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Best Neighborhoods to Stay in Paris

Have an Authentic and Relaxing Stay

best neighborhood in parisI often get the question, "Professor, where should I stay in Paris?".   First of all, you want to avoid the area near the Eiffel Tower and the Champs Elysees.  They are way too touristy, are overpriced, and are crowded.  The Champs Elysees is hardly "French" at all. However, there are a few neighborhoods in Paris I like to stay in.  My criteria is based on convenience of getting to other sites I want to see, restaurants, transportation access, value, and overall pleasantness of the area.  See my choices in today's blog post.

Friday, September 22, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (182)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.7
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3 Favorite Paris Restaurants

Try These and Bon Appetite!

top paris restaurant picksEveryone is always asking me about their favorite restaurants in Paris.  Well, to be honest, there are quite a few of them that I absolutely love.  In today's Paris blog post I list 3 of my favorite Paris restaurants.  Most of these in this list are traditional and well-established dining establishments.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 05, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (214)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 3.5
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Are Europeans Rude to American Travelers?

Are Tourists No Longer Welcome in Europe?

are europeans rudeI am a semi-regular guest on the Scott Thompson radio program in Hamilton, Ontario.   In between interviews on the eclipse and Jerry Lewis, Scott spoke with me on-air about stories he heard about tourists no longer being welcome in Europe such as this one.  He also had some anecdotal stories of being treated rudely in Italy.  We had about 10 minutes to talk on air and afterwards, my website lit up like a Christmas tree.  See my comments on tourists being treated rudely or not being welcome in Europe.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (176)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0

A Day Trip to Brussels from Paris or London

How to Plan a Short Visit to Brussels

day trip to brusselsOn our small group tours to Paris, once in a while, we take a break and do a day trip somewhere else.  It could be Giverny, it could be to Versailles and if we are ambitious, we can take the train up to Brussels for a day or two visit to this wonderful city.  Read The Professor's blog post on how to plan a day trip to Brussels.

Sunday, July 30, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (131)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: Paris
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Four Lunch Spots in Paris

Enjoy a Nice Relaxing Lunch in Paris

best lunch spots in parisOn our small group tours to Paris, we always take time out to stop for a nice relaxing lunch.  And why not? We had a "tough" day of touring and it's time to live as the Parisians do.  In today's blog post, The Traveling Professor has selected four of his best lunch spots in Paris.  On your next tour to Paris, check one of these places out.

Thursday, July 13, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (249)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Paris

Tips on Finding a Great Hotel in Paris

Great Values are Available - If You Know How to Look

Hoteliers in Paris have admitted to me, Paris tourism is in a slump by as much as 30%. What that means is the savvy traveler can find bargains - if they know where to look.  For instance, we found a 5-star luxury hotel in the 5th arrondissement for $154 a night, right next to a 2-star hotel charging $150 per night.  I'll take the upgrade for $4 any day or night.  The key to finding the best rates is to know what leverage you have and then to apply it.  In today's blog post, The Traveling Professor tells you the tips to get the best hotel rates possible on your next tour to Paris. 

Saturday, July 08, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (254)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.3
Categories: Paris

3 Elegant and Affordable Places to Dine in Paris

Upscale Dining at a Reasonable Price

elegant and affordable dining in parisParis is considered by many as the food capital of the world.  On The Traveling Professor's small group tours to Paris, we enjoy nice meals without breaking the bank.  Whether it be for lunch or dinner, there are places to dine in Paris on the high end without blowing your entire food budget on one meal.  Check out The Traveling Professor's blog post to find elegant dining experiences at a reasonable price.

Monday, July 03, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (196)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Paris

Perfect Father's Day Travel Gift

He Will Love It - Guaranteed

best fathers day travel giftLooking for the perfect Father's Day gift of travel for Dad?  Something he will never, ever forget?  Something he can do with you, or a Father/Son or Father/Daughter experience?  In today's blog post we have a travel gift that Dad would probably not plan on his own, but it is a trip he probably has wanted to do for a long time.  Read the blog post to find out this great travel gift for Dad.

Thursday, June 01, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (170)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.0
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American Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer, Normandy

A Visit to the Normandy Invasion Beaches

American Cemetery Colleville-sur-Mer NormandyJust about every year, I get to run a tour to the Normandy Invasion Beaches which includes the American Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer.  It is one of the least popular tours we run, but for me, it is the most profound and compelling trip I take, no matter that I have done it over a dozen times.  In today's blog post, I will describe my experience in visiting the American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer.

Monday, May 29, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (160)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: Paris

Favorite Paris Left Bank Eating Spots

Professor's Picks for Places to Eat in Paris

best left bank restaurantsNearly every week I get 5 or 6 requests regarding my favorite eating spots in Paris. Believe me, I have never run into a Paris traveler who has complained there is no where to eat. But in any case, whether it be on my small group tours to Paris or traveling solo to Paris, take a look at my favorite restaurants on the Left Bank of Paris.

Saturday, May 13, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (233)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
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4 Easy and Practical Ways to Save on Travel

tips on saving on travelIf you are like The Traveling Professor, you like to save money without sacrificing luxury or comfort.  There are ways to enjoy a trip without busing the budget or without sleeping in a hostel or cheap hotel.  There are also ways to wisely save money and get more out of a visit to Italy, Scandinavia, Paris, or any other destination.  Read The Traveling Professor's 4 practical tips to save money on travel.

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Top 5 Tips for Planning a Trip to Rome

top tips for planning a rome visitEveryone should visit Rome in their lifetime. However, travelers must realize Rome is big, gritty, and one of the most crowded cities for travelers in all of Europe. The Professor has LOTS of experience traveling to Rome, so listen to his practical and useful tips for planning a trip to the Eternal City.

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3 Places to Eat in Florence

Tuscan style food is some of the most popular food in the world.  There is la bistecca all Fiorentina, a healthy portioned t-bone steak. There is chingiale, the wild boar dish exclusive to the region.  Let's not forget the most traditional of dishes, the ribollita peasant soup made from beans and the unique black cabbage.  Anything with truffles is good.  Read The Traveling Professor's blog post to get 3 of his favorite dining spots in Florence.

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