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The ghosts of Paris at Pere Lachaise

As the Woody Allen film Midnight in Paris depicted, the City of Lights has a long history of attracting fascinating characters. All those people eventually have to end up somewhere, often at Pere Lachaise and Montparnasse Cemetery. Paris has…
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A better Paris Metro map: PDF for download!

We found an easier way to get around Paris. Download this Paris Metro map pdf and you'll always know where you are in the City of Light. This official city map is difficult to find (we're not sure why), so we've made it available for you below. Paris' public…
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Exploring off the beaten path sights in Paris

Attracting millions of tourists a year, Paris is one of the most popular destinations in the world. But there are still plenty of off the beaten path sights in Paris where a visitor can roam freely. Explore the hidden gardens of the Eiffel…
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5 less crowded sights in Paris: Michael's list

On a first trip to Paris most visitors go through the checklist of "must-see" attractions: The Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and Notre Dame are usually the most popular. But there are many less crowded sights in Paris. Imagine strolling…
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5 less crowded sights in Paris: Larissa's List

Last week Michael wrote about some of his less crowded sights in Paris. We both love the nooks and crannies of the City of Light, and fortunately there are plenty of them. My suggestions are a little less grim than his—I prefer…
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How to travel: 14 Travel Myths Debunked (Part 2)

This week we tackle travel myths and misconceptions related to destinations. In our many years of travel to 70 countries, we've learned to take what we read in guidebooks with a grain of salt and form our own opinions. Some places were…
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Photos of the street musicians of Paris

I’ve always had a soft spot for street musicians of Paris. It seems like after room and board our highest travel cost is the coins I toss into their instrument cases as I pass by. Maybe it’s because many years ago my fantasy was to move…
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Tasty pictures of decadent Paris pastry

If there is a heaven, surely the bakeries are French. There are so many patisseries in Paris that it's difficult to walk a block without the smell of butter wafting out of an open doorway. The locals are rather picky about their Paris pastry,…
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10 food tourist traps to avoid

We've all fallen for them; food places the guidebooks say you absolutely must try when visiting a certain city.  So we join all the other tourists who've read the same guides and wait on long lines for what turns out to be overrated, mediocre,…