“In 2001, Paris was the capital of dog mess,”
I was there in 2001 and it’s true. There were piles EVERYWHERE. You literally had to watch where you were stepping rather than do the usual tourist rubber necking to avoid ... well, you know.
That’s why winter is the best time to visit Paris. All the dog poo is at least frozen!
I was also in Paris in 2001. I had taken an overnight train from Italy, which arrived at a small station where there were no facilities for changing money (this was shortly before the euro was introduced), so I had to walk to a larger station where they did have an exchange window. At the larger station you really had to watch your step because there were so many dog droppings all over the place.
My neighbors remarked it was a major problem in 1975. The whole family went and it was one pile after another.
Visited Paris 3 or 4 years ago. Encountered no messes anywhere.
No hostile French either, though I think I am obviously American over there (I am sometimes identified as German by Germans!). But treat them well, they will treat you well.
I loved Paris and look forward to returning for a more extended stay.
Same here. I also was in Paris for a couple weeks (work) in June 2001 and was astonished that the whole city smelled like dog crap. It happened to be a warm June and that didn’t help matters.
And this wasn’t in some offbeat back alley. I walked to and from work every day there which was basically from Arc d’Triomphe down Avenue Grande Armee and it was a minefield of poo especially in the service road.
Anyway glad they’re fixing that problem.
Next they should find a way to make the hotels smell less like kitty litter.