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. 🙂
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?
A Schengen visa allows the visa holder to travel any or all of the 26 European countries included in the Schengen Area Member States:
- Czech Republic
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.
|Bangladesh||Iran||Sao Tome And Principe|
|Burkina Faso||Kuwait||Sri Lanka|
|Burundi||Laos||St Vincent & The Grenadines|
|Central African Republic||Libya||Syria|
|Cuba||Micronesia||Trinidad and Tobago|
|Dem. Rep. Of Congo||Tunisia|
|Equatorial Guinea||Nepal||United Arab Emirates|
|Grenada||Papua New Guinea|
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. 🙂
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.
- 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.).