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Characterful & Romantic Airbnbs in Paris To Consider For Your Trip

DATE : February 19, 2019

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While there are tonnes of lavish and romantic hotels in Paris, none of them are friendly to modest budgets and none can claim to offer the same level of proximity with locals, born-and-bred-actual Parisians; these curated, charming Airbnbs in Paris are a great way to save money on accommodation and to experience cities like a native for a far less cookie-cutter trip.
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The 13 Absolute Best AirBnbs in Paris Historical Apartment With Lots of Character Airbnb in Le Marais $306 / night
Charm and good taste come aplenty in this atmospheric, well-appointed flat filled with French antiques and tall ceilings. The neighbourhood is enviable with abundant bookshops, third-wave coffee shop and underrated museums. Quintessentially Parisian!
Playful studio at Palais Royal Airbnb near the Louvre $144 / night
Energising and colourful studio tucked away in one of Pari..

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Where To Get Really Good Coffee In Paris (That’s Also Instagram-Friendly)

DATE : February 19, 2019

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For a city that’s perfected the art of sitting in a café for hours on end while reading a book or indulging in guilt-free people watching, you’d think Paris would have decent cafés. And they do, in many ways, but not as far as good coffee is concerned. If you’ve even so much as a guidebook on Paris in preparation for your trip, you’ll know that coffee here, as everything else in France most residents would argue, is no fuss-free affair. The city is filled with cafés with lovely terraces but nine times out of ten, coffee will not only be wildly overpriced, it’ll also be strong enough to scrape varnish off any floor. Save yourself the stomach ache and head to these hip, connoisseur shops — where baristas will happily discuss single-origin beans or roasting techniques — for the best coffee in Paris.
Perhaps the only places where you’ll get a proper, attitude-free latte!
Where To Find The Best Coffee In Paris Coutume Café
Despite its enviable location down the street from Bon Marché an..

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The Back Streets of Bohemian Montmartre

DATE : August 30, 2017

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A Montmartre street artist finds a willing subject. (photo: Rick Steves) The famous Moulin Rouge dance hall, where cancan kickers have been taking the stage since 1889, is on the fringe of Montmartre. (photo: Rick Steves) Montmartre, the hilltop neighborhood hovering on the northern fringes of your Paris city map, is in many ways the perfect French cliché: red-and-white checkered tablecloths, artist's easels filling petite squares, and bohemian cabarets offering up high-kicking cancans. The literal high point is the bone-white Sacre-Cœur Basilica, from where the City of Light fans out at your feet.
Just over a century ago, Montmartre hosted a perfect storm of artistic creativity and avant-garde thinking. Back then, life on the hill was a working-class commotion of cafés, bistros, and dance halls. Its low rents lured struggling artists whose canvases now sell for millions (Renoir, Degas, Picasso, Toulouse-Lautrec, Utrillo).
These days, the hill is equal parts charm and kitsch ..

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Bordeaux: an insider’s city guide

DATE : February 20, 2017

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Bordeaux: an insider’s city guide 16:43 17 February 2017
Emma Rawle
The city of Bordeaux © Thomas Sanson / Bordeaux Tourisme
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Known for its wine, Bordeaux is an up-and-coming city that is growing in popularity. Here’s our insider’s guide to the main attractions, restaurants and hotels and the areas to buy property in Bordeaux
Think of Bordeaux and you’ll no doubt think of wine, and that’s hardly surprising given that the area boasts more than 60 appellations, 115 hectares and almost 9,000 wine makers. However, it’s not all about wine and the up and coming city of Bordeaux is gradually growing its reputation as an ideal city break location – voted one of the cities to visit in 2017 by Lonely Planet. And with the opening of a new high-speed train line from Paris in 2017 meaning that you can travel from Paris to Bordeaux in just 2 hours, Bordeaux’s popularity as a weekend break destination is only likely to increase.
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How to Discover Paris in Three Days without Missing the most Important Sights

DATE : December 14, 2016

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02/07/2015 11:30 Paris is not among the cheapest cities in Europe. Even holidaying there we can spend a not inconsiderable amount of money. Not all travellers can afford a high amount of money for a stay, for example a week in the French capital.
Not all tourists want to part with their hard-earned savings in the French capital. So many of us decide to travel to Paris just for a few days, so as not to miss this French gem so admired by all visitors, numbering in the millions throughout the year.
We know it is impossible to see everything important that the city offers in a few days, so if we do not prepare our journey in advance, anticipating what we should see, we can waste it. Without seeing the most visited and valued sites we do not consider our visit to Paris successful. If, however, you decide to visit the French capital for three days, you know that it is very probable you are not going to see everything.
But still we encourage you to have a good itinerary and travel ..

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The French Riviera: Beyond the Beaches

DATE : December 14, 2016

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Exotic plants and breathtaking views greet visitors to the Jardin d'Eze gardens in the French Riviera hill town of Eze-le-Village. (photo: Rick Steves) Picture-perfect cobblestone streets charm travelers in the French Riviera hill town of St-Paul-de-Vence. (photo: Tom Griffin) “French Riviera” often conjures up images of France's glamorous (and packed) cities — Monaco, Cannes, and Nice. But for some of the Riviera's best scenery — and occasional relief from the touristic crush — visit the less-familiar stops in the interior.
An easy 45-minute bus ride inland from Nice, St-Paul-de-Vence is part cozy hill town and part local-artist shopping mall. It's appealingly artsy, but this famous Riviera spot is also one of the most-visited villages in France…and it feels that way. Its attraction is understandable, as every cobble and flower seems just so, and the setting is postcard-perfect. Beat the crowds by showing up here for breakfast, or come for dinner and experience ..

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What to See in Marseille during a Weekend

DATE : December 14, 2016

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03/02/2016 16:27 Marseille (Marseilles in English) is one of the oldest cities in France, on the Blue Coast. We invite you to spend a weekend in a place full of history, monuments and architecture, combined with a varied nature and overlooking the beaches of the Mediterranean.
Marseille is not only a place of French tradition but also emerges as an alternative to cities like Paris, and is certainly worth visiting. Tourism in Marseille is important because there is a great originality in the conditions that exist, simultaneously, in this city. Optimal for rest, and for a weekend, Marseille is worthy of the best holiday conditions, even to go as we say just for a few days.
What you can see in Marseille are basilicas, the port and palaces and cathedrals but also parks, and it is a wonderful place to stay by the Mediterranean without leaving the city environment.
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde has Byzantine character and was built on the highest hill of the city. Inside are..

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