For the first-time visitor, getting around Paris can be stressful. Public transportation options abound, though, making it easy to get from point A to point B if you're familiar with your options. Before deciding on your transportation method, keep in mind that Paris is divided into 5 zones. These zones are used for pricing public transportation passes, so traveling to Zone 5, for instance, will cost more than sticking to Zones 1 and 2. Read on to learn about your main public transportation options.
This urban subway system is located in Zones 1-2, and at €1.80 for a single ticket, it's one of the most affordable ways of seeing the central sites. The Metro consists of 300km of track and 300 stations, ensuring you always get within a block or two from your destination. Tickets for the Metro can be purchased at station booths, with multi-day options and a weekly option available.
Since the Metro is the most widely used method of getting around, you'll want to familiarize yourself with the color-coded map prior to your trip, as that will make the adjustment easier. These Metro maps are also located on all platform walls, so check the station you're at and look for the station you plan to travel to, following the line and looking for any color changes, which mean you'll need to switch lines at certain stations.
The RER train consists of five train lines that connect the city center with surrounding neighborhoods. It acts as an express underground option, so it's a popular way to travel. When traveling within Zone 1, you can even use a Paris Metro ticket for the RER. Anything beyond Zone 1, however, requires a Billet Ile-de-France, which is a coupon-like ticket priced according to the trip you're taking. From the airport to Paris, for instance, this type of ticket costs €10 for adults and €7 for children.
Be aware that there are several types of ticket windows at Paris train stations. Some sell tickets for intercity trains while others sell Billets Ile-de-France, so don't get in the wrong line. You can also purchase a Billet Ile-de-France at ticket vending machines in certain stations.
There is no limit on distance when it comes to traveling via bus, and you can use Metro tickets for bus journeys. Keep in mind, however, that bus tickets offer no connections and are only valid for a single journey. If you change buses, you'll need another ticket unless you have a travel pass. If you skip the travel pass but plan to use the bus frequently, consider purchasing a carnet, which is a pack of ten tickets.
No matter which transportation option yon choose, the Paris Visite pass allows for unlimited travel for up to 5 consecutive days, making it a bargain for tourists. Prices vary according to how many days you plan to use it and which zones you want included, but a 5-day adult pass for all zones is €67.40.
To find the best transit options for your trip, make a list of your must-see attractions and determining which zones they're in. Hitting multiple sites each day in a specific area can reduce your transportation costs, so plan accordingly.
The first time I ever saw Paris, I fell in love. I suppose that's true for many people, but at ten years old, I felt like the first person to fall head-over-heels for the bouquinnistes selling books at the quais of the river Seine, the starkly white statues standing guard in the old Gare d'Orsay, the slightly rotten but lovely and foreign smell of metro cars. I spent four days there, and by the time I had returned to the States, I was hooked.
But I don't know that I actually fell in love with Paris – I don't know that it's possible – until I started going to my morning market when I moved here in 2007. At ten, I fell in love with Paris' outward appearance; at twenty, I started to get to know the city.
It started slowly: my first market, when I lived in the ritzy 7th arrondissement, was just past the Eiffel Tower into the 15th, at La Motte Picquet. The market was under a metro overpass, and I would go there on weekends with a friend who lived nearby to pick up a few groceries, but mainly just to look at all the choice: chickens roasting uncovered on spits, giant dishes of couscous and paella heating and being sold by the barquette, cheeses and cuts of meats that I had never heard of before. It was a good market to start with, a way to break myself in: there was a spattering of English, and one stand where shoppers were welcome to select their own produce, unheard of at most Paris markets.
When I moved to the Mouffetard area of Paris, I inherited this famous, daily street market, where storefronts explode onto the narrow street, loosing their wares out on the sidewalk so you can't even walk past without smelling fresh, slightly bruised gariguette strawberries in summer or simmering boeuf bourguignonne in winter.
