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How To Unlock 3 Digit Combination Luggage (Step by Step Guide)


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Luggage safety is one of the most essential factors to travel responsibly. But what if you forgot your luggage pin out of nowhere?

Such a terrible nightmare while on vacation or business trip, right? In this article, we will show you a step-by-step instruction on how to unlock your forgotten luggage pin code.

Getting a TSA-Approved Lock

There are many types and ways to secure your luggage before the flight. However, before picking the type of lock, you need to ensure that the lock is TSA-APPROVED.

TSA or Transport Security Administration, is an airline/airport department that conducts strenuous inspections before the flight.

These locks will secure your luggage while still following standard TSA protocols. These locks are easy to use but resetting them can be quite tricky.

Importance of a TSA Lock?

Upon checking in your luggage, it goes through a lot of process before it gets inside the plane. Meaning to say, your luggage goes through a lot of hands. It’s the same process for departures and arrivals.

A TSA approved lock protects your luggage during the process to prevent restricted people from opening it. Only the TSA agents can have luggage access upon physical check of contents.

How Does It Work?

TSA agents possess a master key to inspect and open all TSA locks as necessary. If it happens that you did not use a TSA-approved lock, they will cut the locks open.

TSA conducts a random check of some luggages for different reasons. The major factor is when they suspect if the luggage contains prohibited items such as: drugs, weapons or explosives.

Rest assured that agents will always inform the passenger whenever they opened or inspected your luggage.

If ever this happens, make sure to reset the combination key of your luggage lock. This is just to ensure that no one in the future can access your luggage. You never know the slightest chance for it to happen.

Resetting luggage lock pins will also be discussed towards the end of this article.

Luggage with Combination Lock Feature

Luggages with a combination lock feature have two types: 3-digit or 4-digit code. If you picked the 3-digit code, you’ll need to pick your own pin to set-up the luggage security.

This is a popular choice for most travelers since it’s keyless. Imagine roaming around and about without having to worry if you lose your luggage keys or not.

Since the inevitable can always happen, here’s a travel hack on how to unlock your forgotten luggage pin code.

10 Steps on How To Unlock Your Luggage (if you forgot your pin code)

  1. Set your luggage on the table where you can comfortably access the luggage’s lock.
  2. Prepare your flashlight to help you better see the lock mechanism behind the numbered wheel for the combination. Make sure to pay close attention to the narrow gap between the wheels.
  3. Slowly rotate the left wheel of the lock. You will see a notch in the wheel line up to the mark of the outside of the lock.
  4. Do the same process to the second and third wheels. If done by the same exact manner, the notches will perfectly line up with the mark on the lock.
  5. Carefully slide the latch button in an outward manner to release the clasp.
  6. Check if unlocking was successful and open the luggage. Then, prepare for resetting your luggage pin code.
  7. To Reset Luggage pin code, push and hold the button next to the lock inside the luggage.
  8. Rotate the numbered wheels slowly one at a time to the new combination you picked (make sure you remember the pin this time) and release the button.
  9. Make sure to test the new lock combination if it works. Try to open and close the luggage at least twice.
  10. Write down your new lock combination code and store it away from your luggage.

Other Types of Luggage Locks

Other than the Combination Locks, here are the other types of luggage locks that you might need to get acquainted to:

  • Key Locks – the most traditional type of lock out of all the locks ever invented. A classic padlock that needs a specific key to open your luggage. Though it works quite well, the danger of losing the key is quite risky.
  • Cable Locks – this type of lock quite resembles the style of combination locks. The lock is more versatile though since it has a flexible cable that you can clip to lock. Other than luggages, the lock can hold other small storage or lockers safely.
  • Key Card Locks – works quite the same as hotel key cards. This type of lock not only works efficiently but is also convenient to store. You can keep it in your wallet as it fits perfectly just like your other personal cards.
  • Retractable Cable Locks – quite similar from cable locks but also has its unique mechanism. The cable conveniently retracts inside the lock itself. It also gives you the option to lock your luggage to another object for better security.

More Luggage Tips For You!

  • First of all, never open somebody else’s luggage with this travel hack. This was not written for that purpose. Make sure you will only use the step-by-step procedure only if it happens to you or to someone you know.
  • If remembering your luggage pin is too hard, write it down and store it in your passport or wallet. Store it away from your luggage as much as possible.
  • You may email your pin code combination to yourself and entitle it “My Luggage Pin Code” or however you want to call it. Open the email when you need it.
  • Download a “notes” app in your smartphone where you can write or record your pin code safely. Pick the one that you can set a password so it’s only you who could access.
  • Set a pin code combination similar to your personal cards or account passwords so you can easily remember your luggage pin code. But be sure to not share it to anyone to avoid hackers from going through your accounts.
  • While creating a unique pin code is important, a simple pin combination for example “222”, the ones that are easier to remember are also helpful.
  • Refrain from sharing your pin code to anyone else to avoid losing your valuables.

Forgetting your luggage pin combination is no joke, especially if you don’t have an idea on how to troubleshoot it. Imagine not being able to open your luggage in the middle of a holiday vacation. That just sucks!

This article is purely dedicated to all the travelers out there to avoid this situation to happen to you. It could be hard especially when you’re traveling alone. 

Have you checked your luggage pin code yet? Go ahead and make sure you still remember or safekept the luggage combination before it’s too late.

Anyways, I hope this helpful travel hack finds you well. I wish you a safe and hassle-free travel as always!

Is Disneyland Paris Worth Visiting?


