The recent fire at Notre Dame has saddened people worldwide, but all the more reason to visit Paris this summer -- and show support for the Parisians already undertaking reconstruction. Here are a few activities to add to your Parisian summer to-do list. The Chateau Vaux le Vicomte, known for being the chateau that inspired Louis XIV’s Versailles, has created a new escape adventure game called The Styx: River of the Underworld. Guided along the underground Styx River complete with headlamps and thigh-high wading boots, your group will be put to a “series of tests of ability and logic” while escaping through twisting tunnels. Looking to combine your passion for organic farming with an adventure of a lifetime? Working Weekends on Organic Farms (or WWOOF) is a great way to enjoy an authentic French experience without breaking the bank. In exchange for room and board on an organic French farm, all you have to do is help out with some chores. Seems like a pretty good deal to me! Are you an environmentally conscious consumer looking for an affordable shopping experience that matches your ecological lifestyle? A new Parisian shop called Welcome Bazar Bio is full of ethical and conscious household products, from cleaning supplies to kids toys, at a reasonable price. Just in case you were looking for an excuse to go shopping in Paris. Considering booking your trip but worried about falling into tourist traps? Popular Parisian travel blog Secrets of Paris has partnered with tech start-up INSIDR to create the perfect product to avoid all of your traveling nightmares. The service involves providing travelers with a rented smartphone (complete with local SIM-card, unlimited calls, and 4G data) that comes equipped with a personalized itinerary of authentic Parisian recommendations. The phone provides 24/7 access to a concierge team ready to answer any of your questions about the most authentically Parisian restaurants, activities, shops, and events.Read more
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In this current age of hectic airline travel, where cabins are packed and passengers can be chaotic, it can be difficult to imagine a calm, and dare I say enjoyable, mode of travel. Luckily for those looking for an escape from stressful airline travel, newly refurbished sleeper trains have recently begun rolling into stations everywhere. While sleeper trains were originally exclusive to the super rich in Europe in the late 19th century, the influx of low-budget airlines in the mid-90s virtually killed off the entire industry -- until now. Luxury sleeper trains started popping up around the world in 2017, often including in their pricey packages multi-day guided excursions, as well as private bedrooms with ensuite showers, moonroof observation lounges, high-quality cuisine, and even spa cars. On the more affordable end, several train services in Europe have launched overnight routes complete with double beds -- a hotel-like feel but significantly more nostalgic. Whatever your price range, your experience is sure to beat a crowded terminal and a cramped cabin.Read more
And, while we’re talking about “safety” please know that while TV images may make it seem as if France is in the midst of another revolution, the situation is much more under control than the media would lead you to believe. Most protests have been peaceful and Parisiennes have been going about their business as normal – albeit whilst avoiding the protest sites.Read more
At a time when air safety is on everyone’s minds, we’re happy to share the world’s safest low-cost carriers as rated by Airlinesrating.com. in alphabetical order, they are: Flybe, Frontier, HK Express. Jetblue, Jetstar Australia/Asia, Thomas Cook, Volaris, Vueling, Westjet and Wizz Air.Read more
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