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Thanks to the affordability of flights, Paris has become one of the most popular weekend break cities for Irish people.

And what's not to love? Divine food, beautiful architecture and Renaissance stylings mark the city as one of Europe's most striking.

There are a few tourist traps that everyone falls in to on a Paris trip, but we've rounded up some of the city's hidden gems that you need to visit, away from the typical sight seeing. 

6. Marché Saint-Quentin, 85 bis boulevard Magenta

Paris has many hidden markets, and Saint-Quentin food market is a complete smorgasbord of French food and drink. 

It is the perfect place to find high-quality food items to bring home as gifts, or even to purchase the fine ingredients needed to create your own recipe while visiting. 

The market is covered, so rain or shine, the vendors are there flogging their wares. 

 

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There are also a number of instant food vendors, who have little seating areas where you can relax and enjoy their tasty treats. 

5. Parc Monceau,  Boulevard de Courcelles

This divine park is one of the city's many beautiful, natural areas.

The park has extensive water features, and is a home to swans and ducks all year round.

 

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There are amazing houses that surround the park, so if you have a few hours to spend wandering around looking at the glory of Parisian architecture, this would be the place to do it. 

The park also includes a striking colonnade and some beautiful bridges, which date back to the 1700s.

It's a little slice of historic tranquillity in the middle of the bustling city. 

4. L'Ave Maria, Oberkampf

A fashion week favourite of Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner, L'Ave Maria is renowned for its muted lighting and extensive international menu.

Squirrelled away in Oberkampf, the aqua-painted restaurant plays host to interior design themes from Thailand, Mexico, Pakistan and many more.

The eclectic restaurant is renowned for its delicious menu and generous portions.

And the cocktails are pretty good too!

 

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The restaurant has picked up in popularity since Gigi and Kendall's visit, but it's still one of the city's most treasured secret eateries. 

3. Jardin du Luxembourg, 75006 Paris

While this park may appear on a few tourist guides, the sheer size of the setting means that you can get lost there without feeling like you're surrounded by clicking cameras. 

Originally built in 1612 for Marie de' Medici, the widow of King Henry IV of France, the gardens are located in the shadow of her palace.

 

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The gardens are sprinkled activity, as people explore the walk ways and use the facilities such as the tennis courts and climbing frames.

Thanks to the greenery, water features and fountains, the park is stunning all year round. 

The surrounding area is also filled with cute corner cafes and vintage and consignment stores, so there is plenty to see. 

2. La Mangerie, Marais

Hidden away in the Marais, La Mangerie is a popular place for Parisians to dine on tapas.

It's essential to book in advance, but the experience is well worth it.

 

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When you arrive, prepare to be enthralled by the orange trees growing inside the dining rooms, while vines snake across the ceiling. 

The delicious dishes are designed by French chef Adrian Calvo, who has curated the perfect tapas menu. 

The eclectic eatery has a host of hidden aspects, including a secret passageway!

Upon entering the cafe, you will see a simple brown cupboard standing against the wall.

However, much like the portal to Narnia, the door opens up to reveal a hidden dining room. 

1. The Guerlain Café, Champs-Élysées

Hidden away from the busy Champs-Élysées streets is the Guerlain Café.

While the Guerlain boutique itself may cut an iconic figure on the rue, the underground Cafe is a secret maintained by the natives.

Guerlain is famous for its divine fragrances, and much like perfume testing, this cafe invites guests to sample a range of teas and coffees, each with complimentary, uniquely designed mini-desserts. 

The cafe itself is decked out in marble and pink flowers, and is ideal for a tea break while shopping.

 

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The full meals in the restaurant are a little on the pricey side given the area, but the teas and desserts are affordable. 

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Iceland is becoming more and more popular with Irish wanderlusts, with the beautiful landscapes and gorgeous cities.

There are a few things you definitely shouldn't miss while in the land of fire and ice, and we have them listed right here. 

1. Northern Lights

Obviously the Northern Lights are a must-see when in Iceland, and there are a few key places you can go to witness the spectacular phenomenon. 

