Paris Tourist Traps

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  • Montmartre - Sacré Coeur, Paris

    1. Montmartre - Sacré Coeur

    NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! One million times NO! I went to the romantic square of Tertre and couldn't believe what I saw: the artists, expelled from the square by a...

  • Eiffel Tower, Paris

    2. Eiffel Tower

    Most newcomer insist in going up to the top of the tower - no objection, it's really high, and you'll feel it in your way up, but be prepared for a small disappointment: the views are generally better...

  • Street Artists, Paris

    3. Street Artists

    We chose to visit Montmarte as we read about the artists' village at Place du Tertre which sounded absolutely charming. When we arrived at the little enclave I was immediately met by an artist with a...

  • Moulin Rouge & Clubs, Paris

    4. Moulin Rouge & Clubs

    If ever there was a place that was living off past glories, it is the Moulin rouge. It does however still have a steady trade, relying on hoardes of rich tourists to fill up the theatre seats. For...

  • Dining and Drinking, Paris

    5. Dining and Drinking

    It’s in the Richelieu section of the Louvre. €20 for “breakfast”. A cup of coffee. A wee orange juice. 3 minuscule pastries. I should have had a bread roll too, but I guess they wanted to push the...

  • Disneyland Paris, Paris

    6. Disneyland Paris

    Disneyland Paris My first warning, it isn't very clear what metro tickets to get to Disneyland. Expect to pay €15 for two people to get to Disneyland on the metro, if you pay any less you got the...

  • Versailles, Paris

    7. Versailles

    Things can be bad in Paris and Versailles because there are too many visitors. Even I, a fan of Le Louvre, wrote a tip about a bad experience there "Bad luck at Le Louvre" About Versailles a lot of...

  • Champs-Elysées, Paris

    8. Champs-Elysées

    We were taking pictures of Triumphal arch when suddenly a woman bend down and picked up something from the street. It was a ring like those wedding rings. She asked us if it was ours, but we said it...

  • Taxis, Paris

    9. Taxis

    It's not a surprise Taxis are very expensive in Paris (also we knew we should avoid illegall taxi). The problem is that taxi drivers can make it even more costly for you. 1. Check the taxi price with...

  • Louvre, Paris

    10. Louvre

    This could be read to-day in the French newspaper "Le Figaro": "Le musée n'a pas pu ouvrir ce mercredi. Les agents de la surveillance ont exercé leur droit de retrait pour manifester leur exaspération...

  • Seine, Paris

    11. Seine

    I don't understand how the Seine can be listed among the tourist traps as long as you don't fall in the water and as long as you don't expect the river boats to serve a three stars Michelin dinner! A...

  • Paris Pass, Paris

    12. Paris Pass

    This isn't so much a warning as a comparison of the various passes available in Paris. If you haven't been in Paris often, the passes can be confusing. Some save money; some are for convenience . . ....

  • Gold Ring Scam, Paris

    13. Gold Ring Scam

    I am unsure how best to describe this - other than young people (men and woman) are walking near to you, then bend down and ask if you have dropped a gold ring. It tends to be a gold band, thick,...

  • Souvenirs, Paris

    14. Souvenirs

    While traveling to any foreign country or city you will find that the shops selling souvernirs near any major tourist attraction will have higher prices than little shops along a non descript street....

  • Public Toilets, Paris

    15. Public Toilets

    When we were here in 2000, it was hard to find places to use the restroom. Since my 2000 trip to France, they have put in these coin operated toilettes on the streets. sometimes they are the only...

  • Notre Dame, Paris

    16. Notre Dame

    If you want to see Notre Dam, be sure to chose a time when there is lack of tourists. The ques can be awful and you be stuck for hours. Come back later or strategically chose another time or date. You...

  • Dôme des Invalides, Paris

    17. Dôme des Invalides

    The building is so massive that I would have thought that there would have been a really cool museum on Napoleon, like a comparison of his right arm bones and left arm bones. But nooooooo, there is...

  • La Défense, Paris

    18. La Défense

    It is a big square and a bunch of office buildings. Other than a small shopping mall below ground it is just not worth the effort to go and visit. We were pretty dissapointed in it. Turn around and go...

  • Catacombes, Paris

    19. Catacombes

    We made our way to the catacombs hoping to find an extraordinary sight. Unfortunately it was nothing but rooms and rooms and rooms full of bones. I mean, it's interesting and all, but I would rather...

  • Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris

    20. Père Lachaise Cemetery

    The most celebrity-filled but certainly not oldest cemetary in Paris. This is the place to find the last "resting" places (hard to rest with so many tourists around...) of artists like Oscar Wilde,...

  • Centre Pompidou, Paris

    21. Centre Pompidou

    Maybe it is unfair to call this a tourist trap, but the day we visited we found very little appealing about the center. Granted, we did not visit the National Museum of Modern Art which I understand...

  • Driving, Paris

    22. Driving

    I always look for free or cheap place to park a car and Paris is in my top worse 5 cities in Europe in this matter (hmm... the worst for me was Florence - but it's the best city in Italy). 1. Stay at...

  • Salvador Dali Museum, Paris

    23. Salvador Dali Museum

    The Salvador Dali Museum. If you have seen the one in St. Petersburg, FL (USA) you will be dissapointed in this one. A few bronzes which were nice, but mostly pencil sketches accounted for the "over...

  • Metro & Trains, Paris

    24. Metro & Trains

    Is a Paris Pass worth the money is a frequently asked question on forums and I've never seen a regular Paris visitor recommend getting one. Not to be confused with the less expensive Paris Museum...

  • Calling Cards, Paris

    25. Calling Cards

    When you need to phone home, don't be a sucker and use the hotel phone or any other telephone company because you will be robbed!!! Now why would a 5 minute phone call overseas to California cost...

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    Paris Tourist Traps

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