Tuesday
Dec272016

Parisians: Recycle Your Christmas Tree

Don't leave your Christmas tree on the curb for the landfill when you can drop it off in one of 150 collection points around Paris (mostly in parks and green spaces) to be recycled into mulch. 

http://www.paris.fr/recyclonsnossapins

Each year the City of Paris accepts trees for recycling from December 26-January 24th. They should be:

- without a plastic bag (take it out and throw out the bag once you drop it off)

- without any decorations, flocking or tinsel

- cut or rooted, both are accepted as long as they're real trees and not plastic trees

Most of the collection points are open 24/7, just check the website for the one closest to you. 

Tuesday
Dec132016

A Day Trip to the Strasbourg Christmas Market

If you want to experience a real French Christmas market, don't miss Strasbourg's famous Marché de Noël. Europe’s oldest Christmas market was founded in Strasbourg in 1570. Four and a half centuries later it continues to celebrate Alsatian holiday traditions with over 300 chalets in a dozen locations throughout the picturesque town of cobblestone pedestrian streets and half-timbered buildings with decorated facades and twinkling lights. I’ve visited several times and have taken friends and family, and the Strasbourg Marché de Noël never fails to impress. Disneyland wished it looked this cute!

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Tuesday
Dec132016

What's Open in Paris on Christmas and New Year's Day 

Most of the small shops and restaurants are closed, as well as a majority of museums. But you might be surprised to discover that there's actually a lot of things still open on Christmas and New Year's Day in Paris.

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Sunday
Dec112016

Eurostar's Secret Discount Train Tickets

Well it's not exactly a secret, but you'll never see an advertisement for Eurostar Snap, the special site managed by Eurostar that sells heavily-discounted, last-minute train tickets between London and Paris (and Lille and Brussels). There are a few constraints:

 

  • you have to purchase tickets between 7 and 21 days before you travel
  • you can only choose your dates and "morning" or "afternoon", and you'll be informed two days before travel the exact time. 
  • these tickets can't be refunded, modified or transferred to another person

 

On the plus side the tickets are usually just £25/€30 one-way between Paris and London. Some holiday travel tickets are as high as £85, but that's still lower than the prices listed on the official Eurostar site. So now there's no excuse for a quick skip across the pond for Afternoon Tea!

Saturday
Dec032016

How to Get Your Money to Paris

Such a great city! Ah, but such an expensive one. In Paris it’s possible to burn through money pretty fast, and you feel awfully vulnerable when you run out. So, let's look at how you can replenish the coffers without paying absurdly high fees, commissions, and exchange rates. Everything from wire transfers to debit cards, PayPal, and more!

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Tuesday
Nov152016

Either/Or: The Art of Choosing

Liberty to choose, or freedom from choice?

It was one of those intimate, white-linen affairs—the kind of restaurant that requires me to dig my necktie out of the mothballs, where even the busboys out-dress me...

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