« on: July 03, 2014, 09:14:52 AM »
The postings about pickpockets amuse me. I guess as someone who has lived in Europe (Oh, OK - the UK) for most of my 55 years (as of tomorrow...) I tend to think of most European cities as being safe so long as you are sensible. I recall in the late seventies when I was at university in London and the IRA still had a penchant for bombing the City, that Sylvester Stallone refused to come over because it was too dangerous...
My experience is that you are far more likely to be fleeced by those who are supposed to be serving you in the USA because the staff are so poorly paid that they pretty much have to beg to get tips. Hands are always out for money in the US, whereas it is a small minority of pickpockets, many of whom are instantly recognisable anyway, in Europe.
My advice: don't look too rich, don't talk too loud, don't throw money around like you are in the US, and you will be fine!
Enjoy Paris - a beautiful city!