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Lanzarote Shopping - 02 Jan 2017 10:04

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8893-290x260.jpgEarlier this year, We spent Five weeks getting around the Canarian archipelago. A really wonderful experience, a lot of opportunity to be enjoyed, lots of breathtaking shores to discover, stumbling out of bed in different dreamy resort daily. So amazing, nevertheless this takes a large amount of scheduling and planning! It is not all arranged for you. You make your own journey and then plan your personal route! Luckily the Canaries isn’t that vast that folks can be lost there instantly. My favourite of all was Lanzarote island. It’s a charming tiny island with extraordinary people. It has their very own means of living as the rest of the islands have. You'll be able to leave behind your life if you are on the island. The island of lanzarote is really so special distant and lonesome to live on. You can get an exceptional family holiday there with all the water amusement and trips within the island. I hoped to share with you some things which i collected in the process to aid with the preparation and generally being traveller. Many are pretty simple, but when you feel like a thousand miles away from home, you can’t find any wi-fi and you have scarcely some cash on you, little tips can feel lifesavers! On Lanzarote island the one thing you need is sun screen to deal with the sizzling sunshine. The weather is usually sunny so when it rains the life halts there. Residents stay at home seal the doorway and panes and looking forward to the storm to pass.
Lanzarote island is known as a windy destination. You will earliest notice it once your aircraft gets ready for landing. The north of the island is more breezy than the south. I you are unable to bear the sand inside your heels and view try to get nearer to the south. Puerto del carmen is a sizzling and sun-drenched place anytime of the year to enjoy with bars and restaurants to go out.
Playa blanca is also a special area for most of the people with its amazing panorama and relaxed atmosphere. It’s the favourite area of the familys and folks looking for a more downtempoed holiday vacation. The island primarily and greatest jazz pub the Blue Note is also found here which tells quite a lot about the people who come here too.
Costa Teguise is the most windy of all of them and windsurfers like that quite a lot. In case you are not into jazz or big gatherings then this is your resort for being on a getaway. You will find resort hotels, flats, pubs and eateries of any kind to pass your time and energy after having a hard day at the outdoor pool.
If you happen to be more into bars than hiking under the scorching sun then you may need some cash too. Resorts are usually low cost so are the foodstuff and the refreshments inside the bars. Most accommodations are offer meals which makes life much simpler in case you aren’t down into making your own meals or looking for eating places every single day to get a regular dish. Consider that many places won’t allow credit card under a certain amount so keeping money in The island of lanzarote is truly a life saver.
The article Lanzarote Shopping was originally posted on LanzaroteFlare.

