This is just a bit of an intro, or an entree, if you like. Over the Chinese New Year (Lunar New Year) break recently, I spent the time in Paris. It was my first trip to the city and certainly won’t be my last. Despite the less than ideal weather, it was a great introduction to the City of Light.
Of course, there were the typical tourist things I needed to do as a first-timer, like go to the Louvre, head up the Eiffel tower, and see Notre Dame cathedral, but I also spent a lot of time just wandering around the various areas and seeing what could be seen.
Before going, I had heard the stories of how Parisians aren’t all that friendly or accommodating to people who don’t speak French, but I didn’t find that at all. I speak a small amount of French, enough to get by in a basic situation, but when I got into trouble and had to ask if they could speak English, it was never a problem. I met quite a few folks in my wanderings, and by and large I found the French to be a pretty genial lot. So, don’t believe everything you hear.