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Month: May 2018

The Petit Trianon in Versailles
France

Discovering the Petit Trianon in Versailles

The Petit Trianon in Versailles Pleasantly surprised We came for the Versailles Palace, and returned raving about the Petit Trianon!  Since the lineup at the Palace was unbearable, we started sightseeing the Versailles Garden and Petit Trianon. About the Petit Trianon According to Wikipedia, the Petit Trianon was designed by Ange-Jacques Gabriel from the order of Louis XV for his long-term mistress Madame de Pompadour. Furthermore, the luxurious decorations also attracted Marie Antoinette. She was going to escape the formality of the court life and to shake off the burden of her royal responsibilities. Here's our recommendation for your pre-booking 👇🏻   The Petit Trianon also has its own small garden demonstrating really nice views inside and out.  Above all, we appreciated

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Discovering Mère Poulard, Mont Saint-Michel

Where : La Mère Poulard, Mont Saint-Michel You must try the famous giant soufflé omelet.  These omelettes are hand-made hammered copper bowls and cooked over an open fire.  This combination along with a specific whisking pattern creates the fluffiest, airiest omelette you've ever seen ! It's a Normandy tradition and “La Mere Poulard” claims to have the original recipe.  It appears this restaurant was founded in 18th century and still carrying tradition.  It was also recommended by our B&B hostess.  Thus, the restaurant is located just past the main gate of the Mont Saint-Michel.  We recommend that you make reservations well in advance to secure your spot since we were turned away, in low-season. Mère Poulard is quite touristy and highly

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Discovering Les Promenades Plantées, Paris

Where : Le Promenade Plantee (or Coulée verte) -  Paris - France This place had invitation written all over it.  According to Wikipedia, “La Promenade Plantée” or the “Coulée Verte” was inaugurated in 1993.  A 4.7km elevated Park built on the top of the obsolete in the 12th arrondissement of Paris, France. The park is easily accessed by metro. We recommend to visit on a nice day, or at least without rain, which could be tricky in Paris.  Luck was on our side since it was a beautiful sunny day when we visited.  We appreciated the nice street views.  Consider this place to take cool pictures of the green alley and beautiful buildings around. We recommend it because it’s a really cool and green

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Discovering Mont Saint-Michel, France

Mont Saint-Michel, France Mont-Saint-Michel is one of the places that impressed us the most during our tour in France. It's a magical place and the surrounding views are breathtaking. What we consider important pointers Plan an early visit to the 'island' as it gets crowded very quickly.  We visited in April and expected very little tourists. Boy  were we wrong! Expect delays.  We arrived first thing in the morning and still had to wait around 30-60 minutes to get inside.  This was because of tourists and security checkpoints. Interesting point, accessing the Mont is free!  You will need some money for souvenirs, food and the Abbey entrance fee (roughly $10 euros for adults).  We don't entirely recall, however there might

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Discovering Marché Aligre, Paris

Where : Marche d'Aligre.  Paris, France We would like to visit Marche Aligre and could do that after exploring La coulée verte.  Call us lucky but we just made it before the cut off time.  It looks like they celebrate la siesta, so be sure to visit between 9-1pm or 4pm til close.  We recommend you checking the hours online before visiting. It’s a nice place to buy fruits, local products, find some patisseries, cheeses etc.  There's also a nice Flea market with well priced unique goods, vintage items, pieces of arts and hidden treasures from the past.  As any other place in Paris, there are many restaurants, cafes for a lunch or just a break.  We didn’t stop because

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Discovering Bateaux-Mouches, Paris

Where : Bateaux-Mouches Seine River.  Paris, France A couple of friends who travel usually tell us they like to spend the first day in a new city on a tour bus or boat.  We decided to take that approach in Paris by taking a ride on the Bateaux-Mouches.  The boat rides on Seine River and we encourage you to do the same.  This is how we "discovered" l'Île de la Cité. It's a comfortable ride, and we were blessed with a sunny and beautiful day - which made the experience even better. It’s affordable, priced at $27,00 Euros for both of us.  It may appear expensive, but you will spend more than one hour going around the Seine River and

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Discovering Mouffetard Market, Paris

Where : Mouffetard Market-  Paris - France The Mouffetard Market was our first destination in Paris ! We arrived in Paris in the late afternoon, after a 6 hour layover in Zurich.  We took a taxi from Charles de Gaule airport to our friend's apartment, located in the 13th arrondissement. Our friend Gilles highly recommended the Mouffetard Market.  Too tired to go out for dinner, we decided to explore the area and buy some light groceries for dinner. The Mouffetard market is located on a beautifully decorated small street.  However, you'll will find all the necessities, tasty local cheese, the famous and delicious French baguettes, fruits, wine, etc.  The quality of the food is great, but it wasn't cheap.  

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