famously worked and died. In 70 short days, Van Gogh painted prolifically, creating on average one work every day until his death. If you’re not a Van Gogh fan, you will still be amazed by this beautiful town, and it’s fields which inspired his work. You can head to the Auberge Ravoux, to see the famous apartment where Van Gogh lived his very final months, or you can enjoy your lunch there at table number five, which is where Van Gogh took his meals… Down the memory lane! If you pass by the village church, you will see the cemerety where the famous artist is buried. Amazing choice for a trip outside of Paris by train!

On weekends and holidays from April – October a direct train to Auvers leaves from Gare du Nord around 10am, taking 35 minutes. All other times, visitors must take a train from either Gare du Nord or St. Lazare, then transfer to an Auvers-bound train at Valmondois, Pointoise or St. Ouen. You do not have to book in advance.

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Auverns, Van Gogh

Fontainebleau-Avon

Last recommendation for a day trip by train, is Fontainebleau-Avon. The amazing town is just forty minutes from Paris, and the forest of Fontainebleau is just moments from the station, which covers 100 square miles. You can enjoy a picnic in the former royal hunting grounds, or go towards the castle, which is the city’s main monument. The Château de Fontainebleau was once the country seat to French royals, which goes back to the 16th century.

There is a lot to see – for example galleries, art and Marie Antoinette’s bed! You have to take a day off your calender to have enough time to explore this amazing place, in an relaxed pace… It’s a straightforward 40 minute train ride from Gare de Lyon to the Fontainebleau-Avon station. This is a local train you needn’t book in advance. If you’re headed for the castle then take the ‘Ligne A’ bus destined for Les Lilas, alighting at the ‘Château’ stop. Or else you can walk approximately 35 minutes.

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Fontainebleau, and it’s amazing castle.. One of the most visited monuments in France!

This were my recommendations for trips from Paris by train… Hope you enjoyed the guide I completed for you, if your wanderlust outside of Paris increases.

Until next time…

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A selection of the best tours in Paris

When you come to Paris, there is always a bunch of activities that you can do, and it really is a jungle when finding out which ones you should pick. We hereby completed a guide, for our selection of the best tours in Paris, that are original, fun, different and out-of-the-ordinary!

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On ParisByM, we have carefully picked out the most beneficial and interesting tours, which comes in packages. These includes romantic tours, photo tours, sightseeing tours including the Eiffel Tower, Louvre Musem, Montmarte, Notre-Dame and also wine-tours, because being in the capital of France, Paris is one of the best places in the World, where you can taste and explore the wide range of quality wines.

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Paris by night, by Pinterest

 

Our weekend-trip packages allows you to relax, have fun and discover some secret places when in Paris. That is one of our selections for the best tours in Paris, and you will find it on our website here. You will be accommodated in Paris’ historical center, and discover secret and funny activities during your weekend in Paris.

If you are in Paris with your loved one, whether the purpose is a weekend escape, honeymoon, wedding proposal or something else, we strongly advice you to order our Romantic Trip package. Again, one of our proposal for a selection of the best tours! Find it here. The package includes transportation, visit to the World’s most famous museum, Louvre, and a sightseeing in the wonderful Montmarte. Also, you will go and see the Arc de Triomphe. A last walk on the Champs Elysees and the avenue Montaigne will allow you to see the most luxurious neighborhood of the city! What is optional in this package, is to discover Versailles which you seriously do not want to miss, the Champagne region or Loire valley with all of the breath-taking castles!

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Castle, Loire Valley!

 

Next up, when selecting the best tours in Paris, we have to mention our “Paris All Inclusive” package, which is ideal if you come to Paris for the first time, and want to see all the attractions without rushing. This package allows you to combine city walks to discover and explore the most beautiful hidden gems in Paris, to get some guided tours, see the main museum and go back in history and much more… Furthermore the top quality accommodation is in the centre! Check it out here!

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Wine tasting in Paris!

 

If you still have some time on your hand when in Paris, and want to do something additional to the packages, we strongly advice you to check out this article from Tripadvisor, which gives you an overview of the most fun and interesting activities when in Paris!

Hope you enjoyed going through our selection of the best tours in Paris with us.

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Things not to do on a short trip to Paris

Paris’ seductive charm are legendary, and for a very good reason. A very wise man once told me that Paris is the runway model of all cities, and I tend to agree. At every turn, and every corner Paris is confident, charming, inspiring and beautiful. But with that said, when I had my first visit to Paris, and found myself elbow to elbow on Champs-Élysées avenue with so-called stereotype tourists; their camera bigger than the Eiffel Tower, trying to capture everything and pushing other people in order to do so, with no regret, I wondered what all the fuss was about.

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So from that experience, I want to complete a guide about what not to do and where not do go – especially when on a short trip to Paris.

