Posts Tagged ‘Eiffel Tower’

Restaurant near Eiffel Tower: Au Bon Accueil

Eating around the Eiffel Tower is not THAT difficult, but you can’t really be too picky. It’s pretty much a choice between….

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Les Ombres

A friend of mine was begrudgingly moving from Paris back to the US, and though I’m not pleased about her move, I was more than happy to accompany her for her last meal in Paris. My mind started racing through all the restaurants in Paris as I tried to imagine where I would want my last bite—but luckily I don’t need to figure that out right now! My friend decided she needed some good food in a memorable setting, so we met at Les Ombres.

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Skip the line for the Eiffel Tower with the help of Easy Pass Tours

Best Tours in Paris

I wouldn’t be caught dead taking tours in Paris or anywhere else. I hate feeling like a tourist. I prefer to discover a city on my own, ambling around and finding that corner café as if I were the first one in the world to see it. But there are certain things that even I can’t figure out on my own. Sometimes I have to turn to the pros, but I won’t do so unless they’ll show me Paris in a way that’s special and unique, not in a way that I can find in every guidebook.

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The Louvre

Paris en Famille

Judging from the number of couples holding hands and looking lovingly into each other’s eyes as they walk along the Seine, past the Eiffel Tower, one is convinced that Paris remains a premier honeymoon destination. Practically speaking, the honeymoon is a newlywed couple’s vacation taken 1) when they have a rare, extended amount of time off work; 2) as a reward for tireless wedding planning; and 3) perhaps most important, because it may be the last time they travel without children in tow! But, traveling with kids in Paris can actually make the city come alive in a different and equally enjoyable way.

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A game of pétanque at the Champs de Mars, part of the local Paris you can find in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower

The Not-So-Secret Life in Paris

Sometimes I feel like I don’t exist. Like I’m a ghost that nobody can see or hear. This happens often in Paris, mostly when I am being ignored by an overly busy café waiter, but especially when I go on my morning run at the Champ de Mars. It’s amazing to me, but there seem to be two parallel universes in that park. The tourists come to stroll, picnic and, of course, climb the Eiffel Tower. They are out there in full force, yet never have I seen them stop to photograph the local scene. And what a local scene there is!

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Hôtel Gavarni, in the 16th Arrondissement of Paris, is green certified.

From Backpacker Budgets to Princess Prices: New Hotel Finds in Paris

So you are finally going to Paris. But where to stay? Picking the wrong Parisian hotel can put a damper on your entire experience. On a recent trip I visited a number of new or redone hotels, from budget to green to luxury. In one way or another these Paris hotels inspired me, and I hope they will capture your imagination and motivate you to plan a trip to Paris in 2011.

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The Eiffel Tower: Friend or Foe?

Before last Christmas, the Paris auction house Drouot celebrated with a sale it dubbed “Paris, Mon Amour.” The centerpiece was 251/2 feet of the Eiffel…

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The bridges that span the Seine have inspired many a romantic picnic in Paris.

Picnic in Paris

Paris is a city made for picnics. There are all those tempting bakeries with their simple yet scrumptious sandwiches, and the outdoor markets with their…

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Top 15 Summer in Paris Must-Do’s

Recently I guest tweeted for the Paris Tourism Bureau’s new English language twitter account @ParisForYou. Together…

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Paris for First-Timers

We had hardly got settled with our glasses of wine and hors d’oeuvres when my friend leaned forward and said in an anxious voice, “So tell me—do you think my husband and I should go up the Eiffel Tower on our first trip?” It wasn’t quite the question I was expecting when I agreed to meet for drinks to talk about their forthcoming trip to Paris. And yet it summed up a lot about how people feel about the first visit. The anticipation. The choices. The pressure to Do It All.

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Deck the Halls with Paris!

Tis the season…deck the halls and all those things. Actually lets take deck the halls. Well when I was young that was favorite part of Christmas….

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