Tips for easier travel

There are plenty of ways to travel ,its up to the individual,how they make it easy.my tip for traveling to Paris from the UK is this go by train. It is far quicker to travel by train than it is to travel by flying or by road.Now some of you might wonder what I am on about well I will explain.

If you are going to fly you first have to travel to one of the many airports a round London ,or the many airports around were you live,you have to check in and you wait for at least 2 hours, to Bord the plane ,then it takes you at least 1 hour to fly to Charles d goule airport ,then you have to wait for your baggage at least half an hour ,then you get a taxi to take you in to the center of Paris, maybe that will take you half an hour ,that is 4 hours or longer depending on the security these days.Now lets go by train you catch the train at Waterloo station in London,time it right and you board strait away,there is no waiting,and of you go,your passports are checked on the train ,and 2 hours later you in the centre of Paris,now thats not bad by any stretch of the imagination,and what I like the best of all is that there are no rude airport staff to put up with.Now thats what I call a good what a bonus, try it some time it can be cheaper to.

And with the new rail link that is opening this year at kings Cross it will be even quicker to get to Paris.Why bother with airports with all that security that goes with airports these days, its not as if you are going far is it.I would my self never fly to Paris what I would do is take my car and travel on the train,that way then you have your car to travel about on more savings .

And you can in this day and age book everything on line, you can even book hotels in Paris and they come a lot cheaper than booking through a travel agent, as you cut out the middle man.

Of course some times you have to travel by air,sometimes there is no way that you can travel by car or train.Spain is one of the country’s that is a very popular holiday venue for many British holiday makers,and most of the tourist’s from the UK travel by air.many years ago when Spain first became popular the travel agents did a good job of getting the tourist to there holiday destination .Of course they charged a good fee for getting them there ,but now with the use of the Internet ,you can book very cheap flights ,some of the flights are so cheap you wonder how the air line stays a float ,some of the prices are as cheap as twenty five British pounds ,there and back ,of course there is always a catch ,the catch being that the air line like to charge you for tall the drinks that you drink on board ,and all the food that you eat,also they like to charge a small fortune for baggage .My second tip is to not buy anything once you are on board ,most flights are only a few hours some no more than three hours ,feed your self before you get on the plane and take with you a drink stashed away in your hand luggage,as for luggage that you have to have and that is put in the hold ,then take only a small amount with you ,you can always buy some very cheap clothes once you are there,any way ,most of the time you will be on the beach wont you

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Splendid Paris And It’s Lovely Clubs

Paris is affectionately termed the metropolis of prize. Myriads who have been to Paris will wager that there is no one city that might match the romantic air of this home. Paris is one of the imperceptible cities in the world that we could call the destination of every one of destinations. As far as cosmopolitan, there are 2.2 million members of public residing in Central Paris, and more than 9 million humans living in the suburbs, making it one of the greatest large towns in Europe. Paris is also one of the better influential places when it comes to habit, art, fashion, and food.

Also called the borough of Lights, Paris is chockfull of locations of affection which is precisely why Paris tourism is so famed. Home to the Louvre Museum which houses the works of Leonardo da Vinci, the Arènes de Lutece amphitheatre, the French Parliament’s Assemblée Nationale, the Eiffel Tower, the foremost Paris Catacombs, and the elegant home of Louis XIV: the Chateau de Versailles, and Paris suggests piles of site seeing endeavours. One should also make it a point to check out the ambitious Arche de la Defense, the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Pantheon, the Père-Lachaise Cemetery, and the Sainte Chapelle while visiting the fine and historically-rich municipality of Paris.

A neat style to take in umpteen Paris tourism in one shot is to take a cruise down the Seine River, where you can see the Lourve, Notre-Dame, and the Eiffel Tower. Taking a walk down the avenue des Champs-Elysées se will give you the prime shopping in the center, as well as having some fabulous restaurants. At the end of the influential street is the Arc de Triomphe that has the flame of the Unknown Soldier. There are multitudinous tours that you may take, these as food and wine tours, museum tours, and important tours. There are also some preeminent open-air markets, where you could get some renowned fresh food.

