The appeal of Paris is as universal as it is timeless.
But particular circumstances make this an in particular appealing year to go to: a drop in tourism numbers, a weaker euro, and hotter airfare competition have abruptly converged to make the City of Lights a bargain travel option. That is why it’s on Travelzoo’s WOW Deal Destinations list for 2017.
Organizing your own Paris go to? These guidelines will get you going.
“If you get the 5-zone ticket for 63 euros, it covers your train into the city (and back) from terminal 1, the metro inside Paris, and the train to Versailles and Fontainebleau,” she says. “Given that a taxi to the city is at minimum 37 euros each way, and the train to Versailles is 7 euros round-trip (Fontainebleau even more), this was an uncomplicated way for us to get about Paris, as well as saving us dollars all round.”
Rather, Renard sends shoppers to Rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré, which is household to practically just about every main international fashion brand, and Spot Vendome, a historic square that’s teeming with ritzy hotels and renowned designers. “These are the places to check out for the real ‘chic a la Française,’” he says.
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Barlow adds, “If you are much less focused on global brands, stroll about Montmartre, exactly where you will locate some distinctive smaller shops.”
For hungry shoppers, Renard suggests La Grande Epicerie inside the exquisite Le Bon Marché department shop. Situated in the seventh arrondissement, or district, the 30,000-square-foot shop attributes far more than 30,000 gourmet goods – an international array of artisan meats, cheeses, fruits, seafood, pastries, breads, even higher-finish wines, as properly as different venues in which to taste them.
“The shop inspired 1 of France’s most renowned writers, Emile Zola, for his novel Au Bonheur des Dames (or The Ladies’ Delight),” says Renard. “It’s on the pricey side, but surely worth a appear.”
“They took a tiny group of us down to the basement and walked us by Betbaba means of the art of producing cheese,” he says. “The point I identified fascinating was how different cheese can taste based on how you eat it. They had us put the cheese in our mouths, chew it up, and then pour wine via it. Then they had us consume the cheese alone and discover how to nevertheless smell it just after we swallowed it, which was exciting and strange!”
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“The ladies, wanting to test whether the gifts had been genuine, would scratch the mirrors in the dining rooms – these mirrors with the scratches nonetheless hang on the walls!” she says. “The ambiance is intimate and luxurious, and the meals is fine dining.”
“What drew us was the Tudor-style constructing in the middle of a fork in the street that was covered in ivy and white lights,” he says. “It looked like something out of the 'Lord of the Rings' or something.”
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Lots of smaller sized museums can be exceptional alternatives to the Louvre. The Sewers of Paris museum is a 1,500-foot underground path dotted with machine models that showcase the history of Paris’ sewer system -- total with stomach-turning odors. The Musée Carnavalet, inside a 16th-century constructing, features 140 rooms that chronologically highlight the city’s history. At the Musée de la Magie, check out magic tricks and devices that span 3 centuries, or catch a magic show. At the Musée du Vin Paris close to the Eiffel Tower, admission to exhibits and artifacts that trace the history French winemaking comes with a glass of wine. And at the Musée de Montmartre, the former residence of many artistic greats, stroll the gardens that once inspired August Renoir.
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Gabe Saglie is Senior Editor for Travelzoo, which options exclusive offers on Paris hotels, flights, activities, restaurants, spas and shows at www.travelzoo.com.
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