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

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 Markets : The Top 8!

Looking for some fresh French food? Read this guide!

The BIO Paris street market: Marché Raspail

This elegant market showcases the higher quality food that Paris is known for so the products are a bit expensive. But the big bonus is that only natural products with no GMO or pesticides and no animal testing are accepted in this street market.

Marché bio Raspail
Boulevard Raspail
Sundays from 9 to 2pm

Flower & birds market at Île de la Cité

What a beautiful name .. this street market specializes in birds (rare ones too) and flowers. You also can find small animals to provide company in your Parisian flat. Located at Ile de la cité, which is in a beautiful district, surrounded by the Seine.

Marché aux Fleurs de l’Île de la Cité
Place Louis Lépine et Quai de la Corse – 4e
Flowers: every day from 8 to19h30
Birds: Sunday from 8 to 19h

Market on the Water

The concept of this market is that the food is brought by boat to la Rotonde, in Paris. You can find fresh and local products, from Tuesday to Saturday, at place de la Rotonde. You can apply to the association to enjoy special prices.

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

Old book market at Georges Brassens

For book lovers and collectors… The smell of old paper is everywhere. This market is a must-see, 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 covered street market in Paris, dating back to 400 years ago! This market offers a wide variety of food, from Italian to African. You can both eat prepared meals or buy ingredients at this market.

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

The Cheapest Paris Street Market: Berthier

The cheapest Paris street market: le marché Berthier! At this market you can buy fruits & vegetable from just one euro for a kilogram. 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 go for a walk in this area during the weekends to find a special object you will keep in your cozy 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

This Paris street market has a very nice atmosphere. The traders here are willing to haggle and will offer you tastings of their wares.

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

Marché d’Aligre

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

Welcome to my Parisian Blog

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7 SECRETS FOR SAVING MONEY IN PARIS

COST OF LIVING IN PARIS : 7 SECRETS FOR SAVING 

The cost of living in Paris can be high especially for students. But Paris is also a city of culture, parties, and fashion.

So here’s how to reduce the cost of living in Paris and to enjoy everything the capital has offers even on a student budget!

1. Groupon

I used to use it A LOT when I was a student. Restaurants, activities, shopping… There’s loads of services and products with huge discounts. A massage for €30, a spa for €15 or 10 dancing classes for €20…

The process? You pay by credit card on the website and receive a confirmation email. If it’s a voucher for a service, you print it. If it’s a product, it will be delivered to your door. With these websites your cost of living in Paris will drastically reduce.

Advice

If you want to buy a service, call the branch before to make sure they have availability that suits you. Sometimes, there is a calendar that shows the availability on the website.

According to the French law, you can cancel the deal until 14 days after its purchase.

2. La Fourchette

Food is amazing in Paris…the best in the world! La Fourchette is a specialized website to save money on restaurants.

Advice

Be sure to read all the terms and conditions regarding the discount before making a reservation (eg: not including drinks, only if you order a starter + main course or dessert + main course).

3. Heetch

With Heetch, reduce your cost of living in Paris on your night out. Cheaper than a cab, this application puts you in touch with individual drivers. Available only during the night, from 8pm to 6am, a driver comes to pick you up at an address and drive you to your destination. You pay by credit card through the app (enter your credit card number just once at the first use) or by cash. Before you pay, you are informed about the price and the waiting time.

Get €5 free on your first travel with the promo code : PERLE185614

4. Uber

Cheaper than a cab but more expensive than Heetch, this app works 24/7 and the driver is not an individual but a licensed professional. You only can pay by credit card through the app (you enter your credit card number just once at the first use). Before you pay, you are informed about the price and the waiting time.

Advice

The cheapest option is the option UberPool but, like Heetch, it works only the night from 8pm to 6am and the number of people is limited to 2. The driver has the right to stop to pick up other people.

If you are between 4 and 7 people you can order a UberVan. Don’t hesitate to share the price of the trip with other friends who also have the Uber app, through an option available on screen.

Get €20 free on your first travel with the promo code : m9vf2547ue

5. Vente Privée/Bazar Chic/Showroomprivé : buy online

These are my favourite applications/websites offering big discounts up to 70% off high quality brands. Save money on EVERYTHING (food, hygiene product, electronic product, clothes…).

Specialized in clothes, but they also offer a lot of more. Dress like a parisian at an affordable price and reduce your cost of living in Paris !

