It's a busy city. There are 2.2 million people plus half a million tourists (actually over 32m per annum or 90k per day) and maybe a million scooters.
It smells funny, a cross between the local public toilet, the smells from a 5 star kitchen, the aromas of a purfumery and the smell of damp.
There is dog poo everywhere, be aware! (touch wood….)
The food is terrible.... Like what is a piece of bread roll with tomatoe puree and ham with a simple beer from Belgium like.... Bloody fantastic is what it is like. There is something about French Baguettes, they have a taste all of their own nothing compares in NZ.
The French drive like crazy people, you even have to look both ways on one way streets, yet few serious accidents (although most cars have dents). Be careful of the electric scooters, listen for the beep beep, they sneak up on you and they are everywhere. And the french can parallel park like demons! They have to there is no space anywhere.
Everyone dresses funny, the current trend or style is… Whatever I put on it’s style!! Everyone including the beggers have their own style .... and they all look great.
There are beggers everywhere, purely begging for money or trying to sell you crap. You just have to ignore and say NO (non merci), against our kiwi way, but if you don't, you'll be broke in a week.
There are lots of French people but there are also lots of people from North Africa, the eastern block, the middle East, India, China, Philippines, Italy.... The list goes on. Very cosmopolitan and multicultural. Adds to the flavour.
It can be expensive and it can be cheap, you just have to hunt around
Also where else do you have a Tesla or a brand new Jag as a taxi?
There's lots to hate, but more to love.
I love Paris.