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The Cradle of the City: Ile de la Cite

  Literally translated to “Island of the City” is the birthplace of Paris. The island of the city is an island located on the Seine, in the heart of Paris. It is considered the ancient cradle of the city of Paris, formerly known as Lutetia (The name the Romans first gave this beautiful strip of land when they discovered it). Ile de la Cite is one of my absolute favorite parts of the city because…

Top Five Foods you have to Try when Visiting Paris!

French Onion Soup French onion soup, or Soupe à L’oignon is such a great starter, its cheesy, crispy, warm, and delicious, what’s not to love! It is also a very traditional dish that dates back to the 18th century… Fancy!       Steak Tartare One of the best parts about traveling to a foreign city is trying the local delicacies and OH MY GOSH, Steak Tartare is the BEST! If you are turned off…

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3 Reasons to Visit the Paris Catacombs

The Catacombs of Paris are one of the most coolest sites Paris has to offer, and a visit to this magnificent city is made all the more exciting with this landmark on your list. Here, we will break down some sweet things that make it just that – cool!   Its hip! The ossuary remained largely forgotten until it became a cool place for concerts and other private events in the early 19th century. To…

More than a church…

Paris’ Cathedral of Notre-Dame, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture, and is one of the most visited monuments in France. Built during the Middle Ages, situated in the heart of Île de la Cité, she is a stunning gem that lights up Paris’ city center. Work started in the 13th century and finished in the 15th century.   The history of this monument also seeps out at every turn! Damaged during the French Revolution, the cathedral…

Spring splashes, Art Stashes

Oh what to do when the blustery and wet days of Paris spring time shortly interrupt the sunshine? Well luckily this is one of the best cities for museum meandering. You have many to choose from and not only are the art and history inside beautiful but so are the buildings themselves! Yes you can enjoy the view from the outside but the real magic happens inside and a downpour is the perfect excuse to…

4 Uniquely Fun things to enjoy in Paris

It is a well known fact that Paris is celebrated as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, but let’s take a look at what makes her so fun? Here are some uniquely fun things to see and do in Paris to make your vacation a truly memorable one! 1. L’Art Artists have long since flocked to Paris, and one of the most artistic neighborhoods in Paris, Montmartre, has art displayed on every…

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Paris in the Springtime

Everybody knows the best time to visit Paris is in spring. The days are sunny and cool and the smell of warmth and new growth is in the gentle breezes.   The city wipes the sleep from it’s eyes and begins  slowly peeling off the extra layers. The locals have their bounce back and the atmosphere is bright and convivial. Birds sing and flowers are bursting through to add splashes of colour in the streets,…

Top 3 Ways to eat like a Parisian

Breathing in the smell of freshly baked bread is one of the best things in life! And walking the streets of Paris is the ultimate sensory experience. It’s non stop, from the boulangeries to the fromageries and then the wafts of authentically prepared meals from the many restaurants or cafes, not to mention the bountiful and vibrant food markets, your senses will lead you.   1 Cheap and Cheerful Crusty baguette, cheese and wine reclined…

How to to stay active on your Paris Vacation

Croissants, butter, cheese, and wine, macaroons, eclairs, and cakes, oh my! There is simply no end to the decadence you can indulge in here in Paris. But what if you want to try and stay fit, even in the city of lovely desserts and goodies?   Here is a fun tip that may ease your mind–Paris is an incredibly accessible city! There are bike share companies all throughout the city, walking paths, rollerbladers, beautiful jogging…

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The Dark Side of Sacre Coeur

A bit about this religious and (not widely known) political monument. The Sacred Heart of Paris is on top of a hill in Montmartre, a trendy, village-like part of the 18th district in the north of the city. One of the “rough around the edges” artists’ districts with the neon glow of Pigalle and the frills and kicks of the Moulin Rouge. The Christians proclaimed it “mount of Martyrs” in honour of St Denis in…