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Anonymous asked in TravelFranceParis · 4 months ago

What should I know before going to Paris?

I've heard mixed reviews but give me your thoughts.


Things to see? Places to avoid? Any tips?

10 Answers

  • 2 months ago

    A few words of French. We don't expect you to be fluent, but at least bonjour, merci, 

    s'il vous plait, parlez-vous anglais, au revoir.. And hopefully not with a snobby accent.

    Rest is difficult to know without knowing your interests/what time of year you're going.

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  • Fromage Gateau is not Cheesecake . It is a cake of cheese. Oh, and from experience don't drink the tapwater in paris. It would be insane or rather the Seine would be in you.

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  • Orla C
    Lv 7
    3 months ago

    It's a marvellous place to visit, but it's good to know the etiquette when entering and leaving shops and other places of business. When you walk in, you always greet the first employee you see there with a 'Bonjour Madame' for a woman and 'Bonjour Monsieur' for a man, this is basically hello sir, or hello ma'am. And when you leave, you say 'Merci et au revior, madame/ monsieur' which is basically thank you and goodbye, sir/ma'am. Not doing it is considered a bit rude, and also marks you out as a tourist.

    It's also a good idea to learn a couple of basic phrases in French, like Hello, goodbye, please, thank you, Do you speak English? Nobody expects you to be fluent, but you are going to a country with a different language, so it's more of a courtesy on your part, and it can really help open doors. Most of the people there already speak English anyway, it's part of the job description when dealing with tourists.

    And the last thing: Europeans generally tend to be a little bit more reserved until they know you. They're not going to be all 'HIIII!!!' and your new best friends. You are a customer, they are as courteous as they need to be to you. They'll help you with whatever you need, but that's it - until and unless they warm to you. Stay friendly, pleasant and bring your sense of humour and an open mind, and you'll help yourself more than you know.

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  • Make time to eat at PAPA Joe's just a short 1/2 mile walk west of the leaning tower of PISA 

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  • 3 months ago

    most french are rude, arrogant , paris is beautiful.

    • I have been to France several times for a few weeks at a time. That is not true. French people are only rude when someone is rude first, like expecting that they speak English to you on demand. Learn a few phrases like please help me, I don't speak French, do you speak English? And you will be fine

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  • 4 months ago

    What do you mean, mixed reviews? People who have never been there have posted some negative things, based solely on their dislike for Muslims. Paris is a magical place. I have friends who were there during the recent transportation strike. They had to do a lot of walking, but otherwise had a great time. Paris is a city for walking anyway. What Marie has told you is about money. It's true that there are some high-priced restaurants and bars that cater mostly to tourists. But you walk around and find very good places to eat everywhere. Go in one of the many small markets with produce stands outside, or to one of the outdoor markets, buy some bread, cheese and wine, or a sandwich or pizza slice and go to a park to eat. Take the boat ride down the Seine from the foot of the Eiffel Tower in the evening, about a half hour before sunset. It's less crowded then, and you'll come back up the Seine in time to see the tower light up. 

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  • 4 months ago

    10 Things to Know Before Going to Paris

    Don't gamble or buy anything on the streets.

    Don't butt out on the street.

    Avoid restaurants in very touristy spots.

    Don't buy croissants or bread in big chain stores.

    Stand right.

    Avoid expensive rooftops.

    Avoid fancy cafés.

    Learn a few words in French

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  • 4 months ago

    What do you want to know?

    It's a great city to visit; as with every major city, it's busy, and it can be overwhelming. Some people love it, some people don't.

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  • zeno
    Lv 7
    4 months ago

    Learn to speech French.

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  • 4 months ago

    Most French are arrogant.

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