Paris, France, is a city that can appeal to all types of travelers. Artists come to find inspiration. Romantics come to find love. Foodies come to find gourmet dishes. Girlfriends come to find time together while enjoying shopping, dining, arts and fashion in the City of Light. Whether it's BFFs, moms and daughters, or sisters traveling together, consider these options for your girlfriend getaway.
It's hard to think of a better place to have your photo taken than in Paris. Whether it's the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre or along the Seine, the City of Light offers an opportunity to cast you and your travel companions in the best light. Paris is a place where you create lifelong memories, and you don't want to trust them to cell phone selfies. Instead, get a pro from Romantic Portraits Paris who knows the best places to go and the times when the light is just right. After your shoot, you and the girls will have an entire portfolio of keepsakes.
From the Champs de Mars park near the Eiffel Tower to the Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris is full of beautiful spots to relax and enjoy a picnic. Since you're in France, you're not going to just throw together some sandwiches, chips and sodas. This is your chance to have chef Justin Kent of Picnics Paris shop around the city's markets for the freshest ingredients and fill your basket with hand-selected cheeses, quiche Lorraine, charcuterie, poached salmon, pickled apples and pork roast with onion jus. Put down that Diet Coke! You're in Paris, so they're going to throw in a bottle of wine or champagne.
Between all the shopping and sightseeing, ladies need time to relax together. Go beyond the traditional spa experience at O'Kari Hammam, a women-only site in the heart of Paris. Relax in the steamy atmosphere of the hammam to get ready for a body scrub followed by a lathering of natural soap made with olive oil. Since this is not an express service, how much time should you allot? O'Kari suggests two hours at least! And three would be much better!
Some of the best memories with friends and family are created when cooking and eating together. Share the experience of learning French cooking with your fellow travelers as you try out recipes in Cook'n With Class. The experience can range from learning to make classic French desserts such as macaroons, or hitting the markets with a local chef to buy the ingredients you will later cook in the kitchen.
Spend more time together (and feel like locals) by renting an apartment for a few days in one of the world's most incredible cities. Muse of Paris offers everything from studio to two bedrooms so you can hang out together in the kitchen or living room or just enjoy the views out the windows.
For more information about woman-centered trips to Paris, including, dining, shopping, walking tours and activities - try one of our favorite websites - Girl's Guide to Paris.
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Kathleen Curry and Geoff Griffin are hosts of The Travel Brigade Show - a weekly travel and destination podcast. Kathleen Curry is experienced in both the travel industry and broadcasting. She has worn the hats of travel writer, photographer, travel agent and hospitality evaluator. Her advice of, “No excuses, just travel!” reaches out to listeners who pick up on her enthusiasm for travel and benefit from her savvy advice. Her travel guilty pleasures are eating at a street-cart vendor so she can splurge later to order room service, finding deals to rack up sky miles so she can book her next flight and hoping her social security comes through some day because she has spent her future retirement savings trekking the globe.
Geoff Griffin is a reformed attorney turned travel junkie with over two decades of experience as a journalist and editor specializing in sports, outdoor recreation and travel. His current philosophy is that there are two stages in life - You’re either on a trip, or you’re planning your next trip. His travel guilty pleasure is trying recreation adventures that require the use of an expert guide to keep him from harming himself or hopping on a plane knowing nothing about his destination other than the airport code and wandering about a new town while relying on the locals to point him to the best places.
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