PARIS LUXE NEW YORK OFFICE:
08 92 68 31 12
Inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org LUXE 127, av. des Champs-Elysées
Direct Line from Paris: 917-716-9360 GUIDE Mon-Sat 9am-8pm - www.parisinfo.com
CELL PHONE RENTAL
Lost key - A lost key will cost you $800 US as They deliver the phone to you within one hour or two.
we must change all locks if key is lost to insure your
safety and the safety of future renters. - Euro Exaphone Email email@example.com
01 44 09 77 78 - 39, rue Saint-Ferdinand -
Windows - Please close all windows when you
Paris 17th . Metro : Porte-Maillot.
leave the apartment.
- Rent a cell express
HOW TO USE TELEPHONE IN APARTMENT? 01 53 93 78 00 - 14, rue Magellan - Paris 8th.
The phone in the apartment can make local calls, calls Métro : Georges V.
in France and calls to a cell phone in France.
In order to make international calls you must use an
international calling card or buy a pre-paid phone card. National and International Calls
LOCAL AND NATIONAL CALLS
HOW TO GET AND USE A PREPAID PHONE
CARD? Are available in most tabacs, post offices, To call Paris from anywhere in France,
money exchanges and metro stations. Sold in dial 01 + 8 digit n°
denominations of approximately 7.5, 15 and 30 Euros. To call other areas in France, dial the 2 digit
Each card has a PIN code that allows you to call from area code 02, 03, 04 or 05 + 8 digit numbers
any phone line. Make sure you buy the card that has
the best rates for the specific country you are calling. To call a cell from anywhere in France,
dial 06 + 8 digit numbers
To use the prepaid phone card the card will prompt
you in English ; just wait a second after the French INFORMATION CALLS
greeting. For most pre-paid cards follow these
Local Operator dial 12
International Operator dial 32 12
Pick up receiver and listen for tone.
Enter the phone number indicated on the INTERNATIONAL CALLS
back of the card. Dial 00 + country code + area code + the number
Once you hear the recorded message, enter
the card's PIN code and then pound. To call US from France dial 00 + 1 +…
Dial the number, using any appropriate To call Canada from France dial 00 + 1 +…
long distance codes. To call Australia from France dial 00 + 61 +…
To call UK from France dial 00 + 44 +…
INTERNATIONAL CALLING CARDS To call Italy from France dial 00 + 39 +…
On public phones and in the apartment,
just dial your calling card access number directly.
To call Paris from the US
For ATT dial 0800-99-00-11 dial 011 33 1 + 8 digit numbers
For MCI dial 0800-99-00-19
For Sprint dial 0800-99-00-87 To call a cell phone in Paris from the US
dial 011 33 6 + 8 digit numbers
EMERGENCIES AND MEDICAL CARE
EMERGENCY NUMBERS MEDICAL ASSISTANCE
Fire dial 18 British nationals should carry an E11 form that will
Police dial 17 refund up to 70% on any medical care they might
Ambulance (SAMU) dial 15 need in France.
Emergency from a mobile dial 112 American Hospital : 63, blvd. Victor-Hugo -
Operator dial 12 92202 Neuilly-sur-Seine - ER 24/24: 01 47 47 70 15
consultations 01 46 41 27 27
NIGHT PHARMACIES switchboard 01 46 41 25 25
SOS Anti-Poison : 01 40 05 48 48
Pay in CASH. No credit cards accepted. SOS Doctors : 01 47 07 77 77. 24 hours house calls.
The doctor will come to the apartment.
European Pharmacy of the Place-de-Clichy
6, Place de Clichy - Paris 18th. 01 48 74 65 18 SOS Pediatricians : 01 41 93 41 59.
Metro : Place-de-Clichy. Daily: 24 hours. Mon-Frid from 8pm. Sat 2pm-Mon 8am.
Pharmacy of the Champs-Elysées SOS Dentists : 87 boulevard du Port-Royal
84, avenue des Champs-Elysées. Paris 8th. 01 45 62 02 41 Paris 13th - Metro : Gobelins. 01 42 46 11 20
Metro : Franklin-Roosevelt. Daily : 24 hours. For appointment the same day, call before 4pm.
For appointment in late evening until 12am,
LOST PROPERTY call after 6pm.
