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A Travel Guide to Paris

Apart from wanting to hear my stories, I know a lot of my readers here also looking for some good advice. This is why from time to time, I share other blogs that have helped me out a lot as well. I recently discovered INSIDR while I was looking for a clear guide on getting a tax refund from the EU. Their article that shared shopping hacks was really useful because I found out when the sales seasons are in France and got an easy guide to getting my tax refund. I found a lot more information than I intended to get and I’m sure my shopping experience in Paris will be a lot better!

I stumbled upon a complete guide to shopping for shoes in Paris. This is certainly a big temptation for any women. They gave complete recommendations from casual brands to luxurious brands. They recommend Galeries Lafayette as a one-stop shopping solution. We can find shoes, lingeries, even foods in one place. It is a good solution if you don’t have much time to spend to go around. They even offer a macaron class in English. This will be a lot more stories to tell, more than just trying these best macarons in town.

If you are a beauty product enthusiast, you would know that French beauty products have a great reputation! If you’re in Paris, you should seize the moment to go shopping for them! You’ll find INSIDR’s recommendations for the best French beauty products so you won’t get totally lost while you’re hunting for it, and even the best place to do the shopping! For example, in Pharmacie Monge, you can find a wide range of products with the best price, and you can directly get a tax refund there.

Now about the food, they’ve shared countless recommendations and a complete guide of restaurants in Paris, I don’t even know where to start! From a romantic place to have dinner to street food that you can get in Paris, you can get all the information there. You can even find recommendations for gluten-free restaurants and vegan restaurants in Paris. Of course, you would have to try all the typical French foods, like escargot, oysters, and truffles. The other thing that you just can’t forget when you’re in France: the pastries, all of the pastries! You can find all of the best pastries in Paris recommended by INSIDR and for sure, you won’t regret it. Try the best croissants and other delicacies while you’re there!

Another thing I want to share is how much I’ve discovered about going around Paris at night.

INSIDR wrote in length about all the different activities at night that we can do to spend time in the city. Of course, there’s nothing wrong about sitting in a restaurant for dinner and some wine but I’m the type of person who needs to be doing something all the time, and even more so while I’m on a vacation! Paris Red Light District looks like an interesting area, and I loved reading about the Moulin Rouge.

INSIDR’s articles painted a really different picture from what I’ve heard. Their article on the history of the iconic cabaret also described the show and the dinners they have. I wish I could experience it for myself someday. This certainly looks like one of the best among many shows that we can enjoy in Paris. After watching some shows, we can enjoy the night by going to one of the hidden cocktails bars that we can find in Paris.

I also discovered some local brands that sell beautiful French souvenirs In their guide, they even gave some different variations of gifts, from affordable ones that we can get in the supermarket, to the original and more luxurious original made in France products. We can also get some of the typical French food products in Lafayette Gourmet, which is very practical because they basically have everything already. We can even get some of the best French beauty products for our loved ones! I really think you guys should check them out because they write not only for one type of audience but for everyone.

They also have extremely comprehensive guides to different cities in Europe like London and Barcelona. They share a lot about where to stay, what to do, and even what to eat!


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PARIS – The City of Lights and the Capital of Fashion

Situated on the banks of the River Seine in Northern France, Paris is the capital city of France with a population of over 12 million people with 2.2 million people living in the central city area alone. Often referred to as the City of Lights or la Ville Lumière as the French like to call it, this romantic metropolis attracts more than 42 million visitors every year earning it the distinction of the most visited city in the world.

The city can be conveniently explored by metro, taxi or bicycle but the charm and magical ambiance of this elegant, intimate city are best savored on foot. Paris attractions are never too far apart and, in between, simply walking the streets is like wandering through picture postcards.

The driving force of Paris is La Défense, a modern business district brimming with art and futuristic architecture. It bears testimony to the fact that Paris is designed to be enjoyed even at work. From the Arche de la Défense, more commonly known as La Grande Arche, the six-mile-long historic access to Paris will lead you back to France’s majestic past.

In addition to art, architecture, and culture the city has much more to offer. From the old-world cobbled streets and perfectly pruned trees lining the picturesque avenues, to the intimate tea salons and sophisticated restaurants boasting the best of French cuisine and gourmet dining, there is never a dull moment in this great European destination.

Also dubbed the Capital of Fashion, Paris is home to some of the biggest names in the fashion and cosmetics industry of the world such as Christian Dior, Yves Saint-Laurent, Lancôme, Chanel, Kenzo, and Céline, to name just a few.

While this magnificent city has an overabundance of attractions to offer its visitors, we have selected ten of the most popular ones which would be nothing less than a blasphemy to miss out on.

Top Ten Paris Attractions

Eiffel Tower

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This 324-meter-tall 19th-century wrought-iron tower, with steps and elevators leading up to observation decks, is arguably the world’s most famous structure often referred to as the ‘Edifice of Love.’ Made up of 15,000 steel sections held together by 2.5 million rivets, the Eiffel Tower was designed by the French master architect Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel. It was built for the Paris Exhibition of 1889 marking the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution. It certainly deserves to be at the top of the places-to-see-in-Paris list.

Arc de Triomphe

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The iconic Arc de Triomphe was built by Napoleon in 19th-century to commemorate his victories. It rises from the center of Place Charles de Gaulle, historically known as the Place de l’Étoile, and has an observation deck offering commanding views of the twelve grand avenues, including the Champs-Élysées, which radiate outwards like a star.

Avenue des Champs-Élysées

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From the Arc de Triomphe the Avenue des Champs-Élysées continues along the historic axis. This grand avenue is where Parisians and tourists come to dine, shop, enjoy the theatre, and to celebrate life in general.

