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 Beer and                                                                   footsoldier.You’ll find Italian, Spanish       to push prices up past €6.50 a pint on

                                                                            and Turkish fayre alongside some typical
                                                                            French nosh. M: Saint Michel Notre Dame.
                                                                                                                           matchday and a fab location on the
                                                                                                                           banks of the Seine. The pub has many
                                                                                                                                                                            PARIS                                                                                                                              STADIUM GUIDE
                                                                            Hippopotamus (29 rue Berger)                   screens - even at the urinals - so you
 M: denotes nearest metro station(s)
                                                                            There’s good value and good eating at          won’t miss any of the action.
 Restaurants, brasseries, cafés – the                                                                                      M: St Michel Notre Dame
 French have more names for places to                                       this chain of restaurants dotted around
 eat than we have words and phrases for                                     the capital. Steak seems to be their           Café Oz
 being drunk. That’s because food and                                       speciality, but fish, pork and chicken are     (18 rue de Saint Denis)
 drink is such a way of life. Remember                                      on the menu as well. M: Les Halles             The Kiwi who runs this place might,
 though, that this is a huge city and                                                         given his nationality, be more interested
 there are all manners of places to eat                                                                                    in the Rugby World Cup, but he’ll be
 – you can push the boat out and dine                                       Le Velodrome                                   happy to serve the Tartan Army. On
 expensively, fill up with pizza and falafels                               (Avenue de Versailles, Auteuil)                days when there is a big rugby match
 or buy a baguette and a hunk of fromage                                    Just a few hundred yards from the Porte        there may be a fee at the door. There
 from the supermarket and improvise                                         de St-Cloud metro station this may be          are a couple of these outlets in the city
 your own sandwich. If the budget is                                        one place to go on matchday. The service
 needing nursed then opt for a big lunch                                                                                   (the other is at 1 rue de Bruxelles, M:
                                                                            is a bit erratic but the pizzas are ok.        Blanche). M: Les Halles.
 rather than waiting till dinner time as
 this will be just as filling for you, but                                  M: Porte de St-Cloud.                          Pub St Hilaire
 not as emptying for your wallet. Quick                                     Pizza Momo                                     (2 rue de Vallette)
 burger bars are also                                          (105 rue St Antoine)                           Ironically one of the few French pubs
 dotted around the city for convenience.                                    This place caters for everyone from            in Paris, as the café culture dominates,
 Then there’s the places to drink – again,                                  small families to large groups wearing         but it seems to have mastered the art
 a list as long as your arm. Cafés, beer                                    kilts. Their award-winning pizzas are a        just the same. Good atmosphere, tables
 cellars, pubs, bars, wine bars… As a                                       must, but there’s plenty of other lovely       outside and a good selection of food and
 general rule a drink at the bar (whether                                   Italian grub on the menu too. M: St Paul       drink. M: Maubert Mutualité.
 coffee or beer) in a Parisian café is                                      Indria (23 rue Cail)                                                                                                                                                                                                               Remember that the match is being played at the Parc des Princes (Princes
 cheaper than one outside watching                                                                                         Halls Beer                                                                                                                                                                          Park) in the south west of the city about 4km from the Eiffel Tower and
                                                                            A short walk from the Gare du Nord
 the world go by. Remortgage the                                                                                           (68 rue St Denis)                                                                                                                                                                   about 6km from the Place de la Concorde. The 48,712-capacity stadium
                                                                            will take you to streets where the
 house if you plan on a session on the                                      flavour is distinctly Asian. This small        Ideal for sampling 65 of the world’s best                                                                                                                                           is the home of club side Paris St Germain. Built on the site where the
 Champs-Élysées or Rue de Rivoli. Many                                      joint serves fantastic food which is more      bottled beers and 14 on draft. Space for                                                                                                                                            French aristocracy used to go hunting, the original stadium was used as the
 places have happy hours but you should                                     than reasonably priced. Starters, main         30 people on the terrace if it’s nice, but a                                                                                                                                        finishing point for the Tour de France. The current stadium, built in 1972,
 make sure you get your round in early                                                                                     big screen showing sport inside if it’s not
 as prices sometimes rise late on. Bars                                     courses, rice and a bottle of wine for                                                                                                                                                                                             proved ahead of its time as it was practically an all-seater. Paris’ main ring
                                                                            under €45 for two. M: La Chapelle.             so bright. M: Étienne Marcel
 generally close at around 2am. Also, if                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       road, the Boulevard Périphérique, passes under a corner of the stadium.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               There are a number of cafes and restaurants not far from the ground in
 you want a pint as opposed to a bottled
 beer (with a high price tag) ask for bière                                 pubs                                           Long Hop Party Bar
                                                                                                                           (25 rue Frédéric Sauton)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Porte de St Cloud.
