Leslie M. Garland
Leslie M. Garland on Traveling to Paris: Where to Find the Right Information
In this article, veteran traveler Leslie M. Garland shares information on how to plan for your trip to the romantic city of Paris, France. Paris maintains a reputation as a beautiful and diverse city, but a bit of preparation in advance can make all the difference in terms of making your vacation unforgettable.
Start at the English-language website of the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau for general information about what to see and do during your trip. The website contains sections on accommodations, dining, culture, history, shopping, and local transportation.
In particular, check out the Practical Paris section of the website, which provides a wealth of indispensable information about life in Paris, from the habits and mannerisms of the city’s residents to a list of emergency phone numbers. This section even offers information on the difference between American and French sizes for shoes and clothes. The information in this guide remains a must for any first-time visitor.
A comprehensive event and entertainment guide, Time Out will help you decide what to see and do while in Paris. The website includes standard attractions such as museums, concerts, art exhibitions, and family entertainment venues. In addition, Time Out ventures into more specific tastes, such as activities for couples and gay and lesbian events. The Time Out site also features editor reviews, which provide you with an ongoing stream of opinion pieces on interesting aspects of the city you might otherwise have missed.
No discussion of Paris would be complete without mentioning the famous Louvre Museum. Visitors to the city should check out the museum's website, which provides information on upcoming exhibitions as well as background pieces to help contextualize your visit. In particular, take a look at the Eye-Openers section of the website, which offers art history and information on the science behind great works of art.