Time to plan your summer trip to Europe. Our 2017 editions of Amsterdam Made Easy, Berlin Made Easy, and Paris Made Easy are now available on amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.
A guide designed for the time you actually have for your trip! The new 2017 edition of Paris Made Easy features the best walks, sights, restaurants, hotels and more. Go here to purchase it at Amazon:
Our new edition of Paris Made Easy features some of the best known sights of Paris. We also cover some of the oddest. So here are your choices, broken down into categories: Animals, Crap, Dead Stuff, and Medicine. Enjoy!
Musée Fragonard d’Alfort (Veterinary Museum)
Ugh! Animal skeletons, skinned cats, a camel’s stomach and a partially flayed 200-year-old horse and its rider are just some of the rather grim exhibits at this veterinary school’s museum. Info: Métro Alfort - École Vétérinaire (line 8). In the suburb of Maisons-Alfort/Métro Alfort-École Vétérinaire. Located in the National Veterinary School. Open Wed and Thu 2pm-6pm and Sat and Sun 2pm-6pm. Closed Aug. Admission: €7, under 26 free. www.musee-vet-alfort.fr.
Cimetière des Chiens (Dog Cemetery)
The French love their dogs (and cats) so much that they have an entire cemetery with some elaborate memorials to countless poodles and even Rin Tin Tin. How totally French! Info: In the Asnières-sur-Siene suburb/Métro Mairie de Clichy (line 13). A 15-minute walk from métro on rue Martre, left at end of the bridge Pont de Clichy. Located along the river. 4 Pont de Clichy. Tel. 01/18.104.22.168. Open Mar 16-Oct 15 10am-6pm, Oct 16-Mar 15 10am-4:30pm. Closed Mon. Admission: €3.50, under 6 free. See photo above by Tommie Hanson/Wikimedia Images.
Les Egouts (The Sewers)
Why would you want to visit the sewers of Paris? Many do, despite the smell (especially bad in summer). You can visit the huge underground passages in the bowels of the city (no pun intended), a museum, and view a film. Info: 7th/Métro Alma-Marceau. Pont de l’Alma (opposite 93 quai d’Orsay). Tel. 01/22.214.171.124. Open 11am-5pm (May-Sep until 6pm). Closed Thu, Fri and most of Jan. Admission: €4.40, €3.60 ages 6-16, under 5 free. See Eiffel Tower Area Map.
Grim, strange and claustrophobic. Beginning in the late 1700s, six million people were deposited in what used to be stone quarries. It gets even creepier. The bones are arranged in patterns. Not for everyone. Info: 14th/Métro Denfert-Rochereau. 1 place Denfert-Rochereau. Tel. 01/126.96.36.199. Open Tue-Sun 10am-8:30pm. Closed Mon. Admission: €12, under 18 free. www.catacombes.paris.fr. See Montparnasse Map.
Chapelle Notre-Dame de la Médaille Miraculeuse
(Chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal)
Catherine Labouré was a young nun when she claimed that the Virgin Mary, dressed in a white silk dress, visited her (four times in 1827) to deliver a design for a holy medal. Go figure! Catherine’s body is here in a glass cage. The spot where the Virgin Mary is said to have sat during her visits is a place of veneration. You can buy a rosary or medal in the courtyard (they actually have a machine that dispenses these souvenirs). Another glass cage holds the body of St. Louise de Marillac (one of the founders of the Daughters of Charity). St. Louise is still wearing her habit. Info: 7th/Métro Sèvres-Babylone. 140 rue du Bac. Open daily 7:45am-1pm and 2:30pm-7pm (Tue 7:45am-7pm). Admission: Free.
Around the corner is La Congrégation de la Mission (Congregation of the Mission). Here, the waxed corpse of St. Vincent de Paul (known for his charity) is found in an ornate glass-and-silver casket above the main altar. If you like this sort of macabre stuff, you can climb the stairs and get a close-up view of his body. Info: 7th/Métro Sèvres-Babylone. 95 rue de Sèvres. Open daily. Admission: Free. See Eiffel Tower Area Map.
Musée d’Histoire de la Médecine (Museum of Medical History)
Yikes! You can see implements used for skull drilling in this 100-year-old museum dedicated to medical history. The implements used to perform Napoléon’s autopsy are here, too. Info: 6th/Métro Odéon. 12 rue de l’Ecole de Médecine. In the René Descartes University (second floor). Tel. 01/188.8.131.52. Open 2pm-5:30pm except Thu and Sun. Admission: €3.50. See Left Bank Map.
The 8th edition of Eating & Drinking in Italy is now available in print and ebook. The Italian menu translator and restaurant guide has been expanded and includes 200 restaurants, wine bars, wine shops and more. Available in Kindle, nook, and ibook. The print edition is now on bookshelves and can be purchased at amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/Eating-Drinking-Italy-Travel-Guides/dp/159360226X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1488903069&sr=8-1&keywords=eating+drinking+italy
One great way to truly experience life in a European city is to rent an apartment. They’re usually less expensive and larger than a hotel room. Many come with a washer/dryer combination that allows you to pack less. There are many apartments for rent on the Internet. We love out apartment on this trip. It is from www.vacationinparis.com and is right off of the wonderful market street of rue Montorgueil.
Here are five photos from our recent trip to Rome (and one bonus photo). The new edition of Eating & Drinking in Italy will be released this spring.
The new 8th edition of Eating & Drinking in Paris is now available at bookstores and as an ebook on Kindle, nook, and Apple! Here's the link to amazon:
On out recent trip to Paris, we wanted to add a restaurant in the 20th arrondissement near the famous Père-Lachaise cemetery. We were lucky to find Bistrot Blanc Bec. Here's our entry in the new 8th edition of "Eating & Drinking in Paris" which will be released this summer:
Friendly bistro with a beautiful mosaic floor in a former bakery.Highlights include bavette (flank steak) and the rich ganache chocolat (chocolate cake). Good selection of wines by the glass and a decent Côtes du Rhône house wine. Nice choice for lunch while visiting the nearby Père-Lachaise cemetery (the eternal home of Chopin, Proust, and Jim Morrison). Info: 20th/Métro Ménilmontant. 15 rue des Panoyaux (off of blvd. de Ménilmontant). Tel. 01/184.108.40.206. Closed Sun. and Mon. facebook.com/bistrotblancbec. Moderate.
We're trying to decide where to go next to update our books. Today we'll look at Barcelona.
Barcelona is a city filled with well-preserved medieval buildings, modern architecture and the famous cathedral and other fabulous structures by Gaudí. It’s home to a celebrated Picasso museum, the wonderful Gothic Quarter (Barri Gòtic), and La Rambla (where all of Barcelona seems to stroll each evening).
Here are the top sights in photos.
Andy Herbach is the author of the Eating & Drinking series of menu translators and restaurant guides, including Eating & Drinking in Italy , Eating & Drinking in Paris , and Eating & Drinking in Spain and Portugal . He is also the co-author of Wining & Dining in Paris and