Late summer in Paris. Tourist season. But something is not as it should be. Passing the most frequented by tourists paths I don’t see crowds which were there at that time a few years earlier.
Family from California which showed the city a couple of days ago gave me the answer to the question, why ?
I was a bit surprised by their febrile questions in e-mails before they arrived to Paris if they will be safe. Totally safe they spent one week enjoying the French food and sights of Paris. Before leaving they told that Paris they saw with me is quite different from what they see on the news. Paris is doing well!
The river Seine is not rising up to the front doors of the Louvre. We were there and we had a ball walking the halls and seeing the famous paintings. Yes -we are getting the most rain in 100 years in Paris this year. But You might want to bring an umbrella, no?
Sure, there is extra security around to remind us that there are bad people in the world and we need to be aware of it. But at least they’re here looking out for us. They will ask to check your bag and maybe run a wand over your body. It might have you standing in line a few minutes longer, but I promise, you’ll get to your destination.
And the strikes. Let’s talk about that. It’s a national past time in France. If France didn’t have strikes, I’d think something was wrong with the French. Is the timing bad? Of course it is. But you are still going to be able to use public transportation and take the TGV to Nice and other parts of the country. In addition, you have a chance to see unusual events as on the picture below. (This was a strike of French women against violence)
So things might be running a little slower, but they’re running.
So come to Paris if you want to know this city. There is still the best cheese, wine and Mona Lisa.