I am a 55 year old petite female with a partial disability, not visible, which affects my strength (e.g. lifting luggage). I have been reading reports of the scammers (for lack of a better term?) and pickpockets both at the airport, while trying to buy tickets for the train to Paris, getting a taxi from the airport, and these issues throughout Paris (especially near tourist sites, which I will avoid but I cannot avoid the Metro). Originally I wanted to travel mostly through the French countryside as I've been to Paris (yet many moons ago) and I'm not in the mood or shape for a big crowded city. Yet, due to a turn of events, I will be based in Paris (if I go) and hopefully taking day trips with my friend who will be there. We are unable to fly together, and I will be arriving a few hours after her plane lands, so I do not expect her to wait for me.
Am I being overly fearful? I am afraid of being exhausted after a red eye flight and being alone, thus being targeted. I do look younger than my age and as I said, my disability is not obvious. The last few European trips I have taken I was with several other people. Due to my anxiety about this situation, I am thinking of not going on the trip. I have not yet bought a ticket because I will be using miles and this trip is last minute, early June. Je parle le francais, un peu (very little).
If I go, I will be trying to stay near Palais des Congres in 17th arrondissement, where my friends will be situated at a nearby hotel.
Thoughts? Please be gentle because I already feel like a wimp. :-)