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Beer and

Bellies

M: denotes nearest metro station(s)

Restaurants, brasseries, cafés – the

French have more names for places to

eat than we have words and phrases for

being drunk. That’s because food and

drink is such a way of life. Remember

though, that this is a huge city and

there are all manners of places to eat

– you can push the boat out and dine

expensively, fill up with pizza and falafels

or buy a baguette and a hunk of fromage

from the supermarket and improvise

your own sandwich. If the budget is

needing nursed then opt for a big lunch

rather than waiting till dinner time as

this will be just as filling for you, but

not as emptying for your wallet. Quick

burger bars www.quick.fr are also

dotted around the city for convenience.

Then there’s the places to drink – again,

a list as long as your arm. Cafés, beer

cellars, pubs, bars, wine bars… As a

general rule a drink at the bar (whether

coffee or beer) in a Parisian café is

cheaper than one outside watching

the world go by. Remortgage the

house if you plan on a session on the

Champs-Élysées or Rue de Rivoli. Many

places have happy hours but you should

make sure you get your round in early

as prices sometimes rise late on. Bars

generally close at around 2am. Also, if

you want a pint as opposed to a bottled

beer (with a high price tag) ask for bière

pression (draught). And it’s bière blonde

for UK style beer and bière brune if you

want something a bit darker.

Restaurants/

Cafés

Latin Quarter

This is the area to find outlets selling

gyros (greek sandwiches). Just look for

the kebab on the rotisserie if it’s cheap,

belly-filling, tasty food you’re after. Fill a

pitta bread with beef or lamb, chuck on

some salad and hand over your €4 (no,

that’s not a typo).

Rue de la Huchette

Staying in the Latin Quarter, just seek

out this street which has a vast array

of places with menus to please every

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footsoldier. You’ll find Italian, Spanish

and Turkish fayre alongside some typical

French nosh. M: Saint Michel Notre Dame.

Hippopotamus (29 rue Berger)

There’s good value and good eating at

this chain of restaurants dotted around

the capital. Steak seems to be their

speciality, but fish, pork and chicken are

on the menu as well. M: Les Halles

www.hippopotamus.fr

Le Velodrome

(Avenue de Versailles, Auteuil)

Just a few hundred yards from the Porte

de St-Cloud metro station this may be

one place to go on matchday. The service

is a bit erratic but the pizzas are ok.

M: Porte de St-Cloud.

Pizza Momo

(105 rue St Antoine)

This place caters for everyone from

small families to large groups wearing

kilts. Their award-winning pizzas are a

must, but there’s plenty of other lovely

Italian grub on the menu too. M: St Paul

Indria (23 rue Cail)

A short walk from the Gare du Nord

will take you to streets where the

flavour is distinctly Asian. This small

joint serves fantastic food which is more

than reasonably priced. Starters, main

courses, rice and a bottle of wine for

under €45 for two. M: La Chapelle.

pubs

The Auld Alliance

(80 rue François Miron)

What can you say… the first Scottish

pub in Paris – situated in the Marais

District – and the best known. Bound to

be jumpin’ for days before and after the

game and a big screen for those who’ve

not got a ticket. M: St Paul

www.theauldalliance.com

The Highlander (8 rue de Nevers)

A cosy bar and a big hall in the basement

with a large screen and room for about

200 people will surely fit the bill for

fans looking for familiar and welcoming

surroundings. The Whyte & Mackay TA

fans embassy will be open at this bar on

Tues 11 Sept 5-7 pm and Wed 12 Sept

12-2 pm

M: St Michel Notre Dame or Pont Neuf

www.the-highlander.fr

The Thistle (112 rue St Denis)

The newest Scottish bar in Paris and

sister pub to The Highlander is a wee

slice of Bonnie Scotland. A couple of well

positioned screens and a well stocked

bar run by Matty, a big goalie from

Balloch, will have you rollin’ in the aisles

when you visit. M: Étienne-Marcel

www.the-thistle.com

Corcoran’s Irish Bar

(20 rue St-André des Arts)

This is a cracking wee street and

this particular outlet is one of three

Corcoran’s in Paris (others are at

23 Boulevards Poissonniére and 110

Boulevard de Clichy). Pints are €6.60,

beef and Guinness pie is €11 and there

are TV screens to keep everyone happy

(though management will go with the

majority for what is screened).

