Welcome to Paris
La Petite Chaise
Café de la Paix
Raffles Le Royal Monceau
The Pursuit of Love- Nancy Mitford
The Elegance of the Hedgehog- Muriel Barbery
The Paris Wife- Paula McLain
My Life in France - Julia Child
Little Paris Kitchen – Rachel Khoo
Midnight In Paris
Frantic Funny Face
Three Colours Blue
The Very Best of Edith Piaf
An American in Paris- George Gershwin
If You Ever Go To Paris- Sydney Bechet
Madeline Peyroux- Dreamland
If you plan a lot of sightseeing, buy a Paris pass for free museum and gallery entry and access to hundreds of attractions, from €105 for two days for an adult. www.parispass.com
Remember many shops and galleries close on Sundays- it is a day of relaxation here, so don't plan a hectic Sunday schedule.
You will see infinitely more of the real Paris by following the locals, not the tourists. Try the Marché des Enfants Rouges, a daily morning food market in the Marais with the very best local produce, at 39 rue de Bretagne. Buy ingredients for a picnic and avoid the lunchtime bistro crowds.
Never anticipate fawning politeness from Parisians. And it's largely a myth that speaking a little French will soften them- generally, it mildly annoys them and most waiters would rather speak English than suffer your halting attempts.
Driving in Paris requires nerves of Tungsten, and public transport is excellent- so if possible, leave the car at home; or park on the outskirts, and take the RER.
Take a bateau-mouche. They may be a little touristy, but who cares? The Seine's traditional pleasure cruisers allow you to see all the best sights of Paris from the river, and at night, the views are magical.
Driving in Paris isn't the easiest option. However, should you need to drive, there are parking tariffs dependent on how central you are. It is roughly €3 to park in a designated parking area, with the outer arrondissements charging around €1.
However, meters do not accept coins – you will need a Paris Carte card, available from tobacconists for between €10 and 30, which you then place behind your windshield. In underground car parks, which can be found in every popular area, marked by a blue ‘P’, the charge is usually €2.50 per day. Parking in non-designated areas is strictly prohibited and can incur a hefty fine.
The Metro is Paris’s regular subway system, with 16 routes that have stops near all major boulevards and destinations. Look for the ‘M’ or Metro sign above ground, as it is easy to confuse the underground with certain stations that only offer RER – regional – train services.
The Metro runs at all hours besides those between midnight and 5:00am seven days a week. A single subway ticket costs €1.70, but a ‘carnet’ of ten tickets is more advisable for 12.70, reducing the overall price, and can be bought from all stations. Tickets can be bought from the buffet car on Eurostar before you arrive, which will avoid queuing.
As well as a regular night bus, there are lines that run from North to South and East to West through the city, arriving at landmarks like Notre Dame (line 38) and the Champs Elysees (line 28).
A popular choice for tourists and locals alike. The Velib program offers a good, cheap rental service, charging only €8 for a week, alongside a €150 security deposit. Skating is also permitted.
Walking is perhaps the safest – and most rewarding – option for exploring Paris.