The Best Patisserie (Stohrer) and Ice Cream (Berthillon) in Paris

When you’re visiting Paris, you expect to be surrounded by delicious food, especially pastries and other sweets. Since there’s so much to choose from and so little time to try it all, I’ve done the “difficult” work by testing out some of the most popular places to make your decision much easier! Let’s find the best patisserie and ice cream in Paris!

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Parks of Paris: Jardin des Plantes

In our last Parks of Paris post, we visited the magical Parc des Buttes-Chaumont. Let’s take the 45 minute Metro ride to the 5th arrondissement and the location of the Jardin des Plantes. This botanical garden not only has row after row of beautiful blooming flowers, but also a zoo and 4 museums! They include the Grande Galerie de l’Évolution, the Mineralogy Museum, the Paleontology Museum and the Entomology Museum. Let’s take a tour!Read More »

A Day at the Louvre in Paris (and Unexpected Details and Sections to Look Out For)

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The Louvre offers so many exhibits and works of art that it could take weeks to see every single item. However, not everyone can afford to spend months in Paris on a holiday, although I’m sure many of us would love that!

For someone planning a visit to the Louvre, it might be helpful to see some highlights and the different types of art on display so you know what to expect. Since the objects span prehistory to the 21st century, there’s no shortage of interesting information to learn and see.

Let’s begin our tour of the Louvre!

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Top 5 Paris Museums for Fans of Monet

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I am a HUGE fan of museums, I mean, my PhD is even related to museums! Whether I’m at home or traveling, I love to visit local museums and get lost in art and history for a few hours. If I visit a museum often, I usually bring my Kindle, choose a beautiful room filled with artwork and a large, comfortable seat, and pretend I’m just relaxing in my own grand living room. It helps if the museum is free, as most London museums are!

But we’re not here to talk about museums in London, we’re here to learn more about the top 5 museums in Paris that showcase artwork by Claude Monet. He’s my absolute favorite artist, and my favorite genre is Impressionism. Most of these museums also highlight other major Impressionists, so if you’re not a huge Monet fan, you can certainly find something to enjoy at these museums.

While many Paris museums aren’t free, they might offer concessions (or discounts) for students, those under 18 years of age, and seniors, so if you’re a student, make sure you bring your student ID! In fact, just always carry your student ID with you, even when you’re traveling, because so many places offer student discounts, not just museums, but restaurants, shops, and other tourist attractions.

Now, let’s count down the top 5 museums in Paris to view works by Monet.

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The Most Whimsical Shop in Paris

Paris has so many hidden treasures just waiting to be discovered. While the touristy-spots are absolutely well worth your time, after you’ve seen it all, why not venture off the beaten path and see other beautiful and historical places?

One such place is Galerie Vivienne. Paris has many covered passages/arcades that might not be so obvious to tourists, but Galerie Vivienne is the most well-known and the most luxurious.

It is here that we’ll find the most whimsical shop in Paris (or so I deemed it as I’ve never seen any shop like it). Let’s take a look!

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Parks of Paris: Parc des Buttes-Chaumont

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Temple de la Sibylle on the cliff

Spring has finally arrived! What better way to celebrate than to visit another charming and magical park in Paris. The Parc des Buttes-Chaumont is located in the 19th arrondissement, which is in northeastern Paris. I’d say this park is somewhere between the Jardin du Luxembourg and Parc Monceau in terms of charm, jaw-dropping beauty, and sense of magic. It’s definitely one of my favorite parks in the world. Let’s wander around!

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Sushi in Europe: Paris

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Whenever I travel, I always try to find a great sushi restaurant. I’ve found some excellent places, but also a few duds. I thought it would be helpful to write reviews about my experiences in case you ever travel to these cities and are craving some sushi.

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Disneyland Paris: Sunday Brunch Buffet at Inventions Restaurant

I recently visited Disneyland Paris during the holidays with the aim of not only taking in the parks (or “parcs” as they say in France)  in all their holiday splendor, but also to experience the bounties of the Sunday brunch buffet at Inventions restaurant at the Disneyland Hotel. Today, let’s travel to Paris to see what the Inventions buffet has to offer for brunch.Read More »

Parks of Paris: Parc Monceau

It’s time to visit another beautiful park in Paris!  This time, we’ll travel to Parc Monceau in the 8th arrondissement.  While not as extravagant as the Jardin du Luxembourg, Parc Monceau is still a large and lovely park, with unique elements that make it worthwhile to visit.

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Parks of Paris: Jardin du Luxembourg

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Jardin du Luxembourg

This spring-like weather is making me wistful for spring in Paris, where the flowers are in full bloom, the fountains are crowded with families sailing their toy boats, and the colors are vibrant and diverse, from the glorious blue of the sky, the reds, pinks, yellows, and purples of the flowers, and the greens of the lush gardens and grass.

Paris is the perfect place to visit if you love gardens and parks, since it offers so many beautifully maintained parks.

Today, let’s visit the grandest, most impressive park in Paris, the Jardin du Luxembourg, my own personal favorite out of all the parks in Paris.

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