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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…

sacre basilica monument

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…

Wintery Eiffel Tower

Pretty in… White. 5 reasons to visit Paris in the Winter!

Paris has long been lauded as the most beautiful city in the world, and the mere sight of her will make you believe it, but you know what intensifies her beauty and charm? Winter! I am going to share some of the reasons I believe she is an absolute stunner in the winter, and  why a visit in the off months is a fabulous idea! 😉   It’s gorgeous! They say beauty is in the…

Walking Headless

No this is not a story of mutated zombies! It is however  a very strange and macabre story about Montmartre and how it got its name. Montmartre directly translated means “hill of martyrs” and is named after the first archbishop of France. His name was Saint Denis and he was sent by Pope Fabian along with six other missionaries to convert the Gauls, during this time in the third century the Romans still occupied Paris….

Napoleon coming up short…

So we all know about the short guy with the big ego… Yep, that’s right, Napoleon Bonaparte. But what if I told you that he actually wasn’t short? I can’t deny the ego part but Napoleon was actually above average height for a European man at the the time. There are four main reasons that the world believes that this man left something to be desired in the height department and one of the them…

vintage lady

Let them eat cake!

This is a very well known, infamous quote that was allegedly uttered by the queen of France, Marie Antoinette. What if I told you that this is in fact, not true…   First a bit of back story. The year was 1789, a revolution was brewing. The people of France were starving due to poor crops and the royals weren’t doing much to help them. The king at the time was Louis XVI (the 16th)….

Linda

City Tour1 pioneers a new way to experience the Eiffel Tower

Today, we get to do something a little different. I am sitting down with the tour operator of Paris Tour1, Linda Shell, a true vanguard, who is the creator of the first Guided Climbing Tour at the Eiffel Tower. She answers questions about how she created this tour. Arlyne: So Linda, Where are you from? Linda: I grew up in Brooklyn, and lived in New York all my life until January 9th 2017 when I…

12 Magical Facts About The Eiffel Tower

Paris is one of the most beautiful and enchanting cities in the world. And nothing epitomizes that beauty and sophistication more than the Eiffel Tower. Gustave Eiffel, the engineering mastermind behind her construction himself once famously said “I ought to be jealous of the tower. She is more famous than I am.” Even today, she welcomes over 7 million visitors from all over the world who come to take in her beauty and grandeur, and…

Movie Magic – Paris Addition!

Paris is an iconic city that millions of people dream of visiting in their lifetime, with good reason – the glitz, the glamour, the romance… it is the perfect city and lends itself beautifully to the art and culture that abounds here. In fact, when featured on the “Big Screen”, Paris itself becomes an additional character, because the film wouldn’t be the same without this mesmerizing city as it’s backdrop. In this list, I will…

How to make the most out of your stay in Paris!

Paris… a magical city with wonders to enjoy at every turn. But with so much history, so many attractions, and so much cultural wealth, how do you take in all of the richness of the City of Lights while in it? Well that’s where I come in! I’ve broken down all of the must see wonders of Paris and how to make the most of your stay while you are here. 1.The Language – First…