This is the season where Paris seems to reawaken, with its avenues fringed with new green shoots and its trees in flower. The days are getting longer, as are the opening times of museums, and the high season is just around the corner. There’s a holiday feeling in the air and the sweet smell of candy floss pervades the pathways of the Foire du Trône funfair. People venture out and about in the parks and gardens and along the river banks, strolling, cycling or skating.

When the summer season is at its height, rest and relaxation and “joie de vivre” bask in the sun, on the café terraces, in the parks and on the “beaches” by the Seine. Picnics abound and gourmets melt for the best ice cream in Paris. On the Champs-Elysées, the 14 July parades and the cyclists triumph. Cinema and music celebrate: free films and concerts thrill the la capital, which takes on its summer scenes.

When you see the avenues and parks take on their autumn reflections, and the soft light of the street lamps sets aglow the carpet of fallen leaves, it’s an inspiring sight. The days may be getting shorter, but the colours are blooming. This is not only the time to return to school, but also a renewal of culture. Autumn has its own festival and the major trade fairs draw the crowds. Towards the end of November, Paris already sparkles with Christmas decorations.

Snow occasionally covers the rooftops of Paris with its mantle, reminiscent of the Impressionist paintings by Caillebotte. Christmas dresses up the main avenues with its sparkle, markets and appealing window displays spring up around the city. It is a pleasure to dive into the cosy warmth of its restaurants and cafés. Take a tasty break for hot chocolate between two museums or after a few pirouettes on the open-air ice rinks. From January to March, this is the charm of off-season Paris.




Society & Culture
Food is one of the great passions of the French people.
French cooking is highly refined and involves careful preparation, attention to detail, and the use of fresh ingredients.
It varies by region and is heavily influenced by what is grown locally.

Family Values
The family is the social adhesive of the country and each member has certain duties and responsibilities.
The extended family provides both emotional and financial support.
Despite their reputation as romantics, the French have a practical approach towards marriage.
Families have few children, but parents take their role as guardians and providers very seriously.

Etiquette & Customs

Meeting Etiquette
The handshake is a common form of greeting.
Friends may greet each other by lightly kissing on the cheeks, once on the left cheek and once on the right cheek.
First names are reserved for family and close friends. Wait until invited before using someone’s first name.
You are expected to say ‘bonjour’ or ‘bonsoir’ (good morning and good evening) with the honorific title Monsieur or Madame when entering a shop and ‘au revoir’ (good-bye) when leaving.
If you live in an apartment building, it is polite to greet your neighbours with the same appellation.

Gift Giving Etiquette
Flowers should be given in odd numbers but not 13, which is considered unlucky.
Some older French retain old-style prohibitions against receiving certain flowers: White lilies or chrysanthemums as they are used at funerals; red carnations as they symbolize bad will; any white flowers as they are used at weddings.
Prohibitions about flowers are not generally followed by the young. When in doubt, it is always best to err on the side of conservatism.
If you give wine, make sure it is of the highest quality you can afford. The French appreciate their wines.
Gifts are usually opened when received.

Business Meetings Etiquette
Appointments are necessary and should be made at least 2 weeks in advance.
Appointments may be made in writing or by telephone and, depending upon the level of the person you are meeting, are often handled by the secretary.
Do not try to schedule meetings during July or August, as this is a common vacation period.
If you expect to be delayed, telephone immediately and offer an explanation.
Meetings are to discuss issues, not to make decisions.
Avoid exaggerated claims, as the French do not appreciate hyperbole.

