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ssander Dec 21st, 2012 01:36 AM

Don't bring back wine.

Don't take a 28" monster suitcase.

And, most of all, don't listen to <strong>one word</strong> of anyone who repeats any of the old BS about Parisian rudeness and snobbiness.

I guarantee you will return to Paris (with a 21" roller) once you have visited it. It is magical.

SS

PatrickLondon Dec 21st, 2012 02:29 AM

>>An acquaintance of mine mentioned to me today that she had been in Paris and people were very rude. She said Paris was overrated and full of snobs. <<

I'll bet she forgot (or wasn't aware) that Parisians don't take kindly to people who launch directly into the business at hand, like, for example, the woman I saw (or heard first) who was no doubt perfectly pleasant in her own context, but marched up to the desk in a metro station and said "The [whatever attraction] - where's that at?". Not even so much as a "Bonjour" or a "Parlez-vous anglais, madame?".

denisea Dec 21st, 2012 03:40 AM

OMG, so tired of that "rude Parisian" stereotype! Not true at all.

I actually think it is the person saying that's own rudeness being reflected back on them. Why woukd you take advice on where to go clubbing, from someone who thinks Paris is overrated and full of snobs???

The wait for a bag isn't that long...unless the bag doesn't arrive. Which happened to us last year and we lost an hour at CDG dealing with that (especially irritating since it was snatched from us in the jetway for being too large...which it was not, it's a 20 inch rollerboard....I am still POd). Then more time lost later for delivery....don't check unless you absolutely have no other options! Trying to get a bag back with no sleep and jet lag is a less than stellar way to start your vaca. I can get a weeks worth of winter clothes and shoes into a std rollerboard bag. Don't overpack!

I definitely agree that I don't take it if I can'y carry it myself!!!

passionfruitdrink37 Dec 21st, 2012 05:12 AM

She said the Parisians she came across made fun of her accent. In any case, it's not like I'm not going to go juat because of that. It's been my dream to go to France since forever. Nothing is going to keep me from coming. Except maybe the weather. Snow storm today. Here's hoping the weather is better on Wednesday.

Gretchen Dec 21st, 2012 08:08 AM

Hard to believe after 500 posts we are still talking about luggage!! Or is it "again".
DON"T take the 28" bag--it is an albatross.
Parisians are not rude. Tourists can be, and get "repaid" in kind.
The bank still gets paid a commission--and you get fewer Euros than at an ATM in Paris.
I hope you have a LOT of money for those shoes and purses, because you will experience sticker shock--it ain't cheap to buy in Europe.

passionfruitdrink37 Dec 21st, 2012 10:47 AM

So, my cousin is now asking me for the list of places we'll be going to so she can map it out on her iPod. Cause her dad wants to see where we are going and she doesn't trust my sense of direction. El oh el.

And I know that shopping isn't cheap. It's what, 19% sales tax? It's not that much more to the sales tax where I am.
Im bringing my luggage. I dont care about the size. Maybe ill come to regret it later but oh well.

kerouac Dec 21st, 2012 11:38 AM

That is not sales tax -- it is VAT. If you buy a very large amount at a single store, you can get part of that tax refunded. Otherwise, you can completely ignore its existence because all prices that you see are net -- no tax amount will be added to your purchase.

passionfruitdrink37 Dec 21st, 2012 11:46 AM

Oh great!

thursdaysd Dec 21st, 2012 01:12 PM

Didn't you say your cousin was 22? That's just ridiculous. You're only going to Paris, for heaven's sake.

And didn't you also say you were just buying key chains and T shirts? Where did this buying shoes and bags thing come from? Unless you buy off the street, which I think is illegal these days, I can't think you're going to like the prices.

passionfruitdrink37 Dec 21st, 2012 02:15 PM

Key chains and tshirts as souvenira for the family. I want to shop for myself as well.

menachem Dec 22nd, 2012 10:19 PM

Wow, you're almost on! Have fun! Relax! And travel safely.

denisea Dec 23rd, 2012 04:21 AM

Rue Du Commerce in the 15(?), I think, is a good area for resonably priced shopping.

Otherwise, the high dollar stuff of my dreams, is rue Faubourg-St honore and also Ave Montaigne, off the Champs Elysee. Designer heaven but it will cost you!

The Marais is also loaded with shopping...no my fav area, can be very Americanized. Blvd Hausmann is home to two top, huge department stores. Glleries
Lafayette and Printemps...you shouldn't miss the Christmas windows there. Around zchristmas they will be packed but they have everything.

Coquelicot Dec 23rd, 2012 04:51 AM

Have a wonderful trip. I hope you and your cousin get in synch and both have a great time. Be sure to come back and tell us all about it. I'll be thinking of you and wishing you well.

Gretchen Dec 23rd, 2012 05:04 AM

For family souvenirs you might look in the museum shops and in the stationery sections of the big department stores. Paper "things" are just beautiful in Paris, I think. Beautiful sticky notes, little notebooks, etc.

Kurosawa Dec 23rd, 2012 07:49 PM

You so owe us a trip report when you get back. Paris threads always get a lot of traction but at 533 your thread is almost a record.

passionfruitdrink37 Dec 24th, 2012 04:29 AM

My hotel is on the rue du faubourg st. Honoré! I probably cannot afford shops in that area, but there's nothing wrong with window shopping, right?
I will check out rue du Commerce for sure! Thanks!
I'll check out the paper "things"(stationery?) As I would like to buy some nice stuff for a friend.

I will definetly be writing about my experiences, either on here or on a blog with pictures and whatnot.

Again, thank you all sooooo much! I cannot express just how grateful I am for all the advice and helpful tips I've received from all of you! You've helped make my dream trip a reality and you've put up with my crazy questions and I'm so happy I found this website. I have so much info, I don't think I'll find myself trying to think of what to do or what to see or where to go.Thanks a million!

Joyeux Noël et bonne année à vous tous!

kerouac Dec 24th, 2012 05:10 AM

3 more days and <i>Mademoiselle Maracuja</i> will finally be among us! Happy holidays to you, too!

denisea Dec 24th, 2012 07:05 AM

Absolutely nothing wrong with window shopping...faire du leche vitrine, I think is the phrase....en Francaise.

amer_can Dec 24th, 2012 07:35 AM

Happy trails to you...Almost there!!! When you sink your spoon into a "chocolat"..please think of me (and scores of others) who would love to share the experience again and again!!!

nyse Dec 24th, 2012 09:54 AM

And thank you PFD for almost three months of posting entertainment ~
Have a wonderful time!


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