Next March I'm taking my daughters to Paris. I searched the topic here and have read a lot of encouraging responses in other Paris travel threads. I have a few questions...and will add others as they come to me. There seems to be no shortage of people here who have been.
Metro; An old friend used to live in London, I've been a few times. The tubes are easy. Is the Paris Metro about the same? If I get the Underground, will I get the Metro? You know how the terminal station is on the first carriage of every Underground train (Northern line, Edgware goes north), how are the Metro trains set up?
As it stands now, the plan is to rent an apartment for a week rather than staying in a hotel. I really want to stay off the beaten path. The challenge is going to be finding an apartment in a neighborhood with a convenient market and a Metro station nearby. What's the common grocery store type market in Paris? Like Tesco or Sainsbury's in the UK?
Nothing is set in stone for me yet. If anyone has a hotel recommendation feel free to pass them along. There's going to be 3 or 4 of us though, I'm thinking an apartment might actually be cheaper.
I've read about getting from CDG into the city via the RER. Do I understand correctly that the RER B line is Paris' version of the Heathrow Connect? That it is more of an airport shuttle rather than a regular commuter train? For 8 or 9 euros it seems like a really good deal. I could never bring myself to pay for Heathrow Express tickets.
I've read about buying the "carnet' packs for the Metro. Also read about the "Navigo" card, like the Oyster. I read a travel blog by a guy who said a station clerk wouldn't sell them Navigo cards. They were told the card was for Paris residents only. This ever happen to anyone? For a week's stay should we buy Navigo cards or stick with Carnet ticket packs.
Sorry for getting long-winded.