Paris Apps, Maps and Articles
These resources will help you prepare for your trip, communicate with Parisians, and keep you found as you explore Paris.
Apps and Maps
• To know how dollars compare with the euro, I use this currency converter.
• For English-French language translations, I adore the Larousse iPhone app. You can look up words in French and in English without a cellular or internet connection. With the connection, it pronounces the words.
• Visiting the Louvre? This museum app puts hundreds of works of art at your fingertips — making it great for pre-travel inspiration, as well as a handy way to find your favorite works at the museum. The museum’s audio guide takes you on a tour of the masterpieces. It includes information about each work, as well as directions. Download both before you go, and be sure to take your headphones.
• Love pastries? No matter where you are in Paris, you’re never far from a delicious croissant, chocolate, fruit tarte, or loaf of bread. David Lebovitz’s pastry app, organized by arrondissement and by confection, provides addresses, hours, mouthwatering photos, and detailed descriptions of the city’s pastry shops and tea salons. You can access the introductory and glossary sections without a cellular or wifi connection, but to see the descriptions, you’ll need to connect.
• Metro apps. The free Paris Metro app gives the shortest and simplest ways to get between two Metro stations, as well as the time required. No cellular or wireless connection is required. Too bad it doesn’t cover the bus system. For that, you’ll need the RATP app, which gives schedules and itineraries for Metro, bus, RER and TER trains.
I don’t recommend Uber; it’s illegal in France, and police are cracking down on drivers.
Articles and Videos
• For information on food, markets, and more, check out these great Geobeats videos. They take you into Paris cheese shops, chocolate shops, bistros, show you how to use the Metro, and more.
• Is your high school French a little rusty? Brush up with with a language program. This Travel+Leisure article gives the strengths and weaknesses of popular programs. This infographic is a good guide for learning a foreign language in record time, and breaks the process down into easy to follow steps.
• How to dress in Paris? This helpful fashion week article boils it down to a few elements.
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