Shopping in Lanzarote
Lanzarote shopping guide may not be free of any bias and could heavily reflect personal experiences.
Food
For some reason or other Lanzarote's shops need to comply with rules are not favourable with the average consumers. This results with well-known brands being left out of the market resulting higher prices and low competition.
Luckily the duopoly of HiperDino and Spar has been broken by Lidl some years ago providing the islanders with some real quality stock on reasonable prices.
The competition just has stronger when Mercadona a long awaited Spanish food shop chain entered the market.
It is not a known brand anywhere in Europe, I guess but it is well praised here in Spain. The inhabitants of Lanzarote took the ferry once a month to Fuertaventura only to shop there. It has quality brand label stock and average prices aimed at the local consumers.
If you have a car it is the place to shop for food on the island, although the lack of well-known brands makes it a bit confusing the first experience there.
Lidl has slid to the second spot since Mercadona arrived. Actually it was empty for weeks after the big opening but it picked up the pace now and opened a shop in Puerto Del Carmen, too. This seems bigger and more organised with the advertised products actually in the shop not just somewhere "in transit".
Both Lidl better visiting by car, however it is reachable by public transport in Arrecife right next to the smallest IKEA in the world or even on foot in Puerto Del Carmen.
Unfortunately, if cars are not at your disposal you stuck with Spar and HiperDino.
Spar was the place for quality shopping before the new shops arrived. It keeps providing quality fresh stock like fruit, vegetables, fish, meat and well-known European brands in its selection. Around the tourists resorts there are smaller shops, which work with a higher profit margin than you can find outside of the towns so called Eurospars accessible mainly by cars.
HiperDino or the more expensive SuperDino around tourist areas have a reputation of having the lowest prices in the Canary Island. Well, this certainly comes at a cost for somebody. I would recommend you to pay attention to the prices of the items because it could be easily misleading. If you cannot see the price of an item, it could be because it is cheaper than the promoted item next to it. Double-check every fresh stock and meat before you buy it. It has the greatest selection of European and Spanish stock though.
Chacon reputation is to provide the best meat on the island. Most of the bars and restaurants who use fresh meat for their dishes order from them, too. However, most bars do not use fresh ingredients so it is a rather narrow margin. If you like fresh quality food then this is the place to source your ingredients.
Clothes
Well, this should be a guide in itself but to cut a long story short:
There are SALES twice a year in Spain. Summer sales start around July here and end in August. Winter sales start after the 6th January and end in the middle of March.
I won't get into details about the lack of selection of shops or clothes itself now. There are 3 well-known places for shopping clothes in the island:
Deiland Shopping Centre
in Playa Honda provides an air conditioned mall" however quite small to shop around.
In Arrecife
you may check out the dock which houses some shiny shops mainly for the cruise ship visitors, though. The main street and surrounding area is highly popular and if you used to local fashion you will probably find something there. Keep in mind that everything is closed on Sundays!!
Biosfera
and the closer end of the Strip in Puerto Del Carmen houses some of the gems of the island. If you don't want to be disappointed by the other shops then don't start here.
Electronic goods
General tax in the Canary Island is 7%. Unfortunately, this is always reflected in the prices in Lanzarote as every item which reaches or leaves the island has to go through customs the dreaded aduanas". This could increase the price of the items greatly. Not to mention that there isn't a great selection of items in the shops either.
There are two shops in the island worth visiting if you are after electronic devices. The first is Milar next the the Hospital Jose Molina in the Argana centre which has a greater selection and better prices than the more modern Electron on the same road as IKEA.
These shops have great customer service and if you have any problem with the items you can just bring them back and apply the guarantee.
Unlike in the small shops all around the tourist resorts. I always wonder who trusts their money with them but there are certainly a lot.
Chinese shops
Chinese shops are the brick and mortar eBay. You can buy there everything you need. If you are a professional craftsman then you may be disappointed but otherwise in these shops you will find everything in the same place. Flip-flops, lingerie, hammer, HDMI cable, blank DVD, perfumes. Name it they have it. It's a bit like Argos but cheaper thus lower quality.
There are two big warehouses worth visiting. Merca99 on the road of IKEA, Electron and the Baratissimo behind the EuroSpar in Arrecife.
Internet shopping
If you have used to order on eBay and Amazon then you are going to be fine there. It takes longer to receive the items as the customs AKA Aduana" stops everything and SOMETIMES you need to pay the tax, too. This can be a nightmare and this is why most seller won't send anything to the Canary Islands at all. You won't have here Google sold Nexus phone, Argos goods, or OnePlus phone.
Luckily Amazon is big enough player to provide services here. It takes care of every paperwork if necessary and you only need to pay the customs upon receiving the goods in cash to the postman. You will notice upon ordering that the Canary taxes are applied to the prices so the items are generally cheaper than listed originally. If you are LUCKY enough and your parcel won't get stopped then that's all. If your package is too big or some other unknown reasons it gets inspected then probably you need to pay the customs and the custom fees, too.
Chinese shops may worth checking out before you place an order for some general cheap goods.
Craftsman tools
As I have mentioned before Chinese shops are selling tools, as well. However, if you use them more than once a year, investing in quality tools worth every cent. Additionally, you can always check out your local Hardware Store ferreteria" if you need something but if you are a dandy handyman who is into fine tools then these are your shops:
INOXNAVAL
Hidden in Arrecife's dock, it is specialised in screws and nuts. It sells a myriad of tools, as well. If they don't have something you want, they can order it for you.
Ferreteria San Gines
This is my favourite Ferreteria shop. They have a good enough selection of quality tools.
Parrilla
BricoKing
It is DIY and Home Improvement Store. Here you can find most of the things that is needed to rebuild or renovate your home. The main shop is in Argana, Arrecife.
Car parts
Farlan is a warehouse hidden and buried in dust and silence in Arrecife industrial park Argana. They sell car parts and tools for cars. You won't find them without true boyscout skills,
Please, note that if you are out of the tourist zone you may need to speak Spanish in order to communicate, as some of these shops are aimed for the local residents. - Comments: 0

