Paris is always a good idea.

– Audrey Hepburn, Sabrina

I would like to believe that going to Paris is every woman’s dream. In my case, I cannot remember the exact details of how or when I started daydreaming about this place. All I know was when I was doing my bucket list for the first time, Paris was definitely included, but little did I know that on the year when I celebrated my 30th birthday will be the same year for my Paris dream to come true.

Yes, I am that girl with the Eiffel tower wallpapers in my closet and on my phone. That, London and New York and a lot more.  So when the opportunity came knocking at my door, YES was the only answer. I am humbled by the opportunity to visit and stay in France for almost 2 weeks, thanks to my husband and his awesome work. 🙂

Paris Diaries

With less than 6 weeks of preparation such as securing the visa, booking flights and hotels, completing the winter clothing needed and doing research about the country, I think we did a great job and we got everything covered. I will give you a glimpse of our travel details as we go on.

To start with, one should be aware if you are required to apply for a visa or not.  In case you are like us who need to secure a Schengen visa, here are some of the basic things that you need to know:

What is a Schengen Visa?

Schengen Visa

A Schengen visa allows the visa holder to travel any or all of the 26 European countries included in the Schengen Area Member States:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Liechtenstein

Who needs a Schengen Visa?

If you hold a passport from any of the countries listed below which are non-members of the Schengen Area, then it is a must that you apply for a Schengen Visa.

Afghanistan Guinea Peru
Algeria Guinea-Bissau Philippines
Angola Guyana Qatar
Armenia Haiti Russia
Azerbaijan India Rwanda
Bahrain Indonesia Samoa
Bangladesh Iran Sao Tome And Principe
Belarus Iraq Saudi Arabia
Belize Jamaica Senegal
Benin Jordan Sierra Leone
Bhutan Kazakhstan Solomon Islands
Bolivia Kenya Somalia
Botswana Kiribati South Africa
Burkina Faso Kuwait Sri Lanka
Burma/Myanmar Kyrgyzstan St Lucia
Burundi Laos St Vincent & The Grenadines
Cambodia Lebanon Sudan
Cameroon Lesotho Suriname
Cape Verde Liberia Swaziland
Central African Republic Libya Syria
Chad Madagascar Tajikistan
China Malawi Tanzania
Colombia Maldives Thailand
Comoros Mali Timor-Leste
Congo Marshall Islands Togo
Cote D’ivoire Mauritania Tonga
Cuba Micronesia Trinidad and Tobago
Dem. Rep. Of Congo Moldova Tunisia
Djibouti Mongolia Turkey
Dominica Morocco Turkmenistan
Dominican Republic Mozambique Tuvalu
Ecuador Namibia Uganda
Egypt Nauru Ukraine
Equatorial Guinea Nepal United Arab Emirates
Eritrea Niger Uzbekistan
Ethiopia Nigeria Vanuatu
Fiji North Korea Vietnam
Gabon Northern Mariana’s Yemen
Gambia Oman Zambia
Georgia Pakistan Zimbabwe
Ghana Palau Kosova
Grenada Papua New Guinea

Source: www.schengenvisainfo.com

Take note, however, that you can’t just apply for a visa in any Schengen country. If you’re traveling to more than one country, the rule is: your visa application should be lodged at the embassy/consulate of the country that constitutes the MAIN destination of your trip…

The excerpt above was from a travel blog named smalltowngirlsmidnighttrains.com that I came across with while searching for details on Schengen visa, you may click here for more details on Schengen visa in her blog. 🙂

It is worth to highlight that along with  your visa application and other documents, you must also include:

  • your travel itinerary
  • confirmed plane ticket/s and hotel reservation/s and
  • a travel insurance of at least worth of €30,000.

The waiting time for the visa approval normally takes 5 working days and up.  Some may take as long as 3 weeks or even more.  Fortunately, we received ours after 5 days. 🙂

AIRLINES

We were originally looking at Emirates as we were very satisfied with their service when we traveled to London.  But due to a big difference with the fare rates, we opt to get Singapore Airlines with the 13-hour, non-stop flight.  Overall, the quality of service was highly commendable, but we came to an agreement that, if in the future, we will be travelling for more than 10 hours, a non-stop flight should be considered last.

CURRENCY

  • France is using the Euro.
  • It comes in the form of notes and coins.
    • the denominations for coins are €2, €1, 50c, 20c, 10c, 5c, 2c, and 1c
    • the denominations for notes are  €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200 and €500.

Berry’s Travel Tip:

  • It is better/preferred if you bring the smaller bills with you.
  • For security reasons, you may want to just bring a small amount of money in your wallet/purse (probably around 30-40 euros).
    • Our biggest denomination during our travel was 50 euros. In cases, that you may need to withdraw from their ATM, the machine gives you the choice to have a mix of smaller bills (20s and 50s, etc.).

Euro denominations

Click here to see my review for Hotel Antin Saint Georges, Paris. 🙂

Sources:

http://www.schengenvisainfo.com

http://www.schengenvisa.cc/

xoxo berryduchess1B

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