2013, October 27 → 31
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Joint International Conference on Supercomputing in Nuclear Applications + Monte Carlo

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Good to Know

What you need to know before coming


People needing to obtain a visa to stay in France should apply to the French consulate in their country. Details of addresses can be found on the website of the French Ministry for Foreign Affairs: www.diplomatie.gouv.fr ['going to France'] 

Tourist Tax and Accommodation

The Paris City Council collects a visitor tax that applies to paying accommodation. The tax varies from €0.20 to €1.50 per person and per day, and is included in the price of rooms

Paris stands out due to its well-balanced, abundant and eclectic accommodation offer, from luxary palaces (5*) to small local hotels (1*), from big chain hotels to charming design hotels. Hotels residences, Bed & Breakfasts and furnished appartments rentals complete the offer. 77% of Parisian hotels are ranked 2* or 3*


Paris is well served by air transport and high-speed train. With its two international airports, Paris-Charles de Gaulle (23 km to the north) and Paris-Orly (14 km to the south), the capitale has daily connections to more than 526 cities in more than 136 countries. With seven stations in the city itself, Paris is at the heart of a high-performance rail network

Getting to and from the center of Paris → Public transport (from 5am to 12.30pm) by metro, regional trains, buses and tramway, and private transport by Air France Coach shuttle, taxis (available 24/24).
Timetable, customer information, moving area, fees, and basic rules on www.ratp.fr and

Paris Public Transport 2012 Practical Information and Map.pdf   

With the Vélib' visit pass, supporters of non-motorized forms of transport use Vélib' bicycles, available at 1.751 stations in Paris. The Autolib' service offers self-service electric vehicles for hire

Weather in October

Lowest : 8°C, Highest:16°C, Rain 50 mm

Main Events & Entertainements

All year round, Paris welcomes business and leisure events

In October: Cultural all-nighter "Nuits Blanches", Chocolate Trade Show, Food Week, Montmartre Wine Harvest Festival

Eat in one of the 10.000 bars and restaurants, from a typical Parisian bistro to the restaurant of a starred chef. Combine a visit to a museum wtih a stroll along the Champs-Elysées, a shopping trip and a cultural exhibition, a gastronomic break with a sightseeing cruise, and don't forget the capital's famous brasseries, the renowned cabaret shows, the Palais Garnier, the Eiffel TowerMontmartre....

Paris city map-guide 2013-2014


Full of practical information for discovering Paris and organizing your stay: a large map of the city and a metro map (on the paper version) and 16 sections with information on tourist information points, services, transport, accommodation, eating out, culture, going out, parks and gardens, shopping, business tourism ... not forgetting advice in the event of difficulties.

The map-guide is available in 10 languages (English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Chinese, Japanese and Korean).

Français English Español - Deutsch Italiano Português Русский 中文 日本語 - 한국어

Paris For You! 2013-2014


A guide for discovering Paris district by district: 13 walks feature top sites - Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame, Louvre, Champs-Elysées, Montmartre, Orsay, La Villette, etc. - and places to discover. Alternating with the walks, 12 thematic sections provide information on Parisian life: culture, shopping, gastronomy, artistic creation, nightlife, parks and gardens ... And for discovering the "Grand Paris", a page is devoted to each of the three départements that border Paris (Hauts-de-Seine, Seine-Saint-Denis, Val-de-Marne).

124 pages, English or French.

Français English

Paris Good Food Guide 2013-2014


Parisian gastronomy in all its diversity! This bilingual guide presents a selection of restaurants and cafes listed according to their location and style: «gourmet dining», «classic French cooking», «brasseries and bistros», «inventive and trendy», «world cooking», «everyday food». The guide also presents cabarets, lunch and dinner cruises, racecourse restaurants, shops and tea rooms, cooking and wine classes, and some Parisian food markets.

124 pages, French-English


Paris Shopping Book 2013


The bilingual Paris shopping guide with more than 250 addresses of shops, concept stores, flagships, department stores and other designer haunts. Six “shopping itineraries” illustrate the latest trends. For each, the selection of shops is completed by a choice of cultural sites and restaurants, cafes or tea rooms. Also featured: shopping arcades, discount designer stores, discount brand stores etc.

98 pages, French-English


Visiting Paris 2013-2014


This bilingual booklet lists interpreter-guides, lecturer-guides and companies specializing in cultural or thematic tours of Paris. On foot, by boat, by sightseeing coach, by bicycle, by air-balloon ... not forgetting ideas for discovering gastronomy, oenology, shopping, behind-the-scenes, etc.

32 pages, French-English