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Must See Tourist Attractions of Paris

Must See Tourist Attractions of Paris Ah Paris, the Lover’s City and a beautiful collection of architectural masterpieces. Paris, France is a must visit for any budding travelers and a favorite amongst veteran vagabonds. If it’s your first time or one hundredth, there are certain Parisian attractions that have to be seen.   Gathered from conversations […]

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Must See Tourist Attractions of Paris

Ah Paris, the Lover’s City and a beautiful collection of architectural masterpieces. Paris, France is a must visit for any budding travelers and a favorite amongst veteran vagabonds. If it’s your first time or one hundredth, there are certain Parisian attractions that have to be seen.   Gathered from conversations I’ve had with friends and fellow trekkers, here is a list of five must see tourist attractions in or around Paris.

 

Eiffel Tower

What would a trip to grand Paris be without spending a morning gazing up at the Eiffel Tower while sipping on some strong coffee at a quaint little café? I’ll tell you, it wouldn’t be Paris. The Eiffel tower signifies Paris to most people and it’s seen as the city’s most iconic attraction.

The Eiffel tower was built for the 1889 World Expo and was designed to be an epic entrance to the event. The tower remained the tallest man made structure for 40 years so it has been a huge draw for tourism since its erection.

The Eiffel Tower is a must see tourist attraction because of its iconic status and impressive size and stature. Everywhere you go in Paris the tower can be seen and it is so intertwined in Parisian culture.

 

Notre Dame de Paris

Notre Dame, the cathedral that started a revolution of design and has been the religious center for Paris since its construction in 1163.   The New Gothic style was replicated all over Europe and the buildings aesthetics were often imitated yet never repeated. The beauty and attention to detail involved in the construction of Notre Dame are incredible and must be seen on person to appreciate. It may not be the largest cathedral in the city but is by far the most famous. It’s an eight-century-old building but the renovations were so well done that the building looks like a new build.

Notre Dame is on the must see list because it’s the church that populated the New Gothic style and is the supermodel of churches.

 

Arc de Triomphe

The history behind this attraction is so ingrained in the heart and soul of Paris it is a must see for so many reasons. The arc was commissioned by Napoleon to memorialize his many war victories. Although the arc was finished after Napoleon was exiled from the country he loved, the symbolism remained intact. The Arc de Triomphe is a patriotic symbol of pride more many Parisians and is the center of the city.  

A must see and often overlooked portion of the monument is the observation deck on the roof of the arc. Warning, there is no elevator and to reach the top, one must tackle 200 plus steps. I’ll guarantee that once you see the view from the top of the arc de Triomphe, you’ll fall in love with Paris all over again.

 

The Louvre

A trip to Paris isn’t complete without seeing possibly the most iconic painting in the world, the Mona Lisa. The Louvre is an enormous museum and cultural center of the city. Created as a place for King Francs I to store his massive art collection, the museum now boasts over 1 million pieces of art. That’s a lot of class and culture you can earn in a short time.  You will see artistic masterpieces like the Venus de Milo and Dying Slave by Michelangelo.

The newest edition is the Louvre’s glass pyramid, built in 1989 by I.M Pei. which serves as a grand entryway for the museum.

The Louvre is a must see just for the pure brilliance that it contains.

 

Palace of Versailles

This is a short drive outside of the city but well worth the journey. Originally the home of King Louis 13 who built outside the city because didn’t trust Parisians. The enormous home has one of the most magnificent gardens in the world. The 250-acre garden features geometric shapes cut into foliage and many ostentatious fountains.

Once you see this magical place, you’ll understand why the Palace of Versailles is a must see tourist attraction in Paris.

 

Enjoy the most romantic city in the world; hopefully you fall in love with old Paris just like me.

 

 

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Don’t Break The Bank When You Travel

Check out these great money saving tips so you don’t go broke taking your next vacation. 

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There’s really no way around it: traveling is expensive. On top of the obvious charges like flights and hotels, there will always be the little daily expenses that you didn’t fully prepare for when you were preparing for your trip. But the last thing you want to do is just not think about it and throw money around like a madman. There are definitely still ways to save money while traveling. And here they are!

THE TUESDAY RULE

I have to admit, I didn’t even really know about this “rule” before I started writing this article. But, for the most part, the cheapest flights of the week are almost always on a Tuesday. So, if you can, try to schedule all your flights on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. This can dramatically lower the cost of your vacation.

DON’T BOTHER WITH HOTELS

Thanks to rental services like Airbnb and VRBO the hotel industry has really taken a hit. And prices have gone way up because of it. So, no matter how bad we may feel about their declining business, they’re just not the best option anymore. You can find a great deal with all the service and amenities you need from one of the vacation rental sites. There are even a few sites that deal in “house-swapping” where you basically just stay in each other’s homes during simultaneous vacations and don’t have to pay a thing!

BOOK DIRECTLY THROUGH THE AIRLINE

Many of the flight booking sites like Expedia or Travelocity actually don’t offer as many options as are available to you if you book through the airline. There are other services like Google Flights and Skyscanner that find the cheapest flights being offered by the airlines, and then you can just contact the airline yourself and book those specific flights. It’s a little extra work, but it can end up saving you more money than you think.

