Top 15 Must-See and Must-Do Things in Paris!!!

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Ah, Paris, Paris, Paris!!! La vie en rose … Chabada bada … Such a beautiful city but so much to see! So where to start? Here are my top 15!

1) The Eiffel Tower or as my son used to call it The “Awful” Tower is a must-see!

2) Le Sacré-Coeur and Montmartre with its lovely intricate back streets and its painters. Not really authentic but fun and beautiful nonetheless!

3) For the Romantics: Le Pont des Arts

Le pont des arts

Le pont des arts

4) L’Arc de Triomphe and its crazy mad roundabout: 12 main avenues radiate from this star after which the arc is named.

5) Le Centre Georges Pompidou, both a modern and contemporary art gallery and a cultural hub, its amazing structure attracts over 6 million visitors every year!!

Centre George Pompidou

Centre George Pompidou

6) Notre-Dame de Paris: one of the most popular attractions in Paris but so worth it!!

7) The Moulin Rouge or the Lido or the more intimate Crazy Horse!

The Crazy Horse

The Crazy Horse

8) Ride a Bateau-Mouche on the Seine to see many of Paris’s beautiful bridges. You can even book a Bateau-Mouche including a meal, champagne and music!

9) The Musée d’Orsay located in a magnificent former old Beaux Arts railway station displaying the world’s largest collection of impressionist paintings.

10) Enjoy Paris parks such as Le Jardin du Luxembourg near Saint-Germain-des-Prés and second largest park in Paris, where you can bask in a lounge chair while Parisian children play with their sailboats in the fountains: how quaint!!

Jardin du Luxembourg

Jardin du Luxembourg

11) A stroll in Le Marais with its fabulous Hôtels Particuliers, quaint museums, great restaurants, cafés and Boutiques, located in the historic 3rd and 4th arrondissements.

Le Marais

Le Marais

12) Shop on the Grands Boulevards and check the famous Galeries Lafayettes with its beautiful front windows decorations and AMAZING Christmas tree not to be missed!

Galerie Lafayettes

Galerie Lafayettes

Galeries Lafayettes' Amazing Christmas Tree!

Galeries Lafayettes’ Amazing Christmas Tree!

13) Visit the hidden gem of the Jardin des Tuileries and my old time favorite, le musée de l’Orangerie, where you can discover two amazing collections: Claude Monet’s Water Lilies (The Nympheas) and the Walter-Guillaume collection (post-impressionist).

14) The Palais-Garnier Opera

15) Les Catacombes: The spooky underground ossaries which are believed to hold the remains of over six million people!

Les Catacombes

Les Catacombes

I hope that you enjoy your French trip and please please please, leave us some comments if you have visited any of those places!!

WIN my latest ASSIMIL French workbook! [Competition inside]

I am very proud and excited to announce the publishing of my latest book!
Je suis fière de vous annoncer la publication de mon dernier ouvrage !

French Workbook 2015

Chapters

 
French for false beginners

This easy-to-use workbook has been designed specifically for false beginners in French. It includes 200 fun-filled exercises (with answers) which follow a logical progression. You will be able to self-assess your level at the end of each chapter. Every aspect of the language has been covered, including grammar, spelling, vocabulary, syntax, pronunciation and accentuation.

– 200 fun-filled exercises (with answers) to learn French
– Tasks include: matching, fill the blanks, find the odd one, unscrambling exercises, crosswords, riddles and more.
– Grammar, conjugation, spelling, pronunciation and accentuation
– Test yourself with our self-assessment tasks

Cahier d’exercices de français pour anglophones   Niveau : faux débutants
Ce cahier d’exercices très pratique et ludique a été conçu spécialement pour les faux-débutants en français.
Plus de 200 exercices à la progression étudiée et sous forme de jeux sont proposés, accompagnés de leurs corrigés.
À la fin de chaque chapitre, vous pourrez également auto-évaluer votre niveau de langue.
Aucune dimension de la langue n’a été oubliée : la grammaire, l’orthographe, la syntaxe, la prononciation et même l’accentuation des mots !
  • Plus de 200 exercices de français
  • Jeux, QCM, exercices à trous, etc.
  • Conjugaison, syntaxe, grammaire
  • Tests d’auto-évaluation

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Poisson d’avril !

Poisson d'avril

Every year, on the 1st of April, it is a common joke in France amongst children to try and stick a paper fish on their friends’ back without them noticing. When discovered, the person pulling the prank shouts: “Poisson d’avril!”

Grown-ups’ “poissons d’avril” consist in making up fake news or practical jokes. Even the media have a go!

This tradition dates back to 1564 when Charles IX changed the calendar year from the 1st of April to the 1st of January. At first, many people did not accept the change and carried on celebrating the new year on the 1st of April. Those who had embraced the new calendar started to mock the reluctant ones by playing tricks on them.

So, why a fish?

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#JeSuisCharlie

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Hommage et pensées pour toute l’équipe de Charlie Hebdo ainsi que les familles des victimes.

Sans oublier de préciser que nul ne doit faire l’amalgame entre ces terroristes lâches et les nombreux vrais et bons musulmans de France et d’ailleurs. Le terrorisme islamiste ne puise pas ses valeurs dans l’islam qui lui, prône des valeurs de paix et de tolérance. Le prophète Muhammad dont le nom a été bafoué par ces terroristes prêchait la paix, l’amour, la compassion, la tolérance tout comme le Coran. Ne laissons pas ces individus semer la discorde…

Tous unis…

Et que nous apprécions ou pas les caricatures et le ton de Charlie Hebdo, ce que #JeSuisCharlie défend, c’est la liberté de pense. De s’exprimer, De dessiner. La liberté tout simplement.

 

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# JeSuisCharlie

Observing Michelle

Je suis super fan de…
I am a super fan of…

Michelle ou @michmski, une jeune américaine expatriée à Paris fan de saut à la corde extrême :
Michelle a.k.a. @michmski, a young American chick who moved to Paris and who loves extreme jump roping:

 

et qui tient un blog http://observingparticipant.wordpress.com/about/ mais surtout, qui publie des vidéos hilarantes et pleines d’esprit, dont voici un exemple :
and who has a blog http://observingparticipant.wordpress.com/about/, but better still, who posts hilarious and witty videos. Here is an excellent example:

La langue française en un simple mot. Apprenez-le et vous pourrez vous sortir de toutes les situations.
 “The French language can be boiled down to one simple word. Learn to say it, and you hold the keys to French”.

Vous pouvez aussi la suivre sur Twitter.
You can also follow her on Twitter.