Paris and other cities around France are braced for more yellow vest protests tomorrow. Last Saturday's protests prompted the city to practically close down for the day with scores of cultural sites including the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre deciding to close fearing violence. Sites that have confirmed they will be closed on Saturday include the Petit Palais, Musée … [Read more...] about ‘Yellow vest’ protests: Paris metro stations and museums to close but visitors told not to worry
Line 14 paris metro
Paris commuters aren’t big fans of line 13. Even though the black sheep of the Paris Metro family has seen its position in the punctuality tables rise over the past eight years, it’s still notoriously cramped and uncomfortable for passengers. Line 13 is after all the busiest line on the Parisian underground network, taking 650,000 travellers daily across the … [Read more...] about Paris Metro chiefs move to make nightmare Line 13 more bearable (but Parisians are not impressed)
When Valerie Pecresse the president of the greater Paris region of Île-de-France announced this week she wanted to double the number of toilets available on the Metro most Parisians (at least those with a Twitter account) reacted with shock. Pecresse said: "Sorry to talk about the smells, the unease that can be felt in the morning... We must at least double the number of … [Read more...] about Did you know there are toilets on the Paris Metro and RER?
This was a bad idea. With that thought pulsing through my addled brain, I stand staring at the wrought-iron structure of the Victorian-era Newcastle station at 6:30 in the morning. I've been awake for an hour or so. Sometime tonight, barring any surprises, I'll be in Spain. Between here and there, over 1,000 miles, three high-speed trains, a subway, and a bus. Adding in … [Read more...] about I crossed 3 countries in 14 hours on 4 trains and a bus. And I’m not dead.
Pickpockets and petty thieves prey on unsuspecting tourists as well as residents, so half the battle is being aware. But it's important not to be fearful. It's extremely rare for people to be physical hurt and anyone who is a victim of a theft is advised not to chase and try to recover items but go straight to the police station (Commissariat). The worst that normally happens … [Read more...] about 14 simple ways to avoid the Paris pickpockets and petty thieves