M: St Michel Notre Dame

www.corcorans.fr

The Great Canadian Pub

(25 Quai des Grands Augustins)

This place really is a great Canadian

bar, with friendly staff, a guarantee not

to push prices up past €6.50 a pint on

matchday and a fab location on the

banks of the Seine. The pub has many

screens - even at the urinals - so you

won’t miss any of the action.

M: St Michel Notre Dame

Café Oz

(18 rue de Saint Denis)

The Kiwi who runs this place might,

given his nationality, be more interested

in the Rugby World Cup, but he’ll be

happy to serve the Tartan Army. On

days when there is a big rugby match

there may be a fee at the door. There

are a couple of these outlets in the city

(the other is at 1 rue de Bruxelles, M:

Blanche). M: Les Halles.

Pub St Hilaire

(2 rue de Vallette)

Ironically one of the few French pubs

in Paris, as the café culture dominates,

but it seems to have mastered the art

just the same. Good atmosphere, tables

outside and a good selection of food and

drink. M: Maubert Mutualité.

Halls Beer

(68 rue St Denis)

Ideal for sampling 65 of the world’s best

bottled beers and 14 on draft. Space for

30 people on the terrace if it’s nice, but a

big screen showing sport inside if it’s not

so bright. M: Étienne Marcel

www.hallsbeer.com

Long Hop Party Bar

(25 rue Frédéric Sauton)

Three bars, a terrace and sports on large

screens, the biggest pub on the left bank

is sure to be a draw for Scotland fans.

M: Maubert Mutualité

www.long-hop.net

clubs

Check your stamina levels before

thinking about going for a boogie.

Nightclubs only really get going from

1am and you’re just as well staying

there all night, such is the difficulty of

finding transport home in the wee small

hours. Expect to pay around €10-12

on weekdays and €15-20 at weekends

(most prices will include a free drink).

La Coupole

(100 boulevard du Montparnasse)

Swish the kilt to the live salsa sounds

the night before the big match. Tues-Sat,

11.30pm-3am. M: Vavin

Le Queen

(102 Champs-Élysées)

One of the city’s most-famous nightclubs

which, as the name suggests, established

itself with the gay crowd before coming

out to everyone. Still a bit fussy about

attire. Open midnight to dawn the

legendary club goes for mainstream

house Thurs-Sat, gay disco on Sunday

and Monday and R&B and hip-hop on

Wednesdays. M: George-V

www.queen.fr

WAGG

(62 rue Mazarine)

No, it’s not a hangout for Posh, Louise

and the other lassies who have a thing

for footballers. This UK-style club is

your kind of hangout on a Friday if you

want to relive the 70s. Modern disco

and funk on other evenings. Free before

midnight, €15 thereafter. Fri and Sat

midnight - 6am. M: Odéon

PARIS

Please note that the above map shows the major roads in the city. There are many smaller streets branching off the main routes but

the scale of this map is too small to show these.

Billboard map for Parc des Princes stadium on exiting Porte de St-Cloud metro station.

STADIUM GUIDE

Remember that the match is being played at the Parc des Princes (Princes

Park) in the south west of the city about 4km from the Eiffel Tower and

about 6km from the Place de la Concorde. The 48,712-capacity stadium

is the home of club side Paris St Germain. Built on the site where the

French aristocracy used to go hunting, the original stadium was used as the

finishing point for the Tour de France. The current stadium, built in 1972,

proved ahead of its time as it was practically an all-seater. Paris’ main ring

road, the Boulevard Périphérique, passes under a corner of the stadium.

