Going to Paris is probably one of the most exciting things in a person’s life. The crowded,
dense city of France does not bother tourists to explore the fashion capital to their content.
The boulevards with monuments, superb gastronomy options, beautiful people with high
fashion sense and the exquisite French art and culture is what attracts crowds globally.
The foodie inside will have a great time exploring the neighborhood bistro or the triple
Michelin star restaurants, while they maintain the reputation of the French cuisine.
You visit Paris as a tourist but stay there as a Parisian. So, to be the true Parisian, there are
a few things you need to keep in mind before planning the trip.
This will help if you are a backpacker and looking a longer vacation in the country. It is
better to learn the language basics when you are visiting a new place with a different
dialect. English is acknowledged globally, but not everyone can speak or understand the
language. The Parisians are proud of their Vernaculars and lie to entertain those who
respect and recognize their language, and even the basics will do. Few phrases and term
that will be of help are-
Good Evening – Bonsoir
Good Day – Bonjour
Please - S’il Vous plaît
Excuse me and sorry – pardon
Thank you – Merci
No – Non
Yes – Oui
Do You Speak English? - Parlez-vous Anglais? (Most Important)
Where Is the Bathroom? - Où sont les toilettes?
For a tourist, Paris is a crossword puzzle or a maze of similar difficult street names and 20
districts making it more difficult. With all these, if you lost the GPS, then the hard time
starts. Don’t worry! Public transportation of the city got it covered. At most of the alley
corners, you can locate a bus station or a Metro sign. As long the destination is clear,
language won’t be a barrier with public transport. On a bus, you can hop on hop off
anywhere you like with the valid ticket.
Few things that will help in the metro are-
Be sure where to get off, as you have to use the lever to open the gate for both entry
Don’t lose the ticket. If you get caught without the ticket, then be prepared for a
nightmare in Paris.
Metros don’t work at night and cabs are expensive during that time. So plan out
your night out accordingly.
The top of the Eiffel tower is in the wish list of every traveler! After having a splendid view
of the city from the top and being the spendthrift, there is a realization that it is too
overrated. Instead of climbing the top of the tower for the view, tourists can opt for Tour
Montparnasse’s top. One can actually have the Eiffel Tower in the line of sight from there.
Another option is the Montmartre Hill, a charming large hilltop in Paris.
Unlike the restaurants in the USA, tipping after the meal is not necessary. If one like the
service then the 5%-10% of the bill can be left as the tip. If the service wasn’t up to the
mark, then don’t bother for the tip.
The food joints and restaurants at the popular tourist sites are mostly showbizz and will
extract till the last buck in your pocket for some mediocre foods. The off beat restaurants
which are not in the famous places are the one serving the authenticate french flavors in a