Public transport in Paris, France

Paris, the most visited city in the world with nearly 40 million tourists a year and one of the easiest to navigate public transportation.
There are 16 subway lines + RER (regional express network) + buses.


 Metro tickets are good for 2 hours as you do not go out of the network and whether you should continue by bus, you will need another ticket.

The Noctilien: If the subway is already closed because you missed the last one, do not worry, there is this bus for those who like to walk in the Parisian night; from 0:30 to 5:30.

The Balabus: special line that gives you the opportunity to know the city from east to west. From Gare de Lyon to the Grande Arche de la Defense. Runs from April to September only. The cost is 1 to 3 metro tickets depending on the distance traveled. You will pass the Bastille, the island St. Louis, Notre Dame, the Louvre, Les Invalides, the Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysees, etc.

The RER rail network that covers a large portion of the island-of-France. If your RER station is connected to the metro, the same ticket will be valid.

Chicago, free guided visit, USA

You’re planning to visit the city of Chicago soon?
Here’s a great tip: A free service for local guides known as the ‘Chicago Greeter’ is offered to conduct customized tours of the city. These tours, lasting 2 to 4 hours, are performed by a trained volunteer who lives in the city!
Choose to explore the city from more than 40 special interest topics, including art, architecture, food, local history, family activities, ethnic Gay Chicago or Chicago and more …
Choose to visit one of the 25 different neighborhoods, each with its unique character and its own culture, history and flavor.
Choose even the language of your turn: the tours are offered in over a dozen languages.
Note that this organization is coordinating more than 200 enthusiastic volunteers to help you discover the city and share their expertise and their passion for their city. In addition, the Greeter Chicago adheres to a strict policy of refusing tips.


However you must register at least 10 days in advance in order to receive a free personalized tour according to your interests. Looking for more flexibility, or prefer to make plans to visit Chicago at the last minute? Use the Service ‘InstaGreeter’ to perform a FREE guided walk an hour to the city center (the LOOP). This service is offered on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and registration is not necessary.
For more information on this exceptional service check their website and sign up appointments.
All volunteers are happy to provide this service at no cost, to support tested and certified by a fan of  Tips and Travel.

Text & photos by Mario Bergeron

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Relaxed holidays: a cruise

You need holidays but you don’t have many days to take?
You would like to travel to several countries or cities but you do n’t want to drive?
You won’t have time to take the train, bus or plane to get from one place to another?
You have no idea what it would be better to see in each place?
You don’t want to call here and there for reservations?
And in addition you want to have everything organized, with the luxury, fun, entertainment and knowledge of the pros? Without anything to organise, just enjoying life?
Your solution: take a cruise !!!!! Everything is thought for you ..
Check for the port where you would like to spend 2 or 3 days before or after the cruise: Rome, Fort Lauderdale, Buenos Aires, etc; the shipping company may give you these days at unbeatable prices just to have you with them or ask your travel agent what would be the special offer that can come with it.
If you care to get away from the port because you have found a better price with the airline by going to another city, do not worry, the shipping company will take you to the ship at friendly prices. Note that most companies offer you free transport from the airport if you arrive the same day the cruise start.
Consider that everything is included except alcoholic beverages, soft drinks and some specialties such as cappuccino, espresso, etc. If you want a good price, buy the beverage package (1st day on board) when the servers offer it to you, you will find that you will pay less that what you would really consume. By the way, ask in advance because several companies attract passengers with a package of all drinks included.

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