 pression (draught). And it’s bière blonde                                  The Auld Alliance
 for UK style beer and bière brune if you                                   (80 rue François Miron)                        Three bars, a terrace and sports on large                                                                                                                                           The nearest metro station is Porte de St-Cloud on line 9 (direction Pont
 want something a bit darker.                                               What can you say… the first Scottish           screens, the biggest pub on the left bank                                                                                                                                           de Sèvres) a 15 minute journey – and eight stops - from the Trocadéro
                                                                            pub in Paris – situated in the Marais          is sure to be a draw for Scotland fans.                                                                                                                                             metro station which is near the Eiffel Tower. Travelling on line 10 to Porte
 Restaurants/                                                               District – and the best known. Bound to
                                                                            be jumpin’ for days before and after the
                                                                                                                           M: Maubert Mutualité
                                                                                                                                                Please note that the above map shows the major roads in the city. There are many smaller streets branching off the main routes but
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               d’Auteuil (direction Boulogne Pont de St-Cloud) will also get you close.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               If travelling by bus take lines 22, 72 and 62 to Porte de St-Cloud or line
 Cafés                                                                      game and a big screen for those who’ve
                                                                                                                                                                          the scale of this map is too small to show these.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               32 and 52 to nearby Porte d’Auteuil. By car leave the Périphérique at the
 Latin Quarter
 This is the area to find outlets selling
                                                                            not got a ticket. M: St Paul
                                                                                                                           clubs                                                                                                                                                                               junction Porte de St-Cloud or Porte d’Auteuil. Tickets for one journey on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               the metro or bus will cost €1.50 (see Top Tips section).
                                                                                                                           Check your stamina levels before
 gyros (greek sandwiches). Just look for                                    The Highlander (8 rue de Nevers)               thinking about going for a boogie.
 the kebab on the rotisserie if it’s cheap,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Please be aware that the following directions to the stadium may be
                                                                            A cosy bar and a big hall in the basement      Nightclubs only really get going from
 belly-filling, tasty food you’re after. Fill a                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                subject to change by the French police for operational reasons. If so be
                                                                            with a large screen and room for about         1am and you’re just as well staying
 pitta bread with beef or lamb, chuck on                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       patient with any new instructions or change of route when you arrive at
 some salad and hand over your €4 (no,
                                                                            200 people will surely fit the bill for        there all night, such is the difficulty of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Porte de St-Cloud.                                                                                                   Currency
                                                                            fans looking for familiar and welcoming        finding transport home in the wee small
 that’s not a typo).                                                        surroundings. The Whyte & Mackay TA            hours. Expect to pay around €10-12                                                                                                                                                  When you arrive at Porte de St-Coud metro station take exit (sortie)                                                 Convertor
 Rue de la Huchette                                                         fans embassy will be open at this bar on       on weekdays and €15-20 at weekends                                                                                                                                                  Eglise Parc des Princes. Upon reaching street level you will see a billboard
 Staying in the Latin Quarter, just seek                                    Tues 11 Sept 5-7 pm and Wed 12 Sept            (most prices will include a free drink).                                                                                                                                            map (see pic below) showing various routes to the stadium (coloured
 out this street which has a vast array                                     12-2 pm
 of places with menus to please every                                       M: St Michel Notre Dame or Pont Neuf
                                                                                                                           La Coupole
                                                                                                                           (100 boulevard du Montparnasse)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               signs on the lamppost above also point the way). Our ticket allocation is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               in Tribune Presidentielle (blue sign) sections E and F and the stadium is                                               £1
                                                                                                                           Swish the kilt to the live salsa sounds                                                                                                                                             approximately five minutes walk away by following this route.
