England and France are very close together, especially now that the Euro Tunnel is in operation. It takes somewhere between 4 hours to travel from London to Paris, so when I have the funds for it, I spend the weekend in Paris when I can.

Paris is remarkably, a fairly small city but with so many interesting things to see, you may need more than two days to see everything. However, since I am a Paris weekend warrior, I have compiled the must-see sites that are perfect for a weekend stay in the City of Lights. read more

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Paris is on the bucket list of many, and that is without a doubt at all. To some it may be nothing more than a pipe dream but for those lucky few who can afford to go to France and can actually get there without too many visa troubles, France can quickly become the next vacation destination. Who wouldn’t want to go to France, right?

But as adults, some things can get in our way and prevent us from taking vacations. For one, we can’t always take our kids with us on holidays. That’s the simple truth. Some days, mum and dad just need some time alone with each other.

Meanwhile, here is a list of Top 10 Tourist Attractions in France:

 

Or just mum needs to get away for a while (the same goes for just dad), to have a break from life, to recover so she can come back full force. And that of course is perfectly alright. Everyone needs a bit of a break once in a while. And what better way to do so than to go off on vacation to France, the lovely country we all just dream to visit?

One way to allow yourself to have a short break is to ensure that your children will be well taken care of while you jet off to France to take a breather. Here are a couple ideas for what you can actually do when it comes to childcare.

campingCamps for Kids
If you are travelling in the summer, one thing that you can do is send children to summer camps for young ones. Choose an option that will allow you to leave your children in their care for a week or two, so that you can have your vacation at the same time.

Make backup arrangements in case your child does not enjoy the camp and begs to be taken away (talk to a relative or family friend–just in case), because you do not want to have it happen that if your child wants to leave the camp, they have nowhere to go.

And of course do not leave your child with just any camp…make sure that the service you leave them with is reputable.

toddler careFamily and Family Friends
Of course your other option is to leave your child with family and friends who you very much trust. You don’t want to leave your kids with someone who you wouldn’t even ask to baby sit.

Usually the best option is leaving your children with one of your parents, or with a sibling, or perhaps an aunt. In the absence of any relatives who can take your children, you can leave your children with best and close friends who are willing to do you a favour.

Although it’s quite likely you will also need to do them a favour in return someday. ;)

Just remember that before you travel, you have to be a responsible parent and make arrangements for your child’s care. You cannot just send them off to the first thing that comes up–you have to make considerations for their safety. Happy travels!

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French Bulldog BreedCulturally, the French absolutely love their dogs, but bureaucratically, there are few places where you can bring your dog without being chastised by the local police. France still has some issues with their dog laws, and dogs are typically not allowed to the majority of the places there.

There are no dog parks in France, and almost all of their beaches ban dogs from visiting throughout the year.

However, the big cities are still great places to bring your dog to, particularly within Paris, Cannes, and Marseille. Here are some of the things you can watch out for when taking your dogs to France:

Take Your Dogs On Holiday to France


There are many dog boutiques
Natural Dog FoodIn France, especially in Paris, you can find many dog boutiques so if you are looking for natural dog food, you can easily find them along the corner. More and more dog owners are choosing environmentally friendly, cruelty free dog food made out of natural ingredients. Healthy dog food is something that you can find everywhere in France.

You can also buy pet accessories and other things, but the majority will be for small breed dogs. The majority of city dwellers do not have the space for a big house, so many of them live in apartments that only have enough space for a small breed of dog.

There are dog friendly restaurants and hotels
Dog=Friendly RestaurantYou are allowed to take your dogs into restaurants and hotels for the most part. Most restaurants allow you to bring your dog as long as it is on a leash and that it does not bark or jump on people. Small dogs are often required to be inside a carrier bag to make sure that they stay out of the way.

About 50% of hotels in Paris allow dogs inside, but you will have to make sure that your pet is completely vaccinated and that you keep it clean – naturally, you do not want them soiling the carpets. I suggest that you bring a training pad to prevent your dog from making a mess.

You can ride the Métro and buses
Metro de Paris in FranceMost small dogs are allowed to ride the Métro and go on a bus ride provided that they are placed inside a carrier. If the dog is too large for a carrier, they are allowed to go on a train or bus ride if they are muzzled and on a leash.

I suggest buying a nice muzzle for your dog just in case, as this will be a requirement in many public places in France. Note that you will be required to buy your dog its own bus ticket, at discounted child fare rates.

Of course, in France, many places are off limits to dogs, but the regular streets are just fine. Sure, there are no dog parks, but there are always other places to visit. I love bringing my toy poodle along and having her sit on my lap while enjoying a nice cup of cappuccino. In my opinion, France is still friendlier towards dogs than most places in the UK.

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While I am a pretty fit girl who loves hiking, skiing, and mountain climbing in the Rhône-Alpes, spending on a ski trip or a climbing is a rather expensive excursion and not everyone can afford to go to the Alps everyday just for maintaining fitness.

Female Runner

I exercise at home in the UK everyday, but when I am in Paris (for I spend most of my time there), I have to become a bit more creative. For one thing, I cannot afford to spend for a gym membership in France because I am simply not there often enough to merit such an investment. On the other hand, if I do not get to exercise at least once a day, I kind of feel incomplete.

Best Outdoor Cardio Exercises


So what are the most affordable ways for you to stay fit within Paris? Well, check it out:

Try the Outdoor Gyms
Parcours de santéThere are free to use outside exercise equipment in the Parcour Sportif which is found along the Canal Saint-Martin. Compared to the more sophisticated outdoor gyms found in other places in Europe, the Parcour Sportif sure is simple with plain green bars and balancing beams. Simple as it is, you will be in good company because of the different fitness folks that frequent the area.

There are body builders that do pull ups religiously whether it is raining or snowing, and the area is also frequented by urban “ninjas” specialising in the French sports discipline of Parkour. I get so inspired to work out in the area because of its eclectic clientèle.

If you want something that is a bit more modern than the grungy green monkey bars of Parcour Sportif, you can head on over to Île aux Cygnes where they recently installed a brand new outdoor fitness gym. The island is narrow and covered in trees, and is also protected from the rain by Pont de Grenelle bridge. You can use the stationary bicycle while enjoying the fresh air and the beautiful view by the Seine. They even have a small climbing wall where mountain climbers like myself can literally “hang around”.

Go jogging along historical parks
Jardin des Tuileries in ParisI love jogging – it provides me with the high intensity cardio work out that I need while costing next to nothing. My favourite places to jog is along the well-trodden paths of the Jardin des Tuileries, which is located along the Champs Elysees. If you want your jog to double as a mini tour of Paris, I highly suggest you visit the historic Jardin des Tuileries! Some of the sights that you can see from the park include the Louvre, the Place de la Concorde, Champs Elysees, the Arc de Triomphe, and of course, the Eiffel Tower itself.

Alternatively, you can also take a jog at Jardin du Luxembourg, which is the largest public park within Paris. The perimeter of the park is about 2km, so taking a few laps around the area is enough to fill your five or ten kilometre run quota. The park is absolutely gorgeous, and you get to pass royal gardens, a grotto, and see beautiful architecture all around you. Paris is truly a wonderful place for fitness lovers such as myself.

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Taking Your Kids with You to France

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France is the dream destination of many young girls, women, and yes, even couples. There’s just something magical about the place… I think we can all admit that. The Eiffel tower is on the bucket list of just about half …