Spring is a happy time in Paris; everyone’s emerging from their winter hibernation and venturing back onto the streets and into the parks and cafes. You might need to take a jacket and scarf but the sun will be out and the flowers blooming. Some of the best places to soak up the spring sun are:
At first sight, central Paris can seem like a city crammed with buildings. Look closer and of course you’ll discover the manicured lawns and clipped trees of large gardens like the Luxembourg and Tuileries. Tucked away though are smaller stretches of greenery …
If you are looking for the most charming way to see a side of Paris ordinary tours cannot give you – the Paris Private Citroen 2CV Tour is the perfect way to enjoy Paris like a movie star.
Your intimate journey through Paris in a chauffeur driven Citroen 2CV, with its convertible roof, will make you really feel like you are in a movie as this iconic little car twists down Paris’s labyrinth of narrow alleyways and side streets.
You’ll discover a delicious emal at the Maison Dalloyau house of gastronomy. France is as much about food as it is about art and when you combine the two you get the gorgeous edibles produced by Maison Dalloyau. From their famous colorful macaroons and the beautiful and delicious cakes, to that Frenchest of things, foie gras and a fricassee de champignons, these people know how to make something special with food.
Living history and written history, the famous Parisian bookshop Galignani has both. With family roots going back to the first printing presses in Venice in the 16th century when Simone Galignani published a Latin grammar book, Galignani has been an important name for books since they became mass produced.
Paris is a city where you want to shop. Perhaps it’s the fashionable French people you see passing the café window as you sip your café au lait. Or perhaps it’s all those Audrey Hepburn, Brigitte Bardot and Audrey Tautou movies which make us want to be equally stylish. But after those first few forays into the department stores and boutiques, it all begins to seem a bit of a burden on the credit card. So here are my top four tips for bargain shopping in Paris.
A trip to Paris wouldn’t be complete without spending some time sampling the famous breads and pastries. The Behind the Scenes of a Boulangerie : French Bakery Tour in Paris shows you how your favorite French baked goods are made AND you get to take some with you! This month, one lucky winner will win tickets for this delicious food tour–read on to find out how to enter!
This tour is guaranteed to bring out the romantic in every Paris visitor. You will drift down the famed Seine River and along Paris’ winding canal network, while taking in the city’s most spectacular icons from a unique perspective.
It would be a big mistake to think of the Louvre as only a storehouse for the past. Although the collection is an historic one and is set in the magnificent ex-palace building which has been an art museum since the late 18th century, contemporary directors of the museum have their feet firmly planted in the 21st century as shown by the new Islamic wing due to open in summer 2012.
Can you imagine going halfway around the world, finally catching a train to Versailles to see the massive palace and gardens that you’ve studied in art history and seen in films such as Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette, and then finding the gates locked and the place shut for the day? I don’t have to imagine it because that’s what I did.