- Aug 31, 2013
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Paris is a little "hot" to be on the travel list .. don't forget to bring a yellow vest....
Yes, although there is not more pickpockets than in any capital city in the world, except Riyad, PLEASE, try to avoid that:Don't wear jewelry, don't carry your wallet in your back pocket, watch out for pickpockets around the tourist areas...don't look like a tourist. Ignore the beggars. Pay attention...or at least look like you're paying attention. I was there in the early 90s and loved it. My daughter was there last year and there are a lot more beggars and pickpockets now than there was when I was there.
So they drive like Boston Drivers???+1 on Versailles
If you are going to go up the Eiffel tower, get there early if you don't want to wait for hours.
Be careful if you are going to drive. The locals drive like idiots and more than a few don't have any insurance. (Ask me how I know)
3 or 4 years ago.when was this? A third party insurance is mandatory in every EU country
Hi everyone... taking the wife to Paris as shes had a tough year and always wanted to go. I bought some guidebooks however figure there is a wealth of knowledge here as well!
Will be there 5 days and budget... well lets not even talk about it lol... i am not rich by any means, so no Michelin restaurants lol. I do have a bunch of marriott points though!
1. Best area to stay in (i see names and numbers for various areas in the guidebook)
2. Great things to do or not... open to trips outside of the city
3. Any tours to take or stay away from (we will prob do the hop on/off bus as that seems to work well to get the big picture)
4. Any cost saving tips lololol
5. And of course... any great gear or music venues!!!
Sincere thanks in advance!!!
Wowowowo.... thanks for taking all this time brother!Right, back from busy week of work that didn't give me lots of time for MLP.
I agree that Veraille is a great place to go at the time of the year you will come in Paris.
the Palace, Gardens, the Little Trianon (the queen own sheepfold). It's a big day trip.
Take the RER C (a commuting train), take it at St Michel-Notre Dame Metro sation. Make sure you take the C5 that goes to Versaille-Château.
If you're loaded, Taxis can take care of what's inside your wallet... You also can use UBER.
But really, Metro and RER are efficient and plentyful. Just like anywhere eslse in the world, beware of pickpockets. Especially if you like to have "THAT tourist look"...
If you like paintings, a unique place, a time bubble that takes you deep into the impressionists world, of if you like beauty, gardens, flower and nature, the second place to visit outside Paris is The Garden of Giverny, the House of the famous french painter MONET. Just Google it...
Go there either by trainfrom Saint Lazare train station http://giverny.org/transpor/sncfgb.htm
Or with an organised bus trip http://giverny.org/tour/
The second choice also offers a Versaille-Giverny day trip. It seems a lot for me to do in one day, but hey! I can go when I want., It's 2 hours from where I live.
For you It can be a good option to be able to see both.
Best Pastry in Paris, or should I stay in the world (yep! I am not affraid to say that...) ONE STOP ONLY
Pierre Hermé at 86 Champs Elysées
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The best thing here, is that Pierre Hermé openned this shop as a joint venture with L'Occitane which is a french perfume and natural beauty product quality brand.
Bring your wife there (the second day to get the Jetlag out of the way) and she'll makes love to you like crazy, perfumed and creamed from head to toes, for the rest of the week.
You'll get the cakes, and the cherry on the cake... Dude, trust me on this.
One of the best baguettes are at Dominique Saibron boulangerie, 77 avenue du Général Leclerc, XIVe. www.dominique-saibron.com
or, Dupain, 20 boulevard des Filles-du-Calvaire, XIe, www.dupain.paris
Great Morning pastries there too, get the brioche feuilletée aux pralines naturelles and the chausson aux pommes fraiches caramélisées, people would kill for those...
Of course in those two, many other breads to try...
An another one that has many places around Paris is: La Maison Lendemain
Lots of great old style breads there.
123 rue Monge, Ve - 26 rue des Martyrs, IXe - 56 rue de Clichy, IXe - 121 rue de Charonne, XIe - 136 rue de la Roquette, XIe - 28 boulevard Beaumarchais, XIe - 41 rue Oberkampf, XIe - 2 rue Crozatier, XIIe - Place Cambronne, XVe - 4 rue du Poteau, XVIIIe - 210 rue Pyrénées, XXe, 2 rue de la Station, Asnières-sur-Seine - 73 rue Carnot, Levallois-Perret. www.maisonlandemaine.com
I hope you do not plan a diet during this vacation time...
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and how do you know he didn't have an insurance and what makes you think that 50 % of the french cars are not insured?3 or 4 years ago.
Just because it's mandatory doesn't mean that everybody has it.
I got rear ended at a red light just off the peripherique.
Got out to exchange details with the guy and he just backed up, pulled out around my car and f**cked off.
Agree 100% about everything.I went to paris a couple years ago. there is a street called rue de douai. some of the shops have some really nice guitars. they have weird schedules in paris though so some of the shops close mid day for like an hour or two. probably the most famous shop on the street is guitar legend but the employees are absolute pricks.
I would say avoid staying downtown because it's expensive and the area is actually really dirty.
the touristy places to hit are;
arch de triumph
paris also has some really nice parks that are definitely worth checking out. my favorite was the jardin de tuileries which is right by the louvre and it was one of my over all favorite things about my trip
one thing I really regret not doing is taking the train from paris to london. it's only a couple hour ride and you can find tickets for a decent price if you book in advance.
another thing is, bring comfortable shoes! I didn't and my feet hurt really bad after all the walking.
I assumed the reason that he didn't want to exchange insurance details was that he didn't have any.and how do you know he didn't have an insurance and what makes you think that 50 % of the french cars are not insured?
Agree 100% about everything.
Mid day closing is for lunch time... This is France Dude! We take our meal times seriously... 3 course meal is a minimum.
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But it is changing. Back in the 90's it was at least 2 hours lunch break, now shops are more and more staying open all day long.