There are a number of cafes and restaurants not far from the ground in

Porte de St Cloud.

The nearest metro station is Porte de St-Cloud on line 9 (direction Pont

de Sèvres) a 15 minute journey – and eight stops - from the Trocadéro

metro station which is near the Eiffel Tower. Travelling on line 10 to Porte

d’Auteuil (direction Boulogne Pont de St-Cloud) will also get you close.

If travelling by bus take lines 22, 72 and 62 to Porte de St-Cloud or line

32 and 52 to nearby Porte d’Auteuil. By car leave the Périphérique at the

junction Porte de St-Cloud or Porte d’Auteuil. Tickets for one journey on

the metro or bus will cost €1.50 (see Top Tips section).

Please be aware that the following directions to the stadium may be

subject to change by the French police for operational reasons. If so be

patient with any new instructions or change of route when you arrive at

Porte de St-Cloud.

When you arrive at Porte de St-Coud metro station take exit (sortie)

Eglise Parc des Princes. Upon reaching street level you will see a billboard

map (see pic below) showing various routes to the stadium (coloured

signs on the lamppost above also point the way). Our ticket allocation is

in Tribune Presidentielle (blue sign) sections E and F and the stadium is

approximately five minutes walk away by following this route.

Blue Sign Route: Take a left when exiting onto Avenue de la Porte de

St-Cloud, walk across the bridge over the Périphérique and you will see

the stadium to your right. Continue and cross the slip road, taking care to

avoid cars entering a petrol station which is cunningly hidden underneath

a building, and then take the next right into rue du Commandant Guilbaud.

Walk straight ahead till you come to the stadium.

Please arrive at the stadium early as there will be police cordons around

the ground and fans will be searched which will slow up entry.

Ticket touts will be arrested in France so under no circumstances should

Scotland supporters offer their tickets for sale.

Fans should also note that according to the regulations in France, the

following items are prohibited in the stadium:

• paper, leaflets, badges, symbols and banners of a political, ideological,

philosophical or advertising nature

• animals

• any object that could be used as a missile or weapon or endanger public

safety such as fireworks, knives, sharp objects, plastic bottles bigger than

half a litre, glass, metal boxes, bars and flag poles

• alcoholic beverages, drugs and stimulants

• professional video and photographic equipment

for ongoing supporter information

www.scottishfa.co.uk

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THINGS TO SEE AND DO

M: denotes nearest metro station(s)

Eiffel Tower

If you only do one thing other than watch the match then visit this – the very symbol of Paris

– designed by Gustave Eiffel for the 1889 World Fair. You don’t have to go up the tower as

there’s lots of greenery round about. The queues for tickets are massive so try and get there

early doors if you want to scale the heights. M: Champs de Mars-Tour Eiffel or Bir Hakeim.

Palais de Chaillot & Jardins du Trocadéro

Across the River Seine from the Eiffel Tower, are fabulous statues and fountains and a high

terrace in the middle of two buildings which make up this landmark. The curved wings house

the Museums of Mankind and Natural History as well as the Maritime Museum. The view

from the terrace across to the Eiffel Tower is breathtaking.

M: Trocadéro.

Arc de Triomphe to Place de la Concorde (via the Champs-Élysées)

This is a real three-in-one bit of sightseeing. The Arc de Triomphe is a lovely bit of architecture

with some great views from the top – though it will cost you €8 and a heart-attack to get

there. Take care on the spiral staircases as it’s easy to trip up if you’re wearing clunky hiking

boots. Do not, under any circumstances, try and run across the street to the monument

(which doubles as the largest roundabout in the world) – that’s what the underground

walkway is for. M: Charles de Gaulle-Étoile. Once you’ve done that, walk down the swanky

Champs-Élysées towards the huge obelisk at Place de la Concorde. This is where they set

up the guillotine used to execute Louis XVI, Marie-Antoinette, Robespierre and many others

during the French Revolution. M: Concorde.

