Parismont.com - The Paris tourist attractions that aren’t worth a visit

I did visit the Louvre. We were in Paris for ONE day and tried to cram as much in as possible. It was the fourth of January and I was not expecting the crowds! If it is this bad in January I would hate to see what it is like in the travel season. I love art, and spend many happy hours in museums around the world, however it is very difficult to enjoy anything when every square inch is occupied by a person. The long lines to buy a ticket from an automated kiosk (which, as a warning to Americans attempting to use an American credit card, do NOT accept most American credit cards because they lack something called "plus" a security computer chip..so come with cash,) just consume time better spent elsewhere. I believe it is possible to buy museum passes or purchase tickets ahead of time, do...

I did visit the Louvre. We were in Paris for ONE day and tried to cram as much in as possible. It was the fourth of January and I was not expecting the crowds! If it is this bad in January I would hate to see what it is like in the travel season.

I love art, and spend many happy hours in museums around the world, however it is very difficult to enjoy anything when every square inch is occupied by a person. The long lines to buy a ticket from an automated kiosk (which, as a warning to Americans attempting to use an American credit card, do NOT accept most American credit cards because they lack something called “plus” a security computer chip..so come with cash,) just consume time better spent elsewhere. I believe it is possible to buy museum passes or purchase tickets ahead of time, do so, because you will waste time standing in line.

The museum was so crowded that I found it nearly impossible to truly enjoy the art the way it was meant to be enjoyed. I am glad I went, however the experience at the Lourve did not match up in any way to the art experiences I had in out-of-the-way areas in southern France (the art in the hundreds of small village churches) and northern Spain (the Dali Museum in Figueres.) I spent a FANTASTIC month in Southern France/Northern Spain and many happy hours traveling the Languedoc and Catalan, and I’m so glad I only gave a day to Paris.

Paris is crowded, filled with people who want to rob you, expensive, and quite honestly rude, akin to NYC. (We speak French, Spanish, and English fluently.) If I want to experience art and rudeness I can just go to NYC.

I’m glad I went, I have the obligatory photos of the Tower, et. al…but I won’t go back.

For those wanting to go off the beaten path I suggest Southern France in the winter. Rent a car and take your own tours of the spectacular Cathar castles. Take the back roads, eat in the small pubs, and enjoy the friendly people!

DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT go to these areas in July and August as that is the high vacation time for French people who typically have about 53 days of vacation a year and like to congregate on the Costa Brava and French Riviera..the mob scenes at that time are incredible and not condusive to relaxation and enjoyment.

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