Our trip to Paris was wonderful. The city is beautiful with a lot of history and the food was amazing. The people, on the other hand, are not too welcoming and in a way, we felt heavy racism and classicism. Customer service sucks unless you’re at Gucci or any other high-end brand name store. Nevertheless, we had an amazing time. My birthday dinner cruise was the highlight for me and my friends really enjoyed Versailles.
Now, what I want to talk about is what happened to me at the airport on our way back and how to do this trip without spending a fortune. For starters, it is best to buy your flight with time, and when I say time, I mean 6 to 8 months in advance. Do yourself a favor and do not travel on British airways. Our experience was disastrous. If you are planning to go to the museums, you should buy all the tours online before you get there. You can use pages like Orbitz and TripAdvisor. You can also buy dinners and tickets to the Eiffel Tower in advance on these websites.
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Now! Pay close attention! You have to be very careful in the city of Paris and also at its airports. Grab your belongings like you gave birth to them (you know really protect them)! There are many thieves! Coming back, when we got to the airport we found out our flight had been cancelled (British airways with their shitty service), after a lot of talking and almost arguing with the ticket agents they managed to get us on a flight at 7:30 pm with Air France.
This meant we had to be at the airport the whole day. To get to Air France we had to take a train to a different terminal. While we are waiting for the train I see two ladies who seemed to be lost. Upon entering the train one of them is asking questions by “signals”, because she does not speak English, indicating she is trying to get to the other terminal.
While I was nice enough to try to explain to her how her companion got very close to me. Too close. It seemed very strange so I turn around to approach her like you know, the old NYC way, “What’s good?”, and I see that she had already pulled my wallet out of my backpack!!! I saw it in her hands!!! I snatched the wallet from her and I gave her a good old smack in the face (total shock reaction, I am not this violent), I hit her in the face, the neck, I pushed her (still shocked), and when the train doors opened I told her to get off the train. I was so mad/shook/not understanding what just happened that I told her friend to get off the train at the next stop or she was going to get a beating too.
Organized crime in Paris
I’m sure you already have an idea that these are criminal groups that are dedicated to this throughout Paris, especially in places where there are large groups of people. They are trained, so much that when I checked my wallet she had already taken out the cash. Everything happened in a matter of seconds. My license and credit cards were still there, but if I had not acted quickly I’m sure those would be gone too.
The French police at the airport were little to no help. I managed to get a police report that I then sent to British airlines because to begin with I should not have been there at that moment.
So that’s how my trip to Paris ended. Do not be discouraged though, it’s a beautiful city, just be very careful when you visit!
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And the reason I decided to go to Paris on my “Living now” post.
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