Practical

Practical information, tips & advice to make your stay in Paris a good one.

The Eiffel Tower without a queu

If you like a more leisure way of admiring the Eiffel Tower,  book a table at Les Ombres, the rooftop restaurant of the Musée du Quai Branly. The restaurant has a glass ceiling. So while dining on French classics such as foie gras, oysters, and grilled steak, you can admire the beauty and architecture of [...] (Read more)

Cars that ate Paris are given the boot

By H.Samuel  in the Sydney Morning Herald 17-18 April 2010 out of the Telegraph, London
Roads along the Seine are to be closed after 43 years in an attempt to return the backs to their ” former beauty”.
The roads were built by Georges Pompidou as part of his great “expressway program”. Up to 70000 cars a [...] (Read more)

Etiquette in Paris: 15 Things Every Visitor Should Know

Read at the Frommer’s travelblog last month :
Language
One of the best ways to avoid being a stranger is to learn a little of the local language.
The French may appear prickly at first to English-speaking visitors, but it usually helps if you make an effort to speak a little French. A simple, friendly bonjour (hello) will [...] (Read more)

Etiquette in Paris: 15 Things Every Visitor Should Know

Read at the Frommer’s travelblog last month :
Out on the Town
When visiting a French home, don’t expect to be invited into the kitchen or to take a house tour. The French have a very definite sense of personal space, and you’ll be escorted to what are considered the guest areas. If you’re invited to dinner, [...] (Read more)

Etiquette in Paris: 15 Things Every Visitor Should Know

Read at the Frommer’s travelblog last month :
Greetings
When meeting someone for the first time, whether in a social or a professional setting, it’s appropriate to shake hands.
Other than that, the French like to kiss.
For the Parisians, it’s two bisous, which are more like air kisses with your cheeks touching lightly?don’t actually smack your lips onto [...] (Read more)

Etiquette in Paris: 15 Things Every Visitor Should Know

Read at the Frommer’s travelblog last month :
Customs
The French like to look at people?that’s half the point of cafés and fashion, so get used to being looked at; it’s as natural here as breathing. They’ll look at your shoes or your watch, check out what you’re wearing or reading.
What they will not do is maintain [...] (Read more)

Some museums are closed due to renovation

Due to big renovations Picasso Museum will be closed until 2012.
Musée du Luxembourg will also be renovating from Jan 2010 until 2011.
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13 tips for visiting a Parisian boulangerie : 13

In the premier issue of the new travel magazine AFAR I found an article on the French artisan bread in which the author learns the secret of artisan bread in the 9th Arr. at Delmontel (Rue des Martyrs : at the end of Av Trudaine, around the corner of the Montmartre Studio Loft).
At the end [...] (Read more)

13 tips for visiting a Parisian boulangerie : 12

In the premier issue of the new travel magazine AFAR I found an article on the French artisan bread in which the author learns the secret of artisan bread in the 9th Arr. at Delmontel (Rue des Martyrs : at the end of Av Trudaine, around the corner of the Montmartre Studio Loft).
At the end [...] (Read more)

13 tips for visiting a Parisian boulangerie : 11

In the premier issue of the new travel magazine AFAR I found an article on the French artisan bread in which the author learns the secret of artisan bread in the 9th Arr. at Delmontel (Rue des Martyrs : at the end of Av Trudaine, around the corner of the Montmartre Studio Loft).
At the end [...] (Read more)

13 tips for visiting a Parisian boulangerie : 10

In the premier issue of the new travel magazine AFAR I found an article on the French artisan bread in which the author learns the secret of artisan bread in the 9th Arr. at Delmontel (Rue des Martyrs : at the end of Av Trudaine, around the corner of the Montmartre Studio Loft).
At the end [...] (Read more)

13 tips for visiting a Parisian boulangerie : 9

 
Shop during the weekend for speciality breads such as kugelhopf of large sugared brioches.
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13 tips for visiting a Parisian boulangerie : 8

While salespeople don’t allow customers to dither over bread, feel free to take your time and ask questions about the more costly cakes and fruit tarts.
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13 tips for visiting a Parisian boulangerie : 7

Whole grain bread, tourtes (meat pies) and miches ( round white loaves) are often sold by weight, so you can either specify a quantity in grams or simply ask for une demi ( half) or un quart (quarter)
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13 tips for visiting a Parisian boulangerie : 6

Depending on your preference, ask for a baguette that’s bien cuite (well cooked and crusty) or pas trop cuite (soft and slightly doughy on the inside)
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13 tips for visiting a Parisian boulangerie : 5

If you’re eating alone, ask for a half-size demi-baguette
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13 tips for visiting a Parisian boulangerie : 4

 
Specify sliced or not sliced: trancé or pas trancé
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13 tips for visiting a Parisian boulangerie : 3

 
Don’t fumble with excessive questions in bad French. If you can, listen as the people in line ahead of you order and borrow a phrase or two.
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13 tips for visiting a Parisian boulangerie : 2

Pay with coins or small denomination notes – unless you’re spending 20 Euros or more.
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13 Tips for visiting a Parisian Boulangerie : 1

In the premier issue of the new travel magazine AFAR I found an article on the French artisan bread in which the author learns the secret of artisan bread in the 9th Arr. at Delmontel (Rue des Martyrs : at the end of Av Trudaine, around the corner of the Montmartre Studio Loft). 
At the end [...] (Read more)

Avoid queuing for major expositions and museums

When you like going to expositions without the waitingline, just take your ticket in advance at the FNAC store.

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Avoid queuing for major expositions and museums

Two hour queuing for major expositions in Paris is not an exception (Read more)

Business à table

Everything is changing, including the rules of business entertaining, a few tips to avoid blotting your copy book. (Read more)

Navigo - Paris transport ticket

RATP's Navigo 'ticket' transport in Paris and the Ile de France
By Linda Thalman
http://www.parisinsites.com/

For Parisians there is a new transport 'ticket' called Navigo. And, according to the web site, "Pour tous, utilisable immédiatement" you can use the Navigo Découverte... for 5 euros.

If I understand the web site and information in the press, this is a more technically sophisticated 'ticket' - with an electronic chip integrated into it - than the 'carte orange'. You pay for the zones you need either weekly or monthly rates and it can also be used for the velib bikes in Paris.

RATP web site: http://www.ratp.fr/
Site in French, English, German, Dutch and Spanish. (Read more)

New Shuttle Service

Shuttle from and to CDG (Read more)

Parking

Parking