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What do you to those people who put down Paris when you are about to go.

What do you to those people who put down Paris when you are about to go.

Old Oct 4th, 2002, 04:29 PM
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Doug I went with an open mind and good attitude and my experience was okay.
The bottom line is that if you are nice and receptive for the most part anyone should reciprocate. If they don't then perhaps they are A) Having a bad day or B) They were not raised correctly. If people are rude then I just ignore them. They are not worth my time. Have a good trip and hope everything goes well.
Old Oct 4th, 2002, 05:21 PM
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Doug-the people who give you negative comments often have no clue what it's like to travel. We've even had one friend tell us we should go to Epcot Center at Disneyworld--that it's the same thing! Travel broadens your horizons, opens your mind to how others do things, etc. Okay, I know some people have had bad experiences--nothing's perfect. We've been to Paris 5 times and have not encountered rudeness on any of these trips. One thing I have found out is that you tend to get treated better if you at least TRY to speak their language. Just smile and keep your mouth shut. It works for us--we're leaving for Prague & Budapest nex week.
Old Oct 4th, 2002, 05:47 PM
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Doug, this isn't really about Paris. For anyone to criticize your choices after you have committed to them is unproductive at best and rude at worst.

You say it is all about attitude, so use it with these people. Specifically, humor. So your associates think Parisians rude to Americans? Heck, they ain't seen nothing; during the Revolution, when the French really wanted to be nasty, they left the person a 'head shorter at the top' (i.e. guillotined him.) Horrible food? That's okay, you have a horrible palate to match. And so on.

Now, go and find out for yourself if you like Paris.
Old Oct 4th, 2002, 06:01 PM
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May I respectfully suggest that you say, "Thank you" and forget about it.
Old Oct 4th, 2002, 06:29 PM
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It's OK with me if others don't like Paris... more room for me!
- a Paris fan
Old Oct 4th, 2002, 06:47 PM
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Ignore them. These are the same type ignorant people who will ask a childless couple why they don't have kids.
Old Oct 4th, 2002, 08:41 PM
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It's plain jealousy probably. Most likely they've never visited but want to put a dark cloud over your trip. I can think of another reason also. It may be due to fear of the unknown. They may be comfortable visiting the same old places usually in the US, never abroad. See, if they go overseas, they are afraid of how they'd get used to people speaking another language instead of English, they are afraid they won't like the food, etc. And they want you to feel the same as they do. Forget their comments and concentrate on looking forward to your anniversary trip with your wife. And just enjoy yourselves.
Old Oct 5th, 2002, 06:03 AM
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Doug seriously,
A sweet and generous idea and I hope you have a wonderful trip. Just don't have unrealistic expectations. I am not a road warrior but have been to Europe 10 times, planning no. 11. I am not jealous and I have not been to Epcot.
Most of France is great so if possible why not switch to the countryside for part of the time? See Relais Chateaux.
For Paris, do your homework before you go and prepare a list of restaurants to avoid getting ripped off. If I spend $200. + on dinner I prefer it edible.
Don't worry about the weather, it's not an issue. I am dead serious about the dog doo. Watch out! In Nice they have guys on mopeds with poop scoop vacuum cleaners. I hope they have them in Paris now.

As far as attitude goes these folks are dreaming. Most people go with a good attitude or why would they go in the first place. Do we see Americans being forced into Paris against their will? Nice people will be nice & nasty people will be nasty no matter what country you are in. Paris just happens to be home to an above average amount of AntiAmerican sentiment. So is Ramallah. I don't go to either place for fun.
Old Oct 5th, 2002, 06:32 AM
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Not Jealous,

What does a chicken hiney taste like and how do you know?!

Old Oct 5th, 2002, 07:02 AM
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Just say "Yes, Paris is not for everyone, but we will have a grand time!" Then just walk away.

And...you will have a grand time! What a wonderful 1st anniversary gift to youselves. You'll LOVE Paris. And with your positive attitude, you'll love everywhere you go in the future.

Have a wonderful, romantic trip.
Old Oct 5th, 2002, 08:18 AM
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This was a softball question if there ever was one on this board. I do hope after reading all of these threads that poor Doug can summon up the courage to reply to his Paris-bashing friends. What a wimp.
Old Oct 5th, 2002, 10:30 AM
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Belinda: Drive past a chicken farm or chicken coop and inhale. Now imagine a mushroom omlette or chocolate souffle'. Enjoy!
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