If you ever want to know a good way to split a room full of travelers in two, I think I know the way to do it. Ask them what their thoughts are on Paris. It sounds a little dramatic, I know, but it would seem that Paris brings out some extreme emotions in the people who have visited. People either love Paris, or they hate it. I regrettably admit, I may fall in the second category.
Now hear me out, I wont go so far as to say I absolutely hated the city, but it unfortunately left something to be desired. I took the train to Paris during a long weekend a few years back. I was studying in London for a month, and had heard that Paris was a must see, since It was only a quick commute away. At this point, I was brand new to the world of travel, so I was eager to go see as many places as possible.
In all honesty, my trip got off to a bad start before it even started. As soon as I stepped foot off the train, I saw large groups of police, all over the station, all holding massive guns. Being that this was one of my first times outside of Canada, it was safe to say I’d never seen anything like that before.
The weekend from that point on was a little bit of a let down, and I left the city wanting nothing more then to go back to my beloved London. I have to say, I don’t think there is anything wrong with Paris itself. The problem for me was the way in which Paris is hyped up as one of the most beautiful, romantic cities in the world. Although I loved the culture, the attractions and the history, I went in with very big expectations and was a little let down. From that moment on, I decided to go into each new city with minimum expectations, therefore I would always be pleasantly surprised.
My time in Paris wasn’t all bad. Some of my favorite travel images were taken on this trip and lets be real, I would go back simply for the incredible food. I don’t think I’ve ever eaten as much as I did on that trip, i just couldn’t resist the amazing eats.
Have you guys ever been to a city that didn’t meet your expectations? I would love to know what side of the Paris debate you stand on.