Paris Transport Bus

Paris public transport system is great

Paris Transport Bus ServicesParis transport bus systems are easy to use and get around.

I found Paris transport bus stops everywhere, are easy to find, and so easy to understand.

When I first started catching the bus in Paris, I was pretty terrified I’d miss the stop, or I wouldn’t recognise where I was when I looked out the window, and it was extremely nerve-wracking.

I then started to notice the two best things about buses in Paris [which should be duplicated in bus systems all over the world … in my humble opinion … if they’re not already].

Best bus thing #1

Along the centre of the bus and suspended from the roof, I found a map for the bus route of the bus on which I was travelling. It took me a while to work out what it meant, but once I figured it out I felt MUCH better :-) and I travelled safely without worrying about where I was.

I could look at the simplified map and recognise street names, or bus stop names which matched streets etc, and then the mystery disappeared.

Now I was happy to take buses all over the place.

Oh – almost forgot! Best bus thing #2

… was a clock placed at the front of the bus so everyone could see it — what a wonderful thing. Why don’t they do this in other cities around the world? Beats me :-)

Getting around Paris by bus

The RATP website is your one-stop spot for all info regarding métro, buses, and trains outside Paris –

  • Click the little English flag in the top right to read the site in English.
  • Now click the GETTING AROUND button to work out how to get from Point A to Point B.

On the site you’ll find a form where you can put in your ‘from” and “to” locations, which method of transport you prefer, and a few other things, and you get the best instructions, directions and locations.

As an added bonus you can also find info on eating out, hiring Velib bikes, and even info on latest movies. If you have access to the internet this will be one bookmark you’ll keep.

Paris after hours bus service – the Noctilien

Paris Transport Bus Noctilien ServiceThere’s nothing worse than being out late, having fun, and then not being able to get back home.

Taxis might be rare, but if you knew about the night bus service – the Noctilien – you wouldn’t have to worry at all.

Would you like to ask about or recommend great ways of getting around in Paris?

Please post your comment or question about the Paris transport bus system in the Comments below – many thanks indeed!

Delicious Budget Couscous in Paris 75018

Delicious Budget Couscous in Paris 75018

Couscous is served in lots of great restaurants and bistros in Paris, and although it’s not originally a French dish, it’s very popular …  and is one of my favourite things to eat in Paris.

Couscous has become the name of the dish, when it is actually a grain (like polenta or rice), served with meat and veg.

Originally from North Africa / Algeria regions, a serve of Couscous consists of lamb, sausage, chicken or beef slow-cooked until it’s fall-off-the-bone tender, and is then served with vegetables and a grain called Couscous.

In the 18th arrondisement my friend Sigrun and I came across a marvellous litte bar which didn’t look very special from the outside, but their blackboard menu outside caught my eye – one item only – couscous.

Being adventurous, we popped in and ordered the couscous for lunch. We sat at the table right at the front bordering on the footpath/sidewalk, so we could watch the world go by on this lovely summer’s day.

When the meal arrived, the servings were huge, consisting of a large platter of meat, a big bowl of vegetables done just right in a stew-like broth, and the couscous (grains) with sultanas / raisins in it.

Not quite famous French food couscous is a delicious meal, tasty and hearty, and very filling.

Our mouths were watering! As you can see in the photo above, it was a hearty meal for a summer’s lunch, and we didn’t need to have any dinner that night. The aromas wafting on the summer’s breeze were wonderful and oh so tempting, and I couldn’t wait to get started.

What to eat Not quite famous French food couscous is a delicious meal served with a cooked fluffy grain called Couscous - this one has sultanas/raisins in it.

In the photo above you can see the couscous grains which had been soaked in hot water to make them soft and fluffy.  Those giant raisins were so sweet and plump and were a wonderful complement to the meat and vegetables – it was all so delicious!

Almost famous French food couscous and vegetables - you simply must try it.

The vegetables are cooked in a broth (as shown In the photo above) and are firm enough yet imbued with such flavour – I have to admit if I lived near a restaurant or cafe serving couscous I’d be tempted to eat it a lot!

Almost famous French food couscous can be beef, lamb, chicken or merguez sausage - or a mixture of them.

In the photo above you can see the platter with merguez (a spicy sausage), chicken and lamb. The chicken and lamb had been cooked long enough to be tender – the meat fell off the bones, and was so delicious.

Almost famous French food couscous is served from the meat, vegetable and couscous platters, to create your own dish. Be generous with the sauce.

Once you choose from the different platters and place your mixture of the 3 dishes on your plate, it’s a riot of colour and the aroma is incredible.  Just looking at these photos again is making my mouth water at the memory of this delicious lunch :-)  (see photo above)

Almost famous French food couscous can be served with any drinks - I chose red wine, full bodied, and it was a perfect match.

This photo above shows how much we COULDN’T eat, but we did manage – just – to finish off our wine.  I love the small jugs of wine called “pichet” (and pronounced “peeshay”) – just enough for a midday relax with a yummy meal.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this meal with me – I look forward to sharing some of my others with you too.

Prices : Couscous 8 euro, Pichet de Vin Rouge (carafe of red wine) 8 euro

P S – although I didn’t write down the name of this café, it was right near a great shoe shop – Chaussures Marvin – at 56 rue Marx Dormoy, 75018 (if you’re ever looking for fabulously comfortable walking shoes and wide fittings). If you stand on the footpath/sidewalk looking at the shoe shop, the couscous bar is a few doors to your right.

A bientot (see you soon!)


Free Museum Collections in Paris

List of free permanent Museum collections in Paris

What a great idea! You can view all of these collections in Paris without paying an entry fee. Print the list and work out how many of these you can fit in on your holiday, and see if any of them have a café which will be a nice change from having to find one :-)


  • Musée Carnavalet – Histoire de Paris
  • Musée Cognacq-Jay


  • Maison de Victor Hugo


  • Musée Zadkine


  • Musée Cernuschi
  • Petit Palais, Musée des Beaux Arts de la Ville de Paris


  • Musée de la Vie Romantique


  • Maison Bourdelle
  • Mémorial du Maréchal Leclerc de Hauteclocque et de la Libération de Paris – Musée Jean Moulin


  • Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
  • Maison de Balzac


  • Musée National Jean-Jacques Henner (currently closed for renovation work)
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