Paris, France

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Where to Stay

What to See

Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower Picnic!
by Lara about 5 years ago

If you are planning a day to go visit the Eiffel Tower it's a good idea to bring a small pack pack with some snacks and a blanket or towel. It's most likely going to take you a while to get to the Eiffel Tower from your hostel. you dont want to be hungry as soon as you get there or you will end up paying a fortune for the same thing you could of just brought with you. Plus what says Paris better then some rec wine and a baguette under the Eiffel Tower!

Versailles

The secret to surviving Versaille in summer
by Alexandra about 4 years ago

Being one of the trade mark attractions of Paris, Versailles in summer is unbelievably packed with people. If you haven't bought tickets beforehand you can wait in line for up to 2 hours, then wait another 2 hours in the queue to enter the Palace. Instead, explore the gardens behind the Palace to begin with. Make your way to the Trianon Palaces, where you can buy tickets as you enter, and head back to the main Palace mid-late afternoon. You will be able to walk straight in the entrance, get an audio guide and wander around the interior with A LOT less people.

What to Do

Museums

Paris Museums
by Meg of madriverlibrarian.blogspot.com about 5 years ago
Paris Museums

Traveling to Paris with your children ages 18 and under is amazing because they enter museums for free, alongside you. Recently, I was in Paris and paid for a four-day Paris Museum Pass, granting one unlimited access to over 50 museums in that amount of time. This pass also allows you to bypass long queues that contain people lining up for just tickets for that museum on that day. Saves a lot of time. Also, visit key museums either first thing in the morning, or like I did, later in the afternoon, or early evening. We have the Louvre and d'Orsay practically all to ourselves because we waited until 5 pm to enter and we still had hours left to explore all the masterpieces.

Parisian Picnics!

Picnic like a Parisian, Notre Dame
by Alexandra about 4 years ago

Everyone knows to picnic on the Champs de Mars gazing up at the Eiffel Tower, but few take advantage of an amazing spot on the Seine behind Notre Dame Cathedral. If you want to picnic like the local Parisians, head to the left bank of the Seine, directly behind Notre Dame. Pack yourself a delicious picnic and be prepared to wave at tourists on passing boats whilst watching an amazing sunset.

Getting Around

Train

Eurostar
by Kluft about 7 years ago
Eurostar

Eurostar is a high speed passenger trains that goes under the English Channel and connects London to Paris or Brussels.
Word of advice, book your ticket early as prices range from 145$ to 245$ (economy)(up to 442 in Premier). If you have a Eurail pass you can get a discount on these fares (will still cost something). However, the key is to get your ticket early as the Eurostar company limits the number of tickets available at a discounted Eurail pass rate.
This is a fast and convienent way to travel out of England, however if stuck with one of the pricier tickets it may be cheaper to use one of the cheaper budget airlines like Ryan Air or others that operate out of Paris.

General Advice

Money and Banking

Financial Transaction Abroad : ATM's and Credit Cards
by Lostthought about 7 years ago

Though you should always carry some USD and traveler's checks with you in a hidden place, you'll need local currency as well. ATM's are convenient way to get this and offer competitive exchange rates that are typically better then any currency exchange stand. But be careful when and where you use your plastic, it can make you look wealthy and therefore a target. Make sure you know you're bank fees at ATM's, also keep in mind that credit cards typically charge a 1% to 3% foreign transaction fee. I would suggest citibank as they do not charge these fees, they still get them from the credit companies but don't pass them on to you.