Paris: Musée du Louvre

Musée du Louvre, Paris France

If visiting Paris, we strongly recommend visiting the Louvre museum. It is so large, you can visit different section each time you tour Paris.

Getting to the Musée du Louvre:
Métro: Palais-Royal-Musée du Louvre
Bus: 21, 24, 27, 39, 48, 68, 69, 72, 81, 95, and the Paris Open Tour bus (these lines stop in front of the glass pyramid entrance)
Underground parking is open daily from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. and is accessible via Avenue du Général Lemonnier.

French women style secrets (Or what to pack for Paris so you don't look like a tourist)

French fashion dressAhhh, the elusive style of la femme française…Subtle, sexy, with a mix of nonchalance, confidence, mystery and effortlessness, her look is never too simple or too sharp.

When I think of an image of her quintessential style, I see a trench, well-worn heels, long hair, red lips, soft fabrics like cashmere, gorgeous shoes and a scarf trailing in the wind, emanating her perfume long after she has passed you in the street.

Her clothes look spontaneous, effortless as if she’s thrown them on without thinking. You see her style is not about perfection as such. There’s something a little neglected about her look, something offbeat, never over-studied.

Her ‘imperfections’ in terms of beauty are thought of as charming. She doesn’t care about her small breasts, she thinks them sexy anyway and shows them off with low décollétes (necklines). No need for a bra.

Tour the attraction most Parisian never visited: The Catacombs

France: Paris tour Most Parisians, I know, never visited the Catacombs (spelled Catacombes in French). I never did when I lived there. I finally visited them and I have to say it is truly unique. I recommend strongly touring the Catacombs.

This is one of the rare tourist attractions in Paris, where for just a few seconds you wonder if engineers have studied the place. They must..right...

A brief history:
The origin starts at the end of the XVIII century. After being used for 10 centuries the cemetery of the "Innocents" was starting to become a health hazard in this Paris neighborhood.

Visiting the Cathedral Notre Dame of Paris

France: Visit Notre-Dame of Paris

If visiting Paris, we strongly recommend touring the Cathedral Notre-Dame of Paris.

Notre Dame Location:
Place du parvis de Notre Dame, 75004 Paris (the larger island in the middle of Paris) Map
Metro: Cité

Visiting Hours:
Open every day from 7:45 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. (18h45)

English speaking tours: FREE
Wednesdays and Thursdays at 2:00 p.m. (14h)
Saturdays at 2:30 p.m. (14h30)

Paris Subway: Le Métro

Paris transportation

Most tourists and Parisians use the subway (i.e. metro) to move about in Paris. The state company that operates the metro is called the R.A.T.P.

Pros: It's fast, inexpensive and everywhere. It is also safe, mostly clean and easy to understand. Using the metro also simplifies estimating your travel time. For instance, when I lived in Paris I used the averaged scale of 1 minute and 30 seconds between metro stations. If my destination was 10 stops away, I knew it would take about 15 minutes to get there. Try it! Finally, if you enjoy 'people watching', the Metro is great.

Cons: Strikes; usually once or twice a year. Also, the metro is not open 24/7. Stations open between 5:00 and 6:00 a.m., with the last run ("le dernier métro" in French) between midnight and 1:00 a.m.

Directly around Notre Dame Cathedral of Paris

Paris Notre-Dame

Notre-Dame has so much to offer we could not fit everything into the main article Paris: Visiting Notre Dame.

The cathedral is 'smack dab' in the middle of Paris with many places of interest surrounding it, all within a few minutes by foot (e.g. the Ile Saint-Louis, Latin District/Quartier Latin ...etc). This article will focus only on what's directly around it.

Many first-time tourists of Paris plan a visit the Cathedral of Notre Dame, but many only pause to take a photo of this amazingly beautiful structure without exploring its many offerings. If Notre Dame is on your list of ‘must see’ monuments, and you wish to enhance your experience of it beyond the typical photo op’, please be sure to seek the following.

Paris: Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower

Already the symbol of Paris, the Eiffel Tower is also often the symbol of France. This is completely understandable once you have experienced the "shock and awe" of standing next to it. It is grand, bold and beautiful!

From atop the Eiffel Tower (accessible via a tour) you will have one of the best views of Paris. The Eiffel Tower offers 3 floors to visitors. The 1st and 2nd floors are available by either elevator or stairs. The stairs are only recommended if you do not mind breaking a sweat, especially during the hot summer months. The 3rd floor  is only available via elevator with a change of elevators on the 2nd floor. The first and second floors each offer restaurants and other amenities. "Alltitude 95" the restaurant on the first floor, is average for France. It offers a great view and is relatively affordable (around 40€ per person). The "Jules Vernes" (LE JULES VERNE) requires advanced reservations and can easily run 150€ per person.  During the high tourist season, expect a decent amount of waiting in line time to get your Eiffel Tower ticket. To help the visitors stay cool, the Eiffel Tower has recently installed a few misters.

Brasserie Lipp, Saint-Germain Paris

Brasserie Lipp, ParisBrasserie Lipp
151, Bld. Saint-Germain
75006 Paris


“ World-famous chic Brasserie in Saint-Germain des Prés, Paris ”

On Boulevard St Germain directly across from Cafe de Flore sits Brasserie Lipp, arguably the most famous brasserie in Paris. Founded in 1880 by Alsatian-born Léonard Lipp, this chic eatery has been a popular hangout for famous writers, artists and politicians for over a century. French notables and international celebrities may be seen enjoying a hearty lunch on any given day. Some of the Lipp's most illustrious literary patrons of years past include Hemingway, Camus, and Proust.

Paris Plage July 20 to August 20

Paris PlageMaps: Paris Plage, left bank map.

Summer holiday is an important part of the French culture. Traditionally, most people take an entire month off (July or August) to spend time either unwinding in the countryside or sitting by the sea. Families may go camping while couples steal away for romantic rendezvous. Still, not everyone can drop everything and leave town, especially the busy Parisians. So what do the Parisians do?    They bring the 'beach' to themselves, of course!

Royal Hotel Paris, Champs-Elysees

Royal Hotel Paris Champs-ElyseesThere is an old saying you have probably heard before, "When in Rome, do as the Romans." This simply means that when traveling abroad, you should do your best to experience the culture of the locals. Would you visit Greece and eat at McDonalds every day? Probably not! So why wouldn't you want to stay at a true Parisian hotel while seeing the sites in Paris, France?

The Royal Hotel Paris Champs-Elysees is a wonderfully authentic place to stay when visiting Paris.  Following are just a few of the many reasons for considering it:

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