Paris is not all frites and champagne but I have had my share of both this vacance.
A few things that I have learned this trip:
- There is a taxi fare minimum of $6.40 eu. I have had cab rides where I was sure I paid $5.00 and no one has asked for more until today; day 4. The driver says $6.40. I tell him that the meter says $5.20. He tells me that the fare minimum is $6.40. I asked (politely) where is it stated and he starts yelling at me. (Dude, calm down) A Parisian lady was waiting for our taxi and I ask her if there is truth to this minimum as it's the first I have heard. She tells me yes. Cabbie is still yelling at me in French. I had him money as she is explaining to him that I was just asking a simple question. Another cabbie pretended he couldn't speak English, which is fine as my French isn't bad but he laughed at all of my sister's and my English jokes to what Stephanie said to him "I knew it!!" he just smiled.
- Tips are included in your bill so do not pay more. The waitress at the restaurant across from my hotel, Cafe au General a Lafayette, told me that tips were to be paid on top of the bill. I discovered from friends after that she lied. Maybe she is supporting triplets and needs the cash.
- Champagne is truly affordable and my drink of choice!
- Hair extensions are very affordable like what I was used to in Canada. Singapore hair is really expensive and the quality is poor. (except for my girl at girlhairdo.com who has amazing fake fake hair)
Where to get your beauty buys:
Printemps Beauty Maison for the beauty addicted. There was one Parisian brand that was very expensive and in a darkly lit corner, Serge Lutens. Being unfamiliar with the brand, the artist working the counter wasn't interested in answering my questions and told me to check out the website... I moved on to Tom Ford Beauty who got my money. I bought two eyeshadow quads, two lipsticks and a lip gloss. The foundations seem really oily to me so I skipped those.
We walked all around the Marais and walked to the Pere Lachaise cemetery where Edith Piaf is buried. Her grave is so far from the entrance that we were quitters. I couldn't do it. But it is beautiful and at least worth a little walkabout.
Hairstylists: Rue Ste Denis for great shops with weaves of all colours and lengths.
La Boutique du Coiffeur is a fabulous hairdressing supply and, they gave me a stylist's discount! Merci!!
Eats were at:
Le Preau, 3 rue de Birage in the Marais area. Delish! Great service, clean toilette!
Cave du Miroir, 91 rue des Martyrs, we found them in the Lonely Planet guide and just walked in. We were very lucky to get a table. I would advise you book or take your chances as if they can't fit you in then you are in a restaurant hub.
Check out: BestRestaurantsParis.com
See my Paris photos on my Facebook. Click to the right. Embarking on my last day in Paris!! A bientot!