Paris fascinates me for a couple reasons… The people, the culture, the food, the architecture, just everything about Paris fascinates me. This is my second time there this year and to be honest I’d never even think I’d go there once, so having this opportunity has gave me such a better outtake on life. I’m very blessed for the life I’m able to be living. Anyways, I stayed in the Fashion District on Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré … the neighborhood was beautiful and the people, well let’s talk about the people lol. I’ve come to learn from visiting twice that the French HATE tourists. They hate speaking English for us… I mean understood because living in NYC we reallyUNLESS you start the conversation in French. Yes, this is a trick for those of you that plan on visiting soon. If you simply start the conversation with ‘Bonjour, parlez-vous anglais?’ even if it’s not the best pronunciation, they will respect you for at least trying.
Believe it or not it’s not just the French you have to worry about while visiting… there are a group of women & men, that are what the locals call GYPSIES. If you’ve ever watched the Disney movie ‘The Hunchback of Notre-Dame’ , Esmerelda is well a very bad example, but she is a beautiful GYSPY belly dancer that DANCES for her money. Today, GYPSIES aren’t dancing for their money instead they wil SCAM you. Way worse then any New Yorkers I’ve come across. I was almost scammed not once, but twice while here this trip. One attempt is where these girls walk around with a piece of cardboard and on it taped is a piece of paper stating that they are collecting money for some organization that benefits the deaf and mute.
They tell you all they need is a signature, then once you’ve signed they beg and insist that you contribute a donation by pointing to other (probably forged names) and an amount in Euros they supposably donated. COMPLETE BS. Another one that I actually had fell for was by a guy Gypsy. I was walking minding my own business with my Dutch friend and in front of us a guy bent down just as we were walking by and picked up something with a lot of excitement. For a second we were like I wonder what he found, but it didn’t take more than a minute before the scam artist showed us he had found a GOLD RING! Of course we were like wow awesome good for you dude, but instead of keeping it he insisted we kept it as a generous favor. So of course, here’s a guy’s giving us a fake gold ring (that obviously we thought was real at first), so why not take it. But, about 30 seconds after we took the ring, the guy came back up to us from behind asking if we could give him a couple euros cause he was hungry. I ended up giving the guy like 10 US Dollars cause I felt bad. The trick was this: He pretended to find a ring on the ground in front of us, then pretended to be generous and give it to us, because he played so generous with the ring when he had asked for a couple Euros we felt like we ALSO had to be generous right back. When we told him we had no Euros he pointed to an ATM across the street and that’s when we instantly knew the bastard was scamming us. Very sneaky and smart if you ask me. It wasn’t until we were walking near the Eiffel Tower where coincidentally another guy found a gold ring in front of us and we like MOTHER FUCKER! Haha so I was scammed in Paris end of story. -.-