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Paris is always a good idea. Whether it is on your bucket list or you know it as the city of love, Paris will leave you longing to return for more. Every year, the City Of Light attracts millions of visitors with its state-of-the-art ambience. Indubitably, vast art collections and divine cuisine deserve some credit too.
Visiting Paris is an experience just like one of those cities that will have its portion shrouded in mystery even if you have uncovered many layers of the city. Nobody could ever get to its core, however; you don’t need to know everything. You only need tips on how to have a great trip to Paris.
Etiquette and General
French are formal and doesn’t like much to interact with strangers. To be polite in Paris, keep your distance, make a neutral expression and speak only when necessary.
Learn simple words like “Bonjour, Madame”, “Bonjour, monsieur” to say when entering a restaurant as using these words is considered basic manners in France. Not doing so can earn you rude treatment. Also, say “Au revoir” when you exit the restaurant.
Food in Paris
Parisians usually eat dinner at 8 PM or later. You won’t find many restaurants till 8 but cafes are open all time. Try traditional French dishes you don’t have at your home, like Confit de Canard, Escargots or Baguettes. Also, do not miss on traditional bakery or boulangerie for best pastries and baguettes. Vegetarians should go for crepes and omelettes or popular salads. If you are travelling on a low budget, visit L’as du Falafel for cheap meals. Besides, there are street shops that make delicious food too.
What to do in Paris?
Take a Paris Pass for reduced or free admissions to many attractions, and for transportation. It’s expensive but if your list of what you want to do in Paris costs more than the pass, buy it. Book places like Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Musee d’Orsay, etc., ahead of time so you can cut down on waiting in line. For the best view of Paris, visit the top of Centre Pompidou, Notre-dame or Montparnasse Tower. For entertainment, ride a T2 Transfer taxi to Paris Disneyland Park, the most visited theme park in Europe. There are many other exquisite sites as well, including Moulin Rouge, Arc de Triomphe, Musee Rodin. It’s better if you keep a list of the things you want to visit first so you don’t go on hopping from one place to another.
Instead of staying at a hotel, try the services of Airbnb, which will cost you almost half comparatively. You will find many hosts looking for guests at a very reasonable rate. If you want to stay in a hotel in Paris, comparing the best prices of different hotels is a wise thing to do because accommodation is expensive in this city of lights.
The metro is, by far, the best, easy and comprehensive way to travel through Paris. Getting to Paris from Charles de Gaulle Airport is quite easy as you get a direct train that takes you to the heart of the city, including popular stops like Gare du Nord. In case you are up for more comfort, consider taking a cab.
Shopping in Paris
If you are visiting Paris for the sole purpose of shopping, visit during January and July as the government regulates Paris’s soldes in these two months. If you are looking for high-end and independent boutiques, Maria and Galeries Lafayette are the two places to go. Paris also has flea markets like Marche de Puces de Saint-Ouen and Les Puces de Vanves.
Safety and Security Tips
Since Paris is one of the most popular destinations in the world, it has smartest pickpocketers who prey on tourists. Use only one card and avoid carrying more money than you need. Also, do not visit without any travel insurance. If you do, make sure you don’t hurt yourself because hospitals are extremely expensive. Additionally, buy a portable safe to keep your passport, jewellery, credit cards, etc., secure.
Paris is full of beautiful places, sumptuous food, and entertaining experience. A trip to Paris is exciting, joyful and relaxing. Don’t be anxious about the “rules”. Don’t get over friendly with locals. Just keep your attitude open. It will help you get through most of the situations.
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