WORLD TOUR FOR FREE

Certain things in life are worth all the savings no matter how difficult it is. For many of us, it is just one big dream and nothing that can replace it- traveling the world once before we vanish into the oblivion. And why not? You only got one life dude!

But, wouldn’t it be so great if you could still visit your bucket list for free and meanwhile save up for that one big trip?! That is really some treasure there. Getting to the Grand Canyon, taking the longer route to the White House, or entering a space station, all suit up! Some things that you cannot even get hold of no matter how much you save.

But, today, everything is possible, including the Seven Wonders, Deep Sea, and whole of Hogwarts (yes!) The only thing you need is a smartphone and come along me. How? Just go on reading (would be worth the read, I promise)

SEE A 360-DEGREES VIEW OF THE GRAND CANYON

A stunning view and one of my favourites from Google Streetview. Reportedly one of the Grand Canyon Streetviews were made by snapping 9500 pictures together taken by Google’s team. The whole of Grand Canyon unfortunately could not be snapped because of its huge spread over 4926 km².

But you get to experience a 360 ̊ tour of the two most popular trails of the grand Grand Canyon along with a trip along theColorado River. Fortunately, you can even see the gorgeous Meteor Crater landmark which is included among a total of 75 miles of documentation of the Grand Canyon in Streetview. Some of my favourite views are linked here. Hit the link and move your phone.

Inside of the Roman death pit

INSIDE THE COLOSSEUM, ROME

A well-known architectural wonder which has stood for 2000 years, Google enables you to skip the expenses of tour planning and land straight away into the Roman Colosseum. Google Streetview houses some amazing close-up and aerial 360-degree shots for everyone to see the stone perimeter through an e-visit. Although the stone labyrinth hidden beneath the Roman death pit’s floor isn’t yet in Google’s radar, this place is still worth a visit.

WARNER BROS STUDIO

For the Potterheads in the house. A 360-degree tour of the Diagon Alley, Puking Pastilles display in the doorway of Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes, a vivid 360-degree tour of Hogwarts await you this moment… I better not spoil the broth. Just tap here to see it for yourself.

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Diagon Alley

PARIS FROM TOP OF THE EIFFEL TOWER

Luckily, you don’t have to wait till your next trip to Paris to climb the Eiffel Tower. Here’s a stunning view of Paris from the top of the Eiffel Tower, overlooking the River Seine and the city of Paris which is absolutely gorgeous. Hit the link and move the screen to see the entire view.

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ISTANBUL TRAVEL GUIDE- SEVEN PRISTINE PLACES TO RETIRE IN THE LAP OF NATURE

Istanbul is the biggest transcontinental city in the world with a mighty list of attractions to visit in both Europe and Asia. While Istanbul is a top travel destination famous for shopping and exploring the fine blend of European and Asian history of over 4500+ years, this transcontinental city has some truly picturesque scenic spots worth retiring in the lap of nature.

  1. The Princes’ Islands
Sloping hills on the island
Prince’s Islands bay

An archipelago with a group of picturesque peaceful waters along the the Maramara Sea away from the noisy world, its a soothing relaxing abode in Turkey. It’s a perfect weekend getaway destination for waking up on the island’s golden sands, live with the locals, walk along the coast, or watch the sea as the setting Sun draws below the horizon. This island is one among the group of 9 islands, away from the maddening crowds and a beautiful spot popular for its Arabic carriages drawn by horses (called phaetons). Motorcycles being banned on all the 9 islands, cycling and phaetons are the only options. This is one of the reasons why it’s so pretty along the coast and free from crowds. You can also visit the 6th century-old Hagia Yorgi church near the island, which offers a magnificent view. 

  1. Gulhane Park
Gulhane Park during the Tulip Festival

Gulhane Park was once a part of the Topkapi Palace and is situated inside the city, but it is offers a pristine, calm atmosphere within trees, blossoms, water bodies, fountains, and others. You can easily plan a small outdoor picnic with your group to spend some time in the park within the woods, diverse blossoms, and other natural formations if you visit the Topkapi Palace. Most travelers only explore the Palace area and leave out the park, so it is not difficult to relax here. The place looks especially extraordinary in the winter snow and during the months of April in the time of Tulip Festival.

  1. Polonezkoy

If you enjoy hiking in the countryside and interact with locals, learn about the traditional lifestyle of the Turkish, take out some time from your Istanbul itinerary to go explore the amazing natural landscapes in Polonezkoy. Located on the Asian side of Istanbul, this small Polish-built countryside offers some vivid hiking grounds with serene trails, dense woods, and meadows, perfect to sooth your adventurous heart.

Countryside meadows and trails

Besides, this place has some deep 19th-century historical roots and stories attached to the place that are worth hearing from the locals while you hike. You can smoothly plan a forest picnic or hiking weekend to explore the woods, trails, and meadows with locals and learn about their lives in the countryside. It is recommended you spare few nights and not hurry for the best experience.

Related: Read about the top fun places in Istanbul that your kid will love!

Polonezkoy forests
  1. Bursa

Bursa is another very magnificent and popular natural attraction in Istanbul both during the winters and summers because of it’s unique scenes in both these seasons. It is an important industrial center of Turkey towards the Northwestern side yet well decorated by natural beauties. If you plan properly, you can explore Bursa and come back to Istanbul within a day, but it is suggested you take your time to experience its unique winter and summer landscapes. In winters, it turns into a magnificent snow-filled landscape perfect for skiing. In summers, you can reach the other side of the mountains, hike, and picnic in the foothills, and enjoy the scenic beauty. 

Countryside of Bursa from hill top
  1. Black Sea beaches

Istanbul is pretty hot during the summers but don’t forget its on the Bosphorus, hence you are never too far from a beach. With an unending list of beach options both on the European and Asian sides of Istanbul, you can adjust according to your itinerary because none of them are worth skipping. This is one of the most popular reasons why thousands of visitors flock to Istanbul every year.

Read about the must-know destination etiquettes for visiting Istanbul

Top beaches in Istanbul

Istanbul has some truly beautiful Black sea beaches to offer to travelers that are unparalleled with any other place. You can spend a weekend, build a tent house, sleep on the sands, or carry a bubble tent and even set up a barbeque on the beaches of Istanbul for the best travel itinerary to Istanbul.

Sile

White sand beach at Sile

For any beach lovers planning for a trip to Istanbul, Sile should be on top of the list of beaches ideally. Situated along a quirky Turkish countryside, the list of what not to miss there is truly unending. It is safe to say it houses the largest lighthouse that has a history dating back to the 1860s, and is also the first spot to visit on Sile. But, what’s more attractive is the white-sand beach overlooking the vast Black Sea, perfect for day trips, swimming expeditions, and of course beach stays and parties. And while you’re there, for a more dramatic vacation, don’t forget to try out the wine selections at Iyot Restaurant while tanning at the bay.

Agva

Go snorkelling into the deep blue, beneath the foamy waves, or go for a dart fishing time, Agva will truly touch your heart over again at every visit. Perfect place for nature lovers to sit at the bay, go fishing, watch the swimmers come back washed by the white foam, and wake up to the bright blue sea. You can book a lodge on the backwaters or a resort by the coast. With an added fresh coffee and breakfast at the bay, it is truly an evergreen life experience.

