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14 Feb

Take a trip to Paris

Take a trip to ParisThe best time to visit Paris is probably around May/June.  With the weather not too hot and school holidays not yet started an early summer trip can be wonderful.  If you are a fan of the heat but not the crowds then August sees Paris slow down considerably as most Parisians take their breaks then.  A Valentine’s trip in February might be romantic but will almost certainly be cold.

Travel around Paris by public transport, cheaply and cleanly on the Metro or bus services.  If you are brave you could try the City’s bike service (similar to London Mayor Boris bikes’ scheme).  Beware, as although there are some dedicated cycle lanes you may come across buses and taxis sharing the lanes.  Walking is fun too, but take comfy shoes.  Taxis can be in short supply (especially at night) and can be expensive too if you get stuck in traffic.  If you are brave enough to hire a car then maybe venture out of town rather than negotiate the inner city.

However many times that you have visited Paris you will always find something new to discover.  Districts come into fashion and change as new bars, restaurants, shops and galleries open.

Useful phone numbers

British Embassy/Consulate (00 33 1 44 51 31 00, http://ukinfrance.fco.gov.uk). For passports and most other visitor services, contact the consulate at 15 rue d’Anjou (same telephone number) rather than the embassy.
Office du Tourisme de Paris (00 33 1 49 52 42 63, www.parisinfo.com), 25 rue des Pyramides, 75001 Paris.
Ambulance (samu): Dial 15.
Police: Dial 17.
Fire (pompiers): Dial 18.
Emergency services from mobile phone: Dial 112

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