Disneyland Paris

The magic in the “City of Lights” is a never-ending roller coaster ride. Always a perfect destination for couples on a honeymoon or families wanting to bond with their kids. Apart from the city’s enchanting sites, what else does this beautiful city has to offer?

Disneyland Paris will fulfill your magical experience in “The City of Lights,” or shall I say, “The City of Magic”? If you have a day or two to spare on your trip, never miss this most visited theme park in Europe that represents the Sleeping Beauty Castle.

How To Get There?

Disneyland Paris is located at Boulevard de Parc, situated in the eastern part of Paris.

If You Came From Paris Center

Take the metro station via a Disneyland Paris Express train line. Head to Marne-le-Vallée or Chessy Station for your starting point. The ride will take 35 minutes for you to get there. As you reach the station, it is only a two-minute walk on the way to the theme park.

From The Airport

They have the Magical Shuttle Airport Transfer that you can book from their website or book through this number 08448 009 898. The shuttle leaves from Charles de Gaulle and Orly Airport, which takes approximately an hour.

By Car

If you opt for this route, you may inquire at Hertz or Europcar for their car rental fees. Just prepare euro coins for your toll fees on the way to the theme park. This will take you faster as well, depending on your pace. Make sure you can legally drive in France.

How To Book The Tickets?

You may book through their website or call them from the same contact number as stated above.

Here are the different kinds of tickets or passes for you to choose from:

  • Fastpass – for an extra fee, you will make the most out of your tour in this dedicated access. No more long lines to endure and a faster entry to enjoy your dream attractions and rides.
  • 1-Day Ticket Pass – got limited time and budget? This pass will give you unlimited access to the theme park for one full day. Make sure to check off all the spots you want to hit before the day ends.
  • 2-Day Pass and Shuttle – if a day is not enough, they got two days of magical extravaganza just for you. It also comes with a shuttle service for your convenience. More days of fun! Bonus Tip: You can use the second day of your ticket anytime within the year!
  • 2 Plus, Days Pass – this 140-acre theme park will not only take you a day to enjoy. If you plan on going to every attraction and ride, stay a little longer with your kiddos and give them a wonderful time that they will remember!

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Are There Any Accommodations Nearby?

Oh Yes! No wonder it’s called Disneyland Paris Resort for no reason. They have a total of five magical themed hotels fit for royalty like you. Each hotel is tailor-fit on your budget and other preferences.

If you’re planning to get a 2-day pass, better get their special bundle that includes hotel accommodation and a shuttle to pick you up from the airport.

Can You Bring Food in Disneyland Paris?

Though you can bring your own food, I suggest not to bring any and save yourself from the hassle. They have more than 50 restaurants of different specialties and cuisines that your family will surely like.

Truly perfect for families, especially if you are staying in one of their magical hotels or just taking a break from the exhilarating rides on your day tour.

Must-See Rides and Attractions

I personally am a fan of Disney movies. If you are the same as me, your eyes will pop from their amazing attractions and rides that you will definitely enjoy!

Disneyland Park

The theme park is divided into two different parks, and one of them is the central Disneyland Park. Get your map and:

  • start your way riding like a cowboy in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril
  • wander in Alice’s Curious Labyrinth
  • or catch Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  • And of course, do not miss the show of the most iconic Disney duo, Mickey and Minnie Mouse.

Walt Disney Studios Park

To know more about the history of our favorite Disney characters and how magical movies are made, this is the spot for you. They have audio-visual presentations, to begin with, and to get a glimpse from their humble beginnings.

Other than that, their 13 floors “Retraction” will have you marvel with these famed attractions and rides such as

  • fast cars in RC Racer
  • be a chef in Ratatouille The Adventure
  • get a thrilling ride at the Toy Soldiers Parachute Drop

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Unique Attractions for The Season

Paris Disneyland, the “Place of Dreams,” offers numerous ways to experience a magical moment with your special someone or beloved families. Let them experience these limited offerings this 2020.

Frozen Celebration

In the cold winter season, Anna and Elsa will give you a spectacular winter wonderland show. From the months of January-May, Olaf will surely have enough time to let you laugh your heart out.

The Lion King and Jungle Festival

No need to head to the Safari and see our jungle friends LIVE! Disneyland will give you a summer to remember from June-September, a jungle show like never before. For all the Lion King fans out there, don’t dare miss it.

Disney’s Halloween Festival

Treat your kids in an unforgettable trick or treat experience. Join this fun and spooky festival. Dress in your cute or scary costume, be a princess or a frog or maybe dress like Mickey Mouse’s twin and join the parade.

Disney’s Enchanted Christmas

Catch how this big theme park turns into a winter wonderland Christmas village. Limited Christmas themed attractions will be showing, as well as exciting Christmas themed rides. Meet Santa Claus with his cute reindeers and snap that perfect holiday family picture.

End The Night with a BANG!

Already tired with all the attractions and rides? Don’t leave just yet. Wait until 7:00pm for their spectacular fireworks and LED show.

Watch the castle as it boasts its HD quality LED show from your all-time favorite Disney movie clips and soundtrack. With a combination of colorful and magical fireworks in the background, this is a truly magical way to end your Disneyland adventure.

Other Tips and Advice

  • Know the schedules. Every season, whether summer or winter, has different opening hours because of the weather situation. Some attractions and rides might be closed as well. Make sure to check their website for updates.
  • Get well acquainted with the map. Having limited time in the park, especially if you availed the day pass, you need to strategize your journey and make the most out of it. Understand the map and navigate wisely to avoid missing other attractions.
  • Don’t miss their limited deals. Depending on the occasion, they offer limited-time discounted deals for you and your family. This will save you a few more bucks and you might get extra perks from the package. Check for their summer and Christmas specials.

