Paris – Breaking the stereotypes!
The fashion capital of the World, home to renowned art culture and the symbol of gorgeous architecture in Eiffel Tower is the city of your dreams. Yes, you got it right – I am talking about Paris! While you plan your dream trip to Paris, you may have come across a variety of myths about Paris & Parisians that could have left you intimidated. In my first visit to Paris, I also had similar thoughts in mind which were cleared off completely. So, I would like to bring some personal experiences that might break or change the way stereotypes are still there about Paris!!
#Parisians are rude
First and foremost things you hear about Paris is that the Parisians are rude to tourists. Somehow, I was prepared for this before my first trip to Paris and I found this myth to be quite contrary. Considering my first trip, I was nervous, lost through the airport, finding my way to metro or even getting a ticket for metro yet I always encountered someone to help me through it! The airport security or the metro staff, waiters at restaurants, or just random people working anywhere in the city helped in one way or the other. You’d be surprised if you smile while asking your question, how humbly you’ll receive the answer. In fact, I feel Parisians go out of their way to make you understand, maybe they do understand how difficult it can get for tourists especially with the language barrier.
#It’s not as dangerous as most people say
Remember the scene from Queen where Kangna Ranaut was almost robbed on her solo honeymoon to Paris? It scared the shit out of me. The more I read about Paris the more scared I got. I read about how to keep your wallet close, the pickpockets and what not! I roamed around not only in the daytime but also post-sunset alone in those empty roads for as long as 10 days and yet I felt completely safe despite being that scary feeling tugged deep down in my heart. I believe you’re as safe you’d want you to be. Yes, there can be cases if one is careless, so my suggestion is to be aware of your surroundings and just relax while enjoying your dream trip.
#Parisians don’t like colors except for black
Yes, Parisians love black color and it’s evident while roaming in the city and many people also suggest you wear black to blend in! You can wear what you like, literally any color as you will find so many locals wearing any color but black!! So you’re safe with colors here 😉
#Difficult to understand Paris metro
Paris metro dates back to late 18th century initiated with the thought of urban train system within the city. With the first metro in the 1900s and expanding still today & reach every corner of the city so it is expected to be slightly complicated. With over 62 connections, it is one of the best media to commute in the French capital. Yes, it can be overwhelming at first, but my advice here would be to study a bit of metro map before your trip, from your hotel/homestay to the places to see. After a day, you’ll enjoy riding the metro just like I did 🙂
#Paris is lover’s nest
Paris is known to be the city of love and you will see couples almost everywhere. I was delighted when I met a lot of people who were traveling solo or with friends & family. So if you’re planning to go with your partner, it will be great but if like to travel solo then also that is going to be awesome!
#Shopping can burn a hole in your pocket
Paris is the renowned Fashion capital of the world and is home to exquisite designers and brands well-known. If you intend to shop from the designers, then yes it is going to shoot up your budget. Well, isn’t that the case precisely everywhere? But there are so many local brands which will be as chic as you like and at pretty reasonable rates. Paris does have flea markets, and even the subways have shops which sell amazing products including typical Parisian perfumes! I bought some for me too, and I can assure they’re awesome 🙂
#Tiny hotel rooms
While planning your trip, you’d be warned about the small size of the hotel rooms in the iconic capital. I have to admit the rooms are not as big as you would find in smaller cities, but they’re decent enough for solo travelers or couples. Some hotels even have the big family rooms what the families are looking for. I stayed in the prime location of Trocadero right opposite to Eiffel Tower in a double room and yet the room was big enough for me. Look little far from Eiffel Tower and you’d be amazed by the room sizes, you can thank me later 😉
#Paris has some of the world’s best doughnuts
One thing I wanted to taste as I stepped foot in the Paris city was to try the well-known doughnuts, fresh & warm right out of the oven! Who doesn’t like to click the instagrammable picture by holding a doughnut with a background of Eiffel tower…well, I wanted one too. Although, the moment I tasted my first doughnut in a bakery, I was disappointed and the disappointment never chose in its opposite even after so many trials. Sorry, Parisians, I would love some recommendations on this front if you know any good ones out there!
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