Pristine blue seas at Agva

Among other prominent Black Sea beaches and spots you can visit in Istanbul are Antalya, Uzunya, Babylon Beach, Burc, Nakibey, etc. Each beach in Istanbul offers a different experience – water sports, weekend trips, pristine and less crowded, pool parties, beach weddings, and so on. Solar Beach, Aqua Green Beach, and Suma Beach Clubs are extremely popular for poolside parties among tourists.

Agva

Among other popular natural attractions in Istanbul are the Belgrad Forest, Sapanca Lake, Kemerburgaz Forests, Horseback riding in Cappadocia, Pamukkale, Ephesus, and so on. Istanbul is filled with beaches being located along both Maramara and the Black Sea; hence you won’t feel any lack of natural scenic spots. 

Istanbul, as rich in history, is also a great destination for all seasons. From majestic historic monuments, to rich blue Greek-Turkish carpets and vivid nightlife, you can experience everything you need. But before traveling, it’s essential to know the do’s and don’ts of the place as a traveler to Istanbul to ensure you are at safe hands all the time.

AROUND-THE-WORLD IN 40MB – BEST OF GOOGLE STREETVIEWS


A trip to Antarctica including South Pole in just less than a penny? Well, why not, now that we cannot step outside our houses and also, it’s fine! Even we can’t afford a trip to Antarctica! But, sure we can still tour around the penguins – thanks to Google, our all-time savior. Or do you want to take a look at the South Pole telescope first?

With Google Streetviews, traveling around the world today is free and within everyone’s reach. Enter the White House, Visit NASA, or dive into the deep sea – it all takes just 40MB.

There you go, the list of the 14 best places you must visit through Google Streetviews that you cannot miss!

Also, there’s a small surprise for you at the end! (Don’t open now!)

Mont Blanc

MONT BLANC, ALPS

TheGoogle Streetview of Mont Blanc from the top of the summit is one of the biggest virtual exploration launched by Google in association with themakers. The brilliant 360 ̊ view of the massif from the summit is one of the first places you should explore virtually. Not a single VR video, GoogleStreetview houses a series of in-depth videos captured from the summit of the second-highest mountain range in Europe which is worth experiencing once in a lifetime.

TIMES SQUARE, NEW YORK

Times Square, New York

This had to be in the second place! Sooo soooo GORGEOUS! I intentionally chose not to put any spoilers here because nothing can substitute the actualStreetview VR of Times Square. Go hit “Times Square, New York” on the Google Maps or Streetview App and check it out. You can even choose to view Google Earth View but theStreetview is a lot more stunning. Three of my favourite views are linkedhere.

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, ARIZONA, USA

Another stunning view and one of my favourites from Google Streetview. Reportedly one of the Grand Canyon Streetviews were made by snapping 9500 pictures together taken by Google’s team. The whole of Grand Canyon unfortunately could not be snapped because of its huge spread over 4926 km². But you get to experience a 360 ̊ tour of the two most popular trails of the grand Grand Canyon along with a trip along theColorado River. Fortunately, you can even see the gorgeousMeteor Crater landmark which is included among a total of 75 miles of documentation of the Grand Canyon in Streetview. Some of my favourite views are linked here. Hit the link and move your phone.

Grand Canyon, Arizona

GREAT BARRIER REEF, AUSTRALIA

The Great Barrier Reef is another beautiful spot to explore through Google Streetviews. Now, a virtual tour is the best and the only option and Google Streetview does total justice with not onlyaerial 360 views but also multipleunder-the-sea views. To explore this place fully, I would highly recommend you go through some of the other options too (apart from these links) in Google Streetview of the “Great Barrier Reef’. Here are some stunning views from my archives that are linked. The aerial views especially are just excellent and gorgeous.

EMIRATES A380

How about a dinner date on a plane? Or drinking in a First Class ticket’s exclusive bar? If you think Emirates A380 is not worth the hype, check this out now!

CERN

Although it’s really hard to give an overview of how massive a black-hole creating machine could be through online, Google’s attempt of capturing the Large Hadron Collider at the Swiss Facility is quite a show. Not only this, Google was successful in documenting 4 other experimental sites within the Swiss facility of CERN which is available on Streetviews. Just rotate your screen and use the step forward arrow to walk through the facilities: ALICE, ATLAS, CMS, LHCb.

The huge tunnel of 1200 metres of the Large Hadron Collider were captured along with these four experiments and the project is ongoing. On completion, more views from inside the massive laboratory will be available.

CITY OF PARIS FROM EIFFEL TOWER’S TOP

Luckily, you don’t have to wait till your next trip to Paris to climb the Eiffel Tower. Here’s a stunning view of Paris from the top of the Eiffel Tower, overlooking the River Seine and the city of Paris which is absolutely gorgeous. Hit the link and move the screen to see the entire view.

View from top of Eiffel Tower

COLOSSEUM, ROME

A well-known architectural wonder which has stood for 2000 years, Google enables you to skip the expenses of tour planning and land straight away into the Roman Colosseum. Google Streetview houses some amazing close-up and aerial 360-degree shots for everyone to see the stone perimeter through an e-visit. Although the stone labyrinth hidden beneath the Roman death pit’s floor isn’t yet in Google’s radar, this place is still worth a visit.

GALAPAGOS ISLAND

A school of fish dashing by your lens while you dive into the blue water of Galapagos Island, isn’t it worth experiencing? The best part is you can even swim with the baby seals and the fishes without spending a penny! Check out all the views listed here and on Streetviews as well!

Galapagos Island

WHITE HOUSE

Yes! You read it right! Walk around the White House, enter any room you want, walk to any corner you wish, and walk over the red carpet too! Rotate your map and step forward to see the entire place.

P.S. Can you find out the pool below in Google Streetviews? Search upstairs too and drop a comment below if you find it!

Pool inside the White House

WARNER BROS STUDIO

Potterheads, for you. A 360-degree tour of the Diagon Alley, Puking Pastilles display in the doorway of Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes,… I better not spoil the broth. Just tap here to see it for yourself. 😛

Diagon Alley

INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION

Ah! Let me fulfill your astronaut dream. 😛

This was the surprise! I won’t use words to describe it because words cannot. Here are two views on Google Streetviews – one from theInternational Space Station and a tour of theGalley Table.

GREAT PYRAMID OF GIZA

Lastly, The Great Pyramid of Giza captured with an omnidirectional lens is a treat to the eyes. Built around 4500 years ago, this is the oldest architectural wonder standing intact till date which is worth an e-visit before 2020 ends!

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Even though we cannot step outside or afford a trip, no issues in downloading a 40MB app, right? Search one name at a time in Google Streetviews and explore! Put down in the comments below which one was your favorite and also if you have any more amazing place to add to the list.

MY TRAVEL BLOG!

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Hallo everyone!

Very excited to announce the launch of my personal website cum travel blog – Travel with Lia. It’s specially done for all travel geeks so that they can also get a hold of the essential information about a place before planning a tour even if they are not following me on WordPress. Hope this serves a useful purpose in everyone’s life.

Heartfelt thanks and gratitude to all souls who made this possible and showed their constant love and support. Do visit my page, read, like and subscribe for regular updates. And don’t forget to share your valuable feedback that will help me improve in the future endeavours.

