I must caution you. Some people may think what I am about to say is heresy. You’ve been warned.
Paris is probably one of the most beautiful cities in the world. There is so much to see, eat, and drink, that you could never possibly do it all. While many of us see Paris this way:
Paris also has a less beautiful side. There is trash, vomit, dog dodo (hopefully it came from a dog), hagglers, beggars, homeless, pickpockets, men following you, and every other typical city issues. See examples with captions below.
Although Paris is très magnifique, it is also rough. Getting to know a city is similar to getting to know a person. In the beginning it is a polished exterior with opportunity all around. Then the polish wears off and the grit is revealed. With people, this is the time where you decide if this person is worth being around. Especially with all of his/her flaws. In the end, I am still good friends with Paris because she has so much to offer, even if she is a lot to handle in large doses. Part of getting to know a city is seeing all sides. If you are traveling to Paris for the first time, be prepared for all versions of the city, not just the beautiful one.
Are there places in the world that teeter between good and bad, yet you can’t help but enjoy anyway?