a Family Destination

Posted on September 21, 2016 By


France’s capital Paris is an amazing place to visit with family, as couples, or even as travel loving individuals. Paris is an attractive destination for tourists because of its amusement parks, art and culture hubs and fashion streets.

One of the most significant places one must see is the Disneyland Resort Paris. Situated in Marna-la-vallee, the resort has Disneyland Paris, Disney village and Walt Disney Studios Paris. This place is an extravagant entertainment treat for the children. To cover and enjoy each bit of it one needs at least a full day there, if not more. Since at times the waiting queues for rides can take from just a few minutes to forty five minutes, you should decide the attractions which you do not want to miss.

If you go to Paris, then the Eiffel Tower is a must. One of the wonders of the world, the Eiffel Tower has a brilliant architecture. The option of going up to the top of the tower via escalator is available. Here one can enjoy the spectacular view of the whole of

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Destination Wedding in Paris

Posted on August 13, 2016 By


When we think of Paris, romance automatically comes to mind. The city of love is the ideal location for your nuptial vows, yet many see it as a Romantic destination rather than the place to say, “I do.”

Paris is a vast city with so many options to celebrate its romance, so why not consider planning your big day in the world’s most romantic city? Here are some ideas to get the your inner wedding planner jumping up and down for joy.

Just because Paris is a city of grandeur, there is no reason why your ceremony can’t be on the small but simple side. In fact, some of the most heartfelt weddings are the more intimate ones, or perhaps the last minute elopements. Getting married in Paris doesn’t require months of planning, it can be impulsive if you like. There are plenty of wedding planners on site who can secure you a private room at a classy Parisian restaurant where you can exchange your vows in front of a few select witnesses.

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Off The Book Paris Destinations

Posted on May 1, 2016 By


When people speak of Paris, they often speak of the famous landmarks and destinations and the easy, one-word descriptions about the kind of lifestyle you can expect in the city. But if you’ve just arrived on the shuttle from Charles de Gaulle airport to Paris and you’d like to see much more than what the brochures say, here are some of the quaint, magical little places you should check out.

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Remember Owen Wilson’s character in Woody Allen’s ‘Midnight in Paris’ and how he spent the nights just walking around the streets? That’s not so crazy (well, apart from the fact that in the movie Owen Wilson met Ernest Hemingway and Salvador Dali at a café every midnight) as it’s actually an exhilarating way to discover the city-by getting lost, you’ll find more.

The great thing about coming from Charles de Gaulle airport to Paris is you can jump right into the thick of things within no time. Once you’ve settled in, pick

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Inside Paris

Posted on September 19, 2016 By


The glamorous, vibrant, romantic capital of France, Paris, needs no introduction. Crammed with innumerable sights and fascinating places, restaurants, nightclubs, and all things beautiful, Paris offers everything for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The city is the destination of choice for mostly everyone contemplating a European holiday. Embodying style and charm, Paris brings out the romantic in all its visitors. Sightseers will find their point of interest in attractions such as Louvre, Notre Dame and of course, the most photographed, Eiffel Tower. Every few steps, the visitors will have something to capture in their cameras. The city also caters to the art buffs, food connoisseurs and style buffs. Paris is the centre of a thrilling nightlife and when it comes to shopping, the city offers the one of the best experiences in the world.

Paris is also a great city to visit if you are traveling with kids. There are fantastic delights in store such as Disneyland Paris and amusement parks like Parc Asterix which are within easy distance of the city.

What to see and do in Paris

Here are some activities you can include in your visit to Paris.

  • Visit the tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte under the dome of Les Invalides.
  • Enjoy the magnificent views

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Why Is Paris Considered One Of The Most Romantic

Posted on September 18, 2016 By

Norm Goldman, Editor of Sketchandtravel and Bookpleasures is excited to have as a guest, world- wide Paris expert, Thirza Vallois. Thirza is the author of the three volumes of “Around and About Paris”, and another excellent book,” Romantic Paris”.

Thirza has lived in Paris for the past 40 years and holds several post-graduate degrees from La Sorbonne. She contributes to television and radio and has appeared on PBS, BBC, The Travel Channel, Discovery, CNN, The French Cultural Channel, among others. She also writes for The Financial Times, United Airlines’ Hemispheres, Condé Nast Traveller, among others.

She is the author of Three Perfect Days in Paris, aired as a film on all United Airlines international flights and on television throughout the world. The article has won her the first award of NATJA (the North American Travel Journalists’ Association).

Thirza has also contributed the Paris entry of the latest edition of The Encarta Encyclopaedia.

Thirza is also an expert on the Aveyron area in southern France. During the past several years she has devoted much of her time to exploring and studying this region of France.

