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passionfruitdrink37 Nov 26th, 2012 05:03 AM

I'm not trolling, and I apologize for having taken up so much cyberspace with my queries, but I'm not trolling. My original question about transportation led to people giving me advice about the museum pass and hotels. I did ask questions unrelated to transportation in Paris, I guess, but they have been genuine questions and concerns of mine. It was not my intention to disrupt anyone, and I apologize if I have. I'm not trying to be a troll.

I guess I'm asking so many questions because, as I've said, I've never traveled before and I appreciate and look forward to everyone's advice and suggestions. I have done research, but I feel first hand experiences and accounts from actual travelers are more reliable.

Again, I'm sorry for "trolling". It was most definitely not my intent with this thread.

StCirq Nov 26th, 2012 07:58 AM

I never thought this was a troll post. And further to the shopping issue, Hédiard and Fauchon and places like that are great, but pricey. I'm thinking that Monoprix is a good place to pick up little gifts, whether food or otherwise. If you've never been to Paris before, everything looks new and exciting and different, whether it's a "brand" name or not (and folks back home who've never been to Paris won't know the difference anyway). Street markets are also good places to buy inexpensive and unique things.

janisj Nov 26th, 2012 08:17 AM

I don't think anyone really thinks you are a troll. Maybe a bit obsessive/compulsive :) but definitely not a troll.

Not to worry -- many folks ask LOTS of questions about their upcoming trips. The main difference is they start multiple threads while all your questions/responses are on one gigantic thread. So to someone coming to this late it could look more than weird to have working on 500 posts about 'transportation in Paris'

kerouac Nov 26th, 2012 08:46 AM

I think this thread is great but also that you are overplanning -- but some people need to do it that way. That's why I am already looking forward to your second trip when you can skip all of this 'nonsense' (that is not the correct word, of course). It will be a totally different trip when you can stay in a modest hotel in a real working class neighborhood.

StCirq Nov 26th, 2012 08:56 AM

My guess is that, despite the massive "overplanning," once in Paris the OP will be having such a good time it'll all go out the window in favor of just enjoying the moment. As it should. Now if she can just manage to ditch the cousin....

kerouac Nov 26th, 2012 09:02 AM

Oh, the cousin might be a good person -- but to find out is one of the reasons that we demand an uncensored trip report after this trip after all of the effort that we have put into it. (You can change your name in case family members have been reading this -- we will know how to recognize you.)

passionfruitdrink37 Nov 26th, 2012 11:28 AM

It's just twice in 2 days, its been suggested that i am a troll. Like my questions and opinions are so ridiculous, i have to be doing it on purpose.
Anyways, I am looking forward to writing the trip report. Although I'm afraid it might not be as good as some of you may expect. I might end up having a totally drama free trip.

amer_can Nov 26th, 2012 11:56 AM

Let's hope so...Nothing but good vibes for the #1 trip!!!

annhig Nov 26th, 2012 12:11 PM

It's just twice in 2 days, its been suggested that i am a troll. Like my questions and opinions are so ridiculous, i have to be doing it on purpose.>>

pfd - they aren't ridiculous - well, not all of them. [joke].

if people weren't having fun answering your questions, they wouldn't come back here. and I'm absolutely certain that your name isn't dobby. [a notorious poster who most of us were convinced was a troll and the rest of us thought was a real idiot].

CopperandJade Nov 26th, 2012 01:13 PM

Fascinating, this would be a good permanent thread for a first time trip to Paris, especially for a younger person. Your thoughts and questions do not at all feel like a troll to me, just someone who is tremendously excited, trying to think of so many things at one time….your hotel, your cousin, the uncle, gifts for those at home etc. etc. etc..…This is all too much, really, for anyone.

I have a feeling that your trip will be fabulous and you will be surprised at how everything will flow for you. You now have the basic information and that is all that you need. Too much control and overplanning can limit your love and joy of this very special trip. Many of the suggestions in this thread will become obvious once you are in Paris. And, the Parisians themselves will help you out!

Somehow, I’d tend to forget buying gifts, but if you really want to, you’ll easily find some great inexpensive things. (good ideas above) Often, I’ve bought gorgeous scarves at markets or street vendors for about 5-10 CDN. There is also a chain of kitchen related stores, La Vaissellerie, where you can buy great inexpensive kitchen stuff.

You are so fortunate to be going at Christmastime, I would LOVE to do that one year! Just to give you a hint of the beauty of Paris in that season, here is Kerouac’s thread
With many photos from last year, ‘Christmas 2011 in Paris’,

And, ‘Paris, a magical Christmas afternoon,’

I love your excitement. You have done a beautiful job with your planning. Just relax, trust yourself and enjoy being excited and in Paris at Christmastime at the age of 20!

