What is Paris really like? Should I travel to Paris?
Replies: 17 - Last Post: Sep 7, 2012 3:03 AM Last Post By: battybilly
Sep 6, 2012 4:42 AM
What is Paris really like? Should I travel to Paris?Hi there!
I'm currently planning a European holiday with some friends and the topic has been raised: Do we travel to Paris or skip it? I have never been before, but have heard some people say it's dirty, boring and overrated. Is this true? Or is Paris like all of the cliches - beautiful and romantic?
I have know idea whether we should travel to Paris or not. Any info what be much appreciated.
Sep 6, 2012 5:07 AM
Sep 6, 2012 5:40 AM
Sep 6, 2012 5:46 AM
Sep 6, 2012 5:56 AM
Sep 6, 2012 9:26 AM
6It's so dirty and has nothing to offer what makes that most of the more than 15 Millions of visitors per year are leaving this city as quick as they can. http://asp.zone-secure.net/v2/index.jsp?id=1203/1515/23792&lng=en
Sep 6, 2012 9:41 AM
7The beaches of Paris don't look so bad to me....http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paris-Plages
You can also ski in Paris: http://www.skinautiqueclubdeparis.com/#
I think that Paris is great not only because of the beaches and the skiing :)
It is a multifaceted cities (like all cities) but the facets romantic and beautiful are certainly present too.
Sep 6, 2012 10:07 AM
Sep 6, 2012 2:38 PM
10I always??? heard, Paresians were pretty nasty to yanks. Totally untrue for this yank. They just like to be greeted , in shops, b4 we tell what we want. Just consider their humanity.
In Spain, there's a tradition called "the humanity."
Its selfless help to total strangers. I've got many personal stories of that one.
So it really depends on you first. As Aussies kept telling me, in the 60's; "We're all in this together, mayte. One hand washes the other."
Go to Paris.
Sep 6, 2012 10:16 PM
11Sorry, natural born joker, couldn't help myself...
Being unique, Paris is not "like" any other city, unless it's like the other unique cities of the world.
If you like art, good food and good wine, you'll stay occupied.
Gawk raises a good point, though. French is a polite culture. If you begin a conversation with anyone--shopkeepers, waiters, service employees, anyone--with "Bonjour Monseiur (or Madame)," you'll have a leg up. Even if your next words are "Parlez-vous Anglais?"
And like Gawk, I'm another American who has never been treated rudely in Paris.
Sep 6, 2012 11:55 PM
12When you ravel,
talk with locals. Learn things not covered in school.
I learned about my own Scitch-Irish heratige (sp) from a waiter in Rotterdam. Two lunches with that nice guy, was a semester.
It started by me asking if that thing on the wall was somekind of rifle. That opened the gates.
He said the thing that impressed him most about it was, some poor Spaniard crried that thing by foot. All the way from Spain, on foot. 80 year war.
William of Orange just said no, to the Spanish Inquesition.
Sep 7, 2012 12:01 AM
13Thankyou to everybody for their help. It's much appreciated! We will probably go and see Paris for ourselves, but try to keep it to a maximum of four days. Thankyou all. :)
Sep 7, 2012 2:35 AM
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