Paris Travel Information

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Find helpful Paris travel information for the City of Lights and get ready for one of the most romantic vacations in the world.

Paris is full of history, fashion, culture, culinary delights and inspiration. One visit will only entice you to come again.

Here are my travel recommendations for a trip to Paris:

Where to go:

Paris, France

When to go:

Spring, Summer or Fall

Note: Depending on the weather you are looking for. Summer has great weather but lots of crowds.

How long to go:

Minimum a week

Where to stay:

Le Citizen Hotel = small boutique hotel

Hotel Ares Eiffel = amazing decor, convenient location

New Orient Hotel = charming and quaint with a great price

Hotel de Londres Eiffel = the real Paris location

Hotel de Varenne = historic hotel and decorated in a Louis XVI and Empire style

Paris travel information for the top things to do:

Musee du Louvre is a must see, just be sure to leave yourself plenty of time, there is so much to see here. You may need a few extra days.
Note: Purchase a Paris Museum Pass as soon as you arrive and you won’t need to wait in any long lines.

Notre Dame Cathedral – One of the world’s most famous cathedrals. It is free to go in and view the stain glass windows and architecture. Try to attend a high mass or music performance for one of a kind experience.

Eiffel Tower – of course, but take the stairs for at least part of the way to get the true sense of the structure.

Seine River – just enjoy a picnic and your company along the banks of the Seine River or take a boat tour on the Seine River.

Arc de Triomphe – make sure to take the underground tunnel to it, that is one crazy, busy road around it.

Musee d’Orsay for the French Impressionists and 19th century art

Luxembourg Gardens – park in the middle of town with lots of beautiful gardens, a large fountain and a great cafe.

Pere-Lachaise Cemetery – A famous cemetery of authors, writers and musicians. Yes, this is where Jim Morrison is buried.

Montmartre – a wonderful neighborhood to find a place to sit and watch the world go by. Exactly what one should do when in a romantic city like Paris with the one they love.

Parc Monceau – This park was the inspiration for Monet. Non-touristy park filled with Parisians on their lunch breaks or on morning jogs. Feel like a real Parisian here.

The Latin Quarter – Les Bouquinistes is a great place for shopping, you will find everything here. Be sure to allow hours to walk around and explore this area and see the Pantheon, Sorbonne University, Cluny Museum, Place St Michel and so much more.

Trocadero – the best view of the Eiffel Tower

Paris Horse and Carriage Rides from the Eiffel Tower to see the major tourist sites, what a great way to see the city.

 

Or just sit and enjoy watching the world go by at one of the many cafes in Paris!

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Key West Florida

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Come to Key West Florida for sunsets, beaches, nightlife, great food, shopping, biking, kayaking, boating, snorkeling, historical places and most of all exploring!

The Florida Keys has it all. There is truly something for everyone here.

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Florida Keys travel information and tips to plan your Key West vacation

Where to go:

Key West Florida

When to go:

Oct – May

Note: stay away during hurricane season and it may be cool in December/January but at least the crowds would not be there.

How long to stay:

3-5 days is perfect, it is a small island

 

Where to stay on your Key West vacation:

Recommendation: Southernmost on the Beach/La Mer/Southernmost Hotel/Dewey House

They are all owned by the same company and are all wonderful places to stay. La Mer and Dewey House are B&B’s right on the ocean. The beach is not the best there but they have 3 pools you can also use

Westin Resort on Sunset Key the Sunset Key Guest Cottages

Ocean Key Resort right by Mallory Square, enjoy every sunset without leaving your resort

The Reach for a sophisticated resort and beachfront location and to get away from the crowds

Casa Marina Resort is an upscale option with a swimming beach

Sheraton Suites an all-suite hotel across the street from Smather’s Beach. You would need transportation to stay in this area since it is pretty far from the main Duval St

Top things to do in Key West Florida:

Mallory Square for the Sunset Celebration or try a Tall Ship Sunset Cruise for one of your sunset nights

Duval Street for shopping and people watching

Higgs Beach or Smather’s Beach are perfect beaches to sit back and enjoy a warm Florida day (rental chairs & umbrellas available)

Bike around the island or rent an electric car from Tropical Rent-A-Car, a perfect way to explore the island and you can fit in any parking spot

See the Southernmost Point for the most photographed spot on the island

Take a snorkeling boat tour or you can snorkel off of Higgs Beach and at Fort Zachary Taylor State Park beach

Fort Zachary Taylor State Park – has a great beach with amazing emerald water and pine trees everywhere for shade (great for snorkeling, bring beach shoes for the rocky bottom)

You can also explore the fort that was built in the mid-1800s to defend the southeast coastline. There is a snack hut and beach chairs & umbrellas available for rental.

If you have time, book a trip to Dry Tortugas National Park

Key West Lighthouse – you can climb the 88 steps to the top to get a great view of Key West

Hemingway House – visit Ernest Hemingway’s home and his famous six-toed cats

Take a tour of Key West on the Old Town Trolley

I have heard you have to parasail in Key West so if that is on your list of things to do, try it here

 

Bars to hit in Key West Florida:

Irish Kevin’s for a comedic musical act

Hog’s Breath for a fun outdoor bar with live bands

Garden of Eden for a clothing optional bar experience

Schooner Wharf where you can find happy hour 3xs a day

Willie Ts for great mojitos and where you can leave a dollar on the wall to find on your next visit

Margaritaville for the Jimmy Buffet parrot heads

Sloppy Joes a famous hang for Hemmingway and always a good time to be had at this fun bar

The Smallest Bar in Key West is so small only about 5 people can fit in but it can be so fun to talk to everyone in the bar

The Bull & Whistle Bar – check out the Whistle Bar and enjoy people watching on Duval St from the wraparound porch.

 

Top restaurants:

Latitudes for a special occasion or to make it a very special dinner. Be sure to book dinner during the sunset for an even more amazing experience

Seven Fish for a very simple yet great dining experience, order the fresh fish of the day

Thai Cuisine for surprisingly good Thai food in Key West Florida

Sarabeth’s for a laid-back dining experience on the patio

 

Travel Tips to get to the Florida Keys:

There are many ways to get to Key West Florida, none exactly easy or direct.

Drive from Miami along U.S. Highway 1 for the most scenic but time consuming.

Take a charter flight from one of the other Florida cities.

Fly through Atlanta or another large hub nearby and you will fly on a larger plane.

There are boats from Ft Myers and Marco Island that will take you to Key West on the Key West Express but I do NOT recommend this option. They overbook the boat and unless you show up hours before you are to leave you will not get a seat inside. Which means you will be stuck on the top level with no protection from the wind or weather and it is not suitable for anyone to withstand for the 3-1/2 to 4 hour boat ride.  If they allow you to reserve your seat when you book then I would say it is a good option but if they don’t, skip this option.

Enjoy your Key West Vacation!