Lanzarote Airport - 27 Dec 2016 09:48

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1473480473162568.jpgEarlier this year, I devoted Three weeks getting around the Canaries. Such a truly extraordinary journey, countless adventure to be enjoyed, countless breathtaking shores to uncover, waking up in unique wonderful resort each day. So superb, yet this takes a large amount of preparation and organisation! It is not all arranged for you. You choose your very own voyage and arrange your own path! Luckily the Canarian archipelago is not that enormous that folks could be lost there easily. My favourite of all was Lanzarote island. It’s a charming little island with stunning inhabitants. It has its personal manner of living as all the other islands have. You are able to leave behind your life if you are here. Lanzarote is really so distinctive distant and lonely to live on. You may have a tremendous holiday there with all the water fun and trips about the island. I wanted to share some things that I learnt en route to support with all the planning and just generally being a traveller. Some are simple, but when you feel like a million miles away from home, you can’t get any hotspot and you’ve got scarcely any money with you, minor tips may feel like lifesavers! In The island the one thing you should have is going to be sun screen to bear the scorching sun. The weather is normally sun-drenched then when it is raining the life goes to a full stop there. Residents go inside seal the door and panes and awaiting the rain to pass.
The island is known as a windy area. You are likely to first see it when your airplane prepares for making a landing. The north of the area is often a little more windy versus the south. If you can’t tolerate the sand inside your shoes and eyes make sure to move nearer to the bottom of the island. Puerto del carmen is a sizzling and sunny destination anytime of the season to enjoy with pubs and restaurants to go out.
Playa blanca is also a charming area for most of the holidaymakers with its stunning scenery and slow paced life. It is the favourite area of the families and people trying to find a bit more slow paced getaway. The island primarily and greatest jazz place the Blue Note is likewise found here which says quite a lot about the folks who visit here too.
Costa Teguise is the most windy of them and wind-surfers like this very much. If you are not right into jazz music or big parties then this really is your resort for being on a getaway. There are hotels, flats, discos and eateries of any kind to pass your time after a troublesome day at the home pool.
If you happen to be more into cafes than walking below the blazing sunshine then you may call for some dough too. Accommodations usually are inexpensive so are the meals as well as the beverages in the discos. Many resorts are offer meals that makes life incredibly easier if you are not down into baking your own meals or seeking restaurants day after day to have a sub-par dish. Keep in mind that a lot of places will not approve bank cards under a certain amount so having cash in The island of lanzarote is truly a life saver.
The article Lanzarote Airport was originally posted on LanzaroteFlare.

Lanzarote Airport is a relatively small international aerodrome with a capacity of handling 6 million passengers per annum.
The Terminal 1 built in 1999 copes with the demand of national and international flights while the revamped Terminal 2 born in the seventies dealing with domestic flights among the islands. You find more on the history of Lanzarote Airport on wikipedia.
Airport transfers are readily available except there is a national or local fiesta is taking place.
Taxis are the easiest and fastest solution to get you anywhere from the airport (check taxi rates here) but there are shuttle services to choose from too.
Public transport buses GUAGUA WAH WAH also easily take you to Puerto Del Carmen, Playa Blanca and Arrecife. Mind that if you go to Costa Teguise you need to change lines in Arrecife's INTERCAMBIADOR. Check out the bus timetable here Most drivers speak English and happily assist you through the journey even if you try to speak Spanish with them.
There are no underground or any other rail services available on the island thus the possibility to reach Arrecife Airport by these means is none. Also, there isn't any known footpath to reach the terminals either.
Plane spotters may take pleasure into a footpath, which runs along the shore from Arrecife to Puerto Del Carmen. It runs right behind the airfield placing passer byes under the roaring planes. The other end of the runaway runs into a HiperDino store on the other side of the motorway but you will notice that anyway if you do shopping there. Mind that the Tower may choose not to use one or the other end according to weather conditions. - Comments: 0