Disneyland is Magical, and Worth It!

Apart from the famous Eiffel Tower and famed museum of The Louvre, a trip to Paris won’t be complete without experiencing the magical Disneyland.

13 million visitors every year left very happily from their visit to this enchanting theme park. Leave the city happy like a child just like them and include this must-visit theme park in your itinerary.

Is Paris Safe to Visit? (Safety Travel Tips)


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No one will argue how Paris is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Being sought after by many tourists from different walks, there’s no wonder why more than 30 million visitors are enchanted by this magical city.

But no matter how enchanting this city can be, one question would pop out in every traveler’s curiosity, is Paris safe to travel?

It is no secret what has been published from the news about the current status in France, especially in the city of Paris. Protests are building up here and there due to the current issues that the French community is facing. Though there are some possible risks in the city, Paris is still a SAFE CITY to travel.

How Safe is the City? According to safearound.com, Paris is 63.4% safe. That is fairly good compared to its other neighboring European countries. The city actually ranked 58th place in the world for its safety.

Statistically saying, “The City of Lights” is not as alarming as it sounds. It is not something to worry about as a tourist. Crimes committed against tourists are very low as well. So there’s not much to worry about this city.

Possible Risks to Consider

We will breakdown the following risks we have gathered from safearound.com, that you should be aware of when you are in the city. Risks are categorized from different levels: Low to High.

Low Risks

  • Mugging – According to nationmaster.com, the city ranked 49.46% for mugging casualties. It is not a red flag, but though it is rare, that doesn’t mean that it could not happen.
  • Kidnapping – This is quite rare to happen in the city as well. The last suspected incident was in Nice, France last 2016. No recent recordings since 2016 about kidnappings in Paris.
  • Female or Solo Travelers – Also relatively low with only 3.8% chances of occurring. Ranked 73 around the world, with its rating, the city is a female and solo traveler-friendly.
  • Natural Disasters – The city is definitely safe from disastrous calamities like avalanches, earthquakes or typhoons. Its strategic location gives it an advantage compared to other cities that are high risk of dangerous calamities.

Medium Risks

  • Transport Trains & Taxis – Crimes inside the train are uncommon but can happen in train stations because it gets crowded most of the time. Also, a possible threat to taxis is possible overcharging to tourists. As of this January 2020, a transport strike took place, that affected lots of commuters. So far nothing serious incident recorded with regards to transport areas.
  • Protesters – Also known as the yellow vest protesters are not a major threat. You can see them on the street during their scheduled protest march, fortunately, police security is there to control if possible violence is imposed. In 2019, some protesters burned one establishment in Lyon, France during a protest. That explains the extra precautions are observed in Paris.

High Risks

  • Terrorism – In 2015, 147 casualties are recorded from a terrorist attack in France. There are also some recorded casualties in 2016. Though no recent terrorist acts recorded since 2017, the city or France in general, is under Level 2 alert.
  • Scams – Be extra careful because a lot of con artists flock the area, especially in touristy sites. They have over 142,000 recorded cases to date. These fraudsters took advantage of the increase of tourists in the city for a higher chance of making more money.
  • Pickpocketer – As rampant as scammers, it goes the same as the pickpocketing case in Paris. Ranked at 5th place in the world, there’s no doubt why every traveler planning to go to the city are given this warning. Make sure to watch on your belongings.

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Other Possible Threats

Some crimes are relatively low but can still be evident and need to be looked at. Gun crimes are quite low in France because of the gun ban. So there are no major threats on this matter however, this is not a reason to be complacent.

Road accidents are also in low cases because of strict traffic and road rules. Given that driving in Paris can get confusing and crazy, they have maintained safe traffic measures throughout the city.

Safe Neighborhoods to Stay in Paris

If you are looking for a hotel or accommodation, consider the location or the neighborhood. Gang-related and theft crimes might be rampant in some neighborhoods. Here are the highly recommended neighborhoods to choose from:

  • Along the Seine Riverbank
  • Jardins des Tuileries
  • Place Vendome
  • 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th arrondissement
  • 16th arrondissement, though it is far, it is very safe and far from the crowds

Places to Avoid at Night

A night out can be dangerous if you don’t know about the place you’re hanging out. I know that nightlife can be fun at times but, please take your safety seriously. Might as well avoid these places late at night.

Northern Paris

  •  Aubervilliers
  • Seine-saint-benis
  • Saint Ouen

Central Paris

  • Châterer
  • Les Halles
  • Gare du Nord
  • Stalingrad
  • Jaures and Burbés
  • Montmartre
  • La Goutte d’Or

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Important Safety Travel Tips

Research the Country You’re Visiting

To better know about the country is proper research. Look at experiences from people you know who’ve been there or blog posts like this. (Please don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter).

It makes a lot of difference in knowing what to expect during your visit. You do not want to experience like one of those cliché memes about reality vs. expectations, right?

Verify Your Accommodation

Whether you book your hotel from booking.com or airbnb.com, it pays to investigate and check for the property’s ratings and past customer’s feedback.

Check as well if the property is located in the following safe neighborhoods we have listed above. If not, make sure the property has good security and CCTV cameras.

Be Updated with Current News

It won’t hurt to stay updated with current events, especially if it is about a country you are not familiar with. Check out for protest schedules, travel bans (which is unlikely) and even weather updates.

Bad weather especially snowstorm or heavy rain showers can be dangerous for walking or driving on a slippery road.

Keep Your Belongings Safe

This is a standard rule for any travelers out there. This is not Japan, where you can leave your stuff and no one will touch it.