                                                                            The Thistle (112 rue St Denis)
                                                                            The newest Scottish bar in Paris and
                                                                                                                           the night before the big match. Tues-Sat,                                                                                                                                           Blue Sign Route: Take a left when exiting onto Avenue de la Porte de
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 = 1.48 Euros (€)
                                                                                                                           11.30pm-3am. M:Vavin
                                                                            sister pub to The Highlander is a wee                                                                                                                                                                                              St-Cloud, walk across the bridge over the Périphérique and you will see
                                                                            slice of Bonnie Scotland. A couple of well     Le Queen                                                                                                                                                                            the stadium to your right. Continue and cross the slip road, taking care to
                                                                            positioned screens and a well stocked          (102 Champs-Élysées)                                                                                                                                                                avoid cars entering a petrol station which is cunningly hidden underneath
                                                                            bar run by Matty, a big goalie from            One of the city’s most-famous nightclubs                                                                                                                                            a building, and then take the next right into rue du Commandant Guilbaud.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Please note currency
                                                                            Balloch, will have you rollin’ in the aisles   which, as the name suggests, established                                                                                                                                            Walk straight ahead till you come to the stadium.                                             conversion rates approximate
                                                                            when you visit. M: Étienne-Marcel              itself with the gay crowd before coming
                                                                                                                           out to everyone. Still a bit fussy about                                                                                                                                            Please arrive at the stadium early as there will be police cordons around
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    as at 07/08/07
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                                                                                                                           attire. Open midnight to dawn the                                                                                                                                                   the ground and fans will be searched which will slow up entry.
                                                                            Corcoran’s Irish Bar                           legendary club goes for mainstream
                                                                            (20 rue St-André des Arts)                     house Thurs-Sat, gay disco on Sunday                                                                                                                                                Ticket touts will be arrested in France so under no circumstances should
                                                                            This is a cracking wee street and              and Monday and R&B and hip-hop on                                                                                                                                                   Scotland supporters offer their tickets for sale.
                                                                            this particular outlet is one of three         Wednesdays. M: George-V
                                                                            Corcoran’s in Paris (others are at                                                                                                                                                                                                 Fans should also note that according to the regulations in France, the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         following items are prohibited in the stadium:
                                                                            23 Boulevards Poissonniére and 110
                                                                            Boulevard de Clichy). Pints are €6.60,         WAGG                                                                                                                                                                                • paper, leaflets, badges, symbols and banners of a political, ideological,
                         PARC DES PRINCES

                                                                            beef and Guinness pie is €11 and there         (62 rue Mazarine)                                                                                                                                                                     philosophical or advertising nature
                                                                            are TV screens to keep everyone happy          No, it’s not a hangout for Posh, Louise                                                                                                                                             • animals
                                                                            (though management will go with the
                                            KICK-OFF 21.00

                                                                                                                           and the other lassies who have a thing                                                                                                                                              • any object that could be used as a missile or weapon or endanger public
                         WED 12 SEP 07

                                                                            majority for what is screened).                for footballers. This UK-style club is                                                                                                                                                safety such as fireworks, knives, sharp objects, plastic bottles bigger than
                                                                            M: St Michel Notre Dame                        your kind of hangout on a Friday if you
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       half a litre, glass, metal boxes, bars and flag poles
                                                             (LOCAL TIME)

                                                                                                                           want to relive the 70s. Modern disco
                                                                                                                           and funk on other evenings. Free before                                                                                                                                             • alcoholic beverages, drugs and stimulants
                                                                            The Great Canadian Pub
                                                                            (25 Quai des Grands Augustins)                 midnight, €15 thereafter. Fri and Sat                                                                                                                                               • professional video and photographic equipment
                                                                            This place really is a great Canadian          midnight - 6am. M: Odéon

                                                                            bar, with friendly staff, a guarantee not                                                     Billboard map for Parc des Princes stadium on exiting Porte de St-Cloud metro station.
THINGS TO SEE AND DO                                                                                   TOP TIPS                                                                                                                                                   ESSENTIAL CHECKLIST                                                                                          WINNING WORDS
M: denotes nearest metro station(s)                                                                    transportGetting around the city is really easy thanks to a great integrated system of buses, metro and trains operated by the                             British Consulate                           The British Consulate in Paris is at 18 bis rue      NUMBERS                                          My French is not very good
                                                                                                       Regie Autonome des Transports Parisians (RATP) and the Reseau Express Regional (RER). Below is a summary, but for more route details visit                 d’Anjou. Tel: 01 44 51 31 02 (recorded message). See In an            1 = un (a-un)                                    = Mon francais n’est pas tres bon
Eiffel Tower
If you only do one thing other than watch the match then visit this – the very symbol of Paris                                                                                                                                               emergency (death, serious injury or arrest) the Duty Officer can be contacted by telephoning     2 = deux (deu)                                   (mon-Fran-say-nay-pa-tray-bon?)
