- Dates & Times
- Exchange, stamps, letters, post cards.
- Pocket money
- Travelling in Paris
- Plan Diagram
1. Dates & Times.
Leave Brigg by bus 24.00 hrs Thurs. 23rd July.
Breakfast 08.00 Visit Canterbury
|Leave||Paris (Nord)||10.45||(Train 17)||Fri. 31st July|
|Arrive||home||03.30||(approx.)||Sat. 1st Aug.|
For the outward journey you should bring a packed lunch. Drinks may be obtained on the boat (cheaply) and on the train (not so cheaply). Breakfast will be provided en route & dinner on arrival in Paris.
For the inward journey a packed lunch will be provided & a substantial evening meal.
We are to stay at:
Lycée Janson de Sailly,
106, rue de la Pompe,
Telephone KLEber 78-80
Nearest Métro station Pompe.
See diagram. The nearness of the lyceé to the Arc de Triomphe, the Palais de Chaillot and the Eiffel Tower makes it very easy to find.
Meal times: Petit déjeuner 08.00 Déjeuner 12.30 Dîner 19.30
The present rate of exchange is about 13.70 francs to the £1. Banks & Exchange Bureaux charge a small percentage for changing money. The term “un nouveau franc” has been officially replaced by the term “un franc” but people still refer to “un nouveau franc” (13.70 to the £1) and “un ancien franc” (1370 to the £1). In these notes, one franc means one new franc.
Stamps (.50 fr. letters to England, .30 postcards with more than 5 words, .20 postcards with up to 5 words & signature) may be obtained at any shop which sells tobacco and at most cafés. The letter boxes outside are usually small, blue & insignificant. Tobacconists carry a large red carrot sign.
4. Requirements. Dress.
Remember you may wish to join the Church party on Sunday or go to the theatre. Comfortable shoes are important, particularly if the weather is hot. (The average temperature in July & Aug. is 75.7 F.) You are required to bring your own towels and soap.
5. Pocket Money.
You will require pocket money only for your personal spending.
You are allowed to take out of the United Kingdom up to £50 in sterling and this money may be exchanged abroad.
If you have your own individual passport you may apply to an English bank for foreign currency and carry it with you.
You may obtain from your bank Travellers’ Cheques of value £2, £5, £10 etc. & these may be exchanged for foreign currency abroad. Some of the bigger shops will cash Travellers’ Cheques and remit the tax on your purchase.
Boys may hand me their money in sterling and I will have it transferred to a French bank and will draw on it in francs as it is needed. This money would have to be paid to me by the 4th July.
In cafés pay after you have finished. Add 10 – 15% tip unless the bill or the waiter says “service compris”. If in doubt do not hesitate to ask. Remember that a café on the Champs Elysées will charge much more for the same drink as a café in a less fashionable street. Drinks ordered and consumed at the bar (“au comptoir” or “au zinc”) cost less than when you occupy a table.
In cinemas & theatres 10 -1 5% to the “ouvreuse” who shows you to your seat. This is the only remuneration she receives.
- Daily newspaper 0.25 fr.
- Cinema seats. Main cinemas 6 – 12 fr.
- Others from 1.50 fr.
- Drinks in Cafés.
- Coffee per cup from 0.35 fr.
- Tea per cup from 0.60 fr.
- Minerals (quart) 1.00 fr.
- Fruit juice from 1.00 fr.
- Pick-up charge 1.50 fr.
- per kilometer (day) 0.50 fr. (6.30 a.m.-11.0)
- (night) 0.75 fr. (11.0 p.m.-6.30)
- Telephones. Local calls 0.20 fr.
7. Customs Duty.
The following are extracts from the regulations:
“Most articles brought into this country are liable to Customs duty and many to purchase tax in addition. All articles obtained abroad must be declared.“
“Concessions. Wine, spirits and tobacco (including cigars and cigarettes). Small quantities of these for personal consumption are admitted free of duty but it is emphasised that this concession applies only to goods for personal consumption and therefore is not ordinarily extended to children or young people. The relevant international agreement prescribes a minimum age limit of 17.”
