Paris + Day Trips

  • Paris Ice Skating Rinks: Trocadero, Eiffel Tower and Hotel de Ville (Video)

    By Francis Beddok

    Trocadero skating rink 2011. Photo ©Paris-émoi

    Despite mild (and sometimes rainy) weather, Paris ice skating rinks are open. Paris photographer Francis Beddok shares his photo of the photogenic Trocadéro rink beneath the Eiffel Tower. To help you plan your Paris skating outing this winter, we include practical information plus video of skating at Hôtel de Ville from the Paris Mayor's office.

    Last Updated ( Sunday, 15 January 2012 )
  • Paris Right Bank Movie Location: Rue des Barres in le Marais

    By Mikki Ansin

    Rue des Barres in le Marais. Photo: ©Mikki Ansin 2012Rue des Barres in le Marais is one of Mikki Ansin's favorite quiet corners in Paris. The picturesque allée behind St. Gervais Church and popular Chez Julien restaurant was also a filming location for the remake of The Pink Panther, shot in 2005 and released in 2006. Here's Mikki's photograph of the street in contrast to a movie still featuring Steve Martin.

    Last Updated ( Sunday, 08 January 2012 )
  • Best of BonjourParis 2011: Readers' Top 20 Favorites

    By BP Editor

    BonjourParis writers and photographers are a talented group of France experts. In 2011 we published over 600 original stories by 91 contributors. We counted the most-visited pages of 1.5 million views! We thank contributors and subscribers as we present our Top 20 Readers' Favorites for 2011. Subscriber-only content, pincode in today's newsletter. Not yet subscribed? It's free and every issue has subscriber-only content—subscribe today for future issues!

    Last Updated ( Monday, 16 January 2012 )
  • Best of 2011 by Karen Fawcett

    By BP Editor

    Whether returning Francophile or first-time traveler, what's better than having a friend in Paris who shares your passion for the City of Light? Not just a friend, but a trusted resource? That's our publisher, and here are your Top 3 Readers' Favorites for 2011 by Karen Fawcett.

    Last Updated ( Sunday, 01 January 2012 )
  • Meli-Melo: January 15

    By BP Editor

    Subscribers, a direct link to access this story is in your January 15th newsletter. Not yet subscribed? It's free and subscribers get stories first—subscribe today at our home page to receive future issues! Today's story features a personal visit with an exquisite Paris chocolate shop, with photos and video. Problem? Please write to bparticles @ gmail.com.

    Last Updated ( Sunday, 15 January 2012 )
  • Why I Miss Paris

    By Karen Fawcett

    Luxembourg open space.We all do it . . . dream of Paris when we're not there, long for it, count days until our return. What is it about Paris of all cities that makes us love it so? Karen Fawcett has lived in Paris for over 20 years, yet even when enjoying visits with family and friends stateside, a part of her is missing her life in Paris and here's why. **This story is a 2011 "Best of" Readers' Favorite.

    Last Updated ( Sunday, 01 January 2012 )
  • Chartres Cathedral, Markets, Museums and a U.S. Connection

    By Loui Franke

    Chartres CathedralChartres is a popular day trip from Paris. The pristine town located just an hour away from Paris has many impressive sites, including its cathedral, one of the largest in France, museums, markets, shops and well-preserved architecture of varying types. Loui Franke shares some important history with a U.S. connection and more reasons to visit Chartres.

    Last Updated ( Sunday, 01 January 2012 )
  • Paris Park Chairs

    By Cathy Fiorello

    Tuileries. Photo: Anna RienSay "Paris park chairs" to a tourist and they'll nod; mention them to a Parisphile and you'll draw a sigh. Iconic and inviting, they're liberally scattered through 400 Paris parks. As Cathy Fiorello notes, no other chairs provide less physical comfort but more spiritual well-being than the metal chairs in Paris parks. This one's for the dreamers among us.

    Last Updated ( Wednesday, 16 November 2011 )
  • Fermes de Gally: Harvest Days at the Gally Farms by Paris

    By Lexy Delorme

    Ferme de Gally publicity photoThe French have always loved the country: Marie-Antoinette had her petit hameau at the Versailles palace and Parisians who can spend weekends at country châteaux. Lexy Delorme proposes a day at les Fermes de Gally, farms by Paris with markets, gifts, cooking and gardening classes for tots and adults, and kid-friendly animals to meet at a day on the farm.

    Last Updated ( Wednesday, 09 November 2011 )
  • Paris By Night: Bateau-Mouche Bridge Tour

    By Arnie Greenberg

    Bateau Mouche. Photo: CedemNo matter how well you know the streets of Paris, gliding under Paris bridges at night during a Seine boat tour presents dramatically illuminated bridges and monuments in an entirely different light. Arnie Greenberg narrates a bridge-by-bridge tour of Paris by night as seen from le bateau-mouche.

    Last Updated ( Sunday, 01 January 2012 )
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