It is your responsibility to take care of your valuables while eating in a restaurant, lock your hotel well, if leaving a valuable item in the hotel put it in a safe, put your well-zipped bags in front of you, put your wallet in your front pocket and do not leave your phones anywhere

Avoid Talking to Strangers

Being friendly and too pushy is different. Be careful with strangers pretending to be a tourist agent or vendor and taking you somewhere or offering you to buy something.

Do not accept whatever they are handing out to you, or they’ll force their way to ask you to pay for it. Scammers and con artists are roaming around the big city.

My Personal Experience

I was there in January of 2019. I can honestly say that the risks are not that bad. I was just taken aback by the protesters who were running towards us on our way to the Eiffel Tower.

At that time, we did not know anything that has been happening to Paris prior to our visit. From that experience, we have learned that being updated to the news is key to prepare for your travel. I thought at that time that it was scary because the police were running with the protesters as well.

Overall, Paris is a safe city. It is lovely safe. You don’t need to worry about being in danger because their police officials are doing their best to protect the city, including locals and tourists.

Yes, there are the little things that you need to watch out for but, you know the visit is worth it. Safe travels everyone!

10 Unique Activities To Do In Paris


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Paris is flocked by millions of tourists every year, nonstop, no matter the season, a whole year round of new faces visiting the famous “City of Lights”. I wonder if this city ever rests, I bet no! They never ran out of fun things to experience for tourists and even for their locals.

When you think about what to experience in Paris, the first thought that comes into mind is visiting the famous “Eiffel Tower”, “Seine River” or marvel over the historical arts in “The Louvre”.

However, these famous sites are always crowded that sometimes it is hard to immerse yourself in the real experience that the city has to offer.

But do not fret travelers because Paris is more than the Eiffel Tower and The Louvre. The city has a lot to offer in the most unique way!

Traveling Out of the Usual

According to press.parisinfo.com, they conducted a survey in 2017 which covers visiting a total of 62 cultural attractions and 68 temporary exhibitions.

The city’s cultural attractions entertained a whopping 70.2 million tourists in 2017. An impressive increase of 5.9% compared to 2016. Now that is a lot of tourists.

If you do not want to compete with the gazillions of tourists in one of the most famous attractions, Paris has actually a lot of unique and even way more fun experiences that you can truly enjoy without having the pain of lining up and bumping sweaty tourists during the summer.

The city’s tourism is always doing its best to offer new ways of providing new experiences for tourists.

Do a Careful Research

Before making that decision to do something different in Paris or to visit the off the beaten tracks, prepare yourself on what to expect and always do your research.

Consider that you are visiting an unfamiliar territory and you don’t want to mess up your trip just because you failed to thoroughly research the place or attraction you are about to visit.

No matter how unique the tourist attractions or experiences are, always try to look for the positive and negative reviews coming from the previous tourists who actually experienced it.

That way you will know what to expect, whether the activity fits for your liking or not. This is also a good way to spot a legit attraction before you waste your time and money.

Top Ten List of Unique Activities To Do in Paris

We have listed the following unique activities that you can try if you want to avoid the most crowded and touristy spots. Rest assured that all of the activities listed are reviewed by the previous tourists who have actually tried it themselves.

1. Watch a French Movie at a French Theater

Ditch Netflix or amazon prime for a moment and take advantage of watching an actual french film in a French cinema. France is known for its good and unique movies.

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They actually hold their annual Film Festival in Cannes, France which showcases diversified movies and actors all over the world.

Grab your loved ones and have a movie date night. You might not understand any word in French but I’m pretty sure the whole experience will be worth it and unforgettable.

Instead of popcorn, bring some French pastries with you in the theater and enjoy the movie. You may visit these French theaters: Christine 21 (4 Rue Christine ), Le Champo (Rue des Ecoles) and La Peniche Cinema (19th arrondissement).

2. Learn How To Cook Classic French Food

Reveal the inner master chef in you and enroll for a quick-cooking course in Paris. This city is known for its outstanding gastronomic artistry and it is a privilege to learn a dish or two from the most renowned chefs in the city.

French Food

You’ll never know, you might end up meeting a Michelin-star chef. If you have more time to spare, add this to your itinerary.

You can enroll for half a day, full day or a two-day class from any of the French Cooking Schools in the metro. You will not only learn from the experts but you will also get to try and share the food you just made with the other students.

Get your reservations from any of these culinary schools: Le Cordon Bleu (13-15 Quai Andre Citroen), Le Foodist Paris Cooking Classes and Wine Tasting Food Tour (59 Rue du Cardinal Lemoine), Cours de Cuisine-Olivier Berte (7 Rue Paul Lelong).

3. Spend Halloween at the Catacombs of Paris

If you are not faint of the heart, then this is for you. This is a unique way to spend your Halloween with family or friends minus the costume fiasco.

Catacombs of Paris

The catacomb is underground ossuaries which hold the remains of more than six million people. A tunnel was built to connect Paris’ ancient stone quarries.

This was created as part of eliminating the city’s overflowing cemeteries. Built-in 1774 by Saint-Innocents. Since 2013, the catacombs numbered among the 14 City of Paris Museums.

The museum is not actually scary because the skeletons were piled up like an intricate form of art. Enjoy your visit, admire the museum and do not get scared that much. (Located at 1 Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy)

4. Experience the Haunted Show at Manoir de Paris

Another scary but fun walk-through haunted house for you where the scariest horror legends in Paris come to life. This was opened in 2011 and terrified a lot of locals and tourists alike. Featuring 13 Parisian legends from the 18th to 20th centuries, these did not fail to scare its spectators.

