Traveling to exotic places is always fun as well as full of laughter, having enough time to prepare what to carry or not is also an exciting thing to do. Vacations with close family and friends not only are meant to be enjoyed but provide space not to worry about that demanding job or colleagues who just want to get into your head. Work is so stressful that it could not be a bad idea to go out, somewhere and avoid statements from your boss like “Hey, would you format those files for the client?” Taking a vacation in France comes with mixed feelings; wondering whether it would be funny to book a plan there or just overrated is a good evaluation thing. As a first-time visitor to France, you go to Paris with high hopes including expectations of the people. Are they friendly plus easy to talk to?
France is an overcrowded country with a population of over 67 million people. From its bustling river bank which provides a pleasant view, the beauty and charm of its architecture to the delicious food. Food is designed to be enjoyed as it’s what gives the body energy to conquer everything in life. Restaurants can be spotted at nearly any street corner of Paris. A good diet is important as it helps to fight against minor diseases. A healthy body is as a result of eating nutritious foods.
The sophisticated French language represents different sounds of conversations in multiple languages each different from the other. It is beautiful, poetic, rich and also makes no sense. Imagine the number eighty, instead of just having a regular word for eighty, in French it is called quatre-vingt which literally means 420. Now, 420 is the international symbol for weed; for a person who only knows how to count up to twenty in that language, can lead to weird situations. For instance, you introduce your grandmother to a friend then say, “Grandma is quatre-vingt”. You wanted to tell them that your grandma was eighty years old but ended up saying weed because you are not familiar with French vocabulary.
Another example of language barrier common in France is using a phrase in wrong situations. “I am” in French is “Je sus” so it could be used in multiple sentences like “I am happy” which is “Je sus malade” but when used otherwise such as “Je sus chaud” meaning “I am warm”. This means differently in their native tongue and creates embarrassment.
When French people meet you, they greet you with kisses which might not be cool to other cultures. To them, it’s a form of greeting while to visitors it could create a different picture. Perhaps others could think of it as flirting or even having an agreement on a subject. The whole thing creates confusion as well as total misunderstanding between two or more people who are engaged in communications.
The overrated nature of Mona Lisa Experience, getting through crowds of people by pushing or being pushed to see the paintings. Only to find out that it is small then expected is not exciting. Although it is a pleasant view, going up the Eiffel Tower is not as thrilling as expected. Lining up for security personnel to search you and waiting for your turn then squeeze into the elevator isn’t worthy of the time.
Though it’s a bustling metropolitan city, Paris is actually easy to navigate with RER trains or having metro stations within 500meters distance, and it will definitely get you to where you to go. If you are going to be coming back to Paris from your trip to France, the overrated thing is the TCV train being on time. The train can be late due to various reasons, and it’s not always on time.
Yet, Paris is expensive, in fact, It is with London, Europe’s most expensive cities featuring hotel services that are expensive yet not to standard customer satisfaction. It’s not overly clean everywhere, even with scams happening too like in many other big cities. Reputation that France is dirty is overrated, it is not dirtier than other major countries in Europe. There’s a romantic atmosphere here in the ”City of Lights” and it’s a not perfect place for couples to enjoy their love for each other.