Dress Etiquette
Business dress is understated and stylish.
Men should wear dark-coloured, conservative business suits for the initial meeting. How you dress later is largely dependent upon the personality of the company with which you are conducting business.
Women should wear either business suits or elegant dresses in soft colours.
The French like the finer things in life, so wear good quality accessories


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Date Day Holiday (English)
1-Jan Thursday New Year’s Day
3-Apr Friday Good Friday
(only in Alsace and Moselle)
6-Apr Monday Easter Monday
1-May Friday Labour Day
8-May Friday Victory in Europe Day
14-May Thursday Ascension Day
24-May Sunday Whit Sunday
25-May Monday Whit Monday
14-Jul Tuesday National Day
15-Aug Saturday Assumption of Mary
1-Nov Sunday All Saints’ Day
11-Nov Wednesday Armistice Day
25-Dec Friday Christmas Day
26-Dec Saturday St Stephen’s Day
(only Alsace and Moselle)


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Assistance Publique – Hôpitaux de Paris 84, boulevard Sebastopol, Paris 3rd 01 44 61 23 01
Assistance Publique – Hôpitaux de Paris 4, rue Ferrus, Paris 14th 01 48 04 20 00
Assistance Publique – Hôpitaux de Paris 67, boulevard Bessières, Paris 17th 01 40 25 38 09
Assoc Néphrologique Développement Rein Artificiel 24, rue Londres, Paris 8th
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Association Gombault Darnaud 24, rue Bayen, Paris 17th 01 40 68 70 00




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Place de la Concorde
At the east end of the Champs-Elysées is Place de la Concorde, the largest square in Paris with fantastic vistas in every direction. It was in this square that the French King Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette and many others were guillotined during the French revolution. The large 3200 years old Egyptian obelisk in the center of the Place de la Concorde was brought from the Temple of Luxor in the 19th century.

Begun sometime after 1239, the Sainte-Chapelle is considered among the highest achievements of Gothic architecture. Its construction was commissioned by King Louis IX of France to house his collection of Passion Relics, including Christ’s Crown of Thorns, one of the most important relics in medieval Christendom. Although damaged during the French revolution, and restored in the 19th century, it retains one of the most extensive in-situ collections of 13th-century stained glass anywhere in the world.

Centre Pompidou
Designed in the style of high-tech architecture, Centre Pompidou is a cultural institution in the Beaubourg area of the 4th arrondissement. It houses a vast public library, the Musée National d’Art Moderne which is the largest museum for modern art in Europe, a bookshop, a movie theater and a panoramic terrace. The library occupies the first three floors of the building, while the museum’s permanent collection is located on floors 4 and 5. The first and top floor are used for large expositions. The Centre is named after Georges Pompidou, the President of France from 1969 to 1974 who commissioned the building.

Musee d’Orsay
A must-do for art lovers, the Musee d’Orsay is known for housing the world’s premier collection of impressionist paintings. Located in a former railway station, this grand museum showcases thousands of art works and objects that cover a period between the mid-1800s and the early 1900s. Visitors can walk through several rooms to view amazing art works by many famous artists such as Monet, Van Gogh, Cezane, Degas, Pissarro, Renoir and Jean-Francois Millet.

Jardin du Luxembourg
Known in English as the Luxembourg Gardens, this public park is the second largest in Paris. Visitors here can picnic or stroll leisurely among beautiful lawns, formal gardens and fruit orchards that feature many artistic statues and fountains. For fun and sport, there are jogging paths, tennis courts and fitness equipment. Children can play in the huge playground, ride ponies, watch a puppet show and sail model boats in a pond.

One of the most noticeable landmarks in Paris is the striking white-domed basilica of the Sacre-Coeur. Situated at the city’s highest point on Montmartre hill, this stunning basilica draws many tourists every year to see its marble architecture and gorgeous interior. A tour awards visitors with views of gold mosaics, stained-glass windows and one of the world’s largest clocks.

Notre Dame de Paris
No trip to Paris could be complete without a visit to the world famous Notre Dame cathedral. Standing more than 400 feet (120 meters) high with two lofty towers and a spire, this marvelous church is considered a supreme example of French Gothic architecture. A tour of this 13th century masterpiece allows visitors to admire the awe-inspiring rose windows, Gothic carvings, beautiful sculptures and a collection of relics.