The Champs-Elysées was once – and alright, still is – the most beautiful avenue in the world. However, the assets have risen and fallen many times over the years, and if you do not know better, you will find yourself visiting only the global chain stores, and oh.. if you want to cure your hunger on the restaurants on the avenue? Well, try not to. The cafés are full of tourists, and you are very lucky if you find a local sitting on one of those. They would rather be caught dead, I’ve been told.  Instead, if you want to experience that old-fashioned Parisian life, go to Paris’ covered passages, because these used to be Paris’ very first malls, and there you will find French designers, antique book dealers, art galleries, funny Parisian toyshops if you bring your child(ren) and I can go on, and on. I highly recommend Galerie Vivienne, which is north of the Palais Royal. You won’t regret. This is one of my advices, of what not to do, when on a short trip to Paris.

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Upscale shopping mall in Paris at the Palais Royal. This photo was taken on June 30, 2011 by AJ Brustein.

Regarding searching for the perfect place to dine and wine with your loved one, try not to get stuck in an over-priced restaurant. And dear God, there is many of those. A pure-tourist trap, and is among what not to do on a short trip to Paris!

Paris is known for holding no less than 66 Michelin Restaurants, but unless you want to spend as much money on a something-course dinner, as you did on your plane ticket, you should instead go to this article to find whereas you can get fine French cuisine for affordable prices, or go through this article, which shows the best meals, desserts etc. for under 10 euro.

If you find yourself in Paris in the middle of the highseason, and go to Louvre or Musée d’Orsay, do not be disappointed if there is a crowd bigger than the Universe. It can easily happen. Instead, try to explore the less known! Actually there is a lot of Paris’ lesser-known museums, which contains just as important and beautiful art – and you can make sure you will not be elbowed out of the way by a photo-snapping arm. You’ll find Monet’s famous Nymphéas (water lily) murals in the Musée de l’Orangerie, at the far end of the Tuileries Gardens. The Musée Marmottan is home to the world’s largest collection of Monets. And the Musée Rodin, housed in a luminous villa with a lovely garden, is one of the most romantic places in all of Paris. Do not miss!

Musee de l'Orangerie

Musee de l’Orangerie offers a fabulous concentration of masterpieces from the Jean Walter and Paul Guillaume Collection, a highly original insight into modern art featuring Cézanne, Renoir, Picasso, Rousseau, Matisse, Derain, Modigliani, Soutine, Utrillo and Laurencin.

 

You want to get that authentic Parisian experience? Then walk and dress like Parisians do! This may come off as a bit arrogant, but clothing do says a lot. Try to leave your tourist shorts, white tennis socks in sandals, or any clothes, which makes you look like you’re going to climb Mount Everst. Do not misunderstand me, Parisians tend to wear casual clothes, but in a very clean and coordinated way. Complete your look with your best shoes, as you will be walking for hours like the actual tourist you are. But please, do not commit the fashion faux pas.

 

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Casual, all black and beautiful! Credit: Pinterest.

Last but not least, I will highly recommend not to explore the city by taxi, when on a short or long trip to Paris. Try to stroll (or in French:  flâner) through the Parisian streets, which is the best way to explore hidden, magic corners by yourself. Or “to walk the city in order to experience it”, which are words to live by in the City of Light. If you cannot walk that much, take the metro to the wished location. There is a metrostation (almost) everywhere.

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‘Flaner’ in Paris… Credit: Daniela Fili Di Poesia, Pinterest

Lastly I want to highly recommend to buy skip-the-line tickets on ParisByM! It saves you a lot of time, when on a short trip. Or(!) if you want to experience the treasured spots in – or outside of Paris for one day or more, go ahead and check out our VERY beneficial packages. You won’t regret! For me personally, my next to-buy is a trip to Versailles.

This were my recommendations of what not to do when on a short trip to Paris. Beware that this is my own experience, which I gladly wanted to share with you.

Have a really nice day!

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Normandy day trip from Paris – what to experience?

Between Paris, and the English Channel you will find the region of Normandy. You can choose to visit some of the area’s highlights on a day trip from Paris – but what to experience? We want to complete a little guide for you, for inspiration to your Normandy day trip tour from Paris!

One of Normandy’s premier sights (as in, you cannot miss, it is truly breaktaking!) is the tidal island of Mont Saint-Michel. Mont Saint-Michel is connected to the coastline, via a causeway.

You also have to experience the charming town of Honfleur, with its unique wooden church and jumble of houses surrounding a peaceful harbor, was passed back and forth between the English and the French in the Middle Ages. This you have to explore, when taking your Normandy trip from Paris!

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The gorgeous seaside town of Honfleur in Normandy, France

 

Normandy’s beaches also are remembered in history, also called the D-Day beaches, where the tides of the Channel brought Allied troops to the European mainland on D-Day, and the tide of history turned against tyranny. Note that, with ParisByM, you are able to enjoy a full day excursion from Paris to the D-Day Beaches in Normandy in the company of an official guide, who will bring these historic sites to life.

On June 6, 1944, known as D-Day, the Allies opened a new European front against the troops of the Third Reich during the Second World War. It was the largest military operation in history, which marked the beginning of the Battle of Normandy and would lead to the end of the Second World War. More than 150,000 soldiers from America, Britain, Canada and many other nations landed by sea and air on a number of beaches along the Normandy coastline (Utah Beach, Omaha Beach, Juno Beach, etc.) and at the steep cliffs at Pointe du Hoc. Do not miss on your Normandy trip from Paris.

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Normandy Caen Castle is amazingly beautiful.

However, Normandy has much more to offer than just the coastline itself. The regional capital Rouen is a lively center with rich historical and artistic associations. Joan of Arc met her fiery fate here, while the intricate, asymmetrical façade of the gothic Notre Dame cathedral was a favorite subject of Claude Monet. The Impressionist painter also made much of a scene closer to home, his exquisite garden at Giverny.

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Monet’s Garden – Giverny, France

Here you can still see the graceful willows and serene water-lilies which filled his enormous late canvasses, among the world’s best-loved works of art.

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Cliffs of Etretat, Normandy, France; photo by Jarrod Castaing

If this awakened your wanderlust, and wish to take a day trip to Normandy from Paris, do not hesitate to contact ParisByM! We will strive to share our best tips for your budget, needs and wants, and hereby also share our extended knowledge about the highlights of Normandy, that you always dreamed of exploring… You can directly book a last-minute on ParisByM (hence, very beneficial) package, to a one day tour, with the best air-conditioned guide, with direct departure from Paris.

 

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A nice program for a 3 day trip to Paris

Paris is always full of people from all over the World, who comes to see the City of Light, to explore, discover and making memories…

My first 3 day trip to Paris

When I came to Paris the first time, I only had 3 days in Paris to do so.I was having dinner on the most beautiful avenue Champs-Elysees, where I happened to meet a very interesting Canadian couple, who said that they have visited Paris ten times. Yet, they haven’t seen it all, they said. So I was kind of stressed out. Where should I begin? I only had 3 days in Paris , and I did not have any program whatsoever.

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My 3 day trip to Paris recommendation

I decided to complete this 3 day trip to Paris for you, from my own experience. If you furthermore want tips to your Parisian fairytale, go ahead and read our guide here!

From my opinion, you have to explore the Eiffel Tower (read our guide to the Eiffel Tower tours here!) The Louvre (MONA!), Notre Dame, and the Palace of Versailles.

The very first day, I lived in the neighborhood of Montmartre, which is so cozy and full of life… Anyhow, ou HAVE to see Sacre Coeur Basilica, but in order to do so, you have to take the tram – or hike up. You can see Paris’ iconic Eiffel Tower from there. There is art galleries, cozy and beautiful shops and much more. After you indulge the atmosphere you can go down and take the nearest metro to the Eiffel Tower.

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It’s easy to stop at the Arc de Triomphe on the route between Montmartre and the Eiffel Tower, so you can easily hop off, take some pictures, and continue your journey. When you arrive to the famous Tower, you have some options – you can take the lift to the observation deck, or you can go all the way up. Remember to purchase tickets at ParisByM before going, so you save some time. Afterwards you can go to the lawn, where you can chill out, listen to some music, eat some cheese, bread, more cheese and drink some rosé. I did. C’est ça, la belle vie.

I went to Louvre the second day. ART, baby! It was amazing. Much more than I expected it to be. There isn’t a corner left out. So captivating, and overwhelming. Loads of people are standing in front of Mona Lisa, trying to take a picture or 50 of her, so beware of the crowd. You may get squeezed a couple of times, but to be quite honest, Mona is quite underwhelming to see. Just my opinion…

After that, I visited Notre Dame, and I have to say that it is really something you CANNOT MISS when in Paris. I have a hard time describing the feeling you get, when you enter the cathedral. The line may seem long, but it goes fast. And btw, it is completely free. If you can miss 5 euros per person to enter the rooms with all of the treasures. It was amazing. Whoa.

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Notre Dame cathedral, Bondarisilviuphotography

I strolled down the avenue afterwards to taste macaroons from the famous bakery Paul, which is located a few steps from Arc de Triomphe, and right down the Champs-Elysees avenue.

In the evening, I booked a trip to the Seine River – well, actually a sightseeing-boat, whereas you can capture all of the highlights of Paris. It was very romantic and nice. Dinner was eaten at one of the restaurants nearby Notre Dame. There is so many authentic, cozy restaurants and shops to be found there. Very Parisian.

The very last day, I ate le brekky at Le George V (café) on Champs-Elysees. There you can get a complete brunch which consists of croissants, fresh juice, omelette, coffee and toasts with jam and butter for like 5 euros… And at the same time, you can observe the people walking up and down the avenue – very inspiring!

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I had some magical 3 days in Paris, and this trip actually gave me to lust to be a part of the ParisByM team, and provide fantastic trips to people all over the world, who got the same wanderlust.

I hope you enjoyed looking back at my Paris trip with me, and got some inspiration on the way in order to create your own program.

Oh well, there is really no cure for Paris – at least I know by now.

