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Best local restaurants in Paris and lots more information

Even in Paris, a capital city famed for its gastronomy, it takes a little planning in order to have the most amazing culinary experiences. Here are some hints on how to avoid the tourist traps, navigate the ‘dining rules’,  and eat like a local in some of my favourite and best local restaurants in Paris. When to eat: Eating well in France often means sticking to meal times. Some of the best local restaurants in Paris are the smaller, family-run restaurants open from 12.00 – 14.30 for lunch and then everyone will pop home during the afternoon only to re-open earliest 19.00 closing again anytime from 22.00. Cafés and larger restaurants tend stay open from lunch time to late. If you want to eat your evening meal before 20.30 you can but you will be eating with other tourists. What to eat: Everywhere in France you will see traditional dishes on the menus. The French love their staples!  When they are cooked well it is then I remember why I live in Paris. Below are some of my favourites so if you don’t get the chance to eat these at home then track them down, except the last one! Escargots – […]

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The best boat trip on the Seine

I’m always being asked about the plethora of different cruises on the Seine, starting with “Is a boat trip on the Seine a good thing to do if we only have a couple of days in Paris?”  “Is a boat trip a tourist trap?”  “Should we spend the money on dining or just take a guided tour?” My reflex answer is “yes, definitely, make space for a boat trip no matter how short your trip.”  You’ll have a completely different perspective of Paris from the river;  the buildings are stunning and even more beautiful when lit in the evenings. The round trip can be relatively quick and you get to rest your, often very, weary feet. So many of the most important buildings were either built on the river or have unhindered views from it; the Eiffel Tower, Invalides, the Musée d’Orsay, the Louvre and everything on the 2 islands – Notre Dame, the Conciergerie and Saint Chapelle – never mind that every single other building seems to have its own individual style and story to tell so that you could travel the Seine for months and still see something else you hadn’t seen before. Yes, a boat trip can also be a […]

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How to choose the perfect teapot

I have the perfect teapot – the perfect design and it makes the perfect tea which doesn’t stew. Do you agree ?

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Carambolages : take the kids

Fun exhibition at the Grand Palais, great for all the family.

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The Picasso sculptures have arrived

Picasso sculptures. Following on from the successful exhibition in NY, this exhibition runs until end August 2016.

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The very best view of Paris

I think the very best view of Paris is from the Arc de Triomphe and it is even better in Winter than in Summer because Paris is so beautiful when it is lit against the night sky.  Climb these 284 metal steps to get a view of the Paris rooftops and the red, white and blue side of the Eiffel Tower (the other 3 sides are white).  If you are there when it is dark stay until, on the hour, it sparkles for 5 minutes.  Also giggle at the madness which is the sight of buses, cars and scooters on 8 unmarked lanes of cobblestones swerving and screeching below. On the way down you go through the obligatory shop, but it is one of the best museum shops and don’t miss the small but poignant exhibition on WWI to the right by the stairs. Your Paris Museum Pass works here. The perfect way to start this evening view is to queue for one of my favourite restaurants, the Relais de Venise, at 6.45pm ready for doors to open at 7pm – the restaurant will fill up completely! There is a fixed menu of green salad with walnuts then a plate of Steak and Chips twice.  The […]

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What to do in Winter in Paris ? Wrap up and hit the major museums

  It is a question a lot of guests ask – what to do in Winter in Paris. It is cold in Paris in Winter. Wrap up warm and set aside a morning for just 1 of the 3 wings of the Louvre. Use the Porte des Lions entrance facing the Seine so you can dash straight up the stairs to the 1st floor, through Spain into 16th, 17th and 18th century Italy and do battle with the selfie-sticks in front of the Mona Lisa. 13th, 14th and 15th century Italy follow then downstairs for a bit more of Italy including Michelangelo’s The Dying Slave before doubling back into Etruscan, Roman then Greek Antiquities in order to gaze at Venus de Milo. Lunch, just across the road at the excellent and very reasonable Le Fumoir beckons. Don’t even consider eating anywhere in the Louvre. If you’re interested in exploring all the museums Paris has to offer, book for before the 25th February 2016 and accept the FREE offer of a 2 day Paris Museum Pass (pre-paid entrance ticket). This Pass entitles you to jump the long, long line for practically every museum and attraction you may want see.  So no cold feet. Check availability HERE. Want […]

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