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100+ Tips on How to Prepare for & Enjoy Paris

Compiled by Evelyn Hannon

A while ago we surveyed our membership on Facebook (please join us if you haven't already) and asked which destination they were longing to travel to. The overwhelming majority picked Paris. We can understand why. It's an absolutely wonderful city offering so much to see, do, and taste. And the wines! Oh my, sometimes it's less expensive to drink the local wines than to buy sparkling water.

Next we held a contest via our Journeywoman Newsletter (please join our subscriber list if you haven't already) and asked our readers to share their best tips about Paris. This article is the final result of an incredible amount of information that found its way into our IN BOX.

P.S. While we tried to get everybody's tips in, we didn't post duplicates. Nor did we include advice that left out addresses or links to places being recommended. It made it impossible to check their facts.

Now pour yourself a glass of red wine or brew a herbal tisane and enjoy your research, everybody!

Getting Ready - Movies and Books

Bookworm

#If you want to have a really good taste of what Paris is like watch a great movie called 'Midnight In Paris' directed by Woody Allen. It's beautifully made and shows Paris past and present. Every time I watch it I want to go back to Paris.
Deb, New Richmond, Canada

#My favorite movies to watch before you leave for Paris, are Funny Face, Charade, La Vie en Rose, and An American in Paris. My favorite books are: The Elegance of the Hedgehog, Sarah's Key, and A Moveable Feast.
Rose, San Francisco, USA

#It's a must to visit the interesting bookshop (especially for Americans) called Shakespeare and Company. There is also a book called 'Shakespeare and Company' written by Sylvia Beach who was the founder of this bookshop in 1919. Address: 37, rue de la Bucherie
Jutta, Willstatt, Germany

#The Abbey Bookshop in Paris's Latin Quarter has for the last twenty years become a cultural epicenter for Canadians, Anglophones and Anglophiles from all corners of the world.

EDITOR'S NOTE: For a listing of other Paris bookstores worth visiting click here

#When arriving, go to a newspaper kiosk and buy Pariscope. It's in French but you will be able to figure it out. It's inexpensive, maybe one dollar, and has sections devoted to concerts, museums, galleries, movies, metro stops for each event, times, etc. Within each section, it is organized by date. It will tell you if the movies are subtitled or offered in English. It's where I find the concerts, almost always classical music, which are held in old churches. Pariscope comes out every Wednesday. Absolutely the greatest resource.
Barbara, Walnut Creek, USA

 

The French love films...

According to the Eyewitness Travel Guides, 'Paris is the world's capital of film appreciation. There are over 300 screens across the city -- the Champs-Elysées has the densest cinema strip in town'.

According to easyexpat.com, 'Cinema tickets are about 10 € but usually half price on Mondays. New movies come out on Wednesday'.

According to the Mini Rough Guide to Paris, 'Cinema tickets rarely need to be purchased in advance. Some cinemas have lower rates on Monday or Wednesday, as well as reductions for students from Monday to Thursday. Some matinees also have discounts.'

 

Research advice from our Facebook Community

While preparing this article, I asked our incredible Journeywoman Facebook Community if they could recommend any books to read or movies to watch as part of a woman's research for her Paris trip. Here are their very helpful and interesting suggestions. Enjoy everybody.

BOOKS

Paris to the Moon
Paris, Paris
Paris Movie Walks
Sarah's Key
The Elegance of the Hedgehog
Into a Paris Quartier
The House I Loved
Without Reservations
The Sharper Your Knife, The Less You Cry
The Way I Found Her
Paris in Love
The Blessing
The Sweet Life in Paris
Stuff Parisians Like
The Paris Wife

Research books at: Amazon.com

Bookworm

FILMS

The Red Balloon
Hugo
A Moveable Feast
Before Sunset
Paris Je T'aime
Amelie
Sarah's Key
La Vie En Rose
My Best Friend
The Elegance of the Hedgehog
Haute Cuisine
Midnight in Paris

To watch movie trailers: rottentomatoes.com

 

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