View Full Version : anyone from/been to france? i need advice!

01-09-03, 02:00
hey guys a little help...
im going to france in a few weeks and heaps of people (parents, friends, my boss) have told me so much different stuff about what to expect.

its really expensive, its really cheap, its dangerous, i shouldnt stay in paris, i should stay in paris, the transport is really good, transport is really bad, everyone speaks english, english isnt that common...etc etc
:confused: :confused: :confused:
i was wondering if anyone could give me any advice on the cheaper places to stay, the best places to visit, an idea of how expensive stuff is, what paris is like.... anything that would help because im too dodgy to go out an buy a guide and i think personal advice would be better.
thanks i appreciate it!

01-09-03, 02:04
Sounds like this is right up John's rue! http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/whistle.gif

01-09-03, 02:10
whos john? whats a rue?
im being serious.

01-09-03, 02:16
Hello andromeda_eats http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/wave.gif
John Falstaff lives in France. Rue is French for street.

01-09-03, 02:23
i get it, thats clever. thanks isabella. if you talk to john anytime soon tell about my post because i really am clueless! :D

John Falstaff
01-09-03, 02:27
Hi andromeda_eats,


I live in France, not in Paris, but I might be able to help. But give me some idea why your coming, where you might want to go, your sort of price range, what prices you are interested in etc:.

I can answer some of your questions though. Do not assume people can speak English! The Railway system is superior, much better than the UK. Paris, like all big cities has to be treated with respect. But if you are coming all the way from Oz you cannot come to France and not visit or stay in Paris. It is the 'City of Lights', one of the great, historical, metropolitan centres of the world.

If you want more help please ask specific questions. I'll do my best to help.


01-09-03, 02:35
thanks john your a champ. im only staying in france for like a week....im only going overseas for 5 weeks and we have like twenty countries we want to visit....but france is the one i insisted on when we were discussing where to go. i hear paris is beautiful....i really really want to see the sights espically the lourve....(not from playing TRAOD hahaha just because i love art)
we will have about $5000 australian for the trip (not including air fare) so about $1000 a week or about $600 euros. we plan to stay in hostels, hopefully in paris, if its not too expensive. our main goal in going is to see the sights. we dont want to do anything we can do back here in australia. i can speak a few basic phrases of french, my sister is fluent, so we will be safe enough because i can also understand a lot. thanks heaps for any help you can give me!!

01-09-03, 02:39
p.s i leave in 5 weeks and we are going to uk first so i'll be in france about the 30th of october

the croft woman!
01-09-03, 07:48

I just got back from Paris last week. It is expensive in places like clothes shops i did notice, but other places are quite cheap!
We cant speak a word of french, but we got by, we noticed a lot of people can talk basic english.
The metro sytem is your best bet of getting around, but word of advice, me and my ex spent £135 over the weekend on the metro system, even though it was mainly only 2.60 euros per ride! So if your planning on a lot of travelling around, take lots of money. If your planning to buy anything from the airport, be pre-pared, a bottle of fanta cost us 3 euros 90!

If you do go to Paris, you have to visit the catacombs, they were amazing, and that was my fave part of the trip!
Visit the eifel tower at night, its beautiful, and just up the road from there is the Arc de triumph (spelling?)
Take a map, it's easy to get lost http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/redface.gif

John Falstaff
01-09-03, 17:56
Hi andoromeda_eats,


Your biggest expense will probably be accommodation. I'm not sure about Paris, but youth hostels in London are about £24 Sterling a night. Sometimes with breakfast, sometimes not. ADVICE:- Get on the net, check out prices and MAKE RESERVATIONS in advance! Remember, if you can't get in to Hostels, the alternative accomodation will be far more expensive. This would really louse up your budget! Avoid nasty surprises :( - book! :D

If you are planning to do a lot of traveling by train it may be worth checking out the various student/young persons cards for pan-europe and UK rail travel. These might save you considerable expense. I'm not sure of the current situation -it's been a long time since I could pass as a young person!

Transport in town:- Paris, you can get little booklets of tickets. I believe that they are cheaper than paying for each fare individually. They will certainly save time, otherwise you'll have to queue each time! London, check out the various travel cards that you can get (daily, weekly and for different zones). If you have more than two rides per day on the tube they will save you a fortune! :D ) Just for example: the last time I was there a simple day return from my flat to the west end of London was £3.40 for two rides, simply going and coming. A daily zones 1&2 pass allows you as many rides/stops as you wish, all over central London and only cost £3.60. The only restriction is that you can't use it until after 9.30 in the morning. Prices may have changed now, but the principle remains the same.

Where to go in Paris? http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/privateeye.gif What a question! http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/yikes.gif

The Louvre is a must, but it's a lot bigger than would appear in AOD! Maybe you should make it both your first and last ports of call. Trying to do it all in one go will lead to mental indigestion.

If you're at the Louvre you should also visit the nearby Pompidou centre.

Other places:-

The Sacré Coeur in Monmartre. (Monmartre itself is a bit touristy.)

Notre Dame and the left bank/latin quarter.

The Luxembourg Gardens.

The Museum of Modern Man.

The 'Baton Mouche'. These are boats that show you Paris from the river - some of them are resaurants. It's highly recommended that you take one by night - and eat at same time.

Outside the city, but the great palace at Versailles is worth a visit.

Eiffel Tower, the land mark that defines Paris? You can see it by night as someone has suggested or go up by day, with a map, and see the city laid out below.

I hope this helps. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/smile.gif

02-09-03, 01:07
yeah it does thanks heaps guys, your champs.
just listening to the names of those french places is getting me psyched up!!!!
i seriously cant wait its going to be awesome and thanks so much for the advice. when i get back i'll let you know how it went! http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/hug.gif

02-09-03, 10:13
If you do visit Paris go and see if Pierre has got his face sorted out lol http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/jumper.gif