…a useful phrase book Many phrase books try to justify their retail price by including words and terms for all eventualities, meaning travellers end up with a heavy, daunting tome that’s a burden to carry around and a pain to navigate through in a hurry to find what’s needed. Don’t be put off by thinner pamphlets that only cover the basics – they might be all that’s required. Alternatively, if you have a smartphone, there’s a decent selection of apps available for download, any of which will eliminate the necessity of carrying a book at all.
…light clothing Even city dwellers might be surprised by how humid or muggy it can get in the urban centre at the height of summer. Pack loose-fitting breathable clothes so that wandering the streets in the afternoon sun is more bearable. Also take a lightweight mac that you can tuck into a bag; the climate isn’t too dissimilar to that of the UK, so rain is always a possibility!
…a flexible itinerary With so much to take in, it would be silly not to have any idea of what to see and do, particularly if you’re only there for a day or two. However, Paris rewards leisurely exploration, so take some time to wander off-course every now and again.
|The Invalides in Paris, France.|
…a reliable credit card So that nothing gets in the way of you having a good time, keep your American Express credit card handy. If you have yet to apply for one, have a look online at their range of credit cards with rewards that help you get the most from the money you spend.