Any advice for going to Paris, France?
Topic: How to write a schedule in french
July 21, 2019 / By Constantine Question:
I'm going to Paris in about a month (February) and I'm beginning to think about everything I will need for the trip. Is there anything specific I should bring? (clothes, electronics, accessories, shoes) Is there anything I shouldn't bring?
Are there "must see" places I should go check out? Any places I should avoid?
If you have ever been there I would love to read about your experience in France! Any tips you found useful?
This is going to be my first international trip and I'm super excited. I'm just a little nervous, mostly because I don't know French. (I have bought a French-English pocket dictionary) :D
Thanks in advance!
Best Answers: Any advice for going to Paris, France?
Arny | 7 days ago
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
Other interesting things
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Originally Answered: What are the steps i must take to study oil painting in Paris France?
great that you are selv tought / taught :)
let me start with telling you that the best you can do is not go to paris , yes some years ago everybody had to go to paris , but just because you spend time in paris it will not make you a painter . also the art Academy in Paris is very difficult to get in , so you would end up at some second rate private school that live of young hope-full people that want to learn to paint in paris
so i would suggest drop Paris , but if you still insist , write all the things you would like to google use
google translate ( to french ) and you will find lots of schools
they will expect that you will speak french .
the best thing to do is , work for your self and make a plan how to get respect , or take a art school in the US first
Originally Answered: What are the steps i must take to study oil painting in Paris France?
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It's REALLY cold right now, so no tank tops or anything. Try not to bring too much electronics or valuables, considering how many pickpockets there are in France (have had a purse snatched almost every time I've been there).
In Paris, the attitude towards foreigners, especially Americans, is remotely racist. When I studied there, they were constantly making racist comments and jokes. Also, I strongly recommend you take an online or real French course before you go, even if you have a dictionary (I have been betrayed by phrase books many a time).
It's a beautiful city. I would suggest not bringing TOO many clothes, considering how much amazing stuff is there. The Champs-Elysees is amazing, lots of stores there. And the Grande Arche has a large, very chic mall. There's an architectural wonder almost everywhere you look. The place is brimming with history and dripping with culture. The food is AMAZING. Don't listen to what they say about "escargot". It basically tastes like really squishy garlic. And frog legs taste like very fishy chicken. However, if you're squeamish they'll usually have "poulet roti" (roasted chicken) and "steak frites" (steak with french fries). The food is as amazing as they say. Although you have to eat in moderation! After I came back to America after eight months I couldn't fit into any of my old clothes!
Must-sees? Well, if you're going in the winter, DO NOT go up the Eiffel Tower. You'll freeze your buns off. (Been there, done that.) There's the Louvre, which is by no means overrated, and you MUST go there. And of course, Notre-Dame, which is one of the greatest stained-glass masterpieces of all time. And then there's Chatelet, which boasts a very large open market (at least, when it's warm.) and lots of boutiques. Near that is the Centre Pompidou, which holds a large modern art collection and the famous escalators that take you to see the greatest view of the city.
If you want to do all the more tourist-y things in one go, do a "Bateau Mouche" tour (Fly Boat). However, keep the weather in mind whenever you choose to do something.
Also, if you're an artist, keep the "Montmartre" community in mind. Many artists in France found themselves in this artist's community, where abstract and realistic artists flock and paint side by side. Like many parts of France, this place is swarming with boutiques....
...and also lots of charlatans. Many a time you WILL be approached by people with little keychains and Chanel knockoff purses. DO NOT BUY THEM. They'll break almost within 24 hours of your purchase, and these people don't have licenses. Hardly ever.
Do all you can to avoid Pigalle. It's the Red-Light district and you might get mugged. If you're a girl, don't go out too late at night alone without pepper spray, etc....
In a nutshell, try not to do anything stupid. :) good luck!
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Some Cultural Etiquette advices.... The French adhere to a strong and homogeneous set of values. They cherish their culture, history, language and cuisine, which is considered an art. The French have been and are today world leaders in fashion, food, wine, art and architecture. They embrace novelty, new ideas and manners with enthusiasm as long as they are elegant.
Do not ask for a martini or scotch before dinner -- they are viewed as palate numbing.
Before dinner, pernod, kir, champagne, vermouth may be offered. Wine is always served with meals. After dinner, liqueurs are served.
Keep your hands on the table at all times during a meal — not in your lap. However, take care to keep your elbows off the table.
Fold your salad onto your fork by using your knife. Do not cut your salad with a knife or fork.
