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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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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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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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The Louvre–Things to do in Paris

The Louvre–Things to do in Paris

The Louvre: Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, 1st arrondissement; +33 1 40 20 50 50; http://www.louvre.fr/en Hours: Mon, Thurs, Sat, Sun: 9 AM—6 PM Tues: Closed Wed & Fri: 9 AM—9: 45 PM *Remember, rooms start closing 30 minutes prior to closing time. **Check the website for holiday openings and hours, room closures, etc.   Admission Rates: €15 at the museum for same day entrance for permanent collections and temporary exhibitions. Free for visitors under 18 years old (ID or…

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Tips for Paris

Tips for Paris

Tips for Paris: Here are some things that I had learned, experienced, and observed in Paris that could make your trip a better experience. Hope they help! People are very polite in France. Always greet everyone with a bonjour (hello, good morning, good day), bonsoir (good night), sa va (how are you?), and au revoir (good-bye). Always say si vous plait (please), merci (thank you), désolée, pardon (sorry, pardon), and excusez moi (excuse me). When operating hours say they close…

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Isla Mujeres

Isla Mujeres

Vacation in Isla Mujeres Situated about 13 kilometers away from Cancun in the Caribbean Sea, Isla Mujeres is a small, charming island with beautiful waters. Read on to see how I planned my vacation and what I saw, experienced, and ate! The Plan Reality Flight Arrival/Immigration Process Airport Transfer Ultramar Ferry from Puerto Juarez to Isla Mujeres Transportation in Isla Mujeres Lodging Things to Do Food Weather