A Chinese visitor climbing Mont Saint-Michel in high heels
Throughout our trip in France we didn't see hordes of mainland tourists like I had read about before, though we did see lots of them in Galeries Lafayette with shopping bags.
As usual they were loud, though they didn't think they were. Many spoke various dialects and hard to tell exactly where they were from. Most looked like they were in their 40s and 50s, not sophisticated, but made sure they bought the right luxury brands.
However at Mont Saint-Michel, the abbey on the rock in Normandy, we saw a group of mainland tourists climbing up the over 270 steps with us -- and one of them was in high heels. It reminded me of stories in Chinese state media years ago warning visitors not to wear heels when walking along the Great Wall to avoid injuries.
One would think it would be an obvious choice to wear comfortable shoes when sightseeing, but for this young woman -- complete with yellow duck backpack -- heeled sandals and a dress are appropriate holiday wear...