Things to do in Paris

Paris was known as "the most romantic city," and you can almost see and feel the love in its many tourist attractions. But there is in Paris than the Eiffel Tower or Notre Dame. Here are some things you need to know, and you can do when you visit the capital of France.

"City of Light"

This tag-name Paris is actually derived from the "Ville Lumière", a reference not only a revolutionary system of electric lighting is realized on the streets of Paris, but also the reputation and aura of "enlightenment" the city got during the «La Belle Epoque" Parisian golden age of the late 19th century. It was at this time that the famous tower Gustave Eiffel was built, as well as the first metro line, as well as the creation of parks.

multi-cultural experience

Paris enjoyed considerable growth as a multi-cultural city beginning in the 1970s with the influx of new immigrants from all over the world, especially among the French-speaking countries, including most of northern and western Africa, as well as In the & # 39; etname and Laos. These immigrants brought their foods and music, both of which are of greatest interest for many travelers.

migration continues, even in Paris so far, with a noticeable increase in the number of immigrants from Latin America in the 21st century, bringing with them «taquerias" (which is hard to find in Paris, even in the 1990s), the introduction of chili, and Samba and Salsa music, which has become all the rage in the city (along with the Parisian electronic living room). [19659002] Today, there are more nationalities represented in Paris than even in New York. [19659002] Parisians [19659002] city lives in an atmosphere as in London or New York, with a good deal, the business people. in France, Parisians have reputation for arrogance and eternal haste. Arrogance is also in line with the fact that Paris & # 39 is a very big city and urban life stress can drive someone to be a little edgy. [19659002] In addition to that the Parisians are experiencing persistent requests from the poor , vendors and street musicians every day. Sometimes they are crooks, so naturally, the Parisians have become a little suspicious of strangers asking for anything, even their time. Try to keep this in mind if you need to ask for directions in the metro. Poorly dressed, ill-shaven, backpack carrier, foreign language can be a tourist in the eyes of the Parisians, another man, who had to tell some dramatic life story finishes with a request for money.

Courtesy questions [19659002] Although the Parisians, which is very arrogant, Paris is observed with high levels of education. Even if you do not speak the language, keep in mind that civility with & # 39 is extremely important in everyday work. Even a single word in French as «Bonjour» (good morning), means a lot, and people will help you with the overwhelming charm; or at least give a greeting in English. Write on a piece of paper or, even better, remember some French talk with their hands, and there should be no problems.

Talk to the well-bred tones

Just like in any other major city, Parisians usually people waiting to speak in a measured voice when in a public place. They are likely to look at people who talk very loudly on the train or subway car. Although it is unlikely that someone will say something, that this behavior will get you basically classified as rude and probably to reduce the likelihood that you will get help if you need it.

Americans, in particular, it is reported that they are often considered rude French, primarily due to the groups who speak very loudly in restaurants or subway. Keep in mind that people around you are not on vacation, in general. They are likely to return to work, and therefore can not appreciate another source of headache. In addition, the vast majority of the population of Paris did not in any way related to the tourism business. You are not in a resort or theme park, but in a city where people have to get through life.

Speaking in English

For most people, the English language with the & # 39 is that they should have been in school, and feeling a little sick. People help you in English are making an extra effort, sometimes a considerable one. Young people are more likely to be fluent in English than older people.

However, English is in Paris a bit more complicated, as they learn British English in the "received pronunciation", also known as "the Queen's English." To report in English correctly Parisian, who learned English at school, I always try to speak slowly and clearly, and may affect a little accent of Margaret Thatcher, but please do not cry.

If you speak French [19659002] to speak French in Paris, as hard as the French taught in schools in English-speaking countries tend to be "written" in French and is quite different from spoken French. This makes your "French" hardly understandable actual French person. The French say their language is very fast, swallow some letters, and do sound like a beautiful music. If Paris wants you to repeat what you said, do not take offense. Instead, write down phrases or place names.

One determinant in knowing your "experience" in French with & # 39 is that if you understand (or at least some sort of understanding) French films without subtitles, you can speak French, like a true Parisian.

asking for directions

If you need direction to find someone who is not in a hurry, especially a young person, or someone reading a book or magazine in English. Greet him or her "hello" or "the Bonjour", and then start with the question, when a person speaks English, even if he or she is reading something in English, speak slowly and clearly ( «Parlez Vous Anglais?») – Evern writing down names, if necessary. Do not forget to smile a lot. In addition, it carries a map, given the complexity of the streets of Paris.

Do not stop a random person in the Métro and without greeting, start asking questions in their own normal way of speaking in English. This person is likely to go fast, not an apology

If you speak French, remember two magic phrases :. "? Pourriez-Vous m & # 39; aider »« Excusez Moi de vous déranger »and use them freely, even in stores.

districts of Paris

Central Paris is officially divided into 20 districts, called "districts", numbered 1 to 20 in a clockwise direction in a spiral from the center. In districts are named according to their number. For example, you could stay at "5", which will be written as 5ème ( «SANK-ee-uh) in French. 12 th and 16 th districts include large suburban parks, "Vincennes" and "Bois de Boulogne", respectively. [19659002] Each district has its own main attractions. For example, "first", where you will find the Louvre, while "second" with the & # 39 is the placement of the Paris Stock Exchange. [19659002] Moving through Paris is easy if you have hole cards, most recommended to "Paris Pratique par Arrondissement», which you can buy at any newsstand. [19659002] visiting museums and monuments with only one card

one of the best value and most convenient ways to paglyadets s sights of Paris with the «Carte Musées and monuments, pre-paid entry card that allows entry to more than 70 museums and monuments around Paris and in the two days (30EUR), four days (45EUR), and six days (60EUR) denomination. This card It allows you to jump otherwise sometimes long queues and is available from participating museums, tourist offices, Fnac branches and all the main railway stations and metro RER. However, you still have to pay to enter most special exhibitions

