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  • The city's metro system is convenient to use but it can be quite dirty and smelly underground, especially in the summer months
  • If you agree, they will ask you where you want to go and then ask you for money, about several times the price of the ticket to this destination
  • My favourite places to visit in Paris are
  • It is smaller than the Louvre and is housed in an interesting building, converted from a railway station

    • by Roz Andrews
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      Paris, the capital of France, is a beautiful, romantic city with so much to see and do. Take along comfortable, strong shoes as you will do a lot of walking as you explore this city. The city’s metro system is convenient to use but it can be quite dirty and smelly underground, especially in the summer months!

      In general, Paris is a safe city, but, if you are female and travelling alone or with another girl, you need to exercise some caution. I visited Paris with a friend when we were both 20 years old, and we were walking in the Pigalle area, near the Moulin Rouge, in broad daylight, when my friend was grabbed on the arm by an Arab man who tried to recruit her for a sex show. It was only when I ran ahead and asked for help that he released her.

      We were also shouted at by kerb crawlers in the red light district around Gare St Lazare station - also in broad daylight. As in many large cities, there are also many pickpockets in Paris, especially in the metro. Try to leave as many valuables as possible in the


      safe at your hotel and keep the valuables that you do take with you as concealed as possible. Also try not to carry your money, passport, credit cards and travel documents all in one wallet.

      If you store them in different places, you reduce the risk of losing everything if you are unfortunate enough to be pickpocketed. Another scam that you need to look out for in the metro is people asking you if you need any help with buying a ticket. If you agree, they will ask you where you want to go and then ask you for money, about several times the price of the ticket to this destination. They will then go over to the ticket machines, buy the ticket you need at the normal price and pocket the difference.

      They target people with large amounts of luggage, who look as if they have just arrived in Paris. If you are approached by such a person, politely refuse his offer of help and go to the ticket office window if you need help with buying a ticket. There, an employee of the metro will be able to help you without ripping you ...


      • off. Do not be alarmed by these dangers, though.

        In general, Paris is just as safe as other large cities. Most thieves and petty criminals are opportunistic, so, if you are sensible and follow reasonable precautions, it is more than likely that you will not fall victim to any crime. My favourite places to visit in Paris are: 1. The Champs Elysees and the Arc de Triomphe - to browse in the designer shops and watch the world go by from a pavement cafe 2.

        The Eiffel Tower - make sure you go right to the top for wonderful views of Paris and its environs 3. The Louvre - is a very large museum, so decide which collections you would like to view and restrict yourself to those areas - you can always come back for more. The ‘Mona Lisa’ by Leonardo da Vinci is the most popular painting on view in the Louvre - it is usually surrounded by crowds of tourists, but don’t let that discourage from viewing it. 4.

        Musee d’Orsay - this is my favorite museum in Paris. It is smaller than the Louvre and is housed in an interesting building,

        converted from a railway station. There is a large collection of impressionist and post-impressionist paintings. The downside is that it is so popular that you usually have to queue outside for some time before being able to pay your entrance fee.

        The last time I was there, I queued for about 45 minutes. 5. Sacre Coeur and the Place des Artistes - either walk up to Sacre Coeur or take the cable car. Once you are on top of the hill, you will see a fantastic view of Paris.

        Just around the corner, you can see many artists crowded into a square (La Place des Artistes), painting portraits and selling their paintings. It’s wonderful just to browse and look at these modern paintings, but be prepared for the artists to hassle you to have your portrait painted or to buy their works!

        There are many, many more things to see and do in Paris. You could spend a lifetime there and still not have explored everything. Decide on your own schedule and your own pace and leave time to linger and enjoy the unique atmosphere of this beautiful city.

        One thing is for sure, you will come back for more…




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