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What should you know before you visit Paris? Here we cover where to stay in Paris, what to eat in Paris, hot to get around the city with public transportation, when are the best times to visit Paris, the best sights to see in Paris. Basically everything you would want to know about Paris as a tourist, travelers or first time visitor to the French capital.
What you should know before you visit Paris, France
Filmed in Paris, France
Copyright Mark Wolters 2018
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10 Shocks of Visiting Paris
10 Shocks of Visiting France
5 Tips for Visiting Paris
Basic French Phrases for Tourists
5 Honest Travel Tips for France
Is Paris Safe?
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Thanks, Mark. Lots of great tips in this video. I'll be in Paris in late December and I do learn a lot by watching your videos before I travel.
Most africans and migrants are from former France colonies and they speak good french. so now they are crying that there are too much Africans in paris but they didnt cried when they were colonizing Africa and stealing their resources.
THE FRENCH ,ENGLISH AND DUTCH RAPED, LOOTED ALL THE COLONIES IN AFRICA AND ASIA .........filthy french hypocrites!..KARMA !....The French and English and Americans are destroying the middle east! supporting the terrorist groups like isis !
For some reason, tipping in France is a divisive topic among travel sites and travel blogs. Some people say French dining has a history of tipping and others say to not even consider it. But like most of Europe, tipping isn't an obligation but it isn't going to be seen as offensive if it is done. 5-10% should be more than enough in most situations.
I traveled a lot in this year and before every trip i watched your videos. In January i’m going to visit this beautiful city and what was the first which i did? I watched your video about Paris!!!! Thank you!!!!
Hi Wolter! We really enjoy your videos! They are informative and give the traveler great information - not just about the sights, but about handy and useful things. Can you tell me why you and your family choose Montmartre? Also, I have read that some parts are a little sleazy. What do you recommend? Thank you in advance for any advice you may offer.
I think this is a great video about the "shocks" of Paris from a guy who has lived there. He has a lot of great videos about the good of Paris, but he made this one so people have realistic expectations.
Basically some people come expecting Disneyland and are surprised to find it a hustling and bustling (and dirty) city, just like NYC or London.
I'm half french and I go to france every year since I was born.
My favourite thing to do in france is see my family and cousins but i can't eat cheese. I'm lactose Intollerant...
I do loads more in france though...
I know a little bit of french because i go to french classes and clubs but they only speak french when they are teaching...
My favourite place in france is Macon and Lyon.
I'm in Macon while writing this btw.
I am from England but I then moved to Canada and stuff then went to live in Australia then we went back to England...
Admittedly I went in 2004 ish. I remember there being kind of nice public toilets out in public areas like near parks and whatnot. You usually have to put a Euro in, you go in, use it, and then you go out and it performs an automatic wash.
There seem to be a lot of comments from people who've never been to Paris or don't realize that Paris is a major city and as many of the benefits and pitfalls that any major city has. Great, your hometown of Kokomo, Minnesota is spotless. Paris, NYC, London, it is a little bit larger than Kokomo. I think a few more people visit those places than Kokomo.
I just discovered "Wolter's World" (shouldn't it have an apostrophe?) tonight while searching on youtube for tips and suggestions by an EXPERIENCED traveler (besides Rick Steven, whom I LOVE, but I was deviating a bit) and happened upon WWorld!! What a great find! I love his friendly (like Rick) demeanor, his delivery of spectacular advice, and must say, he (again like Rick does for me) really makes me want to 'cross the pond' more than ever!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!
Thank you Carol. I'm guessing it was the smart type that switched Steves to steven. I am glad you found us :) and the apostrophe would be Wolters' World (Wolters is my family name) :) big travel hug and great travels to you!
Do yourselves a favor and visit other places in europe. Even the police in paris are rude as hell. Me and my friends wanted to ask em for some directions in english. They understood what we said nd answered in french and then ignored us. And to top it all, they cussed our asses at the end lol. And lets not talk about the ppl in there...
I’m so glad I read up about Paris before going. I had this young girl stop me wanting me to sign a petition. She asked for a donation at first and then she said it was ok when I said I didn’t have any money. She said she still wanted me to sign it. I told her sorry and started to talk away. But then I see a bunch of girls running towards me. I turned and walked backwards facing them and told them “no” sternly.
Was just in Paris in the beginning of September. It was my wife, 3 year old, and I & we loved it:D
We stayed in the 20th and didn’t run into any trouble at all. But we were well aware of our surroundings the whole time.
