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Old 03-18-2015, 06:47 AM   #61
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Folks going to Paris should remember to KEEP your RER/Metro ticket with you. You'll likely need it to get OUT of your arriving station and Metro police do spot checks on the trains. Big fine if you don't have your ticket.
Thanks. Lots of warnings on this across the net.
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Another thing I'd always ask at hotels is "how much is the breakfast?". A lot of hotels include a pretty nice Continental b'fast with the room price, others do not.

We got surprised in Rome once...we just had a coffee and croissant and discovered at checkout that we got whacked about $65! (28 Euros each); this was an upscale place but had we known, we'd've gone for the full dining experience instead.
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Nothing whatsoever in rear pockets in clothing. I prefer zippered pants pockets in front. Nothing valuable in any easily accessible pockets in daypacks/purses.

For the Metro, know the line number and terminus station for the direction you're headed toward, because that's what you'll need to know for transfers. They're pretty well marked.
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Audrey - fwiw - I travel with a "safer" purse that is big enough to hold my tablet - but has all sorts of special features - metal mesh sewn into the bottom (so they can't slice the bottom and have the contents drop out without you being aware), metal cable built into the strap, special loops so that all zippers can be locked or twist tied to slow down thieves, and a strap long enough to wear it cross body.

This is an updated version of the purse I have.
Pacsafe - Metrosafe 200 GII anti-theft shoulder bag
We looked at that bag, and decided to get if for DH!

Won't he be in fashion carrying a shoulder bag in Paris! But he does like to have a water bottle with him and it will be handy on the plane, and he doesn't really like carrying a small backpack anyway and would prefer something cross body. It will be handy on the group trip.

I notice the models for that bag are male. DH really doesn't have any hang-ups about that sort of thing anyway. We won't be calling it a "purse" though - LOL!
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Nothing whatsoever in rear pockets in clothing. I prefer zippered pants pockets in front. Nothing valuable in any easily accessible pockets in daypacks/purses.

For the Metro, know the line number and terminus station for the direction you're headed toward, because that's what you'll need to know for transfers. They're pretty well marked.
Thanks.

I've ridden several European city metros. So yes I know about knowing which terminus to get the right direction, and the name stops are always clearly displayed inside the subway and on the track walls. That part is fun.

We never put anything in our back pockets (not even in the US). DH doesn't like to sit on a wallet. But our preferred location - the zippered side pockets lower on leg on many of our travel pants - I think we will not put anything there either while in Paris.
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