Common tourist mistakes
Remember to always be polite when visiting a foreign country and addressing the locals. If you add “Monsieur” or “Madame” after a sentence, this is very polite. You will seem rude if you don’t address them the proper way. You shouldn’t greet strangers with the informal “Salut” which is the equivalent to “Hey”. You typically enter in the back when going into a taxi, even though the front is empty. Shops closed at lunchtime in France.
You want to shop, sight see and taste amazing food while you're on vacation in France? Here's the thing, time it wrong, and you might end up locked out of all those things which can be very frustrating while on vacation. There's a rhythm to the French schedule, and you should definitely know it before you visit. That way, you can plan your days in France properly and not miss a thing.
Hints and tips
It is not customary to leave a tip (“pourboire” in French) while paying in restaurants, as this is usually already included in the bill, a 15% tip is included. If so, this is noted at the bottom of the invoice. In hotels you can leave a few euros for the maid or the bell boy if you’d like, they will surely appreciate it. Of course you can also leave a few euros on the table if you were very satisfied.Don't stick to taking taxis (which are expensive in France), or guided tours (which can be expensive, and unreliable). Instead try to travel by train; they are comfortable, reliable and take you everywhere. It’s often cheaper to buy your train ticket whilst in France, so you can suddenly decide to go somewhere on a whim without overpaying.