“The quantities normally allowed for an adult are:”
|Tobacco (including cigars & cigarettes)||½ lb (200 cigarettes)|
If you buy anything expensive it is wise to obtain a receipted bill (la fracture) and show it if requested to the customs officer. It is advisable to make a list of what you have bought with prices and to show it. Pack the articles so that they are handy. In practice, duty is not charged on small presents.
Included in the programme and in the inclusive charge are:
- Coach tour of Paris: the Louvre; top of the Eiffel Tower; the Invalides (Tomb of napoleon); Notre Dame; Conciergerie & La Sainte Chapelle; the Latin Quarter; Pantheon; Luxembourg Gardens; Montmartre & the Sacré Coeur.
- Boat trip on the Seine.
- Versailles & Malmaison by coach.
- Theatre (optional).
At certain times you will also be able to go about by yourselves in small groups and find out things for yourselves. Remember that there is no speed limit for vehicles and that jay-walking in Paris is extremely dangerous. See that you cross streets at the places provided.
You will hear the names of certain people mentioned in connexion with places and buildings so here is a list with dates which may be helpful. If you can find out something about them before you go, you will find the visits more interesting.
Sainte Geneviève (patron saint of Paris). Barbarian invasions 5th cent. Paris a small town on an island in the Seine (L’Ile de la Cité) where Notre Dame now stands.
|1226-1270||Louis IX or Saint Louis (La Sainte Chapelle, L’Ile Saint Louis).||Magna Carta|
|1253||Sorbonne founded (Paris University).|
|1589-1610||Henri IV (Le Pont Neuf).||Spanish Armada|
|1643- 1715||Louis XIV (Louvre, Versailles, Invalides).||Chas. I – George I|
|1774-1789||Louis XVI (Tuileries, Place de la Concorde).|
Marie Antoinette (Conciergerie, Versailles, Trianons, Le Hameau).
|1804-1814||Napoléon 1er (Tomb Invalides, Arc de Triomphe) married to Joséphine de Beauharnais (Malmaison).|
9. Travelling in Paris.
The easiest, cheapest and quickest way is by Métro. Tickets must be bought at the “Guichet” inside the entrance. They are cheaper bought in “carnets” of ten (.37 francs each instead of .55)
The price of the ticket is the same whatever the length of the journey.
There are 14 lines, each bearing the name of the termini (e.g. Porte de Clignancourt – Porte d’Orléans).
If your destination is not on the same line as your starting point, note on one of the maps on the walls or above the entrance,
- the direction in which you must first go.
- the station or stations at which you must change.
- the direction in which you must go after changing.
The directions are indicated by the name of the terminus towards which the train is going. There are maps of each line inside the trains which use them.
See diagram 2, which shows a few stations on a few lines. Imagine you are at St. Germain des Prés and wish to return to the lycée. You have a choice of routes (i) Montparnesse, Trocadéro, Pompe (ii) Châtelet, Etoile, Trocadéro, Pompe (iii) Strasbourg St Denis, Pompe.
See that you have a ticket.
Look for corridor marked “Porte d’Orléans” (terminus). This will lead to the right platform. On the way, you will pass an “employé” who will “poinçonner” your ticket.
A “portillon automatique” prevents access to the platform when a train (la rame) is in the station (la station).
The centre of the platform is where the first class coach (red) will stop. Wait at either side of the centre where the four second class coaches (green) will stop.
Get out at Montparnasse (the doors have to be opened by hand). Look for the corridor marked “correspondance” and then “Etoile”.
Get out of the second train at Trocadéro & follow corridor “Pont de Sèvres”.
Get out of the third train at Pompe.
The longest corridors in Paris are at Montparnasse & Châtelet so you may decide on route (iii). Direction “Clignancourt”, get out Strsb. S.D. direction “Pont de Sèvres”, get out Pompe.