Any country with hundreds of different kinds of cheese is also bound to have just as many web sites and blogs dedicated to it as well. But, while there may be a million France and French travel related sites and blogs, only a small percentage of them are really any good. Here is a list of some of my favorite French sites. If you think a site should be included in this list, I’d always love to hear about it. Just shoot me an email at Julie@bootsnall.com and I’ll make sure to check it out.
Paris Travel Guide Sites
Traveling Professor’s Guide to Paris—Steve Solosky (and yes, he is actually a professor) has a comprehensive online Paris travel guide with a wealth of informtaion about what to do/see and eat in Paris. In addition to having a free-to-download Paris travel guide. As if all that wasn’t enough, Steve also recently penned a boook, The Traveling Professor’s Guide to Paris, and gives offerinf small group tours of the city.
Haven in Paris—If you feel like experiencing Paris in luxury, than this luxury apartment rental service can help find you a perfectly chic set-up in the city with a short-term luxury apartment rental.
Official French Tourism Sites
Paris Info—The official site on Paris from the Parisian Office of Tourism
French Tourism site—The official site for the French Tourist Authority for France Travel and Tourism
Eiffel Tower—You probably didn’t think the Eiffel Tower had it’s very own official web site, but it does. And soon you’ll even be able to buy your tickets to the top online (and skip that line once you get there)
Louvre Museum—The Louvre’s official site gives you information on exhibits, tickets, hours and more.
Cathedrale de Notre Dame—The famous French cathedral also has its very own official web site with information on concerts, history, tours and more
The Sacred-Heart Basilica—The imposing white Sacre-Coeur Basilica perched on top of the Montmartre neighborhood overlooking Paris also has it’s own official site.
France —Guide to France including regions, towns, places of interest, activities and events. Includes travel information
French News and Event Sites
France 24—This site gathers all of the latest news from France (in English) into one place.
Blogs about France and Paris
La Petite Anglaise—Brit Catherine Sanderson not only offers quick, sharply written and often hilarious stories from her life in Paris on her blog, but also managed to land a coveted book deal from the content that appeared on her site. Spend some time looking into her life in Paris.
Parisian Spring—Tanya loves all things French (and Parisian) and recently just moved back to Europe (Brussels) from the U.S. Follow her musings about her life, France, Belgium and travel in her blog.
Chez Loulou—I first stumbled upon this blog when reading about cheese. Author Jennifer Greco does a weekly “fete du fromage,” and the photos and reviews of French cheeses always leaves my mouth watering.
David Lebovitz—an American pastry chef and author living in Paris is not only snarky and hilarious, but his site is also chock full of some great Paris travel tips and observations about life in the City of Lights
HipParis—A blog maintained by the team over at Haven in Paris luxury apartment rentals, this site has some great tips, musings, travel stories, photos and more from Paris.
Invisible Paris—A Paris local takes you on a tour of “the parts of Paris that would be refused entry to the ville musée if they tried to get in today.”
Paris Breakfast—ParisBreakfasts is a watercolor-a-day blog that chronicles Carol Gillot’s adventures in Paris. You can even subscribe to her blog and receive a Paris macaron 5 times a week in your inbox. Much of her artwork is also available for purchase if you are looking for some pieces to decorate your home.
My Melange—Robin Locker loves France just as much as she loves Italy and she blogs about both as well as featuring the weekly “Travel Tip Tuesday” (she subscribes to the carry-on everything motto I also have)
Foreign Parts— J.A. Getzlaff is an American journalist living in Paris. She writes about culture, society, art, travel, food, fashion, politics, the environment, and world economies, in other words, she does a little bit of everything. Her work has appeared in several prominent publications, and her blog is interesting, insightful and well-written.
Other Travel Sites We Love
BootsnAll—Yes, this is kind of cheating, since this site is part of the BootsnAll network, but hey, we still think we’re pretty great and we’re still the ultimate resource for the independent traveler
Travel Tips Plus–Daily inspirational travel destinations. This site has a great array of interesting and handy travel info for the world traveler