Some of the most popular places to see the Aurora is Landmannalauger, Vik on the south coast, the West Fjors or at the harbour in Borgarnes. 

2. Whale Watching Tours

There is so much marine life to be seen off the Icelandic coast, and a whale watching tour is a great way to enjoy an authentic experience.

With tours ranging from €50-€100 and a menagerie of animals to see including whales, seals and puffins, it's well worth the trip. 

 

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3. Gullfoss Waterfall

This famous waterfall is renowned for its glorious three-step fall, which gives the rushing river a unique look that is well worth the trek to see.

The waterfall is also an excellent point of activity, where you can embark on diving, glacier hiking and snowmobiling endeavours from. 

 

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4. Glacier Snowmobiling

One for the thrill seekers, gliding across a glacier on a snowmobile is an unforgettable experience.

There are a number of companies who provide the service, but one of the most popular departs right from the Gullfoss falls. 

 

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5. Appy Hour

When in Reykjavík, quite a few bars and clubs run their happy hour until midnight, and with Iceland not being the cheapest country to visit, the more bargains you can get the better. 

To cater to this, there is an app called Appy Hour which you can download to find the best deals in the city.

We definitely recommend downloading it before you go. 

 

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We all know waking up from surgery can be mega disorientating, especially if you still have some anaesthetic floating around your body.

And as for this girl, Emma, she had one very funny trip when she woke up after getting her wisdom teeth removed.

Emma believed she was reality star Kylie Jenner – and let's just say she wasn't too happy about it.

"I'm related to Kim Kardashian… I just found out I'm Kylie Jenner and you didn't tell me," she mumbles to her mother.

But it didn't stop there. Her mam decided to play along and say that her dad is Caitlyn, to which Emma starts SOBBING. 

In the end, Emma is still coming to terms with her new found reality and declares, "I want to go home… to my mansion."

We don't know whether she was disappointed or happy when she got home to her real house, but either way, it was one funny trip. 

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Last night, along with a long list of celebs, Justin Bieber attended J Lo's first residency concert in Las Vegas. 

But, he had a little bit of an accident while he was leaving at the end of the show.

 

January 20: Fan taken video of Justin at JLo’s concert in Las Vegas, NV.

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While he was trying to make his way through the crowds, he tripped and stumbled over a rather large suitcase.

He then proceeded to look very grumpy about it and picked up the suitcase, only to throw it on the seat in front of him. Ouch.

 

January 20: Fan taken video of Justin at JLo’s concert in Las Vegas, NV.

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You sure don't like being embarrassed, Justin. 

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We’re all used to seeing photos, videos and not to mention gifs of models in ridiculously high shoes trying to make it down the runway only to fall.

At some stage, it happens to every model – even the great Naomi Campbell was once taken down by a gigantic pair of shoes.

How ridiculous are they?!

And now, it seems Kendall has had her very own model initiation to the runway as she *almost* took a tumble during the Givenchy show.

Thankfully, she ever so gracefully saved herself (and many models from falling on top of her).

It's barely even noticeable – but we're sure her heart was going ninety after!

Nicely done, Kendall – you’re a natural!

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Here are some ways to make sure you arrive home content and happy with your travels.

1. Take lots of photos
Snap all around you. Who cares if you “look like a tourist” – you’ll appreciate the great memories when you come home!

2. Get out there
Hotels are strictly for sleep. Get out there and see what this new and exciting place has to offer and do it all.

3. Keep a journal
Sometimes we forget the little things so write everything down so you can remember each day as it was.

4. Early to bed, early to rise
We’re not suggesting you hit the leaba at 6pm or anything but you will need your full day to do all you need to so get your beauty sleep. You need to look good in those pictures after all!

5. Don’t miss opportunities
Just because your tired or it’s too hot doesn’t mean you should skip the day’s activities. You will regret what you didn’t do rather than what you did.

Remember to stay safe when travelling, these tips should help! 

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Whether it’s a city break or a year long trip around the world, knowing how to pack your bag can save you much needed space and money…

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