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LUXE CITY GUIDES - PARIS 
The consummately stylish pocket travel guide, packed with astute, opinionated information for the busy and sophisticated visitor. Click the image to go to the LUXE website.
Travel tips
  1. 1.GETTING ALONG WITH THE FRENCH

Despite their reputation, the French are actually friendly and helpful. The key is to understand the simple cultural differences that can lead some to perceive the French as rude. If you go to Paris without learning anything at all about French customs and social behaviours then you will tend to behave in a way that the French perceive as extremely rude and they will reflect that rudeness back, while you have no idea where’s it’s coming from.

The biggest piece of advice we can give is to try to speak French. Speaking English to a Frenchman right off the bat in the assumption that English is spoken by everyone is seen as rude and inconsiderate. Always attempt to speak at least a little token French. ‘Bonjour! Parlez-vous Anglais?’ simply means ‘Hello, do you speak English?’ – this makes a huge difference. You will find the French will suddenly speak fluent English if you show a token effort.


But if you want to learn a little more than ‘Do you speak English?’ and want to learn French FAST we HIGHLY recommend the Michel Thomas audio disks. In fact we swear by it! You will learn to speak French without any

memorizing, writing, homework or even trying for that matter. It’s brilliant! No pressure to learn, just listening and ‘hearing’ what your listening to. Its amazing how it flows in and stays there – the next thing you know your constructing sentences in your head with so much ease it couldn’t possibly be this easy. Michel Thomas’ recordings are a practical and modern method of teaching. Available on Amazon.





HOW TO ORDER COFFEE IN PARIS











 Café (kuh-fay) is plain coffee with nothing added, but is strong as it is brewed like espresso.
 Café au lait (kuh-fay oh-lay) is a popular French coffee style that has been popularized in America. In France, this is simply coffee with steamed milk, and it's almost always wonderful. You will sometimes get the coffee served in one pot or in the cup, and then a pitcher of steamed milk to pour in as you please.
 Café crème (kuh-fay khremm) is, as it sounds, coffee served in a large cup with hot cream.
 Café Décafféiné (kuh-fay day-kah-fay-uhn-ay) is decaffeinated coffee. You will still need to tell them you want milk (lait) or cream (crème) with your coffee.
 Café Noisette (kuh-fay nwah-zett) is espresso with a dash of cream in it. It is called "noisette," French for hazelnut, because of the rich, dark color of the coffee.
 Café Americain (kuh-fay uh-meyhr-uh-kan) is filtered coffee, similar to traditional American coffee.
 Café Léger (kuh-fay lay-zjay) is espresso with double the water.
	
Here are other terms that will come in useful when ordering coffee or visiting a French café:

 Sucre - (soo-khruh) - sugar. Since French coffees are strong you may want to request more, or ask, "Plus de sucre, s'il vous plait," ploo duh soo-khruh, see voo play.)
 Edulcorant - (ay-doohl-co-hrahn) - sweetener
 Chocolat chaud - (shah-ko-lah show - hot chocolate

BEST COFFEE SPOT IN PARIS?
Click here to read David Lebovitz’s recommendations.
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MARKETS OF PARIS
The markets are a great way to see Paris with fresh eyes and to meet the people up close. This pocket book is the ultimate bible for Paris Markets. Carefully categorised into 6 geographical areas, taking you into parts of the city where you may never have been and showing you markets you may never have guessed. Food, Books, Antiquities, Artisinal Crafts. Fashion and more with restaurant recommendations, info on best shopping streets and wine bars thrown in. Also find market buying/browsing tips. Find it on Amazon or the Book Depository 
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PARIS FOR YOU: 
 A guide for discovering Paris district by district. 12 sections
 provide information on Parisian life: culture, shopping, gastronomy, artistic creation, nightlife, parks and gardens. Click the image to see the online version.
PARIS GOURMAND:
Parisian gastronomy in all its diversity! This bilingual guide presents a selection of restaurants and cafes listed according to their location and style: gourmet dining, classic French cooking,
brasseries and bistros, inventive and trendy, world cooking,
everyday food. The guide also presents cabarets, lunch and dinner
cruises, racecourse restaurants, shops and tea rooms, cooking and
wine classes, and some Parisian food markets. click image to see
the digital edition.
PARIS SHOPPING BOOK: 
The bilingual shopping guide with more than 350 addresses of shops, concept stores, flagships, department stores and other
designer haunts. Five shopping itineraries and for each, the
selection of shops is completed by a choice of 4 cultural sites and 6 restaurants, cafes or tea rooms. Also features discount designer
    stores, Click the image below to see the digital edition.


