"Feet First" Paris Local Custom Tip by goodfish

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Paris is a city best seen on foot, and even if you plan on using the metro a lot you're still going to end up investing some serious shoe leather. Some of that will be on wide, nicely paved boulevards but more often than not it will be on gravel paths (ALL of the parks), cobblestones or other rough, uneven surfaces - not mention lots of steps.

As temping as it is to strap on those sexy heels or flimsy summer sandals, you will be miserable. Don't. Save the fancy footwear for a short, evening stroll to the cafe, and bring your most sturdy and comfortable for sightseeing.

Baby strollers can be a headache as well. As you can see from some of the photos, many the older sidewalks are very narrow so a large carriage could force you or other pedestrians into the street. They are also a pain when having to navigate the many steps up/down metro stations, churches, etc. If at all possible, a backpack carrier is a better solution, or a small umbrella-type stroller that is lightweight, compact, and folds up quickly.

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  • Updated Aug 29, 2013
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