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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Arrival day in Paris: Check-in then check out…your Parisian neighborhood


Eiffel Tower

The more I travel, the more I like to have a “settle in” day. Time to check into my lodging, unpack my things and take it easy before really getting out there to site-see. I also have the worst time with jet lag so taking it easy on arrival day really helps me enjoy the rest of my trip. But, like everyone else, I don’t want to miss a day in Paris so to help beat jet lag and see the beautiful city, on my first day in Paris I like to explore the neighborhood I’m staying in.

I’ve written before about how to maximize your first day in Paris if your itinerary doesn’t allow for settling in but it you do have time, I suggest you take advantage of the fact that Paris is such a walking city and stroll around your neighborhood. Continue reading

Exploring The Louvre Museum

The Paris Itinerary 2014 Louvre Museum

Louvre Museum and IM Pei Pyramid

The Louvre Museum can be an overwhelming place to visit and no wonder, it spans over 652,000 square feet with 35,000 pieces of art on exhibit. So, how do you see it all? Well, honestly, you can’t. There is simply too much to see but you can manage to see some of the more famous works of art like Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo.

The Louvre is a series of buildings connected together to form a U-shape and is broken down by 3 wings, 5 levels and eight departments. Continue reading

Exploring the Eiffel Tower: Breaking down the 4 levels


Eiffel Tower seen from the Seine River

It is AMAZING how one monument can have so much to see! My advice is to not rush through your visit but take time to enjoy it all.

However, if you are like most people visiting Paris, you probably have so much to see but so little time. Here is a quick overview of each level so you can choose what fits your itinerary. Continue reading