We took the metro everywhere and the Parisians were extremely nice and helpful:)
I heard that queuing was a peculiarly Brit thing so when I went to Paris I tested this theory out. And its true! I went into a big supermarket and just barged my way to the front of all the people waiting to pay for their items at the till, and apart from some tutting and icy looks, and someone angrily saying something in French at me, no one did anything! Its great!
france is by fare the shittest destination iv been everything is crap expensive rood i promise dont give a penny to france they hungry cunts especialy the police very aggresive soldiers with guns fucking shit
I'd advise nobody to go to Paris. I've been there a few times - the first time in the 80's and most recently last year.
In the intervening 30 years it's gone from being the most beautiful, enchanting, inspiring city in Europe to one of the dirtiest, most crime-ridden, dangerous places I've visited. We were accosted by immigrants within the first 20 minutes, one asking us to sign a petition while her friends tried to get her hand inside my wife's bag which was over her shoulder. They spat on us when we walked away. There's excrement, rats and rubbish all over the streets, graffiti has ruined all the lovely old architecture. People were rude and unfriendly, the only ones who talk to you are trying to rob you. In many areas you feel uncomfortable and unsafe walking around. Just avoid it.
+bjprand shut up you moronic alt right troll. Go back to your TV watch "Fox and cretins" as you probably never set foot in Europe, just ranting like an idiot.
And for your information, most people from Maghreb are able to speak french far better than you.
That misconception alone proves that you're nothing but a fraud and a LIAR.
+Indy Cyclist No, they didn't have papers stapled to their foreheads. In the absence of that, I was instead able to look at them and deduce that they were not native French people based on the available evidence. Not ethnically European, non-European clothing, poor ability to speak French, and a penchant for committing street crime.
The migrants crisis affected only marginaly Paris. Most migrants came to Germany from Turkey through eastern and central Europe.
Indeed, it's really a problem around Calais where most of illegal immigrants concentrate in order to enter UK. Not really in Paris despite every rigged footages some trolls over here might show you.
Casey , I was just there two weeks ago... they’re there, but it’s not an invasion.. I’ve been there 12 times over 27 years, visiting friends, what I noticed the people from India let their kids run everywhere, including monuments. Can’t take a picture without an Indian rug rat in frame.
Anyone else annoyed by the victim stories of "Omg the French were so mean and didn't speak English, I feel so hurt/entitled!" Here goes a tip for you: it'd probably be smart to learn some basic phrases or learn the language of the country you are visiting. You can't possibly believe the world will accommodate you all the time and people will speak your language wherever you go. *rolls eyes in French* I do find it hilarious and ironic, that the same people that complain are usually the same individuals who get irritated when someone doesn't speak perfect English in their home country.
lunarosa321 French people can be assholes. The taxi drivers on the first day I was there were unhelpful and rude. I speak Spanish very fluently, but the jump to French is very challenging. They’re distantly related languages. Strangely, the younger people were more mean about us speaking French- they didn’t want us to speak it, they preferred for us to use English. By the end of my week there, I could understand French ok, even if I was on a 5 second delay! Overall though, people were nice and helpful, and I’d love to go back and see more of Paris next time.
some comments are so negative. Also, maybe the Parisians are rude because you are rude and dis-respecting of their city by dressing like a slob. Remember that you are not in the states. I would suggest that you just stay home.
Another thing that we learned is that when something doesn't go as planned, take it lightly and think of it as an adventure that will make a great story when you get home.-such as having reservation in a hotel without AC durring a heatwave in Amiens.
Also, I like starting conversations with people and I had some great experiences and met some great people. People don't seem to keep their faces in their smart phones like in U.S..
You have been a godsend for me who does not travel much, Keep up the good work! Very helpful. Also, you've probably been asked this alot, but how does your wife keep her marvelous figure? I would look more like you if I traveled a lot. Don't get me wrong, I think that you are adorable, but I am a woman and cannot gain weight.
Also, have you done a video about how not to be so timid when traveling, i.e. what will the locals will think of me?
+polifatts You're nothing but a liar from the beginning.
I am sure now you never lived in Paris else you would perfectly jnow that the french often do massive and sometimes violent (1968-1988-1995... and many, many more...) demonstrations on social grounds ( your very own migrants obsession is simply not the issue here).
American citizens are simply far more submissive towards their politicians and never demonstrate.
And yes, from time to time, we do a revolution, but do not fantasize here : if Macron is highly unpopular, it's on social and taxes issues.
By the way, if by some chance Trump had been president of France, by now he would be dead or the inmate of an insane asylum.
You can lie all you want to your public, people like you, faithfull watchers of Fox (Fake) news already convinced by your ranting.
Now, go back to your dark fantasies, dear liar.
+el bentos lol, not riots? You gotta be fucking joking. This was the scene just yesterday.
Regarding the situation in Paris, I was just there last month as I said. I saw the migrants camped out laying on blankets in the street with my own eyes. I got surrounded and almost mugged at the Sacre Couer over a bracelet scam. I saw a woman get sexually harassed by two African men on the metro. I'm not making this up. There are plenty of others with similar experiences. My original point remains the same. Mass immigration from the third-world has brought absolutely nothing good to Europe. You can think what you want.
