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Galeries Lafayette

Discover the hundreds shops at Galeries Lafayette shopping plaza, which has the biggest choice of clothes brands in Paris.

galeries lafayetteThe Galeries Lafayette is a French store chain with its flagship store based in Paris on Boulevard Haussmann in the 9th district. The chain was born in 1895 thanks Theophile Bader who opened a fashion shop. Only 10 years after, the company had in its property 3 entire buildings, included the current of Boulevard Haussmann. The group is involved to promote the French “Art of Living” creating a special atmosphere inside their store. The Galeries Lafayette earnings are over the 1 billion per years. The store is run by a family and as the years passing by, they continue to improve invest and anticipate the future in order to give an always better option to their customers.

Why should you go to Galeries Lafayette?

Galeries Lafayette
First of all, go at Galeries Lafayette means falling in love for shopping. If you are a shopping lover you cannot miss this huge store in Paris. It gives the biggest brand options in all of Paris, there you will find brands as Burberry, Louis Vuitton, Dior, Dolce&Gabbana, Armani, Marc Jacobs and hundreds of others among the most and the least luxury. You will discover all the best brands in the world in a cosy and family environment where the hospitality, the good service and the variety of choice is guaranteed. Two floors are dedicated for the Lafayette Gourmet providing the best food and daily fresh grocery among regional and international specialities. Furthermore a tea room, reading room and a smoking room complement the interior area in order to give customers a relaxing moment after shopping. At the top, the roof offers a delightful view of Paris. Galeries Lafayette hosts many people which are just interesting in the building architecture. The dome which rises a height of 43 metres, and the Neo-byzantine style glass windows, soon became the symbol of Galeries Lafayette.

Who is it for?

Go at Galeries Lafayette is a really Parisian experience unmissable for everyone. For senior citizens the visit is suggested outside the weekend time for crowding reasons.

 

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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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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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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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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!

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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?

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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.

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Spending your Vacation in Paris!

Are you interested in spending your vacation in one of the most beautiful and magical cities in the world? If so, come visit Paris! Here are three of our best Paris vacation packages offered at ParisByM.

1. The Romeo & Juliet

There is no question that Paris is the most romantic city in the world. If you’re looking for a charming place to spend your vacation with your loved one, then there is no better place to visit than the City of Love. Our Romeo & Juliet Paris vacation package is filled with fun and charming activities for you and your loved one during your stay in Paris.

From romantic picnics under the Eiffel Tower, to relaxing dinner cruises on the river Seine (tickets here), to incredible private tours of the illustrious gardens of Chateau Versailles, our Romeo & Juliet vacation package has all the necessities for you and your loved one to have the trip of your lives. Click here to check out all of the other romantic activities that this package has to offer!

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2. The All Inclusive 

All inclusive packages are the best way to experience a trip, especially in a city like Paris that is filled with so many sights and adventures. Having to find a hotel, organize transportation, and plan daily activities separately is a very stressful task. Eliminate this stress by purchasing our All Inclusive package – it will not only save you time and energy – but money as well! (Click here for more info regarding the benefits of all-inclusive packages).

Our All Inclusive deal will provide you access to a 3-5 Star hotel, 3-Star Restaurants and comprehensive transportation around the city. It also features a plethora of activities in Paris’ most fascinating attractions – from a guided tour of the Musée du Louvre to tickets to a Moulin Rouge Cabaret (tickets here) – two things that you don’t want to miss! Click here to find out more about this incredible deal.

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3.  The Weekender

Are you coming to Paris for vacation but are only able to stay for a weekend?   Then our Weekender package has you covered with all of the must-see sights and attractions to make your quick stay efficient and amazing.

The package includes Fast Track Tickets to Paris’s most famous museums and attractions – skip the lines and be able to access the top of the Eiffel Tour (tickets), or the entire exhibit of Musée d’Orsay!(tickets)

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Pick any of these Paris vacation packages and have an absolutely amazing time in Paris.  Begin your vacation adventure in Paris by booking now!

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Go to Paris for your Weekend Break

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Whether its on your own, with friends, or your significant other, Paris is a enchanting place to escape to for the weekend. Here are some ideas for when you go to Paris for your weekend breaks.

Cultural Activities

-Louvre: Ranked by the Smithsonian as one of the top 28 places to see before you die, the Louvre museum has over 35,000 masterpieces including the Mona Lisa, Raft of Medusa, and Liberty Leading the People.

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-Catacombs: After an overcrowding problem in Parisian cemeteries in the late 18th century, the Council of the State decided to remove the six million remains of Cimetiere des Innocents into the quarries of Paris. This is how the catacombs were formed. Now a labyrinth museum, the catacombs are open to the public to see.paris weekend break

-Notre-Dame: This gothic style cathedral is the most famous cathedral in Paris. Completed in 1345, Notre Dame is intricately built with unbelievable stained glass windows and detailed gargoyles. It’s free to enter and has an option to climb the towers for an amazing view for an additional fee.paris weekend break

-Les Invalides: There are five museums that make up Les Invalides, as well as a veterans hospital (founded by Napoleon), a cathedral, and other military buildings. Les Invalides is most known for the sarcophagus of Napoleon Bonaparte and the Museum of War.paris weekend break

Walk and Discover

-Montmartre: An area full of winding streets, Montmartre is where you an walk and discover local artists, small shops, and flavorful bistros. Make sure you stop by the steps of Sacre-Cœur  Basilica or the Moulin Rouge! paris weekend break

-Seine River Bank: The Seine River, running through the heart of Paris has many activities to offer! You can simply walk along the river bank for a relaxing evening, board a Bateaux Mouches, or discover The Berges, which offers many relaxing and sporting games and activities as well.paris weekend break

-Saint Germain de Près: Located around the former Abbey of Saint0Germain-des-Près, this area of Paris is filled with upscale art galleries, designer boutiques, cafés full of writers, and jazz on the street in the warmer months. Saint Germain de Près was also once the spot that Claude Monet ad Auguste Renoir shared a studio and were Albert Camus and Jean-Paul Sartre found their inspiration.paris weekend break

-Marais: With pre-revolutionary building and a medieval fill, the Marais an area of fashionable art galleries, fashion boutiques, small shops, and many restaurants and bars. The Centre Pompidou and Place des Vosges are places you shouldn’t miss!paris weekend break

Romantic Activities

-Dinner cruise: A dinner cruise anywhere is pretty romantic but not as romantic as on the River Seine! Board a famous Bateaux Mouches for the even and enjoy a mouth-watering dinner while getting to see the most celebrated monuments in Paris.paris weekend break

-The Eiffel Tower: Find your way through the city of love to the Eiffel Tower at night. Every night beginning at 10pm on the hour, the Eiffel Tower’s lights twinkle, which is a perfect view for lovers. If you need dinner plans, make reservations at the romantic Jules Vernes restaurant, located on the 2nd level of the Eiffel Tower.paris weekend break

-Canal St. Martin: This canal, originally build to bring sanitary drinking water to Paris, is made for a romantic walk with that special someone. Its lined with cozy bars and restaurants and you can also pack your own picnic to eat along the banks of the canal.paris weekend break

-Rodin Museum: It’s said that you can literally feel the love at the Rodin Museum. Every sculpture is full of emotions and the gardens are an exquisite spot to take a stroll with your lover.

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ParisByM can help you plan your trip and save on your hotel in Paris : we can book your tickets for the monument visits, spare you time waiting in line, help you find a hotel in your budget, and provide you a full itinerary of what to do in Paris for the length of your stay.

 

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