Away in Paris. Zoë & Aimèe. Passport is mandatory (no visa or shots). Bring photocopies of your identity papers just in case. You are required to have proof of identity at all times in France.
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Zoë & Aimèe
Time: Paris uses the 24 Hour clock, it is the same time up till noon, then keep going: 13:00, 14:00 and so on. For anything over 12, subtract 12 and add pm.Helpful Planning Tips
Discounts: Students with International Student Identification Cards, teachers with proper identification, and youths under 18 or even 26 often get discounts-but you have to ask.
Traveler’s check are a waste of time!!! Bring your ATM, credit, debit and cash as a backup.
Omnipresent French bank machines are always open for getting cash in euros. You’ll need your PIN code. These machines are called point d’argent or distributeur des billets (D.A.B)Money
Bring two cards in case one gets damaged.
Use a money belt. Thieves target tourists.
Visa and MasterCard are more commonly accepted than American Express.
The service charge is included in the bill, though it’s customary to tip 5% extra for good service. If you order a meal at a counter, don’t tip.
Round up. For a typical ride, round up to the next euro on the fare. For a long ride, round to the nearest €10. If the cab driver is extra nice, toss in a little extra. If you feel like you’ve been driving in circles or otherwise ripped off, skip the tip.Tipping
Tour guides and Tour-bus drivers often hold out their hands for tips; some may tip a euro or two for a job well done.
Tips aren’t required but you can give a tip to the porter a euro for carrying your bags or a few euros in your room at the end of your stay if you were satisfied with your maid service.
In general, if someone in the service industry does a superior job for you, a tip of a couple of euros is appropriate… but not required.
When in doubt of tipping you may ask your hotelier or the tourist information office; they’ll fill you in on how it’s done on their turf.
1. Télécarte: Can be only used in public phone booths.
2. Carte à code: Can be used in public phone boots and in hotel rooms. Le Ticket de Téléphone is an example.
U.S. Calling Cards are a rip off. You’re likely to pay a $4 connection fee and $3 for the first minute; if you get an answering machine, it’ll cost $7 to talk to nobody.
France has a 10 digit telephone. No area codes. All Paris numbers start with 01.
Calling France from U.S. dial 011, then France’s country code (33) and then drop the initial 0. Ex) The number: 01 47 05 49 15, from home you would dial 011 33 1 47 05 49 15.
To dial out of France, start with (00), then dial country code (U.S is 1), then the number. Ex) The number: 477-771-5555, you would dial 00 1 47 77 71 55 55.Phones
You can buy relatively cheap cell phones in Europe to make both international and local calls.
For about $120 you can get a phone with $20 worth of calls that would work in the country when you purchased it.
If you have any questions, go to a European shop that sells mobile phones and ask them. If your on a budget, skip the cell phone and buy a phone cards instead.
Be careful for pickpocketers, thieves spend their day on the Métro. Be on guard.
For a week or more stay, consider the Carte Orange for about €15, which gives you free run of the bus and Métro system for one week, starting Monday and ending Sunday; ask for the Carte Orange hebdomadaire and supply a passport-size photo.
When your on the Métro, insert your ticket in the automatic turnstile, pass through, reclaim your ticket, and keep it until you exit the system.
Ile de la Cité
shower and toilet in room
Lunch in the Museum
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Rick Steves’ Paris 2005 (book)
Frommer’s Paris 2007 (book)
All The Best From France (cd)