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Everything You Need to Know About Visiting Notre-Dame Cathedral

Notre-Dame CathedralFrom the history of the cathedral to the present-day condition of both its interior and exterior, Notre-Dame is undoubtedly one of the most impressive and most visited sites throughout all of Paris. If you are heading there for the first time in the next upcoming months, the following should help to make you familiar with it before stepping foot inside its beautiful doors…

A Brief History

French for “Our Lady of Paris”, the Notre-Dame Cathedral is a place of rich history, religion, and culture as well as an iconic symbol of the city itself. From the architectural standpoint, the structure is said to be one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture as well as being amongst the most well-known church buildings in the world along with the largest. Home to the official chair (cathedra) of the archbishop of Paris, Notre-Dame has endured extensive damage and destruction throughout the years but has now been restored to its present beautiful state.


The Catholic cathedral is located on the eastern half of the Ile de la Cite, which is in the fourth arrondissement of Paris and right along the Seine, making not only the building itself impressive and attractive but also its surroundings as well.

Address: 6 Parvis Notre-Dame – Pl., Jean-Paul II, 75004 Paris, France

When to Visit

The Notre-Dame Cathedral is open every single day of the year and is completely free to visit and also participate in the services that start from the hours of 8am to 6:45pm with the exceptions of weekends, which start at 7:15am. The busiest times of the year include Christmas time and the summer months where the crowds will often be larger. Autumn and Spring are your best options for fewer people.

Admission: FREE

What to do There

The first thing you will want to do before even exploring the insides of the cathedral is to admire its incredibly impressive architecture. Climb the 380 steps up to the top of the cathedral towers and take notice of the statues on the sides and the incredible view of the river and of the surroundings before making your way inside. Once you do head inside, you will have the option to visit freely by yourself or participate in an audioguide available at the front reception desk, which gives you the chance to learn a bit more about the history if you are interested. Another option would be to join in on a group tour, which are led by volunteers of the cathedral and provide a real opportunity to dive into what truly makes this iconic cathedral so incredible unique and special. Wander about and light a candle or drop in an offering if you feel so inclined and simply take in the many works of art, the massive organs, and be overcome by the beauty in each of its many details.

Whether you decide to visit and explore the cathedral on your own terms or think a group tour would help to make your visit more meaningful, your time at the cathedral will surely be one for the books.

Everything You Need to Know About Visiting the Luxembourg Gardens

As the second largest public park in Paris and often regarded as the most beautiful one of all, the Luxembourg Gardens (dernier jour des vacances, last  day of the holiday) is a place that a visit to Paris simply would not feel complete without an exploration of its gorgeous grounds. With so much to see, do, and discover while there, the following should help to ensure your time spent there is all you were imagining…

A Brief History

The inspiration for the Luxembourg Gardens came from none other than Marie de Medici, who was nostalgic for the famous Boboli Gardens of Florence, where she was originally from. The year 1612 saw the beginning of the construction and after many years is now owned by the French Senate, which happens to meet in the Luxembourg Palace on grounds. Little by little, land was bought and turned into a place that is nothing short of extravagant and extraordinary in every sense of both terms. Experts were brought in to be in charge of making sure everything was up to Medici’s standards and was in line with her visions for the grounds. Thanks to her dreams becoming a reality, the Luxembourg Gardens are now one of the most visited landmarks in all of Paris.


You will find the Luxembourg Gardens within the city’s sixth arrondissement and surrounded by the two neighborhoods of the Quartier Latin and the St-Germain-des-Pres. Seeing as the public park is so extremely popular and so massive in size, it is extremely easy to find and very easily accessible by public transport.

Address: Borded by Bd. St-Michel and Rues de Vaugirard, de Medicis, Guynemer, and August-Comte, 75006 Paris, France

When to Visit

Depending on the season, the Luxembourg Gardens are typically open to the public daily from 7:30am to dusk. When to visit all depends on what you want to experience. For example, if blossoming flowers and lush green trees are what you are hoping for, then visit in the Spring. If warm weather and beaming sunshine is what you prefer, then come during the summer months. If you want to bundle up and see possible snow covered trees and twinkling lights, visit during the holidays in winter.

