Category Archives: paris

How to Spend the Summer in France and Never Get Bored

Have you ever stayed somewhere long-term and found yourself in a rut, doing the same things repeatedly? Don’t get bogged down in sensory overload. Instead, follow our tips on how to spend the Summer in France and never get bored. Start a Conversation The best thing to do is start a conversation with anyone and everyone you meet. Friendliness will go a long way towards forging new relationships and learning about the local culture, customs, and events. These spontaneous conversations may ... read more

Tipping in RAA Service Countries Explained

Every country has rules on tipping for service. Some encourage generosity while other discourage tipping at all. Instead of wondering what the rule is when you visit one of our service locations, check out the list below and know what amount is appropriate to tip, if at all! EUROPE: Restaurants in Europe tend to include the tip in the service charge on the bill. While it is acceptable to leave a few Euros over, you are never expected to tip 20 percent. When using a taxi, round the fare up or ... read more

Fetes de la Merce: Come Celebrate French Art in Barcelona

Join 2 million people in Barcelona to celebrate the Festes de la Merce, Spain’s largest street fair. Each year the festival invites a guest city to present arts and cultural activities during the four-day festival. This year, France will join Barcelona during 22 September through 25 September 2016. What is Festes de la Merce? Festes de la Merce is a festival to celebrate Barcelona’s patron saint, La Mare de Déu de la Mercè. The first festival took place in 1902 and is a continued tra ... read more

Halloween Traditions around Europe

Halloween has become a huge holiday tradition and a boosted business over the centuries in the western world. Stores, malls and restaurants decorate their windows with Halloween gadgets; bakers and cafes cook up some special Halloween style desserts and candies; Supermarkets deck out special Halloween shelves for jack-o'-lanterns and trick-or-treating stuff. Here are some unique Halloween trends celebrated by some European countries: England Halloween over the years took many different shape ... read more

London Calling

London is the European capital of cultures. The city literally holds a corner for each group to conduct their cultural activities. Be it the touristy City Centre, posh Knightsbridge, hipster Camden Town, Arabic Edgeware Road, China Town of Leicester square, Eastern Ilford or Indian South, London thrives on its cultural diversity. As shoulder season is about to start some people might argue that it doesn’t make a difference when it comes to big cities like Paris, Rome or London but we would ... read more

Travel in Autumn

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” ― Albert Camus This line draws perfect analogy of this beautiful time of the year. The slight chill in the breeze, red and yellow trees, and strikingly bright backdrop, it’s the perfect setting for a romantic jaunt. Moreover it’s a low season so you’re paying less for more rewarding experience. Here are few of many reasons as to why travelling in autumn is totally worth it: 2 for 1: Who doesn’t like to enjoy freebies o ... read more

Grand Finale at the Grand Élysées: Tour de France 2015

Tour De France which has now become an international event spanning across borders with participants from all over the world, started off as a small contest within France in 1903. It hasn’t stopped growing since and has now become as big as Olympics, FIFA, or any other international gaming events. Every year this event unveils its route through different cities across the Dutch & French region. This year the race begins at the great Dutch capital Utrecht and to commemorate 1975’s Tour De Fra ... read more

Christmas Traditions Around Europe

Christmas traditions vary from country to country and over the years Christmas has taken quite a unique shape in terms of customs and celebrations. Let’s look at some of the major celebrations of Christmas across Europe: Christmas Décor (trees and lights): The Christmas fever starts from mid-November when retailers start to deck out for holiday season. The main European shopping streets try to give each other run for their money in decorating the buildings and shops. According to a survey av ... read more

Where to go on New Year 2014/15

Amsterdam: (Romance is in the air) Amsterdam is taking the crown off Paris in being the most romantic getaway for couples. Many are seen boating around the canals reflecting shimmery lights atop the classic architecture of the city or sharing a cuppa at one of the back alley cafes or taking a quaint evening walk just before the New Year’s eager crowds have not yet fully taken up the streets around the canals. Amsterdam builds up the best New Year excitement starting as early as 24 hours bef ... read more

Accommodation for Paris Fashion Week 2015

Paris Fashion Week is held semi-annually in Paris with spring/summer and autumn/winter collections each year. Paris Fashion Week is part of the big four fashion franchises internationally, the London Fashion Week, Milan Fashion Week and the New York Fashion Week. Fashion Events in Paris are not limited to the one Fashion week there are many others like men's Fashion week, haute couture shows, ready to wear shows etc. which also take place seasonally. Prestigious Fashion houses such as Guy Laroc ... read more