– designed by Gustave Eiffel for the 1889 World Fair.You don’t have to go up the tower as              Metro/RER: There are 14 numbered, colour-coded lines on the Paris underground which are also identified by their starting point and end                    01 44 51 31 00. If you lose your passport there will be a charge for replacing it. Offices are   3 = trois (tro-a)                                I am Scottish = Je suis Ecossais
there’s lots of greenery round about. The queues for tickets are massive so try and get there          destination, covering the heart of the city. The platform you need will be identified by the end destination of the line. RER is faster with fewer         open Mon-Fri from 9.30am–12.30pm and 2.30pm-4.30pm. Check the latest Foreign and                 4 = quatre (catr’)                               (je-su-i-ay-co-say)
early doors if you want to scale the heights. M: Champs de Mars-Tour Eiffel or Bir Hakeim.             stops and has five colour-coded lines from A-E which serve the city and surrounding areas. The metro runs from 5.30am till just after midnight.            Commonwealth Office travel advice on before setting off. The nearest metro                                                         What would you recommend to eat/drink?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   5 = cinq (sank)
                                                                                                       Maps are posted on every station wall for you to plan your trip and it’s easy to pick up a leaflet with a metro/RER map when you are there.                stations are M: Madeleine, Concorde or Saint Augustin.                                                                                            = Que nous conseillez-vous de
Palais de Chaillot & Jardins du Trocadéro                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          6 = six (seess)
 Across the River Seine from the Eiffel Tower, are fabulous statues and fountains and a high           Buses/Trams: The advantage of using RATP’s efficient bus service is that you see the sights at the same time. The Noctilien (routes                        Documentation You will need a passport, valid for at least six months,                           7 = sept (sait)                                  manger? de boire? (c-nou-com-say-llay
terrace in the middle of two buildings which make up this landmark. The curved wings house             designated with letter ‘N’) is a late-night bus service with more than 40 buses operating routes between 12.30am-5.30am. There are three tram              to visit France.You should always take out your own insurance before travel but make sure        8 = huit (wheet)                                 –vou-de-maun-gay-? de-bo-ar?)
the Museums of Mankind and Natural History as well as the Maritime Museum. The view                    lines in Paris, but they are outside the heart of the city.                                                                                                that you have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) too. The EHIC has replaced the             9 = neuf (neuf’)                                 Good = Bien (bi-a-un)
from the terrace across to the Eiffel Tower is breathtaking.                                                                                                                                                                                                      E111, and entitles you to reduced cost or free healthcare in the event of accident or illness.   10 = dix (deess)                                 Bad = Mal (Mal)
M: Trocadéro.                                                                                          tickets             In the centre of Paris (zones 1 & 2) you will require either a single ticket at €1.50 a pop or a book of 10 tickets costing            You can apply for a card or find out more by visiting
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   20 = vingt (va-un)                               Small = Petit (Puti)
Arc de Triomphe to Place de la Concorde (via the Champs-Élysées)
                                                                                                       €11.10, available at stations or in some tabacs. If you’re around for a few days then it’s probably worth buying a Carte Orange travel card that
                                                                                                       allows unlimited travel on bus (show it to driver on boarding), train and metro transport operated by RATP. A good option is the ‘coupon                   Emergency numbers For police dial 17, fire brigade dial 18 and                                   30 = trente (traunt’)                            Large = Grand (Gren)
This is a real three-in-one bit of sightseeing. The Arc de Triomphe is a lovely bit of architecture                                                                                                                                                               ambulance dial 15. The EU-wide emergency number is 112 (English speaking). For emergency         40 = quarante (karaunt’)
with some great views from the top – though it will cost you €8 and a heart-attack to get
                                                                                                       hebdomadaire’ (weekly coupon) for zones 1 and 2. The card costs €16.30 and will cover you for all RATP journeys in the centre of Paris, and is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  doctors call 01 47 07 77 77, dentists 01 43 37 51 00                                             50 = cinquante (sinqaunt)
                                                                                                       valid Mon-Sun. Take a passport-sized photo of yourself to stick on the pass (or alternatively pay €4 for pics – photobooths are in most stations).                                                                                                                                                           Who is your favourite player?
there. Take care on the spiral staircases as it’s easy to trip up if you’re wearing clunky hiking
boots. Do not, under any circumstances, try and run across the street to the monument
                                                                                                       If you do not have a pass and you want to use the bus you will need to buy a ticket from the driver (€1.50) upon boarding. Failure to validate             Hospitals The main hospital in the centre of Paris (Hôtel Dieu) can be found                     100 = cent (saun)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Qu’elle est votre joueur préféré?