Thank you so much! ❤

Also, new post of the Paris series coming soon 😊 so stay tuned! Comment down below if you want a detailed itinerary (budget) to my last trip to Pondicherry!

COMPLETE PONDICHERRY TRAVEL GUIDE – THINGS TO DO IN PONDICHERRY



I think Pondicherry is one of those most underrated weekend destinations in India. Most people who have visited once or twice will admit to have liked the place but they will surely add – “There’s not much to do there”. But I have visited Pondicherry about 5 times, both with family and friends. And in this Pondicherry travel guide, I am going to share some (also unusual) things to do in Pondicherry.

This blog is all about planning a budget trip to Pondicherry and see for yourself if this French colony is any less than a mini beach vacation. If you are a student and can’t plan a lavish trip, then this Pondicherry tourist guide is for you. I am all set to reveal the top to-dos of this place on a budget, are you?

Complete Pondicherry Travel Guide
French Colony, Pondicherry



1) EXPLORE THE BEACHES
Pondicherry is a French coast town filled with serene beaches to overlook the sunset away from the busy city life. On days when you have nothing to do, take a stroll along the long coastline of the Promenade Beach, the most popular tourist spot hosting lots of eateries. Or take a 15 mins ride from the White Town to the Serenity Beach if you want to learn about the fishermen community.

Serenity Beach, Pondicherry
Serenity Beach



The Serenity Beach is the prime beach having fishing activities, boats, nets, and comparatively calmer than the Promenade. You will find less crowd and can even go for surfing expeditions – the waves are small and safe for beginners to start. Both of these beaches have plenty of Instagram-worthy places for photoshoots. While these are local sightseeings and might take up less time from your itinerary, you have another beautiful paradise to visit – The Paradise Island Beach.

The Chunnambar Boat House and Paradise Island Beach is an extraordinary scenic spot located 8 km away from the city. It offers fabulous opportunities to go boating in the backwaters to reach a small beautiful island called Paradise Island. Typically, round-trip boat passes start from ₹350 (for Indians) that allow you to spend a couple of hours on the beautiful island or dine at the beach cafe. This small island is a must-visit if you want a taste of Goa trip on a budget.

Paradise Island Beach, Pondicherry
Paradise Island beach



The last of the four beaches, the Auroville Beach is 10km from the Pondicherry Bus Stand and 6km from Auroville. You can spend a day here if you like calm serene beaches away from the crowd.


2) EXPLORING WHITE TOWN
Besides these three beaches, the White Town is a beauty in itself. Rent a bicycle in Pondicherry to explore White Town. Depicting the earliest European settlements and cuisines, you have plenty of beautiful French cafes to explore in Pondicherry. Likewise, street shopping options, French decor shops, and the local market are also worth exploring. Pondicherry is a place for the spiritual-heads, hence partying is next to nonexistent. However, you do have some restaurants and few pubs to pay a visit.


3) GET BLESSED BY THE LIVE ELEPHANT
Wait, what? Now, this might seem new for most first time travelers, but the Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple is what I’m talking about. If you ask me, I keep on visiting Pondicherry to enjoy the sight of young ‘Laxmi’, the sacred elephant that blesses you on receiving small donations or food. She is really a sight to watch. Devotees flock during the evening to circumambulate the Ganesh Temple along with the young elephant and give offerings to the deity. The temple is just within the White Town and is free to visit.

Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple
Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple




4) VISIT AUROVILLE AND AUROBINDO ASHRAM
Auroville is the spiritual center of this popular Indian territory and the entire White Town owes some part of its existence to this experimental township concept founded by the Mother. A visit to Auroville, Matri Mandir, and the Visitor’s Centre will throw a light on the lives of Shri Aurobindo and Mother and their vision about Auroville.

Auroville globe inside
A small glimpse from inside the Globe



If you are seeking some peace of mind and wish to meditate, visit the Auroville and Aurobindo Ashram for some spiritual time. The Aurobindo Ashram is within the White Town hence a separate day need not be spared. But to visit Auroville, you have to make reservations from before and need to devote a full day to it (except after the evening). Their reservation details can be surfed from here.

Auroville also happens to be lodging a French boutique and some cafes that will add more to your understanding of the French culture.

Auroville globe
Auroville globe

5) DINE IN THE CUTE FRENCH CAFES
Since no Pondicherry tourist guide can be deemed complete without food, this is an important thing to do in Pondicherry. Pondy houses some cute and top cafes serving exclusive French cuisines besides local food. So, exploring the top cafes are the best ways of rewarding your tongue with authentic French cuisines. Popular restaurants in Pondicherry might be of moderate cost, local food won’t cost you a penny.

Le Cafe, Promenade Beach
Open beach front cafe



My top recommendation is Le Cafe on the Promenade Beach Front that serves a vast array of relishing coffee and seafood among others. If you don’t have allergies in seafood, try their Grilled Prawn – that’s the best in my opinion. There are also some top Instagram-worthy cafes in Pondicherry you can check out. To find the top ones, you can give a 2 minutes read to the Best Eateries in Pondicherry.

Le Cafe, Pondicherry
Le Cafe, Pondicherry


6) SHOPPING
Here’s some good news for the Shopaholics. Pondicherry gives you both options of shopping – street as well as brand shopping. The Jawaharlal Nehru Street houses the maximum branded stores. You also get branded stores on other streets as well. For street shopping, I would recommend walking your way through the enormously lighted market area to find out steal deals on trendy wear, beach articles, antique colonial furnitures, and room decor. Rent a bike in Pondicherry to explore the city – a bicycle charges around ₹300 a day.

7) GET SOME HANDS-ON SCUBA OR SURFING TRAINING
This is something unusual for a Pondicherry tourist guide. Pondy is a top destination for surfing on the east coast of India. Kallialay Surf School in Pondicherry gives daily surfing lessons depending on ocean conditions, so you could get your hands on some training. Also, there are Scuba diving opportunities too for couples, friends, or groups. This will attract some cost for students, so plan accordingly.


8) NOTRE DAME CHURCH
This is another popular thing to do in Pondicherry. So, you can take a tour guide or rent a vehicle to this place.

Lastly, don’t keep your tour itinerary too hectic, leave some time to enjoy and relax.

Here are some gallery from my last visit:

Promenade Beach
Promenade Beach
Serenity Beach, Pondicherry
Serenity Beach
Paradise Beach Island, Pondicherry
Paradise Beach Island

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Thank you for all your love on the last blog! ❤

TOP 3 DIY MASKS FOR GLOWING SKIN TO TRY IN LOCKDOWN – TRIED AND TESTED

Perhaps the most significant problem with teenage students and working ladies is to commit to DIY skincare routine. In regular days, our tight schedules often refrains us from taking good care of our skin. But, now that we all have all the time in the world, don’t you want flawless glowing skin after the lockdown gets over, like Kylie or Kendall Jenner? Here’s a list of the top three DIY masks for golden-glowing skin that I tried in the lockdown and you should totally try them too:

* All the DIY face mask for glowing skin mentioned here are easy-to-use masks, requires natural household products and suitable for all skin types*

 1) OATMEAL DIY FACE MASK

Struggling with dry skin plus acne? Here’s your homemade, DIY remedy for dry, itchy skin. Oatmeal mixed with honey is an excellent recipe to treat dryness of skin. This is the number one mask used for treating acne by homemade mask lovers and beauty influencers.

