Handy Tips to Visit Paris for a first timer
I never followed any tips to visit Paris, but I do wish I had. With some forethought and perfect planning, your trip could be a roaring success. Paris is a huge, stunning, historically and culturally rich, and could be daunting for a first-time visitor. The City of Lights is like a giant magnet pulling you towards it.
- Book an apartment through Airbnb. Ours was just a few feet away from the metro stop and walking distance from the Eiffel Tower. You get the feel of a local and experience Paris as a local would. You can cook your own food and save money. Apartments are usually much cheaper than a hotel in the same area. You will find clean and comfortable accommodation.
- Be polite and learn a few necessary words of French, and you will find that most Parisians are very nice.
- Paris is the glamour and fashion capital so it is advisable to make an effort to dress up rather than roam around in sweatpants and flip-flops.
- Long queues are there for tickets to the top of the Eiffel Tower. If you just want to enjoy the immense watching the immense Tower then laze around on the grass and just keep looking at it.
- If you are looking for any help then smile, say “Bonjour” and you’ll get a positive response. In Paris, it’s mandatory to say “Bonjour Madame/Monsieur” when you enter a shop or even a restaurant, and “Merci Madame/Monsieur” when you leave.
- The Metro is remarkably easy to follow and is well-connected. After one trip itself you’ll be amazed at how quickly you’ve figured exactly how to get anywhere in the city. Buy a carnet of 10-tickets when taking the metro in Paris as it is the cheapest way to commute.
- Food is abundant at every corner food stall and even most restaurants even the high-end places have fixed-priced menus that are quite affordable.
- Discount cards like the Paris Museum Pass, bus or boat tours and using public transport could make you a smart tourist. Instead of buying tickets only to the Louvre, like we did, buy a combo ticket with entry to three museums.
- Beware of pickpockets and swindlers. Don’t place any money or wallets in your pockets. You will become an easy target. Be on guard about your cell phones and cameras. We were approached by girls and boys with petitions to sign, you should just ignore them.
- If you cannot spend at the designer stores it is ok, make a trip to the Paris flea market– and come away with a couple of surprising treasures in the process.
- Art lover of not, The Louvre takes hours to explore and so does Versailles.
- The Notre Dame Cathedral is free and so is walking along the scenic Seine.
If you are visiting Paris for the first time then these tips should be a real help. If you have any to share please do so in the comments and I will add them to the list.