Why is it there is all the hate of tourists on this site?
For those that live in Paris do you realize that you live in one of the most visited cities in the world?
I was born and raised in San Francisco, another city that tourists like to visit. I worked downtown everyday of my working life. When I saw tourists on the street I loved it. If I saw them puzzled over where to go looking at their map I would always stop and try to help.
When I am in your city I am obviously a tourist. I don't where flip-flops and try to at least present myself in a respectful manor. I do not speak the language, as I do not have an affinity for them. I do know the basic greetings and am polite.
The last time in your city was for my 65th birthday and had a fab lunch at Le Cinq. That’s what I call service. I and my wife are usually able to wade through the menus and eat well. We mostly go to places in the neighborhood we are staying in.
I will be in your city starting on Friday bringing 2 nieces and sister in law and wife for 10 days as a graduation present for the nieces.
I hope we won't make you all angry.
"I do know the basic greetings and am polite."
On the contrary, we do like tourists that know the basic greetings and are polite.
I'm not sure we hate tourists in general, rather as Mangeur said, we have problems with those who are rude and loud and disturb the calm of a meal.
Just today, I, who have been reprimanded for calling out fellow pesky Yankees and fellow pesky Parisians, was really put out when it became impossible to hear anyone in our foursome due to the shouting of visitors from Asia at the Restaurant A.T. (now part of the problem is their lack of sound-baffling, but....)
I agree with Rio about basic greetings - I'm so conditioned that in the US I greet cashiers in Whole Foods with "Good afternoon," "thank you" and "goodbye."
As Karl in Casablanca said "You will get along beautiful."
I have visited Paris three times (and will soon be visiting other parts of France for a few weeks), and I don't recall experiencing any "hate" because I was a tourist. I do recall a couple of instances in which a Parisian seemed impatient with me because I was not familiar with what I was trying to do at the moment and could not speak French well, but I can imagine the same thing happening to a tourist in New York. I think Parisians are similar to New Yorkers in this way--New York and Paris are both busy cities, and although the locals appreciate the tourism, the ones who are not directly involved in the tourist industry can't be bothered with some inept tourist slowing down his daily routine. I can understand this. People can't always be expected to cheerfully make allowances for tourists when they're on their way to work or whatever.
San Francisco may be different.
If the regular posters truly hated tourists, they would not be so generous with their restaurant advice to anyone who asks.