A LITTLE SPONTANEITY NEVER HURT ANYONE

Sure, doing your homework and planning ahead can most certainly help you save money on a vacation. But sometimes there are last minute deals made available when airlines are just trying to fill out their flights. So if you have a favorite airline, sign up for the mailing list. This way you’ll know when they are offering really cheap flights. And if you’re in the mood to just get out town regardless of where you’re going, this is a really cheap and fun option.

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Stocking Stuffers For Kids Who Love To Travel

If you’re a parent with kids who love to travel, here are some great stocking stuffer ideas to make sure your next vacation is a huge hit!

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Traveling as a family can be wonderful. It’s a great way to get closer as a family and create memories that will last a lifetime. But it’s always tricky with the kids! Sometimes it seems like you’re constantly walking on eggshells just waiting for one of them to decide they’re not having fun and promptly throw a loud and public tantrum.

So what better way to keep them calm and having fun than gifts! So this Christmas season, fill your kids stocking with some of the awesome travel-oriented gifts that will surely keep them happy for months to come!

FIREFLY FLASHLIGHT

First and foremost, this is just an adorable flashlight. It looks like a little firefly! So clever. But it’s also great for the camper kid in the family. Some kids just love sleeping under the stars or in a tent outdoors. So having a flashlight is key. And giving your child their very own flashlight is a cool way to make them feel important and independent.

RAINBOW WATERCOLORS MOVE ACTIVITY TRACKER WATCH

Just like with the flashlight, giving your child a watch is a great way to make them feel important, independent, and more like an adult than a child. Especially as it tracks steps taken, distance traveled, and sleep time. Just like mom and dad’s fit bits! Plus this watch just looks so cool. They’ll certainly love it.

GOPRO HERO

This may not feel like the best stocking stuffer for your children, but they’re so easy to use and can be really fun for your kids. It’s waterproof so it’s perfect for goofy fun at the pool, lake, or beach. And if your kid is into biking, skateboard, and the like, this is the perfect stocking stuffer as it can be easily attached to their helmet and help them make awesome compilations of their adventures.

They are a little expensive though. So this is definitely for the kid that has been really good this year.

COZYPHONES

It’s amazing that these awesome headphones aren’t a much bigger deal. They’re basically just adorable and cozy headbands that also have headphones in them! Brilliant idea right? They keep your child’s head cozy and warm, allow them to express themselves by wearing some wacky, and keeps them distracted and comfortable because they’re listening to their favorite music! It doesn’t get much better than that.

TRAVEL SPIROGRAPH

I don’t know about you, but I used to love spirographs! They’re so much fun and great time killer. So if you’ve got a long flight or road trip ahead of you and you’re worried about your kids not having fun, these are a great stocking stuffer. Also, as a creative release, it’s a great mental exercise and obviously a better use of their time than just watching that movie they’ve already seen a hundred times before on a tablet.

TRAVEL BINGO

This travel Bingo set is another great time-spender on long trips. It’s extremely simple but extremely fun. As you see any of the things pictured on the card, you flip down the marker. Then, once you have a straight line; BINGO! And just like with the travel spirograph, it forces your children to be more active and use their minds, which is always a huge plus.

 

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Travelers! Never Leave Home Without These 5 Essential Travel Items

Traveling can be extremely stressful and uncomfortable. These five items will help make your traveling experience an easy one.

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Everyone loves (and needs) a good vacation every now and again. Getting out of town and exploring new areas is good for the soul. But the actual traveling part can be extremely stressful and uncomfortable. A lot of people are so stressed out by it that they don’t even bother traveling at all. But, have no fear, help is here! Check out these five must-haves for any and all travelers.

 

SLIDER SANDALS

This may seem simple and not all that worth it, but they can make that terrible security check process so much easier. No more untying and retying your shoes. No panicking that you’re holding up the line as you do so. Just slip these bad boys on and off and you’ll be through that line in a breeze. Also, as long as your comfortable in your socks in front of strangers, going shoeless while you’re on the plane feels great!

PACKING CUBES

This one is for my fellow OCD types out there. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been lugging my suitcase around just thinking about how all that wonderful folding I had done was completely going to waste. But getting packing cubes like these completely changed my traveling experience for the better. You can keep everything organized and separated perfectly, while also maximizing your luggage space! Even the laziest and most unorganized of us can benefit from these beauties.

PASHMINA WRAP

This might not be as necessary for any of you that run hot, but it can be a lifesaver for those of us that can’t stand how cold airplanes get! I don’t know why those overhead vents have to blast cold air at us like they do, but I’ll tell you right now I do not like it. So having a light wrap like this that is easy to keep in your carry on can make the flight so much more comfortable.

SKIN MIST

Traveling is a messy business. How many times have you gotten off a plane and felt like your face had never been dirtier or greasier? I’d say it happens to me about, oh… every single time I’ve ever stepped on the plane. Having a skin mist like this one on hand to freshen up does wonders for your skin and your mood. Everyone deserves to stay fresh! Throw this baby in your bag and thank me later.

PORTABLE CHARGER

I think we’ve all been in the apocalyptic situation where I phone dies. It truly feels like the end of the world. How will I call or text people? How will I call a Lyft? How on Earth will I post an Instagram?! Well keep one of these little lifesavers with you and you will never have to experience that terrible fear again. If you get a good one, it can fully charge a dead iPhone up to five times. Trust me. You need one of these, like, yesterday.

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