As far as Paris tourism is concerned, this metropolitan area is also reputed to be one of the most supreme, culinary centres in Europe. There is a esteemed deal of international flavour in the blend of cultures in France over the years, and for that reason, the gastronomic experience in Paris is unlike any other. No matter what your tastes for food may be, there are numerous fine restaurants from the gourmet cookery of Fouquet and the Chez Clement to the lively smell and favored French specialities found in sidewalk cafes through the city. People who display come to Paris demonstrate ascertained that Parisian food is among the superior in the world.

The selection of amusement in Paris is wide and varied. Paris hosts major sports events like the journey De France and the French Open. They also present exquisite footie clubs that make the locals rowdy and energetic while games. The Cinema en Plein Air in July features the greatest inflatable outdoor flick screen. The utmost recreation for both male persons and women is Paris’ fashion spectacles. If you are remotely interested in fashion or classy girls on heels, you could learn a lot on how Parisian creativity works.

With so numerous riveting spots to look around and bracing entertainment in Paris, one would assume that a slender days in Paris might not be enough. The trick here is to plan the trip well, and while planning, look for some effective hints or a handbook. It’s almost impossible to do everything in one inspect, so don’t get stressed and just appreciate the city.

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Eating (way too well) in Paris: Third stop at Le Gourmet

Yet another interesting stop in our culinary adventures in Paris, the Le Gourmet restaurant offers great French cuisine for prices I hadn’t seen in Paris in 15 years.

by Phil Chavanne

Lunch time, where to go?

This is the third installment of the series of articles which I set about to write a couple of weeks ago on eating out well in Paris. I love food, I love good cuisine, and I want fellow travelers to enjoy Paris to the hilt. That’s enough reasons to guide them to those places I am certain they will enjoy.

Lunch time in Paris is restaurant time. People who work in the city do not carry their lunch bags with them. They rarely enjoy the benefit of a corporate catering service, but even if they do, such catering is hardly a feat for anyone’s eyes and taste buds.

Small restaurants perform a vital service: they feed the locals rather satisfactorily, inexpensively, and in record time.

What applies to locals applies to travelers, and your next culinary stop happens in just such circumstances. After a long morning walk in the quaint streets on the slopes of the Montmartre hill, you feel nicely hungry. Your steps lead you to Place de Clichy, a busy crossroads between the 17th, the 9th and the 18th districts (metro station: ‘Place de Clichy’).

Time for a gourmet experience!

Le Gourmet

You may be hungry, but you are no fool. You want to eat well, and spend your heard-earned cash on food worth this name.

In my considerate opinion none of the eateries positioned around Place de Clichy are worth the money they ask for. I find their cuisine either overpriced, or downright vulgar. I never had a satisfactory lunch at any of these places.

So where to go? Not far away.

When you are on Place de Clichy, turn yourself so as to face the downward slope, with the metro station in your back. Aim at Rue de Clichy, left of Rue d’Amsterdam. Walk down the street for about 200 yards, and turn left in Rue de Bruxelles. Walk another 200 yards. There you are on the right sidewalk.

Your next favorite food stop is located at No. 19 rue de Bruxelles.
Name: Le Gourmet.
Identifiable sign: its French bistro-style facade. And a crowd.

Entering the bistro

If you happen to walk in at around noon thirty, you may have to wait just a tad. The place is packed. I have been to this restaurant numerous times, and I still have to be there the day it is not packed at lunch time.

My advice: come at around 12:00 am, and grab a spot before everybody else does.

The place exudes old charm, with dark wood panels, old posters, menu slates marked with chalk on the walls, a traditional bar, a mosaic floor, bistro-style chairs and tables. It smells good, though cigarette smoke can become an issue at times when the facade door isn’t left open.

The owner and chef bought the restaurant about 2 years ago from its first and long-time owners, an elderly couple who retired after having steered the ship for longer than any local can remember. The new owner liked the decor, and decided to preserve it as-is, except for the facade which was changed early in 2006.

In this very Parisian setting, patrons feel immediately welcomed and are quickly seated either by the boss or a smiling waitress. This is lunch time, and they know patrons are in a hurry. No unnecessary delay.

Seated, and menu in hands

The menu is in fact chalked on the slates that hang on the front and back walls. A remarkable feat for such small a restaurant, the menu changes every day.

Anyone who lived in Paris for some time knows that restaurant menus do not change beyond the ‘plat du jour’ – the main fare for the day. Even the ‘plat du jour’ does not change that much: from one week to another, the same courses tend to get back on the menu.

