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Photo Friday: Le Tagine restaurant, in Paris’s 11ème

It’d be too much of a stretch to call this a dog travel photo, especially since Chloe happened not to be with us when we had lunch at Le Tagine, in Paris’s 11th arrondissement (she could have been there, mind you — and in fact, the next table over sheltered a terrier of some kind). I wanted to tell you a story, though, about dessert.

This pot looks small, but was actually bottomless

We’d each had a salad and a  … Read more

Dog jaunt: A visit to Paris’s pet cemetery

Even if I didn’t write a dog travel blog, I would have visited Paris’s Cimetière des chiens. I like cemeteries. As I’ve mentioned before, a big chunk of my youth was spent biking along country roads in Indiana and Ohio, and rural cemeteries are the perfect biker’s lunch spot. The only cemeteries I find uninviting — spooky, even — are the ones that disallow gravestones, and look like empty fields. Otherwise, cemeteries are, to me, both lovely and interesting. Terse  … Read more

BHV La Niche: Good pet store in central Paris

BHV (short for “Bazaar Hôtel de Ville”) is a great department store in central Paris. I love it because it has a little bit of everything, which is old-fashioned and charming and useful. My favorite sight? DIY folks emerging from the basement home reno section clutching lengths of lumber and PVC pipe, negotiating their way around the fashionistas on the ground floor. It has spun out some of its departments into nearby stores of their own, including the men’s store,  … Read more

Pet relief area at Charles de Gaulle airport (Terminal 1)?

When we flew in to Paris’s Charles de Gaulle airport (CDG) at the beginning of October, we had a driver meet us — we’re normally a public transit kind of couple, but when you add Chloe and her gigantic suitcase to the mix, a driver starts looking really good. We’d wanted, of course, to give Chloe a bathroom break before heading into central Paris, but our driver nixed that idea — the traffic, he exclaimed, and hustled us away. Happily,  … Read more

Dog jaunt: Day trip to Chartres with a small dog

This past Sunday, we took a day trip to Chartres. I had heard for years (well, decades, but who’s counting?) how easy it is to get to, and how marvelous the cathedral is, but for some reason I’d never gone. And for some reason, this Sunday morning we decided to go.

Getting there and back by train

We took the metro to the Montparnasse-Bienvenüe station, then followed the signs for the Grandes Lignes trains (to be honest, we first followed the signs  … Read more

Photo Friday: Chloe rides on the Batobus

Back in September, I wrote a post about which river tour boat companies in Paris allowed dogs on board — most of the ones I listed were bateaux-mouches, but one was the Batobus, which is the river equivalent of the hop-on, hop-off buses you see, minus the commentary. On a drizzly afternoon this week, we stepped aboard our first Batobus boat (far smaller than the bateaux-mouches, but with a clear top providing excellent views of the riverbanks), and spent the  … Read more

Chloe in Paris: An early report on visiting with a small dog

A while back I wrote a post about the phrases you might want to master ahead of time so you can chat with French dog owners. One of the things we like most about traveling with Chloe is the way it creates opportunities for friendly encounters with people we wouldn’t ordinarily have a reason to meet, and I wanted to be prepared for our upcoming trip to Paris. Time passed by, and a Dog Jaunt reader wrote in that she  … Read more

Reader’s report: Visiting Loire Valley châteaux with a small dog

I first “met” Christie when she left a comment on a post I’d written about PetEgo’s Pet at Work travel carrier, asking whether I thought it would work as an in-cabin carrier — she and her husband were headed to France with their dog Miso, and the Pet at Work backpack had caught their eye. As you’ll see, they spent some time in Paris, and then headed off to the Loire Valley. Here’s Christie’s report (she actually posted two separate  … Read more

Seine river boat tours: Paris bateaux-mouches with a dog

Photo by BatoBus

Just over a month ago, I wrote a post about the things we plan to do with Chloe in Paris when we take her there this fall, and I mentioned that a classic first trip to Paris includes a trip on a “bateau-mouche,” one of the river boats that let you view the city from the Seine. I breezily included a river boat ride in the list of things you could easily do with a dog,  … Read more

Paris resources for dog owners, including another English-speaking veterinarian

I just love Dog Jaunt’s readers. In the past week alone, you’ve told me about an outstanding dog-friendly beach near Rome, crawled around an Alaska plane measuring its under-seat spaces, and prompted me to check out a new in-cabin dog carrier. The latest wonderfulness? Jessica, an expat living in Paris with Birkin, her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, has sent me several helpful tips, and here they are.

Another English-speaking veterinarian

I’ve told you in the past about an English-speaking vet that I  … Read more