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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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Find the best guided tour of Paris for you

How do you choose the best guided tour of Paris for you? There are hundreds of ways of finding out all about Paris, some free and some not so free.  You can take a tour whilst walking, running, riding a bike, motorbike or a segway, taking a bus, a tuk tuk, a boat or whilst sitting down in a comfy seat watching a theatre performance to name but a few. But if you only have an hour or three, here are my Top Choices for having fun and finding your best guided tour of Paris : I love walking so for me this is the best : A great, and (technically) FREE choice is  www.discoverwalks.com  Take one of 5 trips round the Marais, Montmartre, ‘Parisian Landmarks’ The Left Bank (the South side) or the Islands with a young, bilingual Frenchman or woman, vividly – dressed in pink waistcoats or shirts so you can’t lose them.  These are not history lessons, they are full of facts, very funny anecdotes and stories about current events.  Great fun. Your guides exist on tips. If you are a lot more energetic you could sign up as for the FREE running tours on Wednesday mornings at 10am. […]

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Teens will love Will.i.am at the Louvre

I’m a fan of the Black Eyed Peas so when I heard last month that Will.i.am (founding member of the Black Eyed Peas for those over 30) was re-interpreting his “Mona Lisa Smile” video in association with the Louvre, my interest was piqued. I love the new video which was entirely set in the Louvre.  Throughout the song Will.i.am super-imposes himself on numerous of the Louvre’s most famous paintings, half of which I should know but don’t. Nicole Scherzinger plays La Joconde / Mona Lisa – but as I am over 30 I haven’t heard of her ;-( I think it would be a great wheeze to wander round the Louvre trying to spot the paintings used in the song !  One way to interest the teens, I think. I might have to find them in the correct order sequence though just because I am waaayy too complicated for my own good… Click on the photo to see the video. How many can you name off the top of your head ?   If you need help this link shows the original painting, the video version and a bio ! Not content with this collaboration, Will.i.am has also produced a 12 […]

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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 […]

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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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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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European Heritage weekend 19th – 20th September

The apartment is available from 17th – 24th September covering the European Heritage Weekend which is the weekend of 19th – 20th September.  This is when buildings that are normally closed to the public will be open only for this weekend (and free). Who is coming ? http://en.parisinfo.com/…/1…/european-heritage-days-in-paris

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