Don’t know how lucky you are boy. Lots has changed since I was in Paris 15 or so years ago. There are some of the rudest people in the world, that’s true, but by far, most of the people are very polite and helpful. On the subways and trains, people often got up and offered us there seats. I guess it was because we’re older. And don’t think that if you go there the streets will be filled with your typical Frenchmen and women like you see in the movies. It’s multi-national and multi-ethnic.
The problem with the pickpockets is terrible. I told you about our encounter. We stayed in a small hotel near Le Gare du Nord. The desk clerk told me that about one quest per week gets robbed. The thieves carry devices which can read your credit card immediately and withdraw cash. Frau Grace had her card in a small zipped up leather purse under he clothes, and it only took the thief a second to extract it. She had no idea what was happening. Fortunately I was able to grab the guy and get the card back. They work in pairs. They attack at stations in crowded cars when people are rushing to get on or off, and bumping into one another. If you go there, be very careful.
Another thing, I wanted some good French food. About the only thing we found was onion soup. There are lots of pizza joints and Asian food. Hamburger joints. a few of the places are tourist rip-offs. Our last day there we both had terrible attacks of diarrhea. We hadn’t eaten anything except we shared an orange, and I had bought a cheap bottle of water at a grocery store. The hotel clerk told me that that could very well have been the source.
When I told you aboput Le Boulevard du Cheap Suits, I failed to mention the on the other side of le Rue is tLe Bulevard du Sleazy Dresses…
I like it.