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Three Waterparks Worth a Detour in Europe

If you're taking the clan to Europe and feeling anxious about entertaining everyone, we recommend one of these terrific waterparks to guarantee fun. Need three good reasons to include one as part of a European Grand Tour? You will avoid sunstroke from touring public squares in the heat. You will relax the human brain, which can only absorb so much culture in a day. You...

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Paris, France: City Reborn

When sightseeing with teens, you'll notice that Paris is more environmentally conscientious and respectful of other cultures than ever before, while remaining as charmingly French as ever. To visit the City of Light after an absence of 12 years is to find it ever more brilliant, illuminated by an hourly lightshow of electronic sparkles that play across the Eiffel Tower. Brilliant and smarter, too:...

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Paris, The Lady and The Ring

It is Paris; it is drizzling. We are at Place de la Madeleine in front of a Parthenon-style church built by a Napoleon who couldn’t decide whether to brag about his victories or act humble before God. As I try to squeeze the columns into an Instagram frame, I understand why it took 85 years to finish construction. I lower my phone to see a woman right beside me. She is small, maybe 50....

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Three generations travel to Paris

In spite of transportation strikes, demonstrations, threats of terrorism and flooding in the Seine, my June 2016 trip to Paris with my daughter, Nikki and eight-year-old grandson, Noah was great. Weather was perfect except for a slight drizzle the first day and the day of departure. Our apartment in the 11th arrondissement, east of the Marais, was very attractive and chic (owned by a Brit photographer)...

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Paris On A Petite Budget

Inexpensive European travel in Paris, France, is certainly possible if you take the advice of locals who know to navigate the system and succeed.The French Government Tourist Office recently publicized insider tips for making a visit to Paris more affordable and more authentic, and after trying them, I know they're still valid.  Mon dieu! The reality is that a trip to Paris...

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Paris – France Family Shopping Sans Budget

Whenever she visits Paris, the designer toddler clothes, haute couture for dolls, and toys for les jeunes make this shopper cry, "Vive la France!"Last year, a friend called me in a panic. It seems her Girl Scout troop had finally decided how they wanted to use their cookie money. A campout? Day trip to the coast, perhaps?“They want to go to Paris... to shop!” she cried. “What...

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Travel in Paris

Paris not only shines for being "The City of Light", but for being the city of music, sound, dance, and revelry. Even the most skeptic would be charmed by Paris after sunset. Though less frantic than other world capitals such as Berlin, Madrid or New York, Paris nightlife is legendary too. There you'll find relaxed bar-cafes, the most fashionable dance clubs, and mellow...

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The Eiffel Tower When She Glitters

There sat steak and custard alongside bottles of soda and cups of coffee. And, of course the customary dish of snails that looked like little hills all grouped together in a lake of garlic. The white linen was now stained with wine and butter. The din of conversation rose above the lowly lit, colorful chandeliers in the chic Parisian restaurant where I found myself in the spring of my freshman year...

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Fighting for My Place in Paris

I forced myself to fight for a spot on the ligne 13 this morning. A little girl squeezed my knees and gave me a genuine smile. Her honesty relaxed me. I can feel a lady with a wrinkled forehead breathe behind me. She accidentally hits me with a plastic bag. I go to a cafe. Le Fountain Sully in the Marais. I imagine...

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Teddy, Moon and Elmo Go to Paris with Furry Toy Tours

Anyone who has ever traveled with a child knows that the most essential piece of luggage is not the suitcase with your clothes or the purse with your credit card. No, the most essential piece of luggage is your child’s favorite stuffed animal. So, this week, why not pamper your child’s furry friend, the buddy who’s been there to ward off all the monsters hiding under the bed. This...

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