Paris (Paris) - the capital of France, the main economic, political and cultural center of the country, one of the largest and most beautiful cities in the world. Located on the Seine River, at the confluence of the main tributaries - the Marne and the Oise. The climate is mild, temperate, maritime, the average January temperature is 3.4 ° С, in July 18.8 ° С. The number of frosty days per year is 52. Precipitation is 645 mm per year.
Paris is a romantic city, life there flows slowly and measuredly. Completely erroneous opinion. Paris is a typical modern metropolis, filled with crowds of tourists and locals on their way to their business.
There are no queues in Paris. Unfortunately, this is not the case. For example, to view the Eiffel Tower or the Louvre, you will have to stand in a long line. The same thing will repeat if you want to dine. The line to a restaurant is an indicator that the cuisine of this establishment is really good.
French music is constantly playing in Paris. No, you won't hear French chanson in Paris. Some cafes have live music, but they do not perform ethnic works.
When asked in English, Parisians try not to answer or pretend not to understand. Not necessary. The residents of Paris behave kindly and courteously with tourists, although they really have a dislike for the English-speaking nations (Americans, Australians and, of course, the British).
There are very small portions in Parisian restaurants. In fact, the serving size is the same as in other European countries. Although lunch will cost you much more than, for example, in Austria.
All Parisians are fashionable and very beautiful. Of course, you can find beautiful girls on the streets of Paris, but there are not so many of them. And in fashionable boutiques, French women can be seen much less often than our compatriots.
All restaurants and cafes in Paris offer French cuisine. Indeed, almost everywhere there is onion soup, traditionally beloved by the French. But it will take a lot of time to find some world-famous delicacies (for example, frog legs).
The Paris subway is littered with mud and populated with homeless people. Metro stations in Paris are much cleaner than, for example, in Moscow. Clochard (homeless people) are not there, if there are such people, it is mostly on the street.
Parisian streets are perfectly clean. On the streets of the "city of love" you can find various types of garbage carried by the wind. For many cities of the post-Soviet space, this state of affairs is a common thing, but in comparison, for example, with the cleanliness of the settlements in Germany, Paris loses, despite the fact that the streets are regularly cleaned, and the sidewalks and highways are washed with shampoo. An exception is Sunday, when the capital of France becomes more like a trash heap. However, it should be noted that it is very easy to breathe in this city, thanks to the large number of green spaces, the almost constant wind blowing and the absence of businesses in the city.
The Paris metro network is the most convoluted in the world. Indeed, at the first glance at the metro map there is such a feeling. But after spending some time, you can easily figure out which branch you need. There are no problems with determining the direction of movement - there are signs in the metro. And the people are friendly - they will tell you if that.
A ticket purchased on the Paris Metro can be thrown away immediately after using it at the entrance. It should be remembered that the ticket is used not only for entering, but also for exiting the metro, and turnstiles are installed in the transitions between the branches. So do not rush to throw away your ticket if you have no desire to jump through the turnstile (as indigenous Parisians quite often do).
In Paris, buses have fixed routes. Yes, but sometimes one bus has several such routes. For example, L'OpenTour travels on 4 routes. Some Parisian buses have an audio guide, so you need to take your headphones when entering (which you can keep for yourself later).
Paris is an expensive / cheap city. Both are true. Roads in Paris food and transport. The prices for clothes, shoes and household items will pleasantly surprise you (especially during seasonal sales), and there are also weekly and monthly discounts.