Mona Lisa Groupies, be forewarned that your idol is encased at the Lourve in a bulletproof box with triplex glass, built-in air conditioner, 9 pounds of silica-gel and God-knows what else to foil a would-be art robber! On top of that you'll be allowed to look at your idol for only a nano-second as they've hired rude, burly African guards to usher you along in a queue..
If someone grabs you dont wait for some knight in shining armour to save you 'cause he ain't comin!
Scream, punch, scratch, kick 'em where you know it hurts, burn them with your lighter, slash them with your keys, deoderant spray in the eyes is a good one, do what you can to survive! Don't be a victim!
Practice all those big city skills you possess. Don't make eye contact on the subway. At least try to blend in. Avoid sneakers and jeans. Please, no fanny packs or Hawaiian shirts. No college t-shirts. Learn a few words of French. Avoid being by yourself at night.
Honestly, I feel safer in Paris than in most US cities.
I think it's a good idea to check out some maps of Paris before going to the city. The best way to avoid pick pocketers or criminals (if you end up in a more "dangerous" area) is to look confident and give a confident impression. Don't look vulnerable, basicaly.
Paris is great, but it is also full of crazy bums and weirdos!! I got harrassed a lot whenever I wore a nice dress. I even got attacked once! It totally freaked me out!!!! So I always dress down--just simple tops and jeans. I know it's a pity not to wear your beautiful clothes in such a city of fashion, but for safety, it's wiser to do so when you are traveling as a solo female. For Asian travelers, watch out when you are visiting the red light district in Northern Paris. I've heard guys get robbed during the day!!!....let alone at night. Stay alert.
We had arrived in Paris early evening (direct from Australia), and being so tired, had an early night. But, being jet-lagged - awoke at 3:00am & were ready to go out! We were staying at Hotel Utrillo (Montmartre), and walked out down to Boulevard De Clichy. Although there were a few bars / cafes open at that time, we were approached by a man asking us if we could give him change for his Swiss Francs, as he had no Euros. He was watching my husband closely, almost trying to find out where he kept his wallet. Luckily at that moment, a bakery opened it's roller door, and as soon as the owner of the shop spotted this man, he ran away from us. I shiver to think what could have happened. Just be on the lookout when walking the streets in the early hours of the morning, and don't stop for anyone.
It is great to cruise in a Bateaux Mouches (boat trip in Paris) but some people can *** over a bridge on your head while you passing downwards below a bridge. If the bridge has no side walls like "Ponte des artes" be carefull.
the most important thing to do in paris is to make sure you know what is happening around you at all times. notice who is in front ,beside and behind you, if you watch the french this is what they do. for women the best way to handle the men is to act as if they don't exist, this is what the french ladies do and it works! stay as far away as you can from the gypsies that are all over paris but mostly in tourist spots. they make a living out of stealing from tourists, so dont believe anything they say or do. always look like you belong in the city when walking around because then you will be less likely to have anyrhing happen if you dont look like a tourist. never walk into the underground tunnels to cross main roads alone. always watch out for large groups of teenage boys because they do like to carry knives
I'm writing this to let you know that it is not definate that you will be robbed blind, scammed and conned in Paris!
I checked through the Warnings/Dangers list before travelling and it made me paranoid to see all the bad stories. However, in reality you'll get along just fine with a bit of cop on. I was there with my girlfriend for 5 days recently (November), and experienced no incident, nor any feeling of danger.
This is sort of a general tip, but it's worth it. There is a park very close to the Centre Pompidou. There is a beutiful catherdral in the park. There are also some bad people lurking about. I was even chased one time. This has happend to me on two separate trips to Paris...During the daytime. Just something to be aware of. (I will update with the exact name of the park)
You'll want to be carefull, especially at night, when you're in the area around the Moulin Rouge. As you get further off into the little side streets, keep your wits about you. I've encountered some thugs looking for trouble.
Be careful if you go to Forum Les Halles (the huge underground mall) at night. We recently went to a movie there, and as we were leaving were caught in a mob of young thugs having a brawl. There were broken bottles and ripped beer cans being used as weapons (as well as fists!)
Les Halles is the center of gang activity in Paris. Best to stay away at night!
No big danger in Paris. You can walk in the streets at night.But I may add something, during Friday and saturday nights lot of prople come from the cities around Paris. Be careful In Bastille, Pigalle and Chatelet Les Halles districts. It's safe but don't look like too much like a tourist (with cameras outside, etc..). Be cool and that's ok.
The city of Kobe has to be the safest place I have ever visited. The people are very willing to help foreigners and most everyone speaks (or attempts to speak) English! I love Kobe.
Walking the streets of Paris at night can be scary or annoying. Many guys will just stop their cars, get out and follow, some will just grab and pull you into an alley, etc.