Costa Teguise - 19 Dec 2016 16:33

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is?K4uBXxYy9JEqcK8nLkHuy_nKJ165m3YyviqePuy7t9k&height=248Earlier this year, I devoted Three weeks hopping around the Canaries. Such a truly extraordinary experience, so many excursion to be enjoyed, a lot of dazzling shores to discover, stumbling out of bed in new peaceful spot every single day. So extraordinary, nonetheless this needs a large amount of planning and organisation! This is not all arranged for you. You choose your unique quest and then arrange your personal journey! Thankfully the Canarian archipelago isn’t that enormous that people could be lost there instantly. My favourite of all was Lanzarote. It’s a charming tiny island with extraordinary people. It's their own means of living as the rest of the islands have got. You'll be able to neglect your life while you're on the island. The island of lanzarote is so distinctive distant and lonesome to live on. You may have a tremendous family holiday there with all the water activities and then tours within the island. I hoped to talk about some things which i collected along the route to help you with all the scheduling and generally being a traveller. Many are pretty simple, but when you feel as if a million miles away from home, you can not find any hotspot and you’ve got barely any money with you, minor ideas can feel like lifesavers! On The island of lanzarote the only thing you will need is sunscreen to bear the sizzling sun. The weather is mostly sunny and when it rains the life goes to a stop there. Residents go inside seal the doorway and panes and awaiting the rain to pass.
Lanzarote is known as a windy island. You are likely to earliest see it once your airplane prepares for landing. The north of the island is often more windy versus the south. If you can’t tolerate the sand in your sandals and view try to move nearer to the south. Puerto del carmen is a scorching and inviting place anytime of the year to enjoy with discos and restaurants to go out.
Playa blanca is also a special location for most of the people featuring its amazing landscape and relaxed atmosphere. It is the favorite location for the young families and folks trying to find a bit more downtempoed holiday. The island only and greatest jazz pub the Blue Note is likewise found here which tells quite a lot about the folks who visit here as well.
Costa Teguise is the most windy of them all and wind-surfers like that quite a lot. If you are not into jazz music or big parties then this is certainly your place for being on a vacation. There are accommodation, flats, pubs and eating places of any kind to pass your time after a troublesome day at the outdoor pool.
In case you are more into pubs than hiking under the blazing sun then you might call for some cash too. Accommodations usually are economical so are the food and the drinks inside pubs. Most hotels are offer meals which makes life incredibly easier if you are not into cooking your own personal meals or looking for restaurants day after day to have a mediocre meal. Keep in mind that a lot of places will not accept cards under a certain quantity so having money in Lanzarote is a life saver.
The article Costa Teguise was originally posted on LanzaroteFlare.

