France Warnings and Dangers

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France Warnings and Dangers

  • Pick Pockets

    Paris Warnings and Dangers

    My wife and I are experienced travelers but were admittedly lazy about not using money belts this time around to Paris. We were packed into the metro at the Chatelet stop when 3 young (barely teenage) girls squished into the car. One tried to play with our young son – an obvious distraction we missed and only noted in hindsight – while another...

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  • Dangerous Areas

    Nice Warnings and Dangers

    Avoid walking in deserted streets, around the train station area (especially Rue de Belgique). Be warned that if you decide walking along Promenade des Anglais, chances are you'll be approached by a man, especially if you decide resting on a bench/blue chair. He'll start chatting and if you're naive enough ro too chatty, he'll follow you to your...

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  • Beggars & Aggressive Vendors

    Paris Warnings and Dangers

    It's not so common as in other places, but beggars may appear in touristy areas. Sometimes they are pushy, some other they are shy and discreet, and most times they are "professional", taking advantage of the ambiance. Will it be difficult to you to find out why did Victor Hugo come to my mind, when entering Notre-Dame?

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  • Stony beaches

    Nice Warnings and Dangers

    We live in California and we are used to sand on our beaches. Needless to say, the beach at Nice along the famous Promenade des Anglais was a shock the first time we saw it. There is no sand; it is covered with pebbles and stones. The location is great and the weather usually cooperates but if you choose the beach here, take sturdy beach shoes (not...

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  • Safety

    Paris Warnings and Dangers

    JE SUIS CHARLIE! POUR LA LIBERTE D'EXPRESSION TOTALE - FOR TOTAL FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION! ========================= The recent Islamist terrorist attacks against France result in an increased Plan Vigipirate now reaching the level of "Rouge renforcé" (increased Red level). Just before the highest level of "Ecarlate" (crimson red level). Paris...

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  • Pickpockets

    Nice Warnings and Dangers

    last week wallet got stolen while going in a bus from terminal 1 to terminal 2 at Nice airport prior to departure, a place it was least expected. I was checking my boarding pass and the pick pocket took the opportunity to steal the wallet in a fraction of a time. It seems that that the law enforcement is aware of this situation but there are...

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  • Tourists

    Nice Warnings and Dangers

    Nice seemed like a great place to celebrate my 18th with my other two female friends....NOT. Don't get fooled by the overall exterior appearance of Nice. It's a beautiful and vibrant place to visit, but beware of some of the locals, and by that i mean the male locals. During the majority of our trip we were followed by creepy male locals and this...

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  • Métro & Trains

    Paris Warnings and Dangers

    I was in Paris in April 2015 and was stolen when buying metro tickets. This is how it works: you are buying the tickets in the machines and one young boy/girl comes to help you. You can ask them to go away, but they won't. Once you put the money in the slot they get the money and run away, if you are paying with credit card they get the card, and...

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  • Dog Droppings

    Nice Warnings and Dangers

    The Nicois love their little dogs. They cosset them, they dress them in coats in Winter, they walk them constantly, they pop them in shoulder bags on excursions, and those little dogs are very adorable and very fortunate to be so well looked after. They have only one draw back. The gourmet pet food indulgently popped in one end eventually poop out...

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  • Long Lines - Queues

    Paris Warnings and Dangers

    We had planned on visiting the Catacombs on our last day in Paris. Being an unusual attraction (3 out of 5 only knew about it after it was suggested as a place to visit) we naively thought queues would be short or fast moving. As we arrived, the queue ran around the building and didn't move at all in the half hour we were there. Chatting to people...

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  • Toilets

    Paris Warnings and Dangers

    I was walking around the Opera district on a Sunday morning, I had gotten up early, had a bite to eat and set out. I hadn't thought to make sure i had some change in my pocket,after all it seems I am constantly trying to get rid of small coins I always seem to end up with..alas all i had was relatively large bills. So I start hearing nature's call,...

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  • Driving & Drivers

    Paris Warnings and Dangers

    Despite all the efforts that have been made in recent years to reduce motor traffic and re-allocate urban space, the sad fact of the matter is that Paris still has a huge car problem. Here we are a dozen years into the 21st century, and people are still storming through the streets in their pollution machines as though they were back in the 1960s...

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  • The Gold Ring Scam

    Paris Warnings and Dangers

    Paris is no better or worse than any other large city when it comes to pickpockets and scams, they do exist so don't make yourself a target. Keep an eye on your valuables when riding the metro and if you are standing, keep a hand on your wallet/purse. Don't leave your purse on the floor or on the back of a chair at a restaurant. I'm always shocked...

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  • Taxis

    Paris Warnings and Dangers

    Taxi drivers absolutely hate taking you to a hotel at the La Defense complex. There are a number of hotels here, some brands (such as Mercure or Sofitel) having more than one establishment As far as I could work out, as La Defense lies beyond the central area it is not included in whatever passes as exams for Parisien taxi drivers. The other...

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  • Parlez-Vous Anglais?

