Tourism around us – Paris

first_imgStaying in well-known tourist destinations in Europe, I regularly wonder why something works there in an extremely simple and effective way, and not in Croatia? Why do rules and standards apply in EU member states that are not good enough and unacceptable for Croatia?On this trip, I “turned the saw upside down” and tried to imagine how the most visited tourist destinations in Europe would work if it worked according to our Croatian rules. Paris is the capital of France, the city center has 2,2 million inhabitants and with the “ring” almost 12 million. The Paris metropolitan area is the largest urban economy in Europe and fifth in the world.But Paris is also one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world with 45 million visitors a year. 60% of visitors are foreign tourists.How to get to Paris?All you need to plan a trip is internet access. It is best to look for a plane connection after the scheduled date. From Zagreb, Air France flies daily in small, fast jets to CDG (Charles de Gaulle Airport). One of the largest airports in the world, it covers an area of ​​25 km2 and serves 60 million passengers and 500 aircraft a year. But don’t worry. From CDG Airport you have several possibilities of direct connection with the center of Paris: high-speed TGV train, city train, bus line, shuttle transport, taxi. All transports depart directly from the terminal. On arrival we tried the city train and on the way shuttle transport, the price varied from 000 to 20 Euros for two people.If our conditions prevailed, then at CDG you would find yourself in a situation where you do not have the opportunity to travel by train to the city. You would still have the option of transport by bus, which, for example, runs from Zagreb Airport every half hour and is connected to the network of local bus and tram lines.At Adriatic airports, public transport still works to the main city center, but if you have to continue your journey to some periphery, then problems arise: terminals are remote or cramped, without public spaces, poorly accessible information and uncoordinated bus-ship connections.The accommodation reservationAs for the accommodation itself, the information and information boom of the 21st century gives you the opportunity to comfortably book from your own home. Web portals, travel consultants, have taken precedence in planning and booking, at least as far as individual travel is concerned.My experience with TripAdvisor is more than good. However, I must mention that the printed edition of the guide “Paris Top 10” by Mike Gerrard and Donna Dailey, the Croatian edition of the “Mozaik knjiga” edition, was also welcome. This pocket guide is also good for navigating the city.The accommodation reservation system is very simple and efficient: accommodation is offered according to price classes and the corresponding categories and positions. For each accommodation you can read numerous reviews of tourists who have stayed there. Through these impressions you will get the best picture of the virtues and flaws of accommodation. When you decide to make a reservation, fill out the web form with the obligatory attachment of a valid credit card as a guarantee of payment for accommodation and cancellation. I have chosen the variant according to which if you cancel the accommodation 8 days before arrival you will not be charged. Otherwise, you will be charged for one night. You pay the bill at the hotel reception. The portal does not charge for its services directly from the guest.A real French atmosphere in the heart of ParisWe chose the 2-star hotel “Grand Hotel Leveque” in the picturesque Rue Cler in the heart of Paris, 5 minutes walk from the Eiffel Tower.According to Croatian rules, this hotel would not exist: the lobby has 10m2, reception 2m2, elevator capacity 1 person, room size 10m2, bathroom 3m2. But the hotel offers decent and in French terms clean and tidy accommodation, air-conditioned room with TV and shower / toilet. The hotel can also have breakfast, the reception is open 24 hours, the staff is very friendly and in the end the price is 79 Euros for a double room per day.According to Croatian regulations, Cler Street would certainly look completely different: during the day, fish and seafood, fruits and vegetables, bakery products, ready-made food would not be offered on the street in front of the store… and the favorite inn “Petit Cler” would not operate. In this cafe, inn, restaurant, tables are 60 × 60 cm, the kitchen is upgraded in the yard, the warehouse is located in the basement to the toilet, and the trash can goes out by elevator in the middle of the bar between lunch and dinner, near the tables on which guests sit… The average price of the menu is between 25-30 euros including a glass of wine. The dishes are homemade, based on French agricultural production and tradition. The service is fast and kind. Small breakfast meals are offered in the morning, followed by lunch and dinner. Three waiters serve 50 guests and manage to “turn each table twice”. This place is mostly visited by young Parisians and tourists on recommendation. It is located next to the Leveque Hotel. On the other side of the entrance to the hotel, next to each other, there is a wine shop and a cheese shop, then a bag shop, shoes… all accessible to the payment possibilities of the average tourist. Prices do not deviate significantly from Croatian ones. Staying on rue Cler provides the opportunity to truly experience the lives of ordinary people in Paris. Fortunately, Croatian rules “according to EU guidelines” do not apply here.Cultural sightsThe cultural sights of Paris can be talked about for hours, pages and pages of text can be printed. Orsay, Notre-Dame, Sacre-Coeur, Arc de Triomphe, Sainte-Chapelle, Hotel des Invalides, Montmartre, Pigalle, Moulin Rouge, Champs-Elysees, Eiffel Tower, Louvre zak a tour of these sights opens a whole new dimension of European history and culture western civilizations in general.In the Louvre, we were especially proud of the end of the exposed bronze Apoxyomenos