Seine Cruise, you must take a...
Seine Cruise, you must take a boat through one bridge (pont) to next bridge to experience the different sceneries of both banks (Rive Droite and Rive Gauche) of Seine river either day or night time. Tourists usually back and forth between Tour Eiffel (Eiffel Tower) and Ile de la Cite (Island of Cite). The most famous bridges are Pont Alexandre III, Pont des Arts, and Pont Neuf. The wonderful buildings are Tour Eiffel, Musee du Louvre, and Notre-Dame.
Forget your age and take a...
Forget your age and take a trip to Eurodisney ! I had been to Disneyland, California when I was younger but I found that going to Eurodisney was well worth it. Nothing can compare to this theme park. You completely forget the outside world, feel relaxed... and of course you have a great excuse to act like a kid again.
I did manage to go on all the rides. Making use of the Fastpass was a great way to save time in the queues.
I couldn't resist the temptation to buy a whole lot of Disney merchandise. I only realized how useless most of the items were to me when I got home - but of course they made great gifts for my younger sister and cousins !
take a ride to the top (3rd...
take a ride to the top (3rd level) of the 317 meters high Eiffel Tower! The view from up here is awesome! You can clearly have an unobstructed and outstanding panoramic view, both day and night, of Paris and its surroundings! I believe the ticket to the 3rd level cost 57 francs but if you go at night (towards closing time) @ 10 pm, they will let you in for less than half the price! How do I know? I had to act as tour guide one night and brought my girlfriend (who's on her first visit to Paris) up to the 3rd level... Her reaction? She simply gasped in awe!
MOST IMPORTANTLY: LEARN...
MOST IMPORTANTLY: LEARN ENOUGH FRENCH TO FUNCTION--THIS WILL HELP YOU SO MUCH!
As I am now learning, there is so much to the French culture. For anyone interested in knowing what to be prepared for, here it is:
If you don't understand anything about French culture, some French people may seem rude, careless, annoying, or lecherous.
If you DO understand something about French culture, you will see that French people are different than Americans but that doesn't make them bad or even rude.
There are so many things, but I'll include the most helpful information I've learned (from reading books and experience) since returning to the US, in no particular order.
1) French people don't smile at strangers on the street:
When you try to be friendly in France and smile, you might soon find that no one is smiling back. Evidently, they think smiling makes them (and you) look stupid. And they wonder what you're smiling about, so they automatically distrust you. It's just something you have to get used to.
2) You might find yourself in line at the train station or grocery store when...suddenly...a little old woman cuts in front of you! This happened to me several times during my short stays in Paris and Nice. Unfortunately I didn't know enough French to protest, and I didn't care enough to battle for a place in line. From what I've read, French people
sometimes pride themselves on 'getting around' the system. So I suppose cutting in line is a small victory for an old woman. Again...not a big deal, but it seemed very rude until I understood why someone might do something like that.
3) If a French person corrects your French, you should take it as a compliment. Your first instinct might be to feel indignant or annoyed that someone would critique your French when you tried so hard to communicate. But an attempt to help you with your French shows that they care enough to spend time on you. If they didn't care about you, they would ignore you--the ultimate insult.
4) If you are a woman traveling alone in France, men will probably come up to you. They are never rude or obnoxious--usually they just want to talk with you. The French like to discuss important issues and feel the best way to show other people basic human respect is to engage in conversation. So if someone comes up to you, just be nice and talk with them for a while. You might learn something and you can always make up a story about having a fiancé. I only had one slightly scary experience when some weird guy followed me through the streets of Paris. I tried walking faster, then walking really slow (hoping he'd pass me), then tried continuously looking at him to make him realize that I knew he was following me. Eventually he left me alone, but ladies ALWAYS be aware of your surroundings. This happened in broad daylight!
Cultural Tips: If you plan on doing any e-mailing, ask the Internet café employees if they have English keyboards before you sit down. To an American, the keyboard in France looks all mixed up. The 'm,' 'q,' and several other letters are in different places. This means it will take a lot longer to type out an e-mail, costing you precious francs by the minute!
watching interesting performances
In front of the Georges Pompidou library, you can look the performances that different people make. We saw three or four, with several quality degrees, but almost always friendly.
Al davant de la llibreria Georges Pompidou, podeu mirar les diferents actuacions que els artistes fan. Nosaltres en vam veure tres o quatre, amb iferents graus de qualitat, però gairebé sempre simpàtiques.