The Hall of Mirrors

Paris and Versailles Without The Wait on a Best of Paris Tour

With so much to see and do in Paris, managing time can be a real issue, even for the most experienced traveler. Having a guide who knows their way around can be invaluable; the only thing better would be skipping the huge lines at the most popular sites. Could it be possible to pull off both? Yes! By booking Viator’s Best of Paris Tour, we accomplished this seemingly impossible feat.

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November 21, 2014 by
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Wine tasting

Touring the Markets of the Bastille District

The French invented the word gourmet, and the food that accompanies it. You can’t talk about a trip to France without out talking about the food. Food is a huge part of the country’s culture. What better way to experience it with a local guide leading us on a food and market tour of the Bastille district to some local gems. The Bastille district is infamous from the storming of the Bastille prison that stood in this neighborhood during the time of the revolution. However, there is much more to it now and we are going to taste it.

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November 17, 2014 by
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Top Five Day Trips From Paris for Families

Versailles

Looking for something to do with the kids while you’re in Paris? Why not get out of town for the day? Here are our picks for the top five day trips from Paris for families.

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November 10, 2014 by
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Food Tours in Paris

Food Tours in Paris

They do eat some strange things here, but so much of it is so good that it’s worth it to get to know the cuisine better. And with the many food tours in Paris on offer, you can be sure to order with confidence – and chow down to your heart’s delight!

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November 5, 2014 by
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Going Underneath Paris on a Small-Group Catacombs Tour

Human skulls used as decoration

It’s macabre and seems a little untoward to visit the site of human remains with a camera in hand. That being said, I’ve done it several times before, and have found beauty and cause for reflection during such excursions, which has encouraged me to do it again. And I was most deeply intrigued to venture deep underground Paris to visit the famed catacombs – piles of bones from 7 million former Parisians, spanning 13 centuries? It is truly a must-see. But not first without skipping the 3-4 hour line-up that exists outside the entrance during the peak season of summer – the crowd wrapped around the entire block and passed the beginning of the line. Our guide for the small-group Catacombs tour had been up early to wait in the queue on our behalf, and we were able to get in within the first thirty minutes of opening.

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November 3, 2014 by
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Skipping the Line at the Louvre and Musee D’Orsay

Inside the D'Orsay

Patience is not a virtue of mine, and on several previous attempts I had arrived at the Louvre to find this deep queue. I quickly turned away and instead tackled the next on my to-see list – I did want to get inside but am not that devote of an art lover to waste several hours moving towards the entrance only inches at a time. Problem solved: I found my way in with a Skip-the-Line tour of the Louvre and Musee D’Orsay. Not only would I be skipping that long line, but I’d sample two of Paris’ best museums in one day, and do so in a small group setting.

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October 29, 2014 by
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Ile de France: The Region Around Paris

Île-de-France

The region in which Paris is located is called the Île-de-France – something you might not know right off-hand, but it’s a thing you’ll see in Paris often – especially in weather reports on TV. The reasons why it is called the “Island of France” is up for debate, but it’s the region’s name just the same. And the way Parisians behave sometimes, it’s like they think they’re on their own little island of fabulous!

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October 20, 2014 by
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Nuit Blanche

Nuit Blanche

In 2002, several European cities decided to have a “white night” – an evening in which popular monuments, museums and historical sites were open for free to the public. Some were a success, while others failed. Paris came out a clear winner, and today they still hold a yearly “Nuit Blanche” for everyone to enjoy. If you’re in town for it, here is what you can expect.

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October 13, 2014 by
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Touring the Eiffel Tower at Sunset

After the sun sets

Paris’s Eiffel Tower is one of the world’s most recognizable structures and if you think it’s impressive during the day it’s even more so at night. We visited the tour as part of the Eiffel Tower sunset tour. A trip to the tower at night is a must on any Paris itinerary.

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October 8, 2014 by
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Versailles Like a VIP: Small Group Tour with Private Viewing of the Royal Quarters

The immaculate gardens

What sets the VIP tour of Versailles with private viewing of the Royal Quarters apart from others of the Versailles complex is that we got to go places that most tourist don’t get to go, the best part, the king’s chambers. Most people that visit the palace miss some of the most beautiful and interesting rooms because they are protected. The rooms can only be seen on a special tour, hand guided by museum staff. The king’s apartments were the height of elegance with pounds of gold leaf covering hand carved oak details, silks from the orient, and other exotic items from around the world.

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October 6, 2014 by
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