Exploring The Champs Elysees

March 15, 2011

A sunny day in Paris is a perfect excuse to explore the Champs Elysees from end to end, which is a little over a mile (an easy walk). It’s a must-do for visitors to Paris, but from the crowds I encountered, it’s a must-do for locals on a Saturday as well. Although the Champs Elysees […]

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Paris Museums and the Solo Traveler

February 8, 2011

One of the most solo-friendly activities during travel is visiting museums.  Unlike bars, people rarely go to museums to socialize; they go to see historical artifacts or works of art and learn something about different cultures.  You’re likely to see other solos wandering around, whether locals or other tourists. And visiting a museum is a […]

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Cruising the Seine

January 28, 2011

One of the richest assets the city of Paris has as a tourist destination is its location on the river Seine.  Aside from the practicalities of being able to transport goods on the river, it makes Paris all kinds of photogenic.  There are bridges criss-crossing the river linking the city’s neighborhoods on either side, and  […]

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A Day Trip to Versailles from Paris

January 21, 2011

If you’re in Paris for a week or more, why not take a day trip to see some sites beyond the City of Lights?  When I was in Paris in November,  I had time for one such day trip.  I chose, as many tourists do, the Palace of Versailles, and I’m so glad I did. […]

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Eating Around Paris

January 14, 2011
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There are many reasons to visit Paris, but let’s face it:  One of the biggest is the reputation of its quality of food.  To hear it told, one has not lived until one has tasted French cuisine.  I can’t help but wonder if people’s perceptions of how great the food is has been influenced by […]

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Review: Hotel le Tourville

January 7, 2011
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“Location is everything”–or so they say.  One of the first lessons I learned during my trip to Paris was that how easily you get along in Paris can be directly relative to where you stay.  Arrondissements (districts) in the center of the city, along the Seine, are closer to tourist sites and easily walkable.  People […]

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Stalking the Eiffel Tower

December 17, 2010

Is it any wonder Paris has always been a dream destination of mine?  It’s got such a romantic allure.  The first thing I always think of when I think of Paris is its most iconic landmark, the magnificent Eiffel Tower, reaching for the sky.  So naturally, the first thing I did when I arrived in […]

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Hotel de la Porte Doree: Just Right

December 14, 2010

You know the story of Goldilocks and the three bears? How Goldilocks wandered into the bears’ home one day, tasting all their porridge and sleeping in their beds, and even though she tried all three sizes, there was one that was “just right” for her?  Well I felt that way about the three hotels I […]

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Paris’s 8 Line

December 10, 2010

One of the beautiful things about Paris for the visitor is that you don’t need to rent a car to get around easily.  Paris is a very walkable city, and its metro system is extensive and useful for getting from one part of the city to another.  During my time in Paris, I used the […]

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