paris tips / tourisme

French Favorites: Basque Espadrilles

French Favorites: Basque Espadrilles

Next up in my “French Favorites” series: handmade espadrilles from the French Basque region. This traditional shoe is chic and inexpensive and has become my go-to summer footwear. It’s a must-have souvenir from Biarritz — customizing your own and watching the ribbons being sewn-on really […]

Côte Basque Guide: Biarritz & the ‘California of France’

Côte Basque Guide: Biarritz & the ‘California of France’

When you think of France, you almost certainly don’t imagine a surfer chic lifestyle. But a little slice of California-style heaven does exist on the southwest coast and I experienced a coup de cœur on my vacation last week.

Lutèce, Paname…how many Paris nicknames do you know?

Lutèce, Paname…how many Paris nicknames do you know?

Lutèce, Paname, City of Light… Paris by any other name is just as sweet! You’ll see Paris’s former names and nicknames used all over the city as well as in books, movies and songs. Here are the noms de plume of Paris to know.

Paris is for (Book) Lovers

Paris is for (Book) Lovers

Even on vacation a girl’s gotta read! Paris has got you covered with great spots for reading or picking up a new book whether you live here or are just passing through.

Your Perfect Champagne Region Itinerary — Two Days of Bubbly without a Car

Your Perfect Champagne Region Itinerary — Two Days of Bubbly without a Car

Just an hour from Paris lies a magical land where sparkling wine flows like rivers and the most pampered grapes in world fulfill their ultimate destiny. The Champagne region is one of France’s most famous and posh areas, and in two days you can enjoy […]

Shopping for Deals in Paris: Sales, Outlets and Tax Refunds

Shopping for Deals in Paris: Sales, Outlets and Tax Refunds

Did you know that in France the sales are controlled by the government? There are only two official times “Les Soldes” are allowed — once in the summer and once in the winter. However, there are secrets to getting deals in Paris anytime of year.

Escape from Paris: Le Touquet

Escape from Paris: Le Touquet

Sometimes you just need to get out of the city, even a beautiful one like Paris. We were looking for a place with sun, great food, charm and a less than 3 hour drive: Bonjour Le Touquet!

Attending the French Open: BYOBaguette and Mind Your Manners

Attending the French Open: BYOBaguette and Mind Your Manners

Went to my first French Open this week (or Roland Garros to those in France) along with bunch of sober, well-behaved French people eating food they brought from home. Quite a sporting event culture shock for this American.

Discover My Paris: 4th Arrondissement

Discover My Paris: 4th Arrondissement

I may be biased, but my neighborhood is the best in Paris. So when Misadventures with Andi asked me to share my favorite addresses in the 4th arrondissement, I jumped at the opportunity to share my discoveries.

7 Paris Tourist Traps to Skip…and What to Do Instead

7 Paris Tourist Traps to Skip…and What to Do Instead

Despite what anyone says, you don’t HAVE to go to the top of the Eiffel Tower or eat a Ladurée macaron to really experience Paris. Trust me, plenty of French people aren’t taking Mona Lisa selfies.