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Your story N°1 “My First Days in Paris”

by MHS from Pakistan

My First Days in Paris

Ernest Hemingway said and I quote “If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast”.

I applied to Paris School of Business got admission and got my visa after a long wait. The biggest dream of my life was about to come true. I was waiting at the airport lounge in my country for my flight looking at my ticket with curiosity and excitement. 12 hours later I was at Paris airport. The moment I stepped out of the airport I could feel the change in the air, it had a different aura. On the way to my apartment I kept on observing my surroundings the buildings the way they are constructed each of them has a story to tell. At last I reached my apartment thanks to feel Parisien everything was arranged before my arrival, they are very hard working and efficient.

I was very tired the first day so I kept my bags aside and slept. The next day when I woke up I was very excited because I was going to see the Eiffel Tower. Remember always to keep your passport and money safe while going to tourist places for the first time because these sites attracts a lot of pocket pickers. Well I changed my clothes bought a sandwich from the store near my residence and headed towards the RER train. The transportation system in paris is perfect but you need at least a week to understand it. I was lucky I had it all mapped out which RER to take when to get off and take a metro. I got off from the RER at Francois Mitterrand took the metro to Bercy and finally to Bir-Hakeim (tour de Eiffel).

The first sight of Eiffel tower was mesmerizing, I will remember it for the rest of my life. Standing near the Eiffel tower and watching it had a strange satisfaction it gives you happiness. Well I walked towards it crossed the entry doors and after that you have to stand in long ques to get the ticket to get on the tower. It was a long wait but worth every second of waiting, I got to the top of Eiffel tower it’s a long journey but it will be the most beautiful journey of your life. You can see almost all of Paris from the top and it is scenic. It is my sincere advice to all of the upcoming students to go to the top and enjoy the best view of Paris.

I have been telling you the Pros of Paris and my first day at Eiffel tower but there are cons too all of you should stay away from scams. There are a lot of people right there near Eiffel tower who are going to scam you and rob your money. There will be people asking you for donations for charity they will have a clipboard in their hands they will come to you write your name and talk to you kindly and then ask you for money. Second are the one with cup and ball game they are extremely clever. They will show you that the game is very easy and you can win and they will double your money but it is different. The man shuffling the cups is the head and he has 3-4 people of his own in the crowd. These are the people who keep on playing and winning giving you the impression that you can win too but you never will no one outside their gang will ever win. I was a prey to it too, I was standing there watching it when a woman held my arm and forced me to play when I refused she said “okay I will play first” she gave the man 100 euros he shuffled the cups and she chose the right cup and he gave her 200 euros as winning money. This is all fraud. I was motivated that I can win too, I knew which cup had the ball I saw it but when I chose the cup it was empty and I lost 100 euros. Even if you choose the right cup you will not win because they create a distraction somehow and change the cups because it is what they do scam people and they are perfect at it. Stay away from all these games and don’t lose your money.

There are many other things to do like the mix club it’s a great nightclub with free entry to international students each Thursday before midnight, it is packed with international students. Go to louvre or eat a sandwich by the seine. Have your evening strolls at Champs-Élysées. I have been in Paris for just a few days but I have discovered a lot, seen a lot because I chose to travel and go out. I had some setbacks like losing my money to the cup ball game scam but never let anything push you back. I have yet to discover and learn a lot, every morning brings a new tale and every night a new adventure to tell. Paris has a lot of secrets you need to uncover it’s a beautiful city with beautiful people. Be brave and the world is yours.

Muhammad Hannan Shahid

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India in Paris

A lot of people from India, Pakistan or Bangladesh are interested by finding local stuff in Paris. Lucky you ! Paris is a cosmopolite city and in this article you will find the best place where to go to be immersed as in your country.

Passage Brady in the 10 th district : The little India

Indian cheap restaurant, spices & food shops, hairdressers & eyebrow epilation… very nice Indian people gathered in this passage under a skylight.

Color and smell like in Bombay !

Temple Ganesh in the 18 th district 

This temple where Indian cult is practiced is open everyday from 9.30 am to 8.30pm. There are 3 “poojas” per day : 10am, 12pm and 7pm.

Abhishekam : Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Everyday, tens of devoted people from India or France are going there to pray Ganesha and celebrate the Indian rituels.

You have to take off your shoes before entry and enjoy the perfume of the offering baskets filled with flowers petals, banana, jasmine…

After the ceremony, a meal of spiced rice is shared between the participant.

More details : www.templeganesh.fr

paris street market

Paris street market : the 8 coolest

The bio Paris street market : Marché Raspail

This market is located in a elegant market so the products are a bit expensive but there are quality products. Only natural products, without NGO and pesticide are accepted in this street market and not tested on animals (because there also are beauty products).

Marché bio Raspail
Boulevard Raspail
Sundays from 9 to 2pm

Flower & birds market at Île de la Cité

What a beautiful name .. Street market specialized in birds (rare one too) and flowers. You alo can find small animals to have company in your parisian flat. Located at Ile de la cité which is a beautiful district, surrounded by water.

Marché aux Fleurs de l’Île de la Cité
Place Louis Lépine et quai de la Corse – 4e
Flowers : everyday from 8 to19h30
Birds : sunday from 8 to 19h

Market on water

The concept is the food is bring by boat to la Rotombe, in Paris. You can find fresh and local products, from Tuesday to Saturday, place de la Rotonde. You can apply to the association to enjoy special prices.

Marché sur l’Eau
Distribution on the terasse of the Rotonde de la Villette
Tuesday from 18h to 20h only for subscribers
Saturday from 11h30 to 13h30 for everyone

Old book market Georges Brassens

For books lovers and collectors… The smell of the old papers is everywhere. You should go only to see this big et beautiful place full of books.
Marché du livre ancien et d’occasion George Brassens
104, rue Brancion – 14e
Saturday & sunday from 9h to 18h

Enfants Rouges Market

The oldest cover Paris street market from 400 yo ! You can buy food or eat there. Various type of food : italian, african…

Le marché des Enfants Rouges
39, rue de Bretagne – 3e

The cheapest Paris street market : Berthier

The cheapest Paris street market : le marché Berthier ! Fruits & vegetable from one euros the kg or the full crate. These prices are only at the end of the market at 13h30 the Wednesday and at 2pm the Saturday.

Marché Berthier
Boulevard de Reims – 17e

Puces de Saint-Ouen

This is a very famous Paris street market. You can fo for a walk in this area during the week-ends to find a special object you will keep in your cosy flat : baubles, vintage furniture, music instrument…. You can find everything.

Puces de Saint-Ouen

Between the porte de Saint-Ouen and the Porte de Clignancourt
From saturday to monday from 9h to 18h (11h on Monday)

Aligre Market

In this Paris street market there is a very good atmosphere. Happy traders who will offer you degustation between 2 sells.

2 markets : one cover and the other one on the street.

Marché d’Aligre

Place d’Aligre – 12e
From Tuesday to Sunday, from 9 to 13h than 16h to 19h30 (sunday until13h30)

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