14. December 2012 09:08
Planning a festive break to Paris? Ronny Lavie looks beyond the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame to reveal five of the French capital's hidden gems.
There have been more clichés written about Paris than there are gargoyles on the Notre Dame, and while a lot of them are based on truth, there is more to the French capital than the pretty lights of the Eiffel Tower and the designer shops on the Champs-Élysées. Paris is quirky, intelligent and romantic - due in part to these five sparkling gems.
1. Shakespeare and Co bookshop
37 Rue de la Bûcherie, 75005
If the whole of Paris was a bookshop More...
20. April 2010 17:00
Live large in Paris and London without spending big. Frommer’s introduces Free and Dirt Cheap guides to two of the most expensive cities in Europe.
Most travellers, whatever their budget, are now looking for the best value-for-money options and Frommer’s is delivering the answers by searching out the free and best value deals in London and Paris. Frommer’s London and Paris Free & Dirt Cheap are two new practical and thrifty guides for those who want to enjoy the finer things in life for less.
The £12.99 guidebooks are written for residents as well as visitors, and offer readers a multitude of choices, fresh ideas, insider knowledge on local shortcuts and essential tips to maximise their time in London and Paris. More...
13. October 2009 14:39
When you think Paris, you think romance. But Paris can also match with thrills in amusement parks. No, not with Disneyland Paris, but with the little-known Astérix Park.
Astérix Park is a theme park based on the stories of Astérix & Obélix by Albert Uderzo and René Goscinny. Situated at just 30km north of Paris, Astérix Park surprised me with its thrilling attractions. The park is divided into “historical” sections such as the Gaulish village, the Roman Empire, Ancient Greece and so on.
Here is the story of my sunny day at Astérix Park. We started with the biggest wooden roller coaster in Europe, “Le tonnerre de Zeus” (the Thunder of Zeus), which was the best attraction I’ve ever experienced. It lifts you up to the top of Olympus and dives you headlong into a dizzying descent of more than 30 metres, racing at over 80 kph – thrilling!
I then tried the “Goudurix” (a pun meaning to have an appetite for danger) roller coaster and its seven loops without giving you the opportunity to breathe. More...