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Discussion in 'Et Cetera, Et Cetera' started by earllogjam, Jan 25, 2012.
I had some amazing adventures in Paris, but I'm at a point in my life that during a vacation any city is a stop over for a day and a night on my way to the the beach or a ski resort or whatever....
You need to be a certain type for Paris in order to truly find the beauty and intrigue of it. Although personally London>Paris.
No. I enjoy it every time I go.
Did you have a bad time?
I think Paris Hilton's pornos are overrated.
I judge my enjoyment of a place according to who is there with me. I had one of the best nights of my life in Paris, but it was all about the company. I've been in a couple of other European capitol cities with her and they were also lovely, but look forward to being back in Paris next month. It's a pearl.
Yes! I preferred Nice in the south of France.
I've been once on a school trip, when I was about 14, and we bought booze, bangers and porn. Fantastic city.
Paris is amazing. I have gone twice and loved it. I think you have to study up on the trip and really explore the city. One of my friends will travel and say he didn't see what the fuss was about and yet he only went to bars. Paris at night on the river with the city all in lights. Amazing
I've spent a lot of time there. My most favourite city.
What put you off, earllogjam?
I spent about 3 days in Paris this past spring while traveling around about after a study abroad program. I have to say, I was not a fan. The city just seemed much more crowded, dirty, and generally unwelcoming than any other city I visited. Plus, there were people (who I'm assuming were running some sort of scam) who kept trying to get me to sign something. They, as well as people running more obvious scams or trying to shill cheap souvenirs were just very persistent and all-around irritating.
My post may sound pretty negative, but I had an overall positive experience in Paris. It's just I don't feel any desire to go back ever again.
Sorry to be negative, but I've been to Paris quite a few times (recently only en route to somewhere else) and I have to say that the downsides outweigh the good, for me.
The Parisians are boors for a start - ask anyone from elsewhere in France!
And the cops are pigs.
It is dirty, even if they do have a remarkable system whereby there are water pipes in the drains that flush the gutters out overnight.
It's nearly as expensive as London; and that's a disgrace.
Give me almost any other city, or town, or village, in France (with the possible exception of the Channel ports - but the Brits ruined them...) and it is as if you were in a different country.
I suppose all capital cities reflect the both the best and worst of their respective countries, so perhaps Paris isn't exceptional.
I guess I was the only person thinking he may be talking about Paris, TX....
Where are you from, tbrguy? Paris can be expensive, dirty and unwelcoming. So can most cities. But the architecture, food, style, passion.... I admit I'm very much biased having spent so much time there, but I wonder about your field of reference.
Paris was nice but it wasn't NICE for me. I did enjoy it, but after the 3rd or 4th time after you've seen all the tourist spots, it just isn't a place I want to return. I really didn't find eating at Deux Magots very charming. Maybe it's just an overly touristy place and the tourists have ruined the Left Bank. It's a grey city and, I'm not a big fan of gothic and pastiche architecture and the people can be very rude. I really didn't care for the gay guys there either at the bars in the Marais. They seem so stand off-ish and unfriendly. Not that they are very different anywhere else but they seem so full of themselves and so over conceited of what a great city they have. Yawn, most of them skinny and unattractive to me.
It's dirty too, and there is dog shit all over the sidewalk even in the 7th where I stayed. Maybe if I spoke French better or knew the right people there it may be a magical place but for a yankee tourist, I think I'd rather spend my time in Italy. God, the tour guide at Versailles was just unbelievably full of himself explaining to us how Marie Antoinette was really a lovely person and that she is just vilified unjustly. That kind of summed up what Paris was all about for me.
I think it is so hyped up that you go there with so many overblown expectations that it's bound to be a bit disappointing.
I've never been but have always wanted to go there. I want to sample the food and passion in the air. :smile:
I would also like to take in all the old architecture.
Haven't been there since '92, but I loved it both times I was there. I'm sure it's changed tremendously since then. Would love to go back.
As I said I've been to Paris quite a bit. I used to work in Canterbury and would often visit for a few days and later spent a few months there working.
I've stayed in some of the best hotels (Scribe & Opera to name a couple) and roughed it when I was younger, nights on the Gare du Nord etc (the cops come round and beat you up at about 1am).
I've also worked in France, in the South, near Montpellier and visited many other places and met loads of French people from all over the country, hence my reference to their opinion of Parisiennes.
I've also lived in London for many years - that's why I feel competent to make a comparison.
As to the food, to eat well in Paris you need a very deep wallet, otherwise stick to croque-monsieur. The best authentic French food is found in the smaller towns and villages.
As to style, Cannes, Nice and St Tropez are just as hot and as to French architecture, well I admit Paris probably represents the haute Baroque and Artes Nouveau and Modern better than most others and I do like the twentieth century stuff; but not the montrosities in the banlieues.
And that reminds me, the peripherique - makes the M25 look like a model of highway planning...
I hope that answers your question.
Funny, I found the Germans to be far ruder than the French/Parisians. Everyone warned me before I went that the French were horribly rude, but I didn't find that to be the case. The Germans on the other hand were the rudest people I have ever met. Why everyone in Germany is so constantly and totally pissed off is beyond me. I would never set foot in Germany ever again!