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My Favorite Travel Guidebooks for Paris and France

Rick Steves is my go-to source for travel info! For me, his books are just the right mix of important info, advice, culture, history, and humor, all in a user-friendly format. If you’re spending a week or more in Paris, get the dedicated Paris guide. It has the most comprehensive info on where to stay, eat, and visit, along with walk-through tours of main sites and suggested walking routes. As Rick says, it’s a $15-20 tool for a $3000+ experience!

2017 Edition

2018 Edition

I own several editions, but I always buy the current year’s edition for each trip. It might seem redundant, but popular sites frequently close for renovation, hotels/restaurants may close or change management, etc. Best to be prepared with up-to-date info.

Many sites offer a discount when you show them your Rick Steves book. For example, we saved 2 euro per person on our Paris bike tour. With nearly $8 savings, it almost paid for the book! There are offers for restaurants and other activities, too.

Planning to day-trip from Paris? Tips for popular side trips include: Giverny (Monet’s gardens), Disneyland Paris, Versailles, etc. Click the product image for more info.

If you’ll be visiting Paris for only a couple days before moving on to another region of France, then just get the France book. It has enough of Paris to cover a short visit (condensed from the Paris book), plus healthy chapters for the other main regions of France. I’m so glad I bought this one for my 2013 trip to Paris and Normandy, as it was extremely helpful. Especially since I experimented with traveling “on the fly” with few reservations made in advance.

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The Little Paris Kitchen {Cookbook Review}

This book has some very kid-friendly recipes along with a few hoity-toity ones I probably won’t make, but still find interesting to look at. Overall, a lovely book with lots of French words and pretty photos. 120 recipes. Click the product image for more info.

Croque-madame muffins made with bread, eggs, ham, Swiss cheese, and béchamel sauce

Croque-madame muffins made with bread, eggs, ham, Swiss cheese, and béchamel sauce

Now here are two of my favorite recipes from the book that she did on her BBC show. I love how she takes a classic French dish, then puts a fresh spin on it. Like these Croque-Madame Muffins! The sandwich is nice, but these are so fun to make! The kids will love rolling the bread and sprinkling ingredients in.

I’m always a francophile first and foremost, but on a secondary level, I’m super keen on those Brits, too! This book and show marries the best of both worlds for me. I’ve even been known to make my boys endure an English tea party or two!

croque-madame muffins tea party

Real men DO eat finger sandwiches, scones, and croque-madame muffins!

These little madeleines she makes are so delicate and moist! Even without the lemon curd. Serious yummmmm, or as the French say, “Miam miam!” I get a huge kick out of her accent and using words like “whisker” for whisk.

I bet you want to drop everything and go watch the rest of her videos, don’t you? I love/hate when I binge-watch shows like that! Just don’t forget to get your copy of the cookbook by clicking on the image above. (:

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Mastering the Art of French Cooking {Cookbook Review}

I am a huge Julia Child fan! If you love food, you simply must own this informative and entertaining book, written for all “servantless American cooks.” I’ve made several recipes from the book (some are posted here) and find it full of so many tips for ingredients and techniques.

I love the master recipes with many flavor variations, which helps you feel more creative in the kitchen. Whenever I find French recipes on Pinterest or elsewhere, I always compare them to what Julia’s take on them was.

It’s a tasty way to learn French food vocabulary, too, because all recipes include the equivalent French recipe names and some French cooking terms. Click product photo for more information.

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Wandering Paris {Book Review}

Companion book to “Rendez-vous with France.” This one is thinner and easier to carry on your trip to Paris. Same style of watercolor illustrations and lots of vocabulary interspersed with hand-drawn maps and suggested themes for how to spend a day in Paris: Flea Market day, Art day, Water day, Bakery day, etc. Similar to my suggestions for theme travels in Paris.
Specific restaurants and sites are recommended with address info. Another excellent gift book. 86 full-color pages.

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Le Papillon – The Butterfly {Movie Review}


Delightful, heart-warming story with beautiful cinematography! Ilsa, a little girl neglected by her mother, tries to find friendship in an older neighbor, who is a butterfly collector. He’s spent years searching for a rare species of butterfly, to keep a promise to his son. When he leaves on an expedition to the mountains, she stows away in his car, longing for attention and adventure. She has never been exposed to the outdoors before and must learn some hard lessons about nature.

Spoken only in French (both English and French subtitles available), this is the best way to practice your aural comprehension. I love that it’s easier to understand than most French films, because the dialogue consists mainly of simple sentences between the old man and little girl. If you’re watching this with the kiddos, the overall content is clean, but there are one or two strong curse words (readable in the English subtitles) and the little girl tells a crass joke, which the man chastises her for (as seen in the trailer below). 85 minutes, not rated.

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4D Paris History Puzzle


Three puzzles in one! Start with the historical map of medieval Paris as the puzzle base, then put together the top layer of modern-day Paris. Finally, add the 3-D buildings, with the help of the enclosed list of numbered buildings, bridges, and landmarks. 1100 pieces, ages 12 and up. Great family project for rainy days. (Click product image for more info.)

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Notre Dame Cathedral Hands-on Project

Hands-on learners will love constructing this beautiful model! Best of all, it’s easy to punch out the thick pre-cut coated cardboard pieces and put them together by folding and inserting tabs. No cutting required, and no messy glue, stickers, or paint! Nice project for unit studies on medieval times, architecture, literature, castles, religion, etc. Includes 74 pieces and full color brochure with photos and info about Notre Dame. Allow 2-3 hours to assemble (depending on age). Click product image for more info.

 

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Rendez-vous with France {Book Review}


This is a simply adorable book – a perfect gift for any Francophile. Everyone I show it to wants to keep it! It’s part travel guide, part small dictionary, with tips and cultural explanations. The small size is easy to take with you on the go. Charming watercolor illustrations for common words/phrases, grouped by subject: traveling, shopping, eating out, time, money, seasons, etc. 152 full-color pages. (Click the image for more info.)

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My Favorite French Dictionary

Learning French


This is not your typical dictionary! It contains hundreds of full-color photos with both the French and English word. Over 6,000 objects and phrases are grouped by theme: family members, school, rooms in a house, articles of clothing, parts of the body, animals, toys, foods (my favorite!), sports, etc. It’s just plain fun to look through, perfect for self-teaching! You will still need a good “regular” dictionary for formal study, but this highly recommended for just getting started. 360 pages. (Click the image for more info.)

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