I Hate Paris

My name is Bri and I hate Paris, France.

Now, before you dive into the comments to explain how wrong I am, just know many people have tried to prove to me how amazing Paris is, and they’ve all failed. Every single one of them. Because Paris is just an over glorified trash dump. Now, not all of city reeks of cat piss, and in all honesty my opinion is based on one horrible visit to the city, but I’m right and you’re wrong, so good day.

The first time I visited Paris I was about 14 years old. My Uncle Jim, cousin Patrick, and I took the Chunnel beneath the English channel from London to Paris for a quick day trip. That morning, I had been excited to visit Paris. I mean, who wouldn’t be? Paris is painted as this ideal city in nearly every movie and tv show it pops up in.

Bri adn her cousin Patrick posing in front of the arc de triomphe in Paris, France.
Before the rain.

We arrived in Paris excited to explore the city, but as soon as we stepped out of the train station a wave of rotting garbage blew past our noses, and I had to hold my hand over my mouth to keep from puking. Not a good start, and in all honesty it didn’t get any better from there.

About 45 minutes later, after we’d walked to the arc de triomphe and got in line for the Louvre, the rain began. This was not a simple rain storm. It was like the Heavens opened and just poured down all the rain it could possibly muster, and because we were stuck outside in line to get in to the Louvre, there was no escaping our fate. By the time it took us to get inside the museum–about 15 minutes–we were soaked and shivering while we made our way down into the main hall of the Louvre. All possible thoughts of enjoyment gone, ripped away by Mother Nature.

Bri adn her cousing Patrick inside of the Louvre, soaked, and unhappy looking.
After the Rain.

Now, there are redeeming qualities to Paris. For instance, the amount of Greek Mythology art in the Louvre makes it almost worth a visit, though you will end up getting trampled if you go anywhere near the Mona Lisa. Disneyland Paris is cute, and worth a visit if you can get an off-season price, but it’s not the best Disney park, as most of the good rides are usually closed.

Bri posing with a smile in front of the entrance to Disnleyland Paris.
Disneyland Paris Entrance.
Bri posing with a smile while Piglet walks by in the background.
I really love Piglet, guys.

The architecture of the city is also beautiful, if you can over look the eye soar that sticks over the top of every building: the Eiffel Tower.

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Unimpressed.

In movies and TV the Eiffel tower is depicted as this glittering symbol of France and Love and Humanity. In real life it is just a rusted piece of crap. I think the main problem is that I was under the impression that the Eiffel tower was silver, or grey, and it is most definitely not. It is instead a rusted copper color and in all honesty quite horrific to look at.

Paris is also one of the places in the world where the stereotypes you hear about its inhabitants are true. The people, at least the ones I interacted with, were rude, uptight, or down right gross. I mean, I was even judged by a little kid on the subway for wearing a futbol jersey. Like girls were not allowed to like, or by God, enjoy sports.

Now, I understand the city would be painted in a better light in my mind if we hadn’t been rained upon so horrendously that first time, but I have been back to Paris since then–and seen much better parts of the city–and I still don’t get the allure. Paris just isn’t for me. Sure, I’ll eat every crumb of the sandwiches at the bakeries, and would kill a man for a fresh eclair, but that’s not enough to get me to even like the city. For I could just go somewhere else in France and probably find a much better sandwich/eclair at a much cheaper price.


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26 Comments on “I Hate Paris

  1. I won’t say I hated it, but Vienna did nothing for me. Had a couple of good dinners (great food always helps) and I am glad we went there because otherwise how you gonna know?

    I disliked Lago di Garda very much. Quite boring. The two nights there were only bearable because we were with great company and had a terrific hotel.

    ANd Paestum in Italy has become a joke to us. We stayed two nights which was two nights too long. Dead rat on one street, dead cat on another, not much to do other than 2 hours walking through the ruins, and only one good restaurant. (But it was a terrific restaurant, thank God!)

    Our latest trip (earlier this month) to Paris was not great, but the previous four were terrific. I think this one was tainted by my husband having a cold and no energy and the weather being “meh.” Paris is certainly better when the sun is out! The food, however, was terrific, and I smelled no garbage.