Moreover, my friend has created The Cut with nice prices if you want a hairdresser to come to your place to do brushing, styling, cut or color. You can plan a day between friends as well and ask for several hairdressers to come for you. Benefit from 5% thanks to the Feel Parisien code. Write your phone number and email address on the home page below “Je réserve”, she will call you back and she speaks English.

This is the new tendency in Paris ! Be beautiful and well dressed without moving from your cozy little flat.

6. Vestiaire Collective

Only for clothes and accessories, Vestiaire Collective puts you in touch with individuals who sell items from famous brands.

7. Orange Cineday

Another way to reduce your cost of living in Paris is on your movie’s tickets. The French mobile phone operator “Orange”. Buy one ticket and get one for free every Tuesday.

How it works ? If you have this operator, send a text message with the word « cine » to the number 20 000. You will receive the code to give to the desk at the cinema to get your discount.

What to know

If you don’t have Orange, ask a friend who’s not using  to give you his promo code (valuable only once each Tuesday). The offer can also be combined with the reduced prices for students.

8. ISIC

There is a website dedicated to all the students at an international level. ISIC card proof your student status worldwide, help you to enjoy over 45 000 ISIC dicounts int the whole world and join a community of 5 millions students.

How it works ? If you have this card, you can wonder around the website and see all the student discount you are entitled to.

 

9. Museums

When you are under 26 and from any country of the European Union, you are entitled to free pass in many museums in Paris :

Musée de l’Armée – Hôtel National des Invalides, 129 rue de Grenelle 75007 PARIS, RER : Invalides, tel : 08 10 11 33 99, www.Musée-Armée.com

Musée national des Arts Asiatiques Guimet, 6 place d’Iéna / entrée du musée 19, avenue d’Iéna / entrée du Panthéon bouddhique 75116 PARIS, M° : Iéna, RER : Pont de l’Alma, Tél. : 01 56 52 53 00, www.museeguimet.fr

Musée du Louvre, Principal entry from the Pyramide 75001 PARIS, M° : Palais Royal Musée du Louvre, tel : 01 40 20 53 17, www.louvre.fr

Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine, Palais de Chaillot, 1 place du Trocadéro et du 11 novembre 75116 PARIS, M° : Trocadéro, tel : 01 58 51 52 00, www.citechaillot.fr

Cité Nationale de l’Histoire de l’Immigration Palais de la Porte Dorée, 293 avenue Daumesnil 75012 PARIS, M° : Porte Dorée, tel : 01 53 59 58 60, www.histoire-immigration.fr

Musée du Quai Branly, 37 quai Branly Portail Debilly 75007 PARIS, M° : Iéna / Alma Marceau, tel : 01 56 61 70 00,www.quaibranly.fr

Musée de l’Orangerie, Jardin des Tuileries 75001 PARIS, tel : 01 44 77 80 07, M° : Concorde, www.musee-orangerie.fr

Musée d’Orsay, 1 rue de la Légion d’Honneur 75007 PARIS, M° : Solférino, tel : 01 40 49 48 14, www.musee-orsay.fr

Musée Picasso, Hôtel Salé 5, rue de Thorigny 75003 PARIS, M° : Saint Paul, tel : 01 42 71 25 21, www.musee-picasso.fr

Musée Rodin, 79 rue de Varenne 75007 PARIS, M° : Varenne, tel : 01 44 18 61 10, www.musee-rodin.fr

Musée Jean-Jacques Henner, 43 avenue de Villiers 75017 PARIS, M° : Malesherbes, tel : 01 47 63 42 73, www.rmn.fr

Musée Eugène Delacroix, 6 rue de Furstenberg 75006 PARIS, M° : Saint Germain des Prés, tel : 01 44 41 86 50,www.musee-delacroix.fr

Musée du Moyen Âge – Thermes et Hôtel de Cluny, 6 place Paul Painlevé 75005 PARIS, M° : Cluny La Sorbonne, tel : 01 53 73 78 00, www.musee-moyenage.fr

Musée Gustave Morea, 14 rue de la Rochefoucauld 75009 PARIS, M° : Trinité, tel : 01 48 74 38 50, www.musee-moreau.fr

Musée des Plans-Reliefs, 129 rue de Grenelle 75007 PARIS, M° : La Tour- Maubourg, tel : 01 45 51 95 05, www.museedesplansreliefs.culture.fr

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GOING OUT IN PARIS

PLACES TO GO IN PARIS 

There are so many places to go in Paris, but, they often change names, locations or become old fashioned. For this reason, I’m only going to give you some names of districts and I invite you to walk into the streets, discover it by yourself and find your favorite places to go in Paris ! That’s the best way to fully enjoy the city.

