Paris, dope or not ?
Paris is a dream destination for travelers. With its charm from another time, it is the most visited city in the world and has been that way for decades. Nearly 16 million tourists frequent the streets of the City of Lights. This record isn’t so surprising when you discover its timeless and breath-taking architecture, monuments and museums (among the most famous : the Eiffel tower, the Louvre, the Sacred Heart, the Cemetery of Père Lachaise, Montparnasse Tower, Champs Elysees, Arc de Triomphe, …). Its cultural life is rich: theater, cinema, live shows, cabaret, opera or exhibitions, you’ll be spoiled for choice. Add to that the diversity of this metropolis and its neighborhoods with a strong identity (from the modernity of La Defense to the Hausmannian tradition of the grands boulevards and the Champs Elysees luxury environments, to the neighborhood of Amelie Poulain: Montmartre).
Do not forget to enjoy french cuisine and its delicacies in bistrots and family restaurants. The little black coffee will be sipped on the terrace of the cafés. The best dessert will be savoured, on the run, in one of its luscious bakeries.
The city of love will certainly awaken romance and do not be shocked if lovers use public places to express their feelings (and give you a lesson in french kissing).
The romantism of postcards will however get its toll from the local population. Rude and stressed, Parisians rarely smile, especially to tourists. They will try your best to ruin your small moments of happiness. Do not try to speak English or with key informants. The answers are not likely to be replied in the language of Shakespeare.
Public transport should not dazzle you either. Dirty, faded and sometimes dangerous, the Parisian Metropolitain is in a desperate need for a makeover.
Paname, as they call it in French, heaven or hell? Your decision!
1. The Parisians (smile!)
2. Transit (what’s that smell?)
3. The language skills (do you speak English?)