Wondering “what’s up in Paris?”
At the first signs of spring, the thoughts of many over-50 romantics veer to Paris. After all, few cities in the world can hold a candle to the city’s beauty, charm and allure.
Paris is one of those cities you can visit and revisit – experience over and over again – without any fear of the experience becoming ho-hum. Au contraire, it’s a place that leaves you feeling like you’ve never seen enough or stayed long enough. If only there was one more day to…[FILL IN THE BLANK]…!
So the challenge more often for the visitor to Paris is to design itineraries that cram as much as possible into too short a visit.
Check out the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau
Regardless of your destination across the globe, Convention and Visitors Bureaus (CVBs) are one of the most valuable and overlooked free resources to help tourists plan their travels.
ParisInfo, the official website of the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau is one such site. It offers a rich online compendium of:
- What to see and do
- Restaurants and food emporiums (of course, this is Paris we’re talking about)
- Boutiques and galleries
- Where to stay, and
- Practical information (including maps, tips for making phone calls within and outside of the city, weather forecasts, advice on handicapped accommodations, and schedules of public holidays, etc.)
GOT Tip: It’s always prudent to check on whether the dates of your city visits coincide with public holidays or events that may limit sightseeing options (e.g. closed museums or places of business, celebrations that generate crowds, etc.)
The Paris CVB also offers a free mobile city guide available for download on smartphones (either from the App store or on Google Play). The app helps tourists plan their visits while they’re home or after their arrival in the City of Love. It even enables users to make restaurant reservations and purchase e-tickets to skip the lines at popular museums and exhibitions.
New issue of What’s Up in Paris 2017
If you need the slightest bit of inspiration to plan your springtime trip to Paris, you’ll want to secure a copy of the new Paris CVB publication, What’s Up in Paris 2017. The magazine dishes on all the latest Parisian openings: hotels, events, venues, bars, restaurants, boutiques and more.
IF YOU GO
- Janice Chung, one of our GettingonTravel contributors produces FranceTravelTips.com, a website with advice to save you time and money on your next trip to France. Headed to Paris? Use the search bar on her site and enter “Paris.”
About Paris in springtime:
- On TravelAway: Paris in springtime