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Only got a few days in the rav­ish­ing Ville Lu­mière? This lulu of a city is un­der­stand­ably re­garded as the most beau­ti­ful in all Europe, but while she can be sweet and co­quet­tish, she can also be a snooty grande dame. We've taken her over our knee and she's promised to be­have. So crack open a bot­tle, it's cham­pagne time for Loulou.


Walk­a­ble and amaz­ingly compact, Paris is di­vided into twenty dis­tricts, all spi­ralling out like an es­car­got from the cen­tral 1st. The Seine river bi­sects the city, with the ‘right bank' be­ing north and the ‘left bank' be­ing south. And that's re­ally all you need to know...

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Have your concierge's num­ber on you at ALL times Ex­cept­ing Fash­ion Week, there is no bad time to visit Paris, but bear in mind that dur­ing peak spring sea­son the city is swamped and for the whole month of Au­gust the en­tire pop­u­la­tion goes on hol­i­day, or so it seems CDG to town: around 45 mins / € 55 by cab; 30 mins / € 9,75 by RER train; or 45-60 mins / € 10 with Rois­sy­bus Even lo­cals carry the fab lit­tle red LeConte Plan de Paris métro/maps all-in-one. Pick it up at any news kiosk Taxis can be hailed on the street, but you may have a wait Friendly cab driv­ers are as rare as friendly waiters The métro is ex­cel­lent for longer jour­neys, buy a one-week ‘Nav­igo' pass, or a ‘car­net' of ten tick­ets The handy Vélib bike scheme has sta­tions ev­ery 300m – € 1,70/day, € 8/week via credit card + PIN / Un peu de po­litesse, chéri – bid bon­jour and au revoir Shops, ser­vices and restau­rants gen­er­ally close on Sun­day, so use this day for mu­se­ums and ac­tiv­i­ties Avoid lines at mu­se­ums by book­ing tick­ets in ad­vance Smok­ing is for­bid­den in cafés, restos, bars, clubs and ho­tels, but any­thing goes on out­door ter­races Book way ahead for the city's best ta­bles, al­though lunch is of­ten a good deal and much eas­ier to se­cure. It's also a chance to splurge on Miche­lin stars at just a frac­tion of the cost of din­ner. Bon ap­pétit! Ser­vice is al­ways in­cluded, but leave a small tip by round­ing up to the near­est euro or two The ground floor is the ‘rez-de-chaussée' or RDC Take care, Parisian loos have timed switches that can leave you scrab­bling in the dark in your knicks Coffee: café is espresso, al­longé is long espresso and café crème (not café au lait) is coffee with milk The int'l di­alling code for Paris is +33 1, all lo­cal calls be­gin with 01 and mo­biles with 06. To call emer­gency from a cell phone dial 112

Start with th­ese French phrases...

Bon­jour / Au revoir : Good morn­ing / Too­dle-oo S'il vous plaît / Merci : Please / Thanks a bunch Merde, alors! : I seem to have stepped in some­thing nasty

voilà... on y va les en­fants...

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