Paris is always crowded with visitors, most arrive at the airport. At Charles de Galle airport, one can see the crowds arriving, in recent time, from Asia especially Japan but lately visitors from China are on the surge. But crowds are found in most major cities of Europe including Istanbul. Rome is crowded, so is Amsterdam and London. France is the most visited country in the world, followed by the USA and China.
Restaurants, souvenir shops, museums and various streets and bridges in Paris are usually filled with visitors. It is an exciting thing to be in Paris. Even after many trips to Paris, I still feel the excitment like its my first visit.
The only original part of Chartres cathedral is the basement. While the church part has suffered several fires and has been rebuilt, the basement has remained untouched. Services are still held here and the frescoes are still there. I had a French speaking guide who spoke no English and I no French. He gave up and left me to wander the basement by myself.