Top Picks for Online Paris Vacation Tips
By Jonathan Haeber
"The City of Light" is the most popular tourist destination in the world and for good reason - it has a history that spans more than two millennia. Its famous art museum, the Louvre, is the world's most visited museum, with eight million patrons annually.
Before you begin your trip to Paris, you should research the sites you'd like to visit. There are literally dozens of attractions; you won't have time to visit them all on your trip, but some of the pages below will help you narrow your itinerary.
Eyewitness Travel Guide
Free Paris Tips Online:
The Eyewitness Travel Guide for Paris is the most popular guidebook online. DK Guide Books, publisher of the Eyewitness series, has received international acclaim, and its Eyewitness series won a wide variety of awards, including "Best Guide Book" from UK Guardian and Observer readers. The publishers have conveniently added summaries of the main sights to see on their web site. You can also buy the guidebook online:
Paris with Kids
A travel guide geared specifically for family travel with kids in Paris is Fodors' "Around Paris with Kids - 68 Great Things to Do Together." Parent-approved favorites from the book include Invalides and the Musee de l'Armee (containing Napolean's tomb), Cite des Sciences et Industrie, the Natural History Museum, some of the parks including the Champs Elysees and Vincennes, roller blading in Paris, and Notre Dame.
Visit Fodors for complete information on the book:
For additional tips drawn from the book, visit: http://www.expatica.com/actual/article.asp?subchannel_id=85&story_id=283
Parks and Gardens in Paris
If Paris isn't known for the Eiffel Tower or Arc de Triomphe, it is certainly known for its parks and gardens, which are the quintessential classical landscapes of the Renaissance and Romantic eras. MSN has reviewed the very best public spaces in Paris and listed its ranking with descriptions. Some standouts include the Jardin de Tuileries, Jardin du Luxembourg, and Parc de Belleville:
Restaurants in Paris
Fodors has also scoured the city of Paris for the top eats. They've not only added an alphabetical listing of top restaurants in Paris, they've also added feature stories on different culinary adventures in Paris, including "Paris Dining Rules," "Breakfast in Paris," "Parisian Fast Food," "After-Hours Restaurants," and more.
Another fun and diverse list of Paris restaurants is this resource from Tom at Rochester University. Tom's listings include phone numbers, average cost per plate, a full summary, and photos of the featured restaurants. Some of his readers also chime in with their own personal favorites. Find the best restaurants in Paris at:
Paris Metro Map and Getting Around
Paris' metro system comprises 380 stations connected by 16 different lines (color coded on the Paris Metro Map). Getting around Paris will be much easier if you study the Metro and public transport systems before arriving. The interactive travel map of Paris is especially helpful. You can also pre-purchase transit and metro tickets and plan your trips. Visit the Paris regional transit page, at:
Transit Map of Paris
Popular French Phrases
Parlez-vous Francais? If not, don't despair. Many Parisians are also fluent in English, but it's still helpful to know the most commonly used French phrases. If you have a quick internet connection you can view this entertaining video of the top ten French phrases: