A visit to Paris city will always be at the top position of the wish list of almost all travelers. The city was the starting point for the once “Grand Tour” custom amongst the upper-class people in the British Empire’s headiest years, and it was a must-stop place for debutantes to purchase ball gowns in the Belle Epoque period.
Today, a large number of international tourists stand in queues to see attractions such as the Louvre Museum and the Eiffel Tower, smile with pleasure as they enjoy their first French croissant, and eagerly peer through the barrier of glass at the Ladurée macaron counter.
Visitors often get into arguments with one another over timing or budgeting. Here are some tips to help you deal with any obstacle along the way.
Do Not Ignore the Concierge
Concierges in Paris help book tables in restaurants, which are often required one or two days in advance, and offer advice on pre-booking museum tickets or on excursions. Best of all, concierge services are provided free of cost.
Concierges cultivate relationships with several restaurant proprietors they often send guests to; therefore, concierges will know guests will arrive with the power of the relationship thereof to make sure that they have a hassle-free experience.
This is a good piece of advice to take in, especially when you are in Paris, where half the fun of exploring it is wandering and getting lost. Too many visitors try to go to places in their checklist, including the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Musée du Louvre, and Montmartre. There is nothing wrong with this, but when you try to check off places in your list on the same day, you will enjoy Paris less.
An idea to explore it better is to have a clear idea of your objectives for every single day, preferably in the same area. Perhaps it is the Louvre Museum in the morning and the Eiffel Tower in the evening, knowing each will not take half a day, leaving a lot of time for travel and wandering.
Preplan Expenses and Flexibility
Pre-planning can also make sure that budget and time constraints are not surpassed. It is important to allow sufficient budget for contingencies, such as rideshares or taking cabs when in a hurry or due to tiredness, when refreshment breaks or hunger strikes are required. Other people may argue over time or budget, but it is best for the sanity of your crew that non-negotiable things are settled well in advance of your trip.