Paris Warnings and Dangers

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  • 1. Pick Pockets

    Avoid taking the métro during commuter hours of heavy useage when the cars are crowded. Last night my husband lost his wallet on a crowded métro car. Time: about 7:00 pm; Ligne: 4 (Chatelet). The...

  • 2. Beggars & Aggressive Vendors

    Be careful if you go to this place alone. They will come directly to you and pull your hand to tie a bracelets. Then you have to pay!!!!! Even if you're not okay with this situation. I went there...

  • 3. Safety

    Paris as a big city has its crimes, but knowing the city is tops in visitors in 2013 with 32,2 million folks, and compare to other city of its side it is very safe. France got 83 million visitors...

  • 4. Red Light Districts

    I went to Pigalle..It is highly unsafe. Someone took me to one bar to have drink and some dance. I went there. 1 moroccon girl said u sty here , beer only 10 Euro..Within 5 minutes , this girl said...

  • 5. Métro & Trains

    This is a travel tip for anyone who wants to go to the Moulin Rouge. My husband and I purchased tickets for dinner and the show ($600 bucks U.S) online. We were going to go on our last day in Paris...

  • 6. Long Lines - Queues

    Somewhere, sometime you are going to stand in a queue. It's almost unavoidable. Our Paris Museum Passes helped immensely but there were a few places with no "fast lanes" for pass holders. The towers...

  • 7. Toilets

    I was walking around the Opera district on a Sunday morning, I had gotten up early, had a bite to eat and set out. I hadn't thought to make sure i had some change in my pocket,after all it seems I am...

  • 8. Driving & Drivers

    Despite all the efforts that have been made in recent years to reduce motor traffic and re-allocate urban space, the sad fact of the matter is that Paris still has a huge car problem. Here we are a...

  • 9. The Gold Ring Scam

    Paris is no better or worse than any other large city when it comes to pickpockets and scams, they do exist so don't make yourself a target. Keep an eye on your valuables when riding the metro and if...

  • 10. Parlez-Vous Anglais?

    The sterotype of rude Parisians is just not true if you try and use a little French. I only speak a rudimentary amount but I did try to speak French first. In almost all cases I was rewarded with a...

  • 11. Taxis

    Taxi drivers absolutely hate taking you to a hotel at the La Defense complex. There are a number of hotels here, some brands (such as Mercure or Sofitel) having more than one establishment As far as...

  • 12. Pick Pockets on the Metro

    My wife and I were in Auber station trying to get in the RER train going to mal d'europe. A 16 years old boy blocked my access to the upper part of the train. He was followed by a woman who came from...

  • 13. Dog Souvenirs

    If you have a dog in Paris, you'd better clean up after it, otherwise they'll fine you 183 Euros (if they catch you). This poster on the garbage truck reads: "Pas de ça chez vous? Paris c'est chez...

  • 14. Food

    When traveling in Paris it would be wise to bring your own bottled water if possible. Soft drinks and water are expensive, often costing 5euro per bottle. Having spent a fortune to stay hydrated while...

  • 15. Labor Strikes - Greves

    Mrs Thatcher would be turning in her grave with the power that the public service unions exert in Paris. Barely a month seems to go by without one group or another airing their greivances in...

  • 16. Walking

    Since the beginning of the twenty-first century Paris has made considerable progress in re-allocating public space: widening sidewalks, narrowing streets, creating bus and bicycle lanes and reducing...

  • 17. Money Matters

    Common sense Acommon Travel rules as to where ever you go. #1. Don't go where you shouldn't go. #2. Follow the rule of law in the country that you reside. #3. Adhere to the rule of law from your home...

  • 18. Cameras & Photography

    Visiting churches is one of the absolute highlights of a trip to Europe, and provides a fascinating insight into the culture which has shaped European cultures of the past couple of millenia. Unlike...

  • 19. Unpredictable Weather

    I use to say that the only city in Europe that challenges Lisbon's light is Paris. Tuileries, in summer, is one of the best places for that light to glow, and that's precisely the reason why it...

  • 20. Pharmacies

    The majority of pharmacies in Paris are not open 7 days a week/ 24 hours a day. Its good to know which are open, however, should you run into any emergencies. *Pharmacie des Champs 84, Avenue des...

  • 21. Disneyland Paris

    PARIS can be very reasonable and less expensive than the USA-but it won't be for the 99%. Why? Because most go only to the tourist traps! They are caught under the spell of Madison Avenue...

  • 22. Smoking

    Smoking is banned in public places and that ban is almost universally ignored - except on public transport where only the drivers get away with smoking. Being non smokers we found this annoying and...

  • 23. several warning tips

    -We didn’t have any serious problem in Paris but as expected there are several pickpockets especially at the crowded touristic corners but also in the metro,...

  • 24. Access to Pere Lachaise

    I was extremely fortunate to be given some very helpful advice by a fellow VT member when I was planning my visit to Pere Lachaise cemetery. He advised me not...

  • 25. Another Scam

    You are clearly a tourist. You have your camera displayed prominently, maybe your map in hand.A somewhat plain looking woman approaches you and tells you she...

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The presence of so many tourists in one place can be a tempation to thieves and scam-artists. VTers will tell you about the common ways that pickpockets distract you in order to lighten your...

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