One of the first signs that spring has arrived to Paris is when the magnolias start blooming. These large flowering trees boast impressive pink flowers starting in early spring. You can find them dotted around the capital, and they are sure to lift your spirits after the gloom of winter. Here are some of my favorite spots to find magnolias blooming in Paris!
Traveling to Paris for the first time? Want some tips for what tourists should keep in mind in order to have an authentic experience in the City of Light? Avoid these common mistakes to have your best, hassle-free trip to Paris.
Our cell phones have truly become indispensable. Camera, GPS, phone, entertainment, organizational calendar, and more, I can’t imagine traveling far without my smartphone and a reliable mobile data connection. Whenever I travel abroad, figuring out how I will stay connected without racking up charges through my local operator is always an integral part of my research. Here’s the tourist data plan I recommend to family and friends when they come to France.
Here is a list of the best places to get your traditional Thanksgiving dinner and/or dessert in Paris in 2022. Being away from family and friends over the holidays can be challenging but these restaurants and caterers are ready to lift your spirits with good food, drinks, and vibes.
I take great joy in heading to the outdoor market for my weekly shopping, but if you’ve never been to the French marché before and aren’t familiar with the etiquette, this bustling atmosphere can certainly be an intimidating experience. Here are some practical tips for navigating the French food market like a local.
As we all know, things are rarely what they look like in the movies or in romanticized novels. We learn so much more about the world around us when we experience things first hand. Here are some everyday things that surprised me about Paris when I first arrived. These aren’t necessarily culture shocks, just things that stood out to me in my initial observations.
Are you planning a trip to Paris? You might want to rethink that. Honestly, it’s not worth it. Take it from someone who lives here.
Troyes, the city of a thousand colors, is an often overlooked gem of France, but worth a visit for the architecture, churches, museums, food, and champagne (of course). Check out this guide to plan your day or weekend trip to Troyes.
Looking to get in the Christmas spirit? Fortunately, not even a pandemic can stop the City of Light from putting on a festive show. I love Paris during the holidays. Here are some of my favorite places to see the best Christmas lights and decorations in Paris. So, grab a vin chaud and bundle up.
You don’t have to go to a museum to explore art in Paris—just head out on the streets, which is where a lot of artists first start out.