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PARIS practical guide

Cultural activities in Paris
The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs proposes meetings for delegates with individuals active in the fields of culture, science and education and with specialized departments of the French Government. Contact the Host Country Reception Office (Salle des Pas Perdus, tel.: 85189). The UNESCO Community Association has designed special programmes for persons accompanying participants: information can be obtained from the Association's stand in the basement (tel.: 85190).

Department stores
Bon Marché (métro: Sèvres-Babylone) is the nearest. Buses 80 and 28 will take you to Saint Lazare train station, which is only a few minutes’ walk from Printemps and Galeries Lafayette, both on Boulevard Haussmann.

Exchange rates
(June 2001)
US $1=7.50frs
£1=10.70frs

Museums
All national museums, such as the Louvre, are closed on Tuesdays; Paris City museums are closed on Mondays.

Parking
There are many public fee-paying parking spaces in Paris, indicated by a sign with a white P on a blue background.

Restaurants near UNESCO
Would you like to lunch or dine outside UNESCO? A list of restaurants can be obtained from Delegates’ Reception.

Theatres, concerts, cinemas and "Paris by night"
The host Country Reception Office provides programmes of cultural events in Paris during the session and enables you to book concert and theatre seats. There are two weekly publications on cultural events: Pariscope (with a section in English in the middle) and the Officiel des spectacles, which can both be bought at all news-stands.

Transport in Paris

Individual car hire
All the major car hire firms are represented in Paris. The travel agency at UNESCO can reserve a car from any firm.

Taxis
You can find taxis at the taxi ranks shown on the map on the back of the General Conference guide; however, it is more reliable to telephone one of the following numbers: 01.49.36.10.10; 01.47.34.00.00 or 01.45.66.00.00. Give the address of the building where you are and UNESCO's telephone number (01.45.68.10.00). On arrival, the meter will already show a certain amount. That amount, which corresponds to the price of the journey made to pick you up, is charged to you. There are three rates, according to the time and distance from the city centre: Rate A - in Paris from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Rate B - in the outer suburbs and in Paris after 7 p.m., on Sundays and public holidays; Rate C - the outer suburbs at night.

Public transport
    Metro: One ticket is valid for one trip regardless of the distance travelled. It is cheaper to buy 10 tickets at a time, asking for a "carnet". Stations close to UNESCO: Ségur, Cambronne, Sèvres-Lecourbe, École Militaire. If you intend to move about frequently, we recommend that you buy the carte orange (season ticket) available in all stations. To obtain one, you will need a passport photograph. A coupon hebdomadaire (for one week) or a coupon mensuel (for one month) allows for an unlimited number of trips.

    bus: Use the same tickets, coupons and cards as for the métro, one ticket per trip. You must punch the tickets but not the coupons or cards. Buses which pass near UNESCO are the 28, 80, 82, 87 and 92.
    Bus stops and métro stations are shown on the map on the back of the General Conference guide.

For further information on travel in Paris and the Paris region, you may consult the RATP
(Paris Transport) website:http://www.ratp.fr/Eng/index.htm

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