GRAND OPENING – The Paris Itinerary Boutique

In my studio!

If you are a subcriber to The Paris Itinerary then you already know about my big news! I sent out the announcement to all my subscribers first, along with one of the perks for being on the list – an exclusive offer code. Keep reading to find out the BIG news.

First of all, I know it has been crickets here lately and that is because I have been working on a passion project.

I am so excited to share with you the grand opening of The Paris Itinerary Boutique featuring super cute (if I say so myself) “saying” tee shirts designed by moi! These are all my exclusive sayings and designs. Each of these 7 tee shirts is a fun, fashionable and affordable way to show your love of Paris.

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So how did a travel blogger become a tee shirt designer? Well when I was a little girl, I wanted to be a fashion designer. On family vacations, I would entertain myself by drawing clothing collections in good old fashion spiral notebooks. There was the everyday sportwear collection called the “London Collection.” The active/play collection (hey I was a kid and had “play clothes”) called the “Madrid Collection.” Yeah, I’m not sure why I called it that. And of course, I had the “Paris Collection” comprised of glamour eveningwear.

Fast forward a few decades and here I am combining my two passions: Paris and Fashion.

Don’t worry, The Paris Itinerary isn’t changing. I’ll be back really soon with new articles all about helping you plan your trip to Paris. On occasion, I will be posting about The Paris Itinerary Boutique but if you want to keep up to date on what is new with my tee shirt line, be sure to sign up for The Paris Itinerary Boutique newsletter.

So, if you haven’t quite made it to Paris yet or just want a little reminder of a past visit, my new tee shirt line is just for you.

Be sure to post your pics wearing one of my tees! I’d love to see it. Use #theparisitinerarytees.

Bises (kisses),

Kimberly

Guided tour of the Louvre Museum

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The Louvre is one of the top 10 sites visited in Paris with over 7 million visitors a year! So, you are probably looking for ways to maximize your time when visiting the museum.

There are several ways to see the museum:

There have been several questions posted on my most popular article about the Louvre asking about the guided tour.

A guided tour of the Louvre Museum is a great way to see the most popular works of art like Mona Lisa, Winged Victory and the famous statue of David. The tour also shows you the history of the museum including the original fortress. On top of that, its a quick history lesson on the evolution of art style and techniques. If you are rushed for time, I recommend it.

Here are a few things you need to know:

  • The guided tour is an additional cost to your admission ticket.
  • The guided tour can only be purchased at the Louvre on the day of your visit.
  • English language tour times are daily except on Tuesdays  (museum is closed) at 11am and 2pm. Group sizes are very limited so I recommend going to the museum when it first opens and then going immediately to the tour office (directions to find the office are listed below). If a guided tour ends up being in the afternoon and you don’t want to spend the entire day at the Louvre, your entrance ticket is good for reentry during the day you are visiting.

How to find the tour office:

  • Once you have entered the museum, go straight to the tour office.
  • Look for “Accueil Des Groups et Visites-Conferences” on the wall and turn left.

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  • Then, straight ahead you will see this sign and follow the arrow turning right.

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  • Just a few steps on your right, look for the door with this sign and go inside.

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The people there are very helpful and speak English but remember to greet with a “Bonjour Monsieur/Madame” first…trust me! If “Bonjour Monsieur/Madame” is all you have the courage to say in French, do it! The effort will make a world of difference in your visit to Paris. They will likely respond in English, they can spot us Americans a mile away. LOL! Simply let them know you want to purchase a guided tour ticket. They will let you know availability.

 

I hope you have a wonderful visit to the Louvre!

 

Bises (kisses),

Kimberly

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Covered Passages of Paris: Passage des Panaromas, Passage Jouffroy and Passage Verdeau

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The covered passage of Paris are a wonderful yet not talked about attraction of Paris. These Belle Epoque era walkways were constructed to keep the businessman and the well to do of Paris protected from the smells and grime of the streets. The passages not only were short cuts between parallel streets but provided eating and shopping establishments. Today, they serve a similar function but are open to the public and are a great way to explore another side of Paris especially if the weather is not so great.

In my last article, I showed you the first two passages, Galeries Vivienne and Passage Choiseul,  from the self guided tour I did. For this article, I will round out the rest of the tour with three more covered passages.
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Covered Passages of Paris: Galerie Vivienne and Passage Choiseul

In my previous post, I shared a resource I used to tour the covered passages of Paris. I love the covered passages of Paris. They are like time machines back to the beautiful Belle Epoque era and are perfect for when the weather isn’t. Each passage has its own unique look and feel making them each fascinating to explore. This post will mostly be pictorial.

Let’s start with Galerie Vivienne, one of the most known and iconic of the passages.

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Entrance to Galerie Vivienne.

The first thing you will noticed is the beautiful tiled floor and the glass ceiling. Stunning.

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Galerie Vivienne passageway

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Exploring the covered passages of Paris

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Bonne Année! Happy New Year! Well 2016 was a doozy but here we are one week down in 2017 so let’s get right into it.

One thing of Paris that I think doesn’t get enough attention are covered passages of Paris. Now found only on the Right Bank, these Belle Epoque era walkways offer a glimpse of the past and provide some very unique shopping experiences.

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Glass ceiling

The covered passages, many with glass ceilings, were originally created as a way for Parisians to avoid bad weather (still true today) and the smell and grime of the streets (also somewhat true today). Just as in the past, the covered passages also provide a short cut between streets and some really fun window shopping. Only about 15 of the original 60 passages are left and each passage has its own character and are really fun to explore especially on rainy days.

When my friend and I set out to explore them, I printed out the super easy map from Smarter Paris. Smarter Paris does have an app but because the phone I was using was really old and didn’t have a SIM card (my new phone had had an unfortunate encounter with a bowl of water and was drying out), I printed out the map and followed it effortlessly. Passage des Princes was the only one we couldn’t find but I think that was due to the construction covering up some street names.

It takes about 3-4 hours depending on how often you stop to look and shop so definitely plan for half a day.

In the next several posts, I will be sharing photos of the covered passages we explored.

Bises (kisses),
Kimberly