Hello! I am very happy to tell you I will spend the New Years in Paris. I am really excited about it. I have a lot of questions as I have never been to France or Europe during this time of the year. How is the weather at this time of the year? I know it is cold but how much cold? Does it rain a lot? Is it dry? I got a ticket to either Disneyland or Disney Studios. I have to choose one. Which one is the best option? Can the weather spoil the visit to Disney? How much money do you recomend for four days in Paris? -I already have attractions/hotel/breakfast/transportation paid - Is it a good idea to go up in the Eiffel Tour in the winter time? I don't speak any French will I have any problem? I will appreciate any information, suggestion or comment. Thanks! Merci! Audry
I will also be in Paris for new years!!! I need to know some of the same things but i speak a little french, well enough probably to get laughed at but oh well. I will be alone do you think there will be a lot of tourist at that time??
I am sure there will be a lot of tourists. I am going with my boyfriend. We are going with a tour company and this same tour last year booked 35 coaches from England and Wales.
Hey, this is my first post, and the first post i have read!! We are planning to stay in paris over new years, but am stuck with finding accomodation! If anyone could help it would be most appreciated. Thanks
Hi. I'll be in Paris for new year's eve too!
Yes, I think it will be crowded.
Yes, I think it'll be freezing.
But, yes, I think it'll be great because I love the city. I've nver gone in the winter though.
For those of us that don't speak french, I think a good tip is to not start talking in english as if they have to undestand. As bad as your french is, always try to speak a little in their language. Bon jour (good morning), bon soir (good evening), merci (thanks) ans pardon (i'm sorry) are easy to learn. And it always make people nicer. I also try to say (I'm sorry if the spelling is wrong) Je ne parle pas français. Parle vou anglais?, which menas "I don't speak french. Do you speak english?".
It's probably be really cold up there in the Eiffel Tower. I'd only go up if there isn't a big line and if there's not a foggy day. Otherwise, I think all that cold is not worthed.
As for accomodation, I booked my hotel more than a month ago and it was not easy. A lot of places were booked up. And it's expensive. If you're looking for a hostel, you can try www.hostelworld.com, but I was told most hostels in Paris are not very good. You can try bookings.com, venere.com and otel.com. I usually take a look at Lonely Planet's suggestion of hotels on the internet.
If I can help with anything else, let me know.
I hope we can have a great new years!
I spent New Years in Paris a couple of years ago. It was amazing.
The weather was absolutley freezing cold (and coming from the UK that's saying something)! But it did stay dry most of the time.
Eiffel Tower is a must, although the top isn't always open - depending on the weather.
A word of advice though. If you are watching the fireworks along the Champs Elysee make sure you have a firm grip on your bags/wallets etc. It was really busy when we were there and a group of about 10 french men grabbed me and started dancing with me. They all stood around me which separated me from my boyfriend. I went along with it for a minute and then they left. It was then that I noticed my handbag had been unzipped despite me hanging onto it for dear life. Luckily nothing had been taken. I guess it's the same wherever you go nowadays, just need to keep your wits about you.
It's a good idea to try and learn a little french. I found Parisian's to be a little on the rude side and even when they could see I was struggling to communicate they didn't help me out!
Things can be as cheap or as expensive as you want them to be really. There are some lovely cafes and restaurants. But if you want to sit outside it cost's you almost double the price. We paid 24 euros for 2 beers just because we sat outside! I think overall in 3 days we got through about £250 - £300.
Have a great time (and take lots of warm clothes)!
guys...is my first time in a forum.. the first time a reply the first time ever... not for everything.. bu anyways...
i am going to paris my self with my partner as he has never been there and i have already booked through a cheap hotelsite
that i would recommend... by the way i am posting in my blog... i am trying.. don't forget is my first time...a pocket guide that the guys from the website...have told me i can insert for free for my use and other travellers' use.
so.. maybe you can have a look. I was on the tour eiffel during winter time a few years ago... it's worth ... even if it's very windy up there!!!
Have you read anything by Simon de Beauvoir or Sartre or... whoever..that spent part of their life in Paris??
if so.. have a coffe.. at the flore cafè.
Other very nice advisable cheap and rich of atmosphere place is Chartier restaurant. budget and very french... staff not so pleasant.. but I think is a general thing in paris...ops you can find it on the guide i downloaded.. good suggestion.
so, maybe best giving you the link as i don't know if i am able to download them in my blog..for now.! enjoy Paris! and take care
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Thank you very much for the replies. It seems a lot of people love Paris. I will certainly discover why. Merci! Let's keep the thread going.
Paris last NYE was great but I don't remember seeing any fireworks?
I'm going again this year for clubbing and was wondering if anyone knows if the metro will be running free travel again? It was very unexpected but very welcome last year..
Bye for now.. Peter