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!

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