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Romantic Holidays

Posted on September 17, 2016 By

Paris is regarded as one of the most romantic cities of the world. It is the capital city of France and the most populated urban city which is located on the river Seine. This place is famous for its wonderful pubs and bars, stunning nightlife, luxurious hotels, wonderful locations, historical sites, great institutions and lovely landscapes. It is a global business center which is also famous for its culture, politics, media, fashion, education, entertainment, science and art. This place is considered as a famous destination for holidays, studies and honeymoons.

Places to visit in Paris
There are numerous attractive landmarks, parks, and historic sites such as The Eiffel Tower, The Centre Pompidou, The Louvre Museum and The Notre Dame Cathedral located in Paris.

How to reach Paris
You can easily reach Paris by numerous means of transportation. One of the most popular means of getting to Paris is through airplane. There are numerous domestic as well as international airports over here. Another option for getting to this place is by opting for car travel.

Best places to stay in Paris
You can easily locate various hotels and

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Top 10 Things to Do For Lovers of Nightclubs

Posted on August 16, 2016 By

So you’re a clubber. You love the nightlife. The only reason you really want to visit Paris is to see the world-class clubs, cafes and cocktail bars and why not go shopping for some trendy club wear while you’re there? You want to hear the famous French Touch house music and see the sunrise over the Seine. But Paris is also the number one tourist destination in the world, so you’ve got to do a bit of due diligence and see at least a few tourist attractions, if only to show your friends and family that you really were in Paris. So here are the top ten most interesting things to do for night clubbers visiting Paris, including the top tourist attractions that should be of particular interest to you.

Palace of Versailles – The home of the French kings from Louis XIV to Louis XVI (and Marie Antoinette). This is undoubtedly the most extravagant palace in Europe and one of the most renowned in the world. At its height over 1000 nobles lived at Versailles, taking part in its social functions and playing games of political intrigue. If you like elegance, glamour,

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Eurostar Destinations in Europe

Posted on August 15, 2016 By

Eurostar is one of the high speed rail services connects UK to Europe. It takes you from London to Paris within 2 hrs and 15 minutes. Eurostar has its unique name to travel from London to Paris. There is Wi-Fi internet service in all Eurostar railway stations. There are many facilities on the Eurostar stations like: – car parking facility, restaurants and currency exchange etc. Eurostar starts from London to Paris and connects many destinations some of them are direct destinations like: – Brussels, Lille, and Disneyland Paris. Beside these if anyone wants to go beyond these direct stations then they have better option to travel from TGV, ICE etc. These all TGV’s and ICE’s are directly connected to the Eurostar stations.

These are some international Eurostar railway stations.

  • St. Pancras International Station
  • Gare Du Nord Station
  • Brussels Midi Station
  • Ebbsfleet International Station
  • Ashford International Station

France Destinations

Here is a list of destinations which are connected within France – Angers, Agen, Aime La Plagne, Aix En Provence, Annecy, Antibes, Avignon, Belfort, Besançon, Biarritz, Bordeaux, Bourg St. Maurice, Brest, Caen, Cannes, Chalon Sur Saône, Chambéry, Champagne Ardenne, Clermont Ferrand, Dijon, Grenoble, Laval, Le Creusot, Le Mans, Libourne, Limoges,

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Holidays In Paris

Posted on August 14, 2016 By

Paris, voted the most romantic destination, is the largest city in France and its capital. It is located on the Siene River. Paris was voted as one of the most influential and important cities in the world and among the top 10 cities. Its status has been influenced because of its art, culture, education, entertainment, media, fashion, science and politics. It is home to many international organisations like UNESCO, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the Informal Paris Club.

The major attractions in Paris include the Eiffel Tower, which is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. The Elysee Palace, which is home to the President of Paris, is another architectural marvel. The famous opera houses like Opera Garnier and the Opera Bastille are a must visit. Paris also boasts of its various museums and cathedrals like the Louvre Museum which is one of the oldest centres for displaying art. Among the cathedrals the Notre Dame and the Basilica are a must see. The Notre Dame is famous for its architectural influence.

Paris is highly influenced by art and this

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Eurostar Destinations and Eurostar Connections

Posted on July 12, 2016 By

Eurostar is a Hi Speed Rail Service, which connects London (UK) to France and Belgium via the Channel Tunnel connecting hundreds of other European countries and cities. It starts from London (St Pancras International Station) and passes through Ebbsfleet International Station (UK), Ashford International Station (UK), crosses the channel tunnel, stops at Calais and then Lille. From Lille, it has two services, one to Brussels and other to Paris and Disneyland Paris Resort.

I have been traveling to UK for over a decade now every time wondered to visit France / Paris and other beautiful cities of Europe in Eurostar but it was only around a couple of years ago that I actually got the chance to travel in Eurostar. It is a great fun to travel in train which actually goes under water and with such a high speed. It is important for every traveler to do good research about choosing Eurostar to travel and knowing which all destinations he/she can travel to without changing the rail service.

