Category Archives: France

How to Attend a Free Fashion Show in Paris at Galeries Lafayette

free fashion show in Paris

Interested in attending a free fashion show in Paris?  Paris is one of the Big Four cities of fashion in the world along with London, New York City, and Milan, and it is no wonder that many visitors to the City of Lights are interested in catching glimpses of svelte models sashaying down a catwalk in the latest original silky creations. But chances are that your visit to Paris won’t coincide with the semi-annual Paris Fashion Show, and even if it did, tickets are almost impossible to obtain for those of us who are not part of the fashion industry or press world. But no reason to despair, you can still attend a free fashion show held regularly through the year at the Galeries Lafayette. On our most recent visit to Paris, we decided we wanted to check out this free 30-minute show held on Friday afternoons at the Galeries Read the Rest…

Missing the Boat on the Canal Saint Martin: Sometimes Things Don’t Work Out as We Planned

Saint Martin canal boat

Sometimes our perfectly planned travel days don’t work out as we planned. Sometimes the weather, public transportation, or our own health derails a perfectly planned day. And sometimes we just get lost and miss our reservations for a boat ride down the Canal Saint Martin. This is what happened to us during our last visit to Paris. During our first trip to Paris, we had taken the obligatory boat ride on the Seine River. We saw all the major sites – the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, the Musée d’Orsay, Notre Dame, etc.—as we plied along the famous river. So we wanted to do something a little different on our second trip to Paris together. We decided to take a boat ride down the Canal Saint-Martin, which is a 4.5 km long canal in Paris that connects the Canal de ‘Ourcq to the Seine. I am much more of a planner Read the Rest…

Attending a Performance at the Palais Garnier: Tips and Advice on Going to the Paris Opera Garnier

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Interested in attending a performance—an opera, ballet, recital, or concert—at the Palais Garnier in Paris? This article will comprehensively provide advice and tips on all aspects of your visit to the Opera Garnier such as when to arrive, what to wear, and what to expect so you can make the most out of your visit to this beautiful and historic venue. I really love the Palais Garnier and have attended two ballets and one opera here—our most recent visit was in June. While you can also see performances at the other Paris Opera location—the Opera Bastille—there is nothing quite like seeing a performance in this opulent venue. The Palais Garnier is arguably the most famous opera house in the world and for many it’s a once in a lifetime experience to attend a ballet or opera here during their travels. Now, if you have not yet booked your tickets or Read the Rest…

Our Discovery of French Macarons: A Review of Ladurée Macarons

French macarons from Laudree Paris

Ladurée is a famous pâtisserie, or pasty shop, in Paris. It has been around for over 150 years, and is most known for its delicious and colorful macarons. Ethan and I first discovered  Ladurée macarons last year while in Paris. We happened to walk by their flagship store and tea salon on the Champs-Elysées after a visit to the top of the Arc de Trimophe. We were in need of some nourishment after all those stairs, and the macarons looked way too good to pass up!  This would be our first taste of French macarons (very different from the coconut macaroons sold in the United States).  One of the most difficult parts was selecting from the over dozen different flavors. We chose 6 flavored macarons—Rose, Red Fruits, Licorice, Caramel with Salted Butter, Pistachio, and Violet– and then brought them home for our own private tasting. Unfortunately, our Ladurée macarons got a Read the Rest…

Attending a Performance at the Palais Garnier: How to Book Tickets to the Paris Opera Garnier

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Interested in attending an opera or ballet at the historic Palais Garnier in Paris? This article explains in detail how to book tickets online for the Paris Opera. It will provide step-by-step guidance on using the Paris Opera website along with a number of tips based on our own experiences on booking tickets and attending performances at the Opera Garnier. Now if you have already booked tickets, click here to go to our article that provides tips on what to expect during the actual performance. While most people’s visits to Paris may not be complete without a visit to the Lourve or the Eiffel Tower, all three of my trips to Paris thus far have included attending a performance at the Palais Garnier, often referred to as the Opera Garnier or the old Paris Opera House.  I really love the Opera Garnier and find it to be such a beautiful Read the Rest…