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By ObviousTroll (Sat Apr 22, 2017 at 11:07:20 AM EST) (all tags)
Yeah, why should I limit my ridiculously parochial observations to just one city?


  1. The only thing crazier than Parisian cyclists are Parisian motorcyclists.
  2. The city is very beautiful but doesn't seem very livable. (Champs Elysses)
  3. The architecture is in better shape than London. The streets are huge in comparison. (Champs Elysses)
  4. Armed police all around Paris. Eiffel tower guards freaked at the sight of my balloon flower. Made me back out, pop the balloon, trash it, empty my pockets, etc.. Just a bit touchy today, I guess. (Day after the shooting at the Arc de triumph)
  5. Versailles is a mad house.
  6. The is no point in doing a 90 minute tour of the Louvre, especially when you're surrounded by a thundering herd of tourists who are also all on 90 minute tours. Move to Paris and spend 6 months visiting the Louvre every day. Only way that do it.
  7. The latin quarter was the only part of Paris we visited that felt like a living, breathing, city and not just a monument.
  8. Didn't meet any rude people in Paris, despite the stereotype.
  9. Being in a city without knowing the language is humbling, but it was still a great adventure.
  10. There were tons of people in London who seemed to be from North Africa and the Middle East, either visiting or working. Paris, otoh, had many, many tourists from the Far East.
  11. Tourists from the Far East have no concept of personal space. I honestly don't think they realize they are being rude as they bounce off my stomach.
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Did you get the Eurostar from London? by jump the ladder (2.00 / 0) #1 Sun Apr 23, 2017 at 02:37:02 AM EST
The area around Gare Du Nord is very "vibrant". Also I found the hotels rooms to be tiny in Paris even in a decent 4 star hotel. And the metro seemed to dirtier and more run down in parts than the London Underground.

Food was great though and yeah no rudeness these day.

So, we took the ferry as part of the tour package by ObviousTroll (2.00 / 0) #2 Sun Apr 23, 2017 at 06:38:56 PM EST
 and the tour bus from Calais to our hotel. 

The hotel, Novatel, was actually quite surprising. The room we got from Novatel - and the bathroom - were both significantly larger than the ones in the Hotel Cumberland in London. The only thing we didn't like was the cattle call breakfasts.

I know it's not cool to like package tour deals but this went really, really well. For SWHTL's sake I really needed that. The only real turn offs were Stratford-on-Avon (pure tourist trap) and Versailles, which was just a mad house of tourists bouncing off me like pachinko balls. The Louvre was nearly as bad but the art made it worth putting up with the crowds.

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