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Shakespeare & Company Bookstore–Things to do in Paris

Shakespeare & Company Bookstore–Things to do in Paris

Shakespeare & Company Bookstore: 37 Rue de la Bûcherie, 75005 Paris; +33 1 43 25 40 93; www.shakespeareandcompany.com Hours: Daily: 10 AM—11 PM Anglophone bibliophiles, you must visit this charming bookstore shelved top to bottom with hundreds of books in each room! Not a big space by any means, the bookstore is delectably arranged and decorated with a hint of organized chaos, and if it weren’t for my husband waiting around for me, I could have spent hours there. Founded…

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Luxembourg Gardens–Things to Do in Paris

Luxembourg Gardens–Things to Do in Paris

Luxembourg Gardens (Jardin du Luxembourg): Rue de Médicis – Rue de Vaugirard – 75006 Paris (between Latin Quarter and Saint-Germain-des-Prés); +33 1 42 64 33 99‎; https://en.parisinfo.com/paris-museum-monument/71393/Jardin-du-Luxembourg Hours: Garden’s hours vary almost on a weekly or bi-weekly basis (depending on “the length of the day,” according to the website), so please check here before planning your trip. In general, the opening time is anytime between 7:30 AM—8:15 AM, and closing is between 4:30 PM—9:30 PM depending on the season, with winter…

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Eiffel Tower–Things to Do in Paris

Eiffel Tower–Things to Do in Paris

Eiffel Tower: Champ de Mars, 5 Avenue Anatole France, 75005 Paris; http://www.toureiffel.paris/en Hours: Daily 9 AM—12:45 AM (last visitors admitted at midnight)   Rates to get to the top of the Eiffel Tower: Elevator to the very top: Adults: €17 12-24 years: €14.50 4-11 years, disabled people & French job seekers (must present documentation for the latter two groups): €8.50 Elevator to the second floor (and walk up the stairs to the top): Adults: €11 12-24 years: €8.50 4-11 years:…

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Coulée verte René-Dumont–Things to Do in Paris

Coulée verte René-Dumont–Things to Do in Paris

Coulée verte René-Dumont or Promenade Plantée: 1 Coulée verte René-Dumont, 75012 Paris; https://en.parisinfo.com/paris-museum-monument/71237/Coulee-verte-Rene-Dumont-ex-Promenade-Plantee Hours: Summer: Mon-Fri: 7:30 AM—8:30 PM Sat-Sun: 8:30 AM—8:30 PM Winter: Mon-Fri: 8 AM—5:30 PM Sat-Sun: 9 AM—5:30 PM   Our concierge recommended Coulée verte René-Dumont to us when he realized that we had already crossed off a lot of the tourist attractions on our list. Well, to be clear, he couldn’t remember the name, Coulée verte René-Dumont, so he told us to go to Avenue Daumesnil….

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Turtle Farm in Isla Mujeres

Turtle Farm in Isla Mujeres

Turtle Farm (Tortugranja): Situated on the western coast of the island, this center aims to protect and preserve different sea turtle species. The farm oversees the turtle eggs from being hatched to being released back to nature between May and October. The admission fee is MXN 30 or USD 3, and we spent about 30 minutes at the farm. They also sell turtle food, which we did not purchase. The turtle farm consisted of a building with multiple pools in…

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Punta Sur in Isla Mujeres

Punta Sur in Isla Mujeres

Punta Sur: At the southern tip of the island, Punta Sur, or South Point, is home to the ruined temple of Ixchel, a Mayan Goddess. It is also the most eastern part of Mexico, which means it is the first place in Mexico to get greeted by sunlight each day. At the cliffs, one can view the beautiful waters and waves. There is a small sculpture garden (requires an entrance fee) with a pathway that leads to the temple ruins…

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Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza

 Chichen Itza: As one of the seven modern wonders of the world, Chichen Itza is in Yucatan, Mexico.  Contrary to popular belief, the pyramid at Chichen Itza is not a tomb or a religious altar; it is a calendar and an oratory box. Talk about amazing engineering of the ancient Mayans! The faces of the pyramid are used like a calendar and the speaking box at the top of the pyramid is where the leader/king would speak his speech that…

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Cenote Ik Kil

Cenote Ik Kil

Cenote Ik Kil: Although we were a bit bummed that the visit to Ik Kil had to be pushed back due to the “5,000 school kids at Chichen Itza (read my post on Chichen Itza for background story),” plunging into a cool natural water formation was a welcoming and refreshing idea, as we were feeling grimy and sweaty after getting beaten up by the sun and humidity at Chichen Itza. This was one of the activities I was really looking…

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