                                                                                                       tickets either on the metro (through the turnstile machine) or on the bus (at the machine next to the driver) can result in a fine. Once validated,        right next to Notre Dame, 1 place du Parvis, Notre Dame. Tel: 01 42 34 82 34. M: Cite,
(which doubles as the largest roundabout in the world) – that’s what the underground
                                                                                                       please keep hold of your ticket until you have left the network.                                                                                           St-Michel Notre Dame. Emergency dental services can be obtained at Hôpital de la Pitié-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   PLEASANTRIES                                     (q-ayl-ay-votr-jou-ur-pray-fay-ray?)
walkway is for. M: Charles de Gaulle-Étoile. Once you’ve done that, walk down the swanky                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Hello = Bonjour (bom-jour)                       Have you ever been to Scotland?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Salpétrière, rue Bruant, between 6am-10.30pm. Tel: 01 42 16 00 00. M: Chevaleret
Champs-Élysées towards the huge obelisk at Place de la Concorde. This is where they set
                                                                                                       arriving in paris                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Goodbye = Au revoir (or-evoir)                   Etes-vous déjà allé en Ecosse?
up the guillotine used to execute Louis XVI, Marie-Antoinette, Robespierre and many others
during the French Revolution. M: Concorde.                                                             Roissy Charles de Gaulle (CDG): This airport is 30km to the northeast of the city centre in the Roissy suburb. Every 15-20 minutes                         Chemists                The green, flashing lights of pharmacies can be seen on practically      Please = S’il vous plait (s-il-vou-play)         (ayt-vou-day-ja-allay-en-ay-coss?)
                                                                                                       – between 6am-11am – a Roissybus from CDG terminals 1, 2 and 3 will take you to Rue Scribe behind Opéra Garnier and vice versa for return                  every street so you’ll have no problem finding one. The only stumbling block may be on a         Thanks = Merci (mayr-si)                         We are having a good time
Moulin Rouge (82 boulevard de Clichy)                                                                  to the airport (€8.50 for a single journey). The trip takes approximately one hour. By train take the RER line B which has various stops in the            Sunday when many shops are closed. Three 24-hour chemists worth noting are: Les Champs,                                                           Nous passons un bon moment
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Cheers = Santé (sontay)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  84 Avenue des Champs-Élysées, M: George V, Pharmacie Daumesnil, 6 place Felix-Eboue, M:
You have the skirt, you’ve definitely got the legs, now for the can-can. The World-famous              centre, including Gare du Nord, Châtelet-Les Halles, and St Michel Notre Dame. The first train leaves CDG at 4.56am and then every 10-15                                                                                                                    Yes = Oui (wee)                                  (nou-pa-som –un-bom-mo-men)
Moulin Rouge has been causing waves ever since it first opened its doors in the late 1800s. It’s       minutes until 11.56pm and will cost €8.10 one way. The return journey also has a regular service. If your flight arrives after midnight the nightbus       Daumesnil, Pharmacie Européene, 6 place Clichy, M: Place-Clichy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   No = Non (n-on)                                  Where’s the burdz? Où sont les Burdz?
expensive to watch the shows and you really should book by calling: 01 53 09 82 82.
M: Blanche.
                                                                                                       (Noctilien, services N120, N121, N140) is available. A taxi to the centre will cost between €45-70 depending on the day and time.                          Police           There are two police forces in France – The Police Nationale (including         Excuse me = Excusez-moi (x-q-say-moi)            (Ou-son-lay-Burdz?)
                                                                                                       Orly: Very few UK flights arrive at this airport 18km to the south of Paris. If this is your journey’s end you can reach the city centre by bus            the PAF border police) who are under the control of the Prefect de Police in the capital         Do you speak English? = Parlez-vous              You have beautiful eyes Vous avez de
Sacre Coeur (35 rue de Chevalier-de-la-Barre)                                                          (including Orlybus), Orlyval (driverless train to RER Station Antony on line B) and taxi which may cost between €45-60.                                    and the Gendarmerie Nationale run by the Ministry of Defence. The Police Nationale also                                                           beau yeux (vou-av-ay-de-bos-yeu)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Anglais? (par-lay-vou-ong-lay?)
