Mona Lisa at the Louvre

Travel Truth: Visiting Mona Lisa at the Louvre in Paris

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Does your visit to Paris count if you haven’t seen the Mona Lisa at the Louvre?  What if you’ve seen her but didn’t take a selfie, can you still check it off your “bucket list”?  It’s funny (more sad than funny) that many visitors to the Louvre are there just to see Mona Lisa as […]

Paris Opera tour Ballroom

Mom’s First Trip to Paris & London – The 10 Day Itinerary

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My “travel hacking” hobby as some call it, has definitely provided me with unbelievable memories from trips around the world.  One of the best parts of this “hobby” is sharing the travels with my family.  Two years ago, my then eleven year old niece, traveled on her first trip to Paris & London (business class) […]

American Diner in Paris - Breakfast in America

Seeking Comfort Food at the American Diners in Paris

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Sometimes you and your stomach just need comfort foods from home (sadly you can’t find Philly soft pretzels or cheesesteaks with Amoroso rolls on the road). After two months away from the U.S. on my sabbatical, I had enjoyed the Spanish tapas, Barcelona food tour, Cava tastings and a month in Italy eating gelato daily […]

Eurostar Notice of Delay

Paris to London – The Nightmare Eurostar Travel Day

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The day started off picture perfect – I slept in, had breakfast and checked out of Hotel Atmospheres in Paris.  My Eurostar train from Paris to London was scheduled for 1 p.m. so I had time to leisurely stroll around the city one last time before bidding adieu. The sun was shining and the skies […]

Bridge over the Seine in Paris

My First Uber Paris Ride Along the Seine

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The note in the Platine hotel elevator alerted guests that the taxi drivers would be on strike the next day in Paris.   The taxi strike would definitely be chaotic, in my opinion, and I wasn’t quite sure how it would solve the dispute at hand which was the arrival of Uber Pop in Paris.  […]

Hotel Atmosphere Double Room Paris

The Paris Boutique Hotel – Three Stylish and Affordable Options

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You want to go to Paris?  Great, now where to stay?  If you are like me, you often default to the US chain hotels such Marriott, Hilton and Starwood first and then have massive sticker shock when you find a room and do both conversions –  Euro € to US $ and room size from meters […]

Platine hotel Paris

Paris Boutique Hotel: Hip Glamour in the 15th at the Platine Hotel

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Marilyn Monroe was glamorous and her image lives on in Paris at the Platine Hotel, a four star boutique hotel find on Hotel Tonight under the “hip” category.  I booked a week in advance ($215 a night was awesome deal saving over $100 a night) which is a nice feature of the app since the […]

Loire Valley castle

The Loire Valley: Castles, Wine and Royal Soap Operas

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History can be a bit dry at 7:30 a.m. on a Saturday morning in Paris sitting on a full tour bus of 45 people when the first attraction is more than a two-hour drive away and the tour is all day long (12.5 hrs).  You may want to sleep until you get there but you’d […]

Musee D'Orsay clock view

Paris: Musee D’Orsay – Layers of Art, History and Architecture

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As we cruised the Seine last year, my niece pointed to the clock at the Musee D’Orsay and I explained it was once a train station and now is an art museum. After our Louvre treasure hunt, my niece, eleven at the time, had enough of art (and crowds) so we would only see the museum […]

Palace of Versailles

My Paris Mistake – Versailles with my Tween Niece

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It was a gorgeous Sunday in June and my niece and I were up early to catch the train to Versailles. It was our last day in Paris and I wanted to show her the beauty of Versailles especially the garden fountains. The grand palace and gardens are one of my favorite attractions while the […]