Page created: May 7, 1999
Paris in the Spring? Well, it’s not quite the same
as seeing it in Fall, when the Paris
Auto Show comes rolling along, but it will do for now.
There are rumours that the only reason I wanted to go to Paris
was to take a picture of my car in front of the Eiffel
Tower, or to film a sequel to that car/love story flick by
Rendezvous (Rendezvous II:
Drive Hard with a Vengeance!). All I can say is, “no comment.”
There’s so much in Paris that I’m only putting in a few things
that I feel like putting in. If you would like to see more things,
and I’ll see
what I have. My Travel Tips are down
here somewhere near the bottom.
Arguably one of the most famous streets in the
world, the Champs Élysées is almost magic at night.
Remarkably, I wasn’t hit as I took this picture from the middle
of the street looking towards the Arc de Triomphe. I’ve only
walked here at night, so I don’t know what it’s like in the daytime.
However, I would definitely recommend a night walk.
On one end of
the Champs Élysées is the Arc de Triomphe, and
on the other is the obelisk (Obélisque) at Place de la
Concorde, which you can see here with the Eiffel Tower in the
Here are a few suggestions that I have when visiting Paris:
- Buy a travel guide (preferably in your native tongue)
- You can easily spend several days if you want to see everything.
- You can walk to many of the places, as they are close together.
If you’re American and not used to walking (like me), I recommend lots
of practice before hand.
- If you don’t already know French, learn the words for foods
in restaurants first.
- The Louvre requires at least an entire day, if you want to
see most of it.
- Some museums are closed on Mondays. Some close on Tuesdays.
Find out which if you plan on being there these two days.
- Don’t drive in the city if you can help it. If you do drive:
- Traffic circles are free-for-alls. Good luck.
- Keep an eye out for motorcycles -- they like to ride (quickly)
between cars in traffic.
- Bring a book for reading in traffic jams.
- Do drive in the French countryside. The roads other than
the Autoroute are pretty scenic, and there’s no toll.
- Buy a “carnet” for the Metro -- it’s a subway ticket
pack of ten. This is one of the best ways to get around in Paris.
- Make sure the tickets are not used!
- There’s a train to Versailles. I have no idea about it, and
don’t ask me (that’s why you bought the travel guide, eh?)
- We didn’t have any problems with crime in Paris, but it is
a large city, and I have heard stories from other friends. Be
- Throwing pennies or para-sailing off the Eiffel Tower is
- You can eat in fancy restaurants, or save a bunch of francs
by eating in bistros and cafés and be just as full.
- You may want to save some of your money as souvenir trinkets.
The Euro dollar
is coming soon, and traditional national currency (like the French franc)
will be going away.
- Try to see something outside of Paris if you can (and not