By Greg Perry
I just found out that a friend is in France and made the major mistake of not asking me to come along to be his adviser.
Here is my advice that he should have asked for before he got there!
- Be sure and order a Diablo Menthe, a (non-alcoholic) drink that is very refreshing and unique. Any coffee bar should offer it. Even if you don’t end up liking it, it’s an experience that is unique to France and isn’t duplicated well anywhere else.
- Of course do the traditional things like the Louvre museum (Mona Lisa) and the Notre Dame cathedral…
- …but for an extremely nice museum experience that doesn’t have the crowds, go to the Rodin museum where you’ll see the original sculpture of The Thinker and other Rodin works. It’s a nice change of pace from the high-population museums that are more famous but not always more enjoyable.
- The Eiffel Tower is obviously something you need to do to say you’ve done it but it’s an over-rated experience. Do NOT eat at the restaurant up there, it’s more than over-rated and a tourist trap; I can tell you that from personal experience.
- At some meal, order the Vichyssoise soup, a cold soup that is wonderful. (It’s pronounced “vishy-swa.” Sometimes I think there is a movement to eventually make every letter in the French language silent!) (Although when that finally happens, they’ll all be mimes. And that would be the end of France as a nation.)