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The Wonderful City of Paris

Are you visiting the most beautiful city in the world but only have 2 days to explore? If so, here are the 5 things that you absolutely cannot afford to miss during your 2 day trip to Paris.

1.  Eiffel Tower

La Tour Eiffel is undoubtably the most iconic symbol of Paris, and one of the most famous attractions in the world.  The best thing to do at the Eiffel Tower is to take the escalator up to the top to get a magnificent view of the entire city! The waiting time for the escalator is usually up to 2 hours so be sure to get a Fast Track Ticket (tickets here).

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Eiffel Tower

2. Louvre

Le Musée du Louvre is the most famous museum in the world. It holds 35,000 masterpieces from all ages, most notably Leonardo De Vinci’s Mona Lisa. One can spend days exploring the Louvre, so make sure to spare a couple of hours in this wonderful museum (Fast Track Ticket here).

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Louvre

3. River Cruise along La Seine

The best way to enjoy Paris’ most beautiful monuments is to take a river cruise along La Seine.  And for all you lovebirds out there, this is one of the most romantic activities you can do with your partner (more info on romance in Paris here). Here are the tickets to the cruise.

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La Seine

4. Montmartre

My personal favorite area of Paris is Montmartre, the city’s 18th arrondissement.  Here you will find the grandiose Sacré-Coeur, as well as charming cobblestone streets and beautiful antique buildings that inspired the works of Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali.

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Montmartre

5. Notre Dame de Paris 

La Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris is Paris’ most iconic and alluring cathedral and an absolute can’t-miss attraction during your 2 day trip to Paris. If you have the time, climb up the 387 steps for an incredible view of Paris.

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Notre Dame

Have a wonderful 2 day trip to Paris!

How to find a cheap accommodation in Paris?

Want to go to the city of love – but rather want to spend your money on Macarons and rosé? No problem! We completed a guide for you for the best cheap accommodations. Paris is so much better when you make it your home. Even if just for a few nights…

Dream of visiting Paris but don't think you can afford this posh city? Here's how to do Paris on a budget!:

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First and foremost; or tip numero uno is to compare hotel rates online, in order to get the best possible rates for your stay. We all know, that hotels in Paris are quite expensive – however, if you do a bit of market research you can get some amazing deals!

Boutique Hostel in Paris

Plug Inn Boutique Hostel, Paris

Another good tip when searching for cheap accommodations, is to look for hotels that are just slightly out of the city centre (but next to a Metro station) and you can save a good amount of cash. Here is some suggestions we found on the Internet, hence beware that we did not personally assess them:

Hotel Georgette which is just a few-minute walk from the Métro (Rambuteau) and also not far from Pont Neuf and Palais Royal. Smart choice and value for money.

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Not far from there you find, Hotel Ecole Centrale which is also located right next to a Métro station (Arts-et-Métiers). 

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Hotel de la Herse d’Or is located at the heart of the Marais district and just a short walk from the Bastille.

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Welcome hotel enjoys a fantastic location right next to Boulevard Saint-Germain, and a short walk from the Seine, Musée d’Orsay, Musée Rodin and the Luxembourg Gardens. 

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The Plug Inn Boutique Hostel, in the midst of Montmartre, is very popular and charming, and although it is a hostel, there are also double rooms.

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BLC Design Hotel is on Rue Richard Lenoir, between the Bastille and the famous Père Lachaise Cemetery.

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Last but not least, Hotel Regyn’s Montmartre is a small, romantic and characterful hotel right in the vivid heart of Montmartre.

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Other than that, we strongly recommed Airbnb, where you can rent private apartments – or rooms if you are a single traveller. Note that Airbnb is not always the cheapest possible solution; however this is probably the most authentic choice, for your stay in Paris. Live, eat and sleep like a real Parisian! What is not to love?

10 Paris Airbnb Rentals You Must Stay In Before You Die:

Airbnb rentals in Paris can be quite nice – even on a budget!

Go on and contact ParisByM for further information, or simply if you want to get help to organize your trip – do not hesitate! I hope you enjoyed the round tour of your next cheap accommodation in Paris.

Chateau de Vincennes

Chateau de Vincennes, a medieval castle a stone’s throw from Paris

Just outside the doors of Paris stands the last royal fortified castle still standing in France.  Alternately a hunting lodge, a royal residence, a state prison and an arsenal, Vincennes is not as famous as Versailles, which was built later. And yet, its history is rich: the Marquis de Sade, Voltaire, Mirabeau, Diderot were imprisoned there; a French prince was murdered in its moats on Napoleon’s orders; after WWII, President Charles de Gaulle made plans to move the presidential palace there…Dunjeon of the castle of Vincennes

With its 52 meters, the highest dungeon in Europe is a witness of French history. Conscious very early of the importance to leave the seething heart of the capital, to better control and contain all possible riots initiated by a warm-blooded Parisian population, the kings of France decided to have this castle built 8 km outside of Paris. The same reasoning led to the construction of Versailles a few centuries later. From a simple hunting lodge constructed around 1150 in the heart of the forest of Vincennes, it was turned into a real fortress in the 13th century.