Not so at ‘Le Gourmet’: the menu changes everyday and no two weeks are alike. True diversity. Even if you were to eat there every day for 20 days, you could try 20 different courses.

Gourmet cuisine is a mission

The boss comes from the province of Touraine, in Western France. He likes to work on French traditional dishes, and his cuisine draws its main inspiration from the famous Burgundy and Lyons regions.

Among the ‘terroir’ dishes served at Le Gourmet, you can taste veal knuckle (souris de veau), prime cuts of veal (onglet de veau), roasted gilthead bream (daurade royale rôtie), stewed duck (pot-au-feu de canard), pike dumpling (quenelle de brochet). And the list goes on.

To get fresh products from his favorite suppliers, he wakes up at 3:30 am every day to go to the wholesale market (the Rungis market, situated south of Paris). He buys only what he needs for the day, loads up his truck, and heads back to his restaurant where he’s spend the rest of the morning to cook for lunch.

The chef’s motto is “fresh products, traditional preparation”. He uses butter, not margarine. He doesn’t buy frozen products, and no off-the-shelf sauces as he prepares his sauces himself. He is light-handed on spices which he thinks ‘are all too often used to hide something’.

Appetizer, main course, dessert, wines

Le Gourmet’s menu typically offers a choice of 4 appetizers (such as a warmed up goat cheese served on a loaf of country bread), 3 or 4 main courses (meat, fish, poultry), and 4 desserts.

The choice of desserts is also ‘old-school’: depending on the day, your selection may include chocolate whipped cream, baba au rhum (a spongy cake saturated with dealcoholized rum), biscuits with ganache (a mix of chocolate, cream and butter), orange cake, fondant cake, floating island (beaten egg whites floating on a French custard), red fruit pies, and so forth.

Light wines get the lion’s share of the wine list. The chef’s hometown is Valencay (in the heart of the Touraine region), and he purchases his bottles directly from local producers. The list comprises a variety of well-thought-of vines: Gamay, Cabernet, Valençay, Bourgueil, and Saumur-Champigny.

All this for how much?

Beyond the quality of the food you are served at Le Gourmet, the check is another pleasant surprise. For a meager €13 (about $16), you have a full meal served in record time in a most pleasant atmosphere. For just a few more bucks, you have the wine to complete your experience.

To be honest, there are very few Parisian restaurants which will give you that much for such a low price. Le Gourmet wins my vote any time, any day. I recommend it to you wholeheartedly.

Where?
Le Gourmet
19 rue de Bruxelles
75009 Paris
Tel: 33 (0)1 48 74 53 42
Subway station: Place de Clichy
Lunch and dinner

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Attraction Place in France.

France has some of the most beautiful and lively cities and tourist attractions in the world. These sites not only play host to descending tourists and curious travelers, they also shield the raw beauty of unexplored regions and unique fests from the rest of the world. With TSI Holidays outbound tourist packages, you can explore the famous with the lesser known attractions and events on your tour to France and its cities.

Attraction Place in France

The Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Church, museums and galleries, walks along the canals, houseboat cruises, beach sports, water sports, island tours, winter sports in the Alps and Pyrenees, a game of boules on the street, walks through the Paris streets are just some of the attractions that draw people to France. The rolling slopes and vineyards of Champagne, the farmlands of Normandy, the historic sites at Lorraine and Strasbourg, the Celtic heritage of Brittany (a coastal town), the Gothic Cathedrals and green pastures in the medieval town of Burgundy, the châteaux and churches in the volcanic city of Auvergne, the French Alps of Rhone and the grand palaces and gorge in the Loire Valley are some other places that you may visit with TSI Holidays outbound packages for France.
Eiffel Tower in Paris
French Alps in Rhone
Annual Film Festival in Cannes
Thorens Glieres Castle
Wine Tours in Burgundy
Paris Museum Tour

Events
Events in France showcase its diversity in terms of geography, culture and cuisine, beyond the three major cities of Paris, Lyon and Marseilles.

Sports Events
Monaco Grand Prix, Tour de France, Paris Marathon and Kandahar-Alpine Skiing World Cup bring out the sporty side of the French, otherwise considered to be eternal romantics.

