Paris … There are various ways to see Paris. You can do it on your own and discover things or you can go on a guided tour which will probably save you time but won’t give you the same feeling of working things out for yourself. You can hire a cab or walk and explore to your heart’s content. Walk down the Champs Elysees from the Arc de Triomphe and you pass some famous restaurants and hotels. Midway is the Rond Point and from there to the Place de la Concorde you may walk down a tree-lined avenue to Avenue Gabriel, where you find public buildings, including the Presidential Palace and the American Embassy. At the Place de la Concorde you’ll encounter the Crillon and the Marine Ministry. About two blocks away is the Church of the
SPECTATOR SPORTS… Horse racing goes on almost all year at one track or another near Paris. Soccer is popular at the Parc des Princes and at Colombes Stadium. Tennis tournaments and championship matches take place at Stade Roland-Garros in the Bois. Boxing matches are frequent. Basketball games during the winter.
SPORTS … There is a fine golf course at St. Cloud (card necessary), also at St. Germain, Chantilly, Mortefontaine, etc. Riding in the Bois. There is skiing in the French Alps and the Pyrenees in winter. Yachting, swimming, fishing, golf, riding all along the Riviera, Deauville, Biarritz, and good fishing in Brittany.
PHOTOGRAPHY … Black-and-white and color still and movie films are available in Paris and other big cities; so are cameras. Prices are considerably higher than in the United States but includes processing. Kodak-Pathe S.A. is located at 39 Avenue Montaigne, Paris.
RELIGION … France is a Catholic country and there are many magnificent Cathedrals which hold ‘Mass. There are also many Protestant churches in Paris: American Church, British Embassy Church, Presbyterian Church, Eglise de L’Etoile; Eglise de Passy Eglise du Saint Esprit, Eglise de la Mission Etrangere, Methodist Church, Quakers, Russian Orthodox Church, Grande Synagogue. And in Nice, the beautiful Church of the Holy Spirit, the only American Protestant church in France, outside Paris.
FOOD … This is a volume in itself. French food is famous everywhere and Paris has some of the best restaurants in the world. You can find anything you want to eat in Paris at almost any price you wish to pay. Lunch can be a two to three-hour affair involving several courses. The cheese is wonderful, hors d’oeuvres are usually superb, sauces are a national specialty, Pate de foie gras is different from anything you’ve had in tins. Coffee is strong but can be ordered to approximate the American taste. Try puree de marrons, chestnuts cooked with celery, spices and chicken consomme. Wonderful snails in garlic sauce and saddle of spring lamb done in white wine with chopped tarragon. There are hundreds of other magnificent dishes and regional favorites. The wines range from ordinary to superlative, depending upon price and taste. They are served with all meals. The French rarely drink water, but it is entirely potable. Pastries are famous, as are the potages, or thick soups. The French also do well by fish and salads. Milk is usually safe to drink, but make sure it’s been pasteurized and purchased in a sealed bottle.
CUSTOMS REGULATIONS AND DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR UNITED STATES CITIZENS… You may bring in 1,000 cigarettes, 250 cigars or 41/2 pounds of tobacco in your luggage, 2 bottles of liquor with seal broken, 2 pounds of any food stuffs, nylons and clothing for personal use. You need a valid passport but no visa unless you plan to stay more than three months. You will need a vaccination certificate to get back home.
Two still cameras of different sizes or makes with 10 rolls of film for each and one movie camera with 10 rolls of film may be brought in. In currency 250 N.F. (new francs) may be taken out.
GOVERNMENT … A republic, with a Parliament which is comprised of a national assembly and a senate selected by all citizens of France.
HOW TO GET THERE … By Pan American Jet Clipper, nonstop to Paris, about 7 hours from New York and Boston, about 151/4 hours from Los Angeles via Jet connection in New York, 13 hours direct from San Francisco via polar route. Through Jet Clipper service to Nice on the Riveria via Lisbon and Barcelona about 13 hours from New York. Connections at Lisbon for Paris (4 hours). By ship, 5 to 9 days.