Dungeon of the Vincennes castle

King Louis IX (Saint Louis) was fond of the castle. While waiting for the Holy Chapel of Paris to be ready to receive them, he had the relics of the Crown of Thorns temporarily housed there. A fragment that remained behind received its own chapel at Vincennes, chapel which is worth visiting. Built on only one level, with beautiful coloured stained glass contrasting with the whiteness of the stone, it is at least as majestic as its illustrious sister on the Ile de la Cité in Paris.The Holy Chapel in Vincennes castle

In 1804, before the French Empire was establish, Napoleon had the Duke of Enghien, of royal blood, murdered in the moats of the castle, after a sham judgement, to prevent any possible coup from the royalist party and to quiet any possible domestic resistance to his rising power. “It was worse than a crime; it was a blunder”, analysed a famous state man of the time. The Duke’s remains were exhumed from the gross tomb where he had been hastily buried in the moat and placed in the Holy Chapel of the castle in 1816.Assassination of the Duke d'Enghien in the moats of Vincennes Castle

Closer to us, in 1964, French President Charles de Gaulle raised the idea to transfer the presidential palace from the Elysée palace to the castle of Vincennes, considering that the Elysées was too closed in and not prestigious enough. But the idea was soon abandoned. Nevertheless, there still exists a plan to move the seat of the presidential power to Vincennes in case the Seine River would overflow, as the Elysée is located in the flood zone. Who knows: maybe we’ll have an official speech from a president one day from the heights of the dungeon?…

 For additional photos of the castle, check this album on our Facebook page.

For whom: everyone
Hours: open every day
From May 21st to September 22nd: from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm (access to the Holy Chapel from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm, and from 2:00 pm to 5:30 pm).
From September 23rd to May 20th: dungeon opened from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and access to the Holy Chapel from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm, and from 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm).



 

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How to plan group trips to Paris?

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Here is our process recommendation & tips for planning group trips to Paris

Step 1 – Define your group – Key questions

How many people?
How old are they? Are there children? How old are they?
Will the group members walk all day? Or do they need a light program? Private / public transport?
Are there some food specific requests?

Step 2 – Define the accommodation you will need

Will you need individual rooms? Or big rooms with several beds in it?
For small groups, is an apartment rental an option?
What category of accommodation are you thinking of? 3-star, 4-star or 5-star-hotels?
The category and location of the hotel you pick will affect the total cost of your trip package. Consider the accommodation costs to be on average 50% of the total package cost.

Step 3 – Plan your program roughly

It is better to have some rough ideas of what you want to do.
Would you like to see the main attractions? Add a group activity?
Are you only planning activities and visits for the day or evening / night as well?

Step 4 – Write down you best-case program

You should take a blank paper and write your program on a day by day basis. It will help you figure out if everything can fit. You will need to consider the time you need for each visit as well as the travel time from a place to another.

Step 5 – book your tickets ahead

The last thing you want is your participants waiting for hours in queues. To avoid this, you will need to book all your tickets, guided-tours, transports and visits ahead. For large groups (more than 10 people), you will also need to book your restaurants for lunch and dinner.

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About travelling in Paris

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How can you easily travel within Paris?

Travelling in Paris is relatively easy with public transport (subway and bus). For airport connection, you should consider using a private driver company like Uber or a competitor or take a bus shuttle.

Public transport in Paris – €1.70 per travel

Travelling in Paris is easy using public transportation. Subway and buses are relatively cheap compared to other cities such as London. Ticket t+, at €1,70 each, is a fair deal and will allow you to travel within Paris using the subway and / or the bus within the zones 1 and 2 (which cover all of the subway grid and some stations of the fast train RER grid) . These tickets are only valid once, meaning you will have to use two of them if you have to take the bus + the subway. Which does not happen that often in fact, as the subway grid is pretty dense. However you will not be able to go to Versailles or to the airport with that, as these destinations are outside the limits of Paris itself.

Click here to get the Metro map

You can print this map, or you may find it in your guide book. Alternatively you can download the subway and bus app here:

App for Iphone

App for Android

 

Taxi in Paris – € 10 – 30 depending on the distance

That’s not just a myth, cab drivers in Paris are scarce and some of them are not that helpful. A good alternative is to use a private driver company such as Uber,  Le Cab or Chauffeur Privé. They will usually be less expensive than cabs, especially for airport connections. With Uber for instance, you should pay € 45 / 50 from Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport to central Paris while it might be € 50 / 60 with a cab. To use Uber or any of the other company, you first need to download their application from the apple store or android platform and set up an account.

Tip : with Uber, use ParisByM’s sponsor  code (uberParisByM) to get a deduction of 10€ on your 1st drive!

