Posts Tagged ‘practical’

Visiting Paris – a tip to avoid the lines

January 19th, 2017

Today at the Centre Pompidou.  This is why you should buy museum tickets online in advance!  The line was even more impressive in person…  And with advance purchased tickets I walked to the head of the security line to enter the museum.  Conservative estimate of time save – 20 to 30 minutes!  And this was a weekday afternoon, not during a holiday period!


Christmas (tree) aftermath

March 8th, 2016

Christmas 2015 is long since over but thinking of Christmas in Paris this year?   If you celebrate with a live tree what to do with your dead Christmas tree in Paris?  Certainly don’t leave it on the sidewalk in front of your building (it creates a real headache for the garbage collectors plus there’s a 65 euro fine).  But happily the city sets up collection points around Paris for tree disposal.  It’s been fun to watch the parade of trees to the one near me –


Definitely to be avoided!

August 17th, 2014

The Champs-Elysées on a Saturday afternoon in August (well, probably any afternoon/evening in August) when the line to get in to Ladurée was about 50 deep! Two hours later is was maybe down to 25 – and I can’t even begin to imagine the wait time!  Part of the problem is that it seems like every tourist in Paris flocks to the Champs-Elysées (it’s a challenge just to walk down the sidewalk); the other is that even major stores like Ladurée close all but their


Trouble finding a bakery that’s open in Paris this month?

August 7th, 2014

Well, the city of Paris has you covered!  Click here for a link to a list that you can download.  But maybe what’s most interesting is why this list exists at all.   Since 1957 each town has had the right to determine when bakeries close for vacation (pharmacies are the other business whose closings are regulated).  Since 1995 Paris has divided bakeries into two groups, those who close for vacation in July and those who take August off.  In case it wasn’t already clear, the


You really don’t want to be on the road in France this weekend!

August 1st, 2014

The great cross-over between the French who favor July vacations vs those who prefer August descends on France this weekend.  With those July vacationers returning home at the same time as other leave for August, the traffic prediction is bleak – literally black (way worse than red!).  So, if you’re driving in France, this weekend is a great time to stay put – wherever you are.  You can find something better to do than be stuck in traffic for hours, can’t you? This graphic tells


May 1 = National Holiday: Plan around it!

May 1st, 2013

In France, May 1st is Labor Day (la fête du travail), celebrated by giving lily of the valley and, of course, not working – which means that most everything is closed in France today!  Many bakeries will however be open (bread is essential after all to the French), along with movie theaters and a few museums.  And of course parks (if only the sun would come out).  In addition, there are usually several parades organized by the unions, at least in the major cities (which