Entries in Paris (354)
I'm a big fan of the French charity thrift shops Emmaüs, so I was thrilled to find their new online shop, Label Emmaüs, which selects the best clothing, accessories, furniture, decor, electronics, music, books, children's toys to sell online with delivery available throughout France.
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.
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.
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.
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!