About the City


It’s the City of Lights, the home of Victor Hugo, Edith Piaf, and Coco Chanel. Paris is promenades along the Seine, through the Luxembourg gardens, and up the Champs Elysées with its fancy stores. Paris is home to masterpieces like the Mona Lisa, Rodin’s Thinker, and Venus de Milo, but also the clay courts at the French Open and the Tour de France finishing under the Arc de Triomphe. Whether you’re a lover of panoramas of the city or of can-can dancers, Paris has it all, from the Eiffel tower to the Moulin Rouge.


  • In Paris, French and English are spoken.
  • The currency is the euro (€).
  • Paris is in GMT +1 time zone.
  • The electricity network has adopted the European standard of a tension of 230V.
  • Banks are usually open from Monday to Friday; automatic cash distributors function 24/24.
  • Shops are open from Monday to Saturday from 10am to 07pm (on average): they closed on Sunday and public holidays, except in five districts of Paris.
  • Tips are appreciated, but not obligatory
  • Not all taxis accept payment by banker’s card



More information is available on http://en.parisinfo.com/discovering-paris