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Top 10 Hotels in France

Top 10 Hotels in France
Destination(s): Paris

Travelling in France will have you finding all sorts of options for accommodation, from modest, discrete one-star hotels to opulent mansions and resorts that cater to your every whim. We have made a selection that roughly covers the whole range, and split our choices between five major France destinations.

For Nice and Cannes we picked out some venues that place you in the middle of the action, with lively shopping districts and glorious celebrity perfume, while in Bordeaux we recommend the elegant and tasteful Hôtel Burdigala, with its well trained international staff. Lyon comes with two very special offers: La Villa Florentine is a highly rated place with Michelin awarded dining facilities, while Salle De Seminaire Lyon - La Tour Rose is one of the most romantic and refined hotels in the whole of France, with skilfully decorated interiors that remind of the city's history. read more about Top 10 Hotels in France... Read More

Best Cheap Hotels in St. Germain

Best Cheap Hotels in St. Germain
Destination(s): Paris

If you have a modest budget but want to be in the middle of Paris' most glamorous and 'snob' neighborhood -- the Latin Quarter -- try one of these cheaper Paris squats. Most with options well below 100 euros a night depending on the season, you can live the life of some of Paris' most celebrated artists and intellectuals. Whether you stay at the always well-rated and charming Hotel des Ecoles near Odeon with rates to rival most budget hotels and services to rival three star digs or if you prefer the hostel environment and decide to stay at the Young and Happy hostel near the young and lively bar district at Place Monge -- you can find, amongst this group, a decent if not quasi-luxe place to rest your weary, latin-quarter-loving bones. read more about Best Cheap Hotels in St. Germain... Read More

Best of Parisian Cafés

Best of Parisian Cafés
Destination(s): Paris

If you never go to the Louvre, never make it to the Eiffel Tower, if you can't be asked to dare the roundabout at the Arc de Triomphe via taxi -- you can still have the quintessential Parisian experience by hopping from one café to the next or just sitting in one all day long. Don't let anyone tell you different. There is a reason this is a called a café society -- all the good and interesting things happen in the cafes (that and on the metro). So if what you want is to linger for hours and sip one cup of coffee while watching people go by and discuss Nietzche and Kant... don't let anyone tell you you can't. Ha! Au contraire. If you have left Paris without wasting at least a day in one of these great cafés -- you can't really say you've been to Paris. read more about Best of Parisian Cafés... Read More

Best Parks in Paris

Best Parks in Paris
Destination(s): Paris

Tired after along day strolling through some of Europe's most quaint shopping districts? Fed up with luxurious halls full of the world's greatest artistic masterpieces? Had enough of eating in fine restaurants or drinking the finest wines in any one of Paris' fashionable wine bars? If so, cop a squat an any of the over 400 public parks and green spaces in Paris that you will find tucked into every nook and cranny of the city or more often taking center stage. From the rugged cascading mount and grottes of Park Buttes-Chaumont in Paris' 'quartier populaire' of the 20th arrondissement near diverse and vibrant Belleville to Marie Medicis commissioned Jardin des Tuileries nestled in the very merry and haut bougeoise neighborhood known as the Tuileries and bookended on one end by Place de la Concorde and on the other by the Museum de Louvre -- there is a park that caters to every taste. Tourists and locals alike can be found all year round pulling up a bench, a chair or a patch of green to escape from the hustle and bustle of modern day Parisian life. The parks and gardens are one of the cities many features that make it one of the most livable large cities in the world. Admission is, of course, free. In the summer, there is nothing more stylish or glam then a picnic with friends in any one of these ten beautiful parks. Make sure to check out the cultural events and programming of the city of Paris as many free film screenings and other arts events are held in parks and green spaces regularly. read more about Best Parks in Paris... Read More

Best Small Museums in Paris

Best Small Museums in Paris
Destination(s): Paris

You could spend years of your life at the Louvre and never see everything their collection houses or you could beat back the crowds and stand in line for an hour at the ever popular Musée d'Orsay, but though these museums are certainly worth the visit, it is also worthwile to spend two or three days and hit these eight smaller museums which make most lists of the best smaller museums in Paris. The museum de Maillol is world renknowned and housed in an 18th Century house. The collection here was donated by Dina Vierny, Maillol's muse and popular artist's model of her time. If you lean towards sculpture, try the Musée Rodin situated not far from Invalides which houses a host of Rodin sculptures and his own personal art collection. For real Parisian charm make it point to see the Musée de la Vie Romantique where one part of the main exhibtion which tells the story of Geoges Sand and her many lovers including Frédéric Chopin is always free -- use the money that you save and spend a few euros in the charming garden cafe after. read more about Best Small Museums in Paris... Read More

One day in Paris

One day in Paris
Destination(s): Paris

This trip will take you to all of the major sights in Paris that can be reasonably seen in one day. Of course, you'll have to come back for more. read more about One day in Paris... Read More

Off the beaten path

Off the beaten path
Destination(s): Paris

One day off the beaten path in Paris. Go where the tourists don't, sometimes with good reason, and see where the Parisians live, eat, and enjoy themselves. read more about Off the beaten path... Read More

Best of Paris' Hidden Gems -- Get Stuck in the Sewers

Best of Paris' Hidden Gems -- Get Stuck in the Sewers
Destination(s): Paris

If you want off the beaten path -- then you have to get off it and if you are in Paris that means staying out of the center of the snail (the snail is a visual shortcut to keeping the arrondissements straight) which in practice means, avoid any of the arrondissments with the big tourists sites like St. Germain, the Eiffel Tower the Louvre, Arc de Triomphe and more specifically, stay out of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th arrondissements and focus on the others (disclaimer: there are many exceptions to this rule, even on this list). Here is a smattering of things to do, places to eat, etc., that the typical tourist might miss on his or her stint in Paris. Cinema lover? Don't miss the Cinéma des Cineastes at Place de Clichy. Want a nice lunch far from the maddening crowds? Go to the Reflectoire, the place where local bo-bos go for lunch in the 11th. Looking for a nice stroll somewhere where you can't see Notre Dame for miles? Try the Canal d'Ourcq. Fed up with classical works of stella genius? Visit the Musée des Egouts --- aka the sewer museum... this place will tell you the real story of Paris -- the one that none of your friends have ever heard. read more about Best of Paris' Hidden Gems -- Get Stuck in the Sewers... Read More

On a dime

On a dime
Destination(s): Paris

A day for under 10 Euros: it's possible in Paris, but you'll have to do a lot of walking. read more about On a dime... Read More

Top 10 Restaurants in France

Top 10 Restaurants in France
Destination(s): Paris

French cuisine is famous all over the world and the best restaurants from all continents pride themselves with the refined French influences they use in their menus. Given all of this, among the few things that can beat the food itself when you're having dinner in France are the setting, the location and the service. Wonderful locally sourced ingredients and inventive chefs work to provide the best meals for their hungry and pretentious diners, while other staff handles the atmosphere and the cultural resonance of the venues. One of the best places in Cannes is Le Festival, where posters of movie stars and sex idols accompany your elegant dinner, while Bordeaux boasts one of the first restaurants in France to have ever gotten a Michelin star (back in 1933!), Le Chapon Fin. For the Paris visitor that is indeed more interested in the view than in the food when he goes out for dinner, our best recommendation is Café Marly, an expensive restaurant that overlooks the Louvre pyramid. read more about Top 10 Restaurants in France... Read More