THE LESS FRENCH YOU SPEAK, THE BETTER OFF YOU ARE
It’s interesting, but speaking no French can actually work for you. Because Parisians think it’s funny. When you speak really good French, people start treating you like a French person.
THE ONE THING YOU SHOULD ALWAYS DO
In Paris, just leaving a place without saying goodbye is considered really rude. We don’t go into a store and when we leave make sure to say goodbye. In Paris, it’s obligatory. When you get into an elevator with someone, you say hello. When you walk into a doctor’s office and open the door to the waiting room, you say hello to everybody. It’s just the framework of politeness that French people have.
DON´T SHOP ON THE CHAMPS-ELYSEES
The Champs-Elysées may once have been the most beautiful avenue in the world, but its fortunes have risen and fallen many times over the years, and it’s currently overrun with global chain stores, auto dealerships, and movie multiplexes. Aside from the über-glam Vuitton flagship, which draws label addicts in droves, you’ll find yourself dodging throngs of teens as you trudge past McDonald’s and Sephora, wondering what in God’s name all the fuss is about. And whatever you do, don’t succumb to hunger on this strip: The caffes prey on tourists, and a local wouldn’t be caught dead in one.