Paris Vacations

While Paris sometimes feels like a caricature of its own romantic perfection, the real Paris doesn't start to come alive until you interact with it in person. Start by smiling back enigmatically at the Mona Lisa in the Louvre. Then assess the grand Champs-Élysees and other boulevards from atop the Arc de Triomphe. Wander the orderly streets past ... Read more
flower shops and fresh vegetable stands until you reach the Jardin du Luxembourg, where you can watch families sail model sailboats in the historic fountains. Save Gustav Eiffel's masterpiece, The Eiffel Tower, and the lights of Paris, for the evening. As one of the most hyped cities in the world, Paris both lives up to and surpasses its clichés. Yes, locals spend hours sipping coffee in streetside cafes. No, Parisians do not seem to gain weight, no matter how much delicious French food they eat. Sure, your waiter might scoff if you say 'thank you' instead of 'merci,' but even this is starting to change. Paris is, gasp, modernizing. Gone are the smoke-filled restaurants (à fumée is outlawed in all public buildings) and perhaps soon, the 35-hour work week. But the romance will always stay.

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The cliché goes that Paris in springtime (Billie Holiday, anyone?) is the ideal time for a visit, but Parisians will tell a different story. Winters are cold but festive, and autumn sees the Vendange, fashion ... Read more
week and a raft of conferences which can book out many hotels. The weather is probably most welcoming overall, however, between June and September. Consider that July and August are high season in Europe, and along with nice weather bring lots of tourists; a queue to enter the Louvre or other museums is much more likely.

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Solo Female Travel Tips

Paris is a generally safe city but "the train stations at night are not the greatest location." "Avoid the Barbès- Rochecourt metro stop (in Northern Paris) after 10pm." A tip for the Metro was to not "sit close to the door on Paris trains -- ... Read more
sometimes people have their bag snatched as the perpetrator gets out just before the door closes." One theme was that after the attacks of the last few years, some are "...worried unnecessarily that things had drastically changed in France due to the media…(but) awareness is always important... to make sure it doesn't translate into…fear." As to dress, "if you look put together in a skirt or slacks, people will treat you better."

Trip by Skyscanner surveyed its Solo Female Traveller Tribe to compile woman-to-woman safety tips for this destination. While no one destination is ever completely safe or unsafe, our hope is that this information will allow users to make their own decisions with better information.

Paris reviews & trip reports

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    Art & Design Lovers
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    Foodies
  • 9.2
    History Buffs
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    Luxury Travelers
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    Adventure Travelers

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New York City, New York State, USA

Paris, the city of love. After spending 3 days here, I still feel like I need to go back to get the true French feelings of this place. The people are not as bad as everyone makes it seem. Most speak English or at least understand what you're trying to get across to them if you don't speak French. There's so many museums and pieces of art throughout the city that make you feel like you're a part of the history. Paris is a stop you can't miss on your trip to France.

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Stockholm, sverige

Expensive city in Europe - but woooorth it. Make sure to get out of the super touristy areas and find smaller resturants or bars. The local paris vibe is alot more fun.

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Wethersfield, Connecticut, USA

Paris holds a special place in mine and my wife's hearts. It is the city in which we got engaged. I surprised her with a trip to Paris last winter, and she was stoked. She is a ballet dancer and she had always dreamed of visiting Paris, the "home" of ballet, especially contemporary ballet. She wanted to see Varsailles, which is where ballet became popular. We did all of that and more. We managed to tour the Louvre, the museums, the cathedrals, the Eiffel Tower, and we watched Swan Lake at the Opera Bastille on New Year's Eve (which is where I proposed).

You cannot go wrong with a trip to Paris. It has something for everyone, it has history (and loads of it for people like me), it has culture, the arts, FOOD!!!, wine, amazing night life, awesome views, and around every corner is a photo opportunity.

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Edinburgh, UK

Some would say you can’t rate Paris. I say they’re wrong! From the must-see artistic locations (personally I prefer the Musee D’Orsay) to the general ambience.

Want to do it on a budget? Last time I visited my partner and I walked the city, taking in an occasional glass of wine and tray of meats at local cafes. Your Paris experience is what you make of it.

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Jakarta, Indonesia

Authentic view, Amazing feeling. The Metro is readable by using Google maps.

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Milan, Italy

Paris, c'est magnifique! The bohemian neighborhoods of Montmartre and the Latin Quarter. The museums, the Champs Elysee, the river Seine, the gardens. What's not to like?

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Los Angeles, California, USA

A city that needs no review, Paris is truly a global icon. Yes, there are thousands of cliches and tourist traps here, but the city lends itself to the world and offers it's culture in a way that makes you forget about all others.

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Brooklyn, État de New York, États Unis

An absolute cliche to say it but Paris is truly one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Complaints about the locals are over hyped. Paris is one of the world's great cities. If you can't enjoy yourself here, you should probably stay at home.

When visiting restaurants, keep in mind that the French perspective is that you are stepping into the restaurant as a visitor more so than as a guest. If you set your expectations based on the assumption that the staff view you as someone who has just stepped into their home, you'll have a better perspective on how service should work. Say "hello" and ask for recommendations (they are usually right). The tourist spots can be a painful but a good local French restaurant has impeccable service if you know how to judge it and go with the flow.

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Local from Paris, France

There's a lot of positive in this city, if you can work past all the nonsense! Everyone has a different opinion, so come and find your own Paris!

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Reno, Nevada, USA

The best view of all of Paris is from the top of the arc de triomphe. While you might think it's from the Eiffel Tower, the view is not complete since you're standing on the most recognizable landmark!

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