| Courtesy of Paris Eiffel Tower News
for the guests of
Hotel Petit Palace
"I love Paris every moment.
Every moment of the year, I love Paris.
Why! Oh why do I love Paris?
Because my love is here..."
Welcome to Paris! This page was designed especially
for you who may visit Paris for the first time. The idea is
to give you advices to acquaint you with the City of Light,
and help you prepare for this exciting trip. Read on!
Prepare well for a stroll
Once you have settled down in your comfortable
hotel room and are getting ready to take your
first stroll, take some time to dress
put on a really good pair of walking shoes to feel comfortable
in the Parisian streets. Walking in Paris means stopping often to look
at amazing details and buildings. This constant stop-and-go will wear
you down if you aren't comfy in your shoes.
the Eiffel Tower means waiting often over 30 minutes to gain access
to the ticket booth, then waiting some more for the elevator on the
way up, and waiting some more for the elevator on the way down. So to
your feet, a pair of good shoes will make a big difference!
weather is fickle in springtime and during fall: what starts out
as a great clear day can turn rainy and chilly in the afternoon. Pack
a sweater and a rain breaker if you are visiting during these seasons.
Summer is usually fine (70-85°F), August is generally hotter (80-95°F).
Winter is rainy and cold, almost as cold as in NYC.
In any case, take your umbrella along, it
may become your best friend -- especially if you
intend to take pictures of everything. Rain and
camera lenses don't like each other.
Now that you're dressed and all ready to venture
outside, here are a couple of useful tips:
Avoid taking a taxi during the day, and notably
in the morning until 11:00, and in the late afternoon from 4:00 to
8:00. Streets are jam-packed during those periods, and seeing the
meter run while you're a sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic is a
Taxi fares: taxi meters show your fare and
one of three letters: A, B, or C. If you are within Paris and on the
ring outside Paris (the peripheral boulevard), the A rate applies
from 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM, and the B rate turns on from 8:00 PM till
6:00 AM. When you leave Paris intra-muros, the driver will turn on
the B rate during the day and the C rate from 8:00 PM. If you are
far from Paris, the C rate always applies. You will pay extra for
every luggage you load in the trunk and if you take the cab from an
airport. Don't try to hail a cab in the street too close to a train
station: taxi drivers can't load passengers within a 100-meter radius
from the train stations. Go to the station taxi head instead, or further
away from the station.
French people do lunch
between 12:00 and 1:30 PM, and dinner
between 7:30 and 10:00 PM. If you wish to avoid
the crowd, lunch at 12:00 tops and dine out from
6:00 to 7:00 PM. Restaurants rarely serve between
2:00 and 6:00 PM.
Having a drink at the terasse of a sidewalk cafe
is a necessary experience in Paris (skip it between November and March
though,except if weather permits). However, terasse drinks are often
charged premium prices.
Although they are saddled with a reputation, cafe
waiters are not necessarily rude: they're just in a hurry. So
don't take offense if they are impatient with you. Smile and show
them what you want on the menu. They won't return the smile, but you
will get your order quickly.
In Parisian restaurants, it is not customary
for your waiter to come back to you once you are served to see if
everything is allright: they assume this is the case. So don't feel
you are ignored: just call the waiter when you wish to have your bread
basket replenished. If you dine out at an expensive restaurant, waiters
will tend your table diligently. Otherwise, it won't be the case.
Gratuity: your restaurant/cafe check already
includes a 15% gratuity. If you feel like giving an extra tip to your
cafe waiter, leave EUR 1 ($.97) on the table. In a restaurant, you
may leave EUR 3-5 ($2.7-4.5, more if you are in an expensive place)
but again, that's not expected in either case. Your credit card receipt
won't show any gratuity line.
Armed with these few basic advices, you are ready to conquer the asphalt.
On to places to visit!
|The Eiffel Tower
This world-famous landmark was built for the Universal Fair
of 1889, held to commemorate the centenary of the French Revolution.
It stands 1050 ft high. Admission (elevator to the top) is
EUR 9.90 for adults, EUR 5.30 for children under 12.