1) concerning current events that's massive demonstrations, certainly not riots (a little political bias here, no ?). There are no migrants involved here, more middle class people from provincial towns (very "white" demonstrators, if this detail may reassure you).
If you didn't understand the difference, I suppose that is because you never lived in France from the beginning.
2) I've been many times in St. Denis, not the most beautiful place, to be sure, but certainly not what you describe : more mixed, far less violent.
3) concerning the two footages, that is alas usual of you : presenting isolated events and telling everybody that is common sights. There again, falsehood and base manipulation.
4) if Paris suburbs are dangerous, then one can assure that comparatively, Chicago, L.A. or any large city in USA are like battlegrounds (5 x more deaths by murders per capita in USA that in France, that's for security).
So yes, your rantings are, factually Big Bullshit.
@el bentos How is the video bullshit? It’s literally just footage of the streets of Paris. The center of Paris is not bad, but the outskirts are pretty damn rough. Have you ever been to Saint Denis? There’s hardly any French people left. It’s nothing but African/Muslim migrants. And regarding riots, aren’t you guys having massive riots right now? lol..
+polifatts Your video is made up of two different footages to illustrate bullshit: I do ACTUALLY live in Paris for about 40 years (and still do) and never saw such level of crime as you speak of. Riots and fights exists but they are by no way common. There are no refugees sprawling everywhere (this is a blatant lie).
Concerning scamming, 1) I go regularly to eiffel tower with my family and never was importuned, 2) it exists in the northern parts of the town and is as old as the city itself 3) you seem to confuse africans with gypsies, most of the scammers are gypsies girls (poor information here for a so called person "who lived here fo 5 years")
Metro, RER, train stations in Paris... It's sometime confusing if you do not live in Paris itself. It's easy go get a map, and RATP( parisian transports) web site has a routing tool to plan a trip in Paris and its suburb.
I was in Paris in 2014, we went to this incredible Cathedral which I can't remember the name of. Can anyone help me out, it was next to a market on top of a hill, at the bottom of the stairs there was a brick wall about 3 feet high that overlooked Paris.
I'm so glad I found your channel! I'm going to France for the very first time with my family in 3 weeks and like anyone travelling somewhere they've never been, I was a little nervous with the whole transport thing and people being rude lol! I'm still a little nervous but that's expected! Also, do you know what's the most efficient way to get from the airport to your hotel?
+Jennifer R Hi! It was really good, lots to see, the people there are super helpful and friendly if your lost or unsure about anything in particular which is a plus cause you don't want to be in a city that you've never been before and come across rude people lol!
It was warm when I went as it was August time but, tbh, it's not about the weather, it's about the new experience! 😊 when are you thinking of going? It's great if you go with a group of people or just another person
if you want a week long metro/rer/sncf pass get the navigo decouverte in the sncf station at charles de gaulle. make sure to bring something like a passport photo or go to one of the photo booths and get a picture there there they have translators and tellers who speak english at the cdg stop who will help you if you need it. it's an rfid chip card, so you just have to wave it over rather than insert a tiny paper slip, and it's also cheaper and last longer than the paper 5 day pass. even with paying the €5 for the card and the €5 for a photobooth picture, you'll still save about €10 and won't be quite so obviously a tourist.
Hi - love these videos, really helps when planning a trip to Europe. Quick question - we are going to Paris last week of November, is it necessary to book tickets to the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower - will the line ups be huge then?
Went for first time in November 2017 as tribute to my mum who always wanted to go but sadly passed away that year. I went for the weekend and my hotel was 5 min walk from Tower. I booked the tour guide for the tower which was awesome I'm pretty scared of heights so this was a big deal for me. I made it to to the summit and walked the short staircase outside but didn't walk around outside, so glad I did it. I did the seine River cruise hop on hop off which was great. I visited a huge shopping maul I can't remember the name it had about 4 floors and at that time had a huge indoor Christmas tree with things like doughnuts and toys floating up and down to the music which was awesome. Then visited the arc de triumph and the shopping street nearby then outside walk around the louvre. I fitted loads in a weekend and when I got home my feet we're steaming haha. A beautiful place to visit.
Paris is an absolute shit hole everything is way over priced like as if there is something seriously wrong with the country. Place is a fuckin joke subways are a joke just too expensive which diminishes the quality of the buildings . Crap never going back
Paris is a great city but be careful on the subway. My father was robbed there. A big black man pushed him, then he started to talk in a strange lenguage (no French) and just before closing the sunway door, the man pulled my father’s suitcase and ran out, so the doors closed, the subway started and we could not do anything :(. Please, be careful on the subway.
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