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Paris: The Plan (How I Planned for a 10-Day Trip to Paris)

Paris: The Plan (How I Planned for a 10-Day Trip to Paris)

Paris—The Plan: Due to the last minute nature of the trip, I didn’t get to plan as thoroughly as I would have liked to for the Paris trip. My husband was going to London area for work (Richmond Hills to be exact), so we decided for me to tag along so that we can take a mini-vacation in Paris for 9.5 days. The trip wasn’t finalized until about a week or two before departure due to my husband’s work schedule,…

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Story Time: The Most Obnoxious Eurostar Train Ride (from London to Paris)

Story Time: The Most Obnoxious Eurostar Train Ride (from London to Paris)

Okay, so the title should be something like, The Most Obnoxious Eurostar Train Passengers or How Not to Act Like Mad Monkeys on the Eurostar, but I couldn’t fit all those words into the title. Continuing from the Transportation from London to Paris post… The Eurostar train from London (St. Pancras International Station) to Paris (Gare du Nord) seemed to be sold-out as it was packed, and our seats were part of the 4 seats that faced each other with a table…

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Transportation from London to Paris–Riding the Eurostar

Transportation from London to Paris–Riding the Eurostar

From Richmond to St. Pancras International Station: Our journey to Paris started with an Uber ride from Richmond Hills to St. Pancras International Station in London. We had allotted plenty of time to get to the station, but we made it just in time to catch the train. Due to extremely heightened security after the Manchester terror attack, the traffic in city center was horrendous. We were told that this was the first time that the militia were brought into…

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Weather in Paris–End of May to Beginning of June 2017

Weather in Paris–End of May to Beginning of June 2017

Weather: The forecast changed multiple times leading up to the trip, but it promised a heatwave, sunny skies, cloudy skies, thunderstorms, and showers for our 10 day stay in Paris. The first 4 days in Paris were unbearably hot and humid, with temperatures hovering in upper 80’s to low 90’s (in Fahrenheit). Coming from dry Southern California, my husband and I had a difficult time getting used to heat + humidity + lack of A/C throughout Paris. It also didn’t…

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Transportation in Paris–How to Get Around Paris on Your Trip!

Transportation in Paris–How to Get Around Paris on Your Trip!

Transportation in Paris–How to Get Around Paris on Your Trip! Paris is known for being a walking city with impressive architecture, gardens, and views all throughout. To experience its fame and to get the most out of being in the city, I convinced my husband to walk to most places. The Health App on my husband’s iPhone attested to how much we walked during our trip, as we averaged 8-9 miles per day. If you’d rather take it easy or…

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Using the Metro to Get Around Paris–Transportation in Paris

Using the Metro to Get Around Paris–Transportation in Paris

Using the Metro to Get Around Paris: A very easy and affordable way to get around the city, there are many metro lines and stations throughout the city. In central Paris, there are 16 lines, numbered 1-14, with two secondary lines 3b and 7b. You can pick up a map from any of the customer service counters at any of the stations, or you can always do a quick internet search. We relied heavily on Google maps for planning our routes,…

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Using Uber to Get Around Paris–Transportation in Paris

Using Uber to Get Around Paris–Transportation in Paris

Using Uber to Get Around Paris: Although we walked and took the metro most of the time, we utilized Uber whenever we had to travel with our luggage and once due to my husband’s allergies acting up. While the fares were not as cheap as in Cape Town, they were not exorbitantly high either. For example, the ride from Gare du Nord to our Airbnb in Les Marais cost $12.04 and the 35 minute ride from Renaissance Paris République to…

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Vélib/Bike Rentals–Transportation in Paris

Vélib/Bike Rentals–Transportation in Paris

Vélib is a bike sharing system that is very popular among tourists and locals alike. It’s available 24-hours a day, as long as there is a bike available in the station near you. You can purchase a 1-day ticket online or at any Vélib station for €1.70 or a 7-day ticket for €8.00. This system is self-serviced and all you need to do is just follow the instructions on the screen at the terminal. After payment, you choose a bike…

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Lodging in Paris–Airbnb in Le Marais

Lodging in Paris–Airbnb in Le Marais

*Please note that the photo above is not in Le Marais and that it is NOT the Airbnb we stayed at. Photo credit: stock image by Margerretta* Airbnb: $262 for two nights in a studio in Le Marais As mentioned in the planning section, we were fortunate to have a 7-night stay at a Marriott, but we still needed to find lodging for the first two nights in Paris. We opted for Airbnb as I needed a washer to do…

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Lodging in Paris–Hotel Renaissance Paris République

Lodging in Paris–Hotel Renaissance Paris République

Renaissance Paris République: 40 Rue René Boulanger, 75010 Paris, France; +33 1 71 18 20 95; http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/parpr-renaissance-paris-republique-hotel/ Located in République (10th arrondissement), Renaissance Paris République is a 5-star modern hotel with excellent amenities and service. The neighborhood of the hotel is not the fanciest, but I was never concerned about safety even while walking back to the hotel at night. It’s steps away from the République Metro, and walking distance to the République, Canal St. Martin, and Le Marais. Reception/Lobby: We were…

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