 

Airport connections – from € 12 in airport shuttle, € 45 with Uber, € 50 in a cab

If, and only if you are  audacious, you can try the fast train line RER B from Châtelet Les Halles to Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport. This will cost you € 9.75 / person. Nevertheless, this is not an option we would recommend since RER may be late, not working for various reasons and who knows. It is a regional train line that Parisians and tourists alike hate because it is not working properly and there isn’t a day without a trouble on this line.

A good option to avoid the cab is the shuttle. You can either book an AirFrance’s airport shuttle (even if you are not flying with Airfrance) or Airport shuttle from both airports (Orly or Roissy / CDG). This will cost you between € 12 and € 20 depending on which airport you com from and where you go to. Destination in Paris are Etoile (Arc de Triomphe), Porte Maillot, Opéra, Gare Montparnasse. You can find the options and book your tickets here:

AirFrance airport shuttle

Airport shuttle

The last two options are those mentioned earlier: either take a cab (which should cost between €50 – 60) or book a private driver company (around € 45-50).

Alternatively, you can ask us at ParisByM to arrange your transfer for you, and it will be included in your city program directly. Are you planning a trip to Paris? We can help. See how we work, get additional ideas and contact us.

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Practical information for your trip to Paris & France

To make the best of your trip, you need to prepare it ahead. Here are some tricks to help you get ready !
On your marks… Ready ? Go !

Best time to come in Paris: there is no time better than another to visit Paris. All seasons are welcoming and have a particular atmosphere. The weather is pretty nice all year long, with temperatures reaching up to 25 to 30° Celsius in summer, and down to 0°C in winter. You can check the weather forecasts for the following weeks here. The touristic season is at its most during December, January, June and July, so if you are not compelled to come during these times, it could be a good idea to think about another time in the year, in order to avoid the crowd. Just remember that ParisByM can find you some “skip-the-line” tickets…

Passport and visa: There are no entry requirement for nationals of EU countries. Citizens of the USA, Canada,  Australia and New Zealand do not need visas to visit France for up to 90 days. Almost everyone from another country (including South Africa and other African countries) are requested to get a Shengen Visa. This visa is valid throughout the so-called Shengen space, which comprehends most of European countries. Please note that the UK and Ireland are not within the Shengen space.  You can check the Official French website for visa information and application for additional information about getting a visa.

Ideas and blogs: there are plenty of blogs over the internet that will give you ideas for planning your visits. We recommend our: Visit Paris and France

Time: Central European Time (= GMT+1 hour). Just to be sure, you can check here.

Mobile phone: don’t forget to check with your provider before you leave about roaming costs and/or ensuring your phone is unlocked so as to accept a French SIM card. If needed, ParisByM can assist you in getting a French SIM card.

How to call in France: from abroad (or from a foreign cell phone in France), you need to dial 00 33 (usually written as +33) followed by the 10 digits phone number, from which you withdraw the first 0. For instance, you were given the number 01 23 45 67 89 : you need to dial 00 33 1 23 45 67 89. When calling from a French phone, either landline or cell phone, you only have to dial the 10 digits you were given, including the first 0. A phone number beginning with 01 indicates a number within or around Paris. How to recognise a cell phone number from a landline: a cell phone number begins with 06 or 07. Other numbers (01 to 05) are landlines.

Public holidays:

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New Year’s Day 1st January 1st January 1st January
Easter Monday 21st April 6th April 28th March
May Day 1st May 1st May 1st May
8th May 1945 (WWII) 8th May 8th May 8th May
Ascension Thursday 29th May 14th May 5th May
Whit Monday 9th June 25th May 16th May
Bastille Day, national day 14th July 14th July 14th July
Assumption Day 15th August 1th5 August 15th August
All Saint’s Day 1st November 1st November 1st November
Armistice Day (WWI) 11th November 11th November 11th November
Christmas 25th December 25th December 25th December

Opening hours: operating hours for museums are generally from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, nevertheless it can be wise to check ahead of your visit on the website of the museum you are interested in, especially as the entrance desk might close 30 minutes to 1 hour prior to the closing of the museum in some cases. Please check as well which day is the museum closed, as this may vary from a museum to another. If you entrust ParisByM with the organization of your trip, we consider opening and off-peak hours for you when designing your program to make sure you get the most of your trip. In addition, note that some museums may need booking months in advance. ParisByM can book skip-the-line tickets for you for most of them.

As for shops, they usually open at 9:00 or 10:00 am, and close around 7:00 pm. The Galeries Lafayette for instance opens from 9:30 am to 8:00 pm. Shops in touristic areas might have a specific authorization to open until 9:00 pm. As for days of opening, they are generally closed on Sundays, unless again they have a special authorization (DIY stores for instance).  Beware that supermarkets and other food stores are usually not opened on Sundays !

Currency and tax refund: the euro (€), which is used throughout Europe. If you are planning to do some shopping in France, you can expect to be refunded of the VAT either directly in shops that offer duty-free sales, or by the French customs after you leave France. You can find more information about tax-refund here or more generally on the website of the French customs.

