Another fabulous advantage: You can speak with the French in their language! No more wishing you could say “I am allergic to nuts” or “Do these boots come wider?” Just pull up your translation app, write, and communicate.
Pack the right clothes, pick a good-value hotel and choose travel dates so you bypass the religious and national holidays when everything everywhere in France is closed.
Get to/from the airports on trains or buses, the cheapest and fastest way to travel.
Download the Metro app—so easy you will never get lost. And there’s another app that puts you in the right Métro car so you get off nearest to your exit or transfer point in the subway system.
Use the easy-to-follow daily planner so you don’t waste a single minute or euro.
Should you buy the MuseumPass, ParisPass, ParisVisite, HopOn/HopOff, NavigoDecouvertWeekyPass, MobilisDailyPass, ParisALaCarte? Ticket guides in Chapters 13/14 show you the best deals for public transportation and attractions.
“What? You Went To Paris And Didn’t See That?” is a list of the must-sees that will ensure you don’t miss any highlights. Link to each Web site for a looksee and you can pick your favorites.
"Is This A Bistro Or What?” takes the guesswork out finding the right place to party, from bargain neighborhood cafes to high-energy bars and clubs to five-star restaurant splurges. The links show you the menus and lets you make reservations without taking an extra step.
Are you a finicky eater? Check out menu items in an online food dictionary.
Crazy for chocolate? Visit the shops that are beyond delicious.
In the “‘Oh La La’ Things To Do” category, indulge in the exotic, such as a visit to an authentic Byzantine mosque where you can sip mint tea in the garden, bathe in warm pools, get a body-smoothing scrub and finish with a soothing massage.
The weather report is yours with the flick of a finger, plus you will find museum hours and current exhibitions—and most important, you’ll see whether there's a notice that says it’s "fermature exceptionelle," which means temporarily closed. No disappointments or time wasted on this trip.
Free concerts, museums, outdoor dancing, karaoke and great people-watching spots fill Chapter 7.
Ready to shop till you drop? It's all here, and it’s arguably the best in the world. From quirky bargains-galore shopping streets, flea markets and designer boutiques to fabulous jewelry and luxury watchbands or to resale shops for fashions at 80% off retail. You'll find the best Paris has to offer at the price you want to pay.
Night owls will dance until the wee hours at top clubs and be guided to the special nighttime bus routes for the ride home, the only public transportation available after midnight on weeknights (1:30AM weekends).
Join the fun crowd. There's the Friday nine-to-midnight bike ride; the Sunday afternoon roller blading tour of Paris; the outdoor group sing on Sunday noon at Square St. Medard, and the every evening people watch on rue de Buci. Equipment you need is available to rent.
There are 20-plus places to take kids and American food restaurants for times they can’t live another day with