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Layover in Paris, Episode 73

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Today’s show was inspired by a listener question and revolves around this: what amazing things can you do in Paris if you only have a few hours? Maybe you have a layover in Paris on your way to another destination, maybe you have a few hours to kill before a business meeting, maybe you need to wait for a friend who is going to arrive on a different flight.

No matter how it came up, you have some time to kill in Paris. Don’t waste that time, make the most of it! How? I tell you exactly what to do in this episode. When time is short, having a good strategy is vital or all you’ll achieve is rush around and wave your flight goodbye. So let’s think it through and do this the smart way.

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Here are some of the questions Annie answers on the show:

  • What’s the minimum amount of time you’re going to need to make the layover work?
  • What do you do with your luggage?
  • Do you have to take a taxi to save time during your layover in Paris?
  • Can you use the RER train to get into Paris while on a layover in Paris?
  • How about Les Cars Air France? Is that a good way to get to the center of Paris quickly?
  • What are sites that are easy to enjoy while on a layover that will give you a good feel for Paris?
  • What is the best thing you can do to fight jet-lag?
  • What’s the minimum number of hours that will allow you to enjoy your layover in Paris inside the city?
  • What are some great walks you could take to get a feel for Paris?
  • What are some things you need to know to use luggage lockers in Paris?

List of public lockers at Paris airports and train stations.

Private lockers in Paris. The one I recommend you use is at 6 rue des Bernardins, 75005 Paris.

Places that Will Give You a Great Feel for Paris Quickly

Mentioned on this Episode: CDG airport, RER, Les Cars Air France, Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame de Paris, Tour Montparnasse, Bateaux Mouches.

To Prepare for Your Trip: Lonely Planet Pocket Paris

Layover in Paris
Look for this Paris pocket guide at any news-stand in Paris.


10 Tips for Paris Getting Around Paris, Episode 67

Woman in the Paris undergroundImportant update: starting Sept 1, 2015 the Paris Navigo card will let you travel to any zone with the Métro, RER and buses (except for Orlyval). This is valid for the weekly Navigo card too. Pay once go anywhere in Paris on public transportation!

In this episode I share 10 tips for getting around Paris easily and what you need to know so you don’t spend all your time feeling lost. Getting around any big city can be daunting, and since you the language in Paris is French and not English, it can feel even worse. But you can relax, in this show you’ll hear tricks that will make a world of difference in Paris, and once you know them, you’ll fare much better. Enjoy the show and if you like it, share it!

To Prepare for Your Trip: Plan de Paris par Arrondissement

Correction: Only monthly or yearly Navigo Passes give free access to all zones in Paris on the week-end. Thanks René for pointing that out!

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Driving in France, Episode 16

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Driving in France

In this episode, Annie and guest David talk about driving in France. Should you rent a car? How safe is it? Is driving hectic in France? We start with misconceptions, then we explain differences you should know about, and we also give you tips so you can relax. Have you considered setting out on your own to explore the French countryside? This episode will help you decide if it’s for you or not. Where will you go? Vineyards? French villages? Renting a car does open a lot of options for you!

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«I just returned from a trip to France. We could not take a train due to the strikes and ended up driving across France from the Dordogne to Paris. What a wonderful experience! The podcast on driving in France was a HUGE help with parking, highways and the red plus signs at traffic lights. Thank you so much!» Robin Friedberg OConnor

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If you found this episode helpful, also check out Tips for Driving in France, Episode 138.

Episode Highlights

  • Common misconceptions about driving in France
  • Things to consider before renting a car in France
  • French terminology you need to understand
  • Navigation tips
  • Speed limits in France (that’s a gotcha!)
  • More gotchas (unexpected rules and customs)
  • Indication signs
  • Danger signs
  • Direction signs
  • How do roundabouts work?
  • Parking in France
  • In case of emergency
  • Final thoughts

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