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Top 11 Tourist Mistakes in Paris
(and how to avoid them)

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ABOVE: Look back when you leave, and remember to return.

Mistake #11: Saying "Adieu" instead of "Au revoir"

  • Adieu: Farewell.
  • Au revoir: Good-bye (until we meet again).

To its admirers, Paris is more than a city--it's also a habit, or even an addiction. You can see this in the Paris guidebook section at your local bookstore:

  • General-interest guidebooks such as Rick Steves' Paris, Frommer's Paris from $95 a Day, and Fodor's Paris target the first-visitor.

  • More experienced visitors can explore areas or topics that whetted their interest on a previous trip with tools like Walking Paris: Thirty Original Walks in and Around Paris, the City Walks: Paris card series, or Born to Shop Paris.

  • By the third or fourth trip, the traveler is likely to be reading esoteric books like Markets of Paris, Café Life Paris, Paris by Bistro, or Métro Insolite (an historical and present-day guide to the Paris Métro, in French).

The point we're trying to make is that Paris isn't the kind of place where travelers come only once. Many visitors--especially those who live in Britain or on the Continent--come again and again, and pretty soon they're fantasizing about buying an apartment in Montmartre or a pied-à-terre on the Left  Bank.

Our advice:

  • Travel to Paris whenever you can, and for as long as you can.

  • Rue de Steinkerque signIf you're coming for a week or longer, consider renting a holiday apartment in a neighborhood that you know. (Our articles on an apartment near Notre Dame and an apartment in Montmartre will give you an idea of what to expect.)

    By staying in a flat or studio, you'll have a chance to live your fantasy of being a Parisian--at least for a short time--and you may save a few euros in the bargain.

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