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10 Things We Love About Paris (And 10 Things That Annoy Every Traveler)

Bonjour! Welcome to what can only be described as the greatest guide to Paris ever written (up for debate). The capital of France is one of the most popular cities in the world, with travellers and tourists coming from thousands of miles away just to see what all of the fuss is about. It seems like a stereotypical place to visit, but trust us, it's more than worth it.

On the balance of things, we'd say that Paris lives up to its positive reputation - especially for romantics. Alas, that doesn't mean there aren't some faults that come alongside that, which is the case for pretty much anywhere on the planet. Some of the negatives are quite insignificant, but in equal measure, a view of them could be considered quite important.

But then, of course, you could also argue that the things we love section is much more important and holds way more value. In a way, it depends on how you like to view things in your day to day life, taking into consideration whether you're a glass half full or glass half empty kind of individual.

Regardless of whether or not you take these thoughts on board with you as you prepare to venture off to this stunning destination, just remember that the success of any given trip depends solely on what you make of it. Only you can truly know what it is that you enjoy and what it is that'd make you happy, so our advice is to just go for it one way or another.

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20 (LOVE!) Dog Friendly - Bonjour!

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It doesn't matter whether it's a Chihuahua or a Dalmatian, because we love dogs that come in all different shapes and sizes. They say that they're man's best friend, and if you've ever owned a little pup before, then you'll know that rings true.

In Paris, in particular, they seem to thrive off of the dog culture - much more so than cats. You can often turn a corner and see a parade of pooches coming your way, and that's the kind of doggy adventure that we can get on board with.

They may be crazy, but we love them all the same.

19 (LOVE!) Versailles - Just Breathtaking

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This one may seem a little bit odd given that Versailles is its own place technically speaking, but we simply had to include it for one reason: the Palace. It's one of the most remarkable structures you're ever likely to see in your lifetime, and it's very easy to get to from the centre of Paris.

It doesn't matter whether it's a rainy or a sunny day, because you're likely to have a great day out regardless of the circumstances. There's so much to see and so much to explore, and that kind of variety is what makes a decent city into a great one.

18 (LOVE!) Rest Of The Sights - Beyond Your Wildest Dreams

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Where oh where do we even begin?

There's one sight, in particular, that we've given an entry of their own, but the rest of the sights across Paris shouldn't and won't be left out. From Disneyland Paris to the Arc de Triomphe and beyond, there are a million and one things to do here.

The stereotypical phrase associated with the majority of different holiday destinations is that there's fun to be had for all the family, but it really is true in this case. Honestly, you could come here for a week and you'd still struggle to finish off everything that you want to get done.

17 (LOVE!) The Parks - A Peaceful Stroll

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The hustle and bustle of the city life cause many people to go off and live in the countryside, whether it be during their retirement years or during the prime of their life - with the latter usually commuting into work if necessary.

Alas, you don't need to leave Paris immediately in search of that kind of thing, because there are dozens of parks for you to stroll through. That kind of thing may not be everyone's cup of tea but when you hear all of the negative connotations surrounding the city, sometimes, it's nice to remember that it has another side too.

16 (LOVE!) Eiffel Tower - Simply Iconic

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When we referred to another 'sight' being given its own entry, we're fairly confident that 98% of you knew that this is what we were talking about. The Eiffel Tower, in short, is without a doubt one of the most iconic landmarks on the face of the Earth.

It's the crown jewel of the city in many ways, and it's one of the primary reasons why people decide they want to travel to the French capital. Sure, heights freak a lot of people out and that may cause people not to make their way all the way to the top, but it's still one hell of an experience.

15 (LOVE!) Boat Trip - Hop On, Hop Off

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If you've been to any major city in your life then you'll probably be aware of the fact that there tend to be bus tours available to the general public. You can hop on and hop off of the tours at different spots, and it makes for a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon.

Now, however, you can do the same thing, but on water as opposed to on land. The Paris boat trips are legendary for how interesting they are, how diverse they are, and how relaxing are. Sometimes, when you're on a bus, there's a level of discomfort that can kind of take you out of the moment.

14 (LOVE!) New Year’s Eve - Happy New Year!

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New Year's Eve can either be one of the best nights of the year or one of the worst, and it all depends on how you plan things out - and who you invite. So long as you have the right group of people around you then it can be great, but on top of that, you need to ensure that you actually know what you're doing because winging it tends to be a poor idea more often than not.

In Paris, though, it's difficult to mess things up one way or the other. As long as you're positioned in front of a major piece of architectural magnificence, then you're likely to have a great time with some fun fireworks to top things off.

13 (LOVE!) Patisserie - Utterly Delightful

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If you've got a sweet tooth and you're looking for more than just your everyday bakery, then what are you waiting for? Get yourself on the first flight over to Paris, where you'll find some of the most delectable patisseries in the world.

From pastries to different sweets and designs, you'll never be short of things to consume. As we alluded to earlier you could legitimately visit the city for a week or even longer, and you wouldn't have even made a dent in the patisserie market.

That's how much there is to enjoy and discover, but no description from us will ever do it justice.

12 (LOVE!) Shopping - Find Something Pretty

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If you're a man or a woman who hates shopping, then there's a good chance that this entry isn't going to be the one for you. Now, with that being said, there are certain exceptions when it comes to not being able to enjoy the process of going out for a quick shop, and we'd argue that Paris serves as one of those exceptions.

There are dozens upon dozens of shops throughout different arrondissements in the city, and you're likely to find something unique in every single one of them. Back home shopping can tend to feel like more of a chore but here, it's a novelty that you've just got to relax your way into.

