What can not be done in France
How to spend a vacation in France without trouble? What should tourists not do in order not to spoil the rest? Read the answers in this article. Do not throw away tickets for the metro. Perhaps this is the most common trouble that happens in France with Russian tourists. The payment system in the French subways is the same as in Moscow or St. Petersburg. Buy a one-time ticket or a pack of ten such tickets. Entrance to the metro is by ticket, exit is free. Read our review of Paris Metro. However, there is a significant difference – there are controllers in the French metro. They stop passengers and ask for a ticket. No ticket? A fine of 50 euros. Conclusion: do not throw the ticket until the end of the trip. Do not take 200 and 500 euro bills with you. The French in everyday life have long switched to settlements via cards. They carry cash only in small quantities. Banknotes of 200 and 500 euros, many of them did not hold in their hands for a long time. In stores, cash desks, cafes and restaurants, large bills may not be accepted. Firstly, there is no change. Secondly, they are afraid of fakes, and in many institutions there is not even equipment to verify their authenticity. As a result, tourists find themselves in an anecdotal situation when there is a lot of money, but nothing can be bought from them. If you plan to pay in France in cash, then stock up on small euro banknotes in advance. This is done simply, if even in Russia you change money from rubles to euros, then change in small portions. Buy for 95 euros, so go through several banks and exchangers. Another good option is to make yourself a MasterCard in euros and put money on it. With such a card, fees and commissions for payments in France will be minimal. Do not forget about roaming. This is also a very common nuisance among Russian tourists. After landing in France, your smartphone or phone will connect to the local network and will work in roaming. Now almost all SIMs have roaming enabled by default. Call and internet prices are astronomical. In order for the account on the phone not to reset in a matter of minutes or then not to receive a giant bill from the operator (in case of post-payment), you need to either turn off roaming on your number in advance, or choose the most advantageous option for yourself. We talked about all this in detail in the reviews “The Internet in France is Cheap” and “How to Call from France is Cheap”. Beware of pickpockets Pickpockets in Paris and other cities have become much smaller in recent decades. The reason is that the French prefer to pay everywhere with cards. The remaining pickpockets have changed their focus. Now they work for tourists, and their field of activity is vast, because 80 million tourists visit France annually. In order not to become victims of pickpockets, observe the following precautions: – Carry money and documents only in the inside pockets of clothes; – Do not “shine” large bills and large stacks of bills, it is better to pay with a card; – Dress casually so that your appearance does not betray the fact that you are a tourist. By the way, a large camera on the shoulder is the first sign; – Try to avoid crowds as much as possible. Pickpockets most often operate at stations, stations and subway cars, in crowded tourist places. Do not smoke in the wrong places. The fine for smoking in the wrong place in France is 450 euros. Of course, the police rarely impose such a large fine even on local ones, and they try to treat tourists even more loyally. Typically, the policeman is limited to warning and clarification. However, it’s not worth the risk. Smoke where everyone smokes. Do not smoke indoors. In France, there is a rule of etiquette. If you are going to light a table at a street cafe, you need to ask permission from people at the neighboring tables. Not all areas of Paris are equally safe. Now migrants make up about 12% of the population of France, most of them are Algerians. And as in most countries of Western Europe, it is migrants who commit crimes more often. The tourist is clearly not worth appearing in the areas of their compact residence, especially at night, and especially one (alone). The following are considered dangerous in Paris: the northern suburbs of Saint-Denis, Aubervilliers, Saint-Ouen; surroundings of the metro stations Les Halles, Gare du Nord, Chatelet, Jaures, Stalingrad; Pigalle Boulevard is a famous red light district. If possible, take a walk in tourist places where it is definitely safe, and the concentration of police officers is maximum.
Do not look for shops 24/7 In Russia, we are already used to the fact that there are convenience stores nearby. In France, such a store is an extraordinary phenomenon. Here, many stores operate even with a lunch break from 12-00 to 14-00. On Sundays and public holidays, most stores are closed altogether. Conclusions: pre-stock everything you need – water and drinks, a snack, cigarettes, alcohol, hygiene products. Tourists with small children should be especially careful, it is very unpleasant to be without diapers or diapers and the opportunity to buy them until the morning.