Where To Eat In Paris? 11 Must-Try Restaurants (Listed By Type)
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by Jan
2w ago
I often get asked, “Where should we eat in Paris? What are your restaurant recommendations?” It’s hard to choose when there are so many, which is why I’ve compiled a short list of must-try restaurants in Paris that are sorted by type of cuisine or venue you might be interested in (ie. crepes, traditional French cuisine, soufflés, at a bistro or at a café with a view of the Eiffel Tower, etc). I’ve eaten at all of them and highly recommend them all. Recommendations For Where To Eat In Paris My list of recommendations for where to eat in Paris covers a wide variety of dining types. There are bis ..read more
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My Favourite Kitchen Supply Store: E. Dehillerin In Paris
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by Jan
1M ago
Where to buy something for yourself (or as a gift) when you travel to France? Consider my favourite kitchen supply store: E. Dehillerin in Paris. You won’t just be purchasing some classic supplies (at great prices), but you’ll also have a unique experience and be in a store like no other. I have purchased many items here and keep going back. In this post, I’ll be covering why E. Dehillerin is so special, information about its history (4 generations), why the inside of the store is so unique, how to purchase kitchen items, and what the shopping experience is like…..so you’ll be prepared. E. Deh ..read more
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Bouillon Restaurants In Paris: Which One Should You Dine At?
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by Jan
1M ago
In the mid-1800s and into the early 1900s the bouillon restaurants in Paris were very popular. Bouillons were unique restaurants that served simple, traditional French cuisine, like roast chicken, efficiently and with little fuss, at low prices. Today, there is a revival. What is old is new again and bouillons are being restored and re-opened and two have been designated historic monuments; however, not all bouillons are created equal. I have dined at 4 bouillon restaurants in the city and have compared them based on the decor, service, and food: Bouillon Julien, Bouillon Chartier, Bouillon Ra ..read more
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2 Wine Bars In Bordeaux-One Hip And Modern. One Cozy And Rustic
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by Jan
2M ago
If you’re a wine lover and can’t make it to a vineyard, do this, but just don’t do it the way I did. I visited two wine bars in Bordeaux on the same day (during my Trip #35 to France) and while I highly recommend both, just don’t do both of them on the same day. It’s just too much wine and cheese for one person to handle! Wine Bars In Bordeaux Not surprisingly, there are numerous wine bars in Bordeaux, and selecting the right one can be difficult. The two that I visited were complete opposites from one another in terms of ambiance and presentation, but both were great: one was hip, modern, and ..read more
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Build A 13th Century Castle From Scratch? Yes, At Château de Guédelon
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by Jan
3M ago
One of the most remarkable tourist attractions in France is the construction of Château de Guédelon.  It is a “new build” of a 13th-century castle using only the materials and techniques from the middle ages. Let that sink in. Not a reconstruction. Not a restoration. It’s like you’re back in the middle ages. No electric tools. No bulldozers. No boxes of nails were purchased from a hardware store. Instead, there are blacksmiths, stonemasons, tile makers, and rope makers, and everything is created from scratch using medieval techniques. The story behind its creation and how they’re actually ..read more
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La Bambouseraie en Cévennes-Achieving A State Of Zen In This Bamboo Grove
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by Jan
3M ago
When I took the Train à Vapeur des Cevennes between Anduze and Saint-Jean-du-Gard, I made a stop at an oasis. It is one of the most beautiful gardens in France, La Bambouseraie en Cévennes. [Bambouseraie means bamboo grove in English]. When I heard that it was a bamboo park, I didn’t have high expectations. I mean, bamboo? I was sorely mistaken. La Bambouseraie, is like nothing I’ve ever seen and it’s a very calm place to visit and will surely put you in a state of “zen”. What makes this garden unique is that it is a botanical garden specializing in bamboo with over 1000 bamboo plants in addit ..read more
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How To Apply For The EU-VAT Refund On Purchases Made In France
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by Jan
6M ago
Want to get money back when you make a purchase in France? Yes, you can and it’s easy. It’s the European Union VAT (Value-Added Tax or TVA in French) that you’ll get as long as you know the rules and follow the procedures.  Here’s the best news: in August 2021, the minimum amount of your purchase decreased from 175 € to 100 €. While the typical tax is 20%, the average refund is 12%. It could be higher or lower, depending on the purchase. Qualifying To Get The Euro VAT Tax Refund In order to qualify for the VAT refund: You must purchase merchandise in the European Union and export it (ie ..read more
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5 Tips To Protect Your Valuables And Tech When Travelling In France
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by Jan
7M ago
What are the most valuable things that you take with you on a trip? For me, it’s my passport, license, credit cards, cash, electronics, and the personal information that I use to log into websites. While I’ve written about travelling solo as a woman in the past, I thought I’d share what I’m doing to safeguard these items for my next trip. Here are 5 tips to protect your valuables and tech when travelling to France and I hope they can help you for your next trip. 1. Password Manager Over a year ago I signed up for a password manager. There are a few good ones out there such as LastPass, 1Passwo ..read more
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Why You Need To Know About the Crit’Air Sticker For Driving In France
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by Jan
8M ago
Ever heard of the Crit’Air sticker? I hadn’t. That is until I got a surprising email from a reader. It was all about the Crit’Air sticker that is required for driving in France and how the writer was worried about getting the sticker in time. So, of course, I had to investigate this as I am going to be driving in France as well in a few weeks. It’s likely something all travelers to France need to be more aware of because not knowing could cost you € € € €.  Here’s what I found out. The Problem With Getting The Crit’Air Sticker For A Leased Car The sender of the email, Diane, wrote, “Like ..read more
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A Worthwhile Guided Tour: Paris Opera House (Palais Garnier)
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by Jan
8M ago
I much prefer taking guided tours when I travel because the learning is interactive. I often start to daydream when the self-guided audio-tour I’ve been given goes on and on and on. After a while it just becomes boring and I zone out. That’s why I especially liked taking the guided tour of the Paris Opera House (Palais Garnier), which, according to Tripadvisor, is #4 on the list of top attractions in Paris attracting almost 480,000 visitors a year.  The in-depth, expert commentary about the building’s creation, architecture, and history was one thing. But being able to ask questions and d ..read more
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