The touristic places to go in Paris : 

Montmarte, Rue de l’Appe, les Champs Elysées, Saint Michel

The dynamic places to go in Paris : 

Le Marrais, République, Montogeuil, Pigalle, Parmentier

The elegant places to go in Paris :

Trocadéro, Tour Eiffel, Champs de Mars, Esplanade des Invalides

The cultural places to go in Paris :

Le Louvres, Notre Dame, Opéra, Madeleine

Where are the places to go in Paris for a drink?

Well…everywhere! During the evening, I suggest for students: Saint Germain, Oberkampf, rue Montorgueil, rue de Lappe (Bastille) and during the summer all along the Quai de Seines.

A few famous addresses

La Brasserie de Barbes (chic bar in a popular district), you can drink everywhere in this private mansion, even in the bath at Le Pavillon des Canaux (along the Quai de la Loire, in the 19th district), La Perle (Marrais) is a typical French café and it’s the place where Galliano get fired (very close from the pizzeria Pink Flamingo – see bellow), Place Sainte Catherine (a quiet little place in le Marrais, very close from La Mangerie to eat – see bellow), Le Fourbis in the 7th & Maria Magdalena in Pigalle (both cocktails bars with dimmed lighting).

If you go to famous modern exposition center Beaubourg, take a drink on the cheapest bar of this touristic district : Les fontaines

Where are the places to go in Paris to eat?

La Mangerie (a bit expensive but delicious food to share in le Marrais), Little Cantine (Burger place near la Sorbonne), the cute pizzeria in a cute street of Le Marrais, Pink Flamingo, the design restaurant Mama Shelter (pizza and french food – also an hotel).

Where are the places to go in Paris to snack?

L’As du Falafel (Marrais), Big Fernand (chain of burger places), Candeleria (mexican food and secret bar).

What to know

You can find a lot of more ideas on MylittleParis, le Bonbon or Merci Aflred, but these websites are only in French and there are so many addresses even we don’t know where to go anymore!

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37 USEFULL APPLICATIONS FOR PARIS

PARIS MOBILE : USEFUL APPLICATIONS

PARIS MOBILE

First, if you need a French mobile, we can get you €150 off if you open a French bank account with us.

TRAVEL INTO PARIS

1. Citymapper

This Paris mobile app will find you the best & fastest way to get from A to B, utilizing all the public transport and also walking and cycling. You can save your home and work addresses in advance, to find your way back from every location you are. Maps of the public transport network and Paris are available, as well as traffic alerts.

2. RATP

Write the name of the bus or the metro station you’re at and where your desired destination is, the French application will find you the best and fastest way. This app gives you a map of the public transport network, traffic alerts and a map of Paris with the locations of the metro and bus stations.

3. Velib

For the fanatics of Velib’, this free Paris mobile app gives you access to the status and the location of all the Velib’ stations (availabilities of the bikes, of the parking…) Also you will find some Parisian activities such as museums or libraries, with a mini navigator to direct you!

4. PMobile

This free application is for everyone with a car in Paris. You can buy your visitor parking ticket through your smartphone, without going to the parking meter. You can save your credit card number just once and then pay your tickets every time from everywhere. Be careful, this app doesn’t work for the residence permit.

Advice

Make sure to write the right district number by double-checking on the sticker “PMobil” affixed on the parking meter.

5. Uber

Uber is your professional private driver cheaper than a cab, available day and night. Be careful, an increase can be added to the price during the rush hour times and the price can become expensive. The price and the waiting time are indicated before the purchase.

Get €20 free on your first travel with the promo code : m9vf2547ue

6. Heetch 

Simliar system as Uber, however, it is cheaper because the drivers are private individuals. This service is only available during the night, from 8pm to 6am.

Get €5 free on your first travel with the promo code : PERLE185614

 

TO EAT

All these Paris mobile apps bellow are to order food delivered to your place.

7. Optimiam

8. Hello FOOD

Too good to go let you find FRESH food that would have gone to the trash on that same day if you did not pick up, for example from the bakery or a sushi place therefore it’s very cheap and earth friendly!

