I know quite a few of my fellow bloggers visiting Paris so..for anyone visiting Paris soon or in the future, I have decided to write up some handy hints and tips for my fellow travellers. Travelling in a different country can be
scary terrifying at times – Especially of you don’t speak the language! From understanding the Metro to Personal safety, I am here to answer any questions and guide you to an amazing Parisian escape!
Lets get started…
#1 First things first is the Metro.
It is essential to travel around Paris on the Metro as it is the fastest way to get to all the attractions and your hotel! The best ticket to buy is the ‘Paris Visite’ ticket, which you can choose for 1, 2 or 3 days travel that allows you to take the metro basically anywhere! It cost me and my boyfriend 18 euros for 2 days, which is a really good price because, trust me…. We used the Metro so many times a day!
#2 Watch out for beggars and scams
It’s pretty much the same where ever you go on holiday but watch out! On the metro, it is common for women to start speaking aloud in French to the whole metro carriage asking for money… this happened a few times to us and they prey on tourists!
At most attractions, some people will come up to you asking if you speak English and shove a clipboard in your hand to sign something. Don’t be fooled and just walk away!
Another trick is for someone to appear as though they have picked something up in front of you and ask if it is yours, in our case it was a ‘gold’ ring. Don’t say yes or anything to them, it is another scam to try and get money out of you!!
Lastly, if someone tries to offer you a rose… don’t take it off them as they want money again!
It can be quite scary sometimes, especially if you don’t speak French, but don’t let it ruin your holiday!
#3 Food, Glorious Food
Who couldn’t enjoy French food? Go to local bakeries for freshly baked baguettes and cakes galore! They also do homemade filled sandwiches if you want to grab a bite for lunch. It is a lot cheaper than eating out at restaurants all the time! We found that most things on menus cost around 14-18 euros…. Even for a Panini sometimes… We saved this type of spending until our evening meal and grabbed a quick bite in a bakery for around 4 euros.
#4 Eiffel Tower
It’s going to happen; everyone goes up the Eiffel Tower and RIGHTLY SO! It is so beautiful and I could not keep my eyes from it! We visited it several times on our trip but unfortunately the summit was closed both times. If you are aged between 18-24 you can get a cheap ticket for 7 euros! If you’re up for some exercise, you can walk up the tower instead of the lift which gives you great views from different heights! But beware; it’s a killer for the legs!
#5 Brush up on some French
Now, I tried to learn some basic French but I am completely hopeless… They do appreciate it if you try rather than just speak English and they may seem a bit rude so make sure to say please, thank you and goodbye! (That’s about all I could do).
If you prefer to spend a little less, buy your gifts from shops a little further away from the attractions! They are a lot cheaper!
#7 Fashion wise
I took a lot of warm clothes to Paris as it is Winter but I still wanted to look Parisian chic…. This lasted for about a day until comfort got the better of me! Comfortable shoes and a warm coat are essential, as well as a decent bag – I chose a cross body bag, for safety and convenience! I chose simple makeup, but added a red lip for that instant dolled up look!