8 Must-Visit Attractions In Paris, France

8 Must-Visit Attractions In Paris, France

It’s no secret that we love Paris. Each time we visit, we discover something completely new that leaves us swooning over the city even more than we thought possible. Whether it’s a quiet corner cafe, a chic boutique or an exhilarating show, there’s truly no limit to the once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences on avail in Paris. We’ve written about our top 50 tips on what to see and do in the city, but if you’re looking for a summed up version, here’s a quick look at a few of the most recommended must-visit attractions. To see all the attractions below (and more) in an authentic and affordable way, a Local Paris Tours is a great option. 1. The Eiffel Tower Of course, no list of top Paris attractions is complete without The Eiffel Tower! Love it or hate it, no trip to Paris is complete without a visit to this iconic Parisian landmark. It will cost you €15.00 and countless hours of your day to take the elevator to the top. Instead, consider purchasing a ‘skip the line’ ticket, or just enjoy the Eiffel Tower from its base. 2. Notre Dame This mesmerizing cathedral dates back to 1163. It’s more than just the home of Quasimodo—it’s also considered to be one of the best examples of French gothic architecture. Marvel at the gargoyles and then climb the towers for a great view over the city. 3. The Louvre Even if you’re not big on museums or art, The Louvre is one museum that’s worth the time. Boasting over 1 million pieces of art, you’ll want to leave plenty of time...
3 Reasons Why You Should Visit Mt. Haleakala During The Day

3 Reasons Why You Should Visit Mt. Haleakala During The Day

Mt. Haleakala, located in the Haleakala National Park, Maui, is one of the most stunning areas of Hawaii. If you’re planning on traveling to Maui, this is one place you just simply can’t miss. This National Park is mostly known for its terrific sunrise at Mt. Haleakala, but if early mornings and crowds aren’t your jam, then you should venture through this volcanic region during the day. Valley Isle Excursions offers Central Maui and Haleakala daytime tours that include the best of the national park and stunning Upcountry Maui. From historic Maui towns to fragrant gardens to a historic pond that’s been used by Hawaiians for centuries, this experience with Valley Isle is an authentic look at one of our favorite places in all of Hawaii. Here are a few more reasons why this is one experience you don’t want to miss in Maui:     3 Reasons Why You Should Visit Mt. Haleakala During The Day 1. Some Of The Most Incredible Views On Maui While seeing the sunrise at Mt. Haleakala is a stellar experience, it does only last a few minutes, and you’ll have to drive through the dark to get there. Unless you stay for a while to experience Mt. Haleakala in its morning glory, you’re going to miss some of the most spectacular sights in all of Maui. You can opt to drive up the winding mountain or hike. While you will have to use a level of caution in driving, as with any mountain roads, Mt. Haleakala is perfectly safe to drive up, although you may experience a bit of nausea. Of course...
The 5 Most Postcard Worthy Travel Destinations

The 5 Most Postcard Worthy Travel Destinations

  Have you ever seen a postcard picture of a destination and thought, “Does it really look like that?” We’ve all seen those picture-perfect landscapes, the ones we drool over on Pinterest and hastily save to our “Bucket-list” board. But which destinations top the list as the most worthy to become travel postcards?   1. Santorini, Greece   Our vote for number one is Santorini, Greece. The white washed buildings with dazzling aqua roofs overlooking the Aegean Sea can send any wanderluster into a doozy in moments. This is one of those places where you can just perch on a balcony, sipping on wine, and forget about the world for hours on end.   2. Taj Mahal, India   Of course we would include this one in the list. You’ve probably seen the Taj Mahal on a thousand different postcards and rolled your eyes thinking it can’t be that great. But if you’ve ever seen the Taj Mahal in person, you know a different story. This ancient architectural wonder is so famous for a reason. It will take your breath away from the moment you gaze up at its larger-than-life marble walls.   3. Douro Valley, Portugal       Douro Valley, Portugal is fresh on our minds, as it was our most recent adventure. We can tell you from firsthand experience, that this postcard worthy landscape is truly all it’s cracked up to be. Something about these rolling hills, as far as the eye can see, does something incredible to your soul. Not to mention, the exceptional wine and hospitable locals.   4. Lapland, Finland   Seeing the...
A Must-Try Douro Valley Wine Tour in Portugal

