How to make the most of your Parisian experience Part 2
Choose what YOU want to see (read: there is no such thing as a “must see”)
Because you are a unique individual, you deserve your own unique Parisian experience, built around your tastes. Passionate about Impressionism? Explore the museums and sites in and outside Paris that are dedicated to them : Orsay, L’Orangerie, Marmottan & Giverny. More into soaking up the atmosphere, make the time to stroll along the Seine river and enjoy a glass of rosé at a café on Ile St Louis. I believe there is no such thing as a “must-see” and it should be who you are and what you are interested in that should shape your Parisian experience.
Select temporary exhibition, concerts and events over permanent collections.
The Louvre will always be there which means you’ll always have an opportunity to see it, unlike temporary exhibitions that are well… temporary! You are better off choosing the later over the former. In the evening, why not go to a concert? From opera to jazz and world music, there is no shortage of options – unless you would rather check out one of the numerous events going on in Paris throughout the year (ex: La Nuit des Musées mid May, La Fête de la Musique on June 21st, La Nuit Blanche beginning of October…)
Brush up on your French.
Although reluctant to speak it for shyness of not mastering Shakespeare’s language to perfection (a very real French trait), most French people actually do speak English. They will help you whether you can speak French or not. Still, if you are able to address the locals on their terms with a simple “Bonjour Madame (Monsieur), où est le [choose among the following options] Musée / Jardin / Café….” You’ll get a prompter response, which will be accompanied by a happy face and before you know it you’ll feel like a local!
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