Don’t be scammed! How to know which Parisian churches are free

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When strolling the streets of Paris, it is hard not to miss the stunning old churches that dot the city. They are magnificent works of art in their own right and often have gorgeous frescoes painted by famous artists.

Unfortunately, Paris is known for the abundance of scam artists so it is important to know which churches have free entry like at Notre Dame and which churches have paid entry like at Sainte Chapelle. Once when I was visiting the Abbey of Saint Germain des Pres, a free entry church, a very official looking man tried to get me to pay to enter.

So that you aren’t scammed, here is how you tell the difference…if the church is “active” meaning the church still holds services and provides ministry to the people, it is a free church. Notre Dame is still an active church holding Mass and other services so entry to the church itself is free. There is a fee to visit the bell tower. Sainte Chapelle, however, is no longer an active church which is why there is a fee to enter.

You will find that most of churches in Paris are free entry and are a great budget friendly way to view the history, art and charm of the city.

Bises (kisses),
Kimberly

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La rentree! The return back.

Bonjour mes amis!

Return back from hiatus

Return back from hiatus

It is almost time for the French tradition of “la rentree.” That time in the beginning of September when everyone returns back from the fun and sun of summer and gets back into the routine of fall.

Back in May, I announced that The Paris Itinerary was going on hiatus until September. My sweet dog had been diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer and I needed (and wanted) to spend time caring for him.

Sadly, he did pass away this summer. He was such a great boxer and we miss him terribly.

Goodbye

I truly appreciate all the sweet words of support and condolences I received this summer.

The Paris Itinerary will be officially back in action this September kicking off “la rentree” with a series about visiting historic and magnificent churches of Paris. The ones that aren’t Notre Dame. 🙂

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I look forward to seeing you then!

 

Bises (kisses),
Kimberly

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