Buying antiques in Versailles

Buying antiques in Versailles

The Palace of Versailles is one of the most popular landmarks in France, and one that people from all over the world come to see. The resplendent royal residence built by Louis XIV was built near  a very small village at the time, but thanks to the royalty and nobles who spent their time at the castle, Versailles became a whole city that eventually became part of the Ile de France metropolis. Versailles has quite a few historical and cultural attractions even outside the palace, and many ni... [ read more ]

Things to do in Versailles when you’re not sightseeing

Things to do in Versailles when you’re not sightseeing

Versailles is known chiefly for being one of the most popular attractions in France, and when hearing the word, most people automatically think of the eponymous palace that represents one of the biggest excesses of Louis XIV - lavish interiors, pure luxury wherever you look, and the elegance of French aristocracy. But Versailles is in fact an entire town rife with all manner of attractions, and you can easily forget yourself and spend hours and even days wandering through the classy streets. But... [ read more ]

The best souvenirs from France and where to buy them

The best souvenirs from France and where to buy them

Even if you're traveling on a tiny budget, if you're having fun you will most likely feel the urge to buy something to remind you of your trip - a souvenir. In French, souvenir means memory - a very fitting name for something that you buy to bring back memories of good old times. You can keep your souvenir for yourself and reminisce about faraway places and adventures, or maybe bring back to friends or family as a proof that you've seen interesting places and returned to tell the tale. So if... [ read more ]

A guide to bargain shopping in Paris

A guide to bargain shopping in Paris

Paris is a notorious shopper's paradise, but it is also known as a rather exclusive shopping destination where people go to buy couture and expensive brands. But as everyone who has spent more than a few weeks in Paris can testify, Paris is also a great place for bargain shopping, the trick is to know where and when to look for bargains. Whether you're looking for a quick and cheap meal, mementos to bring back home, presents to buy or simply to indulge in your passion for shopping, a guide t... [ read more ]

Top 5 flea markets in France

Top 5 flea markets in France

For antiquarians, collectors of antiquities or people who like old things better than new ones, France is a genuine treasure trove. Flea markets, or marchés aux puces, are widespread throughout the country, and it's more difficult to find a town that doesn't regularly host one than a town which does. Some flea markets are weekly affairs, where locals and visitors gather usually on weekends to display their wares or browse through everything from forgotten treasures to ordinary junk. Whether you... [ read more ]

Shopping vacations in France

Shopping vacations in France

France is the country of great food, rich museums, beautiful landscapes and other attractions - but at the same time, is the place where every shopping addict dreams of going. France practically invented haute-couture, and many of the world's leading designers and fashion houses are located in France. Want to go on a memorable shopping spree in the land of Coco Chanel or Gaultier, of antiques and art galleries? There are lots of places that you can visit, because France is, predictably enough, a... [ read more ]