11 (LOVE!) Baguettes And Cheese - Yes, Please

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Look, there are all different types of food that we enjoy, especially in France, but nothing even remotely comes close to a baguette with some sliced up cheese in the middle of it. This quite literally sounds and looks like the most French thing ever, and you know what? We're embracing that.

You could even stick a little bit of ham in there if you want but whatever you do, make sure that the baguette and the cheese are the first two things that you purchase once you head to the supermarket. If you buy and create it yourself then you'll save yourself a whole load of money, too.

10 (Annoying) Beggars - Please Stop

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The sheer volume of homeless people on the streets in pretty much every major city makes us feel physically ill, and it's something that needs to be rectified. We don't necessarily have all of the answers to these issues, but trust us, there's more that can be done here.

In terms of this entry, we aren't referring to homeless individuals who ask for money. Instead, we're talking about those who will openly harass you for things despite the fact that they clearly have enough resources to survive on their own. It's rude, it's intimidating, and it can make a lot of people feel uncomfortable.

9 (Annoying) Selling Merchandise - Very Frustrating

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This entry loosely ties into the last, as it describes people, mostly men, who sell the Paris tourist toys and merchandise items outside of every main landmark and street in the city. Firstly, they often come up to you when you're trying to relax, and secondly, they'll happily barge into you in an attempt to get away from the authorities.

It's quite unsettling and when all you're trying to do is have a good time with your partner, friends or family, it becomes even worse. We can appreciate that these people are often on commission and are just trying to make a living for themselves, but there are better ways to go about it.

8 (Annoying) That Underground Smell - Not Pleasant

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This is something that you can tend to get in a lot of different cities, but it's still something that we need to speak about. There are a lot of places in Paris that smell quite nice, giving you the opportunity to take in that fresh air - but in other places, that isn't the case.

There's a certain sewage smell that can tend to linger around the city, depending on where you're located. This can either be viewed as a small issue if you're someone who doesn't care about that kind of thing, or a big issue if you're particularly sensitive to certain scents.

7 (Annoying) Bus Drivers - Poor Communication

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Here's an example of the bus drivers in Paris: I was attempting to get to a sporting event and certain train lines were closed. As a result, I took the initiative and tried to get on the bus, only for none of the bus drivers to let me in.

It turns out that several of them were conducting unscheduled breaks for themselves as opposed to running on time. Because of my English accent, they point blank didn't give me the time of day, despite the fact that most other people who are employed by public transport companies speak a little bit of English.

6 (Annoying) Weather - Rain, Rain, Rain

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The general stereotype surrounding England, and London particularly, is that it rains all the time. While that may, in fact, be the case throughout most of the country, people need to stop pretending like Paris is much better, because it isn't.

The south of France is pretty sunny for the most part, but Paris is extremely hit and miss. One day you could be experiencing highs of 35 degrees Celsius, only for it to drop dramatically within the span of just a few hours.

So be careful when you read those weather apps, because things can change in the blink of an eye.

5 (Annoying) Expensive - Get Your Wallet Out

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If you've ever been to places like Prague, Gdansk or Budapest, then you'll probably find it pretty hard to go on a nice weekend to Paris. Why? Because while it may be equally as beautiful from an aesthetic standpoint, you'll soon discover that you need to spend way more money than you're used to.

If you aren't someone who likes to find the bargains then you may have to come to terms with the fact that, in a worst-case scenario kind of world, you'll be paying a lot of money to go on holiday here.

Of course, the flights are never too bad regardless of where you're from around the globe, but maximising your spending money can be a big pain.

4 (Annoying) Litter - No, Thank You

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Littering is a vile habit that so many people need to snap out of, if only to realise how badly people judge you if you're caught doing it. Sure, sometimes people have no choice, but most of the time there's a bin within 100-200 yards of where you drop something.

In Paris, it feels like this issue has been multiplied by a significant amount, and at the end of the day, you have to question how much that means to you. After all, plenty of people get thrown off by the nappies flying around the pyramids in Egypt, so why should this be any different?

3 (Annoying) Dodgy Activites - Be Cautious

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Again, no one place on Earth is immune from crime taking place, which is why certain police forces are so overworked in the modern day. Still, though, some places are worse than others, and you'll need to be incredibly vigilant in Paris if you want to keep your belongings.

Pickpocketing has been an issue, in Europe especially, for years and years now, with the city of Paris being one of the most dangerous locations for it. They won't necessarily get physical with you in the midst of this, but it's still incredibly stressful. After all, you're meant to be on a holiday.

2 (Annoying) Tourists - What Are We Like, Eh?

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Most of the people reading this will, ironically enough, fall into this category, and we do too. The main issue with tourism in Paris is just how many travellers go there, because it still doesn't feel like a city that is well-equipped to deal with it - even after all these years.

Everything feels a little bit too claustrophobic and if you go in the summertime, then you really could struggle when the temperatures start to peak. Yes, we understand that this is a big part of heading abroad, but Paris takes things to a whole new level and then some.

1 (Annoying) Airport To City Centre - Average at best

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If you're hoping to get a taxi into the city centre of Paris from Charles de Gaulle airport, then you should be absolutely fine. However, if you're hoping to get the train, then not only will you have to queue up for a minimum of half an hour, but you'll also have to endure a pretty bumpy journey.

The trains, for the most part, are incredibly old and need a major renovation. If you're heading to other major cities in France, or perhaps to Disneyland, then things aren't so bad. It's just the train into the city centre that seems to give us the most hassle.

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