Paris bridges

Everyone knows about the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triumph and Notre Dame which provide stunning views of the city. Paris, its quaysides, its river, its bridges; a cliché certainly, but why is it that bridges bring out so much romance and nostalgia in us? Perhaps they offer the best viewpoints of the capital or a picture of the perfect postcard. Maybe because it is very romantic to swear our eternal love to a loved one on a bridge.

Here are Paris’s most famous bridges that we suggest you cross and stay there until the sunset:

Pont de l’Alma. This bridge is named after the Battle of Alma where the Franco-British alliance was victorious over the Russians in 1854. This bridge was completely reconstructed in the 70s to carry the weight of the daily traffic and just nearby lies the Flame of Liberty.

The Pont-Neuf is, despite its name is the oldest standing bridge across the river Seine in Paris. Every tourist wants to have their photo taken on this elegant span, with the Seine making an impressive backdrop.

Pont des Arts. The Bridge spanning the Seine from the “Institute de France” to the “Palais du Louvre” owes its name to the fact that the Louvre was called the “Palais des Arts” at the time the bridge was built. This remains the spot for those who want to immortalize their love by engraving their initials on a padlock and fastening it onto a railing.

Pont de Mirabeau. This green bridge has a perfect view of the Statue of Liberty with the Eiffel Tower towering behind it. It was the largest and highest bridge during the time of its construction and it holds 4 allegorical statues representing the ‘City of Paris’, ‘Navigation’, ‘Commerce’, and ‘Abundance’. These statues are placed on either side of the bridge on the two piles of the bridge which represent two boats.

Pont Alexandre III symbol of the friendship franco-russe, the bridge connects the Champs-Élysées quarter and the Invalides quarter, widely regarded as the most ornate, extravagant bridge in Paris, this is a terrific place for saying ‘I love you’ and bringing an eternally romantic touch to your special stay in Paris.

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The “éclair” in the French pastry

« L’éclaire » appears around 1850 in Lyon. We don’t know who invented it but it is a choux pastry filled with pastry cream flavored with vanilla, chocolate or coffee in classic recipes and covered with icing of chocolate fondant.

In 19th century, the greatest specialist of the choux pastry was Antoine Carême. He developed many inventions; one of them was  “La duchesse”. This choux pastry was coated of almond. Later, Antonin Carême moves the almonds and makes the paste of apricot marmalade and pastry cream of chocolate or cream with icing sugar. Although this dessert does not yet have the name of “Eclair”( it happens 20 years later, after the death of Antoine Carême). We also do not know where the eclaire’s name comes. “Eclair” in English means “a lightning”. Many historians said that the name comes from the phrase:”This cake is so good that you can eat at the speed of light”. Others cite the “éclaire” is so bright that it evokes the light of the lightning.

In foreign countries this cake preserves its name. Today, it goes beyond the traditional chocolate, coffee or vanilla of our grandmother’s recipe: “éclairs” with white chocolate, truffle, red berries, caramel… the pastry creativity has no limits and we continue to eat a good “éclaire” at the speed o f light!

Pictures from Pinterest, Fauchon et le Nôtre.

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The Father’s day

The father’s day is the day to celebrate dads and grandfathers; it is a day to witness the love one has for his father. In fact, the Father’s day is a day to honor the father figure in the family…
The first Father’s Day was officially celebrated two years after the creation of the Mother’s Day. Nowadays the Father’s Day is legitimate.
By tradition the celebration of the father’s day in France is on the third Sunday of June. This day is an opportunity to make a great family meal in honor of Dad and give him a special gift. Family and sometimes some friends could be invited for the feast day of father. To please Dad, he should not be involved for the preparation of gifts, organizing meal … after all he is the King during this day!

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photos from Pinterest


This summer in Paris

You do not need to go far: the best destination for this summer is Paris. The diversity proposed by Paris is so large that you never stop to reveals its secrets.
In summertime French people generally have several weeks of vacation a year, huge numbers of locals flee town for vacations in the South of France or elsewhere and foreign languages heard just as often as French in metro cars or in the street.

The pace slows, the streets are calmer, the nights longer, and summer festivals and special events promise some fun days and nights out in a summer ambience. Paris reserves many cultural activities and more originals and unusual exhibitions. Do not matter if you travel alone or with family, we are sure Paris has diversified activities for all ages. If you like the gardens and music, you will be delighted with outdoor concerts. You can choose to visit Paris in a bike tour, take a tour by the Seine, discover all the monuments in Paris or why not relax on a café’s terrace with a Parisian atmosphere.

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Take a trip with your pet!

petpetAbroad, the rules are different depending on the country. In France, it depends on the weight of the animal and the type of transport.


Do not wait until the last-minute to prepare your holiday with your pet; foresee the vaccines.

- In the metro and buses allow only guide dogs and small dogs if they are in a bag.

- In the train, the small animal could be placed in a bag; if it weighing more than six pounds, they should always be on a leash, but the other passengers can refuse access compartment;

- In the taxi, the driver has the right to refuse an animal;

- In the plane, the animals less than six pounds can travel in the cabin, in a bag; the heavier have to travel in the cargo hold.

The cats traveling in a basket; they are given a sedative for not meow during the journey.

