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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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An interior room at Château Rigaud

Life at the French Château

Not long ago I met the proprietress of our local château. Actually there are several near my house in the Bordeaux region of France, more than several. Perhaps it’s because we are so close to the famous wine village of St.-Emilion that most are wine châteaux. Thankfully, there are several French châteaux in the region that owners made into hotels, bed-and-breakfasts or holiday vacation rentals. One such is Château Rigaud, from the 12th century, profiled before on these pages as a popular place to host a wedding.

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The Fat Tire bike tour is a great way to see Paris with your teen in tow.

Traveling with Teens in Paris

When I decided to take my teen to Paris for a vacation, I thought, I hope I’m not making a huge mistake. Generally speaking, the average teen boy would rather spend his first two weeks of summer vacation watching sports, playing X-Box, hiding in his room or hanging out with friends. Not on a two-week vacation with mom—even if it is in Paris.

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Winter in Paris

Hordes of tourists flock to Paris in the spring and fall. I certainly can’t fault them—it’s a beautiful time of year. Flat-topped plane and chestnut…

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Epicerie Fine in Paris

A New City: Paris by Bus (Not the Tourist Kind!)

You’ve been to Paris a few times, and like all good travelers who want to get around fast in a big city, you bought metro tickets, got on the metro and never looked back. Now, every time you visit Paris, you buy a carnet of tickets, or a Paris Visite pass, and descend the stairs at the nearest station.

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