It's time to think about money. To be specific, euros!
The euro is now at $1.36, which is a pretty good exchange rate. To buy euros before your trip, you might want to check with your own bank and purchase about two hundred dollars worth. It's true your bank will charge more than a Paris ATM, but you'll feel good about having some money to start your trip.
However, if you don't have time or your bank doesn't sell euros, then simply go to an ATM at CDG and use your card to withdraw some money. Just press the button for "English" and voila, it's easy!
Please do not use money exchange kiosks—at the airport or Travelex or American Express. They tend to overcharge and do not give you the best exchange rates.
And once your trip is over, hang on to some of those euros.
That's what I do! They're pretty to look at, plus having euros around brings you good luck and it means you'll have to return!
Merci beaucoup, mes amis!