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Stunning Places to Visit in Paris, According to Parisians

There’s more to Paris than the Eiffel Tower.

Kat Lozada

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Paris is popularly one of the most visited European cities in the world. It’s easy for any tourist to go straight to famous spots such as Champs Elysees, Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower. Finding beautiful spots where it isn’t filled with tourists is the challenge, unless you happen to ask a Parisian for help.

Instead of hitting the usual landmarks, take the road less traveled. Explore the rest of Paris’ beauty as suggested by the locals:

1. Parc Monceau

Not far from Champs Elysees is one of the most appealing green spaces in Paris. Parc Monceau is famous among the locals for its spacious jogging path and picnic areas. Expect faux Roman ruins and statues and a lot of the locals.

2. Hotel de Sully

Devoid of tourist groups and traffic, Hotel de Sully is what most people would probably describe as enchanting. It can be reached surprisingly via the southwest corner of the courtyards and garden of the ore famous and regal attraction, Place des Vosges. Lovely greenery and a lot of chirping birds will greet you here.

3. Galerie Vivienne

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This covered passage has yet to become a tourist destination. The mosaic floors, striking stores and natural lighting are just some of what Parisians know is worth the trip. Sip wine at Les Grande Filles et Fils and just watch the people go by like the locals do.

4. Galerie Vero-Dodat

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If it’s pretty 19th century architecture you’re into, taking a walk through Galerie Vero-Dodat should inspire you. Tourists don’t wander through this area that often, but Parisians know that it’s quickest and most charming way to get to the Palais Royal from Les Halles. The shops are elegant but unless you have money to burn, best to just focus on the architecture.

5. Les Chouettes

Famous among the locals is Les Chouettes, perhaps because of its good food and fascinating ambiance. There are a lot of pretty cafes in Paris, but Les Chouettes stands out perhaps because it still isn’t full of tourists.

6. Le Bon Marche

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Paris’ oldest department store, tucked at the south end of Saint Germain is Bon Marche. Tourists frequent Printemps and Galeries Lafayette, but have forgotten about Bon Marche. The place is elegant, striking and all things Parisian. One would wonder why tourists don’t visit the place just as much as the other landmarks.

Which other places are in your travel bucket list this 2017? Share them with us on the comments section.

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La Sagrada Familia Under Construction Since 1882, Will Finally Finish in 2026!

Why is this structure taking too long to build anyway?

Mika Castro

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The Sagrada Familia is one of the famous attractions in Spain. It is a declared UNESCO World Heritage site and is also the record-holder as the tallest Catholic church in the world. It stands at 560ft tall or 170 meters. But another record it holds is that for 144 years since its construction began, the La Sagrada Familia is still not finished!

The lovely Sagrada Familia illuminated at night - but with construction cranes as photobomber!

The Background

The full name of the church is Templo Expiatorio de la Sagrada Familia (the Expiatory Church of the Holy Family). The project began in 1882 under architect Francisco Paula de Villar and was actually publicly funded. A year later, Antoni Gaudi took over as its architect. Gaudi designed a far more ambitious blueprint than the original plan. He drew up a church with 5 naves, a transept, an apse, exterior ambulatory, 18 towers and 3 facades! Yep the church has 3 "fronts" which all look differently depending which direction you are taking the picture from. They are named as Nativity, Passion and Glory and each depicting scenes from the life of the Holy Family and of Jesus.

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Mysterious British Island Celebrates Christmas Two Weeks Late

This island in Britain celebrates their Christmas and New Year two weeks later than everyone else.

Faye Marcos Jimenea

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Christmas is a holiday celebrated all around the world on the 25th of December, and no other day would Christmas be Christmas if it isn't on that date. However, a very peculiar society living in a remote offshore island in Britain celebrate there Christmas two weeks after everyone in the world already did.

How rude of them, you say? Well, not really. The residents on Foula in Shetland follow a different calendar than the rest of the world. Not only that, they will also celebrate New Year two weeks after the 1st of January celebrations. Foula follows the old Julian calendar that marks the Yule on January 6th and Newerday on the 13th.

Breathtaking backdrop on Foula in Shetland

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Things to Bring to Keep Your Kids Happy While Traveling

Here’s how you minimize stress when traveling with youngsters.

Jamie Casadores

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Traveling with kids can be a stressful experience if not managed properly. You could imagine the horror of screaming and endless crying while on the plane or sleepless nights in the hotel. That is the reason why some parents would opt not to go out-of-town or travel long distances with their children.

However, traveling as a family could strengthen your bond and would be a priceless memory for you and your kids. Also, traveling could also be unavoidable sometimes.

So instead of stressing yourself out and making your travel experience a nightmare, plan ahead and prepare these things to make your journey as smooth as possible.

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