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


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



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


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

Easy navigation tip to know Right Bank from Left Bank in Paris


You have probably heard people reference the Right Bank and Left Bank sides of Paris when talking about locations of certain arrondissements (districts), areas like the Marais or St. Germain des Pres, shops and cafes but how can you tell which side is the Right Bank and which side is the Left Bank?

Paris is divided by the Seine River with the Right Bank, also known as Rive Droite, being the north side and the Left Bank, Rive Gauche, being the south side.

But no worries if directions aren’t your thing or you get turned around while touring the city, a major tourist site can help you navigate. Continue reading

Finding FREE (and mostly clean) restrooms in Paris


Finding a restroom in Paris when you need to go can be tricky. Unlike in the United States, you can’t just walk into any place in Paris and use the restrooms. Restrooms are reserved for patrons and are sometimes hidden in the back of the establishment or down in a basement.

Luckily, there are a few places where you can use the restrooms for free.
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