Traveling to Paris? Here Are Some Tips Which Will Make Your Trip More Enjoyable
Paris attracts travelers because of its romantic atmosphere, and also because it has been the inspiration of painters, writers and musicians to create some of our most cherished works of art. With so many millions of visitors to the world-renown “city of lights” it’s no wonder that there are multiple different motivations for going, and just as many preferences. The following are some useful tips to think about:
1. A worthy travel guide has been the bread and butter of many a tourist’s luggage, and, undoubtedly, the shelves of any bookstore selling guidebooks likely has loads to take your pick from. The smartest thing the modern tourist can do is think about what it is that compels them the most in Paris. If it’s paintings, then opt for a guidebook that puts a spotlight on the city’s seventy famous museums. If it is eating out, find a handy travel guide with commonplace translations for menus. It may come in handy. Better yet, if you have a smart phone like the iPhone, download one of the many Paris applications presently available. This is the preferred method, because it saves packing space.
2. Don your wardrobe as you normally would. Paris is a lovely city, undoubtedly the most marvelous city in the world, but with so many visitors traveling through this stately city, that also signifies that pickpockets are close behind. Pickpockets at the foot of Montmartre, in the Pigalle area, look for visitors, and unfortunately many times they are incredibly easy to see. When you come to Paris, don’t bring along touristy clothes like fanny packs, large video camcorders and safari type clothes. This way of dressing will make you a perfect target for pickpockets. Wear casual clothes, as you would normally, and you will blend in with the rest of the crowd.
3. Reserve in advance as often as possible. Paris’ iconic sites like the Notre Dame and the Louvre are top spots on any tourist’s list of things to do while in Paris. It is worthwhile to keep this in mind, because you will not be the only tourist visiting the Louvre or taking a romantic boat ride along the Seine. Take advantage of the internet and look for the sites of as many of these tourist attractions as you can and book your tickets in advance. It takes only a few minutes and will save you from waiting in some of the longest cues you have ever seen. Your feet will be happy for it!
4. Use automatic tellers, rather than travelers checks. There are automatic tellers throughout Paris. A traveler can take out money whenever they need it. The days are past when one had to visit the city with a stack of traveler’s checks. More than anything, avoid the expensive exchange rates found in the currency exchange locations everywhere in the city. The charges from cash machines are much more economical, by a long shot.
5. Rather than book a hotel, why not choose an apartment? Hotels are very tough on your pocketbook, especially in this city, and often they can have a less personal atmosphere. See yourself coming to the city and feeling like you are living like a true Parisian, among the everyday people of Paris.