Paris...you can never get enough of this city! On my last trip I finally visited La Defense!!! I think it is a fabulous structure and a perfect addition to the landscape of Paris! I loved just getting to this building...remember the journey is half the adventure!!!
WiFi: Free Wireless Internet
Most of the central cafés have free wireless internet access. It's called "WiFi" (pronounced "weefee").
Look for the "HotCafé" logo: an e in a circle. Or just ask. But keep in mind that not all waiters are aware of this, you might want to ask the boss.
All of the McDonalds have it. But, rather unexpectedly, Starbucks cafés don't have it yet. Anyway, if you're in Paris, it's nicer to go to a traditional café. Very practical if you want to check your e-mail on your own computer or handheld! Or even check RATP.fr (see my post on the subject).
Passy is an area of Paris (XVIe arrondissement), where our hotel is located . We walked around a lot and do like this nice and quiet area.
Every day we've walked by lively Rue de Passy which is situated just behind the Trocadéro and has boutiques and chain stores along its length. Some of people with ties to Passy:
Honoré de Balzac
Alphonse de Lamartine
Giuseppe Verdi ...
There are no public restrooms like in the US
Public toilets are non existent. Make sure you use them when available like at museums, hotels and restaurants. I was eating at one restaurant and went to use the bathroom but couldn't figure out how to work the door. You needed a token which a sympathetic waiter handed me without my asking. The only problem. There were three: one said "water closet" the other said something like "toilette" and I can't remeber what the third said. I didn't know what to pick and ended up trying the one that said "toilette". I opened the door and saw a hole in the floor and that was it. I didn't even try. I think I was supposed to use the one that said "water closet".
Take some shoes that do not make your feet feel extremely tired: you are likely to walk a lot. Well, with all those sights you just have to take lots of film!!! I would suggest packing at least two cameras, especially in summer. No, it's not that in summer they break down more quickly:))) It is just that you should put different films in them. One should be charged with ISO 200 film - the weather is almost always sunny, so it would be a right idea. And the other is to have ISO 400 (or, even better, ISO 800) film so that you would get good photos inside the Cathedrals and other monuments (or at night) when can not or do not wish to use flash. As for availability, all the photo supplies you might possibly need can be found easily almost anywhere. ATMs and Plastic money: they are the most convenient way to take your money abroad. You get lots of benefits and (almost!!) no problems. You'll get lower exchange rate than if you were to exchane your cash, and you will pay lower commissions than if you came up with a travel cheque. But, above all, you'll get safety: you will not be crying over money lost forever even if your ATM card gets stolen. And, even more than that, you can pay in many shops by a plastic card. So, I am always travelling with my ATM cards in my pocket. And almost anywhere there are plenty of ATM machines. But, however, here are some important rules to keep in mind: 1) Do use Electron/Cirrus/any other debit card for withdrawals, as any other thing will be considered a cash advance, 2)Try to take out money few times but in bigger sums so as not to accumulate fees, 3) If you loose you card call the issuing company immediatley and better call you bank, too, to block the card.