I was trying to find a nice literary word to form the headline for this article. Coincidentally, I came across this interesting term called “Paris Syndrome”. Excerpt from the internet,
“Paris syndrome (French: Syndrome de Paris, Japanese: パリ症候群, Pari shōkōgun) is a transient mental disorder exhibited by some individuals when visiting or going on vacation to Paris, as a result of extreme shock derived from their discovery that Paris is not what they had expected it to be”
Romantic breeze, the magnificent Eiffel tower, Road side amorous cafes, dazzling midnight streets, city of lights, city of romance, bonjour, bonjour. Yes, this is what you imagine to be when you dream about Parisian vacation.
I had come across various blogs and articles about Paris being overrated. However, I decided to ignore and tried hard not to be prejudiced. Most importantly it was my first Europe trip on my first wedding anniversary. I was super excited. Paris was our primary stop during our trip with more than a week stay.
Alas! Paris managed to disappoint me. Interestingly and luckily the disappointment lasted only for two days. The first disappointment was our boxed sized hotel rooms in the middle of the city center which costed us decent amount of euros.
Yes, Paris literally BURNS POCKET
Fortunately, we had to put up at that expensive tiny little hotel only for a day. Rest of our stay in Paris, we were pampered guests of my husband’s kind relatives.
Paris definitely is one of the most expensive cities I have ever visited. I felt it to be way costlier than New York City too. Considering the Euro is dearer than dollars and Paris being one of the hottest tourist properties on Earth, it doesn’t even come as a surprise. Interestingly, I even felt it costlier than Switzerland. In Switzerland, though equally costly, at least we were satisfied with the value for money.
It is not as bad anymore if you plan smartly. Paris Metro is one of the best public transports. It is economical as well as saves a lot of time. We were once again saved by our relatives in figuring out the routes and Metro networks easily. Also, relying on maps and localites helps too. Once or twice is enough to opt for sit-down costly restaurants as experience. Rest of the days can be well spent with economical but healthy croissants from plenty of patisseries, appetizing sandwiches, crepes, Road side hot dogs and many more. A lot of money can be saved for sightseeing places too. First and foremost, irrespective of the research you have done prior to the trip, do visit the tourist information Centre. It will give you detailed information about city or intercity passes that enable you to access museums and public transports at discounted prices. You can also pick free maps, detailed information about the city tour and information about free events from the information Centre.
Paris is OVERCROWDED
First day in the evening we headed towards Eiffel Tower. The que looked something like this: