28.2.13

France #17: Resources

Some resources you might find helpful when planning your trip to Paris:

Stay:
AirBnB : a website connecting hosts, who have space to spare, with travelers wanting a place to stay.
Paris was the first time we tried out AirBnB and we had a wonderful experience! The apartment was clean and perfect for our 4 day stay in Paris. Situated in the 19th arrondissement, we enjoyed being able to experience the non-touristy side of Paris in what felt like a classic Parisian neighbourhood.
P.S. Do read the references and house rules beforehand! 

Food:
David Levibtoz's My Paris: A wonderful, comprehensive resource filled with restaurants, bakeries, shopping recommendations and even etiquette tips!

Chocolate and Zucchini: Paris City Guide: Written by a Parisian food-lover Clotilde Dusoulier, we found her Twelve Hours in Paris guides delightful for exploring the less-iconic but local areas of Paris.  We used Clotilde's patisserie recommendations as listed in the Guardian's Paris City Guide a lot!
And, she's even written a book for those who want to taste all that Paris has to offer.

Technology/Apps:
RATP app for mobiles: The French public transport operator's app offering; it's free, works equally well for both iPhone and Android and comes with both French and English language offerings, hooray!
Google Maps app for iphone
Google Translate for mobiles

Shopping:
Design*Sponge's Paris City Guide: One in the series of city guides by Design*Sponge, contributed by locals who recommend their favourite creative spaces. 

French skincare and beauty recommendations:
Lisa Eldridge's French Pharmacy Skincare Favourites
A model recommends's French Pharmacy Brands 
Gwyneth Paltrow’s French Pharmacy List - do note Apricoderm is a Swiss product and is not easily available in Paris.