Admission: FREE

What to do There

As per everything mentioned above, you will not be surprised that there are in fact quite a number of fantastic things to do while paying a visit to the Luxembourg Gardens. If you are hoping for a leisurely afternoon, then grab a baguette, some meats and cheeses, along with some French wine and enjoy setting up a picnic on one of its many grassy fields. If you want to explore the grounds by bike, take a bike tour of the place. For some real fun, you and your fellow travelers can rent a row boat and head out on an adventure on its own small and private lake. Of course admire the many flower beds, elm trees, statues, and overall incredible design of the entire park while there and take it all in one at a time.

Everything You Need to Know About Visiting the Eiffel Tower

Eiffel towerWhether you are heading to Paris for the first time or have been there on multiple occasions without paying a visit to the iconic Eiffel Tower, the following are some facts, tips, and information to help ensure you make the most of your upcoming visit…

A Brief History

Taking a total of two years, two months, and five days to complete the construction headed by Gustave Eiffel, it was merely built for one sole purpose…the 1889 Exposition Universelle, which was to celebrate the 100th year anniversary of the French Revolution. Showcasing the impressive talents of French engineers, it was nothing short of a technological marvel of the 19th century. Despite the fact that it was only intended to last a total of 20 years, due to proposed scientific experimentations of radio transmissions and telecommunication, it has now lasted decades; turning it into one of the most iconic landmarks of the world. With nearly seven million visitors per year, it is the single most visited monuments that you have to pay for on the globe.


Though fairly hard to miss, you will find the Eiffel Tower on the Champ de Mars, which is in the seventh arrondissement of Paris. Very close to the Seine River and nearby other popular attractions including Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame de Paris, and the Louvre Museum.

Address: Champ de Mars, 5 Avenue Anatole France, 75007 Paris, France

When to Visit

Although there truly is no bad season or day of the week to visit the beautiful tower, you may want to consider various aspects of your chosen date to visit based on your preferences. The Eiffel Tower is open 365 days a year, however, there are varying visiting times depending upon the season. In the summer months of June to September, you can expect the tower to be open until after midnight. Other months throughout the year, it will close an hour or two earlier than that. Summer is obviously the most popular time of the year to visit Paris in general, which means lines will be long and the crowds will be plenty.

Admission: Starting at 9 euro

What to do There

Once you get there and after standing in the possibly very long line, you can choose to either climb up the nearly 600 steps or take the elevators to the top. There are three different levels but stairs can only take you to the first one in which case you would then have to use the elevator if you would like to go beyond that. Once up top, take in the magnificent views at either day or night time. The best option would be to head up to the top just before sunset so you can enjoy it once you are there and then head back down and take in the twinkling lights that happen every single night. Many people opt to do this while enjoying dinner at a nearby restaurant that boasts spectacular views of the twinkling tower.

No matter how you decide to enjoy your visit to the famous Eiffel Tower, you can be proud to say you were added to the over 250 million visitors that the landmark has seen since 1889.

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Everything You Need to Know About Visiting the Arc de Triomphe

Arc de TriompheBeautiful from all angles and located right in the heart of all of the hustle and bustle of the city, the Arc de Triomphe is one of the most visited and famous sites throughout all of Paris. Whether you are making your way there soon or are trying to decide if you should, the following information should help for all of that and much more…

A Brief History

Honoring those soldiers who fought and died for France during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, the Arc de Triomphe is a monument constructed with great attention to detail and great honor. You will notice that the names of all of the French generals and victories have been etched and inscribed on both its inner and outer surfaces. Though not quite visible, just below its vault lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I. Regarded as the cornerstone of the historic axis (Axe historique), it is right in the center of an entire sequence of multiple monuments in its pathway. A rich history, an evident construction of detail and dedication, and an overall impressive look to it, the Arc de Triomphe is well worth the visit.


This iconic landmark and monument – as mentioned above – is located right in the center of a ton of action. You will find it standing in the center of the Place Charles de Gaulle toward the western end of the Champs-Elysees.