Schedule your visits to museums

Please note that most museums and galleries are closed on Monday or Tuesday, so check in advance to avoid disappointment. and most counters museum tickets close 30 to 45 minutes before closing. [19659002] In addition to that, all national museums are open free of charge on the first Sunday of the month, and this may mean long lines and crowded exhibits. [19659002] Explore the sights of

As mentioned above, each of the districts of Paris have plenty to offer in terms of beauty infrastructure. Eiffel Tower, located on the 7th, this is one of the most famous – and highest – attractions in the world. Notre Dame Cathedral, an impressive Gothic cathedral that was the inspiration for Victor Hugo's novel, "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" is located on the 4th. Third, where you will find the Picasso Museum, which contains the artist's own masterpieces.

There are also unpopular, but just as great attractions that you can visit when in Paris. Sacre Coeur 18 minutes from & # 39 is a church situated on the highest point of the city, while the Sainte-Chapelle of 1 is much more beautiful than the famous – but gloomy – Notre Dame. Panteon (fifth), where you will find the resting place of the great heroes of the French Republic. And Carnival (third) is a museum of the history of Paris; his exhibition with & # 39 are permanent and free.

See Paris from above

In the 9th, you can check out the horizon to rooftops Printemps and Galeries Lafayette. There's also a hot air balloon in the Parc André Citroën (north of Paris), where you can ride on. It does not work on windy days, though.

watch roller skates

every Friday evening and Sunday afternoon (except when the rain), hordes of inline skaters took to the streets of Paris on a route in advance to plan for about 3 ½ hours. Even if you do not participate, to find cafe near the road and watch them fly over. If you are interested in participating, check.

Celebrate Bastille Day

Celebrating the start of the French Revolution, which is held every July 14th, the crowd -drawer. The day begins with the Bastille parade on the Champs Elysees at 10:00 am and ends on Bastille Day Fireworks, with a large number of city-sponsored events between them. Do not forget to arrive early to get the best viewing places. City officials recommend to gather around the gardens of the Eiffel Tower during the Bastille Day fireworks.

Witness its numerous festivals

Paris has a number of festivals, each of which serves a particular group. For example, the city celebrates the "Techno Parade" each in mid-September, with DJs and (usually) young supporters of acrosss Europe converge in Paris for five or six days of dancing. This culminates in a parade whose route traces roughly from the Place de la Bastille at the Sorbonne. In addition, the Rugby Six Nations event list (February), Paris Fashion Week (March for the winter collections in October for the spring-summer collections), Roland Garros (also known as the tennis French Open, May), and the Fête de la Musique in Paris (June 21) [19659002] watch a movie [19659002] in the cinemas of Paris can be considered the envy of the rest of the world. Hollywood movies will be shown in Paris, often within a few weeks after its release in the United States, and not to forget its prestigious art and French films. In addition, there are at least a half-dozen film festivals in any given week, there is where you can see all the works of the actor or director. At the same time, there are some older cult films, which you can enjoy any day you want.

Many non-French films with subtitles (the so-called "Version Originale" or "v / o"). However, when watching French films, this is probably a good idea to watch with subtitles, especially if your French is not of & # 39 is adequate to adhere to talk soon.

To find out the movie schedule around Paris, buy a copy of «Pariscope» newsstands.


crimes in Paris is similar to most major cities, but violent crimes with a & # 39 is a rarity in the city center. Pickpockets are active on the railway line from Charles de Gaulle airport to the center of Paris and on the # 1 subway line Métro. The usual scheme for one thief to distract the tourist with questions or violation while an accomplice picks your pocket, backpack or bag. Thieves often time their crime coincides with the closing of automatic doors on the Métro, leaving the victime secured on the departing train.

Many thefts also occur in major department stores like Galleries Lafayette, Printemps and Smarantine. Tourists tend to leave wallets, pasports and credit cards on cashier counters during operations, leaving their possessions are vulnerable from a pocket.

Popular tourist sites are also popular hunting grounds for thieves who favor congested area to disguise their activities. The areas to watch out for include crowded elevators at the Eiffel Tower, escalators at museums, as well as the area around the Sacre Coeur Basilica in Montmartre.

The area around the famous Moulin Rouge known as Pigal. It is best to not go after dark, if you're not with a group headed for the show. Pigalle adult entertainment area known for prostitutes, sex shows and drugs. Gullible tourists often run up exorbitant bar bills and are forced to pay before being allowed to leave. Other places to be ready at this flea market Marche Aux Puces, the suburbs (or «Banlieue»), like Barbès. [19659002] from the Metro & # 39 is relatively safe, but pickpockets working in stations and on trains, especially near tourist destinations. If you carry a bag, make sure it is securely closed. If you have a wallet in your pocket keep a hand on him, when entering or leaving the train. Do not carry more money than you can afford to lose and keep it on different parts of the body: how your money belt, your purse, shoes. If you have access to your money, do it in private.

There are recent reports of new tactics thieves aiming for a taxi on the way into town from the airport Charles de Gaulle. Thieves wait for taxis to stop in the usual traffic jam along the A1 highway and break windows to get the passengers bags. To avoid this, you can put your bags in the trunk of a taxi or take a very secure shuttles Air France.

Do not litter

Not only is it disrespectful, but the offender also fined with hefty fines, starting from 18EUR, Put your trash in numerous trash bins provided by the city or metro authority.