Costa Teguise - Lanzarote
Costa Teguise is Lanzarote's first tourist resort planned and constructed entirely with tourism in mind.
Here you can find the 5star Gran Melia Salinas which marks the starting of construction works in 1970.
In Spanish style the infrastructure was planned and constructed before the buildings were up which is why there is still place for Costa Teguise to grow.
It is located on the north-east side of the island 15 km / 10 miles from the Airport. A taxi is the easiest solution to get here but there are airport shuttle services to choose from too. Public transport is also available but you need to change lines in Arrecife (Línea 22 then 3 to Costa Teguise) because somehow direct public transfers don't exist.
Costa Teguise has four main beaches:
Playa de los Charcos
This is the only beach with golden sand. It is a well-known destination among windsurfers as the yearly European freestyle windsurf championship is taking place here around July. Which happens to be the windiest month in Lanzarote.
You may expect quite a lot wind here.
Playa de las Cucharas
The most popular one with white sand and the rippling sunshine on the morning waves. It's equipped with toilet which is open from 10.00-18.00. Baywatch station working showers and nice new sand coloured sunbeds and sun-umbrellas which shuns the cheap looking orange-blue compositions and blend into the harmony of the shore. It's nice to have a stroll here in the morning or the afternoon or pop in one of the bars if you aren't committed to the scorching sun during the day.
Playa del Jablillo
The gem of the village. This is the best for families with small children. The artificial reef breaks almost all the waves and leaves us with an almost lake like pond. One side of the shore has lovely white sand with black rocks to fence yourself from the wind. The opposite side looks just as tempting but it has a natural rocky Baby-Stroller defence system.
It's worth to mention that swimmers, snorkelers take great delight here too and if you are into diving there is a diving centre right next to the beach.
Playa Bastián
This beach isn't really that much about sea as rather gathering together and have fun. There is a rather small waterfront and mixture of white sand and small grained black volcanic rock on the shore. This is a great place if you don't like when the sand is all over you for weeks.
The main strength is right behind the shore where there are semi-circle walled slots. Here people of all age and race host picnics with barbecue and beer under the palm trees. It's a lovely atmosphere to celebrate ones birthday there.
Things to do in Costa Teguise
Golf
It's as incredible as it sounds but there is place to play golf on the island. As Costa Teguise was purposely built to be a premium resort it couldn't lack the premium features. Costa Teguise golf club was the only green on the island for 30 years. There is more now. It isn't bad from an island without actual fresh water resources, is it?
Costa Teguise Water Park
If you are bored of the sea or afraid of all the living creatures swarming around while you are swimming then head to the Aquapark It isn't as cheap as sweating on the beach but it is definitely more exciting than that. You can check out the price if the site works and find out about ongoing deals, too. It's open from 10.00 to 18.00 and there is free Wi-Fi. Here is a nice YouTube video about it: Costa Teguise Waterpark
Paintball
There is an indoor paintball field inside the Aquapark for up to 10 people. Sorry but it's only available if you are over 14 years old.
Adventure Park
Aquarium
Are you longing to see the fauna of the deep blue but aren't really into diving or submarining? There is a small but lovely aquarium here where you can stop by and stare at the noble ray as long as you wish. You may find some huge vicious looking turtles there as well. It's quite pricey, though. I guess the sharks need a lot to eat.
Market on the main square
You have just arrived at the hotel and your first thought is "Hey, where can I get some nice presents for the unlucky ones stuck back home?"
On Wednesday 18.00 - 22.00 there is a charming little craftsman market at Pueblo Marinero the main square of the village. You can get really nice unique jewellery, bars of soap and presents here.
On Friday 17.00 - 22.00 there is general market packed with clothes, fake designer bags and some nice things. It's the small version of the great Sunday Teguise market.
Farmers Market is held every Tuesday morning from 9 to 14.00 here with delicious cheese and typical Canarian food. I would steer you away of the vegetables though if you are not familiar with the vendors. Some aren't really selling goods from the island but just goods you can get in the shops, generally cheaper.
Sport
Jogging on the island is more challenging than in the gym due to the landscape and the wind but it is also more pleasing. Sometimes unknown people cheer for you on the street wholeheartedly. It's a really nice experience.
There are numerous bike renting stations in the village if you are up to the challenging landscape. Bikers really love the ride here.
Swimming is another obvious activity but be aware of the tide if you are heading to the sea. If it seems easy to swim out it will be quite though to get back to the shore. The safest place is to enjoy the water is Playa de Jablillo.
Shopping
Well. Lanzarote is not a shopping paradise and Costa Teguise is not the roundest pearl on it. You can find shops here but if you are into shopping you may check out Biosfera in Puerto Del Carmen There is Deiland in Playa Honda too but I would not waste words on it neither should you, your time except if you have plenty.
Costa Teguise Weather
Under the umbrella of Lanzarote's climate Costa Teguise is sunny and windy. Certain times it's windier, like in July but otherwise wind lull is like Scottish summer. Clouds aren't live long either but there are considerably more shady days here than in Puerto Del Carmen.
GET SUNSCREEN when the sun peeps out of the morning clouds. Around 10am on the beach it's already scorching hot. You get burned badly before you get your lunch. Apply sunscreen or earn your well deserved name: guiri (kihrih). - Comments: 0

