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Top 11 Tourist Mistakes in Paris (and how to avoid them)
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Paris is divided into 20 districts or arrondissements. From a tourist's point of view, the most desirable districts are those near the major sights, museums, and attractions.
A hotel in the outer reaches of the 12th, 17th, or 20th might offer cheaper rooms than a more centrally-located hostelry, but you'll pay for your savings by spending more on Métro, RER, or bus tickets.
Even in the central arrondissements (the districts numbered 1 through 9), some locations are less convenient than others. For example:
Of course, there are times when it makes sense to stay outside the city's core, if you're familar with Paris and have a reason for choosing a less central location. Here's a case in point:
ride or a long walk from the Seine, but they're extremely convenient for
rail travelers who arrive on Eurostar or Thalys.
If you're a British, Belgian, or Dutch tourist who's coming to Paris for the weekend, you may prefer to book a room within walking distance of the Gare du Nord (read our Montmartre hotels article) and rely on public transportation to reach the sights.
For help in choosing a hotel location, see "Where to Stay in Paris" and our Paris transportation articles.
Next page: Mistake #4: Commuting from the suburbs
|Top 11 Tourist Mistakes in Paris:|
|1. Here, today, gone tomorrow|
|2. Arriving in high season|
|3. Staying in the wrong arrondissement|
|4. Commuting from the suburbs|
|5. Lugging overloaded bags|
|6. Sightseeing by the numbers|
|7. Booking unnecessary tours|
|8. Driving in Paris|
|9. Overspending on local transport|
|10. Being easy prey for pickpockets and purse-snatchers|
|11. Saying "Adieu" instead of "Au revoir"|
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