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November 17

Considering going to France for a year with kids -- crazy?

I just learned that I can take a sabbatical (yay!), which would allow me to spend a year in France with my two kids and partner. Trying to think through whether this is a good idea. [more inside]
posted by caoimhe around Lille, France at 6:18 AM - 14 answers

October 2

Small sights in Paris?

We'll be in Paris at the end of this month, and I'm looking for some personal recommendations. We've done the major museums already, and we have the restaurant angle pretty well covered. I'm looking for some small places that are good for casual browsing and window shopping. Things we like off the top of my head: Antiques and most things vintage, estate jewelry, art/design, books, stationary, decorative arts, ceramics, gardens, and related things. Have you any thoughts?
posted by Think_Long around Paris, France at 12:58 PM - 21 answers has best

September 13

Restaurant recommendation site for France?

What do the locals in France use to find good restaurants? Essentially, the equivalent of stuff like yelp, Zagat and so on. I'll be traveling there next week, and would appreciate something that could point me to good places to eat near wherever I happen to be. [more inside]
posted by destrius around France at 9:37 AM - 10 answers has best

September 12

"Experience" gift for someone visiting Paris?

My parents will be visiting Paris soon celebrating a milestone occasion, and I'm looking for suggestions of something I can arrange online for them. Share your Parisian wisdom and anecdotes with me! [more inside]
posted by littlerockgetaway around Paris, France at 7:04 PM - 12 answers has best

September 7

As a US driver, what should I watch out for driving in France?

I will be driving a rental car in Provence and the Côte d'Azur with my family while on vacation. As a US driver, what should I know in particular about driving in France? [more inside]
posted by andrewesque around France at 12:22 PM - 32 answers

July 21

Where to spend a few hours with kids between Paris/CDG & Beaune?

I'm driving from CDG to slightly before Beaune and have some time to kill. Any suggestions for places that can accommodate jet-laggy 9-12 year olds and their grown ups? We gravitate toward open spaces, mild activity (lazy swimming, kayaking, etc.), local shops/groceries, small towns, cafés, maybe a nap spot, and the unusual. [more inside]
posted by cocoagirl around France at 5:06 AM - 5 answers has best

July 17

One low key day in Paris

We will be transiting through Paris on Saturday, July 29th, and I'm looking for a roster of ideas for things to do that day. The most important guideline is that they be low-key. [more inside]
posted by Liesl around Paris, France at 9:41 AM - 11 answers has best

July 6

Paris to Mont Saint-Michel via TGV?

What's the best/simplest way to arrange train travel from Paris to Mont Saint-Michel as Americans visiting in the fall? [more inside]
posted by Morrigan around France at 6:54 AM - 7 answers

June 29

Bike commuting in Paris... tips and advice s'il vous plait!

Help me figure out whether biking to work will work for me. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by Tamanna around Paris, France at 7:05 AM - 8 answers has best

June 9

What's up with Cirque Phénix, Paris?

Is there anything happening at Cirque Phénix, Paris, in late September? [more inside]
posted by Joleta around Paris, France at 7:31 PM - 2 answers has best

April 16

France, one weekend at a time

I'm a Canadian spending three months in France, nominally working a 9-to-5 job but with some flexibility and with my weekends (and long weekends) entirely free to explore this part of the world that I'm not very familiar with. Where should I go, what should I do, and how do I convince myself to get out there when all I want to do is hang out in my apartment eating cereal? [more inside]
posted by btfreek around France at 6:39 AM - 15 answers has best

March 7

Etiquette for Americans visiting Paris

Heading to Paris for a vacation in a week. Would appreciate any tips you have for a pair of Americans in their late 30s (traveling without kids) on proper etiquette in France—the kinds of things that might not be obvious to travelers from the U.S. Regrettably we do not speak French, but any advice is welcome. Thanks!
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell around Paris, France at 10:36 AM - 31 answers

March 3

Paris experimental / synth music tourism?

I'll be in Paris for a few weeks this spring, and wonder if there's any must-visit stuff related to historical or current experimental music? A prosaic example would be a vintage synth museum, but really anything even loosely related would be of interest. I know Club d'Essai is long gone, but anything along those lines? The north of France is fair game, pretty much.
posted by sandettie light vessel automatic around Paris, France at 10:22 AM - 2 answers

February 20

Skippable in Paris

Paris is, of course, an amazing city, but even such a magnificent destination is home to some overrated attractions. We're already planning to take a pass on the Mona Lisa, but what else do you suggest we skip on our week-long trip in mid-March? Late 30s couple, no kids. Thanks!
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell around Paris, France at 1:18 PM - 38 answers

January 25

A guide to the guides to Paris

Heading to Paris in mid-March and super excited! Of course, there's so much information out there, so please tell me: What are your favorite guides to Paris? Websites, articles, lists, books, apps; restaurants, bars, museums, shopping, etiquette—any medium, any topic. [more inside]
posted by DavidNYC around Paris, France at 11:11 AM - 17 answers

November 14, 2016

Eating in Paris at Christmas

I'm spending the week from Christmas Eve to New Years Eve in Paris. I'm curious what to expect as far as things (restaurants, shops, etc.) being closed. Our general plan is to wander around and look at stuff and be in Paris. I don't mind losing a day to formal sightseeing on Christmas Day itself; in fact I'm kind of looking forward to the quiet. I'm a little worried about food, though, especially because we arrive (via train from Munich) at noon on Christmas Eve. [more inside]
posted by something something around Paris, France at 10:57 AM - 6 answers has best

November 4, 2016

The Vegan Parisian

Your best recommendations for vegan food in Paris, please. Not looking so much for Michelin-rated/high-end suggestions (although those are fine, too). [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb around Paris, France at 7:39 PM - 10 answers has best

October 5, 2016

Paris, Avec Des Petits

I am excited to be spending a couple of days sight-seeing in Paris in late October. I've never been before, I may never go again. How can I make the most of my visit - which will be accompanied by a four year old and an infant. I expect the bébé will spend most of her time eating or sleeping, but what memorable, Parisian activities can we take part in? [more inside]
posted by maryr around Paris, France at 3:27 PM - 19 answers has best

Is it possible to insure an iMac in checked baggage?

Asking for a friend: My photographer/videographer buddy's going to Paris for a month, and would like to take along his 27" iMac to edit his work while he's there. Being as this whole business is too large for a carry-on, is there a way for him to insure his computer in checked baggage? [more inside]
posted by lauranesson around Paris, France at 11:32 AM - 14 answers

August 23, 2016

Paris and Beyond?

Husby and I are running the Paris-Versailles on September 25. Where should we go after? Constraints inside. [more inside]
posted by Brittanie around France at 4:39 AM - 12 answers