The Ultimate Him And Her Paris Packing List

The Ultimate Him And Her Paris Packing List

This post was last updated on July 26th, 2016Paris is easily one of our favorite cities in the world. Our most recent visit to the magical City of Lights was when we were completely nomadic—and living entirely out of our backpacks. Paris was still just as magical as could be, but since we were pretty much coming from the Arctic, that meant we didn’t quite have all the right clothes and accessories we normally would have packed… That said, due to the popularity of our 50 Cool Things To Do In Paris article, we regularly receive quite a few Paris packing questions. So, here you have it: our ultimate Paris packing list for couples. If you’re wondering what to pack for a trip to Paris, then this post should do the trick. The Ultimate Him And Her Paris Packing List     Seasons   Plan according to the season you’ll be traveling in! You’ll be thankful you brought the right clothes. :-) Check out this awesome guide to Paris’ weather for more information! – End of March – June: Spring – 4 C to 20 C / 40 F to 68 F – End of June – September: Summer – 13 C to 24 C / 55 F to 75 F – End of September – December: Autumn – 5 C through 21 C / 70 F through 68 F – End of December – March: Winter – 1 C through 7 C / 34 F through 45 F     Clothes   Remember, simplicity is your friend! If you want to blend in, at least a little bit, avoid major tourist...
The Ultimate Guide To House Sitting: What You Need To Know

The Ultimate Guide To House Sitting: What You Need To Know

This post was last updated on November 24th, 2015We’ve done our fair share of housesitting in stunning destinations around the world like Costa Rica, France and New York City. As such, we get a lot of emails and questions about what it’s like and how other traveler’s can find housesitting jobs, too. And while we’ve written about house sitting in San Ramon and the South of France, we’ve never actually written a comprehensive guide to house sitting. So finally, here you have it: A Cruising Couple’s guide to getting started with housesitting:     Spoiler Alert: we have a special bonus gift for our AWESOME readers at the end of this post—ahem, that’s you ;-)   International house sitting has gained quite a bit of press in recent years. After all, what’s not to like about free accommodation in exotic locations and extra vacation money in your pocket? While we love house sitting, it’s definitely not for everyone, and there are a few things to keep in mind before you immediately agree to that year-long housesitting job in Timbuktu. Let’s start off with what we like about house sitting: Pros:  Free Accommodation Okay, so this is honestly probably the most important pro for most travelers. Accommodation is often the priciest part of your vacation. Decent hotels can be as much as $200 a night depending on the locale, and if you’re planning on staying for longer than a couple of nights, that can put a pretty big dent in your vacation fund. Free accommodation’s looking pretty nice, especially when you get to trade the hotel room for this…   Gorgeous Homes We’ve loved just about every...
House Sitting in the South of France – What It Was Really Like

House Sitting in the South of France – What It Was Really Like

This post was last updated on June 20th, 2015House Sitting is all the rage right now with travel bloggers and digital nomads who, like us, are trying to balance their penchant for wanderlust with wanting a few creature comforts. If you haven’t heard of house sitting yet, don’t worry—while it’s not necessarily a new phenomenon, it seems only recently that the craze has really caught on. Before we get into our experience of house sitting in the South of France, here is a quick explanation to get everyone on the same page:     What Is House Sitting:   Everyone loves a good vacation, right?! So do homeowners, and while they are away, they need trusted individuals to take care of their belongings and furry friends. In exchange for offering a bit of TLC and keeping things in order, you get free accommodation. House sitting gigs can be found all around the world for all sorts of time frames, ranging from a few days to many months. If you’re a traveler with a flexible itinerary, then house sitting can be great as you not only get free accommodation, you also get to live like a local, enjoy the comforts of a home-away-from-home, and (often) take care of adorable pets.     House sitting isn’t for everyone. After all it is a job, which requires you to be respectful and responsible over another person’s possessions. You’ll have to follow certain house rules and routines that might limit your ability to go out and explore the surrounding region. And you never know what crazy mishaps might happen, which you’ll have to be prepared to...
50 Cool Things to Do in Paris

