Fri 8 Apr 2011 - Fri 8 Apr 2011 60 °F
This is the last of it!
The Eiffel Tower
Today was a nice day at the Eiffel Tower. We visited in the morning and encountered very few people traveling. The metro and the streets seem to be a bit empty in the mornings we’ve noticed until probably about 10:30 or 11am. The temperature and the greenery that is beginning to blossom now made for a really nice addition to the Tower visit.
Observations: the poor deaf children all over the world?
As we were visiting the Eiffel Tower we had very aggressive teenage kids coming up to us constantly. They would approach us making any conglomerate of ridiculous hand motions trying to get us to read what they had on a clipboard they were carrying. If you happen to stop and look at the clipboard it would say something like “I am a deaf person raising money for the blah blah…..” and then you would see several blank lines where people have signed their name and how much money they “donated” to the cause. We having seen these same kids in Peru doing the same charades, we new better. The funny thing is that they expect a donation of at least 10 Euros (about 15 dollars US) for their thievery. They are criminals so stay away from them and don’t look at them. If you don’t look at them and lift your hand up in front of your face they sort of get the picture but expect them to pursue you a bit. Their little method is to walk right in front of you, looking away, and bump into you lightly and then turn around looking surprised (like because they are deaf they didn’t know you where there) and then they shove their clipboard in front of your face. They walk up to a crowd; rob them blind of “donations” and then walk away talking to each other about what they just made. What? Wait a minute I thought they couldn’t hear? Nope, as soon as they gets your money they don’t care if you hear them conversing amongst themselves. I guess the jokes on you and again France in all of its tolerance puts up with these idiots walking around as there are plenty of lazy “security/ national police” just standing around watching as it occurs. One of the 6 or 7 kids who approached us was a pregnant girl who would’ve bumped right into Monica’s Mother’s broken arm but I stiff armed her a bit before she could. She turned with an angry face and tried to shove me but before she knew it she had three people yelling at her in Columbian Spanish pointing at a very bruised up and broken mom. She recanted and sulked away realizing she almost knocked into a poor elderly woman’s injury. From my tone you may start realizing that we are getting sick of Paris. Please if you ever travel and encounter these poor people DON’T give them anything. They stole from several people already and it is theft they are committing.