Sitting high up on the hill this is an impressive sight. They say the stairs are tiring, but no more                                                                                                                                                              has control over the CRS riot police who are deployed at marches, demos and at football                                                           Well done Bien joué (bi- a-un- jou-ay)
                                                                                                       Beauvais: Around 80km to the north of the capital is Beauvais Airport. A 1¼ hour bus journey, costing €13 one way, will take you to Porte                                                                                                                   Do you want to join us?
so than a day negotiating the city’s metro stations. There’s even a funicular to get you there                                                                                                                                                                    matches. Local mayors also have a force with Police Municipale badges on their shoulders.
                                                                                                       Malliot in the north west of the city. A taxi to the capital from the airport could cost up to €150.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Please bear in mind that French police can stop, search and examine your passport at any         = Voulez-vous vous joindre à nous?               Unlucky Pas de chance (Pa-de-chen-se)
and back. The view is great (and free) and the church is worth a peek too. Just be wary of the                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I’m sorry Je suis désole
street sellers. M: Anvers or Chateau Rouge.                                                            Check out for more information on CDG and Orly airports and for Beauvais. The ‘Airport Access’ section                          time – be polite and respectful. They are not tourist guides and while they will answer a        (Vou-lay-vou-vou-join-dre-a-nou?)
                                                                                                       on is a great resource for planning trips to and from CDG.                                                                                     pressing question, they might take exception to trivialities.                                                                                     (je-su-i-day-so-lay)
Notre Dame (6 place du Parvis)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    If you are the victim of any theft report the incident to your nearest police station where      PRACTICAL                                        Long live the Auld Alliance
If you and your mates visit here after a night out you are guaranteed to spot a gargoyle on the        Train/Bus: Eurostar and other trains from Calais (SCNF main lines) will terminate at the Gare du Nord and there are good transport links                   you will be given a receipt which you must retain in case of future legal developments or        Where is the… = Oú est… (ou-ay...)               Longue vie a la Vieille Alliance
cathedral which is the spitting image of one of your group. It’s free to visit the church, which is    to the centre. It will cost up to €15 for a taxi to central Paris. Buses arrive in the east of the city at the Gare Routière at 28 av du Général-de-       for your insurance. To locate the nearest police station contact the Prefecture de Police, 9     • police station                                 (Lon-ge-vi-a-la-vi-ay-y-a-lli-an-se)
stunning, but there is a fee to go high up to the towers, where a nice view awaits.                    Gaulle, Bagnolet.                                                                                                                                          boulevard du Palais, M: Cite, tel: 01 53 71 53 71.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   = le commissariat                                My mate is a bit crazy, but he’s harmless M: Cité.                                                                    Taxis: As a rule taxis will only take three passengers in the back of the car. If the driver agrees to have someone sit up front they’ll probably
                                                                                                       charge you up to €3 extra. There are three rates – daytime (7am-7pm, approx €0.60 per km), night-time (7pm-7am and on Sundays, approx €1                   Safety and securityLike any major city Paris has it’s share of                                   (le-co-mi-sa-ria)                                Mon copain est un peu fou, mais il
Museum pass                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       pickpockets and the like. Use your common sense and keep everything of value in a safe           • football stadium                               n’est pas dangeureux
                                                                                                       per km) and a suburb rate (approx €1.25 per km). The minimum charge is around €5.60, and there are extra charges for being picked up from a
Can you go to Paris and not see Mona Lisa’s smile? Can you afford not to see Claude Monet’s                                                                                                                                                                       place in your hotel. Don’t wave your wallet around and certainly don’t leave your mobile         = le stade de football                           (Mau-co-pa-un-ay-un-pe-fou-may-il-nay-pa-
                                                                                                       mainline train station and for each piece of extra luggage (€1). It’s probably easier to wait at a taxi rank – white light means it’s free, orange light
work at the Orsay Museum? Probably, but you are in Paris and it’d be a shame to miss out on                                                                                                                                                                       phone on a café table. If you stay sensible the city should not present a problem however,       (le-sta-d-d-football)                            den-ge-re)
                                                                                                       means it’s hired. Good luck hailing one at lunchtime or just before tea (7pm-ish). Some useful numbers are: Taxis Bleus (08 91 70 10 10, www.
