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We are travelling by train from Germany to Paris and arrive at Nord(hope that is correct) and then we actually fly out two days later from Paris Charles de Gaulle. We would really like to stay in a B&B as we would like the Paris experience and meet some local people who we could interact with. We speak English. This trip is just my husband and myself. Could you advise any B&B's or areas I should particularly look for? We are going to see as much in the short time we are there. Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated

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The first thing I'd say is that when you post on a specific TA forum, to use a more descriptive title. I mean, isn't everything on the Paris forum Paris-related? You'll get better replies that way.

The second thing I'd suggest is you get a guidebook and read it. Especially with such a short visit, you'll want to choose carefully the sights you'll see. There's so much to do you'll be spoiled for choice. If you'd really rather just arrive and enjoy, you can always just walk around and not have an itinerary at all, but know you'll be rather hit and miss on specific monuments and museums.

B&B's aren't a common lodging option in Paris. They're just not there. You might check airbnb.com and look for a room in someone's home. They can be very inexpensive, but whether your host will want to interact with you, or in fact even be home while you're there, depends on the host. It's no exactly like a B&B but it's probably as close as you'll find in Paris.

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B&B's aren't common in Paris, it's a city like Melbourne or Sydney. You should check out the area you'd like to stay in and go from there, pick a nice hotel as you won't be staying long enough to rent an apartment.

Perhaps the 5th or 6th would be good for a first time, when you start researching you can ask questions about particular places.

Good Luck.

Edited: 28 April 2013, 22:29
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Someone else asked this same question. Here is that discussion: tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g187147-i14-k64523…

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Hi Glenyss,

It's going to be a little difficult to interact & speak with people, if you only have 2 days & speak English. In saying that, staying in the 5th & 6th like Lily said, would be a great idea. Very central to the major sites & right near the river. A small hotel can give you the feeling of a B & B, the proprietors we have had have been very friendly & willing to engage in conversation.

Plan on seeing the major sites & relaxing after dinner, with a walk along the Seine or a jazz club. Maybe browse the restaurant section to have a couple of restaurants chosen before you leave, just so that you don't waste time walking around looking. With only 2 days, planning will give you the opportunity to relax.

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Here are several search engines specializing in chambres d'hotes (or B&B in Englsih):




However, you will not be meeting a lot of people in only a two day stay but if that is important to you, you might consider a soiree, Jim Haynes on Sundays is one:



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I think you should not focus on meeting locals, frankly they are busy, they are going to work and school and do not really have time to interact with the millions of tourists that pour through their city .. the ones who will interact with you will likely be working, waiters, desk clerk at hotels, museum clerks, shop clerks, grocers, etc..

I think you should just decide on a few sights that are important to you, work them into a rough schedule and group them by area so you aren't criss crossing areas , and allow lots of time for sitting at a café and people watching .. people watching is a legitimate authentic local activity so at least in that way your visit will have some authentic connection!

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The Villa Paris is a B and B in the 13th. It is convenient to the metro (about 5 minute walk) and the bus is directly across the street. It is lovely and the owner, Marie, couldn't be more helpful. She speaks English very well. This is always my first choice for lodging in Paris. It is in a neighborhood where you will see locals, walking to work, out with their children, etc. You can be in the center of Paris within 15 minutes. The rooms are immaculate and the breakfast, which is included in the price, is plentiful. Check out the website. Hopefully, there is availability.

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