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A truly fabulous giveaway prize!

10th November 2014





(silk scarf measuring approx 130cm x 40cm)

TripFiction is delighted to have joined forces with Natalie Meg Evans, the acclaimed author of The Dress Thief, to offer you the chance to win a truly fabulous giveaway. Opportunities like this don’t come along very often!

Natalie has uniquely designed and crafted for us a beautiful silk scarf to tie in with the theme of her story – ParisIMG_2824 couturiers in the late 1930s. The scarf is extremely elegant and will add a real touch of class. You have the chance to win the scarf plus a copy of the book, plus a tiny bag of sweets from top Parisian Epicerie Fauchon, all put together in a French Book Box.

To read our blog review of The Dress Thief, and an interview with Natalie, click here.

To be entered into the draw for this fabulous giveaway, all you have to do is leave a comment in the box below with your top tip for enjoying a visit to Paris. This could be sightseeing venue you would particularly recommend, a little gem off the beaten track or, for example, a favourite restaurant. Open of course to both actual and armchair visitors to Paris! The competition will close at midnight UK time on Sunday, 16th November, and the winner will be notified by email on Monday,17th November.

Good luck!

The very proud TripFiction team



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  1. User: Kim Oliver

    Posted on: 16/11/2014 at 5:26 pm

    For a splurge, a swish dinner at the Cafe Marly in the Louvre, Cour Napoleon, with a fab view of the Pyramid!


  2. User: Sue

    Posted on: 16/11/2014 at 3:47 pm

    For a good view of the Eiffel Tower you need to go to the Trocadero and look across at it from there. You can have a coffee in the café of the Cité de l’Architecture et du patrimoine which has a small outdoor balcony on the edge of the Trocadero.


  3. User: Karen

    Posted on: 16/11/2014 at 3:31 pm

    In summer months a picnic in the Jardin des Tuileries is a lovely way to spend an hour or two.


  4. User: Ann Hbez

    Posted on: 16/11/2014 at 3:18 pm

    I’ve never been to Paris but it’s on my bucketlist of places to visit. I’d love to see the Eiffel Tower very close to Sunrise to see the backdrop of the night sky, playing up against the lights of the tower, slowly changing to crimson as the sun rises. Also I’d love to visit the famed City Pharma to stock up on french pharmacy beauty products. There’s a good reason why french women have beautiful skin:)


  5. User: Insiya

    Posted on: 14/11/2014 at 8:34 pm

    Enjoy the sound of music at free concerts!
    All around Paris, you can find free musical recitals and concerts, from organ recitals at the Notre-Dame Cathedral (Sundays at 4:30pm) to jazz gigs every Monday night (at 7 Lézards in the Marais district). There is nothing more beautiful than listening & dancing to a romantic tune with the Eiffel Tower in the background:D <3


  6. User: Samantha Parker

    Posted on: 14/11/2014 at 4:37 pm

    Make use of the Metro as it’s the best way to get around – when we first arrived we used it to get to our hotel and there was a guy playing an accordion throughout the whole journey which was amazing! Obviously can’t be guaranteed but you never know…!!! 🙂


  7. User: Mel Hayman

    Posted on: 14/11/2014 at 3:03 pm

    Read The Dress Thief first then go explore the fashion houses !


  8. User: Petra

    Posted on: 14/11/2014 at 6:23 am

    I haven’t been to Paris – yet, but I’d love to take a stroll trough the city and bresthe in its culture and life!


  9. User: Mary Wise

    Posted on: 13/11/2014 at 8:49 am

    Read Officer and a Spy then visit all the places de scribed in the book


  10. User: Rachel Williams

    Posted on: 13/11/2014 at 5:26 am

    Walk, just walk and keep walking – so much to see. Don’t forget to look up as well, some of the coolest things are not at eye level !! Enjoy this magnificent city slowly and at your own pace!


  11. User: Kathy Kreitzer

    Posted on: 12/11/2014 at 1:12 pm

    eat pain au chocolate every morning!


  12. User: Angi Holden

    Posted on: 12/11/2014 at 2:57 am

    Sainte Chapelle – truly breathtaking but often overlooked.


  13. User: Lynn Jones

    Posted on: 11/11/2014 at 10:15 pm

    Could spend hours in Musée d’Orsay


  14. User: Librarian Lavender

    Posted on: 11/11/2014 at 9:56 pm

    http://en.parisauthentic.com/ book a 2CV at night trip and visit a jazz bar. You will love drinking champagne in the back of the car and being driven around in the illuminated city. This is such a romantic thing to do.


