Paris - Disneyland
Saint-Ouen - Paris
Montmartre is the best part of
, the true Paris, and the area by itself is secure. To stay in Montmartre is a must if you find a nice accommodation to stay -- don't do like me and read carefully the Paris' hostels reviews before you book online because, for some reasons, Paris is a uniformly horrible city for hostels. My parents, who backpacked in Paris in 1978, had warned me -- bad security, rip-off, showers full of mold. Trust me, it has not changed for twenty-nine years! Expect body fluids and dehydrated insects' carapaces on your bedding (not a joke, I saw that!). The area of Montmartre is absolutely gorgeous with its pedestrian streets and its famous basilica du Sacre Coeur. Go there at sunset with a bottle of wine and puckered lips. Relax as Paris lights up around you and enjoy watching people stroll by for hours.
Be very careful when you choose your hostel in
! 80% are old and ruined by time and very poor maintenance. I've heard that some even have rat baits under the bunks, and that it seems totally normal to the owners, so don't expect any help in case you wake up during the night hearing "something" scratching into your backpack. Always go for the top three, this will avoid bad surprises.
"Les trois maillets" is great only for people who love the piano. If you hate jazz, it's not the place for you. My favourite is "le Vrai
," in the Montmartre area, which is the real Paris. The Latin Quarter area is really too sketchy.
, joy, this place is awesome if you like big iron towers and bread. Buy the bread in shops and eat on the street. Don't buy cappucinos. Watch out for idiots on the subway. Spend a day here, then venture out into the countryside, the real beauty of France.
If you stay in the centre of the city you'll have no problem finding a hotel that's close to the metro. Like in any big city, some neighbourhoods are better than others. I would highly recommend St. Germain or the Marais, both of which are really charming areas in
-- central, easy to reach the big attractions, plus near restaurants and cafes. And they are safe for females on their own.
is good only to get quality French perfume. All the rest in this awful city is not worth even thinking about it.
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