Join Us in France: Tips for Your Paris Vacation, Touring in France, French History, Language & Culture
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On the podcast talk about France, its many quirks, its history, its language, and of course, destinations in France you want to learn about because, hopefully, you’ll be visiting soon! Annie Sargent is the producer of the Join Us in France Travel Podcast, she lives in France with her husband and daughter. Frequent guest on the show, Elyse Rivin, is from New York but has been living in France for over 20 years. She is a professional tour guide.
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Dicey Paris Neighborhoods, Episode 194
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Join Us in France Travel Podcast, Episode 194 On today’s episode, let’s talk about Paris neighborhoods where I would rather NOT stay, or book a hotel, or rent an apartment. There aren’t so many such places, so it’ll be a short episode. I get asked all the time: is this a safe neighborhood? So yeah, let’s talk about it and name the names! If you’re interested in safety while in France, you should also check out How to Stay Safe in France, Getting Caught in a Terror Attack in France, Making Sense of Terror Attacks in France, How to Protect Yourself from Pickpockets in Paris Episode Highlights with Timestamps Beware of Sensational Reporting [01:57] "No-go zones" in Paris are NOT a thing, but there are places where it is wise not to go. Fine by Day, Bad Idea at Night [03:33] Many of the "unsafe" areas listed here are fine during the day, but not so fine at night, which is why you shouldn't book your hotel there. It All Depends on What You're Used to [05:13] Big city folks are not easily startled by dicey neighborhoods, but country folks will probably freak out more. Assessing Your Risk Level [06:16] Men tend to feel safer no matter where they do. It's another story for women. Most Dicey Areas Are Outside of the Paris Belt Road [06:45] It is best to say within the Paris belt road, aka "le périphérique" because that's where most of the projects are located. Keep It Simple: Stay Inside the Belt Road [07:54] Only a few areas outside of the Paris belt road are dicey, but it's too complicated for visitors to judge where exactly. The Only Major Tourist Attraction Located Near a Dicey Area in Paris: Saint-Denis [09:56] The only major tourist attraction located in a "bad" area is the Saint-Denis Basilica. You can still go if you get an Uber ride and go in the day-time. Avoid the "Portes de..." Areas [11:39] As a general rule, it is also best to avoid staying in areas called "Porte de..." This is not true for all of them, but most of them are a little rough. What About Dicey Areas in the Center of Paris? [13:18] There are only a few metro stations in the center of Paris next to which I wouldn't want to book a hotel or AirB&B. Paris Metro Stations You Want to Avoid Most of them are in the northeast quarter of Paris: Stalingrad, Jaurès, Barbès, Place de Clichy, La Vilette, Gare du Nord, République, Goute d’Or, Danube, Place des Fêtes. Chatelet-les-Halles and Pigale are not great either, but not as bad. Broad Rule: Avoid the Northeast Quarter of Paris [14:56] Broad rules always fail at some point, but it's worth noting that if you avoid the northeast quarter of Paris, you'll avoid most of the dicey areas. What About Taking the Metro Late at Night in Paris? [15:58] Is it safe to take the Paris metro late at night? Yes, if you follow some rules: enter as close to the driver as you can, don't be alone in a car, avoid the tunnels. How to Avoid Cell Phone Theft in the Paris Metro [16:34] Don't have your cell phone out when standing near the metro doors. Someone might grab it and run out just as the doors close. Gun Violence is Rare in France [17:40] There aren't a lot of guns in the hands of the general population in France and gun violence is rare. Biggest Risk: Pickpockets! [17:53] How to protect yourself from pickpockets in Paris. That's what you should be thinking about also. [18:22] Theft statistics vs. murder statistics in France. Learn What to Do in Case of a Terror Attack [20:56] Terror attacks are rare, but terrifying. There are some things you should do to mitigate your risk. Conclusion: Homework [22:13] Tell others where you'll be staying. Enroll in the Smart Traveler Program. Backup your phone before you leave. Take an older phone with you when traveling. Don't take so much! If you need to pick a budget hotel, don't go to the northeast corner of Paris. If you want affordable choices in the center of Paris, check out our hotel selection. Subscribe to the email extras and bonuses Ask a question or leave a voicemail comment: +1 801 806 1015 To learn about Join Us in France Tours, visit Addicted to France Click here to support the show when you shop on Amazon Show Merchandise including shirts, totes, phone cases and more! Click here for show notes with time stamps for this episode. https://joinusinfrance.com/194 Click here to review the show on iTunes. See Annie's photos of France on Instagram Join Us in France Book Group on Goodreads Send email feedback: firstname.lastname@example.org Follow the show on Facebook
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Informative and Entertaining !
I recently took a 3 week vacation to France and this show makes me want to return already. If you're looking for an insiders perspective this show is it! The hosts are both entertaining and informative! Bien fait! c'est bien!
Date published: 2014-06-05