Carnivals and Popular Festivals
Dunkerque and Nice Carnivals, Nativity at the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, the Cannes International Film Festival and the Bastille Day Celebrations are some of the popular events that reflect the cosmopolite character of the French.

Art and Culture Fests
The International Film Festival, Jazz under the Apple Trees (Normandy), Summer Solstice and Musical Festivals (nationwide), and International Festival of Theatre, Music and literature (Limosin) reflect the average Frenchman’s partially for music and art.

Top Destination in France
Paris

The eternal city for romantics, Paris has become the face of French cultural experience. Here, you can roam the entire city on foot and not a soul would disturb you. That is except the cheesy pick-up line guys. Beyond the French bread, the wines, the open-air café, the museums and galleries (Louvre Museum), the Eiffel Tower, and a performance at the Moulin Rouge, Paris is a place to call home. For souvenirs, take the landscapes painted by local artists that can be easily spotted along the canal, just like all the tourist attractions.

Arles
Visit this quiet town in France for its Roman remains, narrow alleys, terraced brasseries, frequent yet intimate squares, and olive groves and vineyards.

Cannes
Tour Cannes in May and attend one of the most prestigious and glamorous Film Festivals in the world – the Cannes Film Festival. With numerous boutique hotels, classy restaurants, and popular beaches, Cannes is a summer holiday destination that few pass over.

Chamonix
Hiking in the summer through the deep glacier-cut valleys covered in shrubs and flowers, or skiing through the settled snow that falls on Mt Blanc are the reasons that make Chamonix (a valley in the French Alps) a tourist destination.

Services
Some of the service which are famous in Paris are Paris Airport Shuttle, Beauvais Airport Shuttle and Paris Shuttle Service.

Paris airport shuttle
Paris airport shuttle service offering chauffeur-driven vehicles with specialized drivers: door-to-door transport of passengers between Roissy Charles de Gaulle CDG Airport, Orly Airport, Beauvais Airport and Paris hotels or train stations. Paris has a lot of offer, keep your money for restaurants, hotels or city tours.

This service also provides a private airport transfer from the 3 major airports to any of the following destinations: connection between airports, transfer to hotel or pickup and Disneyland park.

Booking our ground transportation service is an affordable, stress-free way to transfer from Paris Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport CDG, Orly Airport or Beauvais Airport to our downtown hotel. Transfer in comfortable air conditioned vehicles with courteous English Speaking Drivers.

Paris Shuttle Service
Paris Shuttle Service provides us with the following services:
1. Door to door pick up – to and from Paris airports: Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport and Beauvais airport to the city of Paris by a vehicle of your choice: shuttle, van or private limousine.
2. Shuttle transportation to the theme park Disneyland (Euro Disney) and back to Paris hotels.
3. Our service is available to you 7 days a week, 24 hours a day including Saturdays and holidays.
4. Our English speaking highly experienced, licensed drivers; will meet you outside the baggage claim at the terminal. They will take care of your luggage for you and accompany you to your hotel. Our drivers know Paris and the area inside and out.
5. Our fleet of new, high standard, fully air conditioned, 8 passengers seat mini-vans , are regularly checked and well maintained, thus offering you a comfortable and safe drive to your destination in Paris. It is the most economical transport option in comparison to Taxis fares. With Paris shuttle service you don’t have to queue for taxis with uncertain rates, or carry your luggage with you while searching for public transport to the city.
Paris shuttle Service is the safest, most economical convenient transportation in paris. Beauvais Airport Shuttle
Beauvais airport shuttle service is one of the best transfer option for travellers : offering chauffeur-driven vehicles with specialized drivers, door-to-door transport of passengers between Beauvais BVA airport and your Paris hotel, another Paris airport : Orly or Roissy CDG or even Disneyland Resort Paris and suburbs like Le Bourget or Paris Nord Expo center at Villepinte. The traffic jams will not make your bill a nightmare… Paris has a lot to offer, keep your money for restaurants, hotels or city tours. Due to long distance between Beauvais and Paris our service is only private. However for groups of 4 or more our service may be the cheapest transfer option. It is also the favorite of Senior citizens, travelers with heavy luggage, disabled persons, or families with small children in tow. Thank you for visiting our site.

Paris mini cab Provide all services like Paris shuttle service, Paris Airport Shuttle and Beauvais Airport shuttle.

