Going to Paris? Need Guidance...

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1. Posted by Travelers (Budding Member 2 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

I'm 17. My friend(17 also) and I were planning on going to Paris for a
vacation ( Yes, we need it!). We're both guys.

I'd like to know if Paris was a good destination for us? We like
shopping, hanging out, etc. Most of all we wanted to do some extreme
sports like rock climbing. We also wanted to take advantage of the 16
years of age drinking limit :).

Can you guys tell me if you think Paris would be a good destination? Or
is somewhere else better?

2. Posted by stevieh (Respected Member 615 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

There may well be sports venues in Paris, but to be honest it's not what springs to most peoples' minds when you think of the city - not worth a special trip just for that I shouldn't think.
Nor the drinking age either. At 17, you could get a drink in any bar in Europe, providing you behave reasonably and don't draw attention to yourself!
Better to 'drink-in' the culture of Paris.

3. Posted by Travelers (Budding Member 2 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Ah, thanks for the reply!
Any good destinations you can reccomend then? Thanks!

4. Posted by mpprh (Full Member 115 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!


you won't find many extreme sports in Paris. And the drinking thing is no big deal in Europe.

Perhaps somewhere like Chamonix could fit better.


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6. Posted by markie (Budding Member 9 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

I dont know Paris, but a massive warning.

If going by Eurostar to Paris, watch your bags like a hawk. There are lots of non-French milling around outside the customs area. Their trick is usually to have kids go through your bags. If you catch the kids and shoo them away, then the parents suddenly get heavy on you.
Some friends of mine went on a business/social trip. Of the twenty that went, three lost their bags altogether, four had stuff nicked and two got in an argument with these non-Frenchies after catching kids rifling through their bags.

7. Posted by mtlchica (Respected Member 922 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!


I really enjoyed Paris - the culture, sites, shopping, people and everything! But if you're into extreme sports, perhaps you should try Interlakken, Switzerland. When we went, I did paragliding, my friend did bungee and a few people we met up with did canyoning. It was great! They have so many extreme sport companies over there.

How long are you going to Europe for? Did you ever consider multiple destinations?

Katie ;)