3. VISITING MUSEUMS FOR FREE

Did you know all Museums are FREE on the first Sunday of the month? They are! The Louvre, D'Orsay, Cluny, Picasso, Rodin...all of them! However if your going to the Louvre (and it's not the first Sunday of the month) purchase your entry pass from the Louvre Metro station and there is an entry into the museum here too. This may be better than waiting in line for an hour outside the Pyramid. 




  1. 4.HOW LONG SHOULD I STAY IN PARIS??

Click here to see our advice in our Newsletter




  1. 5.TIPPING TOO MUCH! HOW MUCH DO I TIP IN A CAFE?

Click here to see our advice in our Newsletter




  1. 6.BIKE RIDING BY PARIS VELIB!

Forget the usual modes of transport - metros, buses or cabs especally when the weather is right - and take up bike riding

with Paris Velib. Velib is a clever and virtually free self-service bicycle system, since 2007.

Click here for more information about how to use the Velib               

system as featured in our Newsletter.

















7. TRAVELEX CASH PASSPORT - Click here to read about the prepaid currency card (as featured in our August Newsletter) that works like a regular credit card able to be used at any ATM in Europe. It’s safer and more convenient way to manage and budget your money while travelling.












8. MIXING UP YOUR GREETINGS - How to avoid it!!

    Click here to read about using the correct greetings in           

    French and avoid confusing your ‘TU’ and ‘VOUS.’




2013 NEW PARIS MAP AND METRO MAP 
Download the latest Paris City map-guide 2011-2012 now available online from the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau official website. Full of practical information for discovering Paris and organizing your stay: a large map of the city and a metro map (on the paper version) and 16 sections with information on tourist information points, services, transport, accommodation, eating out, culture, going out, parks and gardens, shopping, business tourism ... not forgetting advice in the event of difficulties. Click the image to be taken to the online PDF for viewing and downloading.
GIG GUIDES
To find out about all concerts, live gigs and shows while you're in Paris, pick up a copy of L'Officiel des Spectacles'  - a weekly gig guide found at most Streetside Newstands, for 0.35euro.
Or the 'Pariscope' for 0.40euro - another guide to help plan your entertainment while in Paris.
These guides are also great resources for movies, theatre shows, kids entertainment and more.
9. BUYING A PHONE/LOCAL SIM CARD IN PARIS
    Visit Le French Mobile - click here  www.lefrenchmobile.com 

You can order a sim card/credit prior to arriving in Paris. It        costs 20euros + includes 15euros credit. You can then top up   
online and even order micro sims for iphone/ipad and dongle's         
for computers...very handy! You can use your own mobile or buy one of there's from 39euroshttp://www.lefrenchmobile.comshapeimage_35_link_0
10. Dining Etiquette Dos and Dont’s in Paris
  Click here to read our tips for dining in a French home, featured in our newsletter.http://us2.campaign-archive1.com/?u=e9b77c70c6a5effde24cca72c&id=d244f82a38&e=shapeimage_37_link_0
Discover your B&Bs Neighbourhood  at Pages Jaunes you can see a map or a photo of your B&B apartment building as well as the entire street, or find out where the boulangeries in your neighborhood are (in french)http://www.pagesjaunes.fr/shapeimage_39_link_0
13. The Art of Speaking / Learning French...

  Click here to read our tips for learning French the hardest and fastest way.http://us2.campaign-archive1.com/?u=e9b77c70c6a5effde24cca72c&id=d244f82a38&e=shapeimage_40_link_0
ACCESSIBLE PARIS VILLE GUIDE: 
    A practical Guide for disabled people!
14. TRAVELLING WITH KIDS
Tips from Carolyn Shonafinger at www.holidaystoeurope.com.au
  
Click here to read tips on What do Do in Paris with the Kids

 Click here for General tips on Travel with Children.http://www.holidaystoeurope.com.auhttp://www.holidaystoeurope.com.au/home/resources/destination-articles/93-family-friendly-holidays-in-parishttp://www.holidaystoeurope.com.au/home/resources/blog/323-travelling-with-children-in-europeshapeimage_44_link_0shapeimage_44_link_1shapeimage_44_link_2
We recommend the 'PARIS BY TRAIN' website for easy to understand instructions for RER trains (reaching Paris from the airport) and Metro lines (suburban network) as well as information and directions for all other modes of transport in and out of Paris. Find Maps, Schedules and Guides! Click herehttp://parisbytrain.com/http://parisbytrain.com/shapeimage_46_link_0shapeimage_46_link_1
iPhone App for Paris Metro
The only Metro app giving the location of all entrances and exits of all metro stations Download it here.http://www.kemtro.com/shapeimage_48_link_0
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