I do NOT recommend Paris!
I was so excited to finally be going to Paris! PARIS! France’s capital, a major European city and a global center for art, fashion, gastronomy and culture. Its picturesque 19th-century cityscape is crisscrossed by wide boulevards and the River Seine. Landmarks like the Eiffel Tower and the 12th-century, Gothic Notre-Dame cathedral, the cafe culture, and designer boutiques along the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré! Sounds incredible right?!
I’ve never been anywhere and felt so unsafe. It’s a mess! Homeless people everywhere.
We didn’t get into Paris until late (9pm ish) and that was a bloody ordeal. Firstly we couldn’t find out way out of the airport and then trying to find a taxis, whilst still coming down, was hard Fucking work. Our own fault in all fairness! We had to go to the roof to find a taxi…? No lie.
We caught a taxi and headed into Paris. Our hotel wasn’t central but about 10 minutes walk and we were smack bang in the middle of everything.
We headed out to get some food and just see what was around. Cafe’s still open and all quite busy, nice. We were told to be careful with our bags/ belongings by virtually everyone we spoke to. Pickpockets we were prepared for. Not everything else.
Every corner was another homeless person scratching through the bins or setting up a raggedy tent to sleep in. Piss all over the streets.
The first thing I notice about a country is the smell. Like Amsterdam ? apart from the stench of weed, it just smelt sweet, candy floss and hot chocolate waffles sweet!
Nope not here, piss! Everywhere we walked it just smelt terrible! Everyone says Venice smells like sewage, it may have years and years ago when they had no real plumbing system, but no Venice doesn’t smell either! It smells like the ocean on a crisp clear night.
Paris, France’s capital just stinks. Today we spent the day strolling around Paris, hopping on and off the metro and trains and busses. Seeing everything we could in a day! Obviously we went up the Eiffel Tower and few other gorgeous places but honestly, it was disappointing.
I’ve Walked around some very strange places in my life and some dangerous places and not once have I ever felt so unsafe and vulnerable as I did in Paris. I understand that there are homeless people for whatever reasons they have there will always be homeless people, but what I can’t understand is why is it so rife in Paris and why nothing is being done? On every corner of every road and every bin there was another begging for food or money, coming up to you asking. It broke my heart, I felt helpless and like an absolute cunt not being able to help.
Oh oh I forgot to mention the state of the hotel. I’ve actually woken up with a swollen eye which I’m sure I’ve caught a bug/ infection from the damn place!
Next to the bed we had a mould tree growing! Seriously a fucking mould tree, the door handle in the bathroom was falling off! Bloody everything and you know what, the French are fucking rude! They are unhelpful, ignorant cunts!
Few examples: we would ask for help in an international place and they would acknowledge us and then turn and laugh with colleagues, a few times this happened.
Or some other French person would talk over the top of us to the person we were talking to and then we would get shut up whilst this other person was helped or acknowledged. In England that is not how we work! We wait in our queue and we have our turn!
At the airport they were just rude as motherfuckers! No one is polite, no one says Thankyou or sorry or anything. Ignorant arseholes!
Onto a better note I did have a glass of champagne with my best friend at 980ft in the air!