Parisminicab is dedicated to making our trip to Paris as easy, affordable and safe as possible. Whether we are traveling for business or for leisure, whether we are by ourself,with our family, or organizing transportation for a group of 500 to the “City of Lights”, they can meet us expectations. They offer us the choice of a shared or private 8-seater minivan, as well as our Mercedes E-Class

Parisminicab operates out of Roissy Charles de Gaulle (CDG), Orly (ORY) and Beauvais (BVA) airports, 7 days a week. Transfers are generally available 24 hours.

They provide door-to-door service to all destinations in Paris and selected suburbs including hotels, convention centers, train stations, and private addresses. Parisminicab shuttles service like Paris shuttle service, Paris Airport Shuttle, Beauvais Airport Shuttle also serve hotels in the Disneyland area or at the airport. All of there drivers speak English and know their way around Paris perfectly. There vehicles are air-conditioned, non-smoking and some are equipped with GPS tracking.

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Stop Over Great Petit Musée De L’argenterie In Intriguing Paris

With well over 2,100,000 inhabitants, Paris is a truly thriving city and is understood as the fashion capital of the world. An incredibly well-liked tourist destination, the word Paris has become synonymous with culture and romance. With the opportunities to visit hundred of shops and specialty boutiques, historical architecture and destinations, eat and dine on fine French cuisine, and to create lasting memories, travellers head off to Paris, France to have the getaway of a lifetime and to enjoy Paris tourism. A location with a history stemming from as early as the third century, Paris has much to offer the traveller looking to experience new cultural experiences.

Also known as the City of Lights, Paris is chockfull of places of interest which is precisely why Paris tourism is so popular. Home to the Louvre Museum which houses the works of Leonardo da Vinci, the Arènes de Lutece amphitheatre, the French Parliament’s Assemblée Nationale, the Eiffel Tower, the famous Paris Catacombs, and the gorgeous home of Louis XIV: the Chateau de Versailles, and Paris offers plenty of site seeing endeavours. One should also make it a point to check out the Grand Arche de la Defense, the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Pantheon, the Père-Lachaise Cemetery, and the Sainte Chapelle while visiting the fine and historically-rich city of Paris.

A good way to take in a lot of Paris tourism in one shot is to take a cruise down the Seine River, where you can see the Lourve, Notre-Dame, and the Eiffel Tower. Taking a walk down the avenue des Champs-Elysées se will give you the best shopping in the city, as well as having some great restaurants. At the end of the famous street is the Arc de Triomphe that has the flame of the Unknown Soldier. There are many tours that you can take, such as food and wine tours, museum tours, and historic tours. There are also some great open-air markets, where you can get some great fresh food.

Adults are simply spoilt for choice when it comes to dining in Paris with a wide selection of wine and food available in many restaurants. Dining in Paris can also be the most romantic experience for couples. For a romantic dinner, Restaurant du Musee d’Orsay offers panoramic views of the Seine and excellent but reasonably priced French cuisine. This elegant restaurant is located at Musee d’Orsay. Another alternative is Carre des Feuillants, which features one of the top chefs in France, Alain Dutournier. Some of the unique restaurants and cafes in Paris can also be found in Le Marais.

The selection of entertainment in Paris is wide and varied. Paris hosts major sports events like the Tour De France and the French Open. They also have excellent football clubs that make the locals rowdy and energetic during games. The Cinema en Plein Air in July features the largest inflatable outdoor movie screen. The best entertainment for both men and women is Paris’ fashion spectacles. If you are remotely interested in fashion or beautiful girls on heels, you can learn a lot on how Parisian creativity works.

With so many interesting places to visit and exciting things to do in Paris, one would assume that a few days in Paris might not be enough. The trick here is to plan the trip well, and while planning, look for some useful tips or a guide. It’s almost impossible to do everything in one visit, so don’t get stressed and just enjoy the city.

