|Eiffel Tower at Night|
One of the things that we noticed was that it did seem like Paris has gotten much more crowded in recent years. We were all a little surprised that when you visited Notre Dame and Sacre Couer Cathedrals you were funneled through on a carpeted path around the perimeter of the church. People are no longer allowed to visit the center of the church where the pews are located. I can totally understand, because I wouldn't want some crazy tourist poking me in the head with his selfie stick while I was trying to pray. The amount of selfie sticks are ridiculous. I was a little offended at the lack of respect that people had in the churches. And if low and behold you don't have a selfie stick you can buy one from one of the hundreds of street vendors standing outside selling them for 2 Euros a piece. We even got a guy who attached his GoPro to a selfie stick and recorded our entire boat trip on the Seine, all 65 minutes of it. I wonder how many times he will pull that out and watch it. Never. But he did annoy the people around him as they tried to get a photo without his GoPro in it and then he would suddenly move it back into their frame. Yes, every time.
The other thing that was a little nerve racking was the thought of getting robbed. I was aware of the risk but I was surprised at how many metro workers and police officers warned us about pick pockets. Everywhere we went we would get a warning, especially in the high tourist areas. I over heard a couple of thieves on the Metro discussing in French how to take a tourists SLR camera slung over her shoulder. We also saw someone try and snatch a bag from a blind man. So my advice is to get a deep purse or bag, put your valuable at the very bottom and put a sweater or scarf over it. Despite the selfie sticks and the pick pockets we had a fabulous time. The food was great, the sites were beautiful and the majority of the people were kind. Paris was great!
|Eden having a snack waiting for the next Metro train|
|Institute de France|
|Notre Dame from the Seine|