The Parisian legends told during the visit are based on real facts from the Parisian folklore with the likes of Catacombs of Paris, the crocodile in the Paris sewers, Phantom of the Opera and more.

With its two floors, 23 rooms and 5 levels of “fearfulness”, this attraction will definitely give you the chills and screams. (Located at 18 Rue de Paradis)

5. Go for an Adventure at the Escape Room

If you are up for a very interactive and unique activity with your family or friends, try this escape game in Paris. The attraction made real attention of putting mind-boggling details to entertain its patrons.

Escape Room

This game gives you one team, one mission and one hour to escape. Featuring a 1500 square meters space, the life-size escape game can cater to a team of 3-5 people.

Invented by amusement park professionals and magicians, this game will make you solve puzzles, discover secret passages and carry out your mission. Another fun way to show your creativity, problem-solving and critical skills. (Located at 51 Rue de Cardinal Lemoine)

6. Book a Segway Tour

Walking around the city can be quite draining and tiring. Dealing with transportation can be also confusing and stressful as well. If you want to skip all of these, book a Segway Tour, a hassle-free way of exploring around the city. Segway resembles the scooter, however, this is way faster and easy to maneuver.

Segway Tour

The tour offers a morning and evening schedules in English, you pick. You can also book a private or group tour, take note that a private tour will cost you more.

The company’s offerings around the city are: Go Go Segway Tours (20 Avenue Duquesne), SeeWay Tour (11 Rue Alexandre Cabanel), Fat Tire Tours (24 Rue Edgar Faure).

7. Hire a Local for a Food Crawl

It is no secret that the best tour guides are, of course, the locals. They are the best people to ask for the best places to eat, drink or party. Airbnb, an accommodation booking app, does not only list properties or homes for you to stay but they have also listed amazing experiences for you to try.

For an affordable price plus tip (optional, if you enjoyed the experience), an English speaking local will go with you for a food trip! Take note that you will pay for the food you will order, you only booked for the local tour guide.

The guide will take you to the best pubs, cafes or restaurants, depends in your preference. A soft reminder, make sure that you will book a reliable and legit local tour guide. Check for the reviews and avoid getting duped.

8. Visit Paris’ Legendary Stadium

Football, not American Football, also known as Soccer for some, dominates the sports scene in Paris. The biggest stadium in Paris was built in 1972 by Stade Roland Garros, called Parc de Princes, an all-seater football stadium with a seating capacity of 47, 929 spectators. The home of Paris Saint-Germain since 1974.

Enjoy this once in a lifetime chance as a sports fanatic to visit backstage. The hour and a half visit take you to spots inaccessible to the public like changing rooms and infirmary.

If you are lucky enough to visit during the League Season, do not hesitate to book a ticket for yourself and watch the game like a Frenchman. (Located at 24 Rue du Commandant Guilbaud)

9. Climb the Montparnasse Tower

Climbing the Eiffel Tower for a panoramic view of the city can charge a hefty price, for real! Aside from that, the crowds are also crazy that the elevators are too full on the way up.

Montparnasse Tower

To get that instagrammable panoramic view that you have always wanted, try the Montparnasse Tower, the only skyscraper in the city!

This option has lesser crowds and an incredible panoramic view of the city. Plus, you can see the Eiffel Tower up top! You can’t do this in Eiffel Tower, right? There’s also a cozy restaurant up top where you can take your date and experience the city in the most romantic way.

During winter the tower installs an ice skating rink at the top of the tower, fulfilling your winter wonderland vibes. This is definitely unique and a must-try for the lover of heights. (Located at 33 Avenue du Maine)

10. Enjoy a Lovely French Dinner with an Opera Singer

– What a perfect combo, right? A sumptuous dinner plus an opera singer who will serenade you and your date. Such a romantic treat in the “City of Love”! To experience this unique dining setting, head to Bel Canto, opened since 2000 is a dinner theater.

The waiters here are incredibly talented while serving you a gourmet meal they suddenly turn into an Opera Singer. A quartet of young professionals accompanied by a piano.

They can perform solo or duo with the excerpts from Carmen, Don Giovanni, Tosca and more. Bel Canto according to their website, is a story between two worlds of passion: gastronomy and lyrical singing. (Located at 72 Quai de l’Hotel de ville)

Is it Expensive to do Unique Activities in Paris?

Since the activities are unique and less visited by tourists, they are less expensive and more affordable. Take for example the Montparnasse Tower, it is free to go up the top of the building and enjoy the beautiful panoramic view of the city.

Also check: Is Paris Expensive?

Compared to the expensive fee at the Eiffel Tower where you cannot even see the tower itself. Less famous museums are free or offer a cheap entrance fee.

Some unique activities though can be also pricey like enrolling in a cooking class or dining in while an opera singer serenades you. Consider the kind of service that the company offers. The bigger the service, the more spending it involves. Remember, you get what you paid for.

Is it Worth It?

Yes, totally worth it! Taking the off the beaten tracks are way better and less hassle when you think of it. The possibilities are endless. You will learn a lot about the city upon exploring the deepest neighborhoods and spots where tourists rarely visit.

This is also an opportunity for you to showcase to other travelers that Paris has more room for new discoveries and wonderful treats for a wanderlust like you.

Though trying out something unique gives some spice in your travel itinerary, I would still recommend not to miss out on the famous attractions and activities to do in Paris.

Your visit will feel as if there is a void for skipping all the legendary places that are must-visit. A little mix of everything will give your travel experience a new flavor to it.