Arc de Triomphe
One of the most popular tourist attractions in Paris, the Arc de Triomphe was constructed in 1806 to memorialize the triumphal battles of Napoleon Bonaparte. Standing 164 feet high and 148 feet (50 by 45 meters) wide, the arch features intricate reliefs depicting victorious battles and engraved names of many who died fighting for the emperor. Beneath the arch is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from the first world war.

Topping the list of the world’s most visited museums, the Louvre Museum is located in the Louvre Palace with its signature glass pyramid marking its entrance. Housing a collection of more than 1 million objects, the Louvre boasts some of the world’s most famous art works such as Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa,” Michelangelo’s “Dying Slave” and the Greek statue, “Venus of Milo.” Other popular exhibits include the extravagant apartments of Napoleon III, the ancient Code of Hammurabi, Egyptian antiquities and paintings by masters like Rembrandt and Rubens.

Eiffel Tower
Visiting the iconic symbol of Paris usually ranks as the number one thing to do for most tourists. Towering more than 1,000 feet (300 meters) high in the Champ de Mars park, this iron structure was constructed for the 1889 World Exposition. One of the world’s most photographed tourist attractions, the Eiffel Tower presents an excellent photography opportunity for both day and night times. Visitors can ride the elevator to see incredible views of the city or dine in one of the two fine restaurants that are situated within the tower.



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With an average of 27 million visitors per year, Paris is the most visited city in the world. Although the city is bustling year-round, the summer (July-Aug) is the worst time to visit, since most Parisians flee the city while most tourists crowd into the city then. Paris is probably most pleasant to visit in the spring (Apr-June) or fall (Sept-Nov), but it is also lovely during December, when the city is all lit up with Christmas lights. Annual fashion shows and trade fairs bring a lot of people to the city in September and October, so it may be difficult to find a hotel room during this period. Hotels in Paris rarely advertise off-season rates, but rooms are often a little less expensive during the cold, rainy period from November to February. Airfares are cheaper during these months, and more promotions are available; airfares rise in the spring and fall, peaking in the summer, when tickets cost the most.


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Learn Some French Phrases, Don’t Stress About Using Them – Most Parisians in the tourists areas speak some English. However, when in France, learn some polite French phrases to “break the ice.” You only need to learn five key phrases, and you’ll be surprised by the effect that they’ll have.
Shop in Paris, Don’t Forget to Say “Bonjour Madame” and “Au Revoir” – Unlike the US where “business is business”, the French view their shops as an extension of their homes. You would not enter a stranger’s house without saying “Hello” and “Goodbye”, so remember to do so when in Paris.
Order in Cafés, Don’t Complain About How Long it Takes to Receive Your Order
Express Your Opinion, Don’t be Surprised When the “Customer Isn’t Always Right” – In France, there isn’t the rapid pace of job churn in the retail/service industries that there is in the US. People are paid a living wage, and stay in the same profession throughout their lives. If you’re a frequent visitor to Paris, you’ll notice the same waiters in cafés, the same desk clerks at the hotel, the same salesgirl at your favorite boutique.
Ride the Metro, Don’t Throw Out Your Ticket – Hold onto your purple ticket until you exit the station. The Metro Police occasionally stand at the exits, and using hand-held scanners, inspect every exiting ticket. If you don’t have your ticket, you will be asked to pay a 35€ fine on the spot.
Visit the Eiffel Tower via the Trocadéro Metro Stop, Don’t Use the Bir Hakeim Station – Most tour books advise getting to the Eiffel Tower via the Bir Hakeim métro stop. Technically, this is the closest stop, but exit at the Trocadéro station directly across the Seine instead. Walk across the grounds of the Palais de Challot, and marvel at the view of the Eiffel Tower framed by reflecting pools and dancing fountains. Cross the Seine on the Pont D’Iena and be amazed at how imposing the Eiffel Tower is when you are up close.
Order a Drink, Don’t Expect Ice – Expecting a tall, iced Diet Coke? Forget-About-It -Parisians don’t add ice to their drinks. Instead, of complaining and demanding ice, which the café won’t have, enjoy the fact that the chilled drink is poured at your table by the waiter in an elegant glass, complete with a lemon twist.
Do Shop Early at the Department Stores, Don’t Go in the Afternoon– In the afternoons, tours that spend the mornings sightseeing at museums, disgorge their customers in the Grand Magasins district. Literally, hundreds of tourists spill out of buses and into the Printemps or the Galeries Lafayette. It’s hard to walk through the crowds, let alone shop. Get to the stores at opening (10:00am), and be enjoying a café creme at 2:00pm when the crowds arrive.
Do Explore the City, Don’t Take a Cab – Walk or take the métro. Paris is a compact city, about 6 miles across, and no building in Paris is more than a few hundred yards from a Metro stop. In Paris, cabs are expensive – you pay by distance and the amount of time in the cab. So, if you’re stuck in a traffic jam with the meter running, the cost of a short trip can be astronomical!

