paris tips / tourisme

25 Things Only Tourists Do in Paris

25 Things Only Tourists Do in Paris

Not a judgement, just observations. In Paris, the following activities are firmly in the tourist category. Sometimes you just have to embrace being tourist, but know these 25 points are dead giveaways you’re a visitor.

The Best French Desserts You Haven’t Tried Yet


The Best French Desserts You Haven’t Tried Yet


We all know (and love) macarons, eclairs and pain au chocolat, but there’s a whole world of French pastries out there waiting for you to discover. An introduction to some lesser-known, but just as mind-blowing French desserts.

How to Dress in Paris to Fit in with the Locals

How to Dress in Paris to Fit in with the Locals

Your ticket is booked, your plans made, all that’s left is packing. So what do you wear around Paris if you don’t want to scream “tourist”? Before you start packing, learn the Dos and Don’ts of dressing in Paris for both men and women.

Life in Paris vs New York City

Life in Paris vs New York City

Just as Americans are enamored with Paris, French people also look at New York with awe. So I’m often asked to compare my current and former home. The differences are deeper than just choosing bagels or baguettes.

The Foreigner’s Guide to French Cheese Etiquette

The Foreigner’s Guide to French Cheese Etiquette

Cheese is so important in France, even the citizenship test includes a couple questions on fromage. French cheese etiquette involves correct times, orders and methods that as an American I never had to learn to operate in society. But cheese manners matter here, so if […]

The Secret to Ordering the ‘Best’ Baguette in France

The Secret to Ordering the ‘Best’ Baguette in France

It’s a common question I get from friends coming to visit: “Where can I find the best baguette in Paris?” My answer: Your nearest bakery. However, there is a very important trick to ordering the tastiest baguette at the boulangerie.

How to Live in Paris without Speaking French

How to Live in Paris without Speaking French

Bonjour, my name is Charli and I barely speak French. Oh no, I didn’t let this stop me from moving to Paris, which either makes me incredibly optimistic or pig-headed. Jury is still out. But I do know I’m far from alone.

Hidden Paris: Hôtel de Ville Library

Hidden Paris: Hôtel de Ville Library

Inside Paris’s City Hall lives a hidden gem of a library you’d never know existed. No tourists allowed. Even a French public library card won’t get you access.

Reviewing the French Airlines: planes, service & wine (obviously)

Reviewing the French Airlines: planes, service & wine (obviously)

Before moving to France, I spent a lot of time (and money) flying to, from and around my husband’s homeland. Here’s my experience with four French airlines: Air France, XL Airways, La Compagnie and Air Corsica. All flights were between NYC and Paris unless otherwise […]

Paris Summer on the Seine: Where to Take Advantage of Le Soleil

Paris Summer on the Seine: Where to Take Advantage of Le Soleil

The only good thing about the chronic pollution in Paris is that the road along the Seine river has been shut down to cars, creating an amazing playground for running, biking, picnics and enjoying a drink by the water. It’s a beautiful place to partake […]