How to use:

  • Mix oats and honey in a bowl and leave it for 5 minutes.
  • Let the oats soften, then apply it to your face overnight or 2 hours before shower.
  • Rinse it in the morning with lukewarm water.
  • Can also be used for the whole body.
  • Use 2 times a week.

Benefits:

  • For treating extreme dryness of skin
  • Moisturizing normal skin type
  • Treat acne for sensitive skin
  • Reduces inflammation, rashes on skin
  • Glows any skin colour or type.
3 DIY Oatmeal Face Masks - PPM Apartments, Chicago

Alternative products:

If you do not have time to make a DIY hydrating face mask for yourself, you can try the following oatmeal scrub and masks as listed below. All of the following products are suitable for most skin types; still remember to do a patch test first if you are new to the product:

2) EGG WHITE DIY FACE MASK

I was a sufferer of open pores since ages that made my efforts of fighting acne seem too far away. But this came out to be a total game changer for me! I used this religiously thrice a week for 4 weeks and was stuck in front of the mirror (lol!) Loaded with Vitamin A, never did anyone tell me egg had such good pore and skin tightening properties.

How to use:

  • Extract egg white from a single egg
  • Apply overnight (better not) or for 15 minutes in the daytime
  • Rinse with cold water
  • Use for 2-3 times a week

Benefits:

  • Closes pore with consistent use
  • Delays ageing, tightens skin

Alternative products:

If you do not have time to make the mask, you can try the following egg masks available online and offline. All of the following products are suitable for most skin types:

3) MILK WITH TURMERIC DIY FACE MASK

Milk is an excellent tan stabiliser and turmeric is known for its antiseptic and antibacterial properties; and the mixture of them serves to brighten up dull skin. This DIY Turmeric face pack is especially useful during the wedding season.

How to use:

  • Mix turmeric in a bowl by adding little quantities of milk in intervals.
  • Apply it to your face and let it rest overnight.
  • Rinse it in the morning with lukewarm water.
  • You can also use it 2 hours before entering the shower.
  • Use daily or on alternate days

Benefits:

  • For skin brightening
  • Removing tan lines
  • Treat acne for sensitive skin

Alternative products:

If you do not have time to make DIY face mask for glowing skin, you can try the following turmeric masks available online and offline. All of the following products are suitable for most skin types:

Hope these DIY face masks for glowing skin helped you achieve what I promised. If you are looking for homemade face masks for acne, then you can read this.

5 TIPS TO DEAL WITH CHAPPED LIPS

Tired of dealing with chapped lips? Have tried tons of remedies but none worked out? You may be missing out the most simple science behind them. Here’s 5 tips I brought for you that will banish away chapped lips forever!

Chapped lips are a dreary nightmare for everyone. However, in the hang of regular busy schedules, lip care is the only area that is often overlooked. Also, lip care is often associated with a boatload of myths and fancies that the marketing brands clog into our minds.

Here’s the myth busters and the 5 only simple steps for lip care routine that are enough for anyone to have picture-finish lips.

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Source: Google

MYTH 1: DO NOT USE VASELINE AS IT CONTAINS PETROLEUM JELLY

In context to the popular belief, use of Vaseline is often defamed among folks as it contains petroleum jelly (or petrolatum) as one of its active ingredients. Many believe petroleum to cause hazard to the skin. This is contrary to the fact that when properly refined, petrolatum comes with no known health hazards. Petroleum jelly (also called petrolatum) is a mixture of silicones, mineral oils and waxes, that seals off moisture into your lip skin with a water-protective barrier.

MYTH 2: FLAVOURED LIP BALMS HELPS NOURISH THE LIPS MORE THAN COLOURLESS ONES

The world of advertisement affects people’s lives so dynamically that it’s almost impossible to oversee the scientific facts behind most used cosmetics. Most people tend to go for lip balms enriched with peppermint oil, etc and diverse flavours like strawberry, orange, berries and so on. The most common notion behind their use is their benefits will be soaked in by the lips. However, they act the exact opposite way by not trapping enough hydration for the lips and also does not provide any external nourishment. On the contrary, scientifically proven, lip balms containing olive oil, coconut oil, shea butter, petroleum jelly are the most beneficial. They have 100 fold better capacity of trapping moisture and sealing the lip skin.

MYTH 3: LIPSTICKS ARE ENOUGH FOR LIP CARE

Lipsticks don’t have any of the active caring ingredients contained in lip balms. They are also created from oils and waxes, which form a protective film over the lips, but they lack the essential vitamins and antioxidants that restore and rehydrate lips. Also, lips are very much prone to sun damage just like skin especially because they do not even contain melanin. Lipsticks do not contain any SPF to protect against Sun damage.

MYTH 4: LICKING THE LIPS CAN HEAL THE CHAPPED LAYER

A big big no! Tongue and saliva just makes the game even more worser! Saliva may make the lips feel soft for some moment, but its acid content evaporates way more faster leaving the lips even more chapped. So, if you have an habit of licking your lips, it may be one of the cause why you are suffering from flaky lips.

MYTH 5: LIPS DO NOT NEED ANY LIP CARE

I will justify why this is not at all correct. Lips are an exposed part that comes in contact with all the population, dirt and gunk throughout the day. Lips do not contain any sebaceous glands does does not have a backup protection. And more worse, lips contain no melanin that makes it more vulnerable for Sun damage. Thus it is always necessary to cover your lip with a water – sealing balm whether you go out or stay in or even sleep. I will add a tiny list of working lip balms at the end of this article and all of them drugstore. So that you can take care of your lips at the minimal cost and with the easiest lip care routine.

MYTH 6: MEN DOES NOT NEED LIP CARE

Men needs a lip care routine just as much as women. It is because their lips are also exposed to the same environmental pollutants, dirt and dust just like women. Also most men have bad food habits and they often ignore self care in addition to damaging habits like smoking. This extremely roughens out the lip cells and turns them black. Smoking makes lips easily susceptible to external damage.

DAILY LIP CARE ROUTINE

Unlike skin and hair care routines, lip care doesn’t involve tedious process. It’s a comparatively easier and takes much less efforts and time. Just make sure you follow these 3 simple steps everyday religiously:

1) After brushing your teeth in the morning, make sure to put a 2-3 layer thick coating over your lip while it is still moist using a good lip balm like those containing olive oil or coconut oil or petrolatum for example, Vaseline Intense Lip Care Balm. Keep the layer for 10-15 minutes while you do your daily chores.

2) Then use a towel to scrub or wipe off your lips. This will remove all the flaked skin along with the lip balm layer.

3) Now just put on your normal lip balm (preferably containing an SPF) and continue your day.

4) Make sure you don’t lick your lips anytime and don’t leave it without lip balm covering. You can use a basic lip balm. Just make sure it contains olive oil, coconut oil or petrolatum as its active ingredient. You don’t even have to invest loads in lip balm. You will find plenty of drugstore lip balms online and offline, I have linked some of them below. 

5) Also don’t scrub your lips with your toothbrush as it will damage the thin layers and may even bleed.

6) Also before you go to bed, put a thick covering of lip balm to let it heal from the little damage it may have incurred during the day.

