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Paris, negative travelogs

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Just for fun I was reading some of the previous Paris travel logs to mine for fun ideas and stumbled on more than one that describe Paris as a "dump" or going into intricate details of all the things that went wrong with their trip. I'm going to Paris again in September and have been there 4 times previously over the last 8 or 9 years. I have always LOVED Paris and was surprised to read some of these comments. The poo on the streets never really phased me... we actually just laugh about our poo-dodging technique.

But some of those posts were so specific and negative, it made me wonder, has the quintessential Parisian experience somehow changed? Are American tourists getting a shorter stick these days or more looked down upon, perhaps by our current administration's continuous debacles? Or maybe their Paris trip had one particularly negative experience that tainted the rest of the trip.

Anyway, I found myself actually questioning (only momentarily) whether we're doing the right thing going back in September, this time with the baby. I was seriously having second thoughts last night, or at least I was thinking, "Maybe Paris has changed."

Luckily my DH talked some sense into me... umm, food, architecture, art, culture, the Seine, food, art, food, art, food. :) He would have knocked me silly if I had said we shouldn't go to Paris again. (not literally, of course).

Anyway, this isn't so much a travel question as my own ramblings... I just worry about all the negative remarks I see on here and think that someone who has never travelled to France or Paris might otherwise decide not to go based on those few (but pretty awful) negative reviews. That would be a shame.

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