DSCN2073Today it's my 50th birthday (I don't feel a day over 49) and I just experienced the best trip in all my trips to Paris and France in my 24 years of traveling to Paris. It may have been my best travel ever, not a small revelation for a journalist who has been all over the world, but I have to admit the best trips ever were the trip down the aisle to marry Mr. Weekend In Paris and the two visits to the hospital to give birth to my wonderful sons Jack and Phil. But today, I want to share with you 50 things I love about Paris and France to commemorate my big birthday. 

20140101-154000.jpg Bonne Année! Happy New Year! I began 2014 with French champagne in the British Virgin Islands. Very relaxing and interesting to hear Christmas Carols playing on New Year's Eve while sitting at the beach. Champagne is always French you know. If it doesn't come from the Champagne region, it must be called sparkling wine. If you have never known this fact before, look at the labels on your bottle for proof!

photo-12The Texans might razz France about many things, but not about champagne! They love champagne just as much as the rest of the world. Thank God the locals put down their guns (well maybe they were just concealed) for one night and picked up a glass of bubbly! Personally, part of my obsession about France has to do with loving wine and especially brut champagne. I was in heaven last night at the 10th Anniversary party for The Tasting Room in Houston, TX courtesy of fellow travel blogger Leah Walker of Leah Travels who was invited as part of the VIP crowd. Leah is a Houston City Editor for The Daily Meal and an Expert and Correspondent for Forbes Travel Guide.

Airplane Interior Updated January, 2014 The first thing people ask me is, How much does a trip to Paris cost? Here's my breakdown of what you may be spending on your dream trip to the City of Light. Plane Tickets Mid January to March tends to be the cheapest time to fly to Paris.  Summer and Fall are the most expensive! First Class/Business Class: Roundtrip tickets can run anywhere from $4,500 to $9,000 depending upon how far in advance you purchase them. Economy: Flights from the U.S. can range between $500-$1200 depending upon your city of departure.

Updated December, 2012 [caption id="attachment_6850" align="alignleft" width="300"]Nice new flatbed seats on United Airlines Nice new flatbed seats on United Airlines[/caption] This is the question I am asked most often: How much does a trip to Paris cost? Here are my answers plain and simple: Plane Tickets Mid January to March tends to be the cheapest time to fly to Paris.  Summer and Fall are the most expensive! First Class/Business Class: Roundtrip tickets can run anywhere from $4,500 to $9,000 depending upon how far in advance you purchase them. Economy: Flights from the U.S. can range between $500-$1200 depending upon your city of departure.