Lanzarote Airport - 16 Dec 2016 15:12

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PICT0004.jpgEarlier this year, I spent 4 weeks hopping around the Canarian archipelago. A really outstanding journey, a lot of experience available, countless pristine beaches to see, waking up in unique peaceful spot daily. So stunning, nevertheless this requires a large amount of preparation and as well , planning! It is not all arranged for you. You make your very own voyage and then prepare your personal route! Thankfully the Canarian archipelago isn’t that enormous that people could be lost there instantly. My favourite among all was Lanzarote. It’s a enchanting little destination with extraordinary inhabitants. It has their personal way of living as the rest of the islands have. You can forget your life when you are on the island. The island is indeed so different remote and lonesome to live on. You can have an exceptional holiday break there with all the water amusement and tours within the island. I wanted to share with you some things that I collected on the way to support with all the preparation and just generally being a traveler. Some are pretty simple, but when you feel like a million miles away from home, you can’t get any hot-spot and you have hardly some cash on you, little tips can feel lifesavers! In The island of lanzarote the single thing you will need is going to be sun screen to deal with the scorching sunshine. The weather is usually sunny then when it's raining the life stops there. Residents go inside shut the doorway and panes and looking forward to the storm to leave.
The island of lanzarote is known as a windy area. You are likely to earliest see this once your plane prepares for landing. The north of the island is commonly a bit more windy versus the south. I you are unable to bear the sand in your sneakers and eyes try and get closer to the south. Puerto del carmen is a scorching and sunny destination anytime of the season to enjoy with taverns and eateries to go out.
Playa blanca may also be a pretty location for all of the people featuring its impressive scenery and slow paced life. It’s the favorite area for the young families and folks trying to find a bit more downtempoed trip. The island primarily and greatest jazz pub the Blue Note is likewise located here which tells a lot with regards to people that visit here too.
Costa Teguise is the most windy of them and wind-surfers enjoy this very much. If you aren’t into jazz or big celebrations then this is your place for being on a vacation. You will find hotels, apartments, bars and eateries of any kind to pass your time after having a rough day at the swimming pool.
If you happen to be more into pubs than walking below the blazing sunshine then you might want some dough too. Hotels usually are low priced so are the meals as well as the refreshments inside pubs. Many accommodations are full board which makes life quite easy if you aren’t down into preparing your own food or seeking eating places day-to-day to enjoy a sub-par dish. Consider that many places will not allow credit card under a certain amount so keeping cash in Lanzarote is truly a lifesaver.
The article Lanzarote Airport was originally posted on LanzaroteFlare.

Lanzarote Airport is a relatively small international aerodrome with a capacity of handling 6 million passengers per annum.
The Terminal 1 built in 1999 copes with the demand of national and international flights while the revamped Terminal 2 born in the seventies dealing with domestic flights among the islands. You find more on the history of Lanzarote Airport on wikipedia.
Airport transfers are readily available except there is a national or local fiesta is taking place.
Taxis are the easiest and fastest solution to get you anywhere from the airport (check taxi rates here) but there are shuttle services to choose from too.
Public transport buses GUAGUA WAH WAH also easily take you to Puerto Del Carmen, Playa Blanca and Arrecife. Mind that if you go to Costa Teguise you need to change lines in Arrecife's INTERCAMBIADOR. Check out the bus timetable here Most drivers speak English and happily assist you through the journey even if you try to speak Spanish with them.
There are no underground or any other rail services available on the island thus the possibility to reach Arrecife Airport by these means is none. Also, there isn't any known footpath to reach the terminals either.
Plane spotters may take pleasure into a footpath, which runs along the shore from Arrecife to Puerto Del Carmen. It runs right behind the airfield placing passer byes under the roaring planes. The other end of the runaway runs into a HiperDino store on the other side of the motorway but you will notice that anyway if you do shopping there. Mind that the Tower may choose not to use one or the other end according to weather conditions. - Comments: 0

Read This To Change How You Travel To Paris - 20 Nov 2016 06:26

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Paris is a city for all seasons; whether its springtime, summer, fall or winter, Paris has a multitude of events, celebrations, museums, art galleries, shops and restaurants.

Picture035-1.jpgFor museums, try the expos at the Luxembourg, Jacquemart-Andre and even the Louvre - note, go to the temporary expos, not the long lasting collections! Those are usually great, with mostly art-interested natives going.

Use your weekend to see as much as you can. Start, maybe, by walking up to Porte de Clignancourt in the north from the city. In the springtime and summer months you will discover the most extraordinary flea market You don't have to buy anything but you might be tempted as you will discover everything under the sun — paintings, furniture, all manner of human life and old cameras's debris. Look hard with an expert eye and also you might find a bargain. It may well spend on your visit and much more.

