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What is the most disappointing thing in Paris, and why tourists are still attracted here

You have to visit Paris for the first time in your life, and you are already looking forward to romantic walks and unforgettable experiences? We hasten to disappoint you – many Paris disappoints. And that’s why.

1. Parisians speak French
There is a phrase that sounds something like this: “Paris would be great if not for the Parisians.” This is partly true. Alas, but apparently this property of many residents of tourist cities is not to love foreigners. No, Parisians are not arrogant, and they are not snobs. They are just comfortable in an environment of their own kind. In order to gain the friendship of a Frenchman, you must perfectly speak his language and those topics that are of interest to him. Remember those episodes of “Sex and the City”, where Kerry goes to Paris and is completely alone among the French? Everything is just like that. Unlike us Russians, the Frenchman will not even try to understand a foreigner if he is not interested in him, of course. So do not count on the international sign language, smiles, etc. Learn French, especially if you want to live here for a while, and not just go on a week of tour.

What is the most disappointing thing in Paris, and why tourists are still attracted here

2. Paris doesn’t smell very good
If you think that this city is fragrant with French perfumes, then you are greatly mistaken. It’s rather dirty here, and the smell of garbage can, according to many tourists, may haunt you all the time. In Paris there are a lot of beggars, beggars, migrants who arrange their homes right in the middle of the street, and of course, the famous Parisian clochards, where without them … The Paris subway is especially depressing disappoint you. Nothing to do with the Moscow or St. Petersburg metro. And yes, there are rats. And there are quite a lot of them.

3. Alternative transport
If you decide that the Paris metro is not for you and it is better to use a bicycle, then we immediately warn of one danger: it is difficult to return. You can rent a bike from the Velib stand, but finding a free spot on a rainy evening in the city center to return it is almost impossible. Here is how Anna, a tourist from Moscow, tells about this: “We bought a baguette, cheese and a bottle of wine and planned to have dinner at the hotel, as it started to rain, but there was a problem to return the bikes to their place. We drove past the many wet riders who were also circling and looking for a place to dismount. Finally, we found one free place to return, and then another 45 minutes we searched for the second. Please note: if you decide to rent Velib bikes, be sure to return them at the beginning of the day, otherwise you will also eat a raw baguette for dinner. ”

What is the most disappointing thing in Paris, and why tourists are still attracted here

4. Yes, it often rains in Paris
We, Russians, will not be surprised by bad weather, but, going to Paris, few people assume that the rain will overtake him here too. Therefore, do not relax, but pack umbrellas and raincoats in a suitcase, otherwise you will be forced to buy all this in a hurry and at completely unjustified prices. 100 euros for an umbrella? No, this is not nonsense, but quite real prices, for example, at Versailles. Do you think no one is willing to spend that kind of money? But when you need to hide expensive equipment from the rain, you will not go for such expenses. And the French know this very well.

What is the most disappointing thing in Paris, and why tourists are still attracted here

5. There are a lot of scammers in Paris
Strictly speaking, there are many of them, not only in Paris, but wherever tourists are found. Fortunately, all of their tricks are well known. “Hey, I found a gold ring, is that yours? Not? Well, in any case, I will give it to you, and you can make a donation. ” “Where are you from? From Russia? I would like to practice Russian, as you say: “I am poor and I need money?” “I want to be your friend! Therefore, I give you this bracelet! ”- and as soon as the bracelet is on your wrist, it turns out that you need to pay for it. In a couple of days, you will learn to ignore anyone who approaches you on the street with a question, even if they are the same miserable tourists, like you who just came to ask for directions.

6. Here are tiny breakfasts
If you are used to plentiful feasts in the mornings at Turkish hotels, then the local breakfast will disappoint you. Petit Dejeuner means “little breakfast”, during which you will receive a croissant and a small cup of coffee. Dejeuner is just “breakfast”, but this does not mean that it will be denser: all the same croissant, coffee and fried eggs from two eggs. And so everywhere: do not think that the owner of the hotel where you stayed is a rare greed. In the adjacent bistro, cafe or diner, breakfast will be exactly the same.

What is the most disappointing thing in Paris, and why tourists are still attracted here

7. The Louvre and other attractions
Have you come to Paris to touch the great French culture? Alas, millions of tourists arrived here for the same. And this means that kilometer-long queues in museums can not be avoided. Moreover, it’s almost impossible to approach the most famous exhibits, such as “Mona Lisa” or Nika Samofraki.

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