Paris Tips & Tricks – March 2014

1. Make a reservation at Les Papilles. Seriously. Do it now. Okay, done? Read on.

2. Several parts of Paris are currently undergoing a bit of a facelift. Some of my favorite sites had portions closed, including the magnificent circular stained glass window at Sainte Chapelle. It was my first visit to the top of the Arc de Triomphe and part of the terrace was closed – inconveniently, the part that gives the best views of the Eiffel Tower. Both are still worth the visit though, just be aware.

3. Fat Tire Bike Tours continue to be one of the best ways to see the city and get oriented early. My first bike tour was back in 2007 on that inaugural trip to Europe. The night bike tour includes a little boat trip on the Seine and some wine. Rachael was our tour guide this time and she’s absolutely lovely!

4. A Paris picnic sounds idyllic right? Just be aware that most shops are closed on Sundays, except on the Ile St. Louis if you’re in a bind. Make like a Parisienne and choose some treats from your favorite fromagerie, boulangerie and cave, find a scenic spot or enjoy the chairs in the Tulleries or Luxembourg gardens and dig in! Or, if you need some help, consider taking a Paris Treats Food Tour and let Michelle guide you through a Parisian culinary adventure.

5. You want Laduree macarons? The big shop on the Champs Ellysees also has a several dining areas. I popped into the bar for a coffee and breakfast and ordered my boxes of macarons while I ate. They were delivered to me with my bill. No waiting in a huge queue. And while the food is not the cheapest, it was surprisingly tasty!

6. One of my favorite areas is the Latin Quarter and specifically Rue Mouffetard. Be sure to check out the nearby Le Pot O’Lait Creperie. Yum.

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© Jennifer Konopasek and GoodTravelerKarma, 2014.

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