During holidays,

Sand, salt, sun … can irritate the skin or pads of the animal. On your return from the beach, rinse well with fresh water for 5 minutes. Do not forget the eyes by applying without rubbing a sterile eye lotion

In the countryside, watch especially the ears and pads to detect the possible presence of spikelet. Also periodically check the coat of your dog to detect ticks. Use cotton soaked in ether to deaden them before pulling.

For summer, watch out for sunburn! Avoid walking in the hottest hours. Do not forget to make your pet regularly drink.

Remember that throughout the year, he is your companion animal and he loves you unconditionally. So, show him how much you care about him and travel with him!

The mother’s day in France

This special day in France has been created in 1920. The celebration was originally an instrument that the government implemented to encourage an increase in the birth rate after the death of large number of men during the battle.

At the time, the mother image is totally different to that which now exists. A good homemaker was a good cook, without a good level of educated, relatively a submissive woman to her husband.

This very popular holiday in France was officially established in 1950.

Nowadays, the mother’s day is the last Sunday of May. Toddlers make for their mom a beautiful drawing or a great gift made with the help of their teacher. The older children offer a gift with the help of their father and sometimes with a bouquet of flowers.

French people organize a lunch or a dinner and they often celebrate in the same day two or three generations of mothers.

Happy mother’s day!

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Business lunch

One hour for an informal discussion around the table allow good start negotiations to create projects and a close partnership. A business lunch is a great time to discover, pointed and find strengths and weaknesses of our future partners.

If you invite, propose several dates and confirm your table at the restaurant during the morning; if you have your appointment on site, arrive a few minutes before the time fixed and choose your table: place the guest of honor in front of you, then to your right and to your left side the other guests that you wish to honor.

For the menu, let your guests choose first, if you know the menu, you can make some suggestions.  Even you don’t drink wine, you should drink the same choice of your guests. If they take an entrance, a dessert, you have to imitate. Pay the bill discreetly and if possible with a credit card.

If you have been invited, you should be punctual. Do not cancel the same day, unless compelling reason. If you have the slightest delay, you must let know the restaurant. Do not order the most expensive dishes systematically. If you hesitate, ask your host: “What do you recommend? » At the check time, you can propose to pay but do not insist if the host invitation was clearly expressed.

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The hats

Wearing hat was widespread in the middle class in the nineteenth century. Apart from its practical aspect, the hat permitted to greet ladies that we grew up the stairs or that we meet on the street; in a word, to manifest in all circumstances his courtesy and good education. Women, for their part, will not be coming to lunch without a hat, or a garden party without displaying a beautiful wide-brimmed hat.

Today the women hats is hardly rigorous in ceremonies (weddings and funerals, for example) . However, dressmakers continue to use the hats in their parades. Women never have to remove their hats in the street.

They do not wear it for dinner, but they keep for a lunch or a cocktail. It must be matched with the clothes they dress.

The headgears are reduced to use it for the sport, rain hat, the hat and furred cap. Men used to remove the head hat in public areas, restaurant, café, cinema … When the men crossed a woman in the street, a man had to make the gesture to remove the hat before the women, but it was customary that the woman kept her cover head. The man hat was kept in the cloakroom at the arrival in a house.

In a church, a man kept bareheaded, while a woman used to cover her head with a hat, a shawl or a scarf.

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Photos from Pinterest. Chapeaux hats


May day in France.

The 1st May and the Lily of the Valley feast…

Since the middle Ages, it seems that the Lily of the valley; a plant native to Japan, is present in Europe since the middle Ages. The “plant of bells” has always symbolized the spring; the Celts have given it the virtue of lucky. On 1st May of 1561, King Charles IX formalized the feast: he having received this day a sprig of lily of the valley as a lucky charm, he decided to offer each year a Lily of the Valley to each lady of the court; the tradition was born.

The flower is also ideally for the romantic encounter. Longtime, was organized in Europe “The ball of the Lily of the Valley”. It was also one of the few dances of the year when parents do not have the rights of opinion. That day, the girls are dressed in white and the boys use to decor their buttonhole with a Lily of the Valley.

In Paris, at the beginning of the century, fashion designers offer lilies of the valley to the workers. But it was not until 1976 that it is associated with the celebration of 1st May. On the buttonhole of the protesters, then it replaces the wild rose and the red triangle which symbolized the division of the day into three equal parts: work, sleep, play.

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How to prepare your next trip?

voyageIt is true that we prepare our trip depending if we travel alone or as a couple, with the family or in a group, by car or by train, for leisure or for business. However, travel behavior involves a mindset that makes someone or not qualified good traveler.

Before take your flight, it is necessary to prepare an itinerary, select the places to visit and the hotel according to your interests and budget. Make sure you have the right documents; the visa, the valid passport and the documents during airport transits.

Frequently, passengers present some issues with its luggage; traveling doesn’t mean move so, you need pack according to your trip (weekend, business, vacation) and also the means of transport (limit weight if you travel by aircraft, the size the trunk of your car, weight and size allowed if you travel by train).

When you arrange the suitcase; create a list, a reminder where we write all clothing and articles to take and travel accessories. The design of your luggage is not the most important; the luggage has to be very well organized in case your luggage has an accidental opening or the curiosity of a customs officer. Toilet articles and other intimate effects are hidden in discreet pockets.


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