Our Cardinal Rules
Copyright © 2002, 2007 by Martin S. Reff
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- In the evening after dinner when you're tired and really
don't want to walk, then a walk is imperative.
- If you speak English to someone, speak slowly, the way
you would want that person to speak French to you.
- Blend into the populace: wear appropriate clothing, carry
appropriate articles, speak softly. When addressing a person,
use the French language as much as possible, at least initially.
- Avoid going into a poor area or a problem area. Avoid
unfamiliar areas if there are few people.
- Approach a person with a smile.
- Avoid places frequented by tourists,
- Never go into a restaurant that is empty unless you know
it from previous experience.
- Carry two one or two coins to for toilets.
- Carry some small bills; people don't like to change large
- Remember that bathrooms in cafés are almost downstairs
- Since pickpockets abound in métros and buses, on
escalators, and in crowds generally - all of which you can't avoid,
- your wallet should contain enough money for the day, métro
tickets, and a copy of your driver's license or the first page
of your passport. If you want to carry a credit card, carry it
in a body money belt or a zippered compartment.