In 2007 I fulfilled the dream of a lifetime and spent the month of April in Paris. Paris is the perfect destination for people interested in art, architecture, history, fashion, shopping, food and wine, and romance, just to name a few. I have visited Paris about a dozen times, in every season, and I can assure you that Paris never disappoints- Paris in real life is just like it is in the movies, only more so!
Whoever is telling you the French are unfriendly doesn’t know the same Parisian I have met. They are not as loud or smiley as Americans, but they are not unfriendly. I only speak about ten words in French, but I find that with a smile and a willingness to experience another culture I get along just fine. And it is easy to get around in Paris. You can buy a Metro pass, which allows unlimited use for a specified number of days, or you can purchase a carnet of ten tickets at a reduced price. I can teach anyone how to use the subway system in about five minutes flat.
Paris is not just for museum goers, but I must admit I do love the art. The Musee d’Orsay, which houses the impressionists and post impressionists, is my favorite museum, but there are at least seven or eight other museums I love, too. If you are an art lover the Museum Pass is a great bargain that admits you to tons of venues, and you don’t wait in line. Don’t forget the street artists, who will gladly sell you their latest masterpieces or sketch your portrait to take home as a souvenir.
There are about five different ways to do Paris, and all have their advantages:
There is so much to do and see in Paris and the areas around it that I never run out of things to do; but I have to admit that I am easily amused. I love to sit at outdoor cafés, wander down the Rue Montergueil with its tiny specialty shops and street musicians, and just ride buses through the endless neighborhoods. If Paris sounds like your kind of city, let one of our knowledgeable travel agents help you plan the Parisian Holiday that best suites you. And be sure to stop by my desk in the front of the office so I can teach you how the Metro works.