But my preferred market is the smaller one, a few streets over, at place Monge, where the fishmonger flirts with me unapologetically, as I savor free samples of spring peas and bright orange charentais melon:
“Vous venez d'où, mademoiselle? Where you are from? Amérique? I would like an American wife!”
He laughs heartily, and I smile as I walk past the shining blade of his knife, expertly filleting salmon for a customer: I have different things in mind.
The butcher counter is overwhelming at first; I stalk past it several times, pacing at a safe distance so as not to attract the questions and offers of the man waiting impatiently behind it with blood on his apron. So many cuts, so many things to choose from. I'm not sure half of it is beef; it bothers me less in France than it would back in America.
Finally, I get the courage to approach and ask for rumsteak pour deux personnes, steak for two people. The cuts aren't the same as in the States; I'm not sure what this would be called shrink-wrapped in the American grocery stores, but it's very thin and slightly marbled, and not too fatty.
As the butcher wraps up my steaks, he asks me the question I've grown used to since I started shopping at the market. “Vous allez en faire quoi?” What are you going to do with it. As usual, I shrug and ask, “Vous en pensez quoi?” and am rewarded with the smile of knowledge that comes from a man who recognizing his expertise.
“A la poële, retourné vite fait... avec une petite sauce au vin rouge.”
Of course, the man was right: quickly seared with a little red wine sauce... quick and easy: the best way to enjoy these steaks.
Recipe: Steak au Vin Rouge
Note: For this recipe, be sure to pick a good bottle of wine that you can drink alongside the dish. Ask for help at a wine store, or pick out a bottle yourself at the grocery store: a Bordeaux or vin du pays d'Oc will work well.
Steak with Red Wine Sauce
Salt the steaks on both sides with sea salt.
Crack a window, and heat a heavy-bottomed skillet over high heat. Add the oil and butter. When the butter has melted, swirl it around the bottom of the pan, and add the steaks.
Cook 40 seconds to 1 minute per side, depending on the thickness of your steaks.
Remove the steaks to a plate and cover with foil. Remove the skillet from the flame, and slowly pour the wine in, down the side of the pan, shielding it away from you by lifting the pan slightly. Return the pan to the flame and reduce the heat to medium.
Whisk in the mustard. Stir continuously until sauce has reduced by half (about 2-3 minutes).
Plate the steaks, pouring any accumulated juices from the covered plate back into the pan and whisking to combine. Pour the sauce over the steaks, and top with freshly ground black pepper. Serve with lots of crusty baguette to mop up the sauce.
Emily Monaco is native New Yorker, living and writing in Paris since 2007. She loves discovering new places and, of course, their local cuisines! Read about her adventures in food and travel at tomatokumato.com or follow her on Twitter at @emiglia
by Megan McDonough
Paris remains as one of my all-time favorite cities. Of course, I’m sure this is true for many travelers and art lovers alike. The first time I stepped foot in the City of Lights was during my junior year of college, when I studied and worked in London. Our program was hosting a weekend trip to Paris so I made sure I was the first person to sign up.
As a young student with limited funds, I remember my friends and I stuffing leftover croissants from breakfast into our purses to serve as a mid-day snack. Looking back, I cringe at this slightly embarrassing memory, but I don’t regret the experience one bit. Two years later, I re-visited Paris on a solo trip and although I was no longer a broke college student, I still took advantage of the free and fabulous views one can find in Paris.
I used to wonder why Parisians were so thin despite eating carbohydrates all day. Then I discovered Montmartre and things started making sense. Although this artsy neighborhood of Paris is relatively close to a metro stop, it definitely requires an uphill hike to make it to le Sacre Coeur – therefore helping me understand how locals stay so fit. Below the hills, just outside of the church is one of the most magnificent views. I recommend going here just as the sun begins to set. You will see the city transform from day to night, as the city lights are illuminated.
