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Winter may be your only time to travel, but it is also a great time of year to avoid crowds and the high costs that come with being a tourist. And despite its expensive reputation, Paris is a diverse modern city with a variety of delights to see – even in winter. Whatever you’re into, a memorable trip to the French capital doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Go ahead, call up your farm sitter and plan your trip using our suggested list of things to see and do. Check the weather, pack your bags accordingly and you’ll be sipping on mulled wine and shopping in no time, or bringing in the new year with parades, fireworks and champagne!

Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris

The world famous Notre Dame Cathedral is a stunning example of some of Europe’s finest Gothic architecture. While it costs to climb the 422 tower steps to see the incredible view over Paris, the rest of the cathedral is free to enter.

You can also appreciate the architecture at a leisurely pace via a walk along the Seine or from the park at the rear of the building. Notre Dame is an iconic symbol of Paris and is generally considered essential viewing by most visitors to the city.

Parc du Champ de Mars

Stretching out southeastwards from the base of the Eiffel Tower, the Parc du Champ de Mars offers visitors a free alternative experience of the tower by avoiding the costly lift to the top. Named after the Roman god of war, the park was formerly used as a marching ground for the French military but now provides unparalleled views of the Eiffel Tower for tourists and locals.

Take a picnic and some drinks and relax in the shadow of one of the world’s most recognizable and well-loved structures. There are very few places in the world that rival the view looking up from the Parc du Champ de Mars.

Belleville

The streets of Paris are a warren filled with chic and interesting delights. Take a stroll around the district of Belleville to experience the rebellious and multicultural culture and history of its people. Grab some lunch in Chinatown and then visit the spot where Edith Piaf is thought to have been born. The vibrant history and atmosphere of Belleville is found on every street corner and splashed across many walls in the form of sensational street-art. When you tire of district’s lively streets you can take a break in the Parc de Belleville to take the weight off with a lovely view of the city.

Musée de la Vie Romantique

Situated at the base of Montmartre hill in the 9th arrondissement, the Museum of Romantic Life is dedicated to the life and works of writer George Sands and painter Ary Scheffer. The permanent exhibitions are free to enter and offer a well organised and fascinating look into works of the Romantic period.

The museum is set in Scheffer’s picturesque former home and visitors can enjoy a bite to eat in the charming garden cafe in the warmer months. For a romance themed getaway in the world’s most romantic city, a stop at the Musée de la Vie Romantique is the perfect way to kill a few hours.

Canal St-Martin

The tree-lined Canal St-Martin is the ideal place to take a stroll or to watch boats potter by on any stretch of the 4.6-kilometer canal which was constructed under the orders of Napoleon I in 1802. The canal’s quaysides make for a perfect chill-out spot all through the week, but especially so on Sundays when they’re closed to cars.

Locals and visitors can be found relaxing along the edges of the canal enjoying a drink and a bite to eat, so it’s a great place to soak up some authentic Parisian atmosphere at zero financial cost. The canal stretches across much of the city, so it can be used as an idyllic thoroughfare to and from many places throughout Paris.

Contrary to some opinions, the varied and impressive history of France’s number one city can be experienced without paying a small fortune. The city’s world famous landmarks can be viewed and the streets can be explored without breaking the bank. In a city known around the globe for its culture and sophistication, the savvy traveller need only spend a little time planning ahead of time to enjoy all the tremendous attractions Paris has to offer for little or no cost. The city of love is a lot more accessible than you think!

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Take Care Of Your Tired Feet Using These Tips

Just because your feet are tired every day doesn’t mean that they are supposed to be achy and sore. While you might need to stand on your feet to do all the farm work, run around to catch up with small children, or walk around town to get your errands done, you can make sure that your feet stay as comfortable as possible. Instead of putting up with tender feet at the end of the day, use the following tips to discourage callouses, dry spots, and cramped toes.

Choose Proper Footwear

The first rule of thumb when choosing a new pair of shoes is to get the correct size. Choosing shoes that are too small or too big is not an option, even if you can’t find a pair of must-have shoes in your size. Wearing improperly fitted shoes causes blisters, callouses, and sore spots that simply aren’t worth having the perfect pair of shoes for an outfit.

Wear Your Shoes

Believe it or not, your feet will feel pampered if you not only pick shoes that fit well but if you also wear them during your waking hours. Walking around barefoot is one of the quickest ways to develop rough spots on your feet. Eventually, these hardened areas on your soles, heels, and toes cause a lot of discomfort whenever you do decide to begin wearing shoes again.

Exfoliate Your Skin

Whether or not you wear shoes most of the time, your feet are sure to develop a few calluses and rough spots. Take the time each week to exfoliate dead skin cells from your feet using a foot file, loofah, or specially designed emery board. Soaking your feet in warm water infused with bath salts often makes it easier to remove spent skin cells.

Slather Lotion on Your Tootsies

Slathering lotion on your feet offers the dual benefit of skin softening as well as aromatherapy. Simply choose a pleasant smelling cream or lotion and moisturize your feet with it each and every day. Experiment with several different scents until you find one that appeals to you for the added benefit of indulging in a touch of aromatherapy.

It makes sense for your feet to feel tired at the end of a long day, but you can take proactive steps to avoid that feeling. Start taking care of your feet now to minimize the damage that daily activities create for them. If you discover that you really enjoy pampering your feet, you might want to consider purchasing a personal foot spa.


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