Bureau des Objets trouvés- 36, rue des Morillons
Paris 15th - Metro : Convention. Attention :
08 21 00 25 25. English-speaking. SOS Doctors, SOS Pediatricians
Mon-Thu 8.30am-5pm. Friday 8.30am - 4.30pm. and SOS Dentists, prices from 45 to 92 €.
2, avenue Gabriel - Paris 8th -
01 43 12 22 22 (American Nationals)
0810 26 46 46 (Visa Service)
Metro : Champs-Elysées
2, rue St. Florentin - Paris 1st
(Switch. 01 43 12 22 22)
Metro : Concorde
35, rue du fbg St Honoré - Paris 8th
01 44 51 31 00
Metro : Madeleine
Australian Embassy - 01 40 59 33 00
4, rue Jean Rey - Paris 15th - Metro : Bir-Hakeim
Italian Consulate - 01 44 30 47 00
5, blvd. Emile-Augier - Paris 16th - Metro : La Muette
Canadian Embassy - 01 44 43 29 00
35, av. Montaigne - Paris 8th -Metro : Alma-Marceau
New-Zealand Embassy - 01 45 01 43 43
7, rue Léonard-de-Vinci - Paris 16th -
Métro : Victor-Hugo
MONEY AND BANK
Make sure you do not go to a place that charges a service fee when you are changing cash. It is very easy to take
money out of a machine with an ATM card. You get a good rate this way. There are machines all over the city.
However, there will be a fee if you change traveller's checks. Currency converter : www.xe.com
THE BEST MONEY EXCHANGE PLACES AMERICAN EXPRESS
In Montmartre - Dey - 1, rue Lepic. Paris 18th. 11, rue Scribe - Paris 9th. Metro : Opéra.
Mon-Sat. 9am-8pm. At the very bottom of rue 0 800 90 08 88 English-speaking.
Lepic, on the right when going down towards
metro Blanche. It is just before the bakery on the LOST OR STOLEN CREDIT CARDS
corner. To declare a lost or stolen card, the following 24
At the airports - Travelex. These are also
found in shopping areas such as Avenue des
American Express 0800 90 86 00 or 0800 90 08 33
Champs-Elysées and Avenue de l'Opéra.
Eurocard/Mastercard 0800 90 13 87
Open daily 6.30am-11pm.
Visa 0800 91 56 13
In Palais-Royal - Master Change. Diners Club 01 49 06 17 50
4, av. de l'opéra. Paris 2nd. Open Daily : 9am-9pm.
The metro is the most convenient (and quickest) way to TRAVEL PASS
get around the city. If you are in Paris for a week Paris Visite is a pass to discover Paris and its region.
(starting Monday) buy a Carte Orange Semaine. The user's name must be written on the pass
You really only need Zone 1 & 2 as this gives you (no photo necessary). Each coupon is valid for either
unlimited use of the metro system within Paris for the a 1, 2, 3 or 5 day period (calendar days and not a 24
entire week, from Monday to Monday. It will cost hour period) of your choice: 1-3, 1-5, 1-8 zones.
around 12.50 € for the week. This is probably one of the
best deals in Paris. Make sure you fill in your name, With the Paris Visite pass travel freely within the
Carte D‚ Orange number and that you put a photo on zone area of your choice. This pass offers a reduced
the ID card. Otherwise you risk a 28 € ticket! If you rate for children between 4 and 11 years of age.
arrive mid-week, or are not planning on using the metro
extensively, buy a Tickets Carnet (ten tickets). This This pass is on sale in all metros, RER and SNCF
will cost you about 9.45 €. Each ticket can be used once stations, the Orly and Charles de Gaulle airports
by anyone. You can ride the bus with your metro pass. and in certain Parisian hotels and many tour
The bus is a great way to see the city, and also very operators abroad.
convenient. You can get a bus map at the metro station
where you buy your pass. For more information :
PARIS VISITE ADULT
08 36 68 41 14 (English-speaking).
www.ratp.fr/Eng/index.htm Zones 1 day 2 days 3 days 5 days
1-3 8,35 13,70 18,25 26,65 euros
With the ticket "T", the client travels via : 1-5 16,75 26,65 37,35 45,70 euros
whole metro network 1-8 23,60 34,30 42,65 53,35 euros
RER (RATP and SNCF) within Paris
RATP buses in Paris its suburbs
Optile network, which gathers together private bus PARIS VISITE CHILDREN*
companies in the greater suburbs area
Zones 1 day 2 days 3 days 5 days
Montmartre Funiculaire with a ticket T "Metro,
bus, Tram, RER-Paris". This allows you to take 1-3 4,55 6,85 9,15 13,70 euros
a one-way trip (up or down).
