what kind of coke are we buying?
one thing i learned in paris, and in other countries throughtout europe, is that coca cola is expensive. i wish i could remember the name of the cafe we ate at, but our food alone came to 24 euro, our one glass of coke (it was big, but still) came to 12.50 each. i learned the hard way in venice as well but thats a different story...
moral of the story is, to always check the price of the soft drink, and be careful when it come to refills...
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Useful phone numbers
The most common European emergency number 112 (following Directive 2002/22/EC: Universal Service Directive) and also standard on GSM mobile phones. 112 is used in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Republic of Macedonia, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine and the United Kingdom in addition to their other emergency numbers.
Here are some useful phone numbers that you might need while in France:
Hospital-based Ambulance (SAMU): 15
Fire Service-based Ambulance: 18
Fire: 18, 112 calls are answered by 15 or 18 dispatchers, depending on the caller's location. 115 for homeless.
Red Light !!!
Even if Paris will not host the 2012 Olympic games, nobody in Paris will ever forget all the fancy shows that have dotted the main areas of the city... A lot less fancy : nobody will forget the bombs in London, the city that has been chosen to host the olympics...
See the world go by
No Parisian experience would be complete without taking some time to sit down and to spend - at least some minutes - dreaming, looking at the passers by, reading, relaxing...
Wherever you are - even if it is not at a cafe terrasse, you will find an hospitable bench waiting for you.
Do like the locals (including the pigeons), slow down, sit down and open your eyes - no need to DO something - just see the world go by !
Another thing i noticed, and it shouldn't be too surprising in such a fashion-conscious city as Paris, were all the fur coats (real & faux) I noticed this winter. Normally, I suppose you'd expect to see them in the ritzier parts of town such as the 16th, 7th or 8th arrondissements (particularly around and about the Champs Elysees) but these beauties were noted around the Place de la Bastille. Perhaps they were tourists, perhaps natives - who can tell?
Photos: February 2006