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    Less is More

    by beachgypsy Updated Mar 30, 2010

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    Luggage and bags: I always take an extra foldable bag. You always come back with more than you left with.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: No matter what they say about not wearing tennis shoes....take them anyway. You absolutely need the MOST comfortable shoes for walking!!!
    A small umbrella is an absolute necessity.
    Color coordinate your wardrobe so that all the tops go with all the bottoms.
    Jeans are fine. Wrinkle resistant fabrics are best. Dress in layers. It may start cool in the morning and warm up during the day.
    If you are going in spring or fall...take something in case it is HOT( like a camisole)...this happened to me twice in May & Sept.and carry it with you everywhere..

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: take tylenol or excedrin with you....some of these type of over the counter meds require prescriptions in France.

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    Essentials for Paris

    by iamjacksgoat Written Jun 12, 2009

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    Luggage and bags: Leave space for souvenirs, very important.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Comfy shoes! Very important. A lot of walking goes on in Paris, and if you wear uncomfortable shoes, you will be sorry.

    Photo Equipment: Bring lots of batteries / your charger / film! You will take tons of pictures. Since I was on a 11-day trip, I chose not to bring along my professional camera. For situations like these, a basic point and shoot camera will do the job. My Canon Powershot took amazing pictures!

    On that note, an electrical adaptor is a must! DO NOT try and plug the wrong type of electrical cords into the walls. Bad. I found a nice adaptor by Lewis N Clark.

    Miscellaneous: Lots of money, of course. You will spend more than you thought. Credit / Debit card users, make sure you call your company to let them know you will be traveling. You don't want your card to be shut off for "identity theft." Also, if you wish to use your cell phone, find a good international plan! AT&T has an add-on that works very well, at a low price.

    Also remember, many of the things you want to bring are unnecessary or can be bought in Paris! Don't sweat packing too much!

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    Don't forget the..

    by Herkbert Updated Oct 12, 2008

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Good comfortable shoes. The only way to really get to see all of Paris is to walk up and down the streets. Not to mention the walking in the museums. Sneakers will definitely set you apart from many other world travelers. A pair of comfortable walking shoes are a better choice.

    Photo Equipment: You can't go to Paris without lots of film or digital memory for your camera. Don't forget that the power is different so you'll need to have a converter so you don't blow out your batteries while recharging them.

    Miscellaneous: A French phrase book. You don't have to speak perfect French to communicate in Paris as many people there speak fluent English. That said, you should still consider learning a few phrases.. hello, please, thank you, etc. If you try, people will be more apt to help!

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    Don't leave for Paris without 'em

    by davequ Updated Mar 27, 2008

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    The joy of French cuisine decoded
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    Luggage and bags: As little and as light as possible, you will be on the move in the most exciting, electrifying city in the world.

    My best purchase was a SMALL, microfiber day-bag with shoulder strap that fit snug under my arm.
    Dave's "girlie-man" bag

    Here went the map, kleenex (see toiletries), guidebook, pen, small digital camera and bottle of water.

    Also a slim money-belt "wallet" that hid under my outer clothes for passport and money/credit cards to frustrate the thieves on the Metro, at Eiffel Tower, Pigalle, and Versailles.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Good professional and broken-in walking shoes (Mephisto, Ecco, Dansko, with arch supports, whatever works for you). Don't underestimate this tip. Your feet will KILL you if you do.

    Also shirts/blouses made with synthetic, wrinkle-resistant fibers. One decent black outfit for the opera, upscale dinners, etc.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Lots of Euro coins for public toilets. Don't leave the hotel without 'em. Put some kleenex in your day bag also for tp.

    Photo Equipment: Hi-res (8Mb or better if possible) digital camera for personal shots, or a good solid 35mm with haze filters & lenses if you're really a serious photog.
    A small portable tripod for night shots is a must unless you have the ability to freeze/turn to stone when you push the shutter - maybe "image stabilization" feature fixes this. Bring/buy beaucoup batteries or a euro rechargables kit
    Also (just my opinion) don't waste valuable film or even finite digital "bits" on digital hand-held shots of the standard tourist spots like the Eiffel tower when you can download better ones anywhere, ... unless being able to "prove" you were there is important to you.

    I buy high quality photos / postcards for the standard places (Eiffel, Arc, etc.)

    My personal photos that I took and share here were of special, personal people, places & moments I don't want to forget.

    When in doubt though, shoot it. It's amazing how much your pix and your journal mean to you a year later.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Don't forget your Metro Map

    Paris Metro Map
    This is for online: Paris Metro Map online
    ask for a petite hard copy "plan de métro" when you buy your first carnet of 10 tickets or carte orange:

    Miscellaneous: Marling Menu Master for France.... menu translator that will liberate you from English-speaking tourist traps and open up the heavenly delight of local cuisine.

