Île-de-France Tourist Traps

  • The gorgeous Petit Palais is free
    The gorgeous Petit Palais is free
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  • Pl, St. Michel is free and fun
    Pl, St. Michel is free and fun
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  • Free entertainment at Pl. Collette
    Free entertainment at Pl. Collette
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Île-de-France Tourist Traps

  • Montmartre - Sacré Coeur

    Paris Tourist Traps

    NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! One million times NO! I went to the romantic square of Tertre and couldn't believe what I saw: the artists, expelled from the square by a dense esplanade! No! I can't believe that the good old Tertre was killed! It was the effect of the rain! It only could be! I hope! I will never go...

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  • Moulin Rouge & Clubs

    Paris Tourist Traps

    If ever there was a place that was living off past glories, it is the Moulin rouge. It does however still have a steady trade, relying on hoardes of rich tourists to fill up the theatre seats. For about 150 euros each they get a somewhat average meal from Seven O'clock and then a show from Nine O'clock, always featuring a bunch of East European...

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  • Street Artists

    Paris Tourist Traps

    We chose to visit Montmarte as we read about the artists' village at Place du Tertre which sounded absolutely charming. When we arrived at the little enclave I was immediately met by an artist with a clipboard easel who started to sketch my portrait without my consent or agreement. He struck up a conversation while he drew. Another did the same...

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  • Eiffel Tower

    Paris Tourist Traps

    Most newcomer insist in going up to the top of the tower - no objection, it's really high, and you'll feel in in your way up. But be prepared for a small disappointment: the views are generally better from the first level (much cheaper). Of course, you will have the pleasure of having been there, the post office and souvenirs to register it, but...

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  • Dining and Drinking

    Paris Tourist Traps

    It’s in the Richelieu section of the Louvre. €20 for “breakfast”. A cup of coffee. A wee orange juice. 3 minuscule pastries. I should have had a bread roll too, but I guess they wanted to push the boat out with their rip-off and “forgot” it. I wasn’t sure about that until I checked their menu online later. It explains why I was given butter &...

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  • Champs-Elysées

    Paris Tourist Traps

    We were taking pictures of Triumphal arch when suddenly a woman bend down and picked up something from the street. It was a ring like those wedding rings. She asked us if it was ours, but we said it was not. So she said we could stay with it and I said no, she could keep the ring herself. She insisted, so we kept the ring. Then she asked for money...

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  • Versailles

    Paris Tourist Traps

    Things can be bad in Paris and Versailles because there are too many visitors. Even I, a fan of Le Louvre, wrote a tip about a bad experience there "Bad luck at Le Louvre" About Versailles a lot of tips have been written about avoiding the lines, about the fountains that are only working on week-ends "Dry fountains" , but strange enough some...

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  • Louvre

    Paris Tourist Traps

    This could be read to-day in the French newspaper "Le Figaro": "Le musée n'a pas pu ouvrir ce mercredi. Les agents de la surveillance ont exercé leur droit de retrait pour manifester leur exaspération devant les bandes qui s'attaquent à eux autant qu'aux touristes. Les visites reprendront jeudi matin. Agés de moins de 26 ans, ceux-ci s'introduisent...

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  • Taxis

    Paris Tourist Traps

    It's not a surprise Taxis are very expensive in Paris (also we knew we should avoid illegall taxi). The problem is that taxi drivers can make it even more costly for you. 1. Check the taxi price with the hotel, they usual know how much taxi to (from) airport will cost (check hotel webpage before your trip) and let driver know, that you have exact...

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  • Disneyland Paris

    Paris Tourist Traps

    Disneyland Paris My first warning, it isn't very clear what metro tickets to get to Disneyland. Expect to pay €15 for two people to get to Disneyland on the metro, if you pay any less you got the wrong ones. We were even advised wrong by the information desk assistant, and when you get to the other end, a lot of tourists are fined €25 each for...

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  • Seine

    Paris Tourist Traps

    I don't understand how the Seine can be listed among the tourist traps as long as you don't fall in the water and as long as you don't expect the river boats to serve a three stars Michelin dinner! A cruise on the Seine, especially at night, will reveal all the well lighted monuments. There are many. I'm not aware of any greater scenery than the...