It took me two trips to Paris to figure out that Galeries Lafayette was not only a shopaholic’s paradise but also one of the best views in Paris. The shopping center is massive, so do your best to avoid picking up a shirt here or a skirt there. Go all the way up to the top floor and find the door that leads outside. I was pleasantly surprised not only that this outdoor space existed, but also at the spectacular view in general.
Centre Georges Pompidou
Similar to Galeries Lafayette, the Centre Georges Pompidou rooftop offers a memorable view of Paris for the reasonable price of zero euros. If you have already bought a ticket to the National Museum of Modern Art, take advantage of the elevator, which takes you to the rooftop where you have a clear view of Notre Dame Cathedral and the Sacre Coeur. If you are in the mood to feel rich minus a huge bank account, head to the trendy Georges Restaurant and order a glass of wine.
Parc du Champs de Mars
Although this is not a view from a 50-story building, the panoramic view from Parc du Champs de Mars is not only free, but one of the best ways to see the Eiffel Tower up close and personal. If you want to see the Eiffel Tower glitter, make sure you arrive closer to the evening hours. During the day, the view is equally stunning and the architectural details are front and center. If I were planning another trip to Paris right now, I would call up a group of friends and plan an afternoon picnic in the park and make sure we had enough wine and cheese to last us a few hours.
Arc de Triomphe
Anyone visiting Paris will undoubtedly make it to the Arc de Triomphe at some point on his or her trip. I suggest heading there in the evening because the romantic city lights will be turned on. Bonus points if you are visiting around Christmas time. My second trip to Paris was in late December and there were holiday decorations and outdoor markets all along the Champs-Élysées. Standing underneath the Arc itself gives you a panoramic view of the city as you watch beeping cars speed their way around the roundabout.
Other views for a small price: For just a few euros, you can take an elevator to the top of the Eiffel Tower. To actually see the Eiffel Tower at night, you won’t get a better view than the one on the top floor of Montparnasse tower. I paid for both of these views and did not regret it. In fact, these views were so memorable that I don’t even remember what I paid in the first place.
Megan is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Bohemian Trails, an online travel magazine focusing on global art, culture and off-the-beaten path destinations. Born in Washington D.C. and now based in New York City, Megan is a freelance writer and social media specialist in the travel industry. Her passion for travel has taken her to Europe, South America, Mexico and Egypt.
July 14th, 1789, marked a turning point in French history. Rising up against the ruling monarchical regime, a bloodthirsty mob stormed the Bastille in Paris. It was half past three, and the beginning of the French revolution. The Bastille turned into a battlefield and ultimately, a place of siege. And once the Bastille had been taken, the mob marched straight on to Versailles, to take none else but King Louis XVI himself.
To this day, July 14th is referred to as “Bastille Day,” or “La Fête Nationale” of France. The whole country joins in the celebration, but the two-day stint is most spectacular in Paris. This year, head to the French capital to witness the festivities first-hand, beginning on the eve of July 13th and running into the late hours of the next day.
The Night Before
On the eve of Bastille Day, the “Bal du 14 Juillet” (July 14th Ball) is held at the Place de la Bastille. Every year, a different theme is chosen for the ball, and attendees will dress accordingly.
At 9 p.m., the Fire Brigades open their firehouses to the public for a down-to-earth fundraising dance. You can dance alongside firefighters until the early morning. Late night fireworks can also be heard, and seen, throughout different neighborhoods in the city.
Early the next morning on July 14th, Parisians head to the Champs Elysées for the grand parade. From the Arc de Triomphe to the Place de la Concorde, locals and tourists alike cheer on the procession of the Armed Forces of France. Overhead, you’ll see the French Air Force planes put on a flying show, and on the ground, the Paris Fire Brigade will march to finalize the parade. To fit in, wear red, white and blue, the colors of the French flag.
Republican Picnic all around town
After the parade, tradition has it that Parisians feast on a republican picnic. An ideal place to do so is on the banks of the Grand Canal at the Versailles Palace, for example. Bring your own baskets, and share with others. To get your mouth watering, here are some goodies you could try: quiches, crusty baguettes, poached and fresh fruits, assorted cheeses, scrumptious pastries and, of course, aged wine to go along with it all.
