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Île-de-France Auberges de Jeunesse


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Paris, it was as beautiful as everything I had read. I just returned from Paris and I am in love. Everything is within walking distance from the Metro/RER system. The Parisians are very warm, friendly, and helpful (especially the police). It is true that Parisians dress well, but that can be said for most of Europe, so if you go to Europe in general, try to dress a little better than you usually do. I fortunately wore black most of my stay, so I fit right in. As far as the "snobbiness" - I did not encounter any. The French were most charming and happy to help me. (I do speak French, so perhaps that was my ticket). I took a night train from Paris to Rome and made some great friends! Train is the way to go - buy one of those Eurail passes! They are well worth the money! Ciao!
You could stay in Paris forever — if you can afford to — and still not get enough. I ran the whole time day and night and did not see the half of it. And remember, please at least try to speak a little French and you will be surprised how pleasant Parisians will be—don’t try and you will experience the stereotypical aloofness. My advice, buy one of those language learning cd’s at your local book store before you leave home and get the basics like “Ou se trouve le WC”, the last part is pronounced VC (Where’s the restroom.)
Be very careful when you choose your hostel in Paris! 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 Paris," in the Montmartre area, which is the real Paris. The Latin Quarter area is really too sketchy.
Paris is amazing, I fell in love with it and so do most people. I have to say the Eiffel Tower and the more touristy sites were a little bit of a disappointment. On the other hand Montmartre and places like the Sacre Couer were amazing. But seriously screw what they say about French attitude, people are fantastic.
I would rent an apartment for ten days, that's what I always do in the Latin Quarter. This way you immerse yourself in the local lifestyle. You can buy fresh croissants every morning and have coffee on your balcony overlooking the city (most apartments have some sort of terrace). Notre Dame, the beautiful Sainte-Chapelle (holy chapel), Eiffel Tower, and Arc de Triomphe is a one-day affair (start early) and you can even fit in a cocktail in the evening on the roof of La Samaritaine at Pont Neuf overlooking the Seine. You need at least a day for the Louvre or any museum for that matter. Versailles is a day trip or at least most of a day but worth seeing the extravagance. Don't cram in too much sightseeing or your trip will seem over in a flash. The best and only way to experience Paris is just walking, riding the Metro and getting lost, spend at least a day doing this. The Metro is very easy to navigate with color-coded maps in every station and on every car. You can never really get…


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