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Tips from our Trip

The Carte Musee is a must.  It gets you unlimited visits to most of Paris' most popular sites.  It also lets you skip most lines, which is a major time saver.  You can buy 1, 3 or 5 day passes, and as long as you visit one or two sites a day, you'll cover the cost easily.
Get the Carte Musee!

The Carte Musee is a must. It gets you unlimited visits to most of Paris' most popular sites. It also lets you skip most lines, which is a major time saver. You can buy 1, 3 or 5 day passes, and as long as you visit one or two sites a day, you'll cover the cost easily.

We used The Rough Guide to Paris, Rick Steve's Paris and Great Eats Paris.  Rick Steve's is great at showing you suggested routes, with interesting tidbits about the various sites.  The book Great Eats Paris gave us several great meal-time suggestions, and I can honestly say they were all great picks.
Some good guidebooks

We used The Rough Guide to Paris, Rick Steve's Paris and Great Eats Paris. Rick Steve's is great at showing you suggested routes, with interesting tidbits about the various sites. The book Great Eats Paris gave us several great meal-time suggestions, and I can honestly say they were all great picks.

...you'll be surrounded by them, especially if you go in August.
Don't worry about looking like a tourist...

...you'll be surrounded by them, especially if you go in August.

The tip is included in the prices on the menu.  So is tax.  Do not get suckered into paying a 15% tip, although it is customary to leave a small extra tip if the service is exceptional.
No Tip Required

The tip is included in the prices on the menu. So is tax. Do not get suckered into paying a 15% tip, although it is customary to leave a small extra tip if the service is exceptional.

Driving in Paris is insane.  Lane markings, if they are even there, mean little and drivers are impatient.  I took this picture from the median on the Champs D'Elysees, and while taking it I felt the arm of the motorcycle driver brush against mine as he drove past.
Do NOT drive in Paris

Driving in Paris is insane. Lane markings, if they are even there, mean little and drivers are impatient. I took this picture from the median on the Champs D'Elysees, and while taking it I felt the arm of the motorcycle driver brush against mine as he drove past.

The French have an unholy fondness for mint drinks.  The Perrier Fluo on the right is a Peppermint Perrier.  It tastes like it sounds....carbonated mouthwash.  I saw a deep green slush at a local cafe, which turned out to be mint (not lime, like I thought it might be).  On more than one occasion, folks were drinking a shot of creme de menthe with spring water.  Ugh.  One French custom I'm not fond of.
Mint Soda = Carbonated Mouthwash

The French have an unholy fondness for mint drinks. The Perrier Fluo on the right is a Peppermint Perrier. It tastes like it sounds....carbonated mouthwash. I saw a deep green slush at a local cafe, which turned out to be mint (not lime, like I thought it might be). On more than one occasion, folks were drinking a shot of creme de menthe with spring water. Ugh. One French custom I'm not fond of.

In Canada, Diet Coke in French is Code Diete.  In France, Diet Coke in French is, Coke...Light.  Despite the fact that Light is not a French word.  If you see something-Light, it's basically something-diet.  Orangina-Light.  Sprite-Light.  Pepsi-Light.  Steak-Frites-Light.  Okay, I made that last one up.
Light = Diet

In Canada, Diet Coke in French is Code Diete. In France, Diet Coke in French is, Coke...Light. Despite the fact that Light is not a French word. If you see something-Light, it's basically something-diet. Orangina-Light. Sprite-Light. Pepsi-Light. Steak-Frites-Light. Okay, I made that last one up.