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Paris Kid’s Zone Guide

Paris can be a fun city for kids or teenagers who are history lovers. They will love visiting Versailles, Les Invalides military museum where galore, cannons, mortars, armor, swords, daggers, souvenirs from Napoleon’s time, including his hat and sword are exposed, and even the Egyptian section of the Louvre, where children flock to see mummified cats. Science lovers can’t miss the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie at La Villette which as so many special events and exhibitions for kids. They will also be thrilled by the Palais de la découverte’s planetarium. Another enthralling museum, particularly for teens, is the Pasteur Museum.Intimately set in his former home, the museum boasts impressive display of Pasteur’s most famous experiments. If they like animals take the kids to the Jardin des Plantes’ Natural history national museum the permanent exhibitions are amazing and there are great temporary exhibitions too. The Centre Pompidou has a children’s atelier on Wednesdays and Saturdays. And of course, kids will love getting on top of the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. An Unusual place to visit is the Sewers museum where a part of Victor Hugo’s Misérables took place. Guided tours are organized in foreign languages only in summer.

As far as open air activities are concerned, the Bateau-mouche tour on the Seine is great fun for kids. Also check out the Bois de Boulogne, a huge park at the West border of Paris also called the “main lung” of Paris. The Jardin d’Acclimatation, at the northern edge of the park, is for children, with a zoo, an amusement park, and a narrow-gauge railway.

Kids will never be starved for entertainment in Paris. There is the magnificent Disneyland Paris, spread across 1,500 acres, and it is sure to win any red-blooded child’s heart. Both kids and adults will also immensely enjoy a tour along the Seine River. A great one for sight seeing, this tour is unique in a lot of ways. For one, during the tour the child would get to see the entire overview of the beautiful city of Paris. Sure to kindle nostalgia in adults and unbounded excitement in kids. A visit to Notre Dame, should not be ruled out either, if not for anything else but for its breath-taking size and beauty.

On the Right bank one could take a stroll through the Jardin de Tuileries while savouring heaps of ice-creams or ride on a donkey back or even attend marionette shows depending on the little prince or princesses’ mood. On the Left Bank, one can go to Jardin du Luxembourg to enjoy the same kind of fun. If Puppets are fun for any child, then catch a puppet show anywhere in Paris as they are a great tradition in the city. Don’t let any child miss the wax museum at Musée Grevin, which is known for being the number one waxworks’ museum in Paris.

And yes, has one come to the fashion capital of the world and the child is still attired in those normal clothes? There are many fashion shops specializing in children’s clothes and also a lot of fashion houses have separate outlets for kids. In fact, Paris holds so much enjoyment for the tiny tots, that for once tourist will be glad to have taken the children along for the holiday.

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I Love Paris In The Springtime… But It’s Pretty Cool In The Winter Too

It’s getting cold. Really cold. And when the long cold nights start to draw in, thoughts start to turn to warmer climes…the turquoise sea of the Caribbean, the exotic beauty of Latin America. Holidays in Paris, with its northern European climate, are possibly not top of everyone’s wish list. But by ignoring the French capital during winter, we are ignoring a unique holiday opportunity.

Paris is the city of romance. And what could be more romantic than taking a stroll along the Champs Elysees, wrapped up warm against the elements, followed by a delicious chocolat chaud in a cosy café on the Boulevard St Germain? Or a day exploring the museums and art galleries for which Paris is so famous, followed by a romantic meal by candlelight in front of a roaring fire in the city that invented the restaurant?

Speaking of cultural outings, Paris in winter really doesn’t sleep. Operas, plays and special exhibitions that tail off in summer for the long French holidays are back in full swing during the winter months. How much nicer to visit the Louvre knowing that you don’t have to push through sweaty crowds and brave the firewall of screaming children and the venom of their exhausted parents to get your precious glimpse of the Mona Lisa. In fact, out of tourist season, you will be able to lap up the culture to your heart’s content. And the lack of tourists means stress free access to the gift shops, too!

If the idea of walking around Paris in the winter leaves you…well…cold, then how about hiring a car from a company like easyCar (http://www.easycar.com/aspx/car-hire/location/Paris.aspx/EN) and exploring areas around the city which normally get forgotten in the rush to see the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame? A short drive out of the city centre will take you to the historical beauty of Versailles or Chartres. Or if oversized rodents and flying elephants are more your idea of fun, you could always drive to the magical world of Eurodisney – a sure fire way of keeping the kids happy whatever the weather.

There’s one other thing. It’s nearly Christmas, and not only is Paris a far better location for picking up presents for your nearest and dearest than a remote Caribbean beach but let’s face it, a trip to Paris will leave you with a lot more spending money as well.

