Thursday, June 4, 2009

A Piece of Paradise

Many a night I have wandered back to my hotel lost in the criss-cross of streets more like alleys, a fresh coat of rain glimmering on cobblestones under a full moon. It is late. A time when lovers stroll before going back to bed. And little city dogs take their last evening walk. Paris is spectacular at night , especially a misty, Autumn Sunday night when people are relaxed from a weekend of pleasure. This is the time to come and lean upon the Pont Neuf, the old bridge spanning the River Seine. One can feel the centuries of the city's history hiding like mirages, between wavelets, or lurking in shadowy doorways on the Left Bank. I love standing on that bridge, wrapping my scarf closer around my neck, listening to bits of conversation as couples move past me, going somewhere arms locked, focused intently upon what is happening between them. Here I take a moment to contemplate the joys and sorrows of my life before getting on with it. This is my spot for planting my feet and feeling connected to all that has gone before and that which has yet to be revealed. Secretly, I have accumlated several spots in Paris for momentary meditation and they never let me down. Doesn't matter how many people are there, the weather, the time of touchstones are dispersed throughout the city and I revere them all. Sometimes it is important to find the geographical place where you can be very quiet and still and learn something more about who you really are.
Beth Marlin

Friday, May 1, 2009

Versailles: Miss the Crowds - Enjoy the History

Want to learn the history of one of the most popular tourist sites near Paris? I'm not talking about the Eiffel Tower nor the Arc de Triomphe. I'm talking about the Palace of Versailles, the prized residence of the Sun King, Louis XIV.

If you're planning a visit to the Palace of Versailles, do yourself a favor and read my article on before you go. It will give you a deeper understanding of the history and appreciation for all that you will see on your visit to the Palace. In addition, because this spot is a tourist magnet, you'll want to miss the crowds in order to appreciate and experience the Palace in all its grandeur. My article provides information on how to do just that.

Bon Voyage!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Paris-Insider Provides Interesting Historical and Travel Information

Paris-Insider is a website dedicated to providing relevant information to people traveling or hoping to travel to Paris, France. There are articles describing various hotels, attractions, and restaurants as well as historical and cultural information. You can learn about how and when to properly drink coffee in Paris, cheese basics and how to ride the various forms of public transportation in the City of Light.

Did you know that bees are kept on the roof of the Paris Opera House? Paris-Insider knows! Learn more about the bees in Paris...