Tips to Avoid Tourist Traps in the French Capital

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Paris Tourist Attractions

Paris is one of the most beautiful places on earth and there will be hardly any traveler who does not love to venture this magical city. Unfortunately, the city also has its fair share of tourist traps like most other tourist destinations. In fact, the locals tend to avoid traveling around the crowded streets during the peak seasons, mainly because of pickpocketing issues.

There are certain areas or quarters in the French capital that are most susceptible to anti-social activities during high seasons. Plus, first-timers may encounter many other issues on their maiden Paris city tours. Some of those issues and the places that you must exercise caution on your Paris city tours are listed below.

Montmartre and Pigalle

These two neighborhoods will be on the bucket list of most Paris city travelers. The main highlight of these areas is the scenic nature and chain of retail stores and restaurants. There will be hardly any nook and cranny in these neighborhoods that will not give you goosebumps. One of the main mistakes that tourists tend to commit in this case is to board on tourist trains.

Note that this is not only an expensive mistake but also you are likely to suffer around 40 minutes of obscured views and discomfort. Rather, you may explore these picturesque places mostly on foot. However, take care of pickpockets while walking. Furthermore, some restaurants here are likely to charge you excessively for the food, especially if they figured out that it is your first time in the city. Note that water is free of cost in Paris.

The Sacre Coeur

Another popular highlight in the Paris city is Sacre Coeur, which boast an outstanding architecture. The steps of this ancient construction tend to become an unofficial open-air bar. As you get inside, you are likely to witness constant battles and rages between the guards and some visitors, who ignore the ‘photography is prohibited’, signboards. So, it is better to enjoy the beauty of Sacre Coeur from a distance.

In case you love to enjoy the beauty of ancient Parisian artworks and decorations related to architecture, you may go to the Eglise Saint-Jean de Montmartre. This is a magnificent church that was constructed a decade before the Sacre Coeur basilica. Plus, the tourist crowd will be unbelievably less here and hence, you can contemplate on the artistic charm of the construction at your own pace.