While the famous phrase “To see Paris and die” really means that someone has finally attained their ultimate dream of seeing the city and can now die happy, people today are taking it literally. They are so disappointed by the city, they almost literally want to die after visiting Paris. It’s not the city that they had seen in movies, read about in books, and heard about at travel agencies. And it turns out, this is a worldwide phenomenon.
We were really frustrated when we found out that there is even a so-called Paris syndrome — a psychological disorder in people disappointed by the capital of France. We describe it in detail in the bonus.
1. Long lines to the Eiffel Tower observation deck and matted grass on the lawn
Before traveling to Paris, everyone dreams of seeing the most important sight in the city — the Eiffel Tower. A lot of tourists also want to go to the observation deck. The first failed expectation is when you get into the huge line of tourists that want to visit the tower too. The second disappointment is when the guards check you at the entrance, as if you are at the airport again. You’ll end up spending several hours in the line before you finally get to the deck.
After all of this stress, you might want to have a rest and have a picnic on the grass. But don’t be too fast. There are some other unpleasant discoveries coming your way. For example, the perimeter of the lawn may be surrounded by a fence if there is some kind of an event, or even worse, a public demonstration. Maybe you will get some space on the lawn but the grass is all matted and missing in spots.
- It is better to enjoy the view of the Eiffel Tower from a distance. This is why we recommend going to the Montmartre district and climbing the Sacré-Cœur stairs. This is a great observation point that you can see the entire city from.
2. Huge crowds at the Louvre entrance
Of course, another popular place is the Louvre. Many travelers that didn’t buy the tickets in advance have recommended getting in the line before the museum opens. Of course, this makes sense, but it still doesn’t mean you won’t spend many hours standing in that line. This is really exhausting and it is hard to enjoy art after such a challenging line. After the line, you can’t even remember why you came to the Louvre in the first place.
- It is best to buy an online ticket in advance, in order to be in the line for visitors that have their tickets. Another option is to buy tickets in advance but at regular newsstands that are located all around the city. They sell tickets to many museums in Paris. But if you couldn’t do that, there is a great life hack you should know: you can get into the museum almost without any lines in the shopping mall Carrousel du Louvre. In La Civette Du Carrousel, you can buy the tickets to the Louvre and other museums much faster than anywhere else. Then, follow the signs that will lead you to the reversed pyramid and the museum entrance is in front of it. You will get into an underground hall with the ticket windows where everyone is trying to get waiting in the lines above. Here, you can also buy tickets easily if all the previous options didn’t work.