Paris, France

Our two day stay in Paris, France was quick but action packed.  We saw as much as we could in what little time we had.  Although this was my second trip to Paris, I felt like a first timer.  With a span of more than 10 years since my first adventure there, my interests have changed.  This time my experience was more on the educational side, but I loved every minute.  It was the perfect way to end a two week trip in Europe.

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Language: French
Currency: Euros
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Population: 2.2 million (2012)
Interesting Facts:
-There are 6,100 streets in the city.
-France gave America our Statue of Liberty and has a smaller version (the original) in the city.
-Paris is divided into 20 arrondissements (districts).  The first is in the center of the city and the other 19 circle around it in a clockwise spiral.
-There are 470,000 trees in the city.

Getting Around:

Walking or the metro is the best way to get around.  Believe it or not, Pairs has the oldest metro systems in the world and it is one of the best to this day.  It runs from 5 am to 12:30 am and connects to about 300 stations.
Insider Tip: Metro tickets can be bought right at the station for each ride, for 10 rides, or for a 1, 2, 3, and 5 day pass.

People/Culture:

First of all, the Partner and Crime and I went to Paris, France in August so a lot of the Parisians were out of town on holiday, which according to some, makes a difference.  There is a perception around the world that the people of Paris are rude and arrogant.  It is almost like they are angry that you are a tourist in their city.  In a way, I don’t blame them.  A large amount of tourists creates lines, longer wait times, and big crowds.  My experience, however, was on the contrary.  I found the people of Paris to be very helpful and welcoming.  Our hotel staff was very accommodating and went out of their way to give us directions or suggests on where to go and what to see.  Paris is just one of those cities that oozes with culture and in the end, your experience is based on an open mind.

Things to Do:

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