Paris Travel guide
Paris is one of my favourite European destinations. Ever since I was a little girl living in South America I used to dream about visiting Paris. Later on when I grew up and I started to become interested in fashion my dream cities become Paris, Milan, London and New York. But after I stepped out in Paris for the first time I knew that would be MY city, the one I would love with passion and admire forever.
My first trip to Paris was before the year 2000. It was a short city break that I had as a present after my university graduation. I was literally in love with Paris since I stepped of the plane. Paris was all I had ever dreamt of and much more. I remember taking the train from the airport to the city centre. The train was full and an elegant gentleman gave me his seat. A courtesy that I had never experienced in London or New York. When I sat down I started listening to these two men talking in the seats behind me; their accent was enchanting, the sound of their words smoothly caressing my ears. I remembered watching the French film Cyrano de Bergerac with Gerard Depardieu many years before, and in that very instant without even looking at the men behind me I decided that French men were irresistible.
My first trip to Paris
My first trip to Paris was like a dream. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I took it easy, just visited a few landmarks like the EiffelTower, The Sacre Coeur, Notre Dame and the Champs Elysees and spend the rest of the time walking around the Parisian streets, admiring the architecture, sitting down for long coffee breaks tasting the most delicious cakes I had ever had. Of course I also reserved a day for the obligatory boat trip down the Seine and a day for visiting Versailles. The palace of Versailles was a place I could not miss as I had always been fascinated by castles -and France as I later discovered has hundreds of them.
After my first visit to Paris, I decided that I was completely in love with it. Eventually, I become such a Francophile that I ended up moving to France. Nowadays I live in the French countryside, about two hours away from Paris by train. I take any excuse and opportunity to visit Paris, and whether I only go for a day trip or a weekend city break I am never disappointed. I have been in Paris so often that I cannot count it, but Paris never stops to amaze me. Every time I visit I find a new little street that I hadn’t seen before, a new patisserie that I hadn’t tasted before. I discovered that it doesn’t matter how many times I visit Paris, there is always something new for me.
Paris and the Eiffel Tower
How do I see Paris? For me Paris is a synonym of glamour:
- Paris Chic
Paris reputation as the capital of luxury is carried out by perfumers, jewellers, fashion designers of haute couture, antique and fine-leather dealers. To get a close look at Baccarat, Cartier, Dior, Guerlain, Hermes, Chanel, Daum, Lalique, YSL
- Designer shopping in Paris
Shopping in Paris is every fashionistas dreams. Here I will guide you to the best designer addresses in Paris. Find here the best designers shops in Paris marked in a map for easy access along with their opening times.
- Paris Haute-Couture Fashion
Paris is still the capital of fashion and glamour, proof of that is the glamour of the haute couture spring collections for 2009. Maybe a bit more demure than in previous seasons; maybe less imposing but nonetheless glamorous, and easier to wear.
Paris, France Travel Guide - The Fashion District
- Paris Monuments by Princessa
Talk about France and immediately you think about Paris. Talk about Paris and the first image that comes to your mind is the Eiffel tower. One of the top ten most visited attractions in Paris. Read more...
- Places a tourist MUST visit in Paris by desert blondie
A summary of some of my favorites, the most famous are the most famous for a reason...they're fantastic! Here are my suggestions.
Free Paris Museums
- Free Paris Museums
For most people, Paris is synonymous with the Louvre, one of the most popular museums in the world. What most people travelling to Paris do not know is that if planned carefully, they can visit the Louvre for free!
- My Visit to the Louvre; Paris, France by rebekahELLE
I decided I would walk from Fouquets on the Champs Elysees boulevard to the grand Palace of the Muses, the magnificent Musee de Louvre. The Arc de Triumphe sits at the opposite end of Champs Elysees and the...
- Louvre Museum for your Paris Holiday: Maps, tickets, history, photos, tips
The Louvre Museum in Paris. Maps of the first arronidisement. Pictures of the ancient and modern Louvre. Touring the Louvre. Videos of the interior of the Louvre. Where to enter and where to buy tickets. Practical advice and tips for visiting the...
The Louvre Metro station
Getting Around Paris:
- Paris Transportation - Getting Around Paris by Princessa
The first impression about the Paris transportation system is just how easy it is to get there and around. You have several options to arrive to Paris. The most obvious option for non European travellers...
- Riding the Metro in Paris by rebekahELLE
The first time I rode the Metro a very nice man who was helping my friend renovate his home walked me to the Sceaux metro station and showed me exactly what to do as I had not done it before. He also said, "keep your ticket."
- Louvre Museum in Paris. Maps, fast entrances, easy tickets, history in English
The Louvre Museum in Paris. Maps of the first arrondisement. Pictures of the ancient and modern Louvre. Touring the Louvre. Videos of the interior of the Louvre. Where to enter and where to buy tickets. Practical advice and tips for visiting the Lou
Paris seen from a different perspective:
- Paris seen by a 7 year old
This is a hub by my little Princess. It is about her day trip to Paris on the coldest day of the year. She is 7 years old, but she wanted to write about her experience and share it with all of you. All the...
- Paris at night by rebekahELLE
Notre Dame on the Seine at night My first night in Paris was energized by pure adrenaline as I had only arrived that morning which was already like 3 P.M. for me. Flying through the night over the Atlantic I...
- An American In Paris For the First Time, by rebekahELLE
It was sometime during April 2003, that I decided to take a trans-Atlantic trip to Paris, France. I had been invited by a friend living outside of Paris and I thought, why not? I started making plans,...
- I Remember the Beautiful City of Love Called Paris, by prettydarkhorse
I remember the Beautiful City of Love Called Paris I love writing and sharing my travel experiences about the places I visited, but when it comes to my travel in Paris, I couldnt write...
Great ideas to give fun long lasting memories to your little ones when visiting Paris
- Paris with children
A selection of 12 fun places and educational activities to do in Paris with for your children. Great ideas to give fun long lasting memories to your little ones when visiting the city of love.
Paris with Children
Paris can also be a great place to visit with children. My little ones love Paris, whether it is having lunch at the Eiffel Tower, visiting the Louvre or just walking along the Tuillerie gardens, they are always excited to visit Paris.
Outside the Louvre
Historical tours of Paris, follow the American trail of Thomas Jefferson in Paris
- Jefferson Walking Tours in Paris
The following websites and descriptions will help you locate places in Paris related to Thomas Jefferson: Places he frequented from 1785-1789, places he loved, memorials to him, paintings, architecture and other artifacts he looked at while he was...
Don't worry eating in Paris doesn't have to be expensive:
- Eating Well in Paris-on a budget
10 Ways To Eat Well for Less on a Paris Vacation. Save your money for a few really good meals in Paris because you are at a disadvantage in the exchange rate between dollars and...
Chateau de Chabenet
France is more than just Paris, learn here about some of the best places outside Paris:
- Castles in Central France by Princessa
The Indre area : The department of Indre in Central France corresponds to the old province of Bas Berry. In this area the majority of castles were built during the XV century, although there are a few...
- Theme Parks near Paris
France is the most visited country in the world. It has everything a tourist might want: a rich history, glamorous shops, amazing monuments and delicious food. What else would anyone want? Amusement parks...
- Sitting in a park outside of Paris, France by rebekahELLE
The parks in and outside of Paris are adventures, experiences, a place where young, old, single professionals, family, young people meet to play, relax, walk, kiss (and other things...), photograph, listen, talk, meditate, roll down hills doing ...