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A FIRST-TIMERS GUIDE TO PARIS

Updated: Sep 3, 2020

If you aren't already planning your first trip to Paris, you should be! From starting mornings off with some of the world’s most amazing freshly baked bread to cruising down the river Siene, there are so many things to do, see, and experience in the City of Light.


PARIS PACKING TIPS

Pack light and leave the beret at home! Some hotels in Paris don’t have elevators, so you don’t want get stuck lugging your heavy suitcase up and down the stairs.


Some neighborhoods in Paris are lined with those picturesque cobblestone streets, so bring a pair of comfortable shoes along with your fancy footwear.

Adapter – Don't forget to bring a standard European adapter and converter for Paris.


PARIS FOOD + DRINK

You might be surprised to discover that in Paris, an entrée is an appetizer, and a plat is a main dish. “Menu” is not a physical menu, but rather a combination meal (usually food + drink + dessert) - keep this in mind when ordering at your favorite Paris bistro!


While you may certainly take in the below iconic Parisian food places, explore what's around your hotel and eat like a local - you may make a new friend or two and bring back memories of a great and unique dish or specialty from a local bistro or restaurant! (the following locations are currently closed or delivery only due to Covid-19, but indicate as returning to business in the near future)






TIPS FOR PLANNING YOUR PARIS ITINERARY

Avoid over-planning – pick one or two major attractions per day, leaving the rest of the time for dining in bistros, or strolling through the city’s picturesque gardens.


Top Paris Must-See Locations

  • The Louvre Museum

  • Eiffel Tower

  • Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris (Notre Dame Cathedral - closed due to fire)

  • Sacré-Cœur

  • Avenue des Champs-Élysées

  • Arc de Triomphe

  • Luxembourg Gardens

  • Latin Quarter

  • River Seine

  • Montmartre District

Bonus: A trip to Versailles is a must while in Paris! Leave a day free, hop on the RER train (Réseau Express Régional (English: Regional Express Network)), and make your way to this charming town and its iconic palace and gardens.


USEFUL FRENCH PHRASES

  • Hello - Bonjour

  • Excuse Me - Excusez-moi

  • Thank you - Merci

  • Goodbye - Au revoir

  • Where is the bathroom? - Où sont les toilettes?

  • Yes - Oui

  • No - Non

  • Please - S'il vous plaît

  • More wine, please - Plus de vin, s'il vous plaît


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