PARIS is magical, it really is. Its rich history and culture makes it one of the most dreamed about destinations in the world. Savour a glass of pinot noir and nibble on some truffle quiche at Parc Du Champ De Mars and you will know what I'm talking about.
Known as the city of lights, its architectural icons and cuisines will definitely lure you into the French culture. Although, you may have heard hearsays about the place which can be true, here are five things I wish I had known before setting foot in Paris.
1. Learn to speak French
Some french people are rude especially when you do not speak their language. I noticed most of them do not like speaking in English even if they can.
I had the firsthand experience when I dined in Cafe Marly, a high-end restaurant beside the Louvre Museum. Without any knowledge in french, I asked for a table and the servers did not welcome me at all. I ended up in another restaurant. Next time, some bonjour, merci and s'il vous plaît up my sleeves might give me a good head start.
2. Skip the dinner cruise on the Seine and head to the local market
A dinner cruise on the Seine might sound magical and romantic. However, the food in the local market is a hundred times better. Save yourself a couple of a hundred euros and immerse in Marche Bastille where you can buy fresh fruits, cheese, bread and the best tasting pastries for only a euro or 2.
3. Spend a day at Disneyland
Most tourists never include Disneyland Paris in their itinerary. Either they too preoccupied with the Louvre or the Eiffel tower that they forgot what sets this theme park apart. Mind you, it is where you can taste the best hot chocolate in the world! There is only one thing to keep in mind. The park closes at 11 pm so do not arrive too late in the afternoon, you might miss out on some rides.
4. Head on to Rue Paul Barruel and buy a baguette through a vending machine
I have never experienced this so next time I come back, I will surely head on to the 15th arrondissement in Rue Paul Barruel and find this baguette popping machine. Just stick one euro in the coin slot and out comes a warm, crisp and freshly cooked Baguette.
5. Have an authentic French breakfast at a Café
I tried having lunch on one of the local cafes and it was a good experience. The lamb chops were amazing. But really, a cup of cafe creme and some pain au chocolat (chocolate croissant) while people-gazing across the monument lined streets would be an even better experience.
According to some of my friends, a good authentic breakfast at La Bossue in 9 rue Joseph de Maistre makes everyone's day unforgettable.