The picnic is a modernized version of the Republican Banquet, which reaffirms the values of the Republic: “Liberty, Equality and Fraternity.”
Once night falls, it is a custom to gather by the Eiffel Tower or the Arc de Triomphe in anticipation of the night’s fireworks. 11 p.m. is when the light show starts, and it lasts for about 30 minutes. It’s hard to avoid the crowds at this point, but if you arrive early, you can catch a comfortable spot on land or along the riverfront. For even closer views, reserve a seat on a glassed-in boat on the Seine.
Participation in the Bastille Day celebrations is, of course, not mandatory. Those interested in art might be glad to know that numerous museums offer free admission on July 14th. Consider the Louvre, Orsay, Pompidou, and the Rodin, to mention just a few.
The City of Light attracts people from all over the world for different reasons. The food, architecture, fashion, and romanticism all exert a magnetic pull toward Paris, but history buffs in particular can find numerous attractions in this old and iconic city.
Tour History Through Art at the Louvre
Not only does the famous Louvre Museum contain thousands of priceless works of art representing nearly every historical era, but the site itself served as a battle fortress prior to its dedication as a museum in 1793. The most ancient pieces found within the Louvre's walls date back nearly 7,000 years and include Egyptian, Greek, and Roman antiquities.
Unearth Secrets Under Notre Dame
Most guides steer you to the architectural wonder of the Notre Dame cathedral itself, but the Archeological Crypt located under the cathedral's square offers more bang for the history buff's buck. This subterranean museum opened to the public in 1980 and displays the fruits of rigorous excavations conducted in the late 1900s. Tour the remnants of medieval and classical buildings erected over 2,000 years ago.
Explore Education and Architecture in the Latin Quarter
From the towering Pantheon mausoleum to the hallowed halls of the Sorbonne, the original home of the University of Paris, the Latin Quarter offers evidence of Paris history dating back to the mid-1250s. Although the college is not open to the public, groups of 10 or more people can schedule tours of Thomas Aquinas's alma mater in advance. From the college, visit Sigmund Freud's residence three blocks away or the National Medieval Museum at the Hotel de Cluny.
Tour Tombstones in Paris Cemeteries
The graves of Parisian luminaries lie in several cemeteries spread throughout the city. The Père Lachaise Cemetery, for example, contains the final resting places of writer Oscar Wilde, composer and pianist Frédéric Chopin, novelist Marcel Proust, playwright Molière, and feminist author Gertrude Stein, among 800,000 others. Visit the Cimetière de Montmartre to see the grave of Alexander Dumas, then tour the Pantheon Crypt to pay homage to some of France's most celebrated thinkers, including Voltaire and Victor Hugo.
Meander Through Historical Museums
Although art museums like the Louvre garner most of the travel hype, Paris offers its fair share of historical museums, as well. The National Marine Museum sails visitors through the history of French naval exploits, while the Conciergerie provides a glimpse of Marie Antoinette's cell within the former prison. Explore the roots of domestic and former currency at the Paris Mint.
Paris also offers museums dedicated to the histories of law enforcement, immigration, medicine, literature, and transportation. Each venue provides visitors with guided or self-guided tours through ancient halls filled with artifacts and reconstructions. The Carnavalet Museum contains a more comprehensive collection of art, engravings, furniture, pottery, and other artifacts from French history.
A simple stroll through Parisian neighborhoods provides a hint of the city's historical significance, but these specific destinations offer history buffs the opportunity to dig deeper into Paris's past. From 11th-century churches to 19th-century bridges, quench your thirst for history in the City of Light.
The "City of Love" has been a vacation destination for centuries. Paris stands out among heated European competition as an annual "must-visit" and the tourism numbers show that travelers agree. With a feast for all five senses available, Paris attracts all types of travelers from solo adventurers, to couples looking to be inspired by romance, and families aiming to tackle all the history in one swoop. There really is an intimidating list of things to do in Paris, so we've done our best here to break it down for you.