A Must-Try Douro Valley Wine Tour in Portugal

    The Douro Valley makes a dramatic first impression. With its rolling green hills, a mighty river and lush vineyards and olive groves, it’s hard to imagine a better backdrop for sipping fine ports and table wines.     While the Douro Valley isn’t necessarily a secret, the destination doesn’t see nearly as many tourists as other famed wine regions such as Bordeaux or Napa. Drive just a few minutes outside of the main town of Pinhão, and you’ll encounter picturesque towns devoid of any tourists, seemingly pulled straight out of a storybook.     Even with its sleepy charm, you won’t have any trouble discovering spectacular vistas, delectable cuisine and memorable wines—if you know where to go.   Enter: Jorge Barefoot Wine & Tours     It’s no secret that we love wine and food tours. From Hong Kong to Paris to Boston, we’ve had quite a few incredible foodie experiences. But of them all, our Wine and Olive Oil Tour with Jorge easily tops out as most memorable—for all the right reasons. The best wineries in the Douro Valley are spread out, and most require advanced reservations for a tasting. We wanted to discover top table wines, but we also wanted to do it in a way that would let us get to know the winemakers and ideally find undiscovered wines from small but passionate producers. Jorge Barefoot Wine & Tours was the perfect solution. We set up a private, full-day tour, meeting from our apartment in Provezende, then set out on what would be the highlight of Portuguese adventure.   An Introduction To Winemaking In...
The Essential Guide to Visiting Cuba

The Essential Guide to Visiting Cuba

The largest of the Caribbean islands, Cuba’s unique history and natural beauty have been captivating the travelers’ interest for decades. Remnants of colonial history dotted around its cities, Baroque palaces, vintage American cars, white-sand beaches and streets echoing with salsa rhythms are just a few of the reasons why you should add Cuba to your bucket list.   Before you start planning If you’re planning on visiting Cuba for pleasure you’ll need a tourist card (simple visa), that can be purchased from the Cuban Embassy. While nationals from other countries are free to visit for leisure purposes, there are still restrictions in place for US citizens. Their reason for visiting must fall under one of 12 special categories, such as visiting relatives or educational purposes. Tour companies get around this by including an educational activity (e.g., school visit) in the itinerary. Don’t forget to take your travel and medical insurance certificate with you, as you’ll need to show this on arrival.   Planning Your Trip Whether you’re hopping over to Havana from Florida, or you’ve got a 10-hour flight ahead of you, plan ahead to keep stress to a minimum. Use a comparison site to discover the cheapest flights and book yours. If you’re driving yourself to the airport, pre-book long-term economy parking close to your departure terminal; you’ll save time and won’t get stuck with ‘drive-in’ rates. You can use dedicated comparison sites such as Looking4Parking.com to search for the best parking deal and to make our booking as they often offer massive discounts for booking through their site. Don’t rely on plastic to finance your trip, as...
Phuket For Couples: The Novotel Phuket For Luxury & Romance

Phuket For Couples: The Novotel Phuket For Luxury & Romance

Phuket For Couples: How To Have The Most Romantic Trip Thailand has been one country that consistently surprises us in the best of ways. We recently shared about our experience in Surin Beach, Phuket, and how we found a quiet paradise on Thailand’s largest island. Now we’re taking it South and divulging the ins and outs from our time in Karon, Phuket.     What To Do: Phang Nga Bay       We had a difficult time deciding what excursions to take during our time in Phuket, with Phi Phi Island and James Bond Island stealing the limelight, and several other alluring, lesser known islands to choose from. In the end, we chose a Phang Nga Bay sunset tour and couldn’t be more pleased. We opted to head toward Hong Island and Phangha Island. The great thing about staying in Karon is that most of the tours will pick you up from your hotel at no additional cost.     Our first stop was Phangha Island, where the tide had receded just enough to walk through. We paused halfway to light coconut candles and placed them in the water to peacefully float onward. Then, venturing a bit further, we came to a hidden jungle cove, which is usually inaccessible because of the tide. Then, it was off to Hong Island, which was larger than Phangha and equally as beautiful.     We jumped back on the speed boat to head back to mainland Phuket and feasted on an array of scrumptious seafood while we watched the sun go down behind the limestone cliffs. Where To Stay    ...