SOME TOP DRUGSTORE LIPBALMS THAT WORKS WONDERS FOR ALL LIP TYPES!

1) VASELIN LIP THERAPY

Ofcourse the first name is always reserved for Vaseline. There’s no other lip balm that can compete with this product’s effectiveness. It contains silicones in addition to petrolatum that keeps the lips soft and supple and is suitable for all lip types.

I have used lip balm from over 25 brands some drugstore some high-end for the last 18 years and I have never came across any better healer than this. My lips were chapped and black for many many months despite trying so many brands. I purposely did not choose Vaseline at first because I myself was a believer of the Myth No. 1 back then. But I did my research and also consulted my dermatologist who finally busted the myth. Well enough, my lips literally transformed from then onwards. However, it does not contain an SPF.

2) NIVEA SMOOTHNESS LIP CARE

Although Nivea comes with a range of 9 lip balms each one of a different flavor. But I personally recommend the non-flavoured one that is the Nivea Smoothness Lip Care Balm that contains shea butter as an active ingredient and has SPF 15 in it. It locks in moisture for long hours throughout the day. It is also a dermatologist recommended drugstore product suitable for all skin types.

3) HIMALAYA ORANGE LIP CARE

It is loaded with an SPF 30 (and PA +++) and Vitamin E but is devoid of petroleum jelly and silicones. It is also a very good drugstore lip balm to use.

4) NEUTROGENA NORWEGIAN FORMULA LIP MOISTURISER

This is a very good dermatologist recommended drugstore lipbalm that is suitable for all lip types. It is unscented, PABA- free and is enriched with the goodness of SPF 15. It leaves your lips smooth and conditioned and doesn’t even leave a waxy feeling.

Remember : Smoking has an extreme harsh effect on the lips

18 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU TRAVEL TO PARIS – PARIS TRAVEL GUIDE 2020

 

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France is a dream destination for many tourists.

From the the stunning Calanques bordering the Mediterranean to the ochre canyons of Roussillon and Rustrel, the iconic monumental towns, fairytale villages of Provence and Colmart, the romantic spells of the city of Paris, or the uncountable mouth savouring cuisines that the country offers – each landscape is unique and needs to be explored.

But a country offering such a vast diversity of cultures, cuisines, art, natural views is essentially luring enough to make travel mistakes unavoidable for tourists. In this Paris travel guide, I’ll tell you the don’ts and the top mistakes that travellers do and break down the rules to make your Paris travel easy.

The do’s and the can’t -miss of a Paris trip are for another day and I promise those are much more exciting.

  1. WHEN TO TRAVEL?

Definitely not in August. The myth that whole of Europe shuts down in this month is not a total myth – as this is the vacation time for countrymen to travel. Consequently France (specifically Paris trips), one of the busiest cities on the globe remains utterly crowded, sometimes with many small businesses and shops closed for a week or two.

So, this won’t be a recommended month for a Paris trip unlike spring (April to June) or fall (September to November) when there are fewer tourists, lower prices, and moderate temperatures. The summer months can be hot, crowded, and expensive.

However, you may choose August if you want to experience large crowds of Parisians or during Christmas when Paris is just like a fairytale.

      2. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

To enter France, you’ll need a valid passport. A visa won’t be necessary unless you plan to stay longer than 90 days. The French government requires that everyone carry identification at all times, so keep your passport and driver’s license handy.

        3. EMERGENCY SITUATION

In case of a medical emergency, dial 15 for the SAMU. For a police emergency dial 17, and for fire dial 18. The American Embassy is located in Paris at 2nd avenue Gabriel where you can get a range of services from emergency services due to arrest or death to passport services and notarial services. Make sure to check the embassy’s website for a full range of services. You can also find consultants in Bordeaux, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Rennes, Strasbourg, and Toulouse.

        4. CASH IS SAVIOUR

Not every shop will accept card as a means of payment or may require you to spend atleast €10 to use your card. So keeping cash at hand at all times is as necessary as keeping two cards with you. Ofcourse you don’t want to land in trouble if one card is swallowed up!

Also, avoid unnecessary exchange fees by withdrawing cash from any bank ATM and at airports where exchange rates are extraordinarily high. And before you set foot in Paris, make sure with your bank that your card will work in Paris.

Related: Best foods of Paris – 13 best foods you must try in Paris

       5. FRENCH SIM CARD

Pick up a local SIM card for your smartphone to cut on roaming charges and stay connected. The most popular prepaid ones among others are – Orange, SFR, LeFrenchMobile, etc. You will find a detailed list of all user- friendly French SIM cards here.

       6. ALWAYS CARRY YOUR ID.

Not carrying your ID is legally felonious in France and technically, ID has to be in the form of a national identity card or passport and a driver’s license won’t suffice but keep it handy too.

Art Nouveau Metro Stations in Paris

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Art Nouveau Metro Stations in Paris

       7. THE ‘RATP’ AND ‘VELIB’ MOBILE APP

The ‘RATP’ app provides public transport information in Paris and surrounding regions. It is basically like a Paris tourist app or a Paris travel guide.

You can find maps, create a journey, find out when the next bus arrives, find nearby stations, which stations are currently unavailable, get traffic information (including strikes and demonstrations), and read timetables.

The VELIB’ app is another famous Paris tourist app or Paris bike app for renting bicycles around the city and the app guides you where to find a bike, number of bikes available at a station, nearby Velib points, and time left to return it. 

       8.  TRANSPORTATION TIPS

Try to walk your way through the city that besides being cheapest will feed your eyes of the various neighborhoods. Having said that, Paris would be the most difficult place to get lost while navigating. Also, the Paris metro is the safest and not to mention quickest and a cheap way to tour Paris. Prominent Paris metro map apps include RATP app among others.

The Paris Train (RER) is not good if you are travelling solo but is the cheapest public transportation. Services run until very late in the evenings, and are often manned by security guards.

 TIP: The Paris RER though fast and cheap is a site for train crimes like pick pocketing. Keep an eye out!

Avoid taking cabs everywhere unless you have just arrived at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, as they are not only expensive but also comes with an added risk of getting fooled by cabmen as communication may be difficult for the language.

Avoid taking cabs to airport that costs 50 euros instead you may take the airport bus from Denfert – Rochereau which is free with weekly metro pass.

 You may choose a Hop – on – Hop – off bus service for touristing the important sites from the available service providers. You will find a detailed analysis of the various transport facilities here.

Best of all, buy a weekly metro pass (Navigo) or Paris Visite card. (For details, visit here.)  Metro closes at 12.40 AM Sundays – Thursday and on 1.40 AM on Fridays and Saturdays.

Rental cars are available for Paris tour that costs about $43 a day (INR 3290) on an average.

Plenty of rental bicycle services are also available around the city to check out the top Paris sightseeing spots.

To know about all transport options in Paris, visit our blog on navigating through Paris.

Hop-on-hop-off bus night tours
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Hop-on-hop-off bus night tours

       9. MEDICAL FACILITIES

In Paris, you can only buy common OTC medications in pharmacies. Fortunately, pharmacies are plentiful and are trained to diagnose minor illnesses, so you may approach a pharmacist for minor illnesses. Physicians are easy to find, and they routinely make house calls.