Go ahead and book that flight and do something unique in Paris like you’ve never had before!

How To Spend A Day In Paris, The Right Way!


Spend A Day In Paris

Paris, “The City of Love” also known as “The City of Lights” has a lot to offer and much more hidden gems to discover. A day won’t be enough to unravel this wonderful city and experience its charm and magic. But, would it be possible to tour Paris in a day?

Nothing’s impossible for a hungry traveler, of course, you can! Though you might not be able to savor every bit of the city, there’s a sure-fire way to explore the famous spots and experience different French activities all in ONE DAY, which I will share with you.

Before Anything Else..

Make sure you have already decided and planned the following itineraries you choose to follow. Though I will give you some examples below for a worthwhile tour, it’s still all up to you. Try to breakdown the attractions and experiences that you believe are “doable” in one day.

Prepare your outfit accurately according to the current season. Gear up when its winter time or

Get a Breezy Dress in the Summer.

What’s most important is you are in comfortable clothing during the day so you can last a full day of touring. You can’t be feeling uncomfortable just because you feel too cold or warm because of the wrong outfit. It will surely ruin the most amazing trip ahead of you.

Bring a Map!

Google maps can’t be reliable sometimes especially if you are just using a cheap internet data bundle. Don’t risk getting lost. Learn to use the map just like the old times and navigate your way to your destination.

I know I said not to get lost, but it happens. If you ever will, it’s okay. Its when you’re lost, when you learn most about yourself and others.

But when in doubt, ask the locals. English speakers might be hard to find but trust me, French locals are really helpful, Don’t be intimidated.

Decide whether to take a hop on hop off bus or walk your way.

Both options are pretty fun but here’s my suggestion. If it’s summer, I’ll do the hop on hop off bus, instead of walking under the heat and suffer sunburn.

It is also during the summer where tons of tourists flock the city, so they might as well beat them by doing the bus to hit all of your top destinations in a splash.

For fall, autumn and winter, I suggest walking. It’s a good exercise and you will no longer feel the cold as you delight your eyes by the wonderful views of the city. Just make sure to gear up to protect yourself from the cold. And lastly..don’t forget to bring your umbrella!

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Breakfast in Paris

Start the day right and wake up early to head experience some french local breakfast. What we did, we actually woke up as early as 6:00am to catch the freshest bread and pastries in the bakery.

Or better yet, head to cafes for a breakfast combo offering that they have. Here are my breakfast spots suggestions:

The Hardware Societe Paris

Located at 10 Rue Lamarck along with Montmartre’s bustling neighborhood, this top-notch Aussie-inspired breakfast or brunch place is a must-try.

Being in the top list, this Australian fusion of French cuisine lures the curious appetite of locals and tourists alike. They have a wide range of boulangeries, jams and coffees, plus a good breakfast deal of fewer than 15 euros.

Aux Arts Etc.Cafe Galerie d’Art

Located at 15 Quai de Montebello, all the artsy foodies out there will love this place, here’s a very artistic cafe just for you. They are famed for their amazing customer service and bountiful breakfast offerings.

Their eggs benedict is on top of the list that you should definitely try. While sipping your coffee, from the cafe, you will marvel at the architectural site of the Notre Dame.

Church Hopping in Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Paris and Sainte Chapelle

The last year 2019, sad news broke the hearts of the French people and tourists all over the world. The famed Notre Dame of Paris broke down by the fire.

However, this is not to encourage you but to give you some hope of its current restoration process. You can still admire its ruins. No matter how much damage it got from the fire, it is still a real beauty.

Not too far from Notre Dame, is the Sainte Chapelle, dubbed as the gem of Gothic Style. This stunning stained glass church was built for seven years to house precious Christian relics, including Christ’s crown of thorns, acquired by Saint Louis.

Its stained glass panes depict the same exact 1,113 scenes from both of the Old and New Testaments recounting the history of the world until the arrival of the relics in Paris.

Discover Conciergerie

Just right next to Sainte Chapelle, discover this splendid Gothic palace built by King Philip The Fair. This used to be a Royal residence for kings and queens which was then converted as a Palace of Justice.

The Kings of France abandoned the palace in the 14th century to move at the famed “The Louvre”. Some part of the palace was also converted into prison cells and revolutionary prison. The remarkable prisoner Marie-Antoinette was detained here during the French Revolution.

Go deep in history at the Pantheon

Located at the Latin Quarter of Paris, this impressive structure was first built as a church in 1758 dedicated to the Patron Saint of Paris, Genevieve.

After some time, it was later converted as a mausoleum for the remains of the most distinguished French citizens with the likes of the famous painters: Raphael and Annibale Carracci, composer Arcangelo Corelli and architect Baldassare Peruzzi.

You can enter here for free every European Heritage Days, which is on the third week of September.

Take a Break at the beautiful Le Jardin du Luxembourg

Not too far from the Pantheon, this beautiful garden is located at the 6th arrondissement of Paris. Built-in 1612 by Marie de’Medici, the widow of King Henry IV of France, for her very own residence fit for a queen like her.

In this 23-hectare garden, you will not run out of the spot to choose to enjoy a quick break from all the walking or maybe take a lunch picnic while admiring the beauty of this garden.

