All About Paris

Our Paris Blog. Learn the basics about traveling to Paris. Tourist information about the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and much more.

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    Day Tour From Paris Booking FAQ’s

    Answers to common Link Paris booking FAQ’s If you have a question not addressed here please email or call us at 1-424-386-5222. I just booked online. Is the invoice I received my tour confirmation and voucher? No. Prior to your tour date, you will receive an email with full instructions on meeting your tour guide. Tour vouchers and rail tickets (if included with your tour) will be sent as PDF files via email. They will need to be printed out as it is your actual tour and train tickets. I want to do a tour tomorrow.  Can that be done? We need two days advance notice for most standard bookings,…

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    Why us Instead of the Bus?

    Link Paris’ Small Group D-DAY TOUR vs. The Big Bus Tours Link Paris: Rail from Paris to Caen takes 2 hours. Big Bus: The ride from Paris to Caen is 3 1/2 hours without traffic. Link Paris: Linkparis.com tours have a maximum of 8 people per group with an English speaking guide that details places and things that are relevant to the Normandy beaches and invasion.  Big Bus: Tour buses from Paris can have up to 50 passengers. Commentary often given in many different languages. Even if the commentary is in English it goes on and on and on….

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    Mont St. Michel Day Tours Comparison

    Why us Instead of the Bus to Mont Saint Michel? LinkParis.com was founded on the idea of offering semi-private tours to destinations outside of Paris. Our competitors offer tours from Paris to Mont St. Michel literally by the bus load. So here are the main differences between us and them. Link Paris: Eight people per group maximum. English speaking driver/guide. Competition: Large bus, many languages. Link Paris: Five hours total rail time. Our guide will meet you at the rail station. Train is non-stop from Paris to Rennes. Train has a great snack bar. Competition: Ten hours of driving roundtrip to and from Paris. Includes stops at the vendors “preferred” rest areas and restaurants.…

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    Traveling to Europe with Kids and Teens

    by Laura Glendinning In my childhood we did vacations but they generally  involved visiting relatives or showing relatives around when they visited us.   That meant three destinations.  Somewhere in Texas (we lived in Houston).  Somewhere in Michigan (where my grandparents lived), or Wisconsin (where my cousins lived.)  We saw the Alamo a lot, visited the Kellogg’s cereal factory in Battle Creek and ate cheese near the shores of Lake Michigan.  And there was one family trip to New Orleans for Mardi Gras thanks to the neighbor girl and I being fast friends.  Her family was from Baton Rouge.  Her big brother could spit ten feet!  He said “thow” instead of…

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    Printable Paris Metro Map

    The Paris Metro is the best way to get around Paris. Reliable, safe, and (mostly) clean. Print out our Paris Metro Map before leaving for Paris on vacation Download or view a printable PDF version of the above Paris Metro Map. Print Our Top Five Day Trips From Paris Below are our top five day trips from Paris via train.  D-Day Beaches Normandy Day Trip From Paris Loire Valley Castle Tour Mont Saint Michel Day Trip Burgundy Day Tour Bordeaux Winery Day Tour from Paris Is the Metro easy to use in Paris? Yes! The Paris Metro is safe and easy to use. Beware of pickpockets as you would in any major city.…

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    Essential Paris Travel Information

    Practical Paris Travel Information for American Tourists Paris AirportsThere are two main airports in Paris Charles DeGaulle (CDG) and Orly (ORY). Most likely if you are flying from North America you will be flying into Charles DeGaulle airport. Arrondissements. What are they?The postal codes in Paris are broken down by districts known as arrondissements. The last two digits of a buildings postal code refers to the district of Paris it is in. For instance: your hotel is located in postal code 75010. That means you are in the 10th arrondissement. Arrondissements in Paris form a swirling pattern starting at the Ile de la Cite, the small island in the middle…

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    Paris Shopping

    A Paris shopping excursion is a fundamental part of a Parisian vacation Paris, like most European cities, is built around a river.  The Seine, to be precise. Fashion style is organized around the river, believe it or not. In Paris, the Left Bank (Gauche) is the funky, perpetually gentrifying part of the city.   The Eiffel Tower is on the Left. Notice how gauche has come to mean tacky and maybe loud? It just means left in French. The Right Bank (droit) is posh.  It’s where the Louvre, the Presidential Palace and Champs Elysees are located.  The shopping in Paris reflects that cultural divide. Fast fashion will be on the…

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    Visiting Paris in February

    Starring Dante the Dog, JuJu, and a Real Live Mummy One of the consequences of living in Los Angeles is that you develop a true fear of temperatures below 60 degrees. Not kidding. We are really bad at sub 70 degree temperatures. Try tearing your drawers apart finding matching socks when you spend your life in flip flops. Never mind remembering gloves, scarves and turtlenecks. It was worth it though because visiting Paris in the winter is a look at the real Paris. There are far fewer tourists. It’s a northern European city, after all, a city with an underground transport system, out of the weather, well-heated museums, and hundreds…

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    Our Awesome Top 10 Paris Tips

    Ten Paris tips to get your Paris vacation started. Fodor’s recently released their “10 Things You Need to Know Before You Go to Paris” list. It is a good article. Here is our own top ten Paris tips list. 1. Dining in Paris – Paris Tips Hot Pick: You do not need to tip when dining in a Parisian restaurant. Enjoy the freedom of not tipping! It is wonderful once you get used to it. I’ve been to Paris over 30 times. It took me at least fifteen trips before I felt fully comfortable not leaving a tip after a meal. There is no reason to wait! When I finally…

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    The Bastille and The National Opera of Paris

    The Bastille holds a special place of importance in French history. By crossing the Seine and following the Boulevard de la Bastille, you will find the site of the Bastille Saint-Antoine, which was a major part of the defenses ordered by Charles V in the dark ages. Original construction began back as far as the year 1370! Louis XIV had the ramparts demolished but kept the structure as a “luxury” prison for people of “quality”. Seen by the commoners as a symbol of the arbitrariness of the old monarchy, the prison was stormed by local Parisians on 14th July 1789, and later razed. A column surmounted by the “Spirit of…