French holiday traditions: celebrate à la Française

How exactly do the French get down for Christmas and New Years? I know what you’re thinking – if we’re celebrating the same holidays how different can it get? Well… get ready to be shocked and amazed, non-French people. We’ve mapped out the major winter holidays of Christmas and New Years to give you an[…]

Everything You’ve Wondered About Hanukkah Explained

Are you curious (or confused) about Hanukkah? We’ve got a useful guide to this remarkable Jewish holiday below! It’s December, and you know that the holidays are just around the corner. Suddenly your Jewish friends start talking about Hanukkah, and without warning you’re hearing words like Menorah, latke, the 8 Days, and dreidel being thrown[…]

6 Juicy Versailles Secrets You Won’t Find in Guidebooks

Claire worked and wrote for Sight Seeker’s Delight for 7 years – read more here. It wouldn’t be a Royal Palace without a few hidden-yet-astonishing stories… we’ve dug them up. After centuries of royal habitation, you just know that Versailles has baggage. The history of the place is relatively well known – it started as[…]

Orsay Museum: 3 Fun Things to Know Before Going

You think you know, but you have no idea… Okay, maybe opening an article about Paris’ culture-rich history with a line from MTV’s show ‘Diary’ is a bit… off. (But seriously, remember that show?) Nevermind all that because your brain is going to get soaked in culture right now. Marinated in it. Simmered slow, on[…]

What’s the Deal With May 1 in France?

Claire worked and wrote for Sight Seeker’s Delight for 7 years – read more here. If you’ve been in Paris on May 1, you may have noticed a strange phenomenon: most stores, museums, and monuments are closed. And why are lily of the valley flowers being sold everywhere? May is a month riddled with days[…]

8 Intriguing Things You Didn’t Know About the Louvre

What you didn’t know about the good ol’ Louvre will shock and delight you. Ever feel like getting the side eye from a painting? Paris’ Louvre museum is definitely the place to go to see famous paintings, especially ones that seem half-magic… looking at you, Mona! The world famous Mona Lisa isn’t the only baffling[…]

12 Best French Authors of All Time

The French have given us more than just good wine and sweet treats… turns out they have a way with words, as well. You really can’t discuss literature without mentioning a few of the French greats. And why not get some reading in while you’re planning your Paris trip?! It’s hard to imagine where would[…]

10 Books About Paris to Read Before Your Trip

Paris inspiration: find out the 10 books about Paris you need to read before your trip. So you’ve made the great leap – you’ve booked your trip to Paris! Whether this is your first time, or you consider yourself to be a veteran Paris traveler, it’s always pretty exhilarating clicking the ole ‘pay now’ button[…]

The Surprising History of Paris Sales

I have a history lesson for you today… but it involves shopping too, so not to worry! Today marks the start of the bi-annual ‘soldes’ (sales) in Paris. If you’ve ever visited the city in July or January, you know exactly what I’m talking about. But how did these sales come about? And why are[…]

5 Reasons to climb Notre Dame Towers

Claire worked and wrote for Sight Seeker’s Delight for 7 years – read more here. Why climb Notre Dame Cathedral’s towers instead of a different Paris monument? There is no shortage of monuments to climb in Paris… the Eiffel Tower, Sacre Cœur Basilica, Montparnasse tower, even the Institut du Monde Arabe (check the views here).[…]

Montmartre Wine Festival

Did you know that under French law nothing can be built on a vineyard? It’s thanks to this neat little legal stipulation that Paris has its vineyard, the Clos de Montmartre. And without that vineyard October would not have its famous wine festival La Fete des Vendanges, making it a much less jovial time to[…]

Graveyard Love: Star-crossed Heloise and Abelard

This may be one of the most famous French love stories but it is also one of the saddest. Père Lachaise purportedly hosts these two famous lovers, Heloise and Abelard, in a beautiful tomb in the South of the cemetery near the main entrance. Abelard was a famous French philosopher, theologian, and logician. He began[…]