Never cut bread. Break bread with your fingers.
There usually are no bread/butter plates. Put bread on the table next to your dinner plate above your fork.
Cut cheese vertically. Do not cut off the point of cheese.
Almost all food is cut with a fork and a knife.
Never eat fruit whole. Fruit should be peeled and sliced before eating.
When finished eating, place knife and fork side by side on the plate at the 5:25 position.
Cross your knife and fork across your plate to signify that you would like more food.
Do not smoke between courses.
Leave wine glass almost full if you don't care for more.
Taste everything offered.
Leaving food on your plate is impolite.
Do not ask for a tour of your host's home, it would be considered impolite.
Send a thank-you note or telephone the next day to thank hostess.
Dinning in style .... Bon Voyage!
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Originally Answered: Fasion Advice For France?
The best way to see Paris is to walk through it--and it's also the best way to shop there. Paris girls are always dressed to the nines, so maybe pick up a Vogue in the Paris airport, or check out their website before you go to get a feel for what's in right now. You don't have to buy all the expensive things, but you can be alert for trends to look for in the cheaper stores.
Definitely come prepared, though. Find a comfortable pair of heels or flats that look fancy if you want to blend in, or get cute sneakers if you don't want your feet to die. Chic little skirts and blouses are always popular, and some huge trends are still: loads of layers, slouchy sweaters, leggings with shorts, scarves and big sunglasses.
Get two maps as soon as you get there: one a good, detailed street map, and the other a free map of the metro/bus system. It's super easy to use and it's the best way to get around. Beware of pickpockets, though! Make sure your fashionable purse/backpack has zippered closures (not just snaps) and that you keep it at your front at all times. Be aware that if a small group of people is really jostling you or getting in your face, you're probably being pickpocketed. The best way to avoid being a target is to look cool and confident. Nothing ruins a day of shopping like discovering all of your money is gone.
Check out the Champs-Elysees for something more mainstream. Pop into Zara's, Monoprix and United Colors of Benetton.
Monmartre is a great place to walk around and shop, too--it's built on a hill, though, so wear comfortable shoes. It's also home to the Sacre Coeur church, which is magnificent. The nightlife up there is pretty vivacious, too--take a taxi up there in the evening for some dinner, then walk around and watch the artists at work.
Another fun place to shop/explore is the Latin Quarters. It has no definite outline, but it's roughly in the 5th and 6th arrondissments of Paris (those are districts, and any good map of Paris will show them). There's great shopping on the Boulevard Saint-Michelle, but don't be afraid to stray off the beaten path. Get a good map of Paris and go explore. A cool place to check out is the Universitee Renes-Descartes or the Sorbonnes Universitee--grab some baguette, cheese and fruit from an open market in the morning, bring it with you, and eat on the open plaza. Or watch the old men play petanque in the nearby gardens, the Jardin de Luxembourg. Definitely pick a sunny day to explore this part of town.
For a rainy day of shopping, try the Galleries Lafayette. It's an enormous mall with two or three buildings located more or less in the center of Paris. Visit their website first, though, and decide beforehand where you want to go. Definitely don't forget Zara's if you missed it on the Champs-Elysees--it's my favorite! And the Galleries are home to the only H&M store in Paris, which is always on the cutting edge of cheap fashion.
******Lastly and most importantly, it's a must to spend an hour or two walking along Rue Saint-Honore and drooling over the most expensive designer clothes and accessories. If your step-mom and -sister want you to be an uber-fashionista, convince them to buy you something from this street. Gucci to Prada to Dolce & Gabbana to Yves St-Laurent, these are the haute-couture boutiques to make your wallet cry.
It's rather secluded and small (almost a one-way street), and most everybody walking along it is dressed for the opera. Start near the northern side of the Tuileries (the gardens in front of the Louvre), more towards the Louvre than the beginning of the Champs-Elysees. On Rue Richelieu, it's up about a block and to the left. If you can be the one to show this to your steps (I don't know how well they know Paris), you'll be a fashion goddess, even if none of you can afford it (which I also don't know).
One final note: Beware of Sundays! Most everything in Paris closes on Sundays, so check the hours and buy your food beforehand. Some museums are still open, but be sure to check when they're not. Some things are open before 11am or noon for absolute emergencies, so don't oversleep! Plan instead to walk around in all your new fashion and enjoy the day.
Good luck with everything, and make sure you keep some time to go explore by yourself without the pressure of clothes. Have fun! You'll be in Paris, for crying out loud!