Posts Tagged ‘tours’

Paris Photography with Georgianna Lane

Would you like to make your photos of Paris and anywhere you travel look even just a little bit more like these? Who wouldn’t?? Georgianna…

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Top Ten Reasons to go to Provence

1 Everyone you know has been there, and its getting embarrassing Yes….it really is that nice. Some famous places and things just don’t live up…

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The Best French Tours

So you’ve decided to come to Paris but want to see another part of France, too. People often ask me where to go. No harder question could be[…]

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Guide to Paris: l'Hôtel

A Guide to Paris for Literature Lovers

Paris: the city that has inspired artists, writers, musicians, photographers and filmmakers for centuries. And within minutes of wandering […]

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Paris neighborhoods: discovering Montmartre

Paris Neighborhoods: A Tour with l’Esprit de Montmartre

No trip to the City of Light is complete without a visit to Paris neighborhoods like Montmartre. This hilltop neighborhood, with its small-village feel and big city thrill, has something for everyone. If you’re planning on exploring the area with kids, a new tour, l’Esprit de Montmartre, offers an experience that will engage and surprise the whole family.

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Bois de Boulogne, in the 16th Arrondissement in Paris

Paris Arrondissement Guide: Strolling through the 16th

Paris’s 16th Arrondissement is often depicted as a formidably wealthy district, populated by ambassadors, billionaires and celebrities such as Carla Bruni, a district in which visitors can spend 1,500 euros a night to stay at the Shangri-La Hotel and reserve a month in advance to dine at l’Astrance (three Michelin stars). For the nonbillionaires among us, however, there […]

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By Terry makeup

Paris Beauty: How to Do Your Makeup Like a True Parisienne

Although I’ve been through a lot of makeup phases, I’m currently a mascara-and-lip-gloss kind of lady. As I grow older, I’m wearing less and less makeup

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A fairylike touch

Lost in Paris

I have a rule when street walking in Paris: never use the same path for a round-trip. If I head up one street to get to the market, I return down another. This is true for all my errands, meetings and adventures, including romantic strolls. Last week this habit led us to a special treat when we stumbled down the rue Quincampoix, a small pedestrian street that runs parallel to the square in front of the Centre Pompidou.

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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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Chula, the world-traveling sheltie who visits Paris in Sheron Long's book Dog Trots Globe—From Paris to Provence

Dog’s Day Out in Paris

Chula Wula D’Augue has her fair share of savoir faire. A sheltie by birth and a Frenchie by choice, she flew 11 hours from Carmel Valley, California (between a rottweiler and a standard poodle), to land in the City of Light. She arrived ready for adventure. We know—we were there at Charles de Gaulle to open her cage and see her twirl around. Soon we were all settled into an atmospheric apartment rental in the Marais.

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Idyllic bike paths near Paris

Paris Passions: Cycling

If you’ve followed my writing here on the Girls’ Guide, you’ll know that I love a good workout in Paris almost as much as the city itself. Running, yoga and the gym are my daily fare, but really I’d rather be biking.

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Paris apps for tour tips, shopping tips, and foodie finds. Get the new Girls' Guide to Paris app!

The Best Paris Apps

Smartphones have changed the way we travel. GPS has replaced maps for tourists visiting Paris. I’m nostalgic for the old days, but I have to say, I love my Paris apps. They make my life easier and enrich my adventures. Here are the Paris apps I download for my guests before they head out the door.

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Left Bank Scooters will get you on a vespa and scootering through Paris

Great Scoot! Touring Paris at 30 Kilometers an Hour

Of course, the best way to take a tour of Paris is by walking. Only by foot can you really appreciate the pageantry of the display windows at Printemps; only by strolling can you slide coy glances at beaux brokers on their lunch hour. The problem with Paris, though, is that there’s just so much to see, and if you’re too short on time (or too high of heel), the most stylish solution is to hop on a Vespa.

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Paris Neighborhoods: Caulaincourt

Running between meetings yesterday, I stumbled upon a new (to me) Paris neighborhood, Caulaincourt. My introduction to the area began with a graffiti-adorned bridge that served as an overpass for the Montmartre Cemetery, where luminaries like Mme Récamier rest in eternal peace. Cars rushed passed while just below, lazy cats sprawled in the afternoon sun, shadows of the blossoming chestnut trees dancing across their bellies, settled tenants of this Paris neighborhood.

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Tourist traps in Paris include cafés on the Champs Elysées where food is served as cars and tourists whiz by

Touring Paris: Tourist Traps

Yes, even in this beautiful city, there are some tourist traps to avoid while touring Paris. The first on the list of most locals would be the Moulin Rouge. Yes, the cancan was invented here, but that was a long time ago and the place now caters exclusively to tourists. The shows have gained a reputation for their lack of originality, and the champagne dinners are an insult to French cuisine. If you want to go to a cabaret, Le Crazy Horse is known for having the best, most sophisticated shows, with stars like Arielle Dombasle or Dita von Teese.

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