“It’s easy to get the feeling that you know the language just because when you order a beer, they don’t bring you oysters.” Paul Child (Julia Child’s husband) from “My Life In France”
There is one thing that seems to scare visitors to Paris…trying to speak the language. But, put your mind at ease, most Parisians can speak English and many even want to practice their own English speaking skills. However, always remember you are in THEIR country and should at least attempt to speak their language. The minute you try to speak French, they will pretty much start speaking English to you and will greatly appreciate your effort.
Whether you are people watching at an outdoor cafe or dining in a restaurant, an easy way to save a few euros at each meal is to ask for “une carafe d’eau” (OON cahr-AHF doh)…adding s’il vous plait at the end, of course. Basically, you are requesting a carafe or pitcher of tap water for the table. The tap water in Paris is safe and unless you just don’t like the taste of it or prefer carbonated water, there is no reason to order bottle water.
This simple tip will save you money during your trip without sacrificing any of the experience. It’s a win-win!
I was asked earlier this week if the Paris Pass was a good value. I thought it was an excellent question and worth sharing on the blog. My opinion on the value of the Paris Pass is…it all depends.
Using passbooks, coupons, even Groupon deals when traveling is a great idea but sometimes you need to see if what you are buying is worth what you will get out of it. The Paris Pass is sight-seeing package with several features including access to major sites and museums, a wine tasting, a bus tour and a travel pass to use on local transportation.
When deciding if the Paris Pass will work for you, consider the following:
Photographing street signs is one of my favorite travel tips.
It serves several purposes not only while you are on your trip but also after you return.
Take a photograph of the street where you are staying.
Paris Street Sign
Before you head out to explore, snap a quick pic of where you are staying. It will be helpful in remembering the street until you become familiar with your area. Also, if you can’t speak the language well, you can show the picture of the street you are trying to find.
When you return from your trip, you have it as a record of where you stayed. Continue reading →
Notre Dame may not be one of the wonders of the world but it should be! Every inch is covered with something amazing to see. Like most of Paris, it is dripping with history and the cathedral is a great example of Gothic architecture.