If you have finished at the market, walk southbound to the smarter part of town - towards Montmartre. Stand under Sacré Coeur and view the spectacular windows vista from the top of the hill — you will have all of Paris spread out beneath you. The Cathedral is well worth a visit. Sacré Coeur was constructed a little over a hundred years ago to mark the Franco-Prussian war and it is free to use and wander around. Emerge and wander just around the corner to the Place de Tertre. This is where many artists fill the square and exhibit their very fine and unique work. Walk amongst all of them and admire it all if you like art. You can have your family portrait sketched - your picture will be a souvenir for life however it will cost you. The artists desire between €30-60 but every expect to haggle. You can giggle at the self conscious faces of all the takers that have to sit down so still - which bit at least is certainly free!

Along the road towards the centre again from Sacré Coeur there is a large variety store called TATI. It has many outlets in France and may be recognised by a exclusive purple and blue examined sign. Here you can package yourself out in the middle of Paris at rock bottom prices. I possess bought just about all of my socks and underwear out of this establishment and many of my shirts. I tell my buddies that I always buy my shirts in Paris! The products seem to last forever yet be aware that the store only requires cash. TATI sells everything that people need to wear and much more. The shop is full of mirrors used to look out for thieves and is a little like being at a fairground stall. Take your wad of Euros and collect a pile of bargains.

Bastille Day (July 14) - firework displays and celebrations are held to mark one of the most historical events in Paris' background, the storming of the Bastille prison in 1789 as well as the start of the French revolution; U. S. Independence Day, September 4th, celebrations are similar in fashion.

You can enjoy the romantic town lights around the Académie française, Louvre palace and along the Seine river, such as on Pont des arts and its other bridges.

You may not avoid crowd, but it will certainly be mostly natives — visit open markets; eat there, right whatever you buy.

However , for me the most optimum time for visiting Paris has been summer! Sitting having a relative or a friend within the warm bank of the Die river during the long summer evenings has no competition. Good cheese and wine, the backdrop tones of the songs journeying on the waters of the Die, produced by the musicians, sun by the Eiffel tower, cruising lighted boats, soft breeze in the sycamores leaves, this can be enjoyed the best during the summer months…

Pont des Disciplines (Bridge of the Arts) become a symbol of romance with hundreds if not thousands of hair mounted on its bed rails. So what's the point from the locks?

While visiting Paris during winters and springs I possess seen the prices of the rooms, transportation, food and more going down; as tourism tends to decelerate while the climate is chiller. This slow down price persuades many to gift a package deal along with a reduced fare on flights to their near and dear ones. My friends who love to extend their stay in the city prefer planting season and late fall; because it's a bang for his or her buck.

To better experience living a Parisian lifestyle, many first time tourists would find schedule tours as one of the most convenient. Scheduled tours like walking tours (-tours-of-paris/) are convenient, it is cheaper too. You will not miss museum work schedules and have guides that would work as your intermediary; they also speak English, which makes the tour more informative and buying mementos are easier. There are also other tours offered in Paris like private tours and sweet tour, which offers a glance to chocolate making and tasting of French delicious chocolate. Prices of tours differ with the size of the group as well as the season of the tour.

Nevertheless, winter has its own pleasures. Non-existent crowds, for one. Menu items include hearty soups and more "comfort food" items for a tasty modification. With dark coming at 4: 30, the evening food takes on even more significance. It wasn't unheard of for us to linger almost 4 hours more than dinner. And red wine never tasted so good!

See Notre dame inside and out, see Ste Chapelle, walk over to the Isle St Louis and have a Berthillon ice cream while looking in the little shops selling everything French, including the colourful Pylones (great gifts) and the foie cheese, chocolate shops and gras.

There are a number of active hosts in towns and cities around Paris that will love to welcome some real travellers into their homes. You might just get a couch, you can find a bed, you may even make your own bathroom with en-suite. While Couchsurfing is free, it's always nice to bring a little gift for your host, or take them out for a pint during your stay.

Service employees in France silently state by their actions that the customer is not King but an equal human being. In the French capital, The Golden Guideline Do unto others since you would have them do to you" applies to the service sector as well. When in Paris, do as Parisians do. Thus, Paris can be a place to experience equality, the national motto, but not someone to enjoy King-like Experience.