Eat the Food:
For years the French have received praise for their cuisine and show no signs of relinquishing their title. While in Paris, we highly recommend trying all of the different types of food that Paris has to offer. Choose from budget street food to fine dining bistros. Try an American fan favorite with a French twist when you visit Frenchie to Go. Frenchie to Go is a New York style deli that is filled with fine French cheeses, fresh baguettes, and only the finest meats. For a finer eating experience visit, Restaurant Guy Savoy.
Restaurant Guy Savoy, is operated by Chef Guy Savoy and has received three Michelin stars. Although the menu may be a splurge it is well worth it for the exquisite meal and beverages. Contact the restaurant to see if you could partake in their 5 course tasting menu which includes wine pairings!
As part of your Parisian experience make sure to treat your sweet tooth to macarons. These are a French favorite and we can understand why, visit Macarons at Pierre Herme or Macarons at Laduree - you won't regret it!
See the History:
When in Paris each avenue is a new adventure to discover history. Some of the areas we recommend visiting are the Place de la Concorde, Arc de Triomphe, and the Catacombs of Paris. Unfamiliar with some these location? Not to worry here are some facts that makes these such worthwhile sightings:
o Place de la Concorde was one of the most notorious sites of the French Revolution. In fact, it was at this plaza that King Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette and other leading figures were beheaded by Guillotine.
o The Arc de Triomphe, was built at Napoleon's request to commemorate the French soldiers after the Battle of Austerlitz.
o The Catacombs of Paris, are former mines that were transformed into a labyrinth-like subterranean graveyard, now housing over six million human skeletons.
As you can see from a mere three examples, Paris has an abundance of history for you to explore.
Europe is filled with museums and Paris is no exception to the rule. The top recommendation for museum is the Musee du Louvre. From Ancient Egyptian mummies and Ancient Roman statues to the Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece, Mona Lisa, there is something for every history enthusiast at Musee du Louvre.
A close second is the Centre Pompidou which is an inside-out museum where you'll find a massive complex of art, a studio, library, numerous galleries, etc. This is yet another popular location for visitors and Paris residents so make sure to set a whole day aside.
Be a Tourist:
Paris is all about sightseeing and although we have touched on a lot of locations thus far we can't help but recommend a few more! While in Paris some of the stops we recommend are the Notre-Dame Cathedral, Musee D'Orsay, Luxembourg Gardens, Versailles Palace, and the Champs-Elysees.
Walk the Streets:
If you are in the mood for open air and walks make sure to explore the Promenade Plantee or Promenades des Berges. The Promenade Plantee is a three-mile walkway that takes you on a path down flower gardens, shops, galleries, and fountains. In the summer months the Promenades des Berges offers outdoor movies, live music, and a floating cocktail lounge.
Both these locations have a lot to offer and will allow you to have a care free day exploring.
Take a Tour:
As every travel who has been to Europe knows, the planning may be overwhelming because there is just so much to see. Fitting a tour in to your schedule would be a great option. Tours range through all of categories such as Paris sightseeing tour at night or day, Cabaret tours, river cruise tour, wine tours, etc.
What we are trying to say is that if you think of something you want to do, there is most likely already a company offering a tour package for you to take advantage of! Tours are a great way to add a little structure and remove a lot of planning stress off your shoulders.
Entertain the Kids:
Although there are many kid friendly locations in Paris, I want to focus your attention on one that was briefly mentioned, Luxembourg Gardens. The Luxembourg Gardens are a Parisian escape that offers a gorgeous back drop of 60 acres of pristine fields. Explore the paths and formal gardens, or just relax with a picnic. Kids can float sailboats at the Grand Basin, ride ponies or take a spin on the merry-go-round, or catch a show in the puppet theater. This is an outing that the whole family will enjoy and a quintessential Paris afternoon.
