Traveling back to Paris was my first international solo trip, so I wanted to splurge on a nice hotel with a view, and within walking distance from the Eiffel Tower. After searching the internet, I found where I wanted to stay, The Pullman Hotel near the Eiffel Tower. No, this isn’t a sponsored post, I paid for my room, and it was well worth it. Being a female, alone in a city I hadn’t been to in almost thirty years (and the first time with my fluent French speaking aunt), I wanted to feel safe. At my age, I’m wasn’t doing a hostel and or sharing a bathroom. Since I also have some hip problems and arthritis, I wanted to be close of my main attraction. Only a few blocks away from the Eiffel Tower was just perfect for me. After I bought my plane ticket, I booked my hotel and upgraded to a room with a view.
Guest post by Marta Lopez Garcia.
Have you ever thought about what’s behind what they call “La vie en rose”? The City of Light is made of glorious stories behind a glass of wine. Romantic and sophisticated, the French capital offers hundreds of wine bars across its 20 districts. From the friendly Amelie Montmartre to the chic Saint-Germain-des-Prés, the city knows how to engage travellers thanks to its charming and local wine bars (sometimes half bar, half restaurant) where it will be easy to lose track of time. Because I love this city and happiness, this is my personal guide to the first 10 Parisian arrondissements — I left the selection for the other 10 districts in case anyone wants to discover them by themselves.
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The first chateau here dates back to 1137, and throughout the years, different parts have been added on. Louis Le Vau and André Le Nôtre worked together on The Grand Parterre, the largest formal garden in Europe Continue reading
Vaux le Vicomte is located about 30 miles south/southeast of Paris near Melun. It was built between 1658 and 1661 for the superintendent of finances of Louis XIV, Nicolas Fouquet. Before Fouquet purchased it in 1657, it was a small castle. Continue reading
Chambord is a majestic castle in the Loire Valley of France, about three hours south/southwest of Paris. King Francis I wanted to replace the primitive castle with something much larger, so construction started in 1519 and ended in 1547, but the castle wasn’t completed until 1685. Continue reading
Chenonceau is my fairy tale castle, it’s beautiful, dainty and stunning. The garden is meticulously kept, and I love the part of the castle is built over the River Cher. This castle was built between 1515 and 1521 after the original castle was burned to the ground in 1412, rebuilt in the 1430 and then destroyed again in 1513. Continue reading