    Paris Warnings and Dangers

    The sterotype of rude Parisians is just not true if you try and use a little French. I only speak a rudimentary amount but I did try to speak French first. In almost all cases I was rewarded with a Parisian who spoke better English. The most useful phrase I mastered was, "Pardon, non parlez Francais. Parlez vous Anglais?" That opened a a lot of...

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  • Pick Pockets on the Metro

    Paris Warnings and Dangers

    Dear all, Today i have returned from what was supposed to be my dream trip to paris...and it was, except for this last day. As most of you i got pickpoketed....when...have no idea. Me and my fiance spent some amazing three days without any significant events as dangerous. I have to vonfess that i am Romanian but not roma,gypsy or what you call...

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  • Food

    Paris Warnings and Dangers

    When traveling in Paris it would be wise to bring your own bottled water if possible. Soft drinks and water are expensive, often costing 5euro per bottle. Having spent a fortune to stay hydrated while touring I wish I'd thought to bring some.

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  • Walking

    Paris Warnings and Dangers

    Versailles is very big, so, be prepared to a long walk. Either inside or outside, the distances are big, and if you go to the gardens (of course, you will!) the distances are counted in kilometers. There's a small train, and believe me, at least for who was coming directly from America, without sleeping and with jet-lag, it was a blessing.

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  • Dog Souvenirs

    Paris Warnings and Dangers

    If you have a dog in Paris, you'd better clean up after it, otherwise they'll fine you 183 Euros (if they catch you). This poster on the garbage truck reads: "Pas de ça chez vous? Paris c'est chez vous!" Meaning: None of that in your home? Paris is your home! Second photo: Another poster on a garbage truck, February 2011. This one reads:...

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  • Money Matters

    Paris Warnings and Dangers

    Common sense Acommon Travel rules as to where ever you go. #1. Don't go where you shouldn't go. #2. Follow the rule of law in the country that you reside. #3. Adhere to the rule of law from your home country. #4. Respect and "pre-" read up on the culture(s). #5. Gain some familiarity with the country's national language prior to your trip. #6....

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  • Labor Strikes - Greves

    Paris Warnings and Dangers

    Mrs Thatcher would be turning in her grave with the power that the public service unions exert in Paris. Barely a month seems to go by without one group or another airing their greivances in public. A good strike should consist of a bunch of men standing around a warming brazier and shouting 'SCAB' at the the strike breakers. Strikes in Paris are...

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  • Cameras & Photography

    Paris Warnings and Dangers

    Visiting churches is one of the absolute highlights of a trip to Europe, and provides a fascinating insight into the culture which has shaped European cultures of the past couple of millenia. Unlike some other religions - where access to places of worship may be restricted to members of that religious group or a specific gender - the vast majority...

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  • Unpredictable Weather

    Paris Warnings and Dangers

    I use to say that the only city in Europe that challenges Lisbon's light is Paris. Tuileries, in summer, is one of the best places for that light to glow, and that's precisely the reason why it becomes so depressive in winter, at least to who is expecting its colours and brights.

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  • Pharmacies

    Paris Warnings and Dangers

    The majority of pharmacies in Paris are not open 7 days a week/ 24 hours a day. Its good to know which are open, however, should you run into any emergencies. *Pharmacie des Champs 84, Avenue des Champs Elysees 75008 Paris 01.45.62.02.41 metro: Charles de Gaulle-Etoile, George V Pharmacie de la Poste Maareck 26, rue de Paris 93100...

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  • Medical Emergencies

    If you're from the USA, you're used to the 911 emergency number. The emergency medical number in France is 15. There is also a general European emergency phone number of 112 and you might want to program these into your phone before you go. The 15 is for medical emergencies. If you need police or fire personnel, there are different numbers. These...

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  • NARROW ROADS

    Thank-goodness we hired a small car for our tour of France. I would suggest you to do the same if you are going to drive through the small country villages.A lot of these Villages are very old, dating back to the days of cobblestone roads, and narrow streets made for Horse & cart, not for motor cars.It was quite scary in some towns, sharp corners,...

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  • Security on Road Trips in France

    The advice given below applies to all parts of France not just the "south".Recently, I have heard tales of woe from 2 couples with whom I'm acquainted who lost all of their luggage from locked hire vehicles in Southern France. They were left with the clothes in which they stood. Imagine being left on vacation with nothing except maybe just your...

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  • Confusing Duplicated Place Names

    Elsewhere in my France generic pages I have encouraged readers to be aware of the names of Departments of France if only to help decode the multiple places all with the same name. (see "things to do" - 'visit Villages Chic').Some may have the Department name appended to differentiate from similar named places. eg: "Aix en Provence". More often than...

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  • Foreign Currency Exchange

    The currency converter page that I normally use on Oanda is http://www.oanda.com/currency/converter/ but I wouldn't simply use the default INTERBANK rate. Consumers don't get this rate (even border crossings and tax-collectors WILL use it for tax and duty purposes). Click on the drop down and select "INTERBANK +/- 2% (Typical ATM rate)". Then. be...

