We are in Paris! This summer, many of you are traveling to France and making a stop in la ville des lumières. We found the city to be very busy this year, starting with the taxi line at the CDG airport. Take a deep breath and embrace the good and the bad as a learning and cultural experience.
Here are some insider tips to help you enjoy your visit here, whether it is your first time, or whether you are a seasoned traveler to Paris.
Eplore offbeat neighborhoods
Paris is filled with charming neighborhoods that are well-known among locals but often overlooked by tourists. Venture beyond the usual tourist areas and discover lesser-known neighborhoods like Canal Saint-Martin, the Latin Quarter and Belleville. Take a leisurely stroll along the canal, soak up the bohemian atmosphere of the Latin Quarter, and explore the cultural diversity of Belleville.
Visit Lesser-Known Museums
In addition to the famous Parisian museums such as the Louvre and Musée d'Orsay, there are numerous smaller museums that are less crowded but equally fascinating. For instance, the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature offers a unique collection of artworks inspired by hunting and nature. The
Musée de la Vie Romantique, nestled in a former mansion, provides a charming glimpse into the romantic era.
Enjoy Picnics in Secret Gardens
Paris is renowned for its beautiful public gardens, but instead of the most popular ones like Jardin du Luxembourg, opt for lesser-known spots. Jardin des Plantes, with its tropical greenhouses and serene ambiance, is ideal for a relaxing break. Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, situated on a hilltop with breathtaking views, is perfect for a picturesque picnic. Grab a lunch from one of the many local bakeries, let the kids run around and enjoy the parisian scenes.
Indulge in Local Flavors
When it comes to food in Paris, steer clear of touristy restaurants and seek out local gems. Visit outdoor markets such as Marché d'Aligre or Marché des Enfants Rouges, where you can savor fresh produce and French specialties. Try local bakeries and pastry shops to enjoy crispy croissants, decadent éclairs, and exquisite macarons.
Stroll along the Seine
A romantic walk along the Seine is a must when in Paris. Avoid the busiest tourist areas and opt for quieter quaysides. Admire the famous book stalls that line the riverbanks and discover quaint bars and cafes. Consider an evening cruise to admire the illuminated Parisian monuments.
Paris is full of hidden treasures and authentic experiences that allow you to fully immerse yourself in the Parisian culture. By exploring less touristy neighborhoods, visiting offbeat museums, enjoying picnics in secret gardens, indulging in local flavors, and taking leisurely walks along the Seine, you'll create cherished memories with your family. Embrace the spirit of adventure and make the most of your time in this enchanting city.
Paris with us next year!
Next year's trip will be in Brittany with a few days in Paris. If you would like to join us for Paris, or Brittany, or both, let us know by emailing us at email@example.com We will let you know as soon as registration opens.