I love Paris. Who doesn’t!?
The Colleen’s Paris Web site provides general information for your real and virtual visit to Paris!
I do this to share my experiences with you whether you are a return visitor or this is your first time in the City. Having lived in Paris since 1992 and working on Colleen’s Paris since 2002, hopefully, what I know and continue to learn about Paris will help you. More About Colleen’s Paris.
You can write to me and ask for advice. I will answer you as soon as possible.
The Colleen’s Paris Blog is about current events in Paris, for example exhibitions, advice on lost phones or gloves, Christmas in Paris, music, or just a pot-pourri of tips.
Use the “Story Subjects” section in the left column to find blog posts under various categories.
Most French sites can be read in English using Google Translate.
Paris is part of the Ile-de-France department (like a state in the USA). It’s regional number is 75. If you are going to visit or stay in the Bastille area, the Address reads “75011″. That means Paris in the eleventh arrondissement.
Need to Know – Need to Have
The essential travel items to obtain when you first arrive are good maps.
I recommend two in particular:
1. The Map Book:
The best book for street map of the arrondissements that I use is the “Paris Pratique par Arrondissement“. It is published by L’Indispensable. In this book they provide one-way streets, pedestrian streets, metros, RER, buses, tramways, post offices and mayor offices (each arrondissement has its own mayor).
2. Metro/Bus map:
The best of the maps available is the No. 2 Grand Plan de Paris. Pick it up for free at any metro station. On one side are the metros and street names; on the other the color-coded bus system and street names.
Changes at Colleen’s Paris. The look has changed; the pages are set up differently; and some are only a link to document called “.pdf from Acrobat Reader”. Much of the information from the old Colleen’s Paris Web site has changed. Updates are on the way. Until then, I hope you find some essential information in the Acrobat Reader document.
P.S. Colleen’s Paris is in a reconstruction phase. Don’t mind the dust…..