Moulin Rouge (82 boulevard de Clichy)

You have the skirt, you’ve definitely got the legs, now for the can-can. The World-famous

Moulin Rouge has been causing waves ever since it first opened its doors in the late 1800s. It’s

expensive to watch the shows and you really should book by calling: 01 53 09 82 82.

M: Blanche.

Sacre Coeur (35 rue de Chevalier-de-la-Barre)

Sitting high up on the hill this is an impressive sight. They say the stairs are tiring, but no more

so than a day negotiating the city’s metro stations. There’s even a funicular to get you there

and back. The view is great (and free) and the church is worth a peek too. Just be wary of the

street sellers. M: Anvers or Chateau Rouge.

Notre Dame (6 place du Parvis)

If you and your mates visit here after a night out you are guaranteed to spot a gargoyle on the

cathedral which is the spitting image of one of your group. It’s free to visit the church, which is

stunning, but there is a fee to go high up to the towers, where a nice view awaits.

www.cathedraledeparis.com. M: Cité.

Museum pass

Can you go to Paris and not see Mona Lisa’s smile? Can you afford not to see Claude Monet’s

work at the Orsay Museum? Probably, but you are in Paris and it’d be a shame to miss out on

some culture. So the Carte Musées pass (€18 one-day, €36 three-day, €54 five-day, available

from train stations and museums) may be a shout. The best thing about it is that you can

bypass ticket queues and have access to around 70 monuments and museums including the

Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower.

Louvre (99 rue de Rivoli)

You could spend days at this magnificent museum, home of the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo and

Winged Victory, so plan what you want to see before you go. If you enter the building via the

metro or the shops it’s quicker than waiting at the pyramids and quicker again using a self

serve kiosk. The Mona Lisa may be titchy, and there may be a scrum to get near it – but it’s

a masterpiece. Da Vinci Code fans can do an audiotour. Note that the museum is closed on

Tuesdays. www.louvre.fr. M: Palais Royal Musée du Louvre.

Stadium tours

Relive the ’98 World Cup classic between Brazil and Scotland at the Stade de France (rue

Francis de Pressensé) in St-Denis (accessible by RER blue line). Daily tours need to be booked

now (by fax: 0033 1 55 93 00 49) as September is already proving a popular month. Note that

tours are only available on September 9, 10 and 11 due to rugby matches. Individual tours (in

English) last 45 minutes and cost €10 (10.30am or 2.30pm). Groups of between 20-50 can

also be catered for – cost €12 per person. See www.stadefrance.fr for information on the

stadium. The Parc des Princes will not have any tours the week of the match.

Rugby Village

The International Rugby Board (IRB) will be sponsoring a “rugby village” in the Trocadéro area

(at the foot of the Eiffel Tower) for the duration of the Rugby World Cup which will house

bars and screens within a tented village.

Cycling

There’s always someone in your group who should “Get on their bike...” and now they can! A

new initiative has just been launched to encourage people to get around Paris by bike. Called

“Vélib” - it allows you to pick up a bike from any docking station in Paris (they are installed

at 1,000 foot intervals and clustered at popular sights and transport hubs) and park it at any

other station. You can book your pass at either a station or online, all you need is a bank card.

A day pass costs €1. For more info, see www.velib.paris.fr

TOP TIPS

transportGetting around the city is really easy thanks to a great integrated system of buses, metro and trains operated by the

Regie Autonome des Transports Parisians (RATP) and the Reseau Express Regional (RER). Below is a summary, but for more route details visit

www.ratp.fr.

Metro/RER: There are 14 numbered, colour-coded lines on the Paris underground which are also identified by their starting point and end

destination, covering the heart of the city. The platform you need will be identified by the end destination of the line. RER is faster with fewer

stops and has five colour-coded lines from A-E which serve the city and surrounding areas. The metro runs from 5.30am till just after midnight.

Maps are posted on every station wall for you to plan your trip and it’s easy to pick up a leaflet with a metro/RER map when you are there.

Buses/Trams: The advantage of using RATP’s efficient bus service is that you see the sights at the same time. The Noctilien (routes

designated with letter ‘N’) is a late-night bus service with more than 40 buses operating routes between 12.30am-5.30am. There are three tram

lines in Paris, but they are outside the heart of the city.

tickets In the centre of Paris (zones 1 & 2) you will require either a single ticket at €1.50 a pop or a book of 10 tickets costing

€11.10, available at stations or in some tabacs. If you’re around for a few days then it’s probably worth buying a Carte Orange travel card that

allows unlimited travel on bus (show it to driver on boarding), train and metro transport operated by RATP. A good option is the ‘coupon

hebdomadaire’ (weekly coupon) for zones 1 and 2. The card costs €16.30 and will cover you for all RATP journeys in the centre of Paris, and is

valid Mon-Sun. Take a passport-sized photo of yourself to stick on the pass (or alternatively pay €4 for pics – photobooths are in most stations).

If you do not have a pass and you want to use the bus you will need to buy a ticket from the driver (€1.50) upon boarding. Failure to validate

tickets either on the metro (through the turnstile machine) or on the bus (at the machine next to the driver) can result in a fine. Once validated,

please keep hold of your ticket until you have left the network.

arriving in paris

Roissy Charles de Gaulle (CDG): This airport is 30km to the northeast of the city centre in the Roissy suburb. Every 15-20 minutes

– between 6am-11am – a Roissybus from CDG terminals 1, 2 and 3 will take you to Rue Scribe behind Opéra Garnier and vice versa for return

to the airport (€8.50 for a single journey). The trip takes approximately one hour. By train take the RER line B which has various stops in the

centre, including Gare du Nord, Châtelet-Les Halles, and St Michel Notre Dame. The first train leaves CDG at 4.56am and then every 10-15

minutes until 11.56pm and will cost €8.10 one way. The return journey also has a regular service. If your flight arrives after midnight the nightbus

(Noctilien, services N120, N121, N140) is available. A taxi to the centre will cost between €45-70 depending on the day and time.

Orly: Very few UK flights arrive at this airport 18km to the south of Paris. If this is your journey’s end you can reach the city centre by bus

(including Orlybus), Orlyval (driverless train to RER Station Antony on line B) and taxi which may cost between €45-60.

Beauvais: Around 80km to the north of the capital is Beauvais Airport. A 1¼ hour bus journey, costing €13 one way, will take you to Porte

Malliot in the north west of the city. A taxi to the capital from the airport could cost up to €150.

Check out www.adp.fr for more information on CDG and Orly airports and www.ryanair.com for Beauvais. The ‘Airport Access’ section

on www.ratp.fr is a great resource for planning trips to and from CDG.

Train/Bus: Eurostar and other trains from Calais (SCNF main lines) will terminate at the Gare du Nord and there are good transport links

to the centre. It will cost up to €15 for a taxi to central Paris. Buses arrive in the east of the city at the Gare Routière at 28 av du Général-de-

Gaulle, Bagnolet.

Taxis: As a rule taxis will only take three passengers in the back of the car. If the driver agrees to have someone sit up front they’ll probably

charge you up to €3 extra. There are three rates – daytime (7am-7pm, approx €0.60 per km), night-time (7pm-7am and on Sundays, approx €1

per km) and a suburb rate (approx €1.25 per km). The minimum charge is around €5.60, and there are extra charges for being picked up from a

mainline train station and for each piece of extra luggage (€1). It’s probably easier to wait at a taxi rank – white light means it’s free, orange light

means it’s hired. Good luck hailing one at lunchtime or just before tea (7pm-ish). Some useful numbers are: Taxis Bleus (08 91 70 10 10, www.

taxis-bleus.com), Alpha Taxis (01 45 85 85 85), Artaxi (01 42 41 50 50), Taxis G7 (01 47 39 47 39, www.taxisg7.fr). To locate your nearest taxi rank

call 08 99 65 67 67 (this number costs €1.35 to call and €0.34 per minute).

toilets Some of the bogs are pretty bogging, some are nice and clean. Keep a 20 cent coin handy in case you need to pay to spend a

penny in pubs and restaurants. Public toilets are free. If using the free cubicle contraptions on the streets, just press the silver button, and the

door swishes open. They flush automatically when you leave.

tipping Service charges are usually built in to bills in restaurants and cafes and will be between 12%-15% of the total, however, it is

good manners to leave a few coins. Round taxi bills up to the nearest Euro.

Smoking A smoking ban has been proposed but, at present, there is no law in place to prevent smoking in public places. There are

obvious “no smoking” sections in restaurants and cafes, but for now smokers can still light up in the City of Light.

Street Sellers There are many hawkers to dodge at the main tourist spots trying to sell you souvenirs, bottled water or

asking if you “Speak English?” so they can get you to part with cash. A firm “non merci” should get you through but beware of the guys who try

to lasso your finger with string (particularly bad at the Sacre Coeur) - the string’s on and you’re “caught” before you know it.

Crossings Take care when out on the streets. Cyclists and roller-bladers share the pavements with you on the wider boulevards.

Road crossings are different every time - some have a button for you to press, others have a green/red man and then there’s the “take your life in

your hands” type where you step boldly onto the road and hope the cars stop. Remember to look both ways before stepping out.

Climate and Time Expect temperatures between 15-25˚C and take a light waterproof with you as the weather in Paris

is about as changeable as it is in Scotland. France is one hour ahead of the UK.

Electricity Sockets use European two-pin 220v plugs and adaptors are available to buy at major airports.

Rugby World Cup Euro 2008 qualifiers are not the only sporting activities ongoing in September. The Rugby World Cup

will have kicked off and games to be aware of are South Africa v Samoa on 9 September at the Parc des Princes (Scotland take on Portugal the

same day in St Etienne) and England v South Africa at the Stade de France on September 14. Bear this in mind as some pubs may prefer to show

the rugby rather than the footie.

ESSENTIAL CHECKLIST

British Consulate The British Consulate in Paris is at 18 bis rue

d’Anjou. Tel: 01 44 51 31 02 (recorded message). See www.amb-grandebretagne.fr. In an

emergency (death, serious injury or arrest) the Duty Officer can be contacted by telephoning

01 44 51 31 00. If you lose your passport there will be a charge for replacing it. Offices are

open Mon-Fri from 9.30am–12.30pm and 2.30pm-4.30pm. Check the latest Foreign and

Commonwealth Office travel advice on www.fco.gov.uk before setting off. The nearest metro

stations are M: Madeleine, Concorde or Saint Augustin.

Documentation You will need a passport, valid for at least six months,

to visit France. You should always take out your own insurance before travel but make sure

that you have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) too. The EHIC has replaced the

E111, and entitles you to reduced cost or free healthcare in the event of accident or illness.

You can apply for a card or find out more by visiting www.dh.gov.uk

Emergency numbers For police dial 17, fire brigade dial 18 and

ambulance dial 15. The EU-wide emergency number is 112 (English speaking). For emergency

doctors call 01 47 07 77 77, dentists 01 43 37 51 00

Hospitals The main hospital in the centre of Paris (Hôtel Dieu) can be found

right next to Notre Dame, 1 place du Parvis, Notre Dame. Tel: 01 42 34 82 34. M: Cite,

St-Michel Notre Dame. Emergency dental services can be obtained at Hôpital de la Pitié-

Salpétrière, rue Bruant, between 6am-10.30pm. Tel: 01 42 16 00 00. M: Chevaleret

Chemists The green, flashing lights of pharmacies can be seen on practically

every street so you’ll have no problem finding one. The only stumbling block may be on a

Sunday when many shops are closed. Three 24-hour chemists worth noting are: Les Champs,

84 Avenue des Champs-Élysées, M: George V, Pharmacie Daumesnil, 6 place Felix-Eboue, M:

Daumesnil, Pharmacie Européene, 6 place Clichy, M: Place-Clichy

Police There are two police forces in France – The Police Nationale (including

the PAF border police) who are under the control of the Prefect de Police in the capital

and the Gendarmerie Nationale run by the Ministry of Defence. The Police Nationale also

has control over the CRS riot police who are deployed at marches, demos and at football

matches. Local mayors also have a force with Police Municipale badges on their shoulders.

Please bear in mind that French police can stop, search and examine your passport at any

time – be polite and respectful. They are not tourist guides and while they will answer a

pressing question, they might take exception to trivialities.

If you are the victim of any theft report the incident to your nearest police station where

you will be given a receipt which you must retain in case of future legal developments or

for your insurance. To locate the nearest police station contact the Prefecture de Police, 9

boulevard du Palais, M: Cite, tel: 01 53 71 53 71.

Safety and securityLike any major city Paris has it’s share of

pickpockets and the like. Use your common sense and keep everything of value in a safe

place in your hotel. Don’t wave your wallet around and certainly don’t leave your mobile

phone on a café table. If you stay sensible the city should not present a problem however,

according to local residents, women should be wary in the area around Châtelet and

Châtelet-Les Halles metro stations. Alarm boxes can be found on many platforms and in

some station passageways should you feel in any danger. Extra care should also be taken in

the Pigalle district where the Moulin Rouge and its like are situated. There have been cases

of visitors being coerced into paying extortionate prices for drinks in less reputable cabaret

clubs and bars. Always ask to see the ID of any person who approaches you and claims to be

a police officer, as tourists have been recent victims of deception.

Banks Banks are generally open Mon-Fri from 9am-4.30am. There are several ATMs

(called DABs) where you can use MasterCard/Euro card or Visa to withdraw money dotted

about the city, though there will be a charge for this service. Major credit cards and Cirrus

cards are also accepted, but be warned that sometimes the machines in restaurants etc have

difficulty getting an ‘approved’ reading on your card.

Currency The currency used in France is the Euro which comes in

denominations of (notes) €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200 and €500 and (coins) €1, €2, one,

two, five, 10, 20 and 50 cents.

Telephoning Press the button with the flag to change the language in the

display to English. It’s more cost effective to buy a télécarte (telephone card) from tabacs,

post offices, supermarkets and travel stations (the cheapest is €7.50). Read the back of the

card for details of use and listen to the recorded message – the English instructions follow

the French. To call the UK from France dial 00 44 then the area code and number minus the

first zero. The code for France when calling from the UK (or from a UK mobile phone) is 00

33 and Paris numbers are 10 digits long and start 01. If you’re taking your mobile check with

your provider about using your phone in France.

Left luggage All stations have left luggage facilities – look for signs saying

‘consignes’.

Tourist off ice The Paris Convention and Visitor’s Bureau branches and

kiosks are dotted about all over the city. See www.parisinfo.com or call: 08 92 68 30 00 for

information. The main welcome centre is based at 25, rue des Pyramides, (open 9am-7pm).

M: Pyramides, Opéra and Tuileries.

WINNING WORDS

NUMBERS

1 = un (a-un)

2 = deux (deu)

3 = trois (tro-a)

4 = quatre (catr’)

5 = cinq (sank)

6 = six (seess)

7 = sept (sait)

8 = huit (wheet)

9 = neuf (neuf’)

10 = dix (deess)

20 = vingt (va-un)

30 = trente (traunt’)

40 = quarante (karaunt’)

50 = cinquante (sinqaunt)

100 = cent (saun)

PLEASANTRIES

Hello = Bonjour (bom-jour)

Goodbye = Au revoir (or-evoir)

Please = S’il vous plait (s-il-vou-play)

Thanks = Merci (mayr-si)

Cheers = Santé (sontay)

Yes = Oui (wee)

No = Non (n-on)

Excuse me = Excusez-moi (x-q-say-moi)

Do you speak English? = Parlez-vous

Anglais? (par-lay-vou-ong-lay?)

Do you want to join us?

= Voulez-vous vous joindre à nous?

(Vou-lay-vou-vou-join-dre-a-nou?)

PRACTICAL

Where is the… = Oú est… (ou-ay...)

• police station

= le commissariat

(le-co-mi-sa-ria)

• football stadium

= le stade de football

(le-sta-d-d-football)

• bus station = l’arrêt de bus

(l-aray-de-bus)

• toilet = les toilettes (lay-to-alett’)

• hospital = l’hôpital (lo-pi-tal)

• town centre = le centre ville

(le-cen-tre-vill)

• left / right / straight ahead / back

= gauche/ droite/ tout droit/

en arrière

(go-ch / dro-a-te / tou-droi / en-arri-ayr)

How do you telephone the UK?

= Comment pouvons-nous

téléphoner en Angleterre?

(ko-men-pou-von-nou-tay-lay-fo-nay-en-

An-gle-terre?)

Is this the right bus to the Parc des Princes?

= Est-ce que c’est le bus qui va au

Parc des Princes? (Ay-se-c-say-le-buski-va-o-Park-day-Prinse?)

How long will it take us to get to the Parc

des Princes from here? = Combien

de temps faut-il pour arriver au

Stade des Princes? (Com-bi-en-de-tenfo-til-pou-r-ar-ri-vay-o-Park-day-Prinse?)

How much? = Combien? (Com-bi-en?)

Four beers please = Quatre bières s’il

vous plait (ca-tre-bi-ayr-sil-vou-play)

Can I have a whisky please?

= Un whisky s’il vous plait?

(a-un-whisky –sil-vou-play?)

My French is not very good

= Mon francais n’est pas tres bon

(mon-Fran-say-nay-pa-tray-bon?)

I am Scottish = Je suis Ecossais

(je-su-i-ay-co-say)

What would you recommend to eat/drink?

= Que nous conseillez-vous de

manger? de boire? (c-nou-com-say-llay

–vou-de-maun-gay-? de-bo-ar?)

Good = Bien (bi-a-un)

Bad = Mal (Mal)

Small = Petit (Puti)

Large = Grand (Gren)

FOOTBALL/CONVERSATION

Who is your favourite player?

Qu’elle est votre joueur préféré?

(q-ayl-ay-votr-jou-ur-pray-fay-ray?)

Have you ever been to Scotland?

Etes-vous déjà allé en Ecosse?

(ayt-vou-day-ja-allay-en-ay-coss?)

We are having a good time

Nous passons un bon moment

(nou-pa-som –un-bom-mo-men)

Where’s the burdz? Où sont les Burdz?

(Ou-son-lay-Burdz?)

You have beautiful eyes Vous avez de

beau yeux (vou-av-ay-de-bos-yeu)

Well done Bien joué (bi- a-un- jou-ay)

Unlucky Pas de chance (Pa-de-chen-se)

I’m sorry Je suis désole

(je-su-i-day-so-lay)

Long live the Auld Alliance

Longue vie a la Vieille Alliance

(Lon-ge-vi-a-la-vi-ay-y-a-lli-an-se)

My mate is a bit crazy, but he’s harmless

Mon copain est un peu fou, mais il

n’est pas dangeureux

(Mau-co-pa-un-ay-un-pe-fou-may-il-nay-paden-ge-re)

I am drunk, please let me into my hotel

room! Je suis saoul, veuillez me

déposer dans ma chambre d’hôtel!

(Je-su-i-soul-veu-yay-meu-day-po-say-dauma-chau-bre-do-tayl!)

SIGNS

Exit Sortie Gate Porte

Toilet Toilette Taxi Taxi

Female Femme Male Homme

Stop Stop Stadium Stade

Open Ouvert Close Fermé

Push Pousse Pull Tire

Bus Station Arrêt de Bus

Departure Départ

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