Tipping: by law, a service charge is already included in your bill at restaurants, cafés and hotels, and waiters and receptionists cannot and will not ask you openly for tips. Nevertheless, it is up to you to leave a tip (generally some change) if you found the service was nice and efficient. In taxis, it is also up to you to round up to the nearest 1€, but be aware that you are entitled to demand the exact change. Some unscrupulous taxi drivers used not to have change in the past, but the service is now improving a lot and you should not have this kind of problem. You can also use services like Uber to avoid having to deal with change.

Sending mail: the price of the stamps depends on the weight of your envelop, the quickness you want your mail to arrive, and of course the destination. You can find the detailed prices on the Post Office website. In short, for sending a simple postcard that will arrive 2 days later, the prices are the following :
– to France : 0,80 €
– to a country of the EU: 1,20 €
– to the rest of the world: 1,30 €

Movies and books to help you grap the spirit of Paris: check our recommendations here.

Travel Agency Paris

Travel agency Paris: to contact a Paris travel agency that can help you organize your stay, click on the link. You can also see a full list of travel agency in Paris on AngloInfo. You can also contact a Paris trip planner to get some advice. Don’t forget to review the travel agent’s reviews by asking them or try googling key words such as travel agent paris reviews.

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How much does a trip to Paris cost?

Guess what there is no exact science to answer this. The total cost of your trip to Paris will basically depends on the level of your accommodation (3-star, 4-star accommodation or above). It will also depend on the activities you do and the way you do them (guided visits, private tours).

Guide books all agree on two things:

  1. Paris is the most expensive city in France
  2. To save money you need to book your trip in advance

 

See our summary of what the main guide books say on a trip to Paris cost

Guide Book Price detail Daily budget
Mid-range
Daily budget
Top-end
Lonely Planet Prices per person including
accommodation, activiites & food
€ 80-200
$ 100-250
£ 65-160
over € 200
over $ 250
over £ 160
Rick Steves Prices per person including
room and board, sightseeing
av. € 175
av. $ 215
av. £ 140
Guide du Routard Prices per person including
accommodation & food (2 meals)
(no sightseeing)
€ 60-150
$ 75-190
£ 50-120
over € 150
over $ 190
over £ 120
Baedeker Prices per person including
accommodation & food (2 meals)
(no sightseeing)
€ 95-200
$ 120-250
£ 75-160
over € 200
over $ 250
over £ 160

 

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Why should you use a local travel agent in Paris?

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If you are planning a trip to Paris, a local travel agent will make you save time, money and bring authenticity and unique experiences

In fact, the biggest resistance to using a travel agent comes from the ego of thinking “I can do it myself”. To deserve your loyalty, a travel agent must provide a service that is better, faster and more affordable than you can do yourself.

You will save a lot of time

Booking a trip can be extremely stressful. You can spend hours online, searching for deals on hotels and trip packages, bouncing from one website to another looking for the perfect price. This can get you headaches. According to IBM Institute for Business Value (click here to see the study), approximately 20 percent of travelers worldwide said it took them more than five hours to search and book a travel online.

An agent can save you a lot of time by reviewing hotels and tour options to find the right fare at the lowest rate. There are so many options you need someone to make sense of it. There is definitely a point using a travel agent, whether you end up paying a little more or not. You can spend hours online searching for the best price, even if you know where to look, but the time involved and frustration could in itself be costly. Do not hesitate to contact a travel agent, there is no fee for asking a quote and that may save you a lot of time. As a start a good agent will help you figure out where to stay in Paris.

You will save money

Some people do not use travel agents because they think they will be charged extra for the agent’s services. Some agents charge additional fees, but most make their commission through the travel and hotel suppliers. You may be  paying an agent fee but from a total price point of  view, you are going to get added value from your money booking with a travel agent. Indeed thanks to his connections and local knowledge, the agent will make you save on your hotel, activities and transportation. There is a big difference between price and value. The more travelers realize that, the more they are opting to use a travel agent. The travel agent will be able to get deals you will not be able to find online. He can also obtain some upgrades in the  service level (such as getting a superior room) for no additional fees.

You will get an authentic trip adapted to you

The travel agent helps you define what you want. Very often, people may not know what kind of trip they want. It is the travel agent’s job to provide you with a number of options he thinks you would enjoy. Not only he will help you book a trip, he will help you build your trip, acting as a Paris trip planner. For leisure travel, most of the questions are usually: where is the best place to go, best place to stay, best things to do, best place to eat?  In almost every case, the answer is that there is no “best” place in general – but there is a place best suited for you.

A travel agent will enlarge your trip options by suggesting things you may not be able to find online. It is about knowing what the local way of life is, whether that be a great dinner at a small café or tickets to a private show. When people travel, they do not only want to travel like tourists but also to experience the local way of life. This is the travel agent’s job to offer you unique experiences. He will be able to do it thanks to his knowledge of the local market and connections. Flawless trip programs lie in the details. Travel agents are experts when it comes to handling those details.

In which occasion you definitely need a travel agent?

