Quick facts about France, Paris
Major Airports: Charles de Gaulle Airport – Paris (CDG)
Currency: Euro - EUR ($1 US = $0.83 EUR)
Language: The national language is French.
Documents: Valid passport and return ticket, a visa is not required when visiting for less than three months. Valid U.S. driver’s license is needed for driving in France, minimum age to rent a car is typically 24 years old, and the rental car company will also provide a “Carte Grise” and insurance required for driving in France. If you want to make sure you have all the appropriate documents you should check in with the closest French Embassy or Consulate.
When to Go: Overall France has a temperate climate. The winters are cold, summers are hot and little rain. There are better chances of warm and comfortable weather from June through September.
Getting There: There are over 30 major US cities that have direct flights to Paris, Charles de Gaulle Airport, making it convenient and affordable deals can be found.
Getting Around: The French train system is by far the fastest and most practical method of transportation. The SNCF is one of the most efficient systems and their super fast TGV (high-speed trains). Most of the towns in France can be traveled around via metro, tram systems or bus. If you prefer to rent a car, remember that the French drive on the right hand side of the road and because of the highway tolls and high gasoline costs, it is expensive especially if you are not traveling in a large group to be able to split the costs. However, you can always get a better deal when you plan in advance as they are several Fly and Drive special packages.
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Bars in Paris are more youth-oriented. Among the famous, trendy and stylish clubs is the Le Batofar, a remodeled lighthouse tugboat a chic club featuring electronic, techno and world-beat music. The China Club 50 includes a cigar and rum bar on the upstairs area and a live music venue below. The Au Lapin Agile offers a dose French cabaret. The Harry’s New York Bar offers the best Bloody Mary and a piano bar. For a more subtle and classy drinking experience, the bars at the Plaza Athénée or Ritz are great places to be in. They offer a unique and unforgettable Parisian experience.... Read more »
Recent reviews for Paris
The good old France - Mar 5, 2008, by lindamura
Bonjour! France c'est magique! France is the country of romance, fine food and beverages and it offers an endless choice of enchanting destinations. This country's landscape from the towering snow capped mountains of the Alps, the... Read more »
Public transportation in Paris - Aug 16, 2009, by erato
Paris is indeed an amazing city with world famous monuments and people. It is as beautiful as they say but still causes many surprises for a first-time visitor like myself.Paris - Transportation There are two different cities, one under... Read more »
Top things to do in Paris - Jun 30, 2009, by diana_ciocoiu
Paris, the capital and largest city of France, is an important cultural center of fashion, entertainment and gastronomy.The most recommended periods to visit Paris are spring and autumn. Why? Because the agreeable temperature provide better... Read more »
The wonderful France - Feb 22, 2006, by travelgrove-editor
France is the country of romance, fine food and beverages and it offers an endless choice of enchanting destinations. This country's landscape from the towering snow capped mountains of the Alps, the quaint countryside, the vineyards, thick... Read more »
Weather forecast for Europe - Feb 22, 2006, by travelgrove-editor
France - Paris Spring time is great to visit, as the city is pleasantly warm but not too hot. The southern regions are nicer in the summer time as you want to hit the beaches. Autumn can get cooler and there can be a bunch of rain. The... Read more »
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