Elaine Masters – travel blogger
Every other week, Discover Walks will share with some great insight from Travel bloggers from around the world who fell in love with Paris. They will share their favorites addresses and things to do while in Paris. Because genuine advice and stories are so important to us, in addition to our born-and-raised Parisian tour stories, we now bring you real advice from fellow travelers.
Bonjour Elaine, can you tell us more about who you are?
Elaine J. Masters, young-at-heart baby-boomer, born in San Rafael near San Francisco, California.
Why did you start writing tripwellgal?
I stumbled into blogging in 2010! It was part of my author’s platform originally as I’d published Drivetime Yoga and Flytime Yoga. However, I soon learned that while taking care of oneself while driving and flying is important, I was more of a storyteller than a therapist!
Why did you start traveling?
I flew on my mother’s lap from San Francisco to Hibbing, Minnesota for my grandfather’s funeral at 9 months old. It must’ve thrilled me then! I then grew up taking long road trips around the United States, into Canada and deep into Mexico during school breaks. In my twenties, I took 6 months to backpack around the world and still jump at the chance to explore my region or the planet.
What’s special about your blog?
It’s full of stories about traveling well and uncovering unique places. I always work to add tips and not just lists of things to do or places to eat. As an author and award-winning writer, I like to think the writing draws you into the experience and makes you want to travel more.
What would be your top 3 things to do when traveling in European cities?
My best tip is to walk. It’s really the best way I’ve found to explore the world’s great cities. In Paris, I spent days walking from the Opéra District through the covered walkways towards the river. It was like walking back in time. In Barcelona, walking the markets and parks, the Barri Gòtic and into the churches was the best way to connect with locals and discover experiences that never get into guide books. In London, walk to really experience the jumble of shiny new and historical treasures. I’d love to spend more time in the Shoreditch district shop and gallery crawling too.
Your Top 3 good addresses in Paris?
- The Pompidou Center and plaza is so vibrant and unique. From jugglers, musicians and modern art it’s an exciting place to explore – plus that architecture!
- Don’t just look at the glass pyramid in the Louvre plaza, enter it from below and marvel at the light. Not all the art is in the galleries!
- Walk the riverfront and across the bridges. Drink in those views!
Your favorite landmark in Paris?
The Musée Rodin is a personal favorite. His work is so sensual and massive it’s almost sinful!
What is your favorite neighborhood in Paris?
I wandered up to Montmartre and the Sacré-Coeur cathedral by myself one cold fall day during the Beaujolais Festival. What a party!
Could you give us your recommendation to first timers in Paris?
It’s touristy but I’d recommend a bus tour, hop on and off, to acquaint yourself with the city and spend the rest of the trip returning to the places that you found most fascinating. Get out of the city to Versailles, if possible, for a sense of history and marvel at how the aristocracy once lived. Eat crepes on street corners too!
Thank you so much, Elaine, keep on enjoying Paris!
Merci beaucoup :-)