       10. BEWARE OF SCAMS

People roaming around with petition papers trying to convince tourists to sign on them is not an uncommon scene in Paris and all of France. Beware of such people who may later threat you to take money out of your bank using signatures.

Also, do not ever pick up any unidentified object from the streets that do not belong to you, howsoever precious, as petty criminals track your whereabouts and may approach you for payments or slash cases of theft on you.

You will also find men roaming around trying to put rings on women’s fingers for friendship who later approach for payments. Avoid taking anything from anyone for free. And most importantly, never leave your valuables or cash or cards anywhere and keep an eye out all the time. Pick pocketing is one hell of a business there! These are Paris safety guidelines you should keep in mind while on a Paris trip.

Aesthetic vintage bikes in Paris
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Aesthetic vintage bikes are found on rent all over the city

Related: Try out the best French cuisines

  11.  NEVER LEAVE YOUR VALUABLES ANYWHERE

Being a popular tourist destination, pick pocketing and theft are not uncommon in Paris just like at any other place. So its always advised to keep a close eye on belongings be it at a pub, restaurant or even rental cars for that matter. Sadly, in Paris, rental cars are one of the easiest preys of thieves, specially at sight-seeing places. Its advised to leave all important belongings in the hotel preferably inside a safe if provided.

        12. NEVER ASSUME CARS TO STOP AT PEDESTRIAN CROSSINGS

Although there are plenty of pedestrian crossings in France, but vehicles usually don’t slow down unless they see a crowd crossing or someone signaling to stop. So make sure the vehicle has received your signal and slowed down before you move forward.

Place Saint Michael
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Place Saint Michael

         13. LOOK OUT FOR STRIKES

The French are so involved in strike cultures with one popping up every now and then, don’t forget to look up for any strikes at C’est la grѐve  website (It’s the strikes) before planning anything to avoid any disturbance ahead. This is another important Paris trip safety guideline to keep in mind.

         14. EXPLORE THE CITY

You can surf up the Paris Bouge that lists all special or important events occurring in the city on a particular day or even to know about live events, concerts, exhibitions, top rated restaurants, bars, club, art, nightlife – this way you won’t miss out on priceless experiences.

Besides visiting popular Paris sightseeing spots and beautiful places to visit in Paris, do not forget to experience local culture and cuisines. What else can probably give you a better Paris trip experience than local Paris cuisines?!

         15. TRY TO MAKE RESERVATIONS

If you have come across a popular dine – in restaurant in Paris, make sure you make a reservation before-hand rather than turning up suddenly. You might have to return because of limited slots available. The TheFork app deserves a special mention here. It provides a detailed information about top Paris restaurants and bars where the best French cuisines are served at their best!

         16. STICK TO MEAL TIMES RELIGIOUSLY

Strictly follow meal times or you might not get food at all. Breakfast is simple and eaten early – maybe croissants, pastries and brioche with coffee or hot chocolate or even egg and bacon. In Paris, lunch is from 12 pm – 2 pm served in popular Paris restaurants. Most shops get closed by 3pm and remains such till evening which means you might not get lunch anywhere if you don’t turn up on time. And dinner in Paris is between 7.30pm – 10.30pm although you might find no one too early. Don’t forget to turn to the farmer’s market for fresh and cheaper food items when travelling in Paris.

  River Seine cruise
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  River Seine cruise

 17. LEARN BASIC FRENCH WORDS

Learning the basic French words before going on a Paris trip will always be a saviour for you. Cabmen will think twice before fooling you, you will understand surrounding areas more easily, and seek help from locals when in need.

Always start a conversation with ‘bonjour’ or ‘bonsoir’ and remember to greet individually whenever entering a restaurant, cab, office, or meeting any Frenchmen. Starting a conversation right away with English can seem a bit weird where finding non- English speaking Frenchmen is not uncommon. But even when speaking in English take it slow lest that seems non- thoughtful of you. You may learn on your own using  Duolingo or just any beginners level website on the web or pick up some from us. Some of the important words to know to get through common situations are given below.

Bonjour – hello

Bonsoir – good evening

Merci – Thank you

De rien – welcome

Sil vu plait – Please

Pardon – Sorry

Au revoir – Goodbye

Parlez vous anglais – Do you speak English?

Je ne parles pas le Français – I don’t speak French

Oui –Yes

Non – No

      18.  BASIC FRENCH ETIQUETTES

And lastly, some basic etiquette to follow once you are landing at top places to visit in Paris. Keep your tone low in public places. Never hug any Frenchmen unless they do so. However, an air kiss on both cheeks is a standard for both men and women.

While on the table, never butter your bread (except breakfast) or cut it with a knife. Bread is to be served on the table and not on the plate and is to be torn with bare hands as much as one needs. Though there are no hard and fast rules for tourists, there’s no sin in being a Frenchman when in Paris. (When in Rome, be like the Romans)

Also, pour wine on your own glass after sharing with your partner, especially because when dining with locals in Paris. Follow this even when refilling your glass but remember, only half the glass!  

What advices do you have for first timers in Paris or France? Let us know in the comments below!

So, that’s all for today! Coming soon with more amazing blogs on how to plan a trip to France on a budget, what to pack, what to experience!

 And don’t forget to carry an universal adaptor and a 4 – port adaptor when on board!

BON VOYAGE!

Related: PUBLIC TRANSPORT USER GUIDE FOR PARIS

Best Foods in Paris – you cannot miss these top 13 tastes in Paris

PARIS PUBLIC TRANSPORT USER GUIDE – DO NOT GO TO PARIS! (UNTIL YOU READ THIS)

Have you ever visualized yourself dressed in a coat walking through the captivating lanes of Paris with small cafes on either side, the air full of enthralling smell of fresh bauguettes from the Boulangerie on the sixth street? Or sitting on an open terrace catching glimpses of the Eiffel Tower looking down the River Seine?

Isn’t it enchanting? Well you may even find yourself in the fairytale tale towns of Colmart or Provence and find Beauty and the Beat dancing on the narrow streets looking past the small flower shop.

The only key is to get your hands on the cosiest and cheapest transport option in Paris.

For the readers ease, I have simplified the information into two parts – one, How to Reach Paris and secondly, simplified the various options for Transport in Paris.

Related:  there are various Paris metro passes (and other travel passes) available for tourists that makes travelling much simplified and cheaper. To know all options and choose the one best for you, click here.

       HOW TO REACH PARIS (TRANSPORT TO AND FROM PARIS AIRPORTS)

The transport facilities available to and from Paris airports are enormous. Though each option has its own pros and cons, assessing by the number of stops, travel – time and available time of service, we have arranged them in increasing order of cost.  Choose the one best for you!

P.S. You may even find options not listed here such as Roissybus, Orlyval. I have selected the options most trusted and used by tourists.

ORLY AIRPORT

Paris ORLY AIRPORT
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   Paris ORLY AIRPORT Source:Google

This Paris airport is located 15 km from the south of Paris city centre.

1)  Taking the Paris city bus (line 183) to enter Paris seems to be the most cheapest way costing €1.90 only that offers much views of the city to relish taking about 50 mins. You have to board at the South Terminal/ West Terminal gate D or G and get down at station Porte de Choisy. Tickets are available in the bus directly.

