- Time Zone: CEST (Central European Summer Time)
- Currency: Euro (EUR)
- Electricity & Internet: Voltage: 220 -240 volts. Primary socket type – Europlug, Schuko. Internet is available in the hotels and some areas of Paris.
- Language: French is the official language in Paris. However, only handful of people speaks English.
- The most important emergency number: 112
- Medical emergency: 15
- Police: 17
- Fire brigade: 18
- Social emergency: 115
- Abused children: 119
- Missing children: 116000
- For emergency calls for deaf and people with hearing problems: 114
- Exploring the city on foot is considered as an ideal option to explore Paris. Local markets are a great way to rub shoulders with the locals, as are some of the more obscure attractions. Try the airplane museum at Le Bourget, or a tour of the fantastic Stade de France. Take a walking ghost tour of Montmartre or a bus trip to Versailles for some great sights away from the crowds. Check out all the Paris tours that suites your interest.
- Service charges are already added in the restaurant bills. However, extra tips are accepted if you are satisfied with the service.
- Check the taxi price beforehand from the hotel so that you don’t end up paying more. In Montmartre, watch out for the Africans who will try and have you fall into a trap or two by tying bracelets around your arm and then charging you €20 for the pleasure. Around the Eiffel tower, make sure not to donate any money to the poor, deaf children who will approach you with a sheet of paper detailing their plight. They’re not deaf, and if you feel a pull on your conscience, better donate to a registered charity.
- Make sure you say bonjour (or bon soir) on most occasions – from entering a shop to a lift or even to a room full of people. If it is you entering the room/shop/bar/lift make sure you’re the one doing the ‘bonjour-ing’. Don’t expect the waiter in restaurants to be all over you, asking how the meal is and checking up every ten minutes. You’ll be left alone to enjoy your meal.
- Instead of spending money in expensive restaurants, you can opt for local fromageries for grabbing a small bite.
- Instead of climbing till the top of Eiffel tower, you can enjoy the great view from the first floor itself.
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