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  • 26. Maps

    Paris is full of hidden gardens and rooftop terraces that give the residents a lovely place to relax and to peacefully enjoy the views below in this grand metropolitian city. Several times I had the...

  • 27. Paris Plage

    Well, at least the mayor of Paris, Bertrand Delanoë, is hoping it will become a local custom. The banks of the Seine are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, so they have removed the highway along the river...

  • 28. Boules - Petanque

    I think this is basically a French game but with obvious variations in other places. It is like a form of bowling except you can toss the ball a long way if you want. I think the guy on the right (in...

  • 29. Museum Tips

    I booked this trip just a couple of weeks short of my niece's 18 birthday and it ended up saving me quite a bit of money, everything we did except the boat ride on the Seine was free for children...

  • 30. Montmartre & Sacre Coeur

    In many areas of Paris you will find "street artists", but especially in Montmartre! Monmartre is known as an artists' community and you'll have plenty of opportunities to have a painting done of you...

  • 31. Grafitti

    We thought there was a lot of this stuff on the Metro and on the railway sides coming into Gare du Nord. It seems there is a challenge amongst the individuals who spray it to try to reach the most...

  • 32. Bird Feeding

    Honestly we expected to see much more pigeons in Paris. We had stereotype "Paris, the city of love, lights, cafes, and… pigeons"... Later we found out that "Paris is installing pigeon lofts...

  • 33. Opéra Garnier

    The opulent Opéra de Paris Garnier was designed by Charles Garnier for Emperor Napoleon III. It is the most important symbol of the 19th century Second Empire baroque style. Construction of the opera...

  • 34. Electronics

    Electricity in France is 220V at 50 Hz. Most laptop computer and digital camera power supplies can function on this power and at most you'll need a mechanical adaptor. Business hotel rooms often are...

  • 35. Size Matters

    A word to the wise: unless you are in an international chain like the Hilton or Sofitel, you may find French hotels a tad small. That's normal: there's less space in Europe and space is considered...

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One key to a wonderful visit to Paris is to recognize that that the French formality is cultural, rather than a coolness towards outsiders. "La Politesse" is an important ingredient in keeping...

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