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Need Advice for Female Traveling Solo to Paris

Old Sep 1st, 2010, 04:45 PM
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Have been travelling solo for 6 yrs and always stay in the 7th..very safe very easy to to navigate. Have actually stayed only in the 7th since 2001. I am now 66 and have never had a problem with feeling safe...haven't even felt as though I had to consider it! Consider the Paris Perfect apts.
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Old Sep 1st, 2010, 05:04 PM
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The 7th is fine to stay in. Where I stay sometimes depends on where my business has been (they will often continue to give me a deeply discounted price) but I have stayed in other area s- and generally prefer the left bank overall.

For meals I usually have a casual lunch in a cafe (salad, omelette or sandwich) and then stop in late afternoon for a drink and people watching in a cafe on a main street. I always go back to the hotel then to rest my feet - then either change to go out to a nice dinner or sometimes just have a meal in the hotel (if weather is bad - or I'm just tired). Do reco you the learn the names of thing you don't want (I don;t eat organ meats or bunnies) - but many items will be familiar since the name is the same as in a French restaurant at home.
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Old Sep 1st, 2010, 05:21 PM
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I've been alone twice to Paris. Dining alone does not concern me because here in my town I was accustomed to it, when single and later married , when my late husband work nights.
I actually enjoyed dining alone in Paris.
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Old Sep 1st, 2010, 05:35 PM
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I'm in my 50's and have been in Europe solo (Amsterdam, Venice, Switzerland). Actually my one trip to Paris was with a friend but I think my experiences apply. I LOVED solo traveling. Western Europe is easy.

I had absolutely no issues with the fact that I don't speak French. Paris is used to tourists from all over the world. Of course you need to keep your wits about you, and I tried to know where I was going so I didn't have to ask directions on the street, things like that to keep it simple. I stay in hotels with a front desk that can help me out with arrangements (not an apartment) when I'm in a new city.

Can't speak to high-end restaurants, since I'm a budget traveler. But I'd think if you make a reservation, if it's that level of place, earlier in the day, you'd be welcomed.

As far as personal safety, that also has not been a problem for me. Again you need to be smart, know where you're going (tip: always carry the business card of your hotel and taxi fare just in case you get lost or tired you can get back 'home' that way). If you get flustered, or things aren't going as planned for whatever reason, find a place to sit down and regroup, have a cup of coffee or glass of wine. Don't freak out on a street corner, map in hand ;-)

In the evenings I usually stick to very busy areas &/or close to my hotel.
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Old Sep 1st, 2010, 07:20 PM
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Add me to the list of women circa your age who have gone there solo. Loved it! Dined on my own -- I loved Tante Marguerite or Tante Louise (forget which -- owned by the same family, one is in the government offices area). Also tried some other bistros that worked out great. When in doubt, I would use the little cafe at the Louvre, the one with outside tables. In fact, I saw some work for filming Da Vinci Code while there!

I stayed in St. Germain and that was perfect for me. I think my next choice would be the Marais.

I loved walking along the river, taking the boat, museum looking, shopping, walking and walking some more.

Knowing the basics (Bonjour, especially when entering a business etc.), Au Revoir, Merci, and the like. I used the Metro a lot, but did not use it at night.

I too stay in hotels with a concierge in the event I need help with arrangements. Didn't have to be anything fancy. My hotel has changed hands, but my friend stays at the Hotel Ingliterra and likes it fine.
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Old Sep 2nd, 2010, 05:56 PM
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Thanks to everyone for the advice, suggestions, and helpful links. Thanks especially for the encouragement. I am fortunate to have found this site, which I will visit often. Now I just need to learn a few French phrases and start making plans!
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Old Sep 2nd, 2010, 06:09 PM
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I will reiterate that after visiting Paris annually or more for decades that you should put ANGST totally to rest - it will be safer than any large cith in America.

MovE about as you would at home,
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Old Sep 3rd, 2010, 07:38 AM
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One thing I particularly loved about Paris is you can walk pretty much anywhere to all the major sights/sites if you pick a centrally located hotel (1st, 4th, 5th, 6th, maybe 7th arrondisements).

I know there is also good public transportation between the metro, busses above ground, and even the boat on the river. But for me, and particularly alone, I like to plan out my day as something I can do all (mostly) on foot.

One of my favorite days was taking the Metro from Latin Quarter up to the Eiffle Tower in the morning, then just using out map, meandering all the way back across central Paris in the course of the rest of the day.
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I am 48 and am, too, going to Paris for a week at the beginning of September. I have travelled alone elsewhere and I've always enjoyed the freedom. I have no doubt that yuo will like the experience. And who knows? If you are there at the same time I am, perhaps we could hook up for a drink or dinner!
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Old Jul 17th, 2012, 10:57 AM
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elisego - the OP was asking 2 years ago and this was her first and only post.
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That's a bad sign. Some of you may be liable if something awful happened.
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oh! thanks for telling me! i just noticed that "10" next to the date... )
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