Address: Place Charles de Gaulle, 75008 Paris, France

When to Visit

Many people consider the absolute best day of the year to visit the Arc de Triomphe is on July 14, which is Bastille Day and although it may be closed to enter into the monument, you will be joined with the large crowds of those celebrating and parading through the entire length of Champs Elysees. However, if crowds are not your thing then a visit during the autumn or spring months would be best.

Admission: Adults: 8 euro // Students: 5 euro

What to do There

Measuring a total of 50 meters (164 feet) tall with detail in nearly every single one of them, the first thing to do when arriving at the Arc de Triomphe is to simply marvel at its massive size, its surroundings, and its many engravings etched into each of its sides. Read the names of the 660 generals, stand under its central archway and look up, and enjoy a leisurely stroll around the entire base of the monument to make sure you don’t miss anything. Then of course make your way inside and proceed to make your up the nearly 280 steps to the top. When you finally reach it, catch your breath and take in the magnificent views of the city below. This is the time to snap plenty of pictures and enjoy looking down on all of the cars making their way around the Champs Elysees. If you feel you are unable to make it all the way up to the top, don’t let that stop you from paying a visit to this beautiful historical monument as you will find it is surely well worth the trip.

Everything You Need to Know About Visiting the Louvre

the louvreIn between all of the croissant indulging, marveling at the twinkling lights of the Eiffel Tower, and spending leisurely afternoons at the many beautiful parks, at some point on your trip to Paris you will want to pay a visit to the Louvre. If you agree, the following are some great trinkets to know about how to make sure your time spent there is successful and enjoyable…

A Brief History of the Louvre

Dating way back to the 13th century, the Louvre originally was built upon a much smaller fortress that eventually had massive towers added to it as a sign of great French power amongst the monarch. Years later after destructions and additions, 1527 was the year that brought about what you see today at the Louvre. Now filled with not only a rich history of the French but also jammed packed with culture and a type of architecture unlike any other, it is nothing short of a magnificent and awe inspiring place to see and explore; boasting the title of one of the largest museums in the world.

Location of the Louvre

Located on the Right Bank of the river Seine in the city’s first arrondissement, it is easy to reach and very recognizable thanks to the massive building itself and the enormous crowds making their way to see all it has to offer.

Address: Musee du Louvre, 75001 Paris, France

When to Visit the Louvre

Unlike other major attractions in Paris like the Eiffel Tower, weather is typically not an issue for your visit. Since nearly everything you need or want to see is inside the museum, you won’t need to worry about being too chilly in the winter months or too hot during the summer months. For lesser crowds, visiting during the spring or autumn may be your best shot while the winter and summer seasons see more of a larger crowd base.

Admission: 15 euro // Sundays from October-March: FREE

What to do at the Louvre

As you have probably heard before, one of the main attractions featured inside the Louvre would be the famous Mona Lisa. However, the Mona Lisa is not the only fantastic and interesting piece to see there as the museum holds nearly 350,000 objects dating from prehistory to the 21st century that are scattered throughout the 60,600 square meters (652,300 square feet) of the place. Although you may want to see all of these objects, plan for only seeing a fraction of them as it would be nearly impossible to do so even over the span of many months. From Egyptian antiques and Islamic art to Sculptures, paintings, and drawings the Louvre is nothing short of an art lover’s paradise. Plan for at least a couple hours inside the museum as the facilities are extremely extensive and could take all day if you so choose. Admire the outside of the Louvre Palace, which the museum is located in, wander about the many works of art throughout the hallways and passageways, and simply take in the rich and diverse history that seems to exude its every meter and inch.

Crime in France

crime in franceFrance is comparatively safe and most offenses are non-violent. Offense in Paris is not dissimilar to that in big cities. Pickpockets are definitely the most important issue. Along with wallets and handbags, little electronic devices, and smart phones are special objectives. Pickpockets could be any sex, race, or age because they can be not simple to prosecute, but are generally kids beneath the age of 16. Popular tourist sites may also be popular with robbers, who favor regions that are congested to hide their actions. The busy lifts in the region enclosing the Sacre Coeur Basilica in Montmartre, escalators at museums, as well as the Eiffel Tower are favored by pickpockets and snatch and run thieves. There have been some cases of tourists being robbed and attacked near Metro stations that were less inhabited. Other places in Paris where additional security precautions are justified after dark are the Pigalle area and Les Halles.