2)  Take the Noctilien – night bus service – if you arrive at night that runs between 00.30 am to 05.30 am every hour between Orly – South (line N31, N131) or Orly – West (N144)  and Gare de Lyon (N31, N131), Gare d’Austerlitze (N31), Plce d’Italie(N31), Gare de l’Est(N144). It takes about 25 mins with line N131, 1 hr with N31 and 41 mins to 45 mins with line N144. Tickets can be bought once on board that usually costs about 5.70€

3)  Next cheap option comes Paris Orlybus shuttle service from South Terminal gate C/ West Terminal gate D to Denfert Rochereau. This drops you in half and hour and charges about 7.70€ . You will find a bus every 15- 20 mins from 6.00 am to 11.30 pm everyday except on Friday and Saturday when it runs from 6.00 am to 00.30 am. Tickets can be bought at vending machines or offices in every subway or train station.

4)  Another shuttle exists that is more expensive but drives you more to the central places in Paris than the previous ones. This is known as the – Bus Direct Paris Aѐroport. It runs everyday from 5.30 am to 11.30 pm. Buses are available from South Terminal Gate L/ West Terminal Gate D that runs to stations Montparnasse/ la Motte-Picquet/Tour Eiffel/ Trocadѐro/ Etoile Champs Elysѐes. Ticket costs 12€ for adults and are free for children under 4 yrs of age. It takes 30-60 mins for a complete tour and tickets can be bought on their website.

5)  Ofcourse the most expensive but the most comfiest always turns to be a taxi that are readily available 24/7 from South Terminal Gate L/ West Terminal Gate D and takes 15- 50 mins to reach the city centre but its costs are at the higher end – about 30€-50€. The only way to book a taxi is to wait in their official line at the terminal.

6)  You may also take an Uber from Paris airport for to and from transport that is very common among Parisians and charges vary from time to time.

CHARLES DE GAULLE AIRPORT

This airport is located the and is the main Paris airport used by tourists.

1)  The cheapest comes to be the Paris bus with lines 350 or 351. Tickets costs only 6€/3 tickets but it takes 60 – 90 minutes to reach its destination Paris Gare de l’Est (line 350) or Nation (line 351) from Terminal 3 (stop Gare routiѐre Roissypôle) from where it starts. Buses run every 15-35 minutes from 7.00 am to 9.30 pm everyday and tickets can be bought once on board the bus.

2) Noctilien – night bus service – taking the line N143 or N140 that takes 60 – 80 minutes and costs 8€. Buses run every 30 mins for line N143 and every hour for line N140 starting from 00.30am to 5.30am. You will find Noctilien from Terminals 1, 2 and 3 serving the Paris-Gare de l’Est area.

3)  You can also use a very Parisian mode of travel that is much appriciated by natives for its speed : the train called the RER with line B. Though you must be extra careful about your belongings when on this route.

The closest RER B station from Paris’ CDG Airport is located 500 metres away from Terminal 3. You will have options to stop at stations in Paris like Gare du Nord, Châtelet-les-Halles, Denfert – Rochereau. Trains run evry 15-20 mins, from 4.50 am to 11.50 pm evryday,  takes 25-35 mins to reach the destination and  costs 10€.

4)   Next on the list is the Paris Roissybus (city bus line 352) – a special Paris airport shuttle that takes off from Terminal 1 (stop Paris Charles de-Gaulle) and Terminal 3 (stop Fare routierѐ Roissypôle) and stops at the bus stop Opѐra (9th district) taking about 75 minutes with buses evry 15- 20 mins from 6.00am to 00.30 am every day. This Paris airport shuttle costs about 11€ and can be bought at any Paris metro/RER station.

5)  You have another Paris airport shuttle option too. You can take line 2 or line 4 with shuttle Bus Direct the station being located 500 metres from Terminal 3. It takes 60-75 mins to reach its destination which are as follows : line 2 –Porte Maillot, Etoile, Champs Elysѐes, Trocadѐro, Tour Eiffel ; line 4 – Gare de Lyon, Gare Montparnasse. Buses are available every 30 minutes from 6.00am to 10.30pm everyday costing 17€ and can be booked on www.lebusdirect.com

6)  Lastly, the most expensive but the most comfortable option would be a taxi from CDG Airport that may cost you anywhere between 50€-55€.

7) You can also rely on Uber for the same.

For travelling to a Paris airport from the city, airport buses from Denfert – Rochereau are recommended as it is the simplest and cheapest.

DAY- TO – DAY TRAVEL OPTIONS

1) WALK

If one wants to experience the best of French culture- the charm of the city and to see how the Parisians live, walking should be the first choice. Walk along the Seine river, visit the beautiful parks or some of the grand boulevards of the world or you may even aimlessly stroll along the streets, cafes with no visitors. You may come across travel experiences that are as priceless as life treasures.

The easiest way to find out your location is to follow the street signs – one is always there in every street, inscribed in blue with green trims and will never fail you again not to mention Google Maps which always turns up to be the savior. You will also find Paris city maps every now and then at crossings or subway stops which are accessible free of cost to everyone.

Next, comes the amazing way in which the Parisian lanes have been laid out that often leaves tourists in awe. There are 20 arrondisements in Paris that are organized in clockwise concentric circles starting at the centre of the city. Thus, if you are at the 1st arrondisement that means you are at the centre whereas 18th arrondisement indicates more towards the periphery, the Montmartre area actually. Consequently, you may also find numbers are not located opposite to each other.

Tip: Though a room or hotel in Paris’ city centre may cost a little more but it always saves up much time and cost of travelling to and from the periphery. So book accordingly!

2)  SUBWAY

Paris metro
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Underground Subway station Source:Google
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Paris Underground Subway Source: Google

The subway in Paris is super simple and cheap to get around. 15 connecting Paris metro lines connect the city, linking up with five RER lines towards the suburbs. However, the Paris metro doesn’t remain operational 24 hrs a day and closes at 12.40am on Sundays through Thursday and on 1.40 am on Fridays and Saturdays.

All Paris metro passes are valid on Paris metro (subway), Paris RER train (within zone 1), Tramways, RATP Paris city bus, Noctilien (night buses), Optile buses (aris suburban bus), Montmartre cable car. Paris metro passes and transfers are allowed between:

  • One metro line to another without leaving the confines of a station
  • Metro to RER trains
  • 2 RATP city bus lines
  • 1 RATP bus and 1 Optile bus
  • Tramway and any bus line that crosses it
  • Noctilien buses (except those requiring special fares)

Here is the easiest breakdown of various Paris metro passes.

A single ticket costs about 1.90€ but a packet of 10 cards (carnets) in cardboard form is available that costs about 16.90€ and allows 10 rides split between any number of persons. An electronic carnet in the form of rechargeable card called Navigo easy is even cheaper – 14.90€. Or you can buy a Paris Visite card for successive 1, 2 ,3 and 5 days valid on all transport options. The pros and cons of various cards are explained here. You should not waste money on Navigo Decouverte if you plan to stay in the city itself and not visit Disneyland Paris (zone 5) or Versailles (zone 4). Carnets cover the central city area fully and has an added advantage of allowing splitting between people.

Just ensure to pull the lever on the door to enter or exit as they don’t open automatically.

Don’t eat inside a subway or donate to any performer. That’s not cool!

