Here are a few tips for when you’re sitting at your desk, daydreaming about your next trip to Paris…
1. Book a tour: Although I’m not usually keen on tours (I like to discover things on my own), I highly recommend the food tours given by Context Travel (http://www.contexttravel.com/city/paris/walking-tour-details/baguette-to-bistro-culinary-traditions-of-paris). The tour guides are smart and the samples are delicious. Vin + chocolat + fromage = a few hours well spent in Paris.
2. Make a reservation: Speaking of food, one of my favorite things to do in Paris is to EAT. You can make lunch and dinner reservations online at La Fourchette (http://www.lafourchette.com). This takes the anxiety out of having to make a phone call and attempting to speak beginner French.
3. Learn un petit peu de French: Even though it can sometimes be intimidating, I think it’s fun trying to learn new words in another language. Test your knowledge of French here: http://www.thefrenchexperiment.com/.
4. Visit Normandy: If you’re planning to visit Paris for at least a week, then I would suggest taking a day trip to Normandy. We hired the pros at Overlord Tours (http://www.overlordtour.com/). Whether you’re a history buff, or not, the sites are impressive. Here’s a video of my brother-in-law’s epic day in Normandy (note: he’s a huge WW2 buff):
5. Follow me: As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. So check out some of my Parisian photos on Instagram. My screen name is daniegil.
A bientot, mes amis!