9. Toogoodtogo

SHOP CHEAPER

All these Paris mobile apps bellow give you access to famous brands, to buy everything, but especially clothes, reduced by about -70%.

10. Bazarchic 

11. Vente privee

12. Showroomprivé

BE BEAUTIFUL AT HOME

All theses phone apps bellow offer you professionals of beauty and well being who come to your home to various services

13. Pop My Day

14. Simone

15. Booboo

GOOD PLAN

All these Paris mobile apps bellow offer you activities and good plans for Paris.

16. Mylittleparis

17. Le Bonbon

18. Time Out Paris

19. Secrets de Paris

20. Balumpa

FIND A PARTNER

All these Paris mobile apps for meeting other beautiful single people.

21. Once

22. Tinder

23. Happn

STAY IN CONTACT

All these phone applications give you a way to call, text or send pictures abroad for free, through the Internet. The unique condition is the recipient needs to have the same app on their phone to receive the message.

24. Skype

25. Whatsapp

26. Snapchat

27. Viber


STAY INFORMED

These Paris mobile apps bellow are ones of the main media in France to stay in touch with the current affairs of the country.

28. Bfmtv

29. Le Figaro

30. Le Monde

31. 20 Minutes

32. iTele

33. Le Parisien

34. France info

TO HAVE FUN

35. Shazam

You are listening an awesome song ? Find the title and the artist thanks to this phone app.

36. Allocine

All the movies and their sessions are available in this Paris mobile app.

37. Spotify

Listen millions of titles thanks to this music streaming app.

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WRITING A FRENCH RESUME

French CV

WRITING A FRENCH CV

When applying for a job in a French-speaking country, your resume needs to be in French, which is more than a matter of translation.

The first thing you need to know is that the word resume is a false friend in French and English. Un résume means a summary, whereas a résume refers to a CV (curriculum vitae). When applying for a job with a French company, you need to provide un CV, not a résume.

You must keep your French CV to one page only (A4/single side).

Don’t forget to send your French CV in PDF, to avoid any modification when the receiver opens it!

Step 1

Basic information about yourself has to appear distinctly on top of your French CV:

  • First Name
  • Last name
  • Age (optional)
  • Nationality (optional)
  • Address
  • Email address
  • Telephone number
  • Driver’s licence/if you have a car

If you are bilingual in any other language you should mention it on top as well.

Still on the top of your French CV, you can add a picture of yourself, but choose something neutral (colour or black & white: it doesn’t really matter).

Also mention the job your are applying to.

Eg : Looking for a position as an event project manager

Step 2

Your French CV will be divided in 4 parts. 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCES

(Expériences professionnelles)

Retrace each experience by chronologic order, from the newest to the oldest one.

Put as many details as possible, such as:

  • Name of the company
  • The country
  • Your position
  • Missions you completed (bullet points)
  • Time and duration

EDUCATION

(Formation)

Once again, list them by chronologic order, from the most recent to the oldest.

  • Diploma
  • School
  • Year
  • Country

SKILLS

(Competences)

In this part, you will list your computer (operating systems/software programs) and language skills.

Language skills:

*Proficient – Lu, écrit, parlé
*Fluent – Courant
*Bilingual – Bilingue
*Native language – Langue maternelle

If you passed some tests you should mention your score. 

INTERESTS

(Centres d’intérêt)

List your hobbies and travels but limit this section to 2 or 3 lines.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

The employer will first skim through your French CV, in 30 seconds, to make sure you have the capacities required for the job. To help him, put the main elements in bold: the name of your companies, your different occupations and your schools names.

A clear layout is important. The recurring elements such as the name of cities and the date have to be on the left in front of an experience, or at least at the same place for all of them.

The four parts must appear clearly.

You should use the same font.

Maybe add some colours to attract the employer.

SOME ADVICE

Your French CV has to be concise: make short sentences and show the main ideas. The interview will be the occasion to give more details.

Do not repeat the same info: if you have done similar jobs, try to change your skills gained.

Focus on the important information (don’t put your marital status for example).

If you have too many experiences, forget about the oldest ones and the ones that are not connected to the job offer.

If you have a period of professional inactivity, try to value it with a personal experience instead (travel, formation, humanitarian aid…).

Make sure there are no spelling/syntax mistakes. Make sure another person reviews your French CV.

Now you’re ready to look for a job !

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