1-5 8,35 12,95 18,25 22,85 euros
TICKET T 1-8 11,40 16,75 21,30 26,65 euros
1 ticket 1,40 euros
Carnet of 10 tickets full fare 10,50 euros *4-11 years old
The Paris Metro is a great way to get around. DESTINATION ROUTE
It is clean and safe and can quickly get you Arc de Triomphe Line M10 to LA MOTTE
anywhere you want to go – including the PIQUET GRENELLE transfer
return trip to the apartment after a long day to Line M6 to CHARLES DE
of walking! The metro is pretty easy to figure GAULLE ETOILE
out, especially once you get familiar with how Eiffel Tower Line M10 to LA MOTTE
it works. For those guests who haven’t used PIQUET GRENELLE transfer
the metro in Paris before, here are a few quick to Line M8 to ECOLE
pointers to help you get started. There are 14 MILITAIRE
lines in the metro system. Each line is Montmartre/ Line M10 to SEVRES-
numbered and is named after its end points. Sacre Coeur BABYLONE transfer to Line
Every metro station does have a metro system M12 to ABBESSES
map on a wall near the ticket booth before Galeries Lafayette Line M10 to JUSSIEU (Dir.
you go through the turnstiles. Gare d’Austerlitz) transfer to
Line M7 to CHAUSSEE
If your destination station happens to be on D’ANTON LAFAYETTE
the same line as your starting station, all you Les Invalides Line M10 to DUROC
have to do is board the train on the track transfer to Line M13 to
headed in the right direction and get off at VARENNE
your destination station. For example, if you
L’Opera Line M10 to JUSSIEU (Dir.
are going from MAUBERT-MUTUALITE to
Gare d’Austerlitz) transfer to
SEVRES-BABYLONE, you follow the signs Line M7 to OPERA
white signs to the track labeled “Direction
Boulogne” because Boulogne is the end of Musee d’Orsay Line M10 to SEVRES-
Line M10 headed in the direction of the BABYLONE transfer to
Line M12 to SOLFERINO
Bon Marche Dept. Line M10 to SEVRES-
NOTE Store BABYLONE
In every station the white signs will direct you
to the proper track. Direction Gare d’Austerlitz The Louvre Line M10 to JUSSIEU (Dir.
Gare d’Austerlitz) transfer to
and for the other track are labeled Direction
Line M7 to PALAIS-ROYAL
Boulogne. Those track signs also conveniently MUSEE DU LOUVRE
list the stations on the line headed in that
direction. (In our earlier example, the St. Germain des Line M10 to ODEON or
SEVRES-BABYLONE station would be listed Pres MABILLON
on the sign “Direction Boulogne.” This serves
as a “double check” for to be sure you are
heading in the right direction.)
If you want to visit Sacre-Coeur and When transferring from one line to another in a
Montmartre, you’ll see that the closest station station, look for orange signs on the platform as
is ABBESSES on Line M12 Porte de Chappelle you get off the train indicating the path to other
Mairie d’Issy. If you are starting at lines and other directions. Some stations serve as
MAUBERT-MUTUALITE, you will see that the junction of several lines and it can be a long
there is a connection between Line M10 and walk to get to your desired line.
Line M12 at the SEVRES-BABYLONE station.