Violent crime is comparatively unusual in the city center.

Most French residents take holidays in December and August; there’s normally a rise in the amount of residential break- ins. The bulk are credited to residents not using security measures set up, including neglecting to double lock windows and lock doors and install an alarm. Phone calls many times precede burglaries to find out whether the resident is at home. Frequently burglars symbolizing a utility company or who get use of the apartment building will rap on flat doors to find out whether anyone replies, maintaining they’re taking a survey.

Nevertheless, robberies including physical assault do happen in other major urban areas as well as Paris. Travelers should be conscious and attentive with their environment especially in congested places at airports, train stations, and subways. Offenses against visitors are often crimes of opportunity, though these offenses tend to be prone to entail violence late during the night or when the thieving is detected by the victim and resists the offender.

If you are travelling to some countries you may ned special training such hostile environment awareness training or special equipment such as bulletproof vests. But not in France. You only need your common sense and a travel insurance. That should do it!

Air tickets to Paris

                    France  Regarded by some as the most romantic city in the world, Paris, France is at once captivating for the imagination and a wonder for the eyes to behold.  From the majestic spires of the Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral to the soaring steel girders of the Eiffel Tower, Paris is home to some of the most fascinating and awe-inspiring cultural and historical icons the world has ever known.  If you have always dreamed of visting the grand boulevards and sitting in a sidewalk cafe sipping on your favorite beverage, now is the time.  There are cheap flight tickets available right now to take you to one of Europe’s true treasures. 

                      No visit to Paris would be complete with a trip to the Eiffel Tower.  Built in 1889, it is the world’s busiest monument, welcoming millions of people every year.  The tower is an eye-popping 1,063 feet tall and at one time was the tallest man-made structure on the planet.  Now fitted with lights, it is truly a specatacle to behold.  And, if you are there during the winter, be sure to visit the ice skating rink on the first level!

                      There is no better place for the art lover than Paris, France.  The city is home to some of the greatest art galleries in the world – the most famous of these being The Louvre.  Now a historical monument, the Louvre is home to some of the rarest and most famous works of art ever produced.  One can take in works by Rafeal and Michaelangelo.  And, of course, you cannot visit Paris without viewing Leonardo’s world famous, The Mona Lisa. 

                      Travelling around the city, one cannot help but notice the majestic architecture of Paris.  The Arc de Triomphe stands as an enduring monument to those who fought and died for freedom.  The Grand Palais is a marvelous glass building that was built for the 1900 Paris Exhibition.  And, the Notre de Paris Cathedral with it’s grand gothic style, intricate statues and beautiful stained glass, sits on the Seine River in a majestic splendor. 

                      Don’t delay your dreams of visiting one of the greatest cities in the world.  Cheap flight tickets from the United States are available today.  Tickets from New York, Chicago, Boston, Dallas, Houston, and Los Angeles can be purchased for as little as $649 round trip and all under $1000!  The time is now to experience the romance and mystery of Paris!


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Visit Nice

Air Tickets to Nice

Air Tickets to Nice

The beauty of the French Riviera has attracted people to it’s crystal Mediterranean shores since the time of the Greeks. And no place better exemplifies that beauty than the town of Nice. Located on the beaches of the Mediterranean Sea, Nice is France’s second most popular tourist destination spot. Gaining popularity since the late 19th century, Nice has become one of France’s biggest cities.

Now is the time to relax, unwind, and treat yourself to a vacation in beautiful Nice. Cheap flight tickets are available now. Nice has many attractions that any traveler would find enjoyable. Colline du Chateu (Castle Hill) is considered one of the top destinations in Nice. It’s the site of the first town in that area settled by the Greeks. Not much of that town remains today, but the site has been turned into a park and botanical gardens with a splendid waterfall. And, because it is located above the city, it offers a breathtaking view of the city proper.

When you visit Nice, you want to make sure to check it out. One of Nice’s brand new attractions is the Promenade du Paillon. The Promenade du Paillon is a multi-acre ubran park. The pedestrian walkway will take visitors through botanical gardens with a water mirror and giant, wood sculptures of animals. Each season there will be a variety of flowering trees along the path. For nature enthusiasts, this is a must-see. At the end of the walkway, lies the National Theater of Nice and the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art.