from Mali Lošinj. It is a great honor for Croatian culture, but Louvers is also considered honored and privileged to host this highly esteemed cultural treasure (Apoxyomenos “visited” Paris before the construction of the museum in Mali Lošinj). The Louvers itself, in addition to being one of the most famous museums in the world with around 35 priceless exhibits, also fascinates with its tradition. The first museum collection was established by King Francis I of France in the 000th century. The collection then numbered 16 paintings. The Louvre’s most famous exhibition is the Mona Lisa – the most famous painting in the world. It is also the Louvre’s biggest marketing lure. Maybe the Croatian Apoxyomenos could have the same role in the future museum on Mali Lošinj? (I wondered then, but the concept was changed – one museum for one exhibit).Tickets for the museums are affordable and range from 8 to 10 Euros. It is better to buy them online or in tourist information centers. That way, you get a discount and bypass the long queues at the box office. According to our calculations, only from tickets to visit the Eiffel Tower, Paris earns about 450.000.000 euros a year and at least 300.000.000 euros in souvenir shops and restaurants on the tower. More tourists leave in the Louvre and at least in another museum. The souvenir offer is rich and affordable. The most offered (obviously sought after) are magnets, cups, umbrellas, T-shirts, hats with the symbols of Paris, primarily the Eiffel Tower. The average price of an average souvenir ranges from 8 to 20 Euros. Of course there are also finer and more expensive things, for everyone’s taste and pocket.Shopping in ParisJuice. Not everything that shines is gold, so none of the most famous streets in the world Champs-Elysees is exclusively reserved for the most expensive and most famous fashion brands. So, not far from Cartier, you will come across Zara, H&M, Promod… YSL, Louis Vuitton and others from the “Walk of Fame” are in the company of brands “for the common people”. Unusual to us but obviously necessary for such an alley. How else would she attract a river of people in the evening, especially on a Friday afternoon?This is also explained by the large Advent fair with hundreds of wooden houses lined up from the intersection of Champs with Roosevelt Street all the way to the Place de la concorde. The most exclusive boutiques are located “a little to the side”, behind the presidential palace, around Madeleine and in many other places, such as St. Germain Street.The history of France and Paris is very interestingParis originated on the islet of Ile de la Cite in Siena with the arrival of the Celtic, Gaelic tribe Parisi. With the conquest of all of France by the Romans, the Celts – Gauls took over the Romance language which in combination with the Celtic derived into French. France, on the other hand, was named after the Franks – Germans (today’s Germans), who gradually occupied the territory of Gaul from the 4th century.The French accepted the Gallic-Roman heritage and the Romance language. Catholicism, which is deeply rooted in French culture, is consolidating on the backwater of the Roman Empire in France.Simply put, the French are between the Germans and the Italians in terms of lifestyle, habits, achievements, economy. In fact, the history of Germany, France and Northern Italy, and Central Europe, is strongly linked to the division of the great Frankish Empire into three parts ruled by the three sons of Louis I: western, central and eastern Frankish. Western Franconia corresponds to today’s territory of France.Today’s France is the largest country in Western Europe, with a population of 61 million and covers 544 square kilometers. France is the country that in the recent past had the largest number of overseas colonies after Great Britain and still has a strong influence in Canada, Africa and French Guiana. in South America, and the islands of Martinique, Reunion, and New Caledonia in the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific Oceans. France is one of the founding members of the European Union, the founder and one of the permanent members of the UN Security Council. It is the 000th largest country in the world, the 47st most populous, with a GDP per capita of $ 21 and one of the most developed. With 20.000 million visitors a year, France is also the most visited European tourist destination.A French lessonThe French Revolution of 1789 changed forever the structure of states in the Western Hemisphere but also around the world. Two more revolutions after that and the establishment of the 5th French Republic only in the 200s, made France a modern state. The process, which lasted XNUMX years, was dramatic, marked by mass suffering in numerous wars.The French are still energetic and rebellious today, especially farmers fighting for their rights. France is a strong agricultural country known for its gastronomy based on domestic agricultural products. As far as tourism is concerned, excellent agricultural products, especially wines and cheeses, related gastronomy and cultural attractions are the main reason for the large number of tourist arrivals from all over the world. France is firmly nationally aware, proud of its tradition and yet extremely multicultural. One gets the impression that every second resident of Paris is a naturalized foreigner from Africa from the Far East and other parts of the world. They are all French, an Indian who served us with French colleagues in our favorite inn, an African who served us breakfast, bus drivers, but also soldiers, policemen… They all have French manners and do their job with pleasure.Precisely because of this, France has been hit hard by the mindless terrorist attacks of extremist groups that want to quarrel and war with each other on French people of different skin colors. This can hardly be achieved precisely because of the centuries-old inclusion of immigrants in the French way of life.France is a country worth discovering.Author: Nedo Pinezić,</p>
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