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3 Good 2-Star Hotels in Paris

Great Bargains with Comfort and Style in Paris

hotel chopin, best 2 star hotels in parisAnyone who travels to Paris knows that lodging can be very expensive. I have been traveling to Paris well over 20 years and probably have made nearly 100 trips to the City of Light.  Over the years I have uncovered some 2-star hotels that are well worth staying in.  These hotels listed below have charm and style, but best of all, the price is right.  They are well-located and offer a stay in Paris that will not soon be forgotten.  Try one of them on your next tour to Paris.

Friday, May 04, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (224)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Paris

Scams We Have Seen in France and Italy

Be Careful and Watch Out for Personal Property

scams in paris and italyThe Traveling Professor has been going to Paris and Italy for at least 20 years now.  In that time, he has seen a lot. Although France and Italy are very safe to travel to, and rarely will there be any violent crime, travelers still need to be aware of annoying petty crimes. In this blog post, The Professor goes over some of the most common scams and how to avoid them.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (80)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
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4 Paris Lunch Spots

For Every Taste and Budget

best paris lunch spotsI don't know about you, but my favorite activity in Paris is to have lunch!  After many small group tours to Paris, I have found some of the best Paris lunch spots that I am sure any traveler would enjoy.  Some are very simple, one or two are on the elegant side.  In any case, a visit to one of these Paris lunch spots may be the best part of your next trip to Paris

Thursday, April 19, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (164)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Paris

Two Enjoyable Boat Rides in Paris

And How to do them the Right Way

small group tours to parisOn The Traveling Professor's small group tours to Paris, a trip is not complete unless we take a cruise. Just about everyone knows about the Seine River cruise but there are other options too. In today's blog post, The Professor will tell you about the best cruises to take while visiting Paris as well as the best time of day to take them. The Traveling Professor will also give you a tip on a cruise to avoid.  Bon Voyage!

Tuesday, March 13, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (279)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.0
Categories: Paris

Eight Restaurants in Bayeux, France

Picks for Wonderful Norman Food

small group tours to paris and normandy invasion beachesOne of my favorite tours is The Traveling Professor's Small Group Tour to Paris and the Normandy Invasion Beaches.   We have made several trips there as part of my regular tours and we were proud to run an exclusive tour for the National D-Day Memorial in 2017. We base ourselves close to the invasion beaches in a quaint Norman town called Bayeux.  The food is exquisite and in today's blog post I have posted my restaurant recommendations for Bayeux.

Monday, February 26, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (237)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Paris

3 Good But Cheap Hotels in Paris

One and Two Star Wonders in Paris

small group tours to parisOne of the primary and most expensive costs of vacationing in Paris is the cost of hotels. Everyone wants a hotel that is clean, quiet and comfortable.  Location is also of prime importance too. Here are 3 selections by The Traveling Professor for good and cheap Paris hotel choices. Check them out on your next trip to Paris.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (310)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Paris

The "I See Dead People (and Pets)" Tour of Paris

Famous Last Resting Places of People their Pets

montmartre cemeteryParis has something for everyone. There is food, culture, history, nightlife, architecture, and more.  And for something else, check out the last resting places of people and their pets. In today's blog post I have listed several places of interest that you might not go to on your first trip to Paris, but are definitely interesting and enjoyable.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (155)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: Paris

Three Paris Hotels

New Selections from The Traveling Professor

best western parisWe just got back from another small group tour to Paris.  After waving goodbye to our 8 guests, I had the opportunity to check out some new hotels.  2 of them were further out in more residential, leafy sections of town, and another one was right in the center of all the action. Check out my blog post to find out more about my recommendations for hotels in Paris.

 

Saturday, November 11, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (452)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 3.7
Categories: Paris

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 (489)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.8
Categories: Paris

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 (437)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.0
Categories: Paris
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5 Good Packing Tips for Air Travel

5 packing tipsFor his small group tours and personal trips, The Traveling Professor probably flies about 75,000 to 100,000 miles per year on multiple trips.  That's a lot of experience with packing. There are lots of ways to make the packing experience more streamlined and easier. Read about The Traveling Professor's top 5 packing tips and enjoy your next trip to Europe or South American with less hassle.

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4 Good Airline Tips No One Ever Told You Before

4 best airline tipsAir travel is a big hassle. Airline customer service is horrible at best, airlines treat their customers like cattle with long waits, no personal service, and charge ridiculous fees.  However, some travelers are treated like VIPs with large seats, preferred boarding, lounge access, reduced or eliminated baggage fees. Find out how to fly like a VIP without spending a lot of money.  Read all about it in today's The Traveling Professor blog post

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Top 5 Tips for Exchanging Money

Top Tips for Exchanging MoneyIn Europe, the only place I have ever seen U.S. dollars is the LHR airport.  I have never seen U.S. dollars accepted anywhere else in Europe. Since the introduction of the euro about 20 years ago, things have gotten simpler since a single currency is accepted in most European Union countries, there are still many countries (Iceland, Norway, Croatia, Denmark come to mind) who do not accept euros. In this blog post The Traveling Professor gives some simple and never published before ways to exchange currency to use in Europe.

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3 Good 2-Star Hotels in Paris

hotel chopin, best 2 star hotels in parisAnyone who travels to Paris knows that lodging can be very expensive. I have been traveling to Paris well over 20 years and probably have made nearly 100 trips to the City of Light.  Over the years I have uncovered some 2-star hotels that are well worth staying in.  These hotels listed below have charm and style, but best of all, the price is right.  They are well-located and offer a stay in Paris that will not soon be forgotten.  Try one of them on your next tour to Paris.

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How to Save on Airport Parking

save money on airport parkingThe Traveling Professor is surprised about how costs can vary on airport parking. For example, at New York's JFK airport parking can be about $25 if parking on-site, about $18 a day if parking off-site.  Westchester airport charges an amazing $30 a day. At Dallas DFW airport it is $31 per day.  So, if traveling on a 2-week trip, it would not be impossible to spend a whopping $350 just to park a car.  Considering airfares to Europe are only a few hundred dollars more, that's a lot of money.  Nice friends or relatives may offer to drive you to the airport, but if you are like me, I hate to impose upon them  An obvious alternative is to use a close by off-site facility which usually saves 30%-50% and sometimes that is a good choice.  In today's blog post, The Professor will give a few more good tips on how to save on airport parking.

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