I am posting this from Paris. Many of you gave terrific suggestions and your help contributed to the success of this trip. Upon my return, I will post a full report.
However, something happened today that I thought you should be aware of.
My sister was “pickpocketed” this morning at the Sentier Metro station. It was obviously professionals. It had to have happened in front of both of us, and we didn’t notice. No bump and run. A ‘normal’ woman distracted my sister for a second, while we were looking at the Metro map, and the woman's partner must have gingerly unzipped my sister's purse and reached in and in that moment, stole her wallet with credit cards and cash, and her passport.
Thank goodness no one was hurt.
You MUST wear a pouch under your clothing, with your passport, credit cards, and large cash bills. I keep a ‘throwdown’ wallet in my purse, with a small amount of cash. My husband keeps an expired credit card in his ‘throwdown’, so a thief will think they were successful, at least long enough for you to get away.
You MUST keep your purse in FRONT of you, tight against your body. Men, keep wallets and valuables ONLY deep in your front pocket(s).
Just my 2 cents. And I want to be clear. While this happened in Paris, it is not in any way meant to be ‘anti-Parisian’. It could happen anywhere.