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Written by Patti on February 27th, 2012

Good Morning Darlings!

I could use a getaway. How about you?

Doesn’t Paris sound divine? My new friends at Girls’ Guide to Paris have the lowdown.
Check it out.



New York (Feb. 21, 2012)—When armchair travelers dream of a visit to The City of Light, the Cole Porter classic song’s “April in Paris” lyrics remind listeners it can be the perfect time to get ahead of the summer crowds and explore fabled sights from The Eiffel Tower to Notre Dame. While those are iconic treasures, there are many other ways to discover the magic of Paris beyond the Champs Elysées, whatever the time of the year.

Noted Francophile Doni Belau, who operates the popular insiders’ website, and who has launched a new Travel Club offering Paris travel advice, discounts, unique experiences and even iPhone apps for self-guided walking tours, offers her top-ten list of what not to miss, from staying on a moored barge on the Seine to how to get beyond the velvet ropes of film director David Lynch’s elite private club, Silencio.


Belau founded her popular web site in 2009 and nearly 85% of those who consult have plans to travel to France’s capital city. She and her team of local writers have visited scores of art galleries, bistros, and designer boutiques, and have been very selective in choosing 100 partners who promise members of the recently introduced Travel Club an array of travel tips, special prices and VIP treatment.

The following Girls Guide ten secret spots for a superb April in Paris include:

1. Want to take a trip back in time to the days of Edith Piaf. Listen to French Chanson, sing along and enjoy a traditional French bistro meal at this unique eatery in the Belleville area of Paris.

2. April showers got you down? Head straight to Petit Pan for a little sparkling pick me up.

3. Learn French and make Parisian friends when you try a Franglish event, held 2-3 nights a week at several local Parisian bars. It’s like speed dating but instead you are practicing your French.*

4. Want to learn how to bake real French baguettes? The French ladies at Succulent Paris can take you to their neighborhood baker, who closes down on Wednesdays to teach others his craft.*

5. Stay at the most unique place in Paris. Unpack your bags into a moored Barge on the Seine.*

6. Try hole in the wall, Candelaria, for a change of pace, and enjoy the best Mexican food in Paris. Go through the unmarked white door at the back after dinner (or before) and enjoy some of the best cocktails in this underground Paris bar that is too cool for school.

7. Need a peaceful break from sightseeing? Head to the tip of Ile de la Cité, in the middle of all the action in the center of Paris, where you’ll find an oasis at the place Dauphine.

8. Feed your literary side and watch poetry come alive at Spoken Word in the Belleville area of Paris.

9. Don’t miss Degas’ nudes at the newly renovated Orsay from March through July 2012. Stop in for a bite at their newly redesigned clock tower café.

10. How to get into a Secret Club in Paris. Director David Lynch has opened a club called Silencio modeled after the bar in his movie Mulholland Drive; sadly it is members only but it does open up at 12 midnight for the general public.

The above (*marked with an asterisk) are just several of Girls’ Guide to Paris’ 100-plus hand-picked Parisian partners. Each travel club member with a $95 one-year year membership receives a wide variety of extras from the club’s partners, including special pricing and VIP service from more than 25 hotels, 14 apartment rental services, and a number of spas, boutiques, on-line shops, car services, mobile phone companies, unique tours, restaurants, bars and more. Savings can continue when you are back at home via on-line shopping and several global brands. A travel club membership with Girls’ Guide is a one-stop shopping card to Value and VIP service in the city of light. Members also have the ability to upgrade to a Le Club account, which includes concierge service. For further details, click here.

Okay! Lets get packed and ready to go. Yes, mon ami?

xoxo, Patti

Today blogging to Edith Piaf – La Vie en Rose


1 Comments so far ↓

  1. Lisa says:

    For those of us who can’t make it to Paris in April, we should do an April in Paris pot luck and Franglish evening!