The central pond of the Luxembourg Garden is where budding sailors and pirates meet to race wooden model ships. A few people bring their own toys, but most rent traditional sail boats from the mysterious man. He appears every spring and disappears as the cold weather sets in.
Public transport and the Paris Métro are the easiest ways to get around Paris. The Paris Métro is not always underground, it offers some scenic views of the city's most popular neighbourhoods. For sightseeing, Métro Line 6 provides some of the best opportunities for exploring the variety of villages that Paris offers. Route from [...]
We Parisians usually have our Pass Navigo, a magnetic card on which we charge weekly, monthly or annual transport passes for certain travel zones. Paris is zones 1 and 2. The Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport is in zone 5.
For parents with kids, wheelchair users, folks who can’t walk well: the first Paris métro lines date back to 1900, and most staircases are not doubled with escalators. There are escalators and lifts at certain stations that are very deep (Abbesses, Cité…), at most RER stations (this is good when you are coming from the [...]
Buses and trams run with the same tickets as the Paris métro and RER. You can change buses once with the same ticket, but you can’t take the métro AND the bus on the same trip using the same ticket…
Plot your journey on the métro map before going through the gates (pocket map available at the counter, or check out the network map on the wall before the ticket gates). Find your starting point and your final point.
You’ve made it! Welcome to the capital of France. If you’re from London, New York or Tokyo or any other large cosmopolitan city, you’ll feel right at home with our tips and travel advice. Paris is mix of people from around the globe, wherever you’re from, you’re likely to find people from your own part of the world in Paris.
Eating out in Paris is no longer cheap... well it's never been cheap but the locals can still find places where a beer is just a euro, or a plat du jour, dish of day, is still under ten euros. It's harder, but it's still possible, even in the Latin Quarter. The plat du jour should be beyond the standard steak frites (steak and fries), and offer some more sophisticated dishes such as coq au vin or cassoulet.
As a visitor to our wonderful, but expensive city, you are going to have to pay dearly for accommodation, just like the rest of us... Our hotel picks focus on the Latin Quarter and Saint Germain. The V and VI quarters (cinquième and sixième) are prized residential areas, but a fair number of students also hang around because of the high concentration of universities.
La Cité de la Musique (the City of Music) is yet another Grand Projet (Great Project) that fits perfectly within France's tradition of building massive state sponsored cultural landmarks. Unless you are tone deaf, you will find something to like at this sprawling complex inaugurated in 1995 and still expanding at the edge of the City of Paris.