I'm going to Paris from the 11th-18th. Very excited!
I'm going to Limerick (Ireland) March 11-14; friends are visiting March 14-21 (I think we will go to Cork for the Blarney Stone and Edinburgh while they are here); 21-23 I'll be in Paris; possibly heading to Berlin 23-26 ?? Then I'm flying back to the US for a couple weeks of law school visits...hurray!
Although I am not particularly fond of the place, I respect Paris and Parisians for a number of reasons that have already been mentioned. They do not succumb to American political or cultural pressure and are imensely in touch with their own cultural identity. I do not think that the hostility I experienced was the result of a language barrier, as I did speak some French when I went there and had my bi-lingual friends to fill in the blanks. I just had a nasty experience at the hotel. The clerk at the front desk was all smiles to the native French customers in front of me, but when I came by to ask him how to use the phone with the phone cards I had purchased from the hotes (ie, what numbers to dial to get an outside line), he literally yelled at me. The next morning I had to take a cab to the airport, because the earliest shuttle from the hotel wouldn't get there in time for my flight. Well, I asked him if he could call me a cab, because there was no phone book or anything in the rooms and he yelled at me saying that if I didn't show up for it, he would have to pay out of his own pocket and he wasn't going to do that. I calmly explained to him that I would have no choice but to ride it because of the time of my flight, but he still refused. I ended up having to call a manager, who apologized profusely and called the cab for me.Some cities in Europe I think are more beautiful and an overall better experience than Paris: Malaga, Vienna, Rome, St. Petersburg, Vilnius, Athens.
Quote from: lil_token on February 27, 2005, 03:07:19 PMSome cities in Europe I think are more beautiful and an overall better experience than Paris: Malaga, Vienna, Rome, St. Petersburg, Vilnius, Athens.Interesting. I've heard from numerous people that Athens is a horrible city - in fact, I've been told to only spend one day there seeing all this historic stuff and then go somewhere else in Greece. What do you like about it?I found Parisians to be extremely kind. My meager knowledge of French plus my very obvious (southern) American accent, which I expected to be hindrances to their kindness, were not a problem at all. My passport was actually stolen while I was there, and random people on the Metro system stopped to help me look for it...this would have never happened in "friendly" Dublin from my experience. The only person who was evil that I met in Paris (besides the thief who took my wallet) was the American clerk lady at the US Embassy!
Some cities in Europe I think are more beautiful and an overall better experience than Paris: Malaga, Vienna, Rome, St. Petersburg, Vilnius, Athens.
Thanks! Yep, I've heard that about Glasgow, which is why I finally decided we'd do Edinburgh instead. Interesting about Berlin v. Frankfurt...why? And what is your opinion on Munich?