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Nightlife in Paris

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Written by: Michael Arnold

The Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower at Sunset

Every year thousands of tourists flock to Paris to see the Eiffel Tower, trek through the decorated halls of the Louvre, and marvel at the fantastic gardens of Versailles. The “city of love,” however, contains much more than meets the eye. Paris has a wild nightlife that is often overshadowed by its famous museums and monuments.

For a rather low price, one can easily find a venue that combines the glam of New York and the ease of the Greek Islands.

Le Duplex, a 2-floor underground club just a few blocks from the Arc de Triomphe, hosts different themed parties every night of the week throughout the year. One can expect crowds to arrive around 11:30 p.m. and party until the sun rises.

The lines move quickly, the staff is always friendly, and the entrance fee – which includes 2 drinks – is usually only 10 euro! Inside of the club one can find several DJs playing all different genres of music. Awesome light shows illuminate the place throughout the night creating a mind-blowing atmosphere.

Another gem on the outskirts of the city is Café Oz at Denfert Rochereau. This Australian themed bar turns into a bass pumping club when the sun goes down.  At around 11 p.m. the staff moves the tables in the center of the room creating a dance floor, and by midnight the Aussie bar is, quite literally, packed.

Café Oz

Party at Café Oz

If the typical nightlife experience is not enough, Paris has plenty of clubs that are off the beaten path. Les Chandelles, a club with the facade of a dungeon, admits an unusual clientele. Ordinarily women arrive in lingerie or provocative outerwear. Men are encouraged not to come alone, as this club is known to be one of the more selective in the city.

The interior lives up to its name – translating to “the candles”- as the room is strewn about with hundreds of candles. It is adorned with chic bedroom furniture that creates an intimate ambiance.

While venues like Les Chandelles are certainly not for everyone, some prefer not to attend clubs at all. Luckily for these types, Paris itself transforms into a different place at night. During warm weather months, Parisians congregate along the River Seine with wine – which is often cheaper than bottled water – and cheese.

Friends gather to eat and drink and watch street performers or admire the magnificent architecture on all sides of them. In the summer, high class Parisians commandeer boat parties that circle the Seine all night long, as commoners look on from bridges and streets.

Regardless of the season, Paris is a wonderful and multi-faceted city. Its incredible cultural attributes need no explanation, and its nightlife scene far surpasses that of many other cities.

No wonder it’s the most visited place in Europe!

A couple drinks on the River Seine

Drinks at sunset

Destination Weddings – Wish You Were Here

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Written by: Lisa Pearson

Congratulations! It is now crunch time, time to start planning for the BIG day! I know you have lots of friends and family giving you advice about your dress, the cake, the flowers, colors, etc. Having planned a wedding before, I realize all the little details matter but what is one of the things that you and your guests will not soon forget about-the venue. Imagine getting married to the love of your life on an exotic island surrounded by clear blue seas or in a foreign country you have always wanted to visit with your honey. I am talking about having a destination wedding!

Couple walking towards Eiffel Tower at their destination wedding

Couple walking towards Eiffel Tower at their destination wedding

There are many great reasons to have a destination wedding. Besides the fact that you will be in an amazing location; you, your wedding party, and guests will get a mini vacation out of it, you can combine your wedding and honeymoon, as well as lots of fun things for everyone to do and see.

The best part is that you do not even have to go out of country to have your dream wedding and frolic on the beach! You have lots of options when it comes to choosing the location. If you are a bride on a budget, you can plan for a wedding on the beautiful beaches of Florida or Hawaii. If you are a bride who is not on a budget, you can go as far as the inviting islands of French Polynesia or romantic Paris. Another bonus is that since your wedding will be out of the area, you will not have to feel bad about not inviting everyone you know. You can also make it a private affair and invite only immediate family.

Planning a destination wedding takes time and considerable planning. There are many great travel agencies which will assist you in planning everything to the very last detail including a United States recognized civil ceremony in another country. Planning your wedding can get a bit complicated if you wait until the last minute or do not do your research early. Depending on where you like to recite your wedding vows, it could take some extra work on your part. For instance per Tahiti Tourisme, a Tahitian tourism company, in order to have a legally recognized wedding one must complete a range of documents, get the papers translated and submit it for approval to the mayor of the island where you would like to get married.

Although it might seem like a lot of work, your hard work will pay off once you arrive at your destination wedding location. Imagine all of the beautiful wedding photos and memories from your dream destination wedding.

Couple exchanging vows in Hawaii

Couple exchanging vows at their Hawaiian destination wedding

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