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Paris gives Japanese Tourists Nervous Breakdowns

Apparently, around 12 Japanese tourists a year have nervous breakdowns as a result of their experiences of Paris.

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According to AsItBreaks.com and other news sources, at least a dozen Japanese tourists a year have to be helped home from Paris because the city of light and love doesn't meet their expectations and even brings on nervous breakdowns. It's dubbed the "Paris Syndrome."
On my brief visits there, I was not particularly impressed, but I don't imagine that it could have got that bad. Has any holiday destination got close to sending you over the edge?
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Re: Paris gives Japanese Tourists Nervous Breakdowns

Actually a trip to Paris nearly sent me over the edge too and I have been there loads of time..
My daughter was spending a year there as part of her University course and lived in a lovely foyer in the suburbs. I asked her to book me a room locally and requested that she booked somewhere that was not too expensive as we all coming.
After a VERY stressful journey we arrived late, hungry and exhausted. It was dark and we found the hotel which was the worst place I have ever stayed. We climbed up several rickity stairs to like an attic room.
The beds were so old you fell in the middle, there was mildrew in the bathroom, the light fittings were cracked and when the RER went by the whole room shook. We tried to find somewhere else but the nearest hotels were full.
We had to stay as there was nothing we could do.

In the middle of the night the scratching started

The following night was in 4 star luxury

I have never spent such a terrifying night...
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Re: Paris gives Japanese Tourists Nervous Breakdowns

I think somethign similar happens in Italy...
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Re: Paris gives Japanese Tourists Nervous Breakdowns

Cannot blame them paparazzi with canon's...

We were delirious during our trip to Paris last week. All well and good, but I nearly got nervous breakdown standing in long queues to Louvre Museum where all pics looked the same to me. Almost had motley look in my eyes afterwards
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Re: Paris gives Japanese Tourists Nervous Breakdowns

Waiting for museums, attractions etc in large cities in general.

I felt like that at Disneyland in Paris on a long week-end. The very very long lines for the rides with all the small disappointed children who couldn't understand why they had to wait an hour , the parents trying to find ways to keep them busy and still make it magical for them.

Visiting the Louvre or museum in the Vatican city was the same in regards to waiting in crowded over-heated conditions. If you've got to wait several hours, it certainly takes a lot of the pleasure out of it.
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Re: Paris gives Japanese Tourists Nervous Breakdowns

I think they are suffering from nervous breakdowns because of the long queues at Louis Vuitton.

Partially tongue in cheek that comment was, but besides bright lights and the portrayal of Paris as the most romantic city on earth, Paris is the most popular destination for Japanese tourists alike due to it being the home to LV's flagship store - Dior, Chanel, Hermes etc. Prices of these luxury goods are INSANE in Japan and the cost of the flight is well worth the price difference of these goods at home and Paris.

I've always thought that Paris is overrated. Stressful yes but not enough to send anyone over the edge!
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