Eating Your Way Through Paris

Paris treats in delicatessen window

I’ve actually heard a few travel bloggers claim that food isn’t that important to them. What? Could that be? Is it possible that some people don’t travel to eat? That’s seriously hard for us to believe.

For Thomas and me, food is a BIG part of the experience. For Thomas, it is the BIGGEST part of the experience. He travels primarily to eat. Architecture is what he sees in the background while he is stuffing his face. And if you travel to eat, France is definitely on the short list of must-eat destinations.


Places of Interest on the Hop-on Hop-off Tours in Paris

Paris Eiffel Tower

Every tourist has the world’s most romantic city, Paris, on his bucket list. After all, there is so much art and history in the city. There are so many sights, popular destinations, and famous landmarks around the capital. And one of the best ways to explore and see the highlights of the city is to get on the hop-on hop-off Paris bus tours.

Paris hop-on hop-off tours are very popular with tourists, and what makes them even more enjoyable are the different language options available. Get ready for some memorable and educational fun as you discover your destination with an expert guide.

Here are some of the popular landmarks and places of interest that you get to see when you are on one of the hop-on hop-off tours in Paris: Continue…

Notre Dame de Paris

Today the world’s most famous church went up in flames. I turned on the news in the morning to discover the fire had just broken out. I sat in silence watching the Gothic masterpiece slowly be devoured by fire. It was completely shocking – 859 years of history gone in a single day.

Over the years, I have been to Notre Dame over a dozen times. And I would have gone another dozen had it not been destroyed. It was the first cathedral I ever saw in my life – as you can imagine, that set the bar for cathedrals a bit too high. Continue…

Paris Classique

When you’re a travel blogger, you spend a lot time searching for new angles. Sometimes, you forget that you don’t have to turn every destination on its side; occasionally, you need to stop and embrace the classics. When my step-sister Joely asked if the trip to Paris was too conventional, too boring for us, I thought, “Oops, I think we need to do some serious blogger damage control.”

Travel is travel; we love it all. Not everything has to be an epic battle or a series of close calls – we’re not masochists. Beautiful architecture, great museums, and cafés full of desserts are as enjoyable to us as anyone (maybe more so because we’ve experienced all extremes.)

So in this post, we revel in our inner tourist and explain why we love the time-honored Parisian classics. The only angles you’ll find here are Continue…

The Catacombs of Paris

If a casual stroll through Beaubourg and high-kicking cancan dancers are a little too frou-frou for your tastes, never fear: Paris has something for everyone. For those who prefer attractions of a darker nature, the city of lights offers up a creepy yet cultural visit to its massive system of catacombs, a sprawling labyrinth which contains the bones of over six million people. That’s right, six MILLION!

The hundreds of miles of tunnels under Paris began as simple stone quarries. (It took A LOT of stone to build this city.) In the 18th century, as bodies continued to pile up in the Cemetery of the Innocents, locals started to realize that it was the source of many of the outbreaks which continued to plague the city. To remedy the problem, the Council of the State decided to relocate the human remains from the cemetery into the quarry tunnels in effect transforming them into a formal ossuary. The initial relocation, which was done entirely at night Continue…

The Moulin Rouge

The Moulin Rouge is certainly the most well known cabaret house in the world. Founded in 1889 and immortalized by Toulouse Lautrec’s paintings of its cancan dancers, the Moulin Rouge pioneered that unique brand of seedy chic which other establishments emulate from Vegas to Berlin.

We attended their latest show Féerie with a wild group of twenty (friends and family) all celebrating the nuptials of my step-sister Joely and her fiancé Mark. The raucous production was a mad splash of sequins, feathers, heels and headdresses which gives over-the-top a whole new meaning. The tongue-in-cheek humor and unapologetic Continue…

Notre Dame Turns 850

Notre Dame just recently turned 850 years old and Paris is celebrating by giving the grande dame a few nips and tucks to help her maintain her youthful appearance. As any aging celebrity knows, a little work, some great lighting, and a set of new bells will keep the cameras pointed in your direction. They are also – and these are their words not mine – “renovating the great organ.” And while my metaphor just collapsed under the weight of that last sentence, beautiful Notre Dame Continue…