So you would take Line M10 to SEVRES-
BABLYONE (Direction Boulogne), transfer at
SEVRES-BABYLONE to Line M12 (Direction
Porte de la Chapelle) and get off at the
Walking is one of the best ways to see and For a leisurely stroll checkout these places:
experience Paris. We strongly recommend you
bring a good pair of walking shoes. Here are some Jardin du Luxembourg
suggested “Must-Sees” Evenings along the Seine
Antique shops and art around rue Jacob
Destination and rue Bonaparte
Ile St. Louis (4th) Marais, around the Place des Vosges
Latin Quarter (5th ) and rue des Francs Bourgeois
Pantheon (5th) Blvd St. Germain stop at Café de Flore
Jardin du Luxembourg (6th) or Aux Deux Magots
l’Odeon Neighborhood (6th) Rue du Cherche Midi and rue du Bac
Pompidou Museum (3rd) in the 6th and 7th arrondissements
Eglise St. Germain-des-Pres (6th) Rue du Faubourg Ste. Honore
Place des Vosges (Marais) (4th) and the Place Vendome
The Louvre (1st) Champs Elysees
Bon Marche Dept. Store (6th)
Tuileries Gardens (1st)
Musee d’Orsay (7th) Tuileries Gardens
L’Opera (9th) The Latin Quarter
Les Invalides (7th) At one time in Paris’s history, the term “Latin Quarter”
Galeries Lafayette Dept. Store (9th) referred to most of the Left Bank, especially around the
Montmartre/Sacre Coeur (18th) Sorbonne Today, the “Latin Quarter” generally refers to
Eiffel Tower (7th) a popular tourist area that straddles the 5th and 6th
Arc de Triomphe (8th) arrondissements. The Latin Quarter area is bisected by
the boulevard St. Michel. This is a very busy thoroughfare
Ile St. Louis that runs south from the Seine at the Pont St. Michel and
Only 6,000 Louisiens live in the most romantic constitutes the border between the 5th and 6th
quartier in Paris. Ile St. Louis is a preserved arrondissements. The portion of the Latin Quarter across
village that captures Parisian life centuries ago. the boulevard St. Michel in the 6th is slightly, but not
The main street is rue St. Louis en L’Ile which much, less hectic. One of the classic Paris bistros called
runs though the island starting at the end of the “Allard” is on the rue Saint-Andre des Arts in the 6th
arrondissement portion of the Latin Quarter. There are
pedestrian bridge and going right up to the far
a number of old-fashioned jazz and other music clubs in
tip. Rue St. Louis en L’Ile is a quaint, somewhat
the Latin Quarter.
touristy, street that has loads of shops for
clothing, jewelry, antiques, art and other goods,
including some fairly inexpensive jewelry stores St. Germain-des-Pres
that offer items that make great gifts to bring St-Germain-des-Pres is a lovely and sophisticated area
home to family. The friendly casual Brasserie in the 6th arrondissement. It has a reputation for
de l'Ile St-Louis, is a favorite serving good, sophistication in fashion, antiques, and decor, as well as
hearty Alsatian foods served all day long. Mon being the home of intellectuals such as Sartre, Simone
Vieil Ami also serves Alsatian food, it's elegant de Beauvoir, Hemingway and Fitzgerald. The Jardin du
and modernized and reservations are essential. Luxembourg is a wonderful place to visit. The center of
Les Fous de l'Isle, opened in June 2005, St. Germain des Pres is the Eglise St. Germain des Pres
on the boulevard St.-Germain. Here are some places to
offers traditional cooking, it’s a good value and
checkout in St.Germain des Pres:
the plates are loaded with fresh vegetables.
L'Escale is a busy old-time hangout rarely - Jardin du Luxembourg
frequented by tourists. Islanders proudly call - Shopping along such streets as rue du Bac, rue
Isami the best Japanese restaurant in Paris. du Cherche-Midi, rue Tournon
La Charlotte de l'Isle has been serving teas - Visiting the Church of Saint-Sulpice of DaVinci
and hot chocolates accompanied by homemade Code fame
cakes and tarts for over thirty years. Purchase - Shopping at the Bon Marche department store
- People watching at Café Flore or Deux Magots
delicious prepared take-away food and pastries
- Window shopping at the art galleries, antiques
(try the mille feuille) from Gourmet Calixte;
shops in the Carre Rive Gauche. This is the
wine from nearby Nicolas and cheese from La designation used by a group of 100 or more
Ferme Saint Aubin, one of Paris's premiere independent shops located in a quadrant bounded
cheese shops. Ile St. Louis is most famous for its by rue du Bac, rue de l’Universite, rue de Lille and
Berthillon ice cream. Many shops serve it, but rue des Sts-Peres. There are also wonderful shops
the main store is at 31, rue St. Louis en L’Ile. along rue Bonaparte, rue Jacob, rue de Seine, rue
The ice cream is good enough to justify the wait de l’Abbaye and rue de Furstemberg
in line that always extends outside the store.
MUSEUMS AND SITES CARD TRAINS www.raileurope.com
A pass* for 1, 3 or 5 days, valid to visit 70 museums Info and reservation for train tickets in France &
and monuments in Paris and the Ile de France Europe : 08 36 35 35 35. No guarantee that they will
region. Free and priority access for permanent speak English. Paris is served by six main-line rail
collections in the museums and monuments. terminals.
