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yattasus Feb 23rd, 2006 08:04 AM

First time in Paris
 
Wow, great advice so far. Thanks, everybody! I'm so excited, and scared. I've never traveled by myself before, and my French is shaky (I took it in college, but that was almost 10 years ago!).

Robespierre Feb 23rd, 2006 08:12 AM

Just scan the Paris Superthread for specific topics using the Ctrl-F function of your browser.

http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...p;tid=34519236

Belledame Feb 23rd, 2006 08:15 AM

I couldn't figure a cheaper way than the packages at www.go-today.com. They have all sorts of Paris packages. Everything went great.

Paris is a lot like New York. I never felt vulnerable at all.

francophile03 Feb 23rd, 2006 08:15 AM

The best advice I can give you is to make sure your hotel is in a relatively safe and central district. My suggstion is if you choose to book via Expedia or Gate1 is to look for hotels that are located in the 4th through 6th districts. These are just my own personal suggstions as to those criteria. Sights, restaurants, and shops are pretty much just outside your door. Others may prefer other districts however.

Also it may or may not be any cheaper to book independently your hotels. However, doing so enables you to communicate directly with the hotels as to the rooms you prefer. With booking sites or packages they don't give you any choice or hardly any choices.

AnthonyGA Feb 23rd, 2006 10:01 AM

There are no unsafe districts in Paris itself.

gomavs Feb 23rd, 2006 10:10 AM

Book them seperate, you can get a cheap flight that time of year thru AA or British Airways. Also, if you stay close to the city center you will be close to many tourist spots. You can take the Metro anywhere from there. Have fun its awesome.

Stevo

yattasus Feb 23rd, 2006 10:18 AM

I think I just messed this up! Sorry, I'm a longtime reader, first-time poster.

Michel_Paris Feb 23rd, 2006 10:29 AM

Traveling alone will work out well in Paris, there is so much to see and do that you will easily fill your days. I also travel solo mostly, and have found that in Paris I never had the feeling that people thought that eating, having a cafe creme on my own was at all noteworthy. That being said, I always bring a book/journal when I go out to eat.

Walk a lot, Paris reveals itself in the little alleyways, parks, markets, and shops that are part of their everyday life. You want to see everything, but allow time each day for "doing nothing", whether it be just walking back to your hotel by a different route each day, going to a cafe each morning to plan your day, or thinking about a lunch picnic in a local park.

The Metro is everywhere in central Paris, so your hotel will "always" be near a metro or bus line. So the choice might depend on budget or location, in the sense that do you want to have to take the Metro back and forth to your hotel, or do you want to be able to walk back and forth. For me, I like the idea of being able to walk everywhere, and take the Metro back at end of the day if my feet have turned to 'tingly lead'. You'll get tons of info on this site.
I speak french, so the language issue is not sometinhg I can speak to, except to say that all (?) restaurants post their menu outside, so you can at least read, translate and decide before going in. Many restos will also have english menus...as others have stated here, if the restaurant post english/tourist menus, expect cheap unexceptional food.
Hope this helps, you'll love it there!
Mike


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