Canadian’s guide to Paris

Public Transportation

The Paris métro is awesome, and goes everywhere. The price for a trip in Paris is €1.80, and that’s anywhere within Paris. Basically, as far as I understood it, as long as you don’t exit the station (pass through any station that requires you to validate your ticket) you’re good to continue on. There was an option for you to purchase an unlimited pass for within Paris for like €25. I found this to be more expensive than actually buying single trips. You’d have to do more than 13 trips for this to be effective. I took the metro everywhere, and still ended up with less than that.

Money

It’s the Euro, like most countries in the EU. I didn’t find it to be super expensive while I was there. It was, of course, a little more expensive than other places because of it’s size.

The People

I didn’t have any problems with the people in Paris. In fact, I found them to be quite polite and friendly. Not a single person ever gave me a hard time about my accent. And when they didn’t understand me (i.e when I spoke too fast in French), they simply asked me to repeat myself (politely).

Cost

I didn’t really find it to be super expensive. My hostel stay was about €20 for the night, which is on par with everywhere else I’ve been.

Activities

There is a bunch of things to do, of course. My favourite was le tour d’Eiffel. I went all the way to the top, and loved it. It was a bit expensive, €17. If you’re planning on going, make sure that you book a ticket in advance, and save yourself the wait! I tried to do it on the day, when I arrived, but of course you need to do it weeks in advance. Le musée du louvre is always an option, but I didn’t feel like waiting in line for it. I walked from the big Ferris Wheel to the Arc de Triopmh (mostly) and that was a pretty nice stroll. Notre Dame was really nice, and I also went to The Panthéon, which was really awesome. I ended up collecting quite a few coins from the monnie de Paris collection, which you can buy at different tourist attractions around Paris. Plenty of good places to grab a drink, and make sure you get some macaroons!

Overall

I loved Paris, and it’s always been a lifelong dream of mine to visit. I accomplished it and I’m super happy for having been there. I recommend it to anyone, but maybe not on Valentine’s Day!

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