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France: On The Road

Paris, the city of love and a thousand other clichés, still holds a certain mystic. But no matter how many written words this great city has commanded - however familiar this town may appear - Paris will always remain an enigma, a magnet for millions of visitors from around the world.

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Full Name French Republic
Capital City Paris

547,030 sq km
211,208 sq miles

Population 60,400,000
Time Zone GMT/UTC +1(Central European Time)
Daylight Saving Start last Sunday in March
Daylight Saving End last Sunday in October
Languages French (official)
Religion 86% Roman Catholic, 8% Muslim, 2% Protestant 1% Jewish, 3% unaffiliated
Currency Euro (Euro)
Electricity 230V 50HzHz
Country Dialing Code 33


Car Travel Safety Tips For Your Next Road Trip

1. Always keep these helpful items in your vehicle at all times especially for those last minute road trips: maps, jumper cables, charged cell phone, flares, flash-light, first aid kit, blankets, an auto club card if you break down, and some spare cash hidden in your vehicle.2.

Be sure to plan your route carefully. Use websites like mapquest (http://www.mapquest.

com)and google earth (http://earth.google.com/) to plan your route. Also note the places you want to stop for breaks and gasoline fill-ups. This allows you to know which are safer than others.

3. Always park in well-lighted areas, if you plan to arrive or leave after dark.4. Don't park in an isolated or visually obstructed area near walls or heavy foliage.

5. Use valet parking or an attended garage, not a vacant one, especially if you're driving alone.6. As you walk to your car be alert to suspicious persons sitting in cars near yours.

7. Ask for a security escort if you are alone at a shopping center. Don't worry, it's not an inconvenience on their part, it's their job.8.

Watch out for young males loitering in the area (handing out flyers, trying to start a conversation, selling something etc.) Be sure to make eye contact with them.9.

If someone tries to approach, turn back into the establishment you just came from, (store, restaurant etc.) and ask to be escorted out or call someone from the store's phone or your cell phone to meet you there.10. Always tell friends or loved ones where you are going and check in with them when you have arrived.

By following these car and road trip safety tips, you can effectively protect yourself and keep safe.

.Michelle Annese, "The Diva of Defense?" is a self defense instructor, consultant, speaker, author, and copywriter. With a third degree black belt and inductee into the World Martial Arts Hall of Fame, Ms. Annese is a safety advocate teaching thousands each year in school talks, special events and assemblies in elementary, high schools, and colleges nationwide.

She is also the author of the book: "101 Self Defense Strategies" and creator of the programs "Diva Defense Training" and "The SafeGuard System for Kids". Complete information on Michelle Annese's books and other services offered is available from her web site http://www.michelleannese.

com And while there, don't forget to subscribe to her FREE weekly Ezine!.

By: Michelle Annese

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