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    • I like your point of being glad you went somewhere because how else are you going to know if you liked it. That’s kind of how I feel about Paris. I’m glad I went and got the experience the city (because I did have good moments) but overall the experience left a bad taste in my mouth and I don’t ever need to go back again. Which leaves room in my life to go see other places! Oh gosh and yes certain places in Italy are also very underwhelming. I think it’s we just build places up too much in our heads, that when we get there we forget not everything’s perfect or a great place to visit? Yeah know, some places are just places and that’s okay. Thanks for commenting! I’m glad to know I’m not the only one who’s been underwhelmed by famous places ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Yes! I actually agree, it’s massively overrated and very dirty… unfortunately I’ve also found a lot of local people to be pretty rude, which is rare in places I’ve travelled… I wouldn’t say hate, rather that maybe it’s just blown so out of proportion that reactions to visiting end up kind of negative. Or I’m just English and can pop over any time so don’t see the big deal! Who knows… but good on you for sticking your neck out with a risquรฉ opinion

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    • It was super weird that people were actually rude! I’ve always been one to assume people exaggerate with stereotypes of certain people but in Paris it was just all true and that just made me sad. Because there are parts of the city that are so beautiful, but I just saw and experienced far too much negativity and ugly to ever need to go back… thanks for commenting!

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  3. Sorry, but your article and impressions of Paris make me very sad for you. I can not even begin to imagine visiting this magnificent city with an open heart and an open mind and not being enchanted by it. But that is just me. I look at the world through rose colored glasses and try to find the good in every one and every experience. Wishing you only the best and that you can find a place or places that you can fall in love with ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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    • Believe me I wish I had liked Paris more! It seemed like a city I would love but it just didn’t happen for me. My first visit was just so bad (mainly because we never really dried off and everything was crowded and people were rude and it was all just too much). I’m glad you enjoy Paris though! We can’t all enjoy the same things and I think it’s good to experience the good and the bad with travel. Thanks for commenting ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • And BTW, I have to agree with you that when the weather is miserable, it makes it MUCH more challenging to like a place. Wishing you blue skies on your next adventure!

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  4. I loved this entry. Very honest and fun and funny. This bit especially made me grin; ‘In movies and TV the Eiffel tower is depicted as this glittering symbol of France and Love and Humanity. In real life it is just a rusted piece of crap.’

    A lot of travel blogs veer into gushing reviews of already travelled places, this was a unique and funny perspective. Thank you.

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    • Well shucks, thanks so much. I do try to be as honest as possible in my posts because… well why not? Got to give people some reason to stick around. I really appreciate your comment ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  5. Hi Bri, sorry to hear about your dislike for Paris…

    The first time I visited Paris was the day after my husband had returned from a trip to China, so the poor guy was totally messed up in terms of body clock ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Plus, we took the cheap flights between Stockholm & Paris, which naturally meant we had to take them from airports far outside of the city. Didn’t account for that time either. So we ended up spent a lot of time in a tiny hotel room, sleeping it off on the Saturday we arrived. But totally refreshed, we cashed in on Sunday with the hop-on-hop-off bus. It wasn’t so bad after all ๐Ÿ™‚

    The second time around, however, we went there for our friend’s wedding and got to meet up with a bunch of other common friends. It was absolutely lovely!

    So I’d say, give Paris another chance, never say never ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • I’m glad you had a good time that second run around ๐Ÿ™‚ i definitely enjoyed Paris more when I went with my friend a few years ago, but I think I’m about done with the city. I would feather see other parts of France. But I’d never say no to a free trip there ๐Ÿ˜‰

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      • Ohh, never decline a free trip, for sure!!
        And true, there are so many nice places in France, the choices are unlimited! I would so recommend a trip to the French Riviera/ Cรดte d’Azur.

        Btw, your post inspired me to do a post about my own Paris trips. Is it okay to link to your blog & post? If you would prefer to read it beforehand, I’ll be happy to share the draft with you. Let me know ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • Oh gosh I’d love to go to the French Riviera. It just looks so lovely. Thanks for the recommendation โค๏ธ and yes you’re more than welcome to link to my blog!! I’ll be sure to link back to yours in my next post so others can read it! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

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    • Thanks! I was ahead of the curve with taking selfies ๐Ÿ˜‰ I feel like Paris is just so over hyped. Hard for it to live up to its own reputation.

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  6. I won’t lie, I disagree with almost all of your opinions on Paris, having succumbed as so many do to the city’s charms. Having said this, I can honestly say this is one of the most refreshing blog posts I have read in a long time. Whilst it is easy to reaffirm the delights of a city, it is an entirely more challenging feat to stand up to a perception that is held by so many, you do so wonderfully. Although I have no doubt you will take issue with the majority of my opinions, I would love it if you would take a moment to read my musings on Paris, it’s always interesting to compare thoughts! I look forward to reading more of your work, may it all be so unabashedly honest!

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    • One of my best friends loves Paris, and I’ve gone with her before because she loves it so and I don’t want to allow my dislike of the city to rub off on her. Everyone has their own opinions yeah? And yours is just as valid as mine! Your kind words about my blog really brightened my day so thank you! I will be checking out your posts on Paris. Perhaps see it in a little better light afterwards ๐Ÿ˜Š

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