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    The Wonderful Louvre in A Nutshell

    All about the Louvre museum in Paris Though the Eiffel Tower represents the very spirit of Paris, the Louvre Museum is all about the story of France and arguably, the world.  The Louvre began as a fortress (by Philip the II in the 12th century ), was converted to a palace (by Francis the I), and became a storage place for the crown’s treasures when Louis XIV moved the Royal household to Versailles after Paris got too built-up (by 15th century standards!) and, as European cities were in those days, disease-ridden.   Versailles became a symbol of all that had to change during the French Revolution in 1789.  It was…

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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 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. Includes stops at the vendors “preferred” rest areas and restaurants. Link Paris: See Mont St.…

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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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    The Amazing Louvre Museum – Musee du Louvre

    The Louvre Today Over seven million people visited the Louvre museum in 2005. Covering an area of some 40 hectares right in the heart of Paris, the Louvre offers almost 60,000 square meters of exhibition rooms dedicated to preserving items representing 11 millennia of civilization and culture, bridging the very old and the very new. Architect Pei’s pyramid, surrounded by fountains, marks the entrance to the newly added wing of the museum. At road level, the Jardin du Carrousel has been redesigned, and the terrace covering the former Avenue du Général-Lemonnier will form a continuous area linking up the Jardin des Tuileries, which has also been completely restored. It was…

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    Private Normandy D-Day Tours

    Custom and Private Normandy D-Day Tours from Paris Link Paris has been specializing in private Normandy d-day tours from Paris for over 18 years. Let us put together the ultimate private Normandy D-Day itinerary for you and your family or group. Whether it is a day trip from Paris or a complete multi-day adventure we’ve got you covered. Our standard D-Day tour and overnight Normandy trips are also available. Read our reviews on Trip Advisor. Call us at 1-424-386-5222 or email us to get started. Custom D-Day Tour Itinerary: Typical private Normandy D-Day tours includes stops at the following sites: Saint Mare Eglise Utah Beach Omaha Beach The artificial harbor at Arromanches The German…

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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 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 of…

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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…