European Travel Tips with Insidr

*collaborative post

Today I am teaming up with the guys from Insidr. They have all sorts of cool tips for travelling around Europe, and seriously, you should check them out while planning your next European travel destination. I made a small selection of my favourite articles, but you should definitely take a look at their guides if you’re planning a holiday in Europe . While they’re based in Paris and have written a lot about the city, they also give a lot of tips about travelling other european destinations like Madrid, Amsterdam, Nice and London.

Ahh Paris! The city of lights, history and romance! Such a beautiful place – where Dad Muddling Through and I got engaged in fact! And also one of the best places for going shopping. Every shopaholic knows that it’s important to get tips for the best bargains. While browsing Insidr, I came across some interesting articles that really help a lot;  flea markets, christmas markets, pharmacy shopping, lingerie shopping and department stores like Galeries Lafayette for luxury shopping. The articles also suggested so many kinds of souvenirs like skincare products to bring back home. (As if we need any help with that).

A lot of you know how much I love a good cafe, restaurants, and the latest food trends. It’s really no secret that I’m a big foodie. So when I read the articles Insidr published about the best macarons, creperies and croissants in Paris, I nearly booked myself a flight! (In your dreams MMT). I also loved how they put out a list of  Paris’ coolest hidden cocktail bars, best outdoor food markets, and even where to eat gluten free food because those are the kinds of places only locals would know about. I wish I’d read those before trying to arrange my sister in laws hen weekend in Paris years ago! It was through them as well that I found out about how great Galeries Lafayette’s gourmet selections are and that they actually have cooking classes too. I used to think Paris was just a place for shopping luxury goods…

To me, France is probably one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Of course nothing compares to Paris but word has it that the country is even more beautiful beyond the capital. And I’m not just talking about taking a day trip to Versailles. With a perfect mix of nature, heritage, culinary delights, and culture, I could never recommend you enough to experience what the other towns have to offer. I think the articles at Insidr are the perfect guide to these hidden treasures! For those who are into history, you cannot miss the D-Day Beaches as well as the Mont Saint Michel area in the northern part of the country. And while you’re in the area, don’t forget to hit some of France’s quaint and charming towns like Dinan, Cancale, Bayeux, Etretat, Honfleur, Deauville and Saint Malo. And don’t leave Paris before visiting Giverny to marvel at Monet’s house and garden.

Insidr recently released their new detailed recommendations and tips on Venice, the gem of Northern Italy. You’ll find a lot of detailed and updated information on several famous sights, including Piazza San Marco, Grand Canal, or Lido. The basics are covered as well, with what to eat, where to stay, and what to do while visiting beautiful Venice. Detailed transportation info (including canal navigation!) is also included.

Probably since the 2012 Olympics, the popularity of London as a tourist destination has seemingly skyrocketed. Along that, the number of sources for information has gone up, too. I’m not really one who likes bouncing between websites to gather all my information which is why I really appreciate the work that Insidr does. They not only suggest travel itineraries for London that include lists of where to stay and what to eat, they also talk about the best bars in the city, too! I also like that Insidr was thoughtful enough to come up with a guide to the public transportation in London. I think taking trains or buses in cities acquaint you with a place faster.  And speaking of taking trains, it was interesting to read their suggestions for taking day trips outside of London. Even as a fairly local lass it’s amazing how few tourist destinations I’ve actually checked out.

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