Paris is an undeniably beautiful city, but not all its inhabitants are beautiful souls.
I realise everyone needs to make money and I know not all countries have as good a welfare system as Australia – but the con artists in Paris quickly become irritating – you’d think they would at least come up with a new idea.
I guess with literally millions of tourists their strike rate doesn’t have to be very high.
There is the one where they “find” a (fake) gold ring, ask if it’s yours, and when of course it’s not they offer it to you as a gift… with a price tag of “money for lunch.” They certainly didn’t take kindly to me when, tired of this game, I called out to the unsuspecting they were approaching “it’s a con!!!”
The artists in Montmatre aren’t far behind, offering to sketch your portrait “no obligation”… except the emotional blackmail when they finish.
At least the “gorillas” offering to take a photo of you in front of the Eiffel Tower make you smile.
Forwarned is forearmed, so don’t let anything spoil your enjoyment of this gorgeous city.