Paris Travel Dont’s

Do not start a talk with a Frenchman in English. The French take pride in their language, and the best way to show your respect for that is to do your best to speak French, even if it’s just a badly pronounced word.
Do not shake hands if you should exchange ‘la bise’, the kiss on the cheek. After the first kiss on the cheek, the maneuver is repeated at least once on the opposite cheeks.
Do not address anyone using ‘tu’ if you should have used ‘vous’. Tu is the familiar you, which demonstrates a certain closeness and informality, whilst Vous is the formal you. It is used to show respect or maintain a certain distance or formality with someone.
Do not try to impress others with your wealth, which would be seen as bad taste, and it’s not an accepted measure for social status. Typical discussion subjects are culture, food, vacation, politics, family, office gossip etc. Not money!
Do not present red carnations to your friends as this flower is believed to symbolize bad will in France.
Do not complain about how long it takes for your order in Cafés. For the French, the social aspect of lingering over a coffee is the relaxing experience and part of the pleasure. If you’re in a rush, order a café at the bar and you’ll be “in and out” in no time.
Do not dig through a stack of sweaters to find your size when shopping. Let a sales person help you to find a size or a color, and pick it out of the pile for you.
Do not sit with legs spread apart as it is considered impolite in France.
Do not start your eating in France until the hostess says ‘bon appetit’. Do not eat too much of the first course and avoid leaving food on your plate. Do not eat foods with your fingers, which is strictly limited when you are at the dinner table.
Do not order only one dish at a restaurant. Do not drink soft drinks or coffee with a good meal, never ask for a doggy bag.
Do not expect ice when order a drink as the café won’t have it. Parisians do not add ice to their drinks.
Do not take a cab when you explore the city, walk or use metro instead. No building in Paris is more than a few hundred yards from a Metro stop. The cabs in Paris are expensive and you pay by distance and the amount of time in the cab. In terms of traffic jam, the cost of a short trip can be astronomical!

Paris Travel Do’s

Do learn some key French phrases before travelling to “break the ice”. ‘Bonjour’ means ‘Hello’, followed by Monsieur (male), Madame (female), Mademoiselle (young female); ‘Merci’ means ‘Thank you’, ‘S’il vous plait’ means ‘Please’; ‘Je ne parle pas francais. En anglais, s’il vous plait’ means ‘I do not speak French, in English please’.
Do place your napkin in your lap immediately after being seated and do keep your hands on the table. It is polite to make eye contact as you say, “Santé”, which means health in English.
Do tear your bread into a bite-sized piece before eating it. It is very impolite to take a bite from the whole piece of bread. After each course, you should wipe your plate with a piece of bread.
Do dress well as the French are very fashionable people.
Do shop in Paris, and do say “Bonjour Madame” and “Au Revoir”, the French view their shops as an extension of their homes. So remember to say hello and goodbye when in Paris.
Do ride the Metro, and hold your ticket until you exit the station. If you do not have your ticket when the Metro police inspected by the Metro police, you will be fined a €35 on the spot.
Do get ready to pay for everything in Paris, even using the toilettes in the bar will cost you 2 francs. Be ready to pay 20 to 30 francs for a 1/4 L. bottle of water. Coffee is about half that price.

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