When planning a special occasion like a honeymoon, destination wedding, family trip etc., you will want everything to be perfect. How long do you need to organize a perfect trip? Several hours, a few days, weeks? Will it be really perfect? Such occasions are already time consuming by themselves, you already have to write down the guest lists, to contact caterers, to take care of the decoration etc. You do not want to worry about synchronizing hotel reservations, inter cities transportation, itineraries, guided-tours etc. These are all things a travel agent will organize for you. In addition, good agents will arrange special perks like in-room champagne or birthday cakes, which can really give your experience that added quality you will enjoy. A good friend told me once, TripAdvisor is really good to get suggestions, but I will not book my honeymoon with it. This is fair! If you want to build a hut, do it yourself. If you need to design a new home, you would hire an architect, not use a “be-your-own-architect” website. The same applies to tourism!

International trip 

In addition to providing some destination-specific advice, travel professionals can negotiate hotel and activities prices for you. Also in busiest cities, a travel agent will get you skip-the-line  tickets so that you will not have to spend hours queuing in waiting lines. Waiting lines can amount up to a third of the time you spend in a trip. Not only can you get a better value when you use a travel agent, but you also have the peace of mind that you will allocate your time abroad to what you came for.

Honeymoon trip

You have got enough on your diary when it comes to organizing your wedding. Let someone else plan the honeymoon! Not only can a travel agent get you discounted prices on hotels and activities, but he can use his established connections to provide you with special honeymoon perks like in-room champagne, room upgrades, welcome amenities and candlelit dinners.

Small group and corporate travel

Thanks to his industry connections, a travel agent can negotiate small-group discounts and organize all your itinerary details so your corporate travel or family reunion goes off without a hitch.

How to contact a good travel agent in Paris?

To connect with good travel agents, start by finding a local one. In addition to sector (tourism) knowledge, he will have local knowledge. If you go to Paris, you need to find a local travel agent in Paris. A Google search will return a lot of Tour Operator offering travels  to Paris. Instead you can review a directory on local travel websites such as AngloInfo. To know if you are in contact with a good travel agent review its operating process and website:

    • Is the agent comfortable working entirely by e-mail? Part of the point of having a travel agent book your trip is that you will save time. Therefore, you need a travel agent with whom you will not have to sit on the phone everyday.
    • Is the agent asking questions? This is a red flag. Do only work with travel agents who ask you what may interest you. Even if your are purchasing a standard package, such as weekend trips to Paris or Paris vacation packages the agent should always ask you a few questions to make sure the accommodation will suit you, figure out if he can add value with additional suggestions or offers, etc.
    • Are there customer  reviews available? You should review the website for any kind of customer reviews. You can also ask the travel agent to provide any review from prior clients.You can also try to google keywords such as Travel agent Paris reviews and see what shows up.

 

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Where to stay in Paris?

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Top areas where you can find an hotel or accommodation in Paris. Review ParisByM's tip on where you should stay in Paris. The main districts are introduced with all the pros and cons.When planning a trip to Paris, one of the first questions you have to answer is Where to stay in Paris?

Guess what? There is no unique answer to this question. Indeed Paris has many attractive areas where you can stay. They are all different: some are quiet, others more central, some have a specific atmosphere, others a lot of dining options.

Check out our areas and neighborhoods review to help you solve the question of “Where to stay in Paris?“. You can also view the areas on the Google map below and even request the maps and areas review in PDF.

Champs Elysées & Louvre – Very central location, close to the main monuments, shops and galleries. Excellent transport links. Mostly top-end and luxurious accommodations. A good option if you are in Paris for a few days and/or want the best of the best.

Eiffel Tower & Invalides – Luxurious area, very central and close to the main monuments. Some hotels offer a nice view. Traditional restaurants and chic brasseries around.

Montmartre – Village atmosphere and some lively multicultural areas. Some places have a view over Paris. Less central than other areas, and red lights district around will not appeal to every traveler.

Opéra & Galeries Lafayette – Central and close to the main monuments. Good transport connections. Mid-range to top-end accommodations, all sorts of drinking and eating options. Ideal for shopaholics who want to discover the Paris department stores.

Montparnasse – Lively cultural area, with a lot of restaurants and theaters. Very good transport connections. Mid-category to top-end accommodations. Center of the artistic life in the 20’s-40’s.

Saint-Germain – Stylish, central location. Top-end accommodations, and sophisticated dining. Perfect area to relax, have dinner around and enjoy nice after-dinner walks.

Latin Quarter – Energetic student area, very centraly located, a lot of cheap eating and drinking options, many bookshops. Good accommodations and apartments available. Suitable to both short and long stay.

Marais – Old restored buildings, hip shopping, great range of eating options, gay and lesbian scene, busier on Sunday than most areas.

Saint-Louis Island – As central as it gets, peaceful and romantic island with very exclusive accommodation. Quiet nightlife that makes it a perfect place for those looking for peace inside the city. The evening walks along the Seine banks are wonderful.

See Where to stay in Paris on Google map. You can click on the name of each area to display additional information.