Expert Travel Advice to Paris

Top Answers To Paris Travel Questions

  • traveler asked:
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    paris in july
    Alistair answered:
    Typically, many Parisians leave the city in July and August for their summer vacations, but there is still plenty going on. Off top of my head, here are a few ideas: Bastille Day is on July 14 and features parades, a military display, and fireworks; Paris' Jazz Festival runs till July 29 (various events listed here: http://parisjazzfestival.paris.fr/en/); the final processional stage of the Tour de France rolls into Paris and up the Champs-Elysees on July 22; head down to the Seine to enjoy the scene of the annual Paris "plage", when sand and other seaside activities arrive for four weeks each summer, starting around July 20. Bon voyage!
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    Interested in home rental
    Alistair answered:
    Take a look at a site such as HomeAway.com, which includes rental listings by local property owners in cities around the world, including Paris. Once you find a place you like, you coordinate with the owner directly and put down a deposit, typically between 10 to 50 percent. HomeAway is currently listing a really nice looking two-bedroom apartment near Sacre Couer and Montmatre (http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p224052) for about $1,500 per week in the summer high season (so about $200/night). Not a bad rate for somewhere with all the comforts of home. Other similar sites you might try include Airbnb.com (a little more "homestay"-ey) or iStopOver.com.
  • Alistair answered:
    I asked my brother, who is in the British Army and has taken some tours of the battlefields, for some advice, and he suggested maybe looking at the British tour company, Holts (http://www.holts.co.uk/). However, their tours may be a little long and structured, plus are confined to certain dates. Another option might be Viatour, which aggregates local tours and offers a couple of Normandy WWII outings here: http://www.viator.com/normandy-tours/d183-ttd?pref=02&aid=g1285. These include a two-day trip that leaves from Paris and a daylong private tour from Bayreux (sounds like they customize based on interests, accessibility, etc.). Lastly, a Web search will throw up any number of tour options. This guy looks to offer a pretty interesting set of itineraries: http://www.ddayhistorian.com/, plus comes quite highly recommended.
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    By keeping it very simple, my friend. London's a huge place and it can take ages to get between different areas. I'd head straight to Piccadilly Circus or Leicester Square, from where you can walk through Trafalgar Square and down to Downing Street and the Houses of Parliament. Cross the Thames past Big Ben and loop back along the South Bank past the London Eye and maybe even as far as the Shakespeare Globe and the Tate Modern. If you're not too bushwhacked, stroll across the Millennium Bridge to St. Paul's. That should give you a taste of the major sights. You'll never be far from a Tube stop once you decide to call it a day.

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