U.S., Nov. 16 -- Trying to get from his downtown Paris Airbnb to Champs-Elysees turned out to be an impossible task for American tourist and eTN staff member Dmytro Makarov. The subway bypassed all 9 downtown stops before letting passengers off on the outskirts of Paris.

Getting back to the Airbnb turned out to be a similar challenge and for Dmytro ