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How Not to Be a Tourist in Paris

Paris as seen from the top of Notre-Dame cathedral. Photo: Pedro Szekely/ Flickr

Last year 40 million tourists visited Paris. How can anyone hope to experience the real Paris hidden behind so many eager visitors? Of course, all of it is real, the history [2], the culture, the food, the fashion [3], the monuments [4], but there is also a parallel world of Paris, fascinating, flawed – and even friendly which you can find simply by doing what you like doing rather than ticking off tourist sites. Here are my 10 tips.

Paris. Photo: André P. Meyer-Vitali/ Flickr
Paris boulangerie. Photo: Spixey/ Flickr

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