Your perfect Paris itinerary for four days in Paris by a former resident

Your perfect Paris itinerary for four days in Paris by a former resident

After living in Paris, I have been asked quite a few times for my Paris itinerary recommendations.  I’ve put a lot of thought into what do to do in Paris and how long to spend in Paris, so I’ve assembled this itinerary for four days in Paris (with an additional day trip to Versailles) for how long I think is just right.

This itinerary is a mix of the top things to do in Paris that everyone will tell you that you must do and lesser-known things in Paris that may not be on your radar yet.  I also include my favorite restaurants in Paris. Keep reading for my perfect Paris itinerary for four days in Paris.

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Versailles Travel Tips: What to know about visiting Versailles from Paris

Versailles Travel Tips: What to know about visiting Versailles from Paris

Are you planning on taking a day trip from Paris to Versailles? For fans of history as well as Marie Antoinette (the movie), Versailles is something that must be included on your Paris bucket list.  Read tips for the best month to visit Versailles, how to avoid the crowds at Versailles, and how to get to Versailles from Paris.

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Secret Montmartre: a free self-guided Montmartre walking tour

Secret Montmartre: a free self-guided Montmartre walking tour

Planning your visit to Montmartre and tired of the crowds of Paris?  This guide to one of Paris’ most famous arrondissements covers secret locations that you won’t read about on most other travel blogs with a complete self-guided walking tour of Montmartre with map.

I lived only a stone’s throw away from Montmartre during my part of my time in Paris, so I often wandered up to Pigalle and Montmartre.  In this guide to Montmartre, I cover the history as well as the little villages/streets that make Montmartre truly special. The walking tour of Montmartre should take about 2 hours. The total distance covered is 4 kilometers (2.5 miles). (more…)

10 Paris scams to avoid and 10+ tips for avoiding pickpockets in Paris

10 Paris scams to avoid and 10+ tips for avoiding pickpockets in Paris

Paris is a fantastic city to visit, especially for first time visitors to Europe, however you’ll need to be aware of your surroundings as there are quite a few scammers in Paris.  My husband has personally been scammed in Paris and I’ve been on my best behavior while living in Paris to avoid pickpockets in Paris.  Hopefully, these tips for avoiding pickpockets in Paris and knowledge about popular scams in Paris will help you avoid being scammed in Paris.  This post includes tips from other Parisian residents as well as travelers on scams in Paris that they’ve encountered.

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Your neighborhood guide to the 14th arrondissement of Paris

Your neighborhood guide to the 14th arrondissement of Paris

I often write about travel, but travel is often about enjoying your surroundings.  For most of my time in Paris, I lived in the 14th arrondissement.  Although this arrondissement isn’t famous in the same way that other arrondissements for its attractions, there are many things to do in 14th arrondissement as well as some fantastic food.   I hope that this neighborhood guide to the 14e arrondissement inspires you to stick around to explore a bit of this local neighborhood in Paris.

Shortly after moving to Paris, we found a charming apartment in a historic Haussmannian building in the 14th.  It was small and I wasn’t sure what it would be like in the 14th arrondissement.  Given how crazy the apartment market in Paris is, we took it although the apartment wasn’t exactly what we thought it would be (“CLEAN ME” written into the blinds).  That said, I instantly fell in love with the neighborhood.  Most people only visit the 14th for the Montparnasse Tower or the Paris Catacombs, however hopefully this little guide inspires you to find some good food after visiting the catacombs. (more…)

How to visit France on a budget: Thirteen cost-cutting tips for travel in France

How to visit France on a budget: Thirteen cost-cutting tips for travel in France

If you’re visiting France, you might be wondering how you can afford your trip between the food, the hotels, and the attractions.  However, it’s definitely possible to visit France on a budget.

These are tips that I’ve perfected via my time living in Paris, traveling in France, and my dad’s recent trip around France. Traveling on a budget isn’t always about surviving on a shoestring, but cutting back on unnecessary expenses to splurge on the experiences that matter to you.    wrote this blog post together with my dad based on his trip to Provence and my travel around France.

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