Paris, France Tips


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Next week will be my first time to visit France! I am going to be the Keynote speaker for the LeWeb Conference. There are over 1800 people registered for this particular conference, and the speaker lineup is astounding. I am honored to have been asked to speak at LeWeb – but I’m nervous, as well!

As I said, I’ve never been to France. I also don’t really speak a single word of French! I feel overwhelmed at the thought of trying to get around. I feel lost already, trying to figure out where I should go, what I should see, and what I need to do!

What suggestions do you have? I’ve already gotten several good ideas. Keep them coming!

If you’ve never been to Paris, what would you want to do if you were to get to go?!

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6 thoughts on “Paris, France Tips”

  1. Versaille’s Castle
    A mythic place where one of our famous king lived {Louis XIV}.

    Montparnasse Tower
    Far from being as beautiful as the Eiffel Tower, but nice pov when you’re on the top.

    Les Invalides
    Napoleon now lives here 😉
    Beautiful monument, nice piece of art… near Eiffel Towel.

    Espace Pompidou (art)
    Modern art !
    Beware, employees are on strike for now.

    Walk to :
    Saint-Germain des Prés, Saint-Michel, Odéon, Panthéon, Jardin du Luxembourg, and of course: Notre-Dame !
    This is a great area to discover Paris.

    Montmartre (great), Pigalle (famous but don’t put it on the top of your td list).

    Les Champs-Elysées (legend inside 😉 and the Arc de Triomphe..

    Paris has some kind of sections called ‘arrondissement’.
    Each has a number.
    Pay attention to the following : 1 to 9.

    Here’s a link for you :
    http://www.parisbalades.com/Autre/defaulte.htm

    About the river ‘la Seine’, you have tourists boats called ‘Bateau mouche’. It could be nice too, but go for a walk. It’s much more interesting.

    Food
    Try to go to one of these ‘Haute Cuisine’ restaurants.
    http://www.paris-best-restaurants.com/haute-cuisine.php

    Guy Savoie. One of the best ever imo.
    Be sure to have many €: about 250/300€ for a single person.
    But you’ll experience something unique.

    Enjoy Paris 🙂

  2. Go to Jim Morrison’s Grave (you can get their by Metro).

    No Museums, because they are on strike right now.

    Eifel tower is exciting and fun.

    Do a survey of the different Men’s washrooms and the mechanics of the ones you see. You’ll understand it once you see a few of them, very…. rustic.

  3. 1. Galeries Lafayette in the Opera district for shopping
    2. Angelina’s just down from the Louvre Museum for some amazing white hot chocolate and other dessert delicacies

  4. I would try to get out to see Versailles. It’s an amazing place, both inside and out.

    Be sure to visit lots of little shops around, the food is excellent, if not a little expensive. When I was there many years ago, I know ice was hard to come by, but you may not need it too much this time of year.

    The Pompidou Center is interesting, and is worth a visit.

    Don’t forget the Arc de Triomphe, it’s another traditional tourist spot, but cool nonetheless.

    Just noticed on some news sites, it looks like there’s a strike going on in Paris (not unusual), but it’s causing a lot of the touristy places to be closed (including the ones above), so good luck!

    One of my fondest memories of Paris was walking with my parents through the streets at night, and finding a little restaurant off the main streets. I still remember being presently surprised by the food, especially the chocolate mousse! Look off the beaten path, it’s sure to be some fun.

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