Historical Walking Tour: Life In Paris During WWII

French Resistance posters from the Musee de l'ordre de la liberation, Paris--Life In Paris During WWII

Books and movies can give you a general idea of what a place and time period are like. I had visited the D-Day beaches in Normandy, seen movies like “Saving Private Ryan”, “Schindler’s List”, and “The Longest Day” and read books such as “Suite Francaise” and “All The Light We Cannot See”. But being on a historical tour where you hear stories about life in Paris during WWII really brings it to life. I was transported back to the 1940s when Paris was occupied by the Germans when I recently took a walking tour highlighting this time period in Paris and I discovered much more about the city that I have come to love. Continue reading →

INSIDR Smartphone In Paris: Making Travelling Easier

INSIDR Smartphone in Paris

Since 2015, INSIDR, a Paris start-up, has been helping travellers in over 30 countries plan their trips and one of their products is a smartphone. But it’s not just any mobile device. It’s your travel guide and concierge all in one packed with enough content and apps to make one’s journey just a little bit easier. I got to try out this great little (but powerful) device in Paris recently and I will be very honest and say I was duly impressed. The INSIDR smartphone in Paris is all about making travelling easier. How they get you your device and how you return it is pretty creative too. Continue reading →

Renter Beware: Costly Roadside Assistance In France

Renter Beware! Costly Roadside Assistance In France

Travelling can be a wonderful experience when you rent a car. But not always. After 30 trips to France, I guess it was time for me to have an awful experience. My roadside assistance experience in France was not just stressful, but a shock to my wallet.  I have a little story nightmare to share with you about renting a car in France.  Hopefully, you’ll never encounter the types of problems I did, but if you do, you’ll understand what to do to navigate the difficult task of renting a car and dealing with road assistance issues. Continue reading →

Sound and Light Shows In Paris and Provence That You Must See

Les Carrieres de Lumieres, Les Baux (featured img)-Sound and Light Shows In Paris and Provence

It’s one thing to go to a museum and look at a famous work of art and be impressed. It’s another thing to see art immersed in sound and light shows in Paris and Provence. In this case, at Atelier des Lumières and Carrières de Lumières, you’ll be blown away. Imagine popular works of art projected onto gigantic walls and choreographed to classical and modern music. Here you have digital art exhibitions for the 21st century. This is what they’re all about and why you must visit them: Continue reading →

France Travel Tips Experiences On “Touring Bird”—Google’s New Travel Tool

Touring Bird website

One of Google’s experimental workshops, simply named “Area 120”, has recently launched a new travel tool and Paris is one of the 20 top travel destinations to be featured in the initial launch. This travel tool, however, has a twist. It’s not all about booking tours. There are lots of recommendations from locals and experts and one additional benefit that I’ll discuss later in this post. I am happy to announce that after almost 10 months of collaborating with Google, you can now find many of my France Travel Tips experiences on “Touring Bird”. Here’s what it’s about and how you can benefit.

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Lunch with a view of Etretat: Dormy House

Dormy House Restaurant with reasonably-priced lunch with panoramic views of Etretat

When I first arrived in the seaside town of Etretat at my Airbnb, my hostess pointed out a hotel that had exceptional views of the cliffs and the village. She said having lunch or dinner, or even having a drink at the Hotel-Restaurant Dormy House (just around the corner from my house) would be worthwhile. As I wanted to have a meal with views of Etretat, this sounded like the place to go, especially at lunchtime when it would be a bit less expensive. Even though I did not have reservations, I got a table outside, overlooking the sea and town.  Everything was perfect as it was a reasonably priced lunch with a view of Etretat. Continue reading →