    A biggie: I am so glad I remembered to bring & keep a journal:
    I could write feelings, impressions, and info into my journal at night in my hotel room. I forced myself to use it every day.
    It was like gold to me about 6 months after I returned.
    Also: Carry a small writing pad & pen at all times so you can communicate in an emergency: ("Écrivez svp?")

    My favorite Paris Map - Michelin's Paris Plan et Index (resolution 1/10,000)... an excellent waterproof fold-up map with all info and just the right size.

    Last (for now): a small phrase book with survival phrases in French (especially helpful in train stations under moments of stress when you forget all your French).

    Good luck. Au Revoir!

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    you were so right about these shoes...

    by Zanee Updated Jul 17, 2007

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Shoes ! I really can't emphasise enough the importance of comfortable shoes . I don't mean ones that you can walk happily around the shops in for a few hours- though I don't think anything can really prepare you for how much walking you will potentially be doing. I took a pair of tried and tested flat, leather ballet-type pumps. In every day life they are like a second skin - after 14 hours of sight-seeing I don't think the Inquisition could have devised a more excruciating torture devise! Five weeks later I still bear the blood blister on my heel . However the strappy, heeled sandals which I took for evenings were actually wonderfully comfortable for the next four days.

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    bring comfortable shoes

    by 22scootergal Written Jun 25, 2007

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    Luggage and bags: small day pack

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: sturdy comfortable shoes...you will do lots of walking
    I took one pair of comfy running type sneakers and a
    good pair of walking sandals--brand name "Born". I
    had purchased "Clarks" but prior to the trip found them
    uncomfortable. The "Born" sandals were comfortable from
    day one. You can find them on the "Net" I happened to
    find them at TJ Max.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Remember the 3 ounce rule on the airline---its inforced all
    over the US and Europe.
    If you forget somethng there are Pharmacies all over town.

    Photo Equipment: A digital camera is the way to go!

    Miscellaneous: I visited in May---I was glad I brought one lightweight sweater and
    jacket---evenings and early mornings were cool.

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  • jeans and sneakers

    by 65stang Written Apr 16, 2007

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: In spite of what I read on this and other travel sites, jeans and sneakers are everywhere in Paris; however it is true that the European sneakers are not bright white. My daughter (15) and I just returned from 9 days in Paris and sported jeans and white sneakers for the entire trip. Yes, we did look like American tourists. We were American tourists. We had no problems with our style of dress and had fun picking out the other Americans in Paris by their appearance. My tip is don't go buy a whole new wardrobe for your trip to Europe. You won't be the only American there. The best way to see Paris is by walking and by the end of the day, you will be glad you had your bright white sneakers with you.

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    BRING WHAT PARIS DOESN'T HAVE

    by thinking Updated Aug 15, 2006

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    Love this purse!
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    Luggage and bags: Baggalini sells a fold up shopping bag that is lightweight and very useful.
    They also sell a coinpurse with 5 different zippers for all that foreign currency you will be getting.
    I also use their purse which I have included in one of the photos.
    See http://www.baggageforless.com/proddetail.asp?prod=bagWBL149%2D150

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: I bring "Finn Comfort" shoes to walk in. See http://www.finncomfort.com/Contact/index.cfm
    They are comfortable leather shoes, and are handsewn and made in Germany.
    If interested to know more, contact me for advice. I am posting a photo for you too.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Many vitamens here are only by prescripton in addition to 2% VAT taxes.
    Bring the ones you bought on sale in the USA, as they will be much, much cheaper.

    Photo Equipment: All electronic equipment in the USA is cheaper than in France.

    Miscellaneous: If you want to make yourself some guacamole in Paris during your six month vacation, bring your own cans of El Paso chopped jalapeno peppers. Jalapeno peppers are a rarity here, and without that, there will be no guacamole as a welcomed break from all that cheese, wine and baguette.
    Also, if you use sweet pickles or sweet pickle relish in any of your receipes, bring it, as it isn't sold here.
    If you are pregnant and love dill pickles, bring that too! Parisians don't have any of that either.

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  • Comfortable Shoes

    by slogdog Written Jul 5, 2006

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    Luggage and bags: Keep it simple. European cars are small and large american bags are hard to fit in the taxis. You will be charged for extra large or heavy bags. You don't need nearly the amount of stuff you think you do.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Don't worry about what you wear, anything goes in Paris, except some small details. No baggy jeans worn by any of the youth, American women wear far too much makeup and jewelry and spend too much time on their hair.