Place de la Concorde

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Gradually opening into lush gardens and majestic buildings the Champs-Élysées merges into the largest public square in Paris, the Place de la Concorde, with magnificent fountains and statues including an Egyptian obelisk.

Louvre Museum

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Just a short stroll away from the Place de la Concorde is the greatest treasure house of art – the Louvre Museum. Formerly a royal palace situated on the bank of River Seine – the Paris residence of the Kings and Queens of France – the Louvre now serves as a magnificent museum of fine art. Situated between the Tuileries Gardens and the church of Saint-Germain l’Auxerrois, the Louvre Museum is another tourist favorite. The controversial, futuristic glass pyramid in the central courtyard was designed by American architect I. M. Pei and opened to the public in 1989.

The museum boasts over 35,000 works of art including medieval art and antiquities and 15th to 19th-century paintings by European masters including the Mona Lisa.

Centre Pompidou

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Not far from the Louvre Museum stands the Centre Pompidou, an architecturally avant-garde complex housing the National Museum of Modern Art displaying the largest collection of modern art in Europe. It is also home to a library and music center.

Notre-Dame Cathedral

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The Notre-Dame Cathedral is a 13th-century structure with flying buttresses and gargoyles situated on Île de la Cité, a natural island in the Seine. Completed in 1345, this gothic masterpiece has played center stage to some of the defining moments of French history and literature.

Montmartre

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Looking north, the city rises into the hillside neighborhood of Montmartre. With its winding streets and narrow lanes, Montmartre was once the artistic center of Paris and home to all time greats like Picasso, Dali, and Van Gogh. It is the perfect place to lose yourself and discover the special Parisian moments.

Panthéon

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The Panthéon is a 18th-century mausoleum with colonnaded facade housing the remains of notable French citizens. Originally built as a church dedicated to St. Genevieve and to house the reliquary châsse containing her relics, it is situated in the Latin quarter of Paris.

Les Invalides

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Les Invalides, commonly known as Hôtel national des Invalides, or also as Hôtel des Invalides, is a complex of buildings in the 7th arrondissement of Paris, France, containing museums and monuments including a church & the tombs of many famed officers, including the great Napoleon.

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Top 5 Best Christmas Holiday Destinations in Europe

Christmas is coming! The most awaited holiday season in the world. It’s a magical time of year and every European destination is dressed with its finest decorations, with all kinds of peculiar customs and shining lights adorning their old, snowy streets. The fairy-tale cities of Europe put on their festive faces and welcome visitors into a magical winter wonderland. If you are ready for a great Christmas escape, try one of these cities in Europe.

Prague, The Czech Republic

Old town square, Prague
Old town square, Prague

Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic and one of the most historical cities of Europe. A city of stunning Gothic architecture and quirky folkloric traditions, Prague during Christmas is unlike any other, a truly dramatic backdrop for savoring scented mulled wine, taking leisurely walks, or getting lost in the Christmas shopping frenzy. Even the city’s renowned Christmas markets bring a touch of local traditions, with giant hams spit-roasting in the town square, choirs singing carols by candlelight. Wenceslas Square, Bethlehem Chapel, Old Town Square are good indicators of how festive a Prague Christmas is.

London, England

London City
Christmas lights at the London Eye

London is one of the most popular Christmas destinations in Europe and has no shortage of festive traditions to keep visitors entertained over the holidays. London will be decorated like a newlywed bride, which will have beautiful Christmas lights, carol concerts, festival lights as well as special markets for the Christmas shopping. Skaters glide across ice rinks on the spot-lighted grounds of the London Eye, the Natural History Museum and the Tower of London. Vibrant Christmas markets stretching along the Thames River and Hyde Park, magical Santa’s grottos, and ice rinks popping up below the city’s landmark buildings. London is the perfect destination to celebrate Christmas.

Vienna, Austria

vienna during christmas
Vienna during Christmas

One of the most beautiful cities of Europe. Vienna is widely known for its magnificent Christmas markets, which attracts thousands of tourists every year. It’s hard to find a city that celebrates Christmas with such grace and elegance like Vienna. Austria’s handcrafted Christmas decorations are just one of the reasons to visit its celebrated Christmas markets. The café culture, and the old-world charm of the streets, Its imperial architecture – basked in twinkling lights give the city a magical appeal. So, why to miss the opportunity to visit this beautiful city in Christmas?

Paris, France

Christmas Lights in Paris
Christmas Lights in Paris

The French capital dazzles at Christmas. Spend Christmas in the world’s most romantic city, Paris, where the city lives up to its nickname, the City of Light, with a glittering display of Christmas lights. Go ice skating or shop for gifts beneath the iconic Eiffel Tower. Visit one of the many Christmas-themed markets, or take a ride on the giant Ferris wheel at Place de la Concorde. Enjoy a moving midnight mass with organ and choral music in Notre Dame Cathedral. Paris becomes the popular tourist destination during the Christmas season. Tourists will find the best deals in markets, hotels, restaurants and the shopping malls.

Zurich, Switzerland

Grand Christmas in Zurich
Grand Christmas in Zurich

Zurich is the most beautiful city in Switzerland and the most popular city for Christmas in Europe. Switzerland’s largest city transforms into an enchanting winter wonderland filled with Christmas markets, lights and music. Check out Zurich’s five Christmas markets, where you can pick up boxes of freshly made Nidelzältli toffees to munch on beneath the famous Singing Christmas Tree on Werdmühleplatz. Thousands of light bulbs suddenly illuminate one of the world’s most famous shopping streets to loud cheers from the excited crowds, and the winter’s first snow starts falling. In the Old Town, artists and traders from around the world sell their goods at the most traditional and oldest Christmas market in the city, on Hirschenplatz, Niederdorfstrasse and Rosenhof.