Supposedly one of the most beautiful city’s in the world and a go to place for fashion and overall style. The great Paris personally for me falls on the wayside to the beautiful Roma. Maybe it was just my one chance encounter that turned out to be ‘mauvais chance’. 90% of the people we managed to come into contact with were incessantly rude and refused to speak english and this includes helping us try to get a grasp on their own language (we tried!). Now I really do not think I should have to apologise for speaking English as it is a universal language but the fact that we tried to actually speak their language and they were still rude, that really does not say much about this supposedly wonderful culture.
On top of my bad luck, I had food poisoning which was carried over from Rome and was vomiting everywhere possible so when I finally paused for intermission we managed to make it to the pharmacy and pick up some anti sickness meds. Another thing that surprised me – the drugs I got! In the UK we are very welcoming to MANY different cultures, languages etc and this includes putting their languages on drug instructions and ingredients – in France – NO! The upside to food poisoning is having a justifiable reason to stay in bed if you want to. But not on vacation!!!
Google is definitely an English speakers best friend when in Paris, you can not only navigate easily around the city but translate (badly!) the point you are trying to make.
After all the nastiness the upside is the beauty of the city as the streets are clean and that seems to be respected by wanderers. One restaurant in which we actually enjoyed ourselves and would go back to was le Trentehuit.
The service was friendly which was a major plus and the food was so good. Between the two of us there was a litre of beer, for my main course duck with honey and ginger sauce and a side of dauphinoise potatoes and for himself! Linguine with Frogs legs (bless him!).
I am not saying that I will never go back to this city but going on the issues surrounding this trip is it unlucky at this present time! Never say never!