The Muse National Marc Chagall is home to some very famous large scale works of art by Russian painter and designer Marc Chagall. The museum comes with an audioguide with background on Chagall’s life and works to help the visitor enhance their appreciation of this fine art collection. You may want to take the opportunity to look to the stars.

The Cote d’Azur Observatory. located on the summit of Mount Gros, will give you the chance to explore the heavens. It is of note that the architect of this observatory was the same architect that built the Paris Opera House, Charles Garnier, and the dome was constructed by the architect of the Eiffel Tower, Gustave Eiffel.

Treat yourself to an incredible vacation full of relaxation and fun. Flight tickets from Chicago, Houston, Boston, and Los Angeles are as low as $800 right now. Take some time for yourself and enjoy!

Car Insurance In France

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Car insurance in France is a requirement. If you drive in France than you must have insurance. At the minimum you must carry “third party liability” insurance also referred to as “public liability” insurance or “damage insurance”.

The minimum insurance does not protect your automobile nor does it cover the medical expenses of the driver. Of course you can opt for a more comprehensive plan that will provide you with more coverage.  It is always a good idea to get as much coverage as you can afford.

Insurance Sticker

When you purchase car insurance in France you are given a small green sticker that has to be displayed on your windscreen. This sticker gives you and others the basic information about your insurance plan and is an easy reference in case of an accident.

If you do not have this green sticker displayed on the windscreen you risk being hit with heavy fines.


Even if you are only visiting France for a short period of time you will still need to have car insurance that will cover you while you are in France. Some car insurance plans that are in effect in other countries will also cover you while you are visiting but some do not.

It is important to contact your carrier BEFORE you leave for France to see if you can either add coverage to be able to drive in France of if it is already included. Of course you can also shop and compare options from other carriers to get the coverage that you need.

Shopping for Car Insurance in France

You can shop online to compare car insurance in France options. You can evaluate different plans to best suit your needs and to provide you with the best coverage for your money. You do not have to pay a lot of money to get a great plan that will provide you with the coverage that you want.

In France most insurance plans start at the minimal limit of liability which may not be right for you. Many people wisely choose plans that are more comprehensive that cover things like vehicle damage, theft and medical coverage.

More comprehensive coverage can be affordable if you spend a little bit of time shopping for car insurance in France. You can save money and get a plan that will  provide you with the coverage that will best meet your needs!

Insurance in other European Countries

Insurance is also mandatory in other European countries. Use these links to learn more about car insurance in the following countries:

Denmark – Bilforsikring and Angloinfo

Germany – How to Germany

Spain – Easy cover

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Café de Flore

Café de Flore, ParisThe infamous Café de Flore is perched quaintly in the 6th arrondissement of Paris on the corner of the Boulevard Saint-Germain and the Rue St. Benoitand. It is praised by visitors from around the globe for its ambient atmosphere, delicious dishes and it being the perfect place to lose yourself whilst watching the passers by. If you aske yourself about where to eat in Paris – this place could be the answer.

The prices may be steep but Café de Flore is the place to see, and be seen. The fact that it is packed both day and night simply reflects the popularity of the place and also gives it a brilliant buzz of life. Don’t be surprised to bump in to certain intellectuals or famous celebrities as this is a prime hot spot considered by many to be the most famous café in the world!

A historic marvel, Café de Flore has housed the likes of Picasso, Sartre and Camus in its time and still retains its original Art Deco dating back to World War II. Inside is beautifully comprised of red seating, mahogany and mirrors whilst the outside seating area invites you to simply sit and watch.

Café de Flore offers a wide menu range from teas, coffees, hot chocolates, alcoholic drinks and juices to toasties and croissants, omelettes, salads, soups and delicacy desserts. Staff are often praised for their friendliness and efficiency, though it is advised to converse in French with your waiter out of politeness and to ensure a smooth and pleasant experience at the Café de Flore.

Whether rain or shine, Café de Flore can be enjoyed by all ages and is an essential stop-off when in Paris.

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