10 Things Not to Do in Paris

10 Things Not to Do in Paris - #10
Buy Into Stereotypes
Yes, we've all heard plenty about Parisians' legendary rudeness: The waiters are surly, the salespeople unhelpful, and everyone else is snobby and standoffish. It's true that Parisians are more reserved than most Americans and less apt to break into wide, toothy grins every time they meet someone new. Theirs is not a culture of instant BFFs and "Hi, how can I help you today?" extroversion. But you won't be doing yourself any favors by assuming that the locals don't like you—and then being rude in return.
Be Mindful Of Your Manners
Try to understand (and imitate) the local customs and you'll no doubt be amply rewarded for your efforts. Do learn a few French words and phrases. Even if it's just a crash course on the flight over, and your delivery is less than perfect, the fact that you're trying will win points. Salespeople in smaller boutiques greet customers and expect to be greeted in return: A simple "Bonjour, Madame" upon entering a shop will do wonders for your status there. And note that French people tend to talk softly—their voices never carry in the streets, on the Métro, or even when they're sitting at the next table. Keep your voice low, too, and some of your neighbors might even venture a smile.
My thoughts - I can't stress how important it is to learn at least a few words of your host country's language.  You may be butchering the language but the goodwill you will receive just for trying goes a long way.  If you dress more like a European than an American, speak a little of the language, relax and go with the flow, remember you aren't in the USA and they do things differently, especially in Paris, you will have a great time.

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