some culture. So the Carte Musées pass (€18 one-day, €36 three-day, €54 five-day, available                                                                                                                                                                       according to local residents, women should be wary in the area around Châtelet and               • bus station = l’arrêt de bus                   I am drunk, please let me into my hotel
                                                                                             , Alpha Taxis (01 45 85 85 85), Artaxi (01 42 41 50 50), Taxis G7 (01 47 39 47 39, To locate your nearest taxi rank
from train stations and museums) may be a shout. The best thing about it is that you can                                                                                                                                                                          Châtelet-Les Halles metro stations. Alarm boxes can be found on many platforms and in
                                                                                                       call 08 99 65 67 67 (this number costs €1.35 to call and €0.34 per minute).                                                                                                                                                                                 (l-aray-de-bus)                                  room! Je suis saoul, veuillez me
bypass ticket queues and have access to around 70 monuments and museums including the                                                                                                                                                                             some station passageways should you feel in any danger. Extra care should also be taken in
Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower.                                                                                                                                                                                                                             the Pigalle district where the Moulin Rouge and its like are situated. There have been cases     • toilet = les toilettes (lay-to-alett’)         déposer dans ma chambre d’hôtel!
                                                                                                       toilets          Some of the bogs are pretty bogging, some are nice and clean. Keep a 20 cent coin handy in case you need to pay to spend a                of visitors being coerced into paying extortionate prices for drinks in less reputable cabaret   • hospital = l’hôpital (lo-pi-tal)               (Je-su-i-soul-veu-yay-meu-day-po-say-dau-
Louvre (99 rue de Rivoli)                                                                              penny in pubs and restaurants. Public toilets are free. If using the free cubicle contraptions on the streets, just press the silver button, and the       clubs and bars. Always ask to see the ID of any person who approaches you and claims to be       • town centre = le centre ville                  ma-chau-bre-do-tayl!)
You could spend days at this magnificent museum, home of the Mona Lisa,Venus de Milo and               door swishes open. They flush automatically when you leave.                                                                                                a police officer, as tourists have been recent victims of deception.                             (le-cen-tre-vill)
Winged Victory, so plan what you want to see before you go. If you enter the building via the                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • left / right / straight ahead / back
metro or the shops it’s quicker than waiting at the pyramids and quicker again using a self            tipping         Service charges are usually built in to bills in restaurants and cafes and will be between 12%-15% of the total, however, it is            Banks Banks are generally open Mon-Fri from 9am-4.30am.There are several ATMs                    = gauche/ droite/ tout droit/
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Exit Sortie      Gate Porte
serve kiosk. The Mona Lisa may be titchy, and there may be a scrum to get near it – but it’s           good manners to leave a few coins. Round taxi bills up to the nearest Euro.                                                                                (called DABs) where you can use MasterCard/Euro card or Visa to withdraw money dotted                                                             Toilet Toilette Taxi Taxi
a masterpiece. Da Vinci Code fans can do an audiotour. Note that the museum is closed on                                                                                                                                                                          about the city, though there will be a charge for this service. Major credit cards and Cirrus
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Female Femme Male Homme
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   (go-ch / dro-a-te / tou-droi / en-arri-ayr)
Tuesdays. M: Palais Royal Musée du Louvre.
                                                                                                       Smoking A smoking ban has been proposed but, at present, there is no law in place to prevent smoking in public places. There are                           cards are also accepted, but be warned that sometimes the machines in restaurants etc have
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  difficulty getting an ‘approved’ reading on your card.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Stop Stop        Stadium Stade
Stadium tours                                                                                          obvious “no smoking” sections in restaurants and cafes, but for now smokers can still light up in the City of Light.                                                                                                                                        How do you telephone the UK?                     Open Ouvert Close Fermé
Relive the ’98 World Cup classic between Brazil and Scotland at the Stade de France (rue                                                                                                                                                                          Currency The currency used in France is the Euro which comes in                                  = Comment pouvons-nous                           Push Pousse      Pull Tire
Francis de Pressensé) in St-Denis (accessible by RER blue line). Daily tours need to be booked         Street Sellers                      There are many hawkers to dodge at the main tourist spots trying to sell you souvenirs, bottled water or               denominations of (notes) €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200 and €500 and (coins) €1, €2, one,         téléphoner en Angleterre?                        Bus Station Arrêt de Bus
now (by fax: 0033 1 55 93 00 49) as September is already proving a popular month. Note that            asking if you “Speak English?” so they can get you to part with cash. A firm “non merci” should get you through but beware of the guys who try             two, five, 10, 20 and 50 cents.                                                                  (ko-men-pou-von-nou-tay-lay-fo-nay-en-           Departure Départ
tours are only available on September 9, 10 and 11 due to rugby matches. Individual tours (in          to lasso your finger with string (particularly bad at the Sacre Coeur) - the string’s on and you’re “caught” before you know it.