  15. User: Mimi Greaves

    Posted on: 11/11/2014 at 6:36 pm

    So many lush things to enjoy in Paris…my top 2 tips would be…
    -get a FREE CITY TOUR.We had the most amazing time,over 90 minutes of shightseeing and checking out points of interest,such as van gaughs house, picassos favourite cafe etc etc. The tour guide was lovely, knowledgable and i was even given a little fabric promo bag as a memento. They rely on tips but you can leave as much as you think your tour was worth!bargain!!
    -This is a big one….get ready….Versailles access (and i believe some other big tourist events)is FREE one Sunday a month!!usually about €20 to enter. I believe it is the first Sunday of the month. There were queues but TOTALLY WORTH IT!!

    enjoy Paris 🙂 xxx


  16. User: JohnGuyBooks

    Posted on: 11/11/2014 at 5:36 pm

    Two tips, one for food lovers, the other for tennis lovers. Foodies head for the Rue de Martyrs, between the 9th and 18 arrondisements. It is lined with traiteurs and cheese shops, all abuzz with locals. It is what you imagine Paris should be but rarely is.

    Tennis lovers get active on the web in March/April and book a weekend pass to the Paris Masters held at Bercy in November. Book at the right time and for about 65 euro you have a reserved seat for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, all the finals, see all the world’s top men tennis players for as long as you like. Bercy has a great fan atmosphere too.


  17. User: Carlene Hammond

    Posted on: 11/11/2014 at 5:13 pm

    Go to the the Eiffel Tower area at dusk – it is like a party, with people bringing picnic baskets, blankets, and wine of course – sitting on the grass or on park benches, waiting for the lights of La Tour Eiffel to turn on – magical!


  18. User: Jacqui

    Posted on: 11/11/2014 at 5:00 pm

    I love Paris and my favourite thing to do is walk. It is not too big a city, so a gently stroll along the Seine will give you a great view of the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame as well as the river banks.


  19. User: Cece

    Posted on: 11/11/2014 at 4:35 pm

    Go to as many book stores as possible. The best were near the Seine by the Nortre-Dame.


  20. User: Renée Killian-Dawson

    Posted on: 11/11/2014 at 4:27 pm

    The marché aux Puces in Paris is a flea market with extraordinary finds and it goes on and on. Perhaps the characters to observe in the market are even more intriguing.


  21. User: helen carey

    Posted on: 11/11/2014 at 2:26 pm

    I love Natalie’s book and I love Paris! One of my favourite places is the Paris Mosque tea room – a haven of peace after a day’s shopping and sightseeing and beautiful teas too!


  22. User: Marivic Limcaoco

    Posted on: 11/11/2014 at 2:24 pm

    Learn how to use your credit card (very easy!) to use the free VELIB bikes and zip around town. Paris is very bike friendly and has bike lanes all over. Tip: walk your bikes whenever you’re inside a park, because riding inside a park is not allowed.


  23. User: Tricia Clark

    Posted on: 11/11/2014 at 2:13 pm

    A must see is the Rodin museum. Often overlooked as most people visit La Louvre, it is truely beautiful! It also houses The Thinker by Rodin – just incredible! The gardens are gorgeous, but my favourite were The Gates Of Hell – inspiring. Just a wonderful place to visit! Also recommend the Frech crepes – much better in Frace, and having a good look through the windows of the Patisserie…and drooling! Best thing in the evening? Notre Dame – all lit up…haunting. 🙂 Love Paris. <3


  24. User: Maja

    Posted on: 11/11/2014 at 12:40 pm

    Drink hot chocolate!! It’s the best in Paris!


  25. User: Aditi Saha

    Posted on: 11/11/2014 at 12:15 pm

    I’ve never been to Paris, but since it’s one of my dream destination in the world, I never miss Paris travel show on TV on any channel. recently, I watched a show on TLC where it featured some of the rare and most fabulous restaurants around Paris.
    I really liked this one, and I think, it’ll be a real loss if you don’t visit this restaurant.
    Address: 4 rue Sauval, 1st Métro: Louvre-Rivoli
    Adeline Grattard is the one of the most rare female chef still running a restaurant in Paris. Dishes such as grilled scallops on a bed of bean sprouts in bright green wild-garlic sauce and a superb dessert of homemade ginger ice-cream with avocado slices and passion fruit are very popular. And guess what her menu changes every day as per her daily shop. With a beamed ceiling and ancient stone walls, the charming aura will capture you in it’s very moment!
    If possible do visit this restaurant for sure.


  26. User: Teresa

    Posted on: 11/11/2014 at 10:25 am

    Visit the graveyards! Pere Lachaise and Montmartre – Oscar Wilde, Moliere, Jim Morrison – an eclectic bunch and a fascinating insight into the history of Paris, the Paris Commune etc.


  27. User: Janine Phillips

    Posted on: 11/11/2014 at 10:09 am

    Get around in Paris by using the Metro, fab way to visit all the interesting places x