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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I am in France fairly often, and after a while, booking hotels and looking for a good hostel can become rather stressful.

Sometimes, it becomes too expensive or too crowded. While I enjoy staying at nice French hotels, the lack of privacy can be a bit difficult at times. Sometimes, I just wish that I could come home to the same place every time, especially since I am in France pretty often.
Then it struck me – I should buy a holiday home in France! Sure, I may not be there year round, but since I am spending a lot of time in France throughout the year, it would be a great idea to purchase a holiday home that I can come home to every time I am in the country.

Hotel Le Bristol – 5 Star Luxury Hotel – Paris, France

Since I have never purchased a home in France before, the first thing I wanted to do is to find out what I needed in the first place. I called up some friends who were willing to recommend a good property agent that can help me find exactly what I am looking for.
With the help of the property agent, I was able to find exactly what I was looking for.
homeFigure out what location you are going for.

Some of the questions my property agent asked me is what kind of location I would like to have in the first place. Luckily, I am already well travelled in France and I already have an idea where I would like to live.

Since Paris has a special place in my heart, I wanted a nice home just outside of the city, but still close enough to be accessible by public transportation.
I suggest that everyone who plans on purchasing a holiday home in France should take the time off to visit the country and figure out where they want to stay in the first place.

My suggestion would be to go on off season, so that there are fewer people. The rates are also often cheaper then, even if you plan on purchasing a home.
Figure out your budget and what kind of property you would like
beautiful houseIf you are like me who is unfamiliar with what you can get for your money, it is best to ask your local estate agent to help you. I knew that properties within the heart of Paris are especially expensive, and my money will likely not buy much, and I certainly won’t be able to afford a room with a view.
Remember that the closer you get to the heart of the city, the more expensive the prices will be. However, living farther off also means that you will spend more hours on the road and consequently spend more money on gas or transportation. Try to find that perfect sweet spot when buying a home.
Visit before buying
Naturally, you should visit the home that you plan on purchasing. My property agent brought me to several apartments that I viewed in one day, and I was able to find the perfect holiday home within that very afternoon.

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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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