The four days I spent in Paris were both magical and memorable. It was so surreal to actually be there and experience the city of lights for myself. This is the second country I’ve traveled to in Europe and I have to admit I enjoyed Italy more. Both are beautiful with incredible architecture but the food in Paris was a big disappointment for me. But I only have myself to blame for now doing the proper research. So to assist with your planning process if you are currently trying to plan a Paris itinerary, or you think you may want to visit in the future I have listed some tips.
Things to See:
- The Eiffel Tower
- Cathedral Notre Dame
- Place Dauphine
- Seine River
- Les Invalides
- Arc De Triomphe
- Louvre Museum
What to Expect:
Language: While some people may speak English or other European languages, French is by far the most spoken language in the city.
Currency: The Euro is the currency throughout France and in many other European countries.
Credit Cards and Banks: All tourist areas will have ATMs with most hotels and restaurants accepting credit cards, although it is wise to carry some cash as small retailers may not take cards.
Climate: Paris is generally quite mild for most of the year, with a reasonable amount of rain throughout the year. July and August are usually the hottest months in Paris.
- Culture: French people don’t use lots of ice and few places have those jumbo ice machines like in America.
- Air: Don’t expect air conditioning; this includes the metro and most public places / restaurants.
- Dinning: The sun doesn’t go down until around 11pm, so things happen later. No one will be eating dinner at 7 or 7:30pm, and many restaurants won’t even be open before that.
So plan accordingly.
- Make plans to visit the monuments at Night.
Housing / Transportation :
For housing, we stayed in an Airbnb right in Paris, Île-de-France, France. It was a great location for us to really experience the French Culture. We also took the metro everywhere and bought weekly passes; which was great for going to and from the Airport. The Pairs Metro passes are really advance compared to the NY Metro Cards. You have to take a photo if you purchase a monthly pass, photo booths are typically in all the train stations.
Jusqu’à la prochaine fois
(Until Next Time)