Europe Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

View all Europe activity »
  1. 1 Belgian govt terror alert: Avoid malls, concerts & trains
  2. 2 Oct vs Nov for Greece
  3. 3 Train from Interlaken to Venice
  4. 4 Lufth on strike 26-28 nov
  5. 5 Highclere Castle(Downton Abbey) tours, UK
  6. 6 Trip Report Churches of the East Riding of Yorkshire
  7. 7 Sample European Itinerary for a solo traveler.
  8. 8 Advices about our itiniary
  9. 9 Trip Report Celebrating Christmas Vienna!
  10. 10 Global Travel Warning...
  11. 11 Private transportation
  12. 12 Glastonbury vs Bath
  13. 13 X-ray machines at train stations in Europe?
  14. 14 Trip Report A week in Burgundy
  15. 15 Paris Under Seige...
  16. 16 Scotland itinerary, helm me with15 night itinerary
  17. 17 Dynamic Currency Conversion is Alive & Well in Paris
  18. 18 Italy AND Switzerland in 8 days
  19. 19 Trip Report Christmas windows of Boulevard Haussmann in Paris 2015
  20. 20 Trip Report Scenic drives in Tuscany
  21. 21 Safety concerns?
  22. 22 Dublin Ireland Hotel Advice for early June
  23. 23 Trip Report Sicily--Three Weeks in October--Winging It is Doable
  24. 24 St. Petersburg: Gosh, it's expensive
  25. 25 Trip Report Must be the season of the witch: Nikki's autumn trip to London and Paris
View next 25 » Back to the top

Trip Report Just home from 8 days in Paris--Pickpockets threat--Rude French people

Jump to last reply

We just came home from 8 days in Paris. While the city is beautiful, gorgeous monuments, cathedrals, gardens, and museums are fabulous, our trip was sadly interrupted by pick pockets twice. My husband and I were very careful to leave passports, credit cards, driver licenses and large cash amounts in our hidden money belts, and everything was perfectly safe there. But the problem is, I placed my iPhone 5 in my coat pocket for just a second and was distracted with the ticket slot in the metro near the Arc de Triumphe. Obviously, a thief was watching and as soon as I passed through the revolving gate, I felt a hand in my coat pocket and a large man ran away with my iPhone. The second time, my husband had his wallet in his front pants pocket (he does wear loose pants) and he never even knew when the wallet was taken with about a hundred Euros. Even though we loved our hotel, the food, the tours, the cathedrals, museums, we found the people very rude. Often, French people cut in lines, and the restaurant waiters and waitresses are very cold and even rude. Once while standing in line at at the Eiffel Tower, a beautiful young, very pregnant woman rudely told my husband to "Wait and step back!" While she proceed to get 2 tickets to the top of the tower for herself and her husband. I thought, "Wow, this is a baby's mother! what kind of example will she set for her child?" I realize Paris is a very large city, and maybe it is just the large city people everywhere, but we found French people very cold and rude. The streets are very crowded and we never did really feel safe.We were sure glad to get home to Texas. (My husband and I are in our late sixties and probably look older than most tourists, but I wonder if that made us easy targets for pickpockets and people cutting in lines)

119 Replies | Jump to bottom Add a Reply
119 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.