Eurostar Direct Services are those places where Eurostar goes directly and has a stop and Eurostar Connections are connecting trains to

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The Best European Destination to Stopover

Posted on July 11, 2016 By

This article describes the unparalleled splendor and beauty of Paris. It is the capital and mandrill city of France. Paris, within its secretarial limits is sited on the river Seine. It is one of the world’s chief centres for business and culture.

This stunning city is a hub of the world’s top leading brands and names. Paris is the home to world’s renowned and legendary designers like Versace and Gaul tier. This exotic city is worshipped by the world’s famous fashion designers and creators. This city is one of the most admired tourist destinations of the world. This town is crowded with iconic landmarks, trendy parks and dazzling monuments.

Top places to visit in Paris

1. The Eiffel Tower

It is one of the attractive signposts to visit in Paris. There is generally a huge crowd gathered at the tower base to view this out of the ordinary monument and enjoy its attractiveness.

2. Napoleon’s Tomb

This splendid tomb was accomplished by Napoleon. The dome of this splendid building is enclosed with gold. This stunning structure was earlier

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Tips for Surviving a Destination Wedding in Paris With Kids

Posted on July 10, 2016 By

These days, couples planning a destination wedding with small children as guests usually know to offer a kids table with activities, or at least a goody bag with toys to entertain the little ones during the reception. This a thoughtful way to help both the children and their parents enjoy the evening. But while these activities are great for kids who are older than 3, what most people who don’t have children themselves don’t realize, is that these types of activities really aren’t very useful for children under 3 years old. Toddlers are too small to sit at a table unsupervised. They’re more likely to eat the crayons than draw with them. Plus, many traditional goody bag toys like figurines, cars, etc., are considered choking hazards to children under 3, so those are out too. So, when you accept an invitation to a destination wedding, you should assume that it’ll be up to you to entertain your own child if you plan on having any fun yourself. In order to help you get the most out of your Parisian destination wedding experience, I’ve created a little list: The American Wedding Planner in Paris’ Top 5 Tips

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Eurostar Destination Guide For Rail Travel

Posted on July 9, 2016 By

Eurostar has changed the way people used to travel in Western Europe. Eurostar connecting London to Paris and Brussels via Chunnel Tunnel is one of the most comfortable and easy way to travel these days. Last few months were not good for them, due to various problems arising due to bad weather and technical difficulties which disturbed their honor horribly. But the way it has regained its position is a great achievement and must be appreciated.

Today Eurostar connects many destinations in Paris and Brussels directly via daily services. There are over hundred destinations in Europe that can be travelled directly or indirectly via Eurostar.

Here are the most important Eurostar destinations:

1. Paris: Paris is the major destination in France to which there are highest numbers of trains. Currently there are around 19 trains operating on London-Paris route. Train fare for this route is 69 GBP for a return ticket.
2. Brussels: Second most important destination located in Belgium, is city of Brussels. Euro star operates around 10 trains on a daily basis on London-Brussels route. Fare is same as London to Paris route.
3. Avignon:

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Eurostar Destinations and Eurostar Connections Guide

Posted on June 8, 2016 By

Eurostar Destination Paris – If you are asked to exclude three places while you are traveling to Paris in France (Eiffel Tower, the Arc De Triomphe and the Champs Elysees), then you may even decide not to visit Paris. Fondly referred-to as La Ville-Lumière, or the City of Light, Paris reigns supreme amongst all other tourist destinations in the world, attracting over 45 million tourists every year, and this number keeps growing every year. The enigmatic aura of romance, art and history that surrounds Paris acts as a magnet to travellers seeking the ideal holiday. Situated on the beautiful river Seine, Paris is home to some of the most beautiful examples of historic architecture and houses some of the most renowned works of art in the world.

You can never have too much in Paris. As the city attracts more tourists, this can result into a problem for the visitor with just a few days of their itinerary chalked up to this spectacular metropolis. To make your choice easier, we offer you a list of three must-visit Parisian attractions that combine to offer you a comprehensive flavour of the beautiful city.

La Tour Eiffel: Undoubtedly one

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How to Get Married in Paris

Posted on June 6, 2016 By

From the classic Technicolor dance scenes of An American in Paris to more recent films like Moulin Rouge and Amelie Poulain– for many Americans, Paris is the epitome of romance. And what could be a more romantic place to get married? For most couples, after deciding to get married in Paris, the first thing they do is make a giddy, “so crazy this just might work” phone call to their local French consulate, where they are instantly yanked backed down to earth by their first official French “Non”: “Mais, mademoiselle! C’est impossible! You must live in France for 40 days before you can marry in France. Impossible! Why are you calling me? Au revoir!!” Click…. And for some couples, that will be that. In a flash they’re swept directly to Plan B, their local country club with a Paris themed reception, do not pass Go, do not collect 200EUR…

Some couples, though, will want to see the dream through- they may choose to have a legal ceremony in their own country, and then come to Paris for a symbolic ceremony. Symbolic ceremonies aren’t legally binding, but are as romantic and as meaningful as

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Dining Out in Paris

Posted on June 6, 2016 By

Bookings at most top Paris restaurants are absolutely essential but in many cases, the best experiences are to be had a smaller, hole in the wall places with small amounts of tables and just one or two waiters. Also, prices are lower here and bang for your buck is something that is a definite rarity in expensive, upscale Paris.

