“One of my favorite days in Paris: Get your food to go with a ‘grec avec frites’ from Au P’tit Grec (or opt for the crepes) and walk through Butte-aux-Cailles to Parc MontSouris for a relaxing picnic. Later in the afternoon, grab a dose of history and architecture at Notre Dame before heading to an early dinner across from the Hôtel de Ville at Grizzli Café (I had the BEST tuna steak of my life there—and the house wine is delicious). After dinner, make your way back to the Left Bank of the Seine for a tango lesson along the Quai Saint-Bernard, then practice your new moves at one of the bars or jazz clubs around Saint-Michel!” – Lauren A.
“Musée de l’Orangerie houses the most beautiful paintings of Claude Monet’s masterworks, the Nymphéas (Water Lilies). The paintings are in a room with natural light, so you can see them change as if they were outside. There are several other masterworks from post-impressionists in this museum, which is located in the beautiful Tuileries Garden. A few other must-see places include the Rodin Museum, the Musée d’Orsay, the Palace of Versailles, and Giverny, a beautiful town where Monet lived and tended his garden. His house is just as it was when he lived there, and all of his paintings were inspired by his beautiful garden and pond.” – Tara B.
“There are so many things to see in Paris, that it can be a little overwhelming. The best way to see it all? Start at the Hôtel de Ville, Paris’s city hall. From there, you can easily locate the Seine, which you’ll follow for most of the day. Then head west to your next stop--Notre Dame de Paris. Continue on Right Bank and notice how Pont des Arts is covered with padlocks. It’s a tradition for couples to attach a lock to the bridge as a symbol of their eternal love. Next up is the Louvre and its gardens (Jardin des Tuileries), the gorgeous fountains at Place de la Concorde (featured in the famous movie, “The Devil Wears Prada”) and the massive Luxor Obelisk, a gift from the Egyptians back in 1829 which once marked the entrance to the Luxor Temple. Cross the plaza, and you’re now at the end of Champs-Élysées. Enjoy its luxury stores and some vanilla macaroons at Ladurée. At the end of the famous boulevard, you’ll find the Arc de Triomphe. From there, find Avenue D’Iena, and finish your day by the iconic Tour Eiffel!” – Nathalie Z.
“Visiting Les Catacombes is an essential activity when visiting Paris. Dare to have a look at these old quarries from 1785 that were converted into a giant cemetery. Take a ride on Ballon de Paris, the biggest balloon in the world, and learn about the air quality in the city—the balloon changes color depending on the current pollution levels! Celebrating a special occasion? Do it on the river with a boat rental from Green River. Travel down the Seine, the Marne or the Canal Saint Martin. Enjoy a guided tour of Paris’ numerous exhibits and museums with a passionate volunteer from Des Mots et des Arts. And for the food lover—take a tasty break in the famous, very chic tea room, Angelina. If you’re a chocolate lover, I recommend the succulent African chocolate!” – Olivia B.
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For some people, travel is a four-letter word. But if you plan ahead—and go armed with my insider advice (culled from 30 years as a professional travel journalist)—you can make your bon voyage even better. This way, you can look and feel first-class fabulous—even if you travel in coach. Ready for takeoff? Tote these in your carry-on.
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Satin or Silk Pillowcase & Eye Shades
Why silk? Because silk is softer on your skin and hair than cotton, and it doesn’t cause creases and wrinkles. Bring your own pillow, and top it with a silk, or even a satin, pillowcase. And don’t forget eye shades, which are oh-so-soft for sleeping on the plane, as well as ear plugs or noise-reducing headphones.
Many companies make scented towelettes that smell divine—they’re usually fragranced with real essential oils—and have a million-and-one uses. Use the orange ones to disinfect your surroundings on the plane (including the tray table). Use the lavender type to tuck into your pillow at night to induce sleep, or to relieve bug bites or remove makeup. And try the lemon variety as an aftershave on your legs, to clean your computer keyboard, or as a pick-me-up after exercising.
Flavored Water Packets
Your local supermarket has a wealth of flavored water packets which can add zing to that plain old bottled water you receive from the flight attendant.
When I travel by plane, I always bring special snacks, so I never fall off the diet wagon. These include dried prunes, which at 20 calories per prune, are filled with antioxidants and potassium, and put a tiger in my tank (especially before I go to the gym and need some fuel). I also never go on a trip without my preferred snack and breakfast of champions—puffed rice, raisins and powdered nonfat milk, packed in a clear plastic bag. Just add water for a great snack. Almonds, low fat cheese and diet bread are also healthy choices (and after you land, more slimming options than the hotel minibar).
Up at 35,000 feet, the air is not only stale—it is dry. And if you don’t do something about it, you’ll disembark with a dry dermis. To obviate a parched complexion, bring moisturizer or skin serum to apply—and reapply—to your face while in flight.
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Lastly, there’s one more thing that you should always travel with: a sense of humor. It doesn’t cost a thing or weigh you down. It easily goes through customs, and it’s your passport to the best trip ever!
For more fabulous travel suggestions, read Debbi’s bestselling book, The Globetrotter’s Get-Gorgeous Guide: Diet and Beauty Secrets of Travel and Beauty Pros, Traveling Executives and Celebrity Travelers, the world’s first beauty book for traveling women and #1 on Amazon.com in the “Honeymoon Travel Guide” category. Also check out her beauty/well-being/travel blog at gorgeousglobetrotter.com/blog. Debbi is the owner of Maxima Marketing, a marketing communications firm near Boston. She is a former editor of Robb Report Magazine and a long-standing member of the Society of American Travel Writers.
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