Recent Paris Trip - Tips/Suggestions to share
Just visited Paris for the 1st time over Easter weekend for 4 days.
Instead of writing a book - here are a few tips/suggestions I like to share:
1. RoissyBus from CDG to Opera: we bought ticket using credit card while still inside the secured area of arrival. They charge a little more than the machine in the public terminal area by the bus stop (Terminal 2A, Door 9). Instead of 11.50 it was a little over 12.00 Euro... no biggie, but just a heads up.
RoissyBus has a VERY UNRELIABLE schedule, so don't use it if you have places to be. We stood around forever, with 3 buses driving by high speed before one stopped to pick us up. No idea why.
2. Book of 10 metro tickets - best deal by far. We walked around alot, only used metro to get to far away places. 2 of us, we used 20 tickets for 4 days. 14.50 Euros for 10. The ticket machine is easy to use, but have cash ready since credit card will need PIN# and USA doesn't have PIN# for credit card
3. If you are to visit the Louvre, use the Carrousel entrance (which faces Rue de Rivoli). You can use this entrance even though online pre-purchased ticket says use Pyramid Entrance, which is always a long wait.
4. Don't hold your breath about seeing Mona Lisa - it is very anti-climatic. AND the crowd elbowing each other is insane.
5. Best place to see Eiffel Tower: Trocadero metro station, get out the station and walk around to the viewing spot. It takes your breath away. Then you can walk toward it and take a up close & personal look. You can go through security and get right under it (for free).
6. Definitely visit Montmartre area and Left Bank (Latin Quarter). We enjoyed the free walking tours through Discover Walks Paris (found via TripAdvisor) - I recommend them. I enjoyed the older neighborhoods - shops are more affordable.
7. It is ok to do nothing. We had a little too much fun on our 2nd night, and we barely dragged ourselves out of bed on 3rd day, totally dehydrated. AND we stumbled upon the cutest English tea room inside a bookstore around the corner from our hotel. (FYI - it's inside the WHSmith Books near the Westin)
8. If you are anywhere near a metro that have easy connection to RER B - just take that to/from airport. Quick, painless, on time, and only 10.00 Euro. We left Concorde metro station (Line 1) at around 7:10am, and we were able to board RER B at Chatelet, and we arrived at Terminal 2 in about an hour. And that's on Easter Monday.
9. Enjoy yourself - so what you may be eating at a tourist trap (I'm sure we didn't pick the most authentic restaurants, but we didn't have a bad meal). It's easy to get by using only English, but we said Bonjour and Merci everywhere we went and ate. It's always good to be polite and respectful.
It was a great trip, we did alot for 4 days, we didn't get to do everything I had in mind. So I guess I'll have to visit again!