Opening hours: Jan 1-Jun 13: 9:30am-11pm daily (stairs: 9:30am-6pm);
Jan 14-Aug 31: 9am-midnight daily.
|Notre Dame Cathedral
Work on the Hunchback's gothic home began in 1163 AD and was
completed circa 1345 AD. The house of God can accommodate
over 6,000 worshippers. Admission in the Cathedral is free,
going to the towers costs about EUR 6. No elevator, people
with a heart condition should abstain.
Opening hours: 8:00AM-6:45PM daily. Towers: 9:30AM-6:45PM
daily. Masses: 8AM, 9AM, 12AM, 6:45PM.
|Champs Elysees and the Arch
The Champs Elysees avenue probably only deserves its nickname
of "most beautiful avenue in the world" for its lower section,
starting Place de la Concorde and ending at Grand Palais.
The rest of the avenue mainly features overpriced shops and
restaurants - with a few exceptions in the side streets. Walk
to the Arch of Triumph, at the top of the avenue, and visit
the 50-meter high structure built to commemorate Napoleon's
victories. Admission is about EUR 6, and free for children
Opening hours: 9:30AM-11:00PM daily from April to October,
and 10:00AM-11:00PM daily from Nov-March.
and the Church of the Sacred Heart
The Romano-Byzantine basilica crowns the Montmartre hill.
Its construction began in 1875 and was completed in 1914.
Admission is free, except for the crypt and dome (about EUR
5). For a fun ride, go to the Anvers metro station, walk to
"Rue Tardieu" and take the "funiculaire" (a one-car train
which brings you almost to the top of the hill). Montmartre
itself used to be a village outside Paris. The hill is famous
for its architectural landmarks, its artistic life, and more
recently, for 'Amelie'. It counts no less than 7 museums!
of the Invalides
Its building started in 1671 under the reign of King Louis
the XIVth, and about 30 years later. From its inception, the
place was designed to serve as a home to impoverished soldiers
and wounded veterans of the French army. It comprises the
veteran hospital itself, a church, several museums, and the
tomb of Napoleon I. Admission is EUR 6 for adults, and free
for children under 12.
Opening hours: October to March 31: 10AM-4:45PM, April-September
Located on Ile de la Cité, the construction of this gothic
church started under Louis IX in 1240 AD to house relics believed
to be Jesus's Crown of Thorns and parts of the Holy Cross.
Amongst other remarkable details, the tall stained-glass windows
which are mainly original work. Admission is about EUR 6.
Opening hours: 10:00AM-5:00PM.
|Place des Vosges
Its construction started in the early XVIIth century under
Henri IV. It was completed in 1612. Initially named 'Royal
Square', it was renamed 'Place des Vosges' by Napoleon I as
an homage to the inhabitants of the Vosges region who had
been particularly quick to pay their taxes. The square is
remarkable both by its style (it is lined with 36 buildings,
all dating from Henri IV) and by its shops and its little
park where Parisians like to loaf on sunny Sundays.
Find more comments on Paris landmarks and monuments at http://www.paris-eiffel-tower-news.com/discover-paris.html.
Paris offers a number of interesting itineraries for strollers. You
can follow the waterways (river Seine, St Martin Canal, river Bièvre)
or the 17-km long railway transformed into a most surprising walkway hung some 50 feet above
the hustle-bustle of the city. You can also spend some quality time
in any of the large public parks which the city counts (Luxembourg,
Buttes-Chaumont, Montsouris, Georges Brassens), discover the gardens of the 14th district,
or else decide to learn live history and architecture in areas like
St-Sulpice and St Germain-des-Prés.
and interesting city
This is but a glimpse of the many places you will want to visit during
your stay in Paris. Guests of the hotel are offered a Complimentary
Pass to the Members Only section of the Paris Eiffel
Tower News website, which features a lot more information on Paris.
The Complimentary Pass can be retrieved from the Thank You page which
displays after your reservation request has been received by the hotel.
The hotel personnel wishes to be of service to you during your stay
Discover our page on the Montparnasse Quarter.