Fall in Love:
When you think of Paris, most likely you are instantly brought to an image of the Eiffel Tower. The Eiffel Tower is an iconic landmark and an indispensible element of Paris's skyline. Today, this 314 meter-high iron structure is a great place from which to get a bird's-eye view of Paris. We have come to identify the Eiffel Tower as the symbol of the "City of Love" so what better way than to visit with your significant other. Save this landmark for a special day or night and make sure to bring a picnic lunch with wine or visit the restaurant locating in the Tower itself. At night the Eiffel Tower will light and it is a scene that you will not soon forget!
The city of love attracts some of the most talented artists in the world. Musicians, painters, sculpters, writers, singers, and the artists of today, bloggers, flock to this inspiring metropolis. The sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of Paris exist to be enjoyed - if not in person, than described by someone with a flourish for language.
Whether they are writing about Paris which just has a certain 'je ne sais quoi' or they travel abroad and take their journals with them - here is our list of the top travel bloggers located in Paris worth following:
52 Martinis: "Forest seeks out the city's best cocktails, spills all on the blog and shares these spots with readers through regularly organised soirees. 52 Martinis is more than a cocktail blog; it's a fun-filled peak into a Parisian cocktail lifestyle."
Colleen's Paris: "The Colleen's Paris Web site provides information about Paris, its history, events and general information. It is not all encompassing. When things happen that are interesting to me, I want to share them with visitors, would-be visitors, and dreamers."
De quelle planete es-tu?: "De quelle planète es-tu is a somewhat random lifestyle blog featuring everything from knick-knacks to landscapes from the Rocky Mountains to the Parisian skyline. It is a creative outlet filled with splendor and pretty things, yummy snacks and a glimpse at culture and friendships. On De quelle planète es-tu you'll find tips for the City of Lights and beyond, moments worth sharing and simple things worth a double take. It's refreshing to stop and smell the roses every time and again. I'm Meg, a Denver native that has gone Parisian. I have had a story of Paris intertwined with my Rocky Mountain roots since I was a pre-teen, and I have somehow made my life here taking risks and letting life happen. Digital project manager in the luxury industry by day, this blog is my creative outlet and a place to share the simple things in life, the knick knacks on the shelf and the piles of things that make a home a home. I like craft beer and flea markets and am anxious to share my Paris with you."
Finding Noon: "FindingNoon is just about my life in Paris. As a travel writer for AFAR, HIP Paris blog and in flight magazines, I am always on the look out for the authentic Paris moment, from art museums to artisans ateliers, from restaurants to my kitchen. And when the mood hits, I take it personal, writing about love, life and raising a family as it happens here in Paris."
Frenchless in France: "As an American who came to live in Paris with my French husband and took up photography, through my blog over the years I’ve greatly enjoyed being able to give a unique insight as an insider, accentuated by images as I go about my daily life."
Girls Guide to Paris: "GirlsGuideToParis.com, an all-encompassing online city guide by Francophile Doni Belau, currently features over 5,000 pages of fun ideas, services and insider tips for visiting Paris, including shopping, activities and dining —all tested and personally selected with care by Doni and her team of locally based writers."
I Prefer Paris: "I Prefer Paris is an insiders guide to Paris written by Richard Nahem, a former New Yorker living in Paris for 10 years. Get the scoop from a local insider about restaurants, food, attractions, shopping, museums & exhibitions, architecture, theater and dance, and plenty more."
Lost in Cheeseland: "My site does double duty as a sort of expat journal - the highs, the lows and everything in between - and a reference for Paris/France lovers. I share dining and cultural recommendations and put the spotlight on creative Francophiles in a long-running series called "Franco File Friday". There are so many Paris voices out there but I try to offer a unique perspective by blending personal anecdotes with travel storytelling and practical information. Venez!"
