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passionfruitdrink37 Dec 25th, 2012 11:47 AM

Okay okay, final thing. My dad's offering advice right before I leave it seems. Guess he didn't think I'd actually go? But, he says most things will be closed on the days I will be there. This scares me a bit. Will most thigs be closed? Will Inot be able to go shopping or to eat or to go out?

kerouac Dec 25th, 2012 12:41 PM

Tell your dad he is full of it.

amer_can Dec 25th, 2012 12:45 PM

The world doesn't shut down when a newbie goes abroad..sounds like Dad hasn't been there for awhile..Even if some things are closed (like 1 day) IT IS PARIS!!! 'Nuff said!!! leave for the airport about 2 days!!! HAHAHA.. Again Happy Trails!!!

passionfruitdrink37 Dec 25th, 2012 01:36 PM

Full of what?

bendigo Dec 25th, 2012 01:45 PM

sh-- or --it

Paris was open, welcoming and wonderful (although cold) two weeks ago.

Please just relax, go and experience it - if something is closed, it will just create an opportunity for you to go somewhere else and have a different experience.

The world is wonderful - but you need to get out there and play a little, not listen to people who keep telling you what you shouldn't do.

kerouac Dec 25th, 2012 02:02 PM

Is your dad your uncle's brother?

StCirq Dec 25th, 2012 04:33 PM

How many times has your dad been to Paris recently at this time of year? How many times have WE collectively been to Paris at this time of year? I trust you get the point.

Murmur "sure, dad," then ignore him completely. He doesn't know what he's talking about. Just like your uncle and the cousin. Just go, do what you want, and enjoy it. Every traveler occasionally shows up somewhere to find something (usually unexpectedly) closed. What's the big deal? You go somewhere else...duh!

If I were you, I'd try to find a way to stay there (Paris) permanently and leave all these fuddy-duddies behind in the dust.

BettyBoop Dec 25th, 2012 04:44 PM

I love this thread. Have a terrific trip.

passionfruitdrink37 Dec 25th, 2012 04:55 PM

My dad is not my uncle's brother. My uncle is my uncle from my mom's side. Anyways, my dad probably is speaking from what Paris was like a million years ago, before he immigrated to Canada.
I want to live there so badly! I've been asking my dad for so long to fill out the paperwork so I could get citizenship, but he's always putting it off.

janisj Dec 25th, 2012 06:42 PM

Have a <B><red>WONDERFUL</B></red> trip!!

(and <i>protect</i> that cash, and ditch the cousin if she becomes a drip, and <u>don't</u> bring back wine)

StCirq Dec 25th, 2012 06:54 PM

Why does your dad have to fill out the paperwork? Just curious, because I have dual citizenship (Irish-American, which gives me EU citizenship so I can live in France), and I filled out all my own paperwork. Is it because you're not 21 yet? If so, just wait...then do it. Well, wait until you've actually been to Paris. There IS a chance you might decide it's not all you expected it to be.

thursdaysd Dec 25th, 2012 06:56 PM

Does he have to fill out the paperwork or can you do it yourself? If not, can you fill out the forms and just have him sign them? If you have the opportunity to get a second passport, especially an EU one, seize it!!!

And have a super trip.

bendigo Dec 25th, 2012 08:49 PM

As gifts for your relatives, particularly your father and uncle, also consider buying copies of Henry Miller's excellent "Tropic of Cancer" from the Shakespeare and Company bookshop, on the Left Bank, just near Notre Dame.

kerouac Dec 25th, 2012 08:54 PM

You must do the paperwork before you reach age 21.

passionfruitdrink37 Dec 25th, 2012 11:36 PM

Well, he's the one with French nationality. He has to fill out paperwork and send it to the French consulate here for me to be able to get dual citizenship. He's lost a lot of his French papers. Is the age actually 21? I thought there was no age limit. Well then, I have a few more months to harrass him before it's too late.

annhig Dec 26th, 2012 04:01 AM

lol, benigo!

But, he says most things will be closed on the days I will be there. This scares me a bit. Will most things be closed? Will Inot be able to go shopping or to eat or to go out?>>

firstly, of course you can go out - you just step outside your hotel.

shopping - most shops will have closed on Christmas Day but will be open most other days except New year's Day,

museums - if you go to the Paris museum pass website, [even if you haven't got a pass you can use the website] you will find info about opening hours/links to the museums websites which will tell you the same thing.

Restaurants - loads of them will be open, catering for tourists just like you!

thursdaysd Dec 26th, 2012 06:09 AM

You do realize that with French citizenship you can live and work anywhere in the EU? Not to mention avoiding the Schengen limits on length of stay. Do not pass up that opportunity!

Meanwhile, enjoy Paris.

StCirq Dec 26th, 2012 06:46 AM

<<Well, he's the one with French nationality. He has to fill out paperwork and send it to the French consulate here for me to be able to get dual citizenship>>

I can't claim to know a thing about what the rules are for Canadians trying to claim French citizenship, but I highly doubt you have to wait until your dad takes the lead and fills out anything. I got my EU citizenship based on records from people who had been dead for decades. If you really want to do this, call the French embassy and find out exactly what YOU need to do; it's entirely possible your dad doesn't have to be involved at all.

thursdaysd Dec 26th, 2012 07:08 AM

It may already be too late. From

Attribution of French Nationality

- Through parentage (right of blood):
The child (legitimate or natural) is French if at least one parent is French.
Nationality through parentage must be established while the child is still a minor (under 18).

amer_can Dec 26th, 2012 07:22 AM

If you don't close down your computer access you'll miss your plane...NO MORE FRETTING..Get you things together, ignore anymore doom and gloomers, take a deep breathe, smile and wave goodbye...You will have a great time and PLEASE let us know how you fare!!!

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