Originally Answered: Any advice for going to Paris, France?
You should have a great time.
In February you should take a raincoat and some shoes that stand up well to water.
Not knowing french shouldn't be an issue, I have been many times and know how to say hello, goodbye, excuse me, thanks, count to ten and my special fods or drinks (the au lait) and have gotten along fine.
Something you can take that is useful is a small book of pictures of things, so you can point to he pcture to get your point across. You can also get the desk clerk to write out things for you.
The metro is easy to use once you get oriented.
My advice is to take clothes suitable for about 40˚ weather with rain.
On your first day there, your primary goal should be to get over jet lag. try to sleep on the plane, and then when you get to Paris, stay wake the first day to get over jet lag. Walk around the area you're staying, or head to the river and walk along it and stop for a coffee at a sidewalk cafe. Find a nearby bakery. Don't do anything that requires any great thinking. Go by the nearest metro and get a map so you can start figuring out the trains, they are your best way around the city.
You can take train into town and then the metro to get to your hotel, but since its your first visit, I'd recommend taking a taxi to your hotel. You'll get to see the city, and you don't have to think much. It may be the scariest car ride you'll ever have. Use your credit card as much as possible, and use it to withdraw cash when you need it, forget traveller's checks.
Get a week metro pass and a weeklong museum pass. Then you can get into the sights at the head of the line, and go back to favorite places whenever you want. It s nice to be able to drop intot the Louvre on the nights it is open and just roam, or visit the Van Gogh room at the D'Orsay when ever you like.
Must sees; Notre Dame, Ste Chappelle, the Louvre, the D'Orsay, the Eiffel tower (Not included in the museum pass), Sacre Couer, Place St Michel
Walk along the Seine.
At the Louvre they have amazing paintings, sculpture and antiquities, if you know what you are interested in it can help you plan your visits. Forget seeing it all, its too big. You can get a museum map and schedule of when various areas are open at the main kiosk. Not everything is open everyday. several shorter visits are better than one long one.
Other things to see/do : the opera house, window shopping in the fashion district, the Pere Lachaise cemetery, the catacombs (if you're not claustrophobic) , the artists square up in Montmartre, the ferris wheel near the place de concorde, Cluny museum, Pantheon, and numerous churches and cathedrals around the city
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