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I’m traveling to just outside of paris for a job in a couple weeks then I have a couple free days in paris after. Any must do’s while in paris? Also what should I expect bringing gear through paris customs? The job is a wedding so I was planning on entering as a tourist who takes a lot of pictures but, with 3 eos’s and a couple lens and 30 rolls of b/w film they might be courious.

by doug mcgoldrick at 2005-05-15 09:01:20 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) chicago , United States | Bookmark | | Report spam→

Customs in Paris CDG are very relaxed. 8 time out of 10 the customs “alley” is empty. To be sure just get to the US airport a little early, visit the US Customs office (at JFK you need to go to arrivals and walk 50m “upstream” with a security guy) where they will give you a “certificate of registration for personal effects taken abroad”. You just need to show each piece of equipment and point our the serial number. This paper “proves” that the equipment is yours and not being imported. This is only for US residents from what I understand. I did it last time and they (at JFK) asked me if I had my purchase bills which I didn’t – didn’t matter.
If your concern is your visa situation, don’t worry there no such thing as a journalist visa to the EU. I’m sure you know that already.
Another flying-from-the-US tip: the TSA has issued a regulation that says the pro photographers are allowed to an extra bag in cabin which make it 1+1+1. One piece of cabin luggage, one personal small (handbag, duty free, etc.) and one camera bag. It was on the TSA website a few months ago. i don’t know if it is still valid.

Must do in Paris? That’s a challenging question.

by David Brabyn | 15 May 2005 11:05 | Paris, France | | Report spam→
from TSA website. . . http://www.tsa.gov/public/interapp/editorial/editorial_1248.xml

says that the airline doesn’t have to let you fly with three bags, you’ll just be allowed to get through security with them

by Fernando Gaglianese | 15 May 2005 12:05 | Philadelphia, United States | | Report spam→
paris airport and customs is never a problem. been through there dozens of times, sometimes with 5 cameras and computers and flak jacket and gas mask and all kinds of odd stuff, and they don’t mind. same with carry-on, if airline gives you a hassle, open your bags and show them : a big bag with cameras, another big bag with computer and stuff, and maybe a third for hard drives, film, duty-free whiskey, etc., and say “what do you want me to do?” with a smile and hopefully they’ll let you through.

paris, where will you be staying? i guess must-do on my list would include the Musee d’Orsay, which has the most important collection of Impressionist paintings, and is in an old train station, the Pompidou Center for Modern Art, affectionately called Bo-Boo (Beaubourg) which rivals MoMA in NY, for the usual suspects, you have Notre Dame and the Pont Neuf area, the musee petit palais, the Montmartre hill (though the Sacre Coeur church on top is a 19th century absurdity IMHO), the Saint Sulpice church, the Pere Lachaise cemetary…nightlife is good in the Bastille and Oberkampf districts of the 11th, for a sleazier scene you can go to Pigalle or the rue saint denis or in the dark corners of the bois de boulogne. the square of Place des Vosges is beautiful and lovely. Underrated sites would include the Musee de Palais Tokyo, the Institute du Monde Arabe, the complex of museums in the parc de la Villette…kind of neat in the outskirts are Versailles, Monet’s house and gardens at Giverny…

as a point of oddity i have never been to the Louvre or up the Tour Eiffel, all these years…(!)…but of course they should be on anyone’s “must-see” list of course!

sadly with the dollar so weak in euro there’s probably not anything you really want to buy. the camera shops are on the boulevard beaumarchais running north from bastille but everything will be way overpriced compared to B+H. but if something breaks and you need to replace it, that’s where to go…

there are big flea markets at several points on the peripherique but compared to the US or Germany or Italy, there ain’t much to buy and it’s all overpriced. so spend your money on good food and wine!

by [former member] | 15 May 2005 13:05 | Baghdad, Iraq | | Report spam→
Must-do’s? Croissants and cafe au lait(the real deal, not some Starbucks bulls**t),the Musee Auguste Rodin (way overlooked), and stroll around and have a look at the fabulous women in what they want us to believe is the next country in the axis of evil.

by [former member] | 15 May 2005 14:05 | Baghdad, Iraq | | Report spam→
johan, i guess it’s no accident that this guy talks about paris and you and I sit here in baghdad thinking about it, man, just imagine it right now…walking along the canal st. martin, eating at a restaurant in the marais, the worst thing you got to think about is getting busted for not buying a metro ticket…

those nights, falling asleep listening to the crowd on the street below, breaking bottles and stumbling around drunk, then in the morning going by W.H. Smith and buying some books and reading in the Tulieries, watching movies in those old small cinemas, shopping for odd household items at the BHV, driving through those weird underground tunnels that start at chatelet and let you out near republique, riding the elevated metro, i love that there’s a station and a place named “Stalingrad,” yeah…

Starbucks? I think there are two now, one at Odeon and one at Opera. neither were open yet when i was last there, last year. But as Johan says, forget that, i’ll end with a recommendation for the place downstairs from where i always stayed, the Cafe Charbon on Rue Oberkampf and Rue Saint Maur, metro Parmentier — which BTW is a great metro station, it has a statue of the Duc de Parmentier, who “introduced the cultivation of the potato to France,” handing a potato to a poor peasant boy — i love this statue!

by [former member] | 15 May 2005 14:05 | Baghdad, Iraq | | Report spam→
Does seem to be some miscommunication at best.

ASMP on the TSA regulation:

ASMP Works with Transportation Security Administration to Change Airline Carry-On Baggage Regulation – EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY

Thanks to the efforts of ASMP and the cooperation and understanding of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), working photographers and other members of the traveling public may now take on board an additional piece of carry-on baggage containing photographic equipment. This means that you are allowed to carry on two bags – when at least one is photographic equipment – along with a personal item. This accommodation will make it easier to travel for working photographers with sensitive and valuable equipment. Document Checkers are being informed at this time of the change in Transportation Security Administration regulations. The TSA has said to go ahead at this time and take advantage of the new policy.

Be advised that some Document Checkers may not be aware of the change in policy and this will require your speaking to the airline’s customer service personnel. Also, the additional bag must conform to the carry-on regulations for size and weight. There will still be occasions when there simply is no space available on board for additional carry-on and this will require checking a bag.

Eugene Mopsik
Executive Director ASMP
November 20, 2003

by David Brabyn | 15 May 2005 15:05 | Paris, France | | Report spam→
Go to Henri Cartier Bresson’s foundation.
Larry Towell’s exibition is showing now.
Agree with Joan,Musee Auguste Rodin is a must see.
Don’t forget to bring your press ID. You will safe some Euros!. I didnt have to pay at any museum including Cartier Bresson’s foundation

by Alex Reshuan | 15 May 2005 21:05 | Miami, United States | | Report spam→
Buy subway tickets by 10s not singles.
Have lunch at Chartier, rue Montmartre.
Take a nighttime skate with 100s of others (http://pari-roller.com/).
Join a striking trade union in a protest march between Republique and Nation.

by David Brabyn | 16 May 2005 09:05 | Paris, France | | Report spam→

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