Five Tips for Avoiding Long Lines in Paris This Summer
Left Bank Writers Retreat founder’s hints for happily navigating the City of Light
Left, visitors can purchase a carnet of tickets at Paris Metro stations © Elenathewise – Fotolia.com; right, a quaint café along the streets of Paris (photo credit Mr. Mystery).
Denver, Colorado – March 29, 2013 – Ah, Paris in the summer! Strolls along the Seine, picnics in gardens, gazing at world-class art and … lines that stretch for blocks! Recently named a top place to go for 2013, Paris remains one of the favorite tourist spots in the world, with the lines to prove it. “Despite the crowds, there’s no better place to go in the summer,” says Darla Worden, founder of Left Bank Writers Retreat in Paris. Worden spends a month in the city each summer, including hosting the June 16 – 21 writers’ workshop, where she shows her guests around favorite literary haunts and landmarks. Along the way, she’s learned a few simple tips for navigating the crowds:
- Make hotel reservations now: Call it the grass is always greener syndrome, but some tourists arrive in Paris without a hotel reservation because they want to “see” a property before they commit. Good luck with that, says Worden: “If you don’t already have a hotel room, book now or find yourself in the Dante’s Circle of Hell that involves traipsing from hotel to hotel through the streets of Paris while travelers who planned ahead happily sip wine at a local café.”
- Buy tickets online: Many attractions sell tickets in advance online, an easy way to beat the crowds. “One of my favorites is the Paris Pass,” Worden says. “It’s accepted at most major museums, lets you skip the ticket line and, in many cases, enter through a special door for pass holders.”
- Eat unfashionably early: Parisians eat lunch later, with restaurants getting busy around 12:30 or 1:00 p.m. “If you’re willing to eat earlier, you may find yourself eating with other tourists, but at least you’ll get a table,” says Worden.
- Buy a carnet (pronounced car-nay) of Metro tickets: Purchase the discounted 10-ticket pack in Metro stations, at the airport, train stations or some tobacconists (look for the RATP – Paris Transport Authority – sign). “You’ll avoid standing in line to buy tickets for each ride and you’ll save money,” says Worden.
- Let someone else sweat the small stuff: Any number of tours take care of details so travelers can relax. At Left Bank Writers Retreat, June 16 – 21, 2013, guests write in one of the city’s beautiful parks each morning, then tour Paris with transportation, reservations and tickets pre-arranged so the only decision is what to order for lunch – or more importantly, red or white?
The cost of the six-day Left Bank Writers Retreat in Paris is $1,999 and includes morning writing sessions, coaching and one-on-one time with the instructor for a maximum of eight writers, as well as lunch each day, admission to museums and area sights, an excursion to Montmartre, a picnic on the banks of the Seine and a literary tour visiting many of the sites featured in the Woody Allen movie “Midnight in Paris.”
Left Bank Writers Retreat facilitator and host Darla Worden is a writer and public relations professional who lives in Jackson, Wyo., Denver, Colo., and Paris. Worden, recently interviewed in Insider Perks about her love of travel, has written widely for magazines and authored several books. She writes the popular blog Frenchophile and is currently working on a book about Hemingway’s Paris.
Now in its fifth year, the Left Bank Writers Retreat takes place on the historic Île Saint-Louis in the heart of Paris. For additional information, visit www.leftbankwriters.com.
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