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k&k tourist tips 100 -
what not to miss in Summer

Our final tourist tip, in show 100, covers what not to miss in Summer : restaurant terraces, Gay Pride (last weeked in June), Fête de la Musique ("Musical festival", 21st June), Bastille Day (14th July, big parades and fireworks all over France), Berthillon (ice cream on Ile-de-la-Cité), Paris Plage, summer sales (twice yearly sales start in July), spontaneous picnics on the Seine.
Outside of Paris : tour de France (July), hiking in the Alpes and lavender blooming in Provence.

k&k tourist tips 99 -
what not to miss in Spring

In show 99 we talk about the essential things to do in Paris in the Spring : the gardens (Jardin de Luxembourg, Jardin des Plantes), the museums (Musée Rodin, Versailles), eat chocolate (for Easter!), Nuit des Musées ("night of the museums", middle of May, museums open very late, usually until midnight) and café crèmes in cosy cafés.
Outside Paris : Monet's garden in Giverny (open April-November), Cannes Film Festival

k&k tourist tips 98 -
what not to miss in Winter

In show 98 we talk about what not to miss in winter : ice-skating (rinks set up at the Hôtel de Ville, Montparnasse and other places), Christmas markets ("marchés de noël" set up at various central locations in cities and towns all over France), mulled wine ("vin chaud", sold at any Christmas market), roasted chestnuts (sold on street corners in most cities), department store Christmas windows (Galeries Lafayette, Printemps, Bon Marché), fondue and raclette (just avoid the tourist restaurants), New Years Eve at the Eiffel tower, take advantage of the twice-yearly sales (usually the first week or two in January) and eat some galette des rois (king cake, sold in bakeries in January).
Outside of Paris - go skiing! Best time is February and March (outside of school holidays).

k&k tourist tips 97 -
what not to miss in Autumn/Fall

In show 97 we're starting our "what not to miss" series by talking about what you really shouldn't miss when travelling to Paris during the Autumn/Fall : Autumn colours (Père Lachaise Cemetery, Jardin de Luxembourg), Nuit blanche ("white night", where the museums are open late), Beaujolais Nouveau (the launch of the wine season, third thursday in November), Vendanges de Montmartre (eating and drinking to celebrate the grape harvest in Montmartre, October), Salons (food and drink expos happening most weekends in October, highlighting produce from all over France, check the Paris tourism office website for dates), mushrooms (after all, it's the season for it!).
Outside Paris : vineyards! the colours on the vines are magnificent! And you might as well drink something while you're at it ;)

k&k tourist tips 96 -
what to do with children

In show 96, we talk about some kid-specific things you can do to entertain the small childrens while you're on holiday : theme parks (Disney, Parc Asterix, Futuroscope), aquariums (CinéAqua at Trocadero, La Rochelle, Jacques Costeau in Monaco), zoos (Paris, Loire Valley), gardens and parks (Jardin d'Acclimatation, Luxembourg, Buttes Chaumont), kid-friendly museums (the Musée d'Histoire Naturelle with the Grande Galerie de l'Evolution and the Jardin des Plantes, Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie) and don't forget other activities such as boat and bus tours, the Catacombs (if your kids aren't prone to getting scared), the Sewer tour (if your kids can handle it - but what 12 year old boy wouldn't?) and Paris Plage.

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