Save time: no need to wait in line.
Station near Montmartre : Gare St.Lazare -
Unlimited number of visits during your stay. Gare du Nord.
The museum and monument pass is on sale in the
Station near Palais-Royal : Gare Montparnasse
principal metro stations, in the Paris Convention
and Visitors Bureau, in the FNAC.
CAR RENTAL www.autoeurope.com
Hertz 01 39 38 38 38 - www.hertz.com
INTERNATIONAL AIRPORTS www.adp.fr
Europcar 08 25 35 23 52 - www.europcar.fr
Roissy/Charles de Gaulle Avis 01 53 32 79 10 - www.avis.com
Located 23 km North-East of Paris. Ada 01 40 25 34 49 - www.ada.fr
It has 2 terminals; the second is split into
terminals 2A, 2B, 2C. Department Stores
Information: 01 48 62 22 80
Au Printemps -
Orly 64, blvd Haussmann. 01 42 82 50 00.
Situated 14 km south of Paris. Metro: Opera; Havre-Caumartin.
It has 2 terminals, Orly South is the international Near the Galeries Lafayette and very similar to
terminal, Orly West is the domestic terminal. it. The 6th-floor Brasserie sits below a huge and
Information: 01 49 75 15 15 impressive stained glass dome. Nearby, Au
Printemps de l'Homme (31, rue Caumartin),
is all dedicated to men clothing.
Air France 0820 820 820
American Airlines 0810 872 872 Virgin Megastore -
British Airlines 0825 825 400 52/60 av. des Champs-Elysées. 01 49 53 00.
Singapore Airlines 0821 230 380 Metro: Franklin-Roosevelt.
Northwest Airlines 0890 710 710 Open every day from 10am to 12pm, it offers
United Airlines 0800 301 301 one of the largest selection of books and CD,
Alitalia Linee 0820 315 315 videos of the town.
Le Bon Marché -
24, rue de Sèvres. 01 44 39 80 00.
TAXI Metro: Sèvres-Babylone.
Designed by Gustave Eiffel, it is the oldest and
Many taxi stations are on the main streets. the chicest department store in Paris. It provides
Vacant can be identified by a white light. the best brands of men and women clothing.
An orange light means that they are busy. www.lebonmarche.fr
If you call taxi operators, they often ask for
your local phone number, have it ready !
136, rue de Rennes. 01 49 54 30 00.
This great establishment branches throughout
01 41 27 66 99 or 66 (English-speaking)
Paris are completely devoted to books and music.
01 47 39 47 39 - 01 49 36 10 10
It also provides an excellent range of cameras
In general, you can only board a taxi at a and computers along with a complimentary
marked taxi stand. “Hailing” a cab as you do ticket booking service www.fnac.com.
in the U.S. is not permitted in Paris and most
Galeries Lafayette -
taxi drivers will not stop for you.
40, blvd. Haussmann. 01 42 82 34 56.
Metro: Opera; Havre-Caumartin.
With a glass dome which dates back to Bell
Epoque, the store is dedicated to fashion
showcasing excellent designers.
The best Organic Market in Paris Birds and Flowers Market
Open Sunday 9am-2apm - Open daily 8am-7.30pm -
Blvd. Raspail, between rue du Cherche-Midi Place Louis-Lepine.
and rue de Rennes. Metro: Cité.
Metro: Sèvres-Babylone. Vist Ille de la Cite next to Palais Justice and not
The most famous organic market with products far from Notre Dame on Sundaywhen its bustling
straight from the farm. A large range of organic wines. with vendors. Expect a large variety of flowers and
ines. on Sunday, it is turned intoa bird market. Nearby,
The most famous organic market with products there are a number of pet shops.
Organic Market near Montmartre Puces of Saint-Ouen
Open Saturday, 9am-2pm - Flea Antique Mart-
Blvd. des Batignolles, in the center divider strip. Open Saturday- Monday, 7am-7:30pm
Metro: Rome or Place de Clichy. Metro: Porte de Clignancourt
A diverse collection of antibiotic free fruits and This huge colorful market is located in St.Ouen,
vegetables showcase in this lively bohemian town just northeof the 18th.