Making Magique: "So much of Making Magique is about celebrating the beauty of Paris, the place that I chose to make my home and inspires my work as a photographer and writer. My blog is a personal love letter in it's own way to the city and all of it's beautiful moments that unfold around its every corner."
My Parisian Life: "MYPARISIANLIFE is the most honest first-hand account of Paris that will help you avoid all the tourist traps and live like a local. The monthly todo list has culture, entertainment and even family activities. From the best coffeeshops, cheapest places to eat to the most luxurious places to shop."
Oui In France: "Oui In France takes an honest look at expat life from the perspective of an American who's been charmed by France but still keeps it real. You'll learn all about French culture, tips for tourists, the struggles and triumphs of day-to-day life and get a glimpse into other parts of France -- and often with a dose of humor."
Paris Hues: "The experiences and ideas of an English miss living in France… Parishues is a one stop blog for all ideas of where to go in Paris and around France, art, culture, food and everything around living with pleasure in France!"
Paris in Four Months: "In February 2012 I moved to Paris for a few months — during four to be exact. I moved to Paris to learn the language (I didn't know and couldn't pronounce any other words than "bonjour" and "merci" when I finally landed on Parisian ground), enjoy the French cuisine, stroll the streets of Paris and discover a whole new city. I needed to experience something completely different from what I was used to and to face a new challenge, so I left both job, family and friends back in Stockholm (fortunately the two latter things on that list were still there when I returned) to pursue a dream about life in Paris. After the four months in Paris were up and I returned to Sweden where I started planning a more permanent move back to the French capital since I couldn't shake my love for the city. In January 2013 I moved back to Paris and have stayed ever since. Today I work here as a photographer and occasional writer and couldn't imagine living anywhere else."
Peter's Paris: "A blog by a now retired Swede with more than 40 years in Paris. Views and stories about monuments, streets, parks... and a lot of more "hidden" places in Paris"
Prêt à Voyager: "Prêt à Voyager by American designer/writer Anne Ditmeyer has been exploring the intersection of travel and design since 2007 and serves as the ultimate travel guide for planning your next trip to Paris. Follow @pretavoyager on Instagram and Twitter."
Prete-Moi Paris: "Prête-Moi Paris is an authentic source of many facets of the city of light, from fashion to food, from budget to luxury, I try to offer my own experiences that i like to call "Pieces of Paris. When reading my blog, you will get direct insight into Parisian life as well as great places to go to if your just visiting but want to feel like a Parisian and fall in love with this beautiful city!"
Secrets of Paris: "In October 1999 Heather Stimmler-Hall began writing weekly travel articles called "Secrets of Paris" for Suite101.com (archived page). The Secrets of Paris newsletter (which began as a Yahoo! Group) was started in January 2001 as a way of sharing her latest finds and writings with friends (both French and foreign) living in Paris. In 2002 the Secrets of Paris website was created to archive the newsletters and allow Heather a place to blog additional information. By 2005, the Secrets of Paris universe grew to include a visitor resource guide, calendar and custom private tours. Through word of mouth alone the Secrets of Paris has become a popular source of alternative Paris information for both residents and visitors, with subscribers from over 30 countries."
The Paris Effect: "The Paris Effect Blog is for those of us who get sentimental about the very IDEA of Paris. Having long romanticized its culture, cuisine, architecture and history, our stories try to capture the not-so-obvious wonders of this unique culture. Mixing in a bit of travel advice with tried & true experiences in Paris and beyond, The Paris Effect Blog knows THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS TOO MUCH PARIS."
Twenty in Paris: "For the first time traveler or study abroad student, the Twenty in Paris blog is your go-to source for your Paris experience. With lots of tips, tricks, and advice on the ins and outs of French culture, language, and Paris, you'll be a bonafide Parisian in no time!"
Where is Bryan?: "My blog isn’t a glossy postcard image, but a real, often-witty, sometimes eccentric, and usually sarcastic look at my Paris. Students, travelers, runners, and anyone who enjoys lighthearted writing that never ends in prepositions may want to click."
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