Also, if nuts are a issue, avoid fries (except in McDonalds) as they are almost always prepared in peanut oil. Intended for coeliacs, there are several gluten-free restaurants in Paris. Noglu (16 Passage des Panoramas), is certainly a totally gluten-free restaurant and épicerie (spice shop). Kaffeehaus Pinson in the Marais and Tugalik (next to the Sorbonne and the Pantheon) also provides gluten-free dishes. Fée Character (69, rue d'Argout in the 2nd arrondissement), is a vegetarian restaurant that lists gluten-free options.

Otherwise, September is fab because once again the queues are much lower than before, it's not crazy hot and everyone's return from their holidays more chilled and relaxed yet busy and exuberant so which lovely buzz in the air.

2: Stay away from expensive areas. Clubbing on the Champs Elysees has gone out if you want to save money. They charge upwards of 15 euro…per drink. It's way too pretentious for us backpacker's anyway!

Yet don't expect to see me personally as you amble throughout the city. Living in Paris is an excellent experience but 11 several weeks is quite enough. I shall be in Normandy.

Again you can eat in your hostel or if it's sunny provide a picnic to one from the amazing gardens mentioned or the Quay. Of course it is nice to eat out a little and treat yourself. You are in Paris after all! So do try and splash out on a nice French meal.

Paris is well connected with its condition of the art Metro system, that allows people to move around easily and quickly. One of the first thing to learn about Paris is to take a memorable cruise on the River Seine. The whole luxury cruise lasts for about 30 - 45min and takes you on a open boat for a ride across Paris. It is a wonderful experience for anyone visiting Paris, france and wants to know about the people, culture and monuments.

The Seine — One of the most romantic and tranquil things you can do is walk along the Seine and listen to your carefully crafted Paris, france playlist (you must make one! ). I felt like I was in a movie throughout most of my trip, but there is something about the Seine and the cobblestone route and the glistening water as well as the fishermen and the people getting and the saxophone players that make you believe in love or something like it.

That is where the artists and authors have always lived. During the night, it thrives with activity. While walking around, we discovered a number of restaurants and cafés with clientèle that appeared so chic it was intimidating (particularly because they stared at us as we strolled past).

Timing - 6 days is not almost enough time to see or experience the entire city, but it's just enough to make you start to fall in love, so it's most likely best you don't stay longer for your initial trip.

Going Alone - Going alone was some thing I felt I just required to do. It was refreshing and enlightening and rewarding and it presented me with so many new and unpredicted opportunities. I was able to set my own travel schedule instead of worry about anyone else's demands, and above the rest, it allowed me to shed a few layers of cynicism and hardness and get a little more in touch with my writerly soul. It's some thing everyone should do in their 20s or 30s. Or whenever it feels intensely necessary. There is certainly nothing to be afraid of, my friends. Be cautious. Stay connected. Open up yourself up a little to everything and everyone. And expect to be amazed.

Paris is famously beautiful in the springtime, and the sprouting greenery, flowers and flowers bring the city to life between March and may even. Temperatures in the spring months climb to a comfortable 20°C by May, but nights can still be frosty in early spring, so bring a jacket and a sweater. You can expect rainfall roughly 1 day in 3 or more during the spring, but it's not torrential by any means.

The Parisian predecessor of the Greater london "Boris Bike" scheme is called Vélib'. You can access the scheme when you yield, with a credit card and a bit of patience in comprehending the instructions, but much better to enrol online () before you go. The day rate of €1. 70 or the week rate of €8 is the basic fee; if you trip longer than 30 minutes for almost any journey, you start paying extra. But if you can't get there by 50 % an hour on a Vélib' bicycle, it's probably not worth heading.

If you want to see Paris at its bustling height, then this is the time to visit. Pavement cafés are packed and thriving, but queues at museums and attractions can be lengthy and tedious. It's also high season for the prices, and since Paris is not really a cheap city at the most of times, this can be a costly time of year to visit.

If you're in search of the authentic Paris, autumn is a very good time to visit. There are fewer tourists, and a true sense of energy as Parisians get back to business after their particular summer breaks. The fall weather in Paris could be overcast, wet and blowy, gusty, squally, bracing, turbulent, but there are also plenty of cool, crisp days which are perfect for walking.

When the weather's not great, it's a great time to explore the multitude of indoor attractions Paris has to offer - but be aware that some museums close or have limited starting hours out of season. - Comments: 0


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