Best Paris Blogs: travel advice, ex-pat, food and photos

by Julie Blakley on September 2, 2009

by Julie Blakley | September 2nd, 2009  

parislaptopThe internet is an immense and valuable resource that can help you find the answers to virtually any Paris and France travel-related question from “where can I find the best duck confit in Paris,” to train times for your day-trip to Monet’s gardens at Giverny. Whether you are looking for a locals tips to discovering the city or simply want to find and book the cheapest airfare to France, the internet is surely the first resource you will consult. However, while planning a trip to France these days has been made all the more easy by this wealth of information floating around on the interwebs, sometimes sorting through all the, well, crap can prove quite the undertaking.

Since it’s my job to read about, talk about and write about travel to France and Paris, I have encountered my fare share of blogs and other travel web sites out there about just that. Paris is home to a large number of ex-pats, and just like the writers of the Lost Generation that came before them, they spend a lot of time writing about their lives in the City of Lights. There are also a large number of resources out there for travelers looking for the best information on everything francais.

Here are some of my favorite sites, all of which are regularly updated. If you have a favorite France or Paris site that I’ve missed, alert me in the comments and I’ll check it out and possibly add it to the list.

Chez Loulou — Ex-pat and foodie blog

Loulou is a chef living and working in a village in Southwestern France. She blogs about life in France, cheese, and always has stunning photos from her life in the French countryside.

David Lebovitz — Ex-pat/foodie/travel advice blog all rolled into one

David is an American pastry chef and author living in Paris who is not only snarky and hilarious, but also maintains a site chock full of great Paris travel tips and observations about life in the City of Lights (not to mention some great dessert recipes).

La Petite Anglaise –Ex-pat blog

This is the blog that started it all. 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.

Traveling Professor’s Guide to Paris–Travel advice/Guide site

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.

Stuff Parisians Like–Local blog

Olivier Magny is a sommelier living in Paris, and he offers hilarious insights about Parisians and the city he calls home. He also runs O Chateau Wine Tasting Tours for those interested in wine tasting during their travels in France.

Emilie Johnson– Ex-pat/photo blog

Emilie Johnson Joly found herself living in Paris after meeting and falling in love with a French man. Her photos and beautifully written insights on her life and the city she calls home are well worth your time. Her photos have also been featured right on this site, check out Paris Photos: A Tour of the City with Emilie Johnson Joly.

Paris Daily Photo–Photo blog

When you call a city like Paris home, you are bound to develop some photographic skills, if by nothing more than chance. The city seems to be one big photo-op, and checking out daily photos from the City of Lights is sure to reveal the underbelly and beauty of the city.

GoParis.about.com–Travel advice blog

While I would like to say that Why Go Paris is the ultimate and only online travel guide worth checking out, the about.com Paris guide site is also full of handy travel tips and information for those planning a trip to good ole Par-ee.

HiP Paris Blog–Travel advice blog

This blog is actually brought to you by a couple of gals who help run Haven in Paris, a Paris luxury apartment rental company, but it is full of great photos and information about life and travel in Paris. The blog also regularly features guest content from some of the best Paris and France bloggers around the web.

Invisible Paris–Ex-pat blog

Sure, everyone knows about the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame in Paris, but if you are looking to get a glimpse of the underbelly and lesser-known parts of the city, take a peak through Adam’s blog about the little known and more invisible parts of Paris. Adam has also written guest posts on free paris walking tours and 5 Unusual Museums in Paris.

Secrets of Paris–Ex-pat and travel advice blog

Born and raised in the U.S., Heather Stimmler-Hall has been living in and writing about Paris since 1998. Not only do Heather and I share a traditional news journalism background, but we also share a serious love for France. She writes about her musings around the city, as well as recently penning a a Naughty Paris guide, a lady’s guide to sexy living in Paris.

{ 8 comments }

Sam September 8, 2009 at 7:59 pm
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Nice blogs, I’ve enjoyed reading some of them, there’s some good ones about living in France here as well http://www.lost-in-france.com/expat-blogs

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Kim - Easy French Food September 14, 2009 at 9:14 am
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Hi Julie, I really like your list and will have lots of fun exploring it. Just thought I’d toss my name into the pot if you were interested in having a look. Cheers!

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Syl September 14, 2009 at 11:31 pm
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This list is great! For someone wanting to move to Paris for a while, like me, this information is priceless. Thanks!

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Camille September 16, 2009 at 12:05 pm
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Nice list! You’ve got some of my favorites on there, so I’m interested to check out the rest and see what I’m missing! I also thought I’d do a little shameless self-promotion: my blog, Croque-Camille, is about my food-related adventures in Paris and beyond, including cooking, shopping, dining, travel, and a tiny bit about my work life as a pâtissière.

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Zhang jim October 17, 2009 at 12:54 am
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Scott Parks December 11, 2009 at 6:28 am
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This is indeed a great list for people exploring for fun. Travel advice is essential especially for foreign tours. To retain joy, a good travel guide with proper knowledge of various countries is required. Safe Travel

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Flights Cape Town March 25, 2010 at 4:33 am
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I think that the most important thing about the holidays is being able to spend them with your family and close friends. Share with the people who mean the most to you and to be able to thank them for being there for you all year long.Then thank God!! its all over for another year!!

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ken henry August 7, 2010 at 2:00 pm
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this is a muct read for anyone traveling to this fine city. the bread and cheese makes a great lunch or early dinner.

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