Paris, France travel tips

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Get used to using formal titles, such as Madame or Monsieur, far more often than is generally done in English.

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You may be inclined to avoid the overly-touristy areas, but you MUST go to the viewing decks of the Eiffel Tower. The tower itself--as well the views it provides--are incredible. Be sure to visit at sundown, the best time to experience the tower, as it becomes illuminated by thousands of lights.

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The 19th century Market/ bazaar Halle St-Pierre is definitely worth a visit.

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The French feel good when you let them know you had a good time...Je me suis vraiment bien amuser.

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Paris truly defines the word party as you can go out anytime day or night and have an amazing time.

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If you are on a budget, prepare to eye shop until you drop with all the amazing window displays.

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If you are going to use cash in Paris, keep smaller bills, as many shops won't accept large denominations.

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Book lovers need to make a stop at Shakespeare & Co, the city's world-famous bookstore. It offers the city's largest selection of books in English, and is frequently a temporary home for writers.

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To save some money in the city, shop for meals at open-air food markets. You can find breads, cheeses and pastries, and if you're renting an apartment--a great way to see the city--you can prepare your own authentically Parisian meals.

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One of the best ways to see the city is by taking a cruise along the Seine. You'll see most of the major sights, and at a leisurely pace, without having to deal with the city's insane traffic.

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For a different view of Paris, take a walking tour of the "hidden" Bievre river, which was sealed up in 1912 because of its pollution.

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I am sure you have heard this by now but try to speak French. It is very important to the French people that you attempt to speak their language and you are not seem as an arrogant American who expects everybody to speak English.

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Transportation from the airport to Paris is pretty bad, so make sure you have enough time.

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The basic phrases for hello, thanks, I had fun, how are you etc..would be good to learn prior to your trip.

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You can use the one word to say Good morning, good day or hello...Bonjour!

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Indulge your sweet tooth at Jacques Genin where you get an endless array of chocolate treats.

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Take a photo op at the two lovely small islands in the center of Paris.

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No matter where you stay, you will be able to catch a glimpse of the famous Eiffel Tower.

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If you must take a ride somewhere, public transportation is always available and very affordable.

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The subway takes you just about anywhere in Paris.

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