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In Paris right now.

I have been in Paris for the last week from March 5th. Contrary to what I had read a few weeks ago, I have seen not one rat and exactly one pile of dog poop. I have walked all over Paris and I mean all over everywhere in several areas.
The people of Paris have been so friendly and welcoming. Pass vaccinal has been checked everywhere but is going away on the 14th of March I believe. The trip has just been wonderful because the French have been so welcoming.

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I will be there in April. I’ve noticed cases starting to creep higher again so that March 14th date may be subject to change. I hope the increase of cases is just a short term blip.

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Thanks Nonnie! I’ve spent years in Paris and have never seen a rat and the dog poop has improved big time, so I appreciate your mention of it. Keep enjoying!

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How are the flowering trees doing? Seeing some magnolias and a few other on Instagram. We're there April 16-30 and hoping to see some color. So we hope they don't peak too early.

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Fun! Thanks for the report!

I found folks very welcoming last Fall so it's good to know they are still enthusiastic about the return of tourists.

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Didian, flowers are out at Tuillaries and I saw one blossom tree with buds. Your timing may be perfect.
To others, I am so happy to be here. Museums are full of people. As always, get a time slot for the Louvre.

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To be honest, I don't see rats all that often in Paris. Sometimes in/near parks at night, very rarely in her metro, and that's about it. No comparison with Marseille where I lived for a while and where I saw or heard rats just about every other day, even in broad daylight.

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We rarely see dog poop in Paris. But small towns are another matter. I remember whole scenic alleys in Crecy la Chapelle that were mine fields of poop. Paris is a very clean city. We didn't see rats this fall when we were there, but a few years ago we walked to Notre Dame with friends and were sitting out front at night and watched nearly 20 rats of various sizes enjoying themselves climbing in and out of waste baskets.

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Things seem to be flowering awfully early this year . . . I am not sure how much will be left by the second half of April. I hope I am wrong !!!

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Nonnie, I arrive in Paris on the 13th. I'm hoping since it's just one day that maybe I can get by without the Pass vaccinal. Do you think I can find dinner without it? And a taxi? I know that none of that will matter if my hotel insists on it. I was just hoping since that will literally be 12 hours from when you won't need it anymore. Any thoughts on the feasibility of not getting it? There are 3 of us, so it seems excessive to spend around 100 euros for those 12 hours.

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Worst case, you get take out. Hotels don't require it -- it was never required for a hotel. Your CDC cards will probably work for the restaurant -- I wouldn't spend for it for one day either. Hope it goes smoothly.

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We leave for Paris on March 14. Hoping things continue as planned with the Pass Vaccinal going away on the 14th as well.

Still no Covid test required before your arrival in France, correct?

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You do not need a test to enter France. We did need to complete some forms. I don't know about a taxi, but mask required. CDC cards should work at hotel if they ask.

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You do not need a test to enter France. We did need to complete some forms. I don't know about a taxi, but mask required. CDC cards should work at hotel if they ask. Breakfast room didn't ask. French citizens have pass in order to just live in their city, so adults really vaxxed here. You could get take out and eat at your hotel or get street food. Many markets open at night. I have seen several people get in taxis who just got in the car so I think it is OK. Don't try for a museum or sit down to eat. Walk to Notre Dame or outside stuff your first day.
Have fun. This city is back in business.

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I spent last October in Paris and they were “back in business” then, also last June when my son was there.

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I’m here now too

We were here this exact same week in 2019. The city is definitely less crowded now than it was then and there are some things that are just not open as much as they used to be. One restaurant that we planned to go to for example which used to be open seven days a week is now closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Another one has gone out of business. But most things are pretty much back to normal I would say

I have not seen any rats and I know I would remember because I’m terrified of them. I have seen dog poop. But I’ve seen a huge increase in what I call Instagram people - they’re here to be seen in Paris not see Paris. They’re dressed like absolute fools or ladies the night and will takeoff their coat when it’s bitterly code so that they can look sexy standing in front of someplace. . It’s hysterical. And they seem to expect the rest of us to stop and wait while they pretend that their doing a vogue cover shoot so that we don’t get in the picture. I’m completely over them and I just keep doing what I was doing.

So if you’re trying to sell sex on a busy street while somebody videotapes you or photographs your on iPhone, do not expect the rest of the world to get out of your way, you really not that special. 😂

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The rat comment is funny. I live in beautiful sw Florida and when lots are cleared to build new homes the palm/citrus rats vacate and move into the next available house. These are huge rats, giving them a cute name like palm rat is just good pr lol