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Month: September 2017

Food in Paris–Review of What and Where I Ate

Food in Paris–Review of What and Where I Ate

Food in Paris: Dear Paris, I fell in love with you the moment I got into my Uber driver’s Audi from Gare du Nord, and that love continued to grow exponentially after tasting all the culinary magic you have spoiled me with. Since I’ve returned home, I’ve been pining away for the glorious food that only you could give. Everything here tastes boring and sub par. Nothing has been able to lift my gastronomical spirits and relight the flame that…

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How to Claim VAT Refund from Shopping in Paris

How to Claim VAT Refund from Shopping in Paris

How to Shop Tax Free in Paris: One of the advantages of making purchases while traveling internationally is receiving VAT refund. VAT stands for value-added tax, which is an amount already added to the price of the goods you purchase. Not all countries offer VAT refunds and requirements in receiving VAT refunds vary by country. In France, the standard VAT rate is 20%, and it varies for different products, i.e. 10% on pharmacy goods. For purchases made in Paris, the…

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Charles de Gaulle (CDG) Airport Transfer from Paris

Charles de Gaulle (CDG) Airport Transfer from Paris

Getting to CDG from Paris: There are several options for transporting to CDG airport from Paris, including Uber, cabs, airport shuttles, RER B train, and an airport bus. Which option you choose will depend on your budget, amount of luggage, number of people traveling with you, and how much time you have. I will provide a summary of different airport transfer options below, but only for those that I have either experience with or done research on. Uber: Let’s get…

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Things to Do and Places to Visit in Paris

Things to Do and Places to Visit in Paris

Even though we were in Paris for 10 days and covered the major tourist attractions, there still remain many places we didn’t get to visit or things we didn’t get to do. Nevertheless, I think I have created a pretty good list to keep you busy on your visit to Paris. Click on the links below for visitor information, details, my impression or experience, and pictures! Montmartre/City Free Walking Tour Sacré-Cœur (done on the same day as Montmartre, as Sacré-Cœur is…

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Montmartre/City Free Walking Tour–Things to Do in Paris

Montmartre/City Free Walking Tour–Things to Do in Paris

Montmartre/City Free Walking Tour: website: http://cityfreetour.com/paris/ email: reservation@cityfreetour.com; sms/phone/whatsapp: +33 5 42 47 70 57 Montmartre Free Tour: Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon @ 10:30 AM I wanted to go on a walking tour while in Paris, and City Free Tour was one of the many walking tours that were highly rated online as well as by my friend. Now, I know the name indicates the tour as being free, but the etiquette is that at the end of the tour,…

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Sacré-Cœur–Things to Do in Paris

Sacré-Cœur–Things to Do in Paris

Sacré-Cœur: 35 Rue du Chevalier de la Barre, 75018 Paris; +33 1 53 41 89 00; http://www.sacre-coeur-montmartre.com/english/ Hours: Daily: 6 AM—10:30 PM Free entrance After France was defeated by Germany in a war in 1870, Alexandre Legentil and Hubert Ronhault de Fleury spearheaded a vow and a project to build a church pledged to the Sacred Heart of Jesus to mark the country’s contrition and repentance. The two believed that the defeat by the Germans was rooted in spiritual, rather…

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Château de Versailles–Things to do in France

Château de Versailles–Things to do in France

Visiting Château de Versailles: Place d’Armes, 78000 Versailles; +33 1 30 83 78 00; http://en.chateauversailles.fr/ Hours:  Peak Season (Apr 1—Oct 31): The Palace: Monday: Closed Tues-Sun: 9 AM—6:30 PM Last admission at 6 PM   The Estate of Trianon: Monday: Closed Tues-Sun: 12 PM—6:30 PM Last admission at 6 PM   The Coach Gallery: Monday: Closed Tues-Sun: 12:30—6:30 PM Last admission at 5:45 PM   The Gardens: Open daily: 8 AM—8 PM* Last admission at 7 PM *On Saturdays with…

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Le Mur des Je t’aime (Wall of I Love You)–Things to Do in Paris

Le Mur des Je t’aime (Wall of I Love You)–Things to Do in Paris

Le Mur des Je t’aime: Square Jehan Rictus, Place des Abesses, 75018 Paris; http://www.lesjetaime.com/english/lemur.html Hours: Daily: 8 AM—6 PM This large mural of the words, “I love you,” in 250 languages, is found inside a garden square in Montmartre. This wall is called by different names, from I Love You: the Wall, I Love You Wall, The Wall of Love, to the Wall of I Love You, but however one may call it, it’s a large wall with deep blue…

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Arc de Triomphe–Things to Do in Paris

Arc de Triomphe–Things to Do in Paris

Arc de Triomphe: Place Charles de Gaulle, 75008 Paris; http://www.arcdetriompheparis.com/ Hours: Apr—Sept: 10 AM—11 PM Oct—Mar: 10 AM—10:30 PM   Located on the western end of Champs-Élysées, this iconic monument was built between 1806 and 1836 to commemorate all those who fought for France, especially during the Napoleonic Wars. Along with names of generals and wars engraved on the inside and top of the arch, the Memorial Flame, which has been burning unperturbed since first ignited in 1923, burns in…

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Champs-Élysées–Things to Do in Paris

Champs-Élysées–Things to Do in Paris

Champs-Élysées: 8th arrondissement from Place de la Concorde to Place Charles de Gaulle (Arc de Triomphe); https://en.parisinfo.com/transport/73130/Avenue-des-Champs-Elysees As one of the most famous streets in the world, Champs-Élysées is a broad avenue lined with trees, numerous retails shops, restaurants, gardens, monuments, and theaters. Before the avenue became what it is now, it once housed fields and gardens. You can read about the history here. The avenue is also well-known for many events such as the military parade on Bastille Day,…

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