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Free thrills in Paris – The ultimate list

Hemingway said, “Wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a movable feast.” And it is, for all your senses, but getting your fill of this feast isn’t as expensive as you think. In fact, some of the best things Paris has to offer, are free! Read on to discover all the free things in Paris. 1. Fashion Avenue Montaigne, Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, Rue Saint-Honoré,

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Video: One day on the Metro

Paris has this way of jumping out of a corner and surprising you. And that’s just what happened on one of our first rides on the Paris Metro. These two guys jumped in and entertained us for a while. While it seemed like a normal thing for the rest of the locals (who pretty much ignored them), it was quite a novelty for us. We later discovered that these entertainers

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One picture story: Paris

Paris. Something very close to our heart. This was taken on our first trip to Paris. And you always find yourself pulled in two different directions on a first trip and that’s exactly what happened to us. Sure, everybody wants to avoid the cliches and go where no crowds go but there’s that tiny voice in the back of your head whispering names and places. We picked places by deciding

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The Queen’s Hamlet, Versailles – A simple life

On our visit to The Chateau de Versailles, we confirmed for ourselves, that it is without a doubt, one of the most unabashed and opulent tributes to self indulgence in the world. Initially the hunting lodge of France’s Sun King, Louis XIV turned it into a royal residence with a grand scale building filled with paintings and gold sculptures of himself in the thousands of rooms including a hall of

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Paris Flea Market – That’s one really big flea

Today was another big day for us and possibly the farthest we were going to travel (besides Versailles) on our Paris trip. We were heading to the famous flea market at Saint-Ouen, just outside the Périphérique. We left early, taking the RER B to Gare du Nord and from there, the Metro (line 4 to Porte de Clignancourt). Once you get off, you need to walk down just outside the

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Sacré Coeur – Head in the clouds

I was done with what I hoped was the most macabre side of Paris during the first half of the day and I was really looking forward to the second half. It’s a place I’ve read about so much and of course, seen in so many movies. Montmartre. Set at least a day aside for Montmartre. By the time we got there, I was already wishing we had set aside

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Culinary adventures at Le Cordon Bleu

I’m talking about one of the biggest highlights of the Paris trip for me. For someone who has lovingly regarded French cuisine from afar with awestruck eyes, being in Paris meant three things: Eating, Cooking and Shopping for food and kitchen equipment. While Eating and Shopping could easily be taken care of one day at a time, Cooking required a bit of pre-planning. Kitchen equipped accommodation? Check. Registration for a

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The Catacombs of Paris – With the dead and the living

Today was the day Rave had her class at Le Cordon Bleu (you can read about it here), so I had to do something she wasn’t going to be interested in. And there was something that was perfect – The Catacombs of Paris. I can’t imagine her being underground surrounded by a few million bones. So while she left really early in the morning for her class, I had an easier

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Versailles – Off with their breath

We hadn’t planned on stepping out of Paris at all when we were making our 14 day itinerary. Early on, we were lucky enough to understand that there’s more to Paris than we can see in 14 days. So all ideas of a quick hop into a neighboring destination (we toyed with Amsterdam for a bit!) were unequivocally silenced by both of us. Then we watched Marie Antoinette. And the idea of

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Musée du Louvre – A day with Leonardo and William

So today is the day we visit a landmark that isn’t just synonymous with Paris but is also perhaps the first name people come up with when they think art and museums – Musée du Louvre. The Louvre is about 60,000+ square metres large and while it actually is possible to walk through it in a day, it’s impossible to see everything. I was very clear that I wasn’t even

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Notre Dame – Looking for Quasimodo

There’s one place in Paris that’s really special to me. A place I first heard about as a child, reading about a certain hunchback swinging through its towers. Over the years, as I continued seeing pictures of it and reading up on its history, the fascination grew. But nothing, absolutely nothing, prepared me for the first time I set my sights on it. It was as if the illustrations from

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