Shops and Stores in France

Eating Related: une épicerie: A small grocery store le marché: The farmer's market le supermarché: The supermarket une hypermarché: A superstore, giant supermarket le bar: The bar le bistro: The small restaurant la boucherie: The butcher shop la boulangerie: The bakery le cafe: The coffee shop la charcuterie: The pork butcher la confiserie: The candy store la crémerie, la laiterie: The dairy store la fromagerie: The cheese

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What Not To Do In France

I stumbled on this YouTube video of these two French sisters who had great advice for foreigners traveling to France by listing the things NOT TO DO... http://youtu.be/5RQvzBtBKQQ Here's a summary of the video plus some additions I feel are important: French people do not hug, instead they kiss each others' cheeks (both cheeks ranging from 1-4 times dependent on

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Un café, s’il vous plaît

Speaking of French coffee, a must-do in Paris is to enjoy coffee at an outdoors café and people watch.  If you are American, this can be disastrous if you order the wrong kind of coffee!  Here is a list of coffee terminology to ensure you order what you intended: Un café: A single black espresso coffee (NOT A REGULAR COFFEE!)

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Coffee Break French

"Learn a language on your coffee break!" I had several French friends recommend the podcast Coffee Break French where there are step-by-step lessons on speaking French.  The lessons are short so you can learn French while you have a break from your daily routine.  Though you can purchase the lessons for bonus material, I think just listening to the free

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Money in Europe

Most of Europe uses the Euro (€) so it's important to know the conversion rate between this and the U.S. Dollar ($).  Generally the rate is 30% more from the Euro to USD so you can either do some quick thinking math when shopping, or download a currency conversation app on your mobile device.  I personally like the one called

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Reading a French Menu & Ordering

The French are known for their delicious, meticulous food but you won't get a bite if you don't know how to read a menu or how to order.  I found some helpful links so you can review and learn phrases for ordering while also finding out your favorite foods or those to avoid, such as "les cuisses de grenouille" (frog

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22 Ways to Save Money in Paris

Thank you, Amy Ho, for sharing this article by Nomadic Matt on ways to enjoy Paris on a budget: 1. Visit the Louvre for free (first Sunday of month from October-March) 2. Save at the Musée d'Orsay (cheaper tickets after 4:30PM, except Thursday 6:00PM) 3. Buy a Paris Museum Pass 4. First Sunday of the month? Free museums! 5. Take

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Tripit

Being the overly-detailed traveler that I am, the app TripIt has become my best friend because it automatically imports all of my travel confirmations (flights, hotels, tours, etc.) into one nifty itinerary with details such as contact information, flight seat numbers, and hotel amenities.  Based on your locations, it will even automatically input directions such as driving or subway directions

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Portlandia

I am the luckiest bride-to-be because I have 14 wonderful bridesmaids planning my bachelorette party.  I am not one to want a traditional bachelorette so my bridal party will be heading to Oregon to enjoy craft beers and the beautiful scenery Portland is known for!  To mark the occasion, one of my bridesmaids, Jenn, created this while practicing her modern

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40 Genius Travel Tips

I stumbled upon this article and had my mind blown by the genius travel tips! http://news.distractify.com/dark/trivial-facts/24-travel-tips-that-will-change-your-life-forever/?v=1 Whether or not you can join us, it is a must read.  It gives advice on booking airfare, going through airports, packing, and even editing tourists out of your photographs.  Here are some some useful tips:

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