“Not to be confused with noob (a stupid person), a newbie is a newcomer to anything.”According to urbandictionary.com aka the most reliable dictionary in the world, that quote is the definition of a “newbie,” and by that definition I was definitely a newbie to a lot of things on my trip to Paris.
It was my first trip to Paris and my first time visiting France for that matter. It was my second time visiting a country where I didn’t know the language, but my first time doing so without a native speaker of that language as my travel buddy/guide. The list could go on almost endlessly.
Needless to say, the learning curve on that trip was a steep one, but I did learn. From the millions of mistakes I made, the little bits of good planning I did and the random strokes of good luck that came to me, I was able to shake off some of my newbie status.
These are some of the most important lessons I learned on my first trip to Paris. Hopefully they will help save you from an unnecessary headache or two.
Check airbnb.com for accommodations.
Eat in the Latin Quarter.
Buy a Paris Museum Pass.
Buy tickets for the Eiffel Tower WAY in advance.
I thought two or three days in advance was enough to get my ticket to go to the Eiffel Tower. I thought wrong and ended up only visiting the tower from the outside. Buy your tickets as EARLY as possible. If you still end up with bad luck like me, be sure to visit the Montparnasse Tower. It’s a great consolation prize.
Download Rick Steves Audio Europe App
When visiting the Versailles Palace, take the guided tour of the king’s private apartments.
Visit the Louvre Museum in the late afternoon.