See you in September!

You may have been wondering what happened to your weekly posts this past April. If you follow me on Instagram, you might remember back in October I mentioned one of my dogs was sick. Unfortunately, in April, he was diagnosed with a very aggressive form of cancer.

The month of April came and went without me even really noticing and I realized that as my husband and I work to fight our dog’s cancer that I really need to put The Paris Itinerary blog posts on hiatus.

I will still be active on Instagram and Facebook and on occasion there may be a guest contributor on the blog. I also hope to tackle some much neglected behind the scenes maintenance so that when I am back, The Paris Itinerary is better than ever.

Right now, the plan is to start blog posts again in September corresponding with the French tradition of “a la rentrée” which colloquially means “see you in September!”

I know suspending blog posting for this long is the kiss of death to blogs but taking care of my dog is now a top priority. I hope you understand. There is lots of great information from past post to help you as you plan your Paris itinerary.

Until September…

Bises (kisses),

Kimberly

Versailles: Review of the Trianon Palaces and Marie Antoinette’s farm and hamlet

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While the Chateau and adjoining formal gardens at Versailles are very well known, written about and probably the most popular part of the estate, there are two other areas you can visit if you have the time. One is the Trianon Palaces known as the Grand and Petit Trianon. The second is Marie Antoinette’s farm and hamlet. Continue reading

Using the Versailles tram shuttle to explore the estate

 

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There is so much more to Versailles than just the Chateau. There are manicured gardens and groves, the Trianon palaces and Marie Antoinette’s estate. You will want to allow enough time to visit and explore it all. But, covering such a large area can be tiring. Fortunately, there is an easy solution – the tram shuttle. Continue reading

The best kept secret on where to buy your Versailles entry tickets

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Versailles is one of my favorite places to visit. It is grand, opulent and over the top. But, standing in line for hours to buy your entrance ticket is not so grand especially since after you buy your ticket, you have to go stand in another line to get through security. That is hours of wasted time just standing line and you definitely need all the time you can get to see all the wonders of Versailles.

At that same time, having flexibility in an itinerary is also important in case of bad weather or the ever famous French strikes. While you can buy your Versailles entry ticket online, you have to use it for the day you buy it. That doesn’t leave any flexibility for events out of your control.

But, one of the best kept secrets is that you can buy your Versailles entry tickets the day you visit Versailles just a few blocks from the entrance of Versailles without any real wait. Continue reading

Joyeux Anniversaire! Happy Birthday!

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Forget about those terrible twos! The Paris Itinerary has officially made it through the TERRIFIC TWOs!

To celebrate this milestone, let’s take a quick trip down memory lane…

The very first post – you know, when only my mom was reading: Travel tip: Day 1 in Paris and what to do with jet-lag.

The most popular post: Travel tip: The best kept secret on where to buy Louvre entrance tickets.

The post no one is really reading but should be. Maybe I need to jazz up the title. How to avoid those pesky add-on bank fees.

The most popular Instagram post: Even if it is a Monday.

And a shout out to The Paris Itinerary’s biggest fan (other than my mom, of course)…Kelly from A Lovely Life, Indeed. She is always commenting, tweeting and sharing! Merci Beaucoup Kelly!

Now on to year three…

 

Bises (kisses),

Kimberly