50 Cool Things to Do in Paris

This post was last updated on March 11th, 2017   One of the best things about Paris is the sheer number of things there are to see and do—and, of course, eat! Our most recent trip to Paris was our second time to the magical City of Lights. This time around, we did a ton of research prior to our arrival in an effort to discover the best off-the-beaten-path restaurants, activities, shopping and attractions. We also wanted to leave time to re-discover a handful of quintessential Parisian landmarks.     We didn’t have time to check everything off our Paris bucket list—with fifty things to do in just six days, we would have driven ourselves crazy if we tried. But even though we didn’t test out everything firsthand, we still wanted to make sure our hours of research went to good use. After all, who knows when we’ll be back in Paris! So here you have the fruits of our labor: 50 Cool Things to Do in Paris. We’ve organized the list into four categories: Iconic Attractions, Entertainment, Wining and Dining, and Shopping. Whether it’s your first or your fiftieth visit to Paris, you’re bound to discover a new, useful or inspiring idea below!   Attractions     1. The Eiffel Tower Let’s start with the obvious. 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...
A Cabaret Experience at the Moulin Rouge: Is It Worth It?

A Cabaret Experience at the Moulin Rouge: Is It Worth It?

This post was last updated on March 11th, 2017Perhaps the world’s most famous cabaret show, the Moulin Rouge is a must-see for many visitors to Paris—even if just to snap a photo in front of the iconic red windmill. It’s no wonder why the dance hall is a hot spot on the tourist trail: since opening its doors 120 years ago, the risqué venue has cemented the popularity of the French cancan, while also inspiring countless paintings, posters, and films all attempting to capture whatever seedy yet romantic notions of extravagance the Moulin Rouge encompasses.     Even today, most of the cabaret shows at the Moulin Rouge sell out, especially during high season. But for all the talk, reviews of the dinner and show are just about as mixed as they come. So is a visit worth it? Here is our candid take on the Moulin Rouge experience:   A Review Of The Moulin Rouge In Paris     While the Moulin Rouge is a burlesque cabaret (yes, you’re going to see lots of boobs), the show is by no means ‘erotic’. Rather, gifted artists take to the intimate stage and dazzle the theatre with their dancing, singing and costumes. Similar to Cirque du Soleil, it can be a bit confusing trying to follow along with the plot, so it’s best to just sit back and enjoy the entertainment instead; with sensational talent, interesting choreography and thousands of feathers, sequins and rhinestones, it’s an easy thing to do.   While the main acts of Feerie were captivating, we found the specialty performances in between the acts to be...
Culinary Tours of Paris: A Montmartre Moveable Feast

Culinary Tours of Paris: A Montmartre Moveable Feast

This post was last updated on August 6th, 2014Montmartre is one of our favorite areas in all of Paris. In between the atmospheric cafes, the small cobblestone roads and the rich history of writers and artists who once called it home, there’s just something wonderfully romantic about ambling through the neighborhood. Sure, there’s the super-touristy (though magnificent) Basilica of Sacre-Coeur at the top of the hill. And then there’s the slightly sleezy Pigalle area at the foot of it. But in between are Montmartre’s narrow alleyways and quiet stairways, and that’s where a sense of magic still prevails. When we discovered we could take a food tour through Montmartre, we jumped at the opportunity. It would be the perfect way to gain culinary insight to Paris, largely considered to be the gastronomic capital of the world, while also giving us an excuse to indulge in as many French calories as we pleased. Contrary to popular belief, French food doesn’t have to be fussy and fancy; many French actually consider it to be the simple meals that are often the best. But what not even many Parisians realize is that Montmartre is a haven for foodies. Some restaurants and shops in the neighborhood are still family-owned, and have been passed-down from generation to generation since the early 1900s. Go for a stroll up the hill and you’ll find numerous small, gourmet shops specializing in the best French meats, cheeses, oysters, or even absinthe. And if you’re looking for a bit of proof behind the claims, a different bakery from Montmartre has taken home 1st or 2nd prize each year in...