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Top 11 Tourist Mistakes in Paris (and how to avoid them)
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We occasionally receive e-mails from readers who want advice on staying outside the city. Our reply is simple: "Don't."
Obviously, there are justifiable exceptions for choosing a hotel in the suburbs:
If you plan to spend most of your time at Disneyland Paris, it makes sense to stay in or near the park.
However, if the primary focus of your trip is Paris, then stay in Paris.
You'll save money on transportation, you'll avoid unnecessary commuting time, and you'll still be enjoying the city at night when workers and tourists from the suburbs have gone home.
In many countries, suburbs are considered safer and more desirable than the inner city.
That isn't true in Paris, where crime rates are higher in some inner-ring suburbs than they are in the 20 arrondissements, and where people who have a choice usually prefer the city center.
Our advice: Leave your city-vs.-suburbs preconceptions at home and enjoy Paris as the locals do.
Next page: Mistake #5: Lugging overloaded bags
|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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