Millie’s Travel Tips for Paris…

We have walked 15,000 steps just today. Well… Mummy walked that many. I rode out most of the day in my comfy carrier. It was a GORGEOUS DAY, and by that I mean slightly cool and overcast, looking like it would rain most of the day which made for a GREAT DAY to get outside and explore and not suffer from HEATSTROKE!!!! We are located near the Eiffel Tower which makes for a great landmark in finding our way BACK to the apartment if we should get turned around. If YOU should come to Paris let me point out one thing. The Eiffel Tower is HUGE. When you are out walking and see it in the distance and think that you can WALK TO IT. DON’T. Take the metro!!! It looks close, but is actually FAR, FAR AWAY… like as far away as SWITZERLAND!!!! You will DIE before you make it there on foot. Just sayin’.  Here are a few travel tips for you in order of importance:

1. The metro map is your FRIEND. Your BEST FRIEND! (See picture above) Buy a laminated metro map from Amazon. A paper map will tear in the creases at the precise spot where you need to go. DO NOT GET A PAPER MAP!

2.  You will get lost down in the metro. Don’t get on a train heading in a direction that you KNOW is probably NOT RIGHT!!! Be SURE you are on the right one. Check the wall map… they are EVERYWHERE in the metro. Look at the DESTINATION. Look where YOU ARE RIGHT NOW. Look at your personal laminated metro map (see picture above). Does the place you want to go fall in-between those two spots? If not… I beg you NOT TO GET ON THAT TRAIN. Having to get off several stops down and turn around to start all over is just NO. FUN. AT. ALL.

3.  Don’t be afraid to stop people once you are down inside the metro and ask for instructions.  IT IS VERY CONFUSING DOWN THERE.

4.  FIRST, ask the person if they speak English… if they say NO, don’t let that stop you! Take out your laminated metro map (see picture above) and POINT to the spot you want to go. If they shake their head like they don’t understand you… start crying. If you can’t REALLY cry, then “fake cry.”

5.   FRENCH PEOPLE ARE NICE!!!! Whoever is writing these tourist books saying that they are mean is lying to you or they are just hard to get along with themselves. We have met the most helpful people in Paris. One man actually walked us to our metro stop in a very confusing flipped around location… MON DIEU, I hope we don’t have to go back there for anything!!! He barely spoke English and laughed at Mummy’s French but he got her on the right train. What a love he was!!! And Mummy didn’t have to “fake cry” or ANYTHING… she just used her Southern accent which actually gets her a LOT of stuff! It even works in other COUNTRIES!!! Go figure.

6. Burn your travel books that are trashing the French people… just wing it once you get here. Smile at people, be kind, and they will be kind to you. (We have rude people in the USA TOO, ya know ?)

7.  Every time you enter a business say “Bonjour” (Hello) … they will say it to you too! If they do something nice, say “Merci” (Thank-you)… and when you leave a business, say “Au revoir” (Good-bye)… they will also say good-bye to you. The french are very welcoming but you need to respond as well. The USA rushes too much, the french take time to enjoy life, their friends and their family… don’t rush things when you are here. You will NEVER SEE ALL OF PARIS on your vacation!!! Choose a few all-important things to see and then just savor the neighborhood where you are staying. Dine at the local cafés and have long lunches and dinners… just relax and soak in the atmosphere. Don’t forget to take an evening stroll around your block.

BISOU BISOU ??

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J’aime Paris! ❤????❤

 

 

 

 

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Roxann Brousseau
Roxann Brousseau
2 years ago

Thanks for the tips. I am enjoying Paris vicariously through you and mommy.

Shari Milam
Shari Milam
2 years ago

Millie , I was in Paris last Friday! I looked for you! We were near the Effel Tower. You’re right. It’s huge! It was hot and I walked almost as much as you did! And no, I didn’t get to see everything! Wish I could have stayed for a month!! We managed the Metro, but it was confusing. Be safe!

Linda Silvester
Linda Silvester
2 years ago

Sounds like excellent advise sweetheart. You are so kind and helpful sharing this. ❤❤

Sandy McDonald
Sandy McDonald
2 years ago

I am sure having your cute little nose sticking out of mummy’s bag doesn’t hurt. You are so charming, chic and adorable, who wold ever want you to get on the wrong train??!! “just sayin'”

Rebecca Fisher
Rebecca Fisher
2 years ago

Bonjour Miss Millie and Mummy, so glad you are having a good time. Rest up, Merci for taking us with. Au revoir???

Wendy Scoggins
Wendy Scoggins
2 years ago

Oh I’m so glad to know this …i’ve heard they are so rude ! glad to know it’s not true!

Dawn Dupuis
2 years ago

I have been to Paris and have found the people of Paris very welcoming. Yes by saying Bonjour, Merci, and Au revoir it is showing respect to their country. My great-grandmother was born and lived in Paris. I so love this sweet city. I am so enjoying your travels Darsey. Great tips….thank you.

Kristin Rulison
Kristin Rulison
2 years ago

Oh Millie it reminds me of my travels to Paris a very long time ago. It took five adults all weekend to figure out where we were on the Metro map. I got to use my high school French after all those years and was surprised when they understood me.

Anne M Tierney
Anne M Tierney
2 years ago

Millie, your apartment looks so beau. So glad you are getting out and about. You are such un bon petite ambassador for all of us. My mamma went to a French School here in the states, and the only thing she says to me is Tres bien. Amour, ~ Lola.

Monica Karroum
Monica Karroum
2 years ago

I have been to Paris before… and walked around a lot too!… Thanks for your Tips!! I will go to Paris next year!! and planing to take Moka with me!.. So I’m learning a lot from Both of you!! Big Kiss!!!!

Linda
Linda
2 years ago

Perhaps there is a Metro app like there is for the NYC subway. Love Paris and the Metro! Enjoying the trip thru your ?!

Carol Amick
Carol Amick
2 years ago

Millie, That’s the cutest picture with you holding the map! I use the Plan de Paris little book I got at a newsstand. It’s great with detailed street maps. Maybe you should look into that?

Susan Thomas
Susan Thomas
2 years ago

Hold on tight to that map Millie you don’t want to lose it! I absolutely LOVE the Eiffel tower! My older sister took French in high school but I doubt she remembers that much of it as she never used it after she left school. I didn’t take any languages in school it seemed like too much extra homework! LOL

Deborah Bright
Deborah Bright
2 years ago

Thanks for all this information. I love hearing about your adventures and will check out these places if I ever get to Paris. In a few years I hope to retire and Paris is definitely on my list to visit

Tia-Rose
Tia-Rose
2 years ago

Wow u got them to walk u to the spot to get on? Mommy sister tried that once & guy thought she was inviting him to go too! I guess her High School French lessons were not quite enough!! **gigglezz**

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