A weekend in Paris
Paris was as I expected but a bit colder. It was expensive but manageable for a short trip. When I used good manners and French, the people were kind and hospitable; they just want you to try. However, beware scammers. Within the first 3 hours of our trip we were hassled 5 times-- once having men grab us and tie "free" "friendship" bracelets on us before we could protest, and then demanding a "donation." Another two women hassled us for money and then became hostile when we refused.
Insider Tip:Learn basic French. And if someone asks if you speak English say "no" in another language. English makes you a mark and we resorted to speaking Spanish together in public. Also, buy a metro pass for however many days you are in Paris! Zones 1-3 should do it.