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INSIDR Guide to Europe

An Insiders Guide to Europe

It’s always a delight when I come across authors who share the same passions that I do. I recently had the opportunity to meet the guys from Insidr – a website for travellers, not tourists! They have curated some really useful tips for travelling around Europe. So useful in fact, that I’ve made a small selection of the best articles I found on their website, which I think would be useful to TourismTattler’s readers as well. I’ve linked them all here to make it easy, but you should check out their content when you get the chance!

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Completed in 1989, the large glass and metal pyramid in the main courtyard (Cour Napoléon) is surrounded by three smaller pyramids at the Louvre Palace (Palais du Louvre) in Paris.

Ahh, Paris! The city of lights, history and romance! Such a beautiful place especially when you’re lucky enough to see it from a Parisian rooftop! But it’s also so easy to get lost in all the information available online, even for seasoned travellers. At Insidr I came across these interesting articles that are totally worth reading! I’m someone who makes it to a point to buy souvenirs during my travels, and I found their notes on where to buy typically French gifts and where to find beautyskincare, and cosmetics products to be really helpful! They even have a list of the most loved French beauty products on their site!  And of course, FOOD! I was salivating while reading their articles on delicious street food in Paris along with a solid selection of parisian coffee shops. And if you’re into French wine, they’ve got that covered too, by introducing places to go for winetasting in Paris.

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The white cliffs of Etretat are some of the best-known sights in Upper Normandy in France and a popular day-trip destination.

To me, France is probably one of the most beautiful countries in Europe. Of course, nothing compares to Paris but it’s 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 highly recommend that you experience what the other towns have to offer. The articles at Insidr provide a perfect guide to these hidden treasures! For history and nostalgia, you cannot miss the D-Day Beaches as well as the MontSaint Michel area in the northern part of the country. And while you’re in the area, don’t forget to visit some of France’s quaint and charming towns like DinanCancaleBayeux, Etretat, HonfleurDeauville and Saint-Malo. And don’t leave Paris before visiting Giverny to marvel at Monet’s house and garden.

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The gondola is a major means of transportation and the most common watercraft within Venice.

Insidr recently released their top recommendations and tips on Venice, the gem of Northern Italy. I personally think one should dedicate at least 2 days or 3 days in the city to really experience Venice. And don’t forget to save some time to visit the region beyond the main city. And for all you foodies out there, they’ve summed up their favourite spots for gelato, as well as the best cocktail & speakeasy bars!

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Founded in 1863, the London Underground rapid transit system is the best way to get around London.

If you haven’t been to London, the only thing I can tell you is to go! And If you’ve already been before – go again! The Insidr articles I read about London made me realise what a special city this is with infinite things to do! I love how they prepared guides and recommendations on London’s different neighbourhoods like WestminsterCamdenShoreditchNottinghill,  London Bridge, CoventGarden and Greenwich.

They didn’t leave the important practical stuff out either! You’ll save a ton of money on Uber or taxi rides after reading their guide to public transportation in the city and how to get to and from the local airports.