Always make sure your traveling companion is in sight at the airport.

The Navigo card is much better than the carne, if you are staying in Paris for very long.

The Museum Pass does not save you much time in September and actually probably costs you money.  A 2 day pass would make better sense to use at the Louvre and the Orsay museums.

Most Parisians appreciate you and are helpful.  This sometimes changes a little in the touristy areas in the restaurants, but not all the time.  We found maybe 2 people that weren’t very nice.  As long as you smile, I think, they are happy to help you.

They sometimes actually appreciate it when you try their language.  This is different from what I had experienced in years past.

I much prefer staying in an apartment away from the main areas.  It is easy to get to the tourist areas on the Metro or the train and you can relax more in the suburbs.

Montmartre is not the dangerous place that people wrote about on Trip Advisor.  I had already decided that it was just panicky tourists and I was right.

You can figure out how much to get at the markets.  They want to help you and want to sell you something.

The Air France bus to and from the airport is a bargain if you have less than 4 people.

The bus system works very well, but consider time of day and difficulty finding the transfer bus.  The bus map can be hard to read, but it is a great way to get a sense of Paris, rather than just in the underground Metro.  The Metro is much faster, so if you are pressed for time, take the Metro.

I was surprised at the Musee Armie or Les Invalides.  It was much better than I had expected.

The French were once a nation at war all the time and they were a world power.  They conquered so much that they were unable to handle their conquered nations and were unable to collect their taxes and enforce their treaties.

They have done a wonderful job of protecting their heritage, even through several wars.

S.V.P. means s’il vous plait (please) and you see it everywhere.

I love France even more now and hope to return sooner than I did this last time.

Au revoir, Paris.  A bientot.  I hope.

And a definite, a bientot, to America.  I love you more than ever.

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About lynntclarke

I am an attorney by trade, but love to travel. I am in my "golden" years and decided to blog about some of my trips, mainly to keep a diary of my experiences, so that I can do picture books for my travels and remember what I did each day. When you travel, you tend to forget the day before as you are having such wonderful new experiences. The blog will be there forever, I suppose, but memories fade fast. I hope you learn something worthwhile as you read. If not, then that is okay, too. Enjoy your own travels!!!

One response »

  1. perthians says:

    Thank you for such great posts on your recent Paris trip.
    My husband and I are escorting my elderly father in law to the UK in November so that he can see his sister.
    Once my FIL is safely settled, my husband and I plan on popping over to Paris for around 10 days.
    Problem is we did a big Eurotrip (not including France) last year so we will be doing Paris on a tight budget. Could you recommend any real finds you came across and affordable eats? The things you did that you probably wouldn’t have done if you had known what to expect…and any areas that you feel were interesting to stroll around.
    I have tried researching this and most posts are years old 😦
    Hoping you can help.
    Cheers
    Claudie from Australia 🙂

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