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  • Avoid ATM / Bank Machine Service Charges

    Global ATM / Bank Machine Networks such as PLUS or CIRRUS (found at most banks around the world) already charge a fee (about US$5) for using their network. One of the ways to avoid THESE charges, you can open a HOME bank account with one of the banks in the GLOBAL ATM ALLIANCE. Then, when you travel you can withdraw WITHOUT a network fee at one of...

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  • Be Watchful. You Drive Your Own Issues

    Common sense Acommon Travel rules as to where ever you go.#1. Don't go where you shouldn't go.#2. Follow the rule of law in the country that you reside.#3. Adhere to the rule of law from your home country.#4. Respect and "pre-" read up on the culture(s).#5. Gain some familiarity with the country's national language prior to your trip.#6. Practice...

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  • BE WARNED

    Hi Have just returned from a day trip to France and Belgium. This is something we do 4 or 5 times every year (usually without any problems), to stock up on wine, beer, cigarettes and tobacco etc and despite taking every precaution we had our goods stolen from our car. After landing in France, thought the Channel Tunnel, we drove up the coast to...

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  • Beware when you book a room !

    The French seem to be particularly keen to make sure a new 'law' is followed when you book a hotel room. Although I failed to get to the legal basis of it all it seems that unless a room is designated as a 'quad' then the maximum number of people in a room is three. I had presumed that a baby would not count it such a situation - but they do, even...

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  • DEATH AT THE EIFFEL TOWER !

    WHAT THE TOURIST AUTHORITIES DO NOT WANT YOU TO READ !Just to put it into perspective, you can find this quote all over the internet – “The Société de la Tour Eiffel has indicated that there have been only 349 successful suicides from the tower.” Wow. What a success. I don’t think so. This structure has been plagued by death since before it was...

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  • Beware of Anywhere Anytime France Rail...

    The Anywhere anytime France Pass looks good on paper, but what is not apparent in it's description is the fact that one needs to travel with their own computer as reservations can only be made, cancelled, or rescheduled on-line by computer, additionally, tickets may be printed only by kiosk at the train station. I missed my first train because I...

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  • France Has No Autobahn!

    There is no speed limit on many parts of the Autobahn in Germany. This tip however is about France - which has NO open limit highways. If you get caught speeding, be prepared to be stopped, questioned for a half hour, and probably yelled at. Also be prepared to pull out your Visa card and pay your (HEFTY) fine right there on the side of the highway...

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  • Planigo Stole My Money

    In August this year I booked a hotel room in France with Planigo, who were offering a competitve rate for the hotel I wished to stay at. The final amount for the nights booked was stated and I entered my credit card details. After the transaction was completed I noticed an extra 7.68 Euro had been added to the total and debited against my credit...

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  • love or hate no inbetween

    drop london or paris and use that time in some of the other places on your list. you can always do a 8 to 16 day trip of paris and london some other time.plus you and your son may turn out like many people that either hate or love paris no inbetween or hate or love london, no inbetween.for some two days in london or paris is one day two long while...

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  • Gypsies/beggars

    Gypsies and beggars are common in Paris, they often are barefoot, with small children and babies, and they will beg in multiple languages. They even teach their children to beg. They will beg anywhere tourists go, and they may just swear at you in French if you look like you're not poor. Many of them make a good living begging and are not living in...

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  • Subway pickpockets

    While riding the subway in Paris last May, my wife and I decided to visit the Louvre on a Sunday morning. We were waiting for the train and a group of young girls came up behind us on the platform. One young lade rudely pushed in front of us just as the train was arriving. As we stepped on the train, I went to the side opposite the door to allow...

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  • DON’T PHOTOGRAPH THE POLICE

    You would be wise to avoid photographing police officers of the two national general-purpose law enforcement agencies in France:The Police Nationale (civilian force; primary responsibility in urban areas; run under the Ministry of the Interior)The Gendarmerie Nationale (military force; primary responsibility in rural areas and military...

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  • Weather forecasts (Méteo)

    France is a big country and the weather can differ from region to region. Here's a link that can tell you all about weather for different regions and cities.

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  • Up yours!

    I wasn't sure wether to put this under, 'warnings and dangers', or under 'local customs'?, anyway, I settled for warnings and dangers.I believe in, "When in Rome, do as the Romans do," and as I am not any kind of Wallflower or shrinking Violet, I'd never let anyone get the better of me; I would always show them that they had pissed me off. In...

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  • Cobblestones!

    Nah, I aint swearing at you, honest! Most of the streets when I was in Calais were paved with those awful rounded cobblestones, you know, the ones that look like hard boiled eggs laid on their sides. No matter what you wear on your feet, those bloody things are really awkward to walk on and hurt your feet and ankles!

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  • Brasserie or restaurant. The difference.

    In a restaurant you are expected to order a full meal (minimal 2 courses) and only during general lunch/dinner hours (see previous warning tip 'Eating hours')If you eat at odd hours or don't want a full meal, try a brasserie or café or a salon de thé.

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