Paris Luxe Recommends
Le Viaduc Café - 3, avenue Daumesnil
Goumard Prunier - 9, rue Duphot - Paris 8th Paris 12th - 01 44 74 70 70 Situated under a
01 42 60 36 07 - Fabulous fish. Very expensive. lovely arch among the galleries of avenue
Daumesnil, near Bastille. Very nice to brunch
Gaia - 44, rue du Bac - Paris 7th - 01 45 44 73 73 or lunch. Opened daily from 9am to 2am, this
Very good seafood. Good service and tasty desserts. is a perfect place to stay late in.
Les Elysées - Hotel Vernet - 5, rue Vernet. Maison Prunier - 16, avenue Victor-Hugo
Paris 8h 01 44 31 98 00/98 Paris 16th - 01 44 17 35 85 Fabulous seafood with
impeccable service. English is spoken fluently.
Astor Madeleine - 11, rue Astorg - Paris 8th If you want to treat yourself to a real French
1 53 05 05 20 - Approx $80/person for culinary experience, this is the place togo.
appetizer, main course, wine, dessert & coffee. Meals will average at least $100 per person.
New restaurant under the supervision of Joel
Robuchon. Food is fabulous and creative. Bouillon Racine - 3, rue Racine - Paris 6th
Service is very good. They are extremely nice 01 44 32 15 62 - This magnificient Art Nouveau
and helpful BUT a bit confused & bumbling. restaurant in the Latin Quarter offer an
This will enhance your experience and endear excellent Belgium cuisine accompanied by
them to you, along with their inherent kindness one of a great selection of beers.
that is often missing in the French service
industry. Guy Savoy - 18, rue Troyon - Paris 8th
01 43 80 40 61 If you want to splurge, Guy
Restaurant Laurent - 41, avenue Gabriel Savoy is worth it. The food and service are
Paris 8th - 01 42 25 00 39 - www.lelaurent.com fabulous. The prices... high. Count on about
Menu supervised by Joel Robuchon, Excellent food. $150 per person for a full three course mean
Elegant ambiance. Very expensive (but worth it!). with wine and aperitifs.
The Blue Elephant- 43, rue de la Roquette Bocconi - 10, rue d'Artois - Paris 8th
Paris 11th - 01 47 00 42 00 Wonderful and 01 53 76 44 44 - This trattoria serves a good
authentic Thai cuisine.Beautiful ambiance and Northern Italy food in a modern décor.
impeccable serviceApprox. 40 € per person. Great selection of Italian wines.
Le Square Trousseau 1, rue Antoine-Vollon Paolo Pétrini - 6 rue du Débarcadère
aris 12th - 01 43 43 06 00 Excellent French food Paris 17th - 01 45 74 25 95 Very good Italian
in a classic bistro ambiance. restaurant. Open lunch and dinner.
RECREATION IN PARIS
TIME OUT PARIS INFORMATION WEBSITES
Buy the Paris guide "PARISCOPE", out every www.paris.org
Wednesday, for 0.50 €. Lists all movies, plays, Very detailed site. Highly recommended.
operas, dance, art shows and museums (with www.wfi.fr/frenchlinks/links.html
addresses and phone number). Tons of info on Paris.
TICKETS ON LINE Tons of info on Paris including many cybercafes.
This is a site where you can buy tickets online in www.parisinfo.com/
English. Go to "quick search" OR "advanced search". Paris Tourist Information official site.
Put in the dates and event you desire. Make sure you www.anamericaninparis.com/
put in the date the reverse of how we put it in the US. Very extensive website related to tourism in Paris.
Ex: Sept. 21, 2001 (USA) = 21/9/01 (France) -
Tickets on line.
FRANCE INFORMATION WEBSITE
English speaking private guides - 01 30 83 77 80
Information about France.
ENGLISH BOOKSTORES www.franceonyourown.com
For the independent travelers
WH Smith Aquitaine (South west):
248, rue de Rivoli, Paris 1st - 01 44 77 88 99 www.crt.cr-aquitaine.fr/index-us.asp
Metro: Concorde Open Mon-Sat: 9am-7.30pm
and Sunday: 1pm-7.30pm. www.whsmith.fr Provence (South east):
37, avenue de l'Opéra - 2nd - 01 42 61 52 50 Normandy (West):
Metro: Pyramides. Open daily except Sunday: www.normandy-tourism.org/
Mont Saint-Michel (West):
San Francisco Book Co.
