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Our layover in Paris consisted of wanting to see one place and we had 6 hours only to make it happen. Did as much planning as I could with all the possible apps I could and none were helpful.
Be sure when choosing apps going overseas that they are functional offline. The main thing I needed was transit instructions on how to use public transportation to get around. Travel or tourist by taxi or tour guide is ridiculously high. Over $60 round trip for two travel from CDG airport to Tour Eiffel by transit would have cost me over $400 by private tour and by taxi at least double. Though public transportation and traffic ate up the bulk of our time in Paris the ultimate goal was met, we made it to the tower. I must admit it wasn’t what I expected, but it was amazing seeing how huge the city is. One could easily walk in circles and we were almost one of them.
Reliable WiFi would be needed or an international phone to function overseas. Unlike Jerusalem WiFi on the streets was not as easy to come by and GPS service unavailable without it. The best thing you can use in the 21st century to maneuver the Parisienne streets is a good ole fashion street map. Paris map allowed you to download maps, but make sure you know where it’s saved to and you have ample space on micro sd card to save it. Sorry Apple users without extended space this could eat you up and if your phone is your camera space is gold for high quality videos and photos.
So with limited time to figure out how to maneuver offline and with one battery for my phone it was a race between finding the Eiffel and having enough juice on my phone which was also my camera to take pictures once there. At the end of the day the app gets an “A” rating for organizing useful information for tourist, especially while you are in your home area, but a “F” for use when you need it once there. It’s functionality becomes useless once you’re there, without WiFi, and let’s face it, being able to walk the streets of Paris from your home area with your fingers is not quite as useful as being able to maneuver around Paris once you’re there.
This app allows you to get general information when in your home area concerning attractions, currency converter, points of interest with GPS coordinates, maps, and history of the city. Mostly information found online such as Wikipedia, centrally in one place. An app with much promise, but not quite there yet.
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