There is a distinctly French way of greeting the beginning of the fall season. À la rentrée! A literal translation is “at the return” but it can mean so much more. About.com defines À la rentrée ! as a valediction, similar to bonnes vacances ! (have a nice vacation), a way of saying good-bye and an acknowledgement that you’ll see the other person when you both re-enter the real world after your prolonged…
With so much to see in Paris it can be easy to overlook the multitude of exciting destinations surrounding the city. Day trips from Paris are as simple as buying a train ticket. Here are some of our favorite day trip ideas. A day of family fun can be found at Disneyland Paris or Parc Asterix. If you have a rental car, you can go…
A special transformation happens in Paris during the summer. Beaches appear along the river Seine for four weeks in July and August. More and more Parisians are staying in town for the summer thanks to this annual event. The Georges Pompidou Expressway along Paris’s Right Bank is transformed into a pedestrian friendly walkway replete with a sandy beach. The Paris-Plages (“Paris Beaches”) have become an…
Visiting Paris is not just about sightseeing during the day. Paris has a vibrant and exciting nightlife for you to explore as well. Rue Oberkampf, on the Ménilmontant hill in the 11th arrondissement, is a great place to discover hip new bars. Our CobbleStay #11 – Amelot Terrace Ground Floor and CobbleStay #12 – Private Terrace Amelot are within 5 minutes walk of all the attractions…
When visiting France in the summer, instead of ordering wine, try a pastis. Pastis is an anise-flavored liqueur that is very popular for drinking slowly on a lazy summer afternoon. Pastis can be enjoyed any time of day, however the French rarely drink it with their meal. The sweet licorice-like flavor does not pair well with many foods. France Today has a nice article that gives the…
Learn some commonly used French idioms to help avoid confusion! Living Language and FluentU offer helpful lists of some commonly used french idioms with the meaning and literal translation side by side. For example, if someone says to you “Ce ne sont pas tes/vos oignons“, they are not telling you “those are not your onions.” They are saying “it is none of your business!” FluentU…
The month of August is considered “low season” and can be more affordable for your visit. August may be quiet as far as the locals are concerned, but kids are only out of school for two months and families love to come to Paris during the summer. Off season travel is usually much more fun, as crowds are smaller, lines are shorter and prices often…
Paris is the most romantic place in the world to pop the question (bien sûr!). Imagine having the Eiffel Tower sparkling overhead while the words “Will You Marry Me?” are spoken? Or choose from dozens of locations across the city of love to help make that special moment even more memorable. Every time you return to Paris you’ll remember it as one of the happiest experiences of your life.
Fodors has a fantastic tool for listening to useful french travel phrases. The language experts at Living Languagehave provided Fodors with over 150 essential phrases for your trip.
There is more to being French than eating a baguette on a daily basis. In France, movies are still regarded as an art form, making it a useful tool for for visitors to learn about the country’s culture and language. Paris, je t’aime is an excellent film for immersing yourself all that makes Paris special. Twenty famous filmmakers have five minutes each, weaving together a…