Top 11 Tourist Mistakes in Paris
(and how to avoid them)
ABOVE: A laissez-faire approach to traffic
control in Paris.
Mistake #8: Driving in Paris
If you're intimidated by the thought of driving in Paris,
consider yourself lucky: You'll save money, time, and stress by taking the Métro
or bus and leaving the driving to Gus.
is hard enough if you're a Parisian who knows the local streets--but if you're
an out-of-towner, having to cope with a road system that incorporates medieval
lanes, angled avenues and boulevards, and frequent roundabouts without lane
markings (see photo above) will put you, your passengers, your car, and other
road occupants at risk.
But avoiding crashes is only half the battle: When you've
had your fill of Parisian traffic, you'll need to find a place to park your car.
That can be a nuisance, especially if you lose a side mirror or you're obligated
to pay damages to your car-rental firm after you've made the mistake of parking
on the street. Don't take our word for it--just look at these photos, which
illustrate common Parisian parking techniques:
||LEFT: Note the squashed
parking bollards between the the minivan and the car behind it.
||LEFT: Another nose-out parker,
with the rear bumper jammed against a vehicle that's parked in the wrong
||LEFT: This parking example
gives new meaning to the term "post traumatic stress."
Overspending on local transport
Top photo copyright © Sean Randall.
1st inset photo
copyright © Jean Schweizer.