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.