Is this your ring?

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.

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About frenchfry36

South African by birth, British by right, Australian by oath, French by choice.
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2 Responses to Is this your ring?

  1. travelingmad says:

    As soon as I read the title of this post I laughed. I have experienced it many times myself! It is very unoriginal.
    This was a good post and nice photos. I love the one of Sacre Coeur.

  2. frenchfry36 says:

    Thanks for your comments… I had a look at your blog too 🙂 Sounds like we’ve had similar banking dramas. Enjoy your time in France!

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