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Go for Lunch like a French Local

If you don’t feel like picnicking and wanted to go all out to spend a few bucks for a good french lunch, here are some good spots for you to try:

  • Angelina Paris – just inside the corners of Luxembourg gardens, this place offers a lovely breakfast and lunch offerings since 1903. Their specialty is hot chocolate and their decadent sweets, a perfect pairing to replenish all the energy you need.
  • La Cuisine de Philippe – a few steps from the previous restaurant, is a classy and quaint restaurant that serves all of your French favorites. They offer specials of the day at a decent price that can fill your hunger. Their lobster and souffle are a must-try!
  • La Parisienne Madame – if you’re in a time crunch and just want food on the go, then here’s a treat for you. Still, near the Luxembourg gardens, their offerings are also quite competitive for the palate. A good selection of french sandwiches, fresh bread, cookies, and cakes will satisfy your taste buds. You can easily eat these goodies on your way to your next itinerary.

Shake off the calories and hit “The Louvre”

In less than 30 minutes, depending on your pace, of course, you will reach this famed museum. Just make sure you have reserved yourself a “skip the line” ticket to get rid of the long line of tourists who were also trying to see this famous landmark.

Spend an hour or two marveling on the most famous art displays from the world’s most renowned artists with the likes of Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael.

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Do a cheat trip by riding the Seine River Cruise

What can be the easiest way to explore the city and cheat your way out? Well, ride a cruise for an hour. A lot of company boat tours offers a tour to the river, just choose wisely.

A knowledgeable tour guide will walk you through the amazing landmarks around the river, without having to get off and walk through them. Make sure your eyes won’t skip any of those famous landmarks. This cruise will surely give you a picturesque view of the “Eiffel Tower”.

Pay Tribute to the Fallen Heroes of Arc de Triomphe

I’m pretty sure the cruise has recharged your remaining energy, take advantage while it lasts! Head to one of the famous monuments in France, Arc de Triomphe.

Also near Eiffel Tower, this historical monument was built between 1806 and 1836 to honor the fallen soldiers during the French revolution.

If you still have more time, go inside the museum and learn more about its meaningful history. If you’re tight with time, you can still enjoy its view from the outside and take a perfect selfie.

Snack on Street Crepes

One thing you’ll notice in the streets of Paris is the huge number of Crepe street vendors. They have a huge selection of flavors to choose from for an affordable price.

Their crepes are very good and a nice ending of your hectic afternoon. You can also pair it with a good coffee from one of those cafes near Arc de Triomphe. Just take a pick.

Visit Van Gogh’s Old Apartment

Just like any other tourist spots, Van Gogh’s old abode can get packed, too no matter the season. So be sure you have your tickets with you ahead of time.

From Arc de Triomphe, take the metro like a local and head to the district of Montmartre. A private guided walking tour will welcome you to give you a glimpse of the life and history of this most renowned artist.

Chill at Montmartre

Right after a worthwhile tour from Van Gogh’s old apartment, take a good break by sipping a drink to end your tour at the bustling district of Montmartre.

Tons of bars and pubs are lined up to entertain your thirsty self. It’s not too bad to reward yourself for a long day of sightseeing. Here are some good bars to drink at:

  • Le Proibido – just a few meters from Van Gogh’s apartment is this high rating bar that offers a wide array of beers, liquor and best choice of wines.
  • Chez Camille – is a cozy spot with a charming touch of its interior design that lures lots of locals and even tourists to get a tasty drink before grabbing dinner.
  • Le Cave doe Abbesses – specializes in wine, you can never go wrong with this place. Whether you like it red and dry or sweet and smooth, they got it down for you.

End your day with an Authentic French Dinner

You can’t leave Paris and end it without a classic dinner at a french restaurant. Montmartre has a lot of restaurants to choose from with impressive ratings from its regulars and first-time diners. Here are the top spots you could choose from:

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  • Le Restaurant Montmartre – Offers an exceptional dining experience and delectable wines, this place will surely end your day with a memorable note. Take on with their specialties featuring their baked goat in cheese and honey sauce.
  • La Bascule – This restaurant has a modern fusion and a mixture of authentic French cuisine. With its trendy vibe, younger fanatics flock in this famous spot. They are famous for their burgers and tasty fries on the side.
  • Le Vachet et la Cuisinier – and last but not the least is my top one out of all the restaurants in Montmartre, by far the best in Paris. Make sure to not skip this restaurant or you’ll regret it. I have tasted the best veal and lamb steak here cooked to perfection. Their wine selections are also good to pair with your meal.

Tired Yet?

Before you call it a day, enjoy the night scene of Paris with its colorful street lights and walk on its old but cute cobbled streets. The day for you might be already over but the city never sleeps.

This might be quite a lot but I can assure you that when you are already there, the tour is surprisingly EASY. Do not worry too much and just enjoy the day that you have to spare in the beautiful city of Paris. Anyway, you are in Paris, you are lucky!

Where to Buy Souvenirs in Paris ( What to Buy?)


Parisian Confectionery and Chocolate Shop

“The City of Love”, Paris, is surrounded by numerous luxury brand shops, high-end shopping malls, gift shops, and even flea markets, that if you get lucky, you might get yourself a good luxury brand item for a cheap price.

No wonder this city is on the top list of traveler’s shopping destinations.

A true wanderer will not leave Paris without bringing a memorable souvenir from their trip. I personally make sure that before leaving the country that I visit, I will always take something with me which will remind me of the country.

It could be a fridge magnet, wine or bottle opener or even mugs.  Make sure you have an extra space in your luggage to fit all the delightful gems you’re about to discover while shopping.

Best Places to Buy a Souvenir in Paris

I know you’ve all been waiting for this, here are my Top 5 list of the best souvenir shops to visit. Rest assured that most of them offers the best customer service and decently priced top-notch souvenir items.

Les Parisettes

Located at 10 Rue Gramme, this little gift shop has a very cute concept and also far from the bustling tourist attractions. Its interiors of color blue bring life to all the souvenir items that are well displayed.

This gift shop is known for its utmost customer service, the Owner will personally cater to your needs, an artist himself.

Parici, Memories of Paris

Located at 52 Rue Mouffetard, known for its diversified selections, this gift shop will surely help you out if you’re still confused on what to get. They’ve got clothes, jackets, hats, fridge magnets, bottle openers, and even the miniature Eiffel Tower.

All of them are way affordable compared to other gift shops. For a nice reasonable price, I bet you will find something for each and everyone back home.

Sacre-Coeur Souvenirs

Located at 48 Rue du Chevalier de la Barre, this is by far one of the most beautiful gift shops on the list. It boasts a classic architecture standing just along the streets of the famous neighborhood, Montmartre.

Apart from its variety of selections, the place is a totally instagrammable spot. A perfect mix for shopping and a little bit of photoshoot on the side.

Royal Souvenirs

Located at 5 Rue Lagrange, just located a few meters from the famed Cathedral of Notre Dame, is a simple and yet affordable gift shop. From this list, this is the most affordable gift shop to go to.

Though it is located near a famous tourist attraction, they still have priced their souvenir items affordably compared to other shops. I like their store because souvenirs are organized.

It is very easy to find what you’re looking for and most especially, the staffs are very happy to assist you.

Paris Rendez-vous

Located at 29 Rue de  Rivoli, a fancier option for the ones with classy taste. This neat gift shop offers tourists an outstanding shopping experience.

From its different array of souvenir displays, an amazing food offering, and impressive customer service, you might shop til you drop. Its perfect combination of good customer service and quality products is impressive.

Aside from shopping, you get the chance to do a quick food trip for that last-minute French munchies. Most tourists attest that this gift shop is a must-visit!

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Are Souvenirs Expensive in Paris?

To be honest, not really. Most souvenirs are priced in a decent amount. You can get a key chain worth between 3-5 euros or a fridge magnet between 2-5 euros.

It all varies with the kind, size, make and the kind of shop that is selling it. If you are buying in a high-end shop, then expect that the prices are sky-rocket high, too.

I usually prefer shopping for souvenirs in low key shops far from tourist attractions because they are way cheaper and still the same quality.

Then again, at the end of the day, you’re the one managing your budget so it is always up to you. If you want to go all out and have extra bucks to spend on expensive souvenirs, then go for it! But, if you are more of a budget traveler like me, then take the cheaper route instead. Your wallet won’t surely cry.

What are the Must-Get Souvenirs?

Not sure what to get in Paris? Don’t worry, I’m here to save the day and make sure you will take a bit of the city back home with you. Here are the must-haves in your shopping list:

Chocolates

You should know by now by the end of your trip that Paris serves one of the best chocolates in the world. Wrapped and packaged in a classy shiny box, who wouldn’t want to take home some?

Herbs and Spices

Got inspired to become a legit chef after doing a culinary tour in Paris? Make sure you visit the herbs stores and get yourself a good ensemble of Bouquets Garnis (a mix of different french herbs). Show off your cooking skills back home and use these spices.

French Pastries

It may not last for a while, but hey..it’s worth bringing some! Don’t forget to head to the nearest bakery and pack some croissants, baguettes, eclairs, and macaroons. Share it with your friends and loved ones back home, I’m pretty sure they’ll appreciate it.

Wine or Champagne

If you decided to join a wine tour during your trip, do not forget to purchase their high-quality drinks. Whether its red, white or dessert wine, french liquors are definitely amazing. A bottle of La Vieille Ferme Rouge might be a good addition to your liquor or wine collection.

Cheese

Just like wine, don’t miss out on their decadent cheese. Impress your friends back home and invite them to a charcuterie party. Bring a handful of rockefort, camembert and brie, I’m sure you’re guests will be speechless.

Beret

Moving on from the food department, let’s go to non-food souvenirs. A beret has always been a symbol of France. Most people think that the French wear them all the time.

This knitted woolen hat has always been associated as well with Parisian artists. But hey, this hat is so fashionable and a great item to bring with you.

Scarf

Definitely, one of my favorites to get in Paris. Hit the flea markets for a cheaper option. They’ve got lots of stalls with different colored scarves that you will surely love. If you want to get a more expensive type, head to the shopping malls or luxury shops.

Books or Postcards

Got a library back home? Just kidding. A bookworm just like you will enjoy the streets of Paris for they have lots of quaint bookshops everywhere. If you’re planning on learning French after the trip, one book is a good way to start.

Eiffel Tower Miniatures

Outside the Eiffel Tower itself, tons of vendors will hand you this cute souvenir item. They vary in sizes, colors, and prices that you could choose from depending on your preference. Wouldn’t the famous icon in Paris a good addition to your home décor? Definitely!

A Louis Vuitton Handbag

If you have the budget, sure why not? I mean, Paris is the best place to buy this luxurious bag, where it all began. Save up before your visit, who knows, you might own your dream handbag.

Ready To Shop?

I know that there might be some of us who are intimidated to shop in Paris because of its grandeur and luxurious quality lifestyle.

Little did we know that just like any other city, Paris offers a variety of choices to shop that will match our budget. Good knowledge of Parisian products will put you at the top of your shopping game.

Knowing what to get, where to get it and how much you’re getting, will save you a lot of time, money and effort. If I were you, don’t get intimidated and confidently enter the shops.

Take your time window shopping on the following list of gift shops that we have recommended or you could choose your own route. Rest assured, whatever you will be getting, it will always remind you of the precious moments you’ve spent in the “City of Love”.