I will share some tips and suggestion that can be useful when traveling to France:
– Definitely hit up Montmartre! Artsy and tons of tourists. Try the crepes there and the croque-monsiuer (sandwich with ham and bechamel cheese)
– The metro is easy to ride everywhere and you can buy a 10-12 pack of tickets
– Hope you eat meat! The food is beef centric. If you don’t eat meat the corner Lebanese stand (Libanais Falafel) is the cheapest and most delicious option
– People are not super friendly (my experience living there) but they won’t be nasty, just curt
– Musee du Louvre and the Musee D’Orsay are my favorite museums. Both are quite large. D’Orsay has more impressionism I believe. If you’re really into art, check out the Musee Rodin. The Thinker is outside and it’s a small museum if you have a free afternoon
– Grab a bottle of champagne or wine, snacks and picnic under the Eiffel Tower. Don’t bother with the security gates under it, walk to the clear/open part of the park with all the people lounging. After sunset it sparkles every hour on the hour for 15 minutes
– Use AirBNB. I stayed in the Marais for cheap (80-90 per night) last month. It was great! But you have to be good with stairs, most apartments don’t have lifts
– First Floor in France is the US 2nd Floor
– Learn some basic French! They really like it when you speak their language and may be a bit friendlier to you
– If you have a kid make sure you get a stroller that’s lightweight and suitable for travelling. Metro in some places doesn’t have an elevator but all have an escalator.
– Have fun!!! Paris is amazing! I always go and place my foot on Pont Neuf (plaque in front of Notre Dame) It is the center most part of Paris and legend says if you touch it, you’ll always return to Paris.