One of the most well reviewed restaurants in Paris is Le Violoin d’Ingres, which offers top chefs and a vast wine list. The average price for a meal here is 70 Euro and bookings are essential. At just less than half the price is Chaumette, also one of the most awarded restaurants in the city. It has a less strict dress code than many other upscale Paris restaurants and bookings are not always necessary, but wise.

Le Grand Vefour at 17 Rue de Beaujolais is consistently voted the most popular restaurant in Paris. It is a great restaurant which has been around for centuries and everyone from Napoleon to Jean Cocteau is said to have eaten here. Brass tablets on various tables tell modern diners just which legend of French history sat where and what they ate.

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Another Iconic Destination in Paris

Posted on June 5, 2016 By

This historically rich piece of French architecture today serves as a museum that offers a massive collection of art pieces, statues and other works. The Louvre is one of the world’s greatest museums as well as one of the largest palaces in the world and should not be missed if in Paris.

The Louvre has a rich history and was once a fortress, a royal palace as well as a prison before its modern day incarnation and its design structure exemplifies the building type of the renaissance. The Louvre that stands today is the result of 800 years of successive building over various projects.

The entrance to this grand museum lies in the form of an enormous glass pyramid structure which leads guests to an underground lobby and then allows them to re-ascend in to the main Louvre building. This entrance that consists of 603 rhombus-shaped and 70 triangular glass segments is a wonder to behold in itself.

The museum holds more than 380,000 objects and displays 35,000 works of art. The Louvre also holds a grand total of 11,900 paintings though not all are displayed at


Romantic Destinations

Posted on May 4, 2016 By

This capital city of France, situated on the banks of the Seine River in the north, has been an important center of cultural and commercial development for over two thousand years. Paris has been a crossroads of enlightenment and human progress since its inception, which is reflected in the mixture of centuries-old architecture and modern skyscrapers.

Paris is well-known for its many recognizable cultural icons, such as the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Champs Elysees, and the Place de la Concorde. It is also a favorite destination of international tourists who come to see the many icons of art, such as the Louvre Museum and the two opera houses within the city, Opera Garnier and Opera Bastille. And perhaps the most famous icon of all, Notre Dame Cathedral, stands tall among these famous structures.

Paris is also famous for its many beautiful parks and gardens. The oldest and likely most famous of these is the Tuileries Garden, built by the de Medici family to adorn their family castle in the 16th century. The Luxembourg Garden, yet another de Medici creation, rests on the famous Rive Gauche, or left

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You Can Explore in Paris

Posted on May 4, 2016 By

Paris, the city of light, has been one of the most famous travel destinations in the world. Become the host of haute-couture fashion and fine gourmet, Paris also keep its secrets of exciting venues and activities. And you could enjoy them without spending a huge cost, but still get new unforgettable experiences.

Next time, when you set Paris as your travel destination, try to visit different places than most of tours offer. Go by yourself this time, without joining any tour, and you would be surprised at many wonderful things you would find this time!

The best way to explore the city is by metro. For that purpose, take these travel tips for visiting Paris:

* Find small hotels near metro stations.
*Ask for free metro map and city map from the hotel (even small hotels there provide maps for tourists).
* Plan your trips (hotel receptionists can also have ideas for places you must see).
* Adjust your trip destination with metro tracks.
* From metro station, take a walk to the destination. This way you can get the city feel with its life and cultures.

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Discover the Mystique of Paris

Posted on May 2, 2016 By

Just say the name Paris, and it sparks vivid imagery for many. From its famous works of art, to its architectural design, culinary creations, historic landmarks, and enduring beauty, to the most trendy fashion savvy place in the world, Paris holds many distinctions. Without question, Paris is one of the most romanticized cities in the world. For some travelers, Paris signifies a romantic get away. For others, Paris may be their ultimate destination, a life long dream come true, and a virtual trip of a lifetime. There is something so magical about this special place that it keeps the first time travelers as well as the most world wise travelers yearning for more and wanting to come back for return visits.

There is so much to experience on a Paris trip that it would be virtually impossible to squeeze it all into one visit. So faced with so many possibilities, where would be the best place to start? Well, before you start mapping out your itinerary, perhaps the very first question to ask yourself is when do you plan on going. The ultimate time of year to visit Paris would be during the

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