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Paris

Paris is the capital and largest city in France, situated on the river Seine, in northern France. Today it is one of the world’s leading business and cultural centers, and its influences in politics, education, entertainment, media, fashion, science and the arts all contribute to its status as one of the world’s major global cities. Paris has many nicknames, but its most famous is “La Ville-Lumière” (“The City of Light”), a name it owes first to its fame as a centre of education and ideas during the Age of Enlightenment, and later to its early adoption of street lighting.

 

Climate

September in Paris – everything comes out of summer vacation mode and a surge of energy falls over the city. The weather will still be lovely for the most part. Even so you could be hit by a random shower or two. Thus, carrying a small umbrella is not a bad idea. Average temperatures: 13 – 21°C (55 – 70°F). Light clothing is suitable with somewhat warmer clothing for possible colder days.

Currency

The official currency of France is the Euro (€). Major credit cards are accepted in most hotels, shops and restaurants. Money can be changed at the main train stations, international airports, major banks, exchange bureaus, most large hotels and the post office. Automatic changing and cash dispensing machines linked to international networks are also widely available.

 

Electricity

French type 2 round pin sockets with 220 volts AC at 50 cycles are used, requiring the use of mechanical plug adapters for other appliances.

 
Restaurants

Paris offers you plenty of fine restaurants serving those traditional dishes that guarantee the reputation of French cuisine throughout the world.

 

Shopping

The shopping opportunities in Paris are endless. It is always possible to find something unique and affordable. Shops are generally open from 10.00 to 19.00 from Monday to Saturday, with specialist boutiques closing for an hour at lunch.

 

Tax / Tipping

Tipping is optional, but usually 10% is customary in taxis, restaurants and bars.

 
Time Zone

Paris is in the Central European Time Zone (CET). CET is 1 hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+1).