The romantic city in Europe, Paris is diverse but a bit overrated. Everything is expensive which makes all the free activities even more valuable. Luckily, one can spend a few days just walking around and doing all the free activities due to the size and number of activities there are. The city layout and cost of living is very much like London’s or New York’s but with better food. The lesson learned is not to buy water from the restaurant, especially if you do not specify that you do not want manufacturer bottled water. Due to the overwhelming presence of French and not enough English, this was the city I wasted the most money in, from tourist trap restaurants to laundry machines. Prepare to spend many days in this large area for there is much to explore. The diameter of this city is about three times as great as Berlin or Barcelona. We happened to traverse through Paris during Bastille Day, the equivalent of July 4th. The rowdiness and drunkenness are as rampant as in America but with open carry here. I recommend spending at least several days in Paris but preferably a week if finances and time allows. Always prepare for the long lines and try not to go during peak season in July like I did. At least the crowds were pretty spread out so not one place was overly crowded except on the night of Bastille Day in which the subways were closed for a few hours. Make sure to allocate one day for Versaille which is pretty far from the city center. It was a bit confusing getting there but just follow the crowds.