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  • Souvenirs

    Paris Tourist Traps

    While traveling to any foreign country or city you will find that the shops selling souvernirs near any major tourist attraction will have higher prices than little shops along a non descript street. If you want to make a few purchases of the usual souvenir to take back to family or friends then have a small list of those items and be on the look...

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  • Paris Pass

    Paris Tourist Traps

    This isn't so much a warning as a comparison of the various passes available in Paris. If you haven't been in Paris often, the passes can be confusing. Some save money; some are for convenience . . . and unfortunately some are a complete ripoff. Here is a comparison of some of the different costs involved. Read it and you can make an informed...

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  • Gold Ring Scam

    Paris Tourist Traps

    I am unsure how best to describe this - other than young people (men and woman) are walking near to you, then bend down and ask if you have dropped a gold ring. It tends to be a gold band, thick, large and possibly heavy. I have never acknowledged that the ring could be mine, so after this the person seems to move on. If this happens to you, you...

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  • Public Toilets

    Paris Tourist Traps

    When we were here in 2000, it was hard to find places to use the restroom. Since my 2000 trip to France, they have put in these coin operated toilettes on the streets. sometimes they are the only place you can find to go. We saw them in Paris and other large cities on our 2006 trip. You put 20 euros into the coin slot and the door opens. Once you...

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  • Notre Dame

    Paris Tourist Traps

    If you want to see Notre Dam, be sure to chose a time when there is lack of tourists. The ques can be awful and you be stuck for hours. Come back later or strategically chose another time or date. You don't have to get inside every history-building. Why don't buy a beer and a sandwich and have a pick-nick i the park in front of e.i. Notre Dam..

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  • La Défense

    Paris Tourist Traps

    It is a big square and a bunch of office buildings. Other than a small shopping mall below ground it is just not worth the effort to go and visit. We were pretty dissapointed in it. Turn around and go back down into the Metro and go someplace else. Stop at Arc de Triomphe. At least you have some sights to see, brasseries to drink at and world class...

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  • Catacombes

    Paris Tourist Traps

    We made our way to the catacombs hoping to find an extraordinary sight. Unfortunately it was nothing but rooms and rooms and rooms full of bones. I mean, it's interesting and all, but I would rather have seen photos of it... or at least been able to exit the maze once I decided I had seen enough. Unfortunately, you cannot and you are fed through...

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  • Centre Pompidou

    Paris Tourist Traps

    Maybe it is unfair to call this a tourist trap, but the day we visited we found very little appealing about the center. Granted, we did not visit the National Museum of Modern Art which I understand is a collection of great 20th Century art, but the center itself is purported to be a great gathering place. Maybe we hit at a bad time but there were...

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  • Dôme des Invalides

    Paris Tourist Traps

    The building is so massive that I would have thought that there would have been a really cool museum on Napoleon, like a comparison of his right arm bones and left arm bones. But nooooooo, there is this big porphery (looks like wood) casket, some uniform displays and some other dead guys. The nave, if that is what it is, was cool and the building...

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  • Père Lachaise Cemetery

    Paris Tourist Traps

    The most celebrity-filled but certainly not oldest cemetary in Paris. This is the place to find the last "resting" places (hard to rest with so many tourists around...) of artists like Oscar Wilde, Jim Morrison, Frédéric Chopin and more. Enjoy the slightly disturbing experience of looking for famous graves with a map (maps available in the nearby...

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  • Salvador Dali Museum

    Paris Tourist Traps

    The Salvador Dali Museum. If you have seen the one in St. Petersburg, FL (USA) you will be dissapointed in this one. A few bronzes which were nice, but mostly pencil sketches accounted for the "over 200 pieces" that it advertises. Go expecting not to see his master works. Saint Petersburg, Florida, USA - museum for his master works.

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  • Driving

    Paris Tourist Traps

    I always look for free or cheap place to park a car and Paris is in my top worse 5 cities in Europe in this matter (hmm... the worst for me was Florence - but it's the best city in Italy). 1. Stay at one place and look for a car leaving a place - be first to take the place - the competition is big :-) 2. Drive around (recommended up to 1 hour), be...

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