10 Mistakes Travelers Make In Paris

Paris is considered one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. The reason is clear; the city boasts stunning architecture, delicious cuisine, incredible shopping, and first-class museums. To prevent travelers from spoiling their trip, HuffPost asked Parisians to name the main mistakes that tourists often make in this romantic city.

  • A busy schedule. If you’re short on time, it’s best to focus on multiple locations. Tour guide Richard Nayem, the founder of Eye Prefer Paris Tours, recommends adding a maximum of two to three activities to your daily schedule.

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10 Mistakes Travelers Make In Paris
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  • Greetings from the Parisians. In France, it is customary to greet everyone. If you ignore someone else’s Bonjour, it will be regarded as rude on your part.
  • Eat slowly. On average, locals spend 60-75 minutes for lunch and dinner.
  • Check your work schedule. Before going anywhere in Paris, you need to check the opening hours carefully. Many establishments do not work around the clock.
10 Mistakes Travelers Make In Paris
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  • Be careful – pickpockets! There are many pickpockets in Paris. Most often, they work near popular tourist attractions – near the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre.
  • One ticket for all museums. Such a purchase is advisable if you plan to visit at least two museums a day. Otherwise, it is a waste of money.
10 Mistakes Travelers Make In Paris
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  • Buying bread, wine, and cheese in supermarkets. Do not do that. Every Parisian has his own favorite bakery, where he can get a traditional baguette or croissant.
  • Don’t stay in the center. The Eiffel Tower neighborhood is one of Paris’s most touristic areas, where you rarely meet locals or find authentic French culture.

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10 Mistakes Travelers Make In Paris
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  • Don’t take baguettes and croissants home. They will turn into crackers. If you really feel like bringing home some delicious French bread, choose au levain, a sourdough bread.
  • Tipping. You can leave a small reward for the waiter – 3-5% of your bill. However, you don’t have to.

Adapted and translated by Wiki Avenue Staff

Sources: Today Lifestyle