    Make sure you wear confortable shoes, not white sneakers, but if that is all you have better to be confortable, perhaps shorts if it is really hot. I am 46 and wore shorts and nice shirts and felt at ease.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Band Aids for foot blisters, epson salts to soak your feet at night. Lots of Walking in Paris. Go to the pharmacies in Paris, they are very helpful and knowledgeable, most have english speaking staff members, but you can find all you need, also go to the markets if you need tooth paste or other sundry needs.

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    A comfortable walking shoe is a must!

    by simonli625 Written Jun 14, 2006

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    Luggage and bags: It is much better if your luggage has wheel but definitely I would suggest packing light. It is not fun dragging your luggage along the cobble stone street.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Definitely a comfortable walking shoe. Paris is great for walking around and sight seeing. If you don't have a nice comfortable shoe walking on the cobble stone street, your feet maybe suffering at the end of the day.

    Photo Equipment: A great digital camera with a lot of storage space. There are scenic point everywhere.

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    Suede Boots - oh la la!

    by BeatChick Updated May 7, 2006

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: My observations on what people were wearing:
    real honest-to-god cowboy boots or fashion-statement boots a la Robert Altman’s film Ready to Wear (Pret-a-Porter). Unfortunately, I didn't manage to get any photos of the cowboy boots - pity. As always, you can find boots of all kind during the winter months worn by Parisians. This is what some of the cool suede boots looked like this winter.

    Again, enjoy the "fashion photos"!

    Photos: February 2006

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    Sneakers - a Walker's Friend

    by BeatChick Updated May 7, 2006

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: People are always asking "What are they wearing in Paris?", I suppose this is because they want to fit in. So in response to that I took some "fashion photos" of things that were prevalent in the city. Last trip, I noticed a plethora of what we call "Chucks" or "Chuck Taylors" here in America(for the Chuck Taylor logo on the side), those classic basketball shoes made by Converse, those shoes favored by the punks when they can't afford expensive boots or shoes by Doc Marten.

    I was gratified to see them again in this city along with some brightly colored, very european sneakers. The first 3 photos were taken in the Place de la Bastille, the 4th photo was taken in the Marais. The 5th photo of the 66euro Chucks & 100euro gold Nikes was snapped at Ici Courir on the rue de Rivoli in the Marais, also.

    Photos: February 2006

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    Leather Boots of all Persuasions

    by BeatChick Written May 7, 2006

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    Leather Boots
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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Leather boots are a favorite of women during the winter months as they serve the dual function of keeping feet warm & dry while also looking fashionable. As stated before, this was in response to the age-old question of what they're wearing in Paris. THIS is what they're wearing in Paris. Basically, people seem to wear what they like, the things they feel best express themselves. Thankfully, fashion in Paris is not so rigid that there is a code of what one must wear in order to fit in. But the message stated here is do dress nicely and do dress what pleases you.

    Here they're wearing lace-up boots, buckled boots, funky two-toned boots, boots with skirts, with pants, with capris, jeans tucked in, and even the fashionista pointy-toed ones like I saw on the young pretty Asian woman in the Metro.

    Photos: February 2006

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    Comfortable shoes and a jacket

    by punair Written May 4, 2006

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    Luggage and bags: Travel light for the rooms are small and the elevators are tinier.
    Carry a small travel bag to carry around your cap, water and camera

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Walking shoes for sight seeing and 1 pair of formal shows for evening wear
    Around August-September the weather is pleasant but windy. So definitely carry a jacket. Shorts and light cotton pants would be the best gear for this time of the year

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: There are lots of pharmacies around but you will not recognise any brands that you would typically see in the US. So bring along any medication for known travel related problems.

    Photo Equipment: If you have a digital camera I recommend a tripod and either a BIG memory card or a laptop to store the photos in

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Hat

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    Walking Shoes

    by BeatChick Updated Aug 28, 2005

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    Paris Birkenstocks

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If your feet aren't happy then you aren't happy. So it's a good idea to invest in a really great pair of walking shoes when planning a trip. Don't forget to walk around in your shoes for at least 2 weeks prior to that trip so that your shoes get a chance to form to your feet & your feet get a chance to get used to them.

    Here's a great website for you: www.nordstrom.com
    This should enable you to get an idea of styles and pricing. Prices seem to range from $60 - $200.

    They have the following stylish walking shoes that seem to make the tops of the lists for travelers who plan to walk a great deal while in Europe:
    Aerosoles
    Birkenstocks
    Clarks England
    Easy Spirit
    Ecco (especially the boots)
    Merrell
    Naturalizer
    New Balance
    Rockport
    Steve Madden

    Also excellent choices, although not on the Nordstrom website:
    SAS Free Time
    Mephisto
    Arche

    Photo: August 2005

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