17, rue Monsieur-le-Prince - Paris 6th Metro: Odeon Burgundy (Central):
01 43 29 15 70 Excellent selection of second hand www.burgundy-tourism.com/
books in English at reasonable prices. Open Mon-Sat:
11am-9pm and Sunday: 2pm-7.30pm MAPS
www.iti.fr Detailed road maps for people driving
MASSAGE into Paris, France and from most of Europe.
www.ratp.fr In French only for the moment!
15, rue des Tournelles, Paris Paris Metro : Maps of Metro, RER, Bus. Detailed
4th 06 60 17 05 36 www.masseur-ayurveda.com street itineraries in Paris. Bus tours.
Wonderful traditional Indian massages of head, face,
feet, and body. By appointment only. Prices start at
55 euros, an additional 30 % for massages at home. www.raileurope.com
Train tickets in France/Europe.
Info on all flights in both airports.
BUSINESS HOURS NATIONAL HOLIDAYS
Banks are open weekdays but there is no strict With 11 national holidays (jours fériés) and five
pattern to their hours of business. Some are even weeks of paid vacation, the French have their
open on Saturdays. Generally, they're open from share of repose. In May, there is a holiday nearly
9.30am to 4.30 or 5pm. every week, so be prepared for stores, banks, and
museums to shut their doors for days at a time.
Most Paris museums close one day a week -
usually Monday or Tuesday - and on national Bastille day (July 14th) is observed in true French
holidays. Usually, they're open from 10am to 5 or form. Celebrations begin in the evening on the
6pm. A few museums close for lunch (noon - 2) 13th and finish the next day with the annual
and are open Sundays only in the afternoon. military parade down the Champs-Elysées and a
Many of the large museums have one nocturne fireworks display, usually at Trocadero.
opening per week when they close at 9.30am or
10pm. January 1 (New Year's day)
March or April (Easter Monday)
Large shops are open from 9.30 or 10am to 6
May 1 (Labour Day) ;
or 7pm and don't close at lunchtime. Many of the
large department stores stay open till 10pm on May 8 (VE day)
Wednesdays or Thursdays. Smaller shops and 3rd Thursday of May (Ascension)
many supermarkets often open earlier (8am) but July 14 (Bastille Day)
take a lengthy lunch break (1 to 3pm) ; small food August 15 (Assumption)
shops are often open Sunday mornings. Some
corner grocery stores will stay open until about November 1 (All Saints day) ;
10pm (except on Mondays when they close). November 11 (Armistice WW1)
Most shops close all day Sunday, except some December 25 (Christmas)
around the Marais, Latin Quarter and the Ile de
BASIC FRENCH SURVIVAL PHRASES
Hello (good day) - Bonjour
METRIC CONVERSIONS Goodbye - Au revoir - Hello-goodbye - Salut
Yes/No - Oui/Non - Open/closed - Ouvert/Fermé
1 inch 25.00 milimeters
A hotel - Un hotel -A restaurant - Un restaurant
1 square yard 0.80 square meter A grocery - Une épicerie A room - Une chambre
The Tourist info service - L'office du tourisme
1 foot 0.30 meters The train station - La gare - A ticket - Un billet
1 meter 39.40 inches Include -Inclus Cheaper - Moins cher
A little/A lot - Un peu/Beaucoup
1 yard 0.90 meters Expensive - Cher Now - Maintenant
How much is it? - Combien ça coûte ?
1 centimeter 0.40 inch Later - Plus tard Just a moment - Un instant
Today/Tomorrow - Aujourd'hui/Demain
1 mile 1.60 kilometers
I'm sorry - Je suis désolé Please - S'il vous plait
1 acre 0.40 hectare Thank you - Merci Men/Women - Homme/Femme
Where are the toilets? - Où sont les toilettes?
32°F 0.00 °C
One - Un Two - Deux Three - Trois
82°F 28.00 °C Four - Quatre Five - Cinq Six - Six
Seven - Sept Eight - Huit Nine - Neuf Ten -Dix
1 ounce 28.00 grams Monday - Lundi Tuesday - Mardi
1 Kilogram 2.20 pounds
Wednesday - Mercredi Thursday - Jeudi
0.95 liter Friday - Vendredi Saturday - Samedi
Sunday - Dimanche