||LEFT: Waiting in line at
the Eiffel Tower.
Mistake #2: Arriving in high season
When planning your trip, consider these
The Eiffel Tower attracts some 5.6 million visitors per
The Louvre, the Musée d'Orsay, and
Versailles draw another 12 million locals and tourists.
Disneyland Paris pulls in another 12 million.
guess what: A significant percentage of those visitors arrive from June through
August. Figures from the Paris Tourism and Convention Office show nearly 2.5
million overnight visits by leisure travelers in July, compared to about 1.75 million
per month in shoulder season (April-May, September-October) and barely over a
million in January or February.
arriving out of season and avoiding holiday periods like the week before Easter,
you'll escape long lines at the leading museums and tourist attractions, you'll
find it easier to get tables in restaurants, and you'll probably pay less for
your hotel room or vacation apartment.
Of course, sometimes it's fun to be in a crowd. We once arrived
in Paris on May 1 (an important national holiday in France), and we spent a
pleasant evening strolling around the Latin Quarter among other couples who were
walking hand in hand while clutching tiny bouquets of muguet
(Lily of the Valley), France's traditional May Day flower. The next day, the
crowds were gone, and we could go nearly anywhere we wanted without standing in
Mistake #4: Staying in the wrong
1st inset photo copyright © thehague.
2nd inset photo
copyright © Arpad Benedik.