English) last 45 minutes and cost €10 (10.30am or 2.30pm). Groups of between 20-50 can                                                                                                                                                                            Telephoning Press the button with the flag to change the language in the                         An-gle-terre?)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Is this the right bus to the Parc des Princes?
also be catered for – cost €12 per person. See for information on the
stadium. The Parc des Princes will not have any tours the week of the match.
                                                                                                       Crossings Take care when out on the streets. Cyclists and roller-bladers share the pavements with you on the wider boulevards.                             display to English. It’s more cost effective to buy a télécarte (telephone card) from tabacs,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  post offices, supermarkets and travel stations (the cheapest is €7.50). Read the back of the     = Est-ce que c’est le bus qui va au
                                                                                                       Road crossings are different every time - some have a button for you to press, others have a green/red man and then there’s the “take your life in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  card for details of use and listen to the recorded message – the English instructions follow     Parc des Princes? (Ay-se-c-say-le-bus-
Rugby Village                                                                                          your hands” type where you step boldly onto the road and hope the cars stop. Remember to look both ways before stepping out.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  the French. To call the UK from France dial 00 44 then the area code and number minus the        ki-va-o-Park-day-Prinse?)
The International Rugby Board (IRB) will be sponsoring a “rugby village” in the Trocadéro area                                                                                                                                                                    first zero. The code for France when calling from the UK (or from a UK mobile phone) is 00
(at the foot of the Eiffel Tower) for the duration of the Rugby World Cup which will house             Climate and Time Expect temperatures between 15-25˚C and take a light waterproof with you as the weather in Paris                                          33 and Paris numbers are 10 digits long and start 01. If you’re taking your mobile check with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   How long will it take us to get to the Parc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   des Princes from here? = Combien
bars and screens within a tented village.                                                              is about as changeable as it is in Scotland. France is one hour ahead of the UK.                                                                           your provider about using your phone in France.
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Cycling                                                                                                Electricity Sockets use European two-pin 220v plugs and adaptors are available to buy at major airports.                                                   Left luggage All stations have left luggage facilities – look for signs saying                   Stade des Princes? (Com-bi-en-de-ten-
There’s always someone in your group who should “Get on their bike...” and now they can! A                                                                                                                                                                        ‘consignes’.                                                                                     fo-til-pou-r-ar-ri-vay-o-Park-day-Prinse?)
new initiative has just been launched to encourage people to get around Paris by bike. Called
“Vélib” - it allows you to pick up a bike from any docking station in Paris (they are installed
                                                                                                       Rugby World Cup Euro 2008 qualifiers are not the only sporting activities ongoing in September. The Rugby World Cup                                        Tourist office                     The Paris Convention and Visitor’s Bureau branches and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   How much? = Combien? (Com-bi-en?)
                                                                                                       will have kicked off and games to be aware of are South Africa v Samoa on 9 September at the Parc des Princes (Scotland take on Portugal the                                                                                                                Four beers please = Quatre bières s’il
at 1,000 foot intervals and clustered at popular sights and transport hubs) and park it at any                                                                                                                                                                    kiosks are dotted about all over the city. See or call: 08 92 68 30 00 for
                                                                                                       same day in St Etienne) and England v South Africa at the Stade de France on September 14. Bear this in mind as some pubs may prefer to show                                                                                                                vous plait (ca-tre-bi-ayr-sil-vou-play)
other station. You can book your pass at either a station or online, all you need is a bank card.                                                                                                                                                                 information. The main welcome centre is based at 25, rue des Pyramides, (open 9am-7pm).
                                                                                                       the rugby rather than the footie.                                                                                                                          M: Pyramides, Opéra and Tuileries.                                                               Can I have a whisky please?
A day pass costs €1. For more info, see
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   = Un whisky s’il vous plait?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   (a-un-whisky –sil-vou-play?)