Kurosawa Nov 26th, 2012 01:33 PM

CopperandJade, what a gracious and positive post. Thank you for being such a supportive Fodorite.

amer_can Nov 26th, 2012 02:00 PM

You are almost there..Green with envy!!! Can resist..HUGS!!!

amer_can Nov 26th, 2012 02:01 PM

That should be can't resist...So repeat..HUGS

Doppio Nov 26th, 2012 06:06 PM

<i> >>>>>I'm getting flack if I don't bring stuff back. I'm not a wine person, but my Dad wants some French wine, so, advice? :D >>> </i>

The first time I went to Paris, I purchased souvenirs "from Paris" at the local Los Angeles BevMo ("wine from France" aisle), and a few French things online (perfume, soaps, stationary, macarons, etc)... before my trip. I wrapped the gifts in pretty wrapping paper, and put them in my closet. Then I went to Paris.

When I returned from my trip, I gave my family and friends all the lovely French and Parisian items I purchased BEFORE the trip. They were happy, and I didn't have to spend time in Paris stressed out and frantically searching for gifts. Not to mention, I didn't have to worry about bringing a bunch of stuff back with me.

Oh, and bring back a few Paris postcards to use as gift tags.

EGC Nov 27th, 2012 02:42 PM

You are almost there. The suspense is killing me... and another one hundred or so, people.

passionfruitdrink37 Nov 28th, 2012 12:20 PM

Thanks so much! All the advice and support ive gotten from everyone here is overwhelming! Im going to have to comb through rhis thread before my trip and remind myself of all the great advice offered here.
Once i do my trip report, am i able to post some of my photos here?
Btw, i got a new phone and downloaded the ratp app, la fourchette app, a trip advisor app, and a map of paris! Im getting more and more excited everyday.

FrenchMystiqueTours Nov 28th, 2012 12:33 PM

You can't post photos directly here. You need to incorporate them into your report or provide a link to an on-line photo album where others can see them.

Keiran76 Nov 29th, 2012 01:11 AM

Pfd...I just returned from my first trip to Paris and have some thoughts to share with you. It was a beautiful city and very easy to navigate. We purchased the museum pass for four days and it was worth it. We saw so many sights and museums and it was wonderful to skip the lines, flash the pass and not have to worry about paying. We picked ours up at the cdg airport on the way in.
For apps...I used these numerous times- Paris metro (you don't need wifi or 3G to use it and you can plug in the station where you are and where you are heading and it outlines your trip) you will just need to look up the last stop so you know which way you are going. Rick Steve's audio guide for Europe- wonderful guides and talks. I listended to these (ESP the interviews) before I left and they were wonderful, and also helped with the language understanding. I had his Paris guidebook downloaded on my kindle. So as I was sightseeing, I can search information on it, look up recommended places to eat, etc. if you haven't already purchased it, please do. It was an excellent tool for helping me plan my trip. I also had itranslate

Keiran76 Nov 29th, 2012 01:37 AM

(whoops, got cut off) which helped with the language. It has an audio component which helped tremendously.
It was my first time traveling with my iPhone and I can't believe how much I used it. The only problem was keeping my battery from running out by the end of today. Keep your flash off with your camera (if you use it) and watch how many apps you have open.

I know you were wondering about food. My mom and I enjoyed having a cafe au lait each afternoon ...we would sit down, people watch and plan our next adevnture. The desserts are amazing. All of the menus were in English, so it was easy to order. The waiters can and will help you out as well.
If you go to the d'orsay museum (which you should, it was beautiful) please have an eclair ine the amazing cafe on the top floor. It was delicious

As women, we felt very safe. Just keep your euros in your moneybelt, keep your eyes open in the metro and touristy spots like the Eiffel tower and you should be fine.

I found Parisians to be helpful and kind. We always started each conversation with 'Bon jour Madame' etc. keep it formal' attempt a few words in French. It goes far

We got carnets for the metro and bus rides. In retro spect, we should have bought a navigo bc we used public transport so often. We were intimidated by the picture-taking. But there are photo booths at every metro stop so we would have been fine. Carnets were fine though. We needed help figuring out how to buy them at first, but we were good to go after that first round.

Save some $ and skip the hoho tourist sightseeing bus. Read Rick Steve's bus69 tour...and take that instead. It travels the same route! We enjoyed that tremendously and saved 25 euros.
We also enjoyed the Paris walks tours and you don't need a reservation so it is easy to add into your day if time allows. I noticed many young single people on these tours. Inexpensive (actually free and you only need to tip) and gave excellent overview, history, advice, etc.

Enjoy the rest of your planning! I used this forum extensively when planning my trip. If you have a question about anything, just use the search feature or post it.
I'm sure you will have a wonderful time. Enjoy this incredible city!

passionfruitdrink37 Nov 29th, 2012 06:53 AM

That was so incredibly helpful! Thanks so much. I don't have ab iPhone, but hopefully the Paris Metro app is available for Androids. I am definitely going to the Orsay Museum, so thanks for the éclair reccomendation! I will try one for sure!
Now, I think I may purchase the Navigo pass. Thanks so much! Are you going to put up a trip report?

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