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Is Paris Great For Weekend Holidays?

Paris is one of the premier capitals of the world especially the romantic amongst us,also known as affectionately as the City of Lights. No visit to Europe would be complete without a short stay in Paris; you will however, discover that more time is required to fully appreciate what it has to offer.

It is famous for many famous buildings and locations, plus sights like the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and many other places that are havens for tourists, both home grown and international. Fortunately for tourists, Paris has a first rate transportation system; there is an excellent underground system called the Metro which runs regular trains into the city center and is very easy to understand.

The Eiffel Tower at over 300 meters tall and is a magnificent steel structure,it can be seen throughout most locations around the city. Illuminated in the evening, it is one of the most beautiful sights in the entire city,guided tours add to the thrill as you get to peek into history on how it was constructed.

A trip down the Champs Elysees is encouraged when you visit Paris as this is the city’s most famous street, it’s where you will find all the top class hotels, shops and restaurants. When you visit this region of the city you will see it is a much more select area, most of the five star hotels are located here but more affordable hotels can be found further out.

The city’s famous museum, the Louvre is huge and worth a visit if you have the time,with almost a third of a million exhibits, you will not be able to see everything in one trip. The problem is a Paris short stay will only ever provide a glimpse of what can be seen here; some of the world’s most important art collections including the infamous Mona Lisa are on display. Paris has always been a magnetic destination for artists,painters like Monet and Picasso spent many years here and a large number of their art works can be seen in Paris today.

Paris is also the home of the equally famous Arc de Triomphe which Napoleon had constructed in the early part of the 19th century,the names of his generals are engraved on its surface and another of those must have photo land marks. Many people do not know that an observatory was included in the design which affords great views of the surrounding area; in particular those obtained along the lanes that lead from it.

Certainly it is not fair to believe that these are the only places in the city worth visiting; these are however, the most popular with regular tours arranged, many of which are either free or at a subsidized cost. On your short say in Paris you will only see a small sample of what is available for a visitor; what you aren’t able to this time will have to wait for another occasion.

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A Temporary Paris Coup

It’s know fact that Europeans have been avid vacation apartment dwellers for decades. This craze is now hitting American eventhough it’s very common to rent a summer home in the Hamptons and Cape Cod. The difference is that these homes are usually rented for the summer not for a week.

Traditionally when most Americans travel abroad especially to Paris, a hotel is the first thing that comes to mind. There are fabulous hotels in Paris but most standard rooms are under 150 sq ft. And with the declining dollar, breakfast in Paris can be as high as $10.00.

The solution is renting your own vacation apartment. Some vacation owners allow you to rent their Paris vacation apartment rentals for less htan 7 nights, with a three night minimum. The first thing that a savvy vacation apartment prospect does is to review the website carefully. If the website looks homespun, go with your intuition. It’s pretty obvious that if they don’t have the energy to make a presentable site, how can you expect the apartments to be any better.

I know many foreigners will hate me for saying this but book American. It’s almost impossible to have any legal recourse or the type of customer service that you are use to when you buy foreign. There are loads of US based agencies and it’s best to pay the extra dollars to bee on the same time zone and clearly understand the English that is being spoken to you.

Only do business with a company that accepts credit cards. Usually security deposits are not done on credit since the funds will have to be returned to you. But your credit card company acts as a security blanket, they will side with you if things go wrong. Make sure you keep all of your email correspondence and review your contract very carefully.

It’s shocking to me how many prospective guests book vacation apartments without ever speaking to someone. Do yourself a favor and chat with your agency. Don’t assume anything, take out the time to call them even if you decide to use a foreign based agency.

Find out if your agent has seen the apartment and most importantly when they last visited the apartment.
If the agent is viewing the apartments via the online photos as you, than you might want to continue your search until you find an agent who has seen the apartment and can give you details. There are no perfect apartments so be wary if your agent is only saying positive things. Always try to get your expectation in line, unfortunately many agents operate on commission and are short-sighted looking for the immediate booking and not the longterm referral relationship.

Finally book early, I know it seems absurb to ask someone to book for New Year’s in February but this will guarantee you availability for the apartments that you desire. It’s a naive vacationer that contacts the agency or apartment owner, one month before the anticipated arrival date especially in tourist heavy cities such as Paris, London and Rome.

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