Lido Paris is not a safe place!
We were at Lido on new year`s eve 2007.The show was great, but the night was wasted because our camera with all the pictures of honeymoon was stolen while we were dancing.
It is not the value of the camera but the value of the pictures that was so important for us.
The personnel staff was not helpful,they were only interested to get rid of our complaints.The lido of Paris is not a safe place.Keep your money with you and don`t leave items on your tables.
Dress Code: And they have their own "taxi system" ! To make 1 km 25 euros per person ! We asked for taxi and they sent us to their own system,this is not fair.We are completeley unsatisfied with Lido personnel and managers for their incompetence and their extremely low customer satisfaction.
Canal St. Martin
One of the most beautiful areas in Paris, but also one of the least known, Canal St. Martin is the place to escape the crowds and see some of the real Paris.
The canal was created in the 19th century, at the behest of Napoleon, to provide Parisians with drinking water. For many years this area was run-down but in recent years it has been rediscovered and "gentrified".
A walk along the canal, past the locks, bridges and mini gardens is a lovely way to spent an afternoon.
Hotel de Ville - the City Hall
The Hotel de Ville is one of the most beautiful buildings in Paris, and the square in front of it is the site for numerous events - World Cup matches on a big screen, ice rink in winter, and so on. At night, the lights make it look even better. On important dates, the building is decorated with French flags, or why not, American ones on the 4th of July! And they say the French are hostile towards Americans...
ETIQUETTE ~ The FRENCH Way
Parisians are polite, especially to older people.
In Paris, the difference between getting good and bad service is the difference between a little meek 'politesse' and careless rudeness.
Tone and facial expressions can work wonders.
Maintain composure at all times and act like you mean business; speak softly and politely (do employ the standard "monsieur/madame" and "s'il vous plaît") to Parisians in official positions, especially if they are older than you.
Avoid doing this with Parisians.
Do not assume you can talk your way into something. To the French, conversation, especially 'arguing' is an ART form that has taken centuries to refine.
When the concierge sitting in front of a rack of keys tells you there are no vacancies, or when the maître d' insists that he cannot seat you in a restaurant full of empty tables, move on.
If you are invited to someone's house for lunch or dinner, it is expected of you that you won't come empty-handed.
Wine is a common and perfectly adequate thank-you gift, as is food or flowers.
A word to the wise: unless you're attending a wake, do not bring a bouquet of chrysanthemums; they are a flower of mourning.
There is no assumption in Paris that "the customer is always right," and complaining to managers about poor service is rarely worth your while. Your best bet is to take your business elsewhere.
When engaged in any official process (e.g., opening a bank account, purchasing insurance, etc.), don't fret if you get shuffled from one desk to another or from one phone number to the next.
Hold your ground, patiently explain your situation as many times as necessary, and you will prevail.
WARM CLOTHES FOR WINTER
IF YOU ARE USE TO WARM PLEASANT WINTER THAT ARE NOT TOO COLD...PLEASE FOR YOUR OWN COMFORT.. TAKE SOME REALLY NICE WARM CLOTHING TO PARIS DURING THE WINTER !!!
YOU HAVE TO TAKE PLENTY OF PICTURES ..SO STORE UP AS MUCH FILM OR BATTERIES AS YOU WILL NEED..
TAKE SOME TISSUE ALSO IF YOUR NOSE SEEMS TO BE SNIFLING TO THE BRISK COLD TEMPERTURE .. : ) COMFORTABLE SHOES.. .YOU MAY WALK MORE THAN YOU EXPECTED !!! SOME ASPIRIN.. .IN CASE YOU MISSED TAKING A PICTURE THAT WAS A KEEPER!!! PLENTY OF FILM!!!!! OR /AND PLENTY OF BATTERIES !!!! AND ADAPTER!!!! PLENTY OF SOCKS !!! OR BETTER YET. .SOME REALLY THICK WARM SOCKS !!!! ALSO TRY AND TAKE SOME SUNSHINE WITH YOU !!!