3)  THE TRAIN (RER)

RER C Pont Rouelle 
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Fig: RER C Pont Rouelle       
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Trains are included in the subway system, require the same stations and tickets. The only difference being there are less stations than subway that makes them faster. Travelling within the central Paris zone through RER is easier as it uses the same Paris Metro passes however travelling beyond that requires special ticket called Ile – de – France. Lines A, B and C covers the areas of Disneyland Paris, CDG Airport, Versailles respectively. But travelers should be cautious on these lines as these are the prime site of pick pocketing. Also, do not try to purchase Paris RER tickets (in case you don’t have a travelcard already) from Grandes Lignes TBV ticket machines which only sell/exchange TGV and intercity train tickets.

For travelling between different cities in France you need to purchase separate tickets that won’t be covered under any travel card options offered by the Government.

4)  CITY BUS

47 bus lines makes a circuit round the city. Most of them allows a city tour on hop-on-hop-off basis using Paris travel pass or metro/bus tickets (same lines as metro/RER) while others may not allow hopping off but is provided with guided Paris city tour with commentary in different languages. The major ones and their routes include:-

  • NOCTILIEN
  • night bus service – from 12.30am -5.30am everyday.
  • branches through five major hubs : Châtelet, Montparnasse, Gare de l’Est, Gare Saint-Lazare, and Gare de Lyon
  • serves all RER stations.
  • Accepted cards:  Navigo, Imagine R student travel pass, Mobilis, Paris Visite, carnets (16.90€), t+ tickets , tickets on board (2€).
  • Serves Orly and CDG airports
  • Buy tickets on board.

Usage rules:

  • One ticket for travel between first two zones, and then one ticket for each zone crossed thereafter. Example: zones 1-2 = 1 ticket; zones 1-3 = 2 tickets.
  • Each time you change buses, you must validate a new ticket. The t+ ticket is not valid for transfers between Noctilien night buses.
  • BIG BUS HOP ON HOP OFF BUS TOURS
Fig: Big Bus night tour                                                   Source :Google
  • Pre recorded commentary or live commentary sometimes
  • Large double-decker open-top buses
  • Runs from 9.30am- 6.00pm every 30 mins.
  • To return back to your starting point, you should hop on prior to 17.00 (5pm) – the last tour that ends at Trocadero.
  • Hop on and hop off facility (not in night tours) at 11+ major attractions in Paris
  • Passes valid for 1- 3 consecutive days
  • Popular packages like classic tour, night tour, seine river cruise + classic tour
  • Day tour tickets starting at 35€ for adults. Discounts for children, students.
  • 2 hour guided Night tour tickets : 27€ adults/ 14€ children
  • Website : BigBusTours
  • Recommended to buy tickets online as they are cheaper.
  • L’OPEN HOP ON HOP OFF SERVICES
  • Day tour Adult ticket prices:

1- day : 34€ , 2 days : 38€, 3 days : 42€, Add Seine river cruise for more 9€

  • 1.5 hour guided non – hopping off Night tour ticket price: 23€ adults/ 15€ children
  • Discounts for children
  • 30+ stops at major Paris attractions
  • Personal earphones on night tour to listen audio
  • Runs every 10-25 mins from 9.30 am to 6.00pm
  • Guided commentary in 10 languages
  • Buy tickets online/ with driver/ office at 13 Auber street 75009, Paris
  • Website : opentourparis

                                      

Fig: Open Tour buses Paris                                           Source:Google

 

  • FOXITY
  • Least inexpensive hop-on-hop-off in Paris
  • 1 children entry free on each adult ticket
  • Runs every 20 minutes from 9.30am-6pm
  • Commentary and audio equipped
  • Commentary in 9 languages
  • Day tour Tickets : 18€ for adults for 1 day
  • Non – hopping off guided night tour for 2 hours. Tickets : 17€ adults
  • Tickets : online / office near Opѐra at 3 Chaussѐe d’Antin, 75009 Paris
  • Fewer stops than others but covers major attractions
  • Recommended for 1 day stay in Paris
  • CITYRAMA
  • No hopping off facilities available
  • But audio guided city tour at day : 17€ adults/ 9€ children
  • Non hopping off guided night tour ticket : 22€ adult / 14€ children
  • 11 different languages
  • 1-1.5 hrs covering all major attractions
  • Runs daily 10am, 12pm, 3pm
  • Quick, inexpensive, informative
  • Ticket prices : 17€ adults/ 9€ children
  • Website :  Cityrama

5) TRAMWAY

There are currently seven tram lines in Paris major ones being:

T1 : Connects Saint – Denis with Noisy – le – Sec in the north of the city

T2 :  Connects La Defense with Porte de Versailles in the south

T3: Links Pont du Garigliano (RER station) with Porte d’Ivry (subway)

As tram runs mostly in the outskirts of the city, its not worthwhile for tourists. But t+ tickets, Paris Visite and Navigo Pass are accepted.

6)  INTERCITY TRAINS

Connecting cities within and outside France. Some of them offer the following connections:

i) TGV : Paris – Lyon, Paris – Marseille,  Paris – Montpellier, Paris – Tours

ii) TGV LYRIA : Paris to Geneva and Zurich (Switzerland)

iii) RENFE-SNCF EN COOPERACION : Connects Paris and Marseille to Barcelona  and Madrid (Spain)

iv) INTERCITES DE NUIT – connects Paris to Gap, Briancon, Toulouse, Rodez, Latour de Carol, Perpignan, Cerbere

v) EUROSTAR : connects France and Belgium with UK;  also connects Lille, Lyon, Avigon, Marseille, Marne – la- Vallee, Calais with UK (London) and Lille to Brussels.

vi) EURAIL : connects Paris to Lyon, Bordeaux, Nice, Marseille,

vii) THALYS – connects France with Belgium and Netherlands. Connects Paris, Lille, Lyon, Marseille with Brussels, Rotterdam, Amsterdam

viii)LYRIA : travels between France and Switzerland. Connects Geneva, Basel, Zurich, Lausanne from Paris, Lyon, Nice, Marseille, Lille, Dijon

ix) THELLO: currently serves Paris – Venice, Milan – Marseille, Milan – Nice. Thello night train connects Paris to Verona, Venice, Milan

x) ICE – Paris to Frankfurt and Munich (Germany)

For more info, visit the official website of Eurail.

7) CABS/ TAXI/ UBER

Not going deep into this option as it is more or less the same everywhere.

8)  BICYCLE ON RENT

Many companies provide bicycles on rent all over the city within 1-3 euros per 30 minutes that works on the self serving concept of ‘Pay and Go’ where you can just swipe your credit card to rent the bike for a day/week/month. The most popular app for this – Paris Velib app provides all information on where to find a Velib bike, the nearest Velib station, how much time is left to return it. The credit cards are usually charged a deposit (about 150€) to ensure bikes are returned in proper condition thus make sure not to leave it unattended even with a lock. But city residents often advise only experienced urban cyclists to ride bikes in Paris as there is a hell lot of traffic and pedestrian crowds often reckless. You may head to their official website for detailed info.

Other apps include Jump, Donkey, Mobike. You can also find rental shops here and there around the city.

Remember: Always wear a helmet while riding and if possible, turn onto a cycle-only lane.

P.S. The RATP app and Next Stop Paris app are a travelers’ best friend.

Read our blog on “Useful Apps for Paris Tour” to know more.

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