Spotlight: Paris
City of Lights, foodie adventures and romance

Paris is gorgeous and always a pleasure to visit. No other city captivates the imagination with its unbridled architectural beauty quite like this one! The amount of delicious restaurants (Michelin starred or hidden gems alike) is unparalleled, and there is cheap, delicious wine aplenty. Grab a bottle or two at any grocery store or wine shop, a €1 corkscrew and plastic assemble-yourself wine glasses, and pass the twilight with old friends or make new ones on the lawn of the Rue d’Ecole or on the banks of the Seine. Get around seamlessly on the Metropolitan underground network and visit scenic Montmartre in the north, the historic Père Lachaise cemetery in the east, or stay central and walk around St. Germain on the Left Bank. Venture on the Right Bank by visiting the major sights along Rue de Rivoli (Champs Elysées, Jardin des Tuileries) and the couture houses along Rue de Faubourg St. Honoré on the Right Bank.

 

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A moody Louvre at dusk

A moody Louvre at dusk

Must See Sight: Louvre Museum, but only during “nocturnes” on Wednesday and Friday evenings when the museum stays open until 945pm. Nothing is more beautiful than the Louvre at dusk. Also there are also virtually no queues and crowds

Predominant Language: French

Jardin des Plantes

Jardin des Plantes

In the Tuileries Gardens

In the Tuileries Gardens

Most memorable experience: Spending a day roaming around the best patisseries in St. Germain and devouring the many treats and pastries along the way

Best places for a single girl or groups of girls to go out: 

La Boumette : A fave on Saturday summer nights. Dinner is served until 5 am, followed by drinks and dancing under the Eiffel Tower. It's an outdoor place experience!

For more fluent French readers, a female insider's guide to fave haunts: My Little Paris

Here are their suggestions on the types of guys you'll find  in venues by arrondissements! Iintelligent guys in the 5th, trendy guys in the 11th, entrepreneurial types in the 2nd...

Rosa Bonheur in the "Buttes Chaumont", a place to for afternoon to midnight. Sundays are primarily for gay patrons

Cafe Oz, to dance all night long. There are 5 bars but the one in Montmartre is best 

114, the original dance club! 

 
Bountiful wine selections 

Bountiful wine selections 

Safety & Medical Tips 

Walking alone and at night:
Safety Scale - 1: Generally safe, however remain cautious to your surroundings 

Medical Advice:

Oscar Wilde's grave at Père Lachaise Cemetery

Oscar Wilde's grave at Père Lachaise Cemetery

  • Popular over-the-counter drugs for cold/flu symptoms:  For pain or fever relief take Doliprane, which contains acetominephen (paracetomol), Humex or Actifed. If none of those titles are available ask for medicines for “un rhume” (cold) or mal de tte (headache)
  • Over-the-counter drugs available for curing women’s  infections: Ask for Ovule Gynoperavyl, available in 1 or 3 ovule boxes, to be used nightly
  • Process to acquire birth control pills: As a tourist a gynecologist visit is not necessary to buy birth control or morning-after pills. They are readily available at the pharmacy.

 
Jessica, Shindy & Alice

Jessica, Shindy & Alice

With Contributions by Jessica & Alice Herbin and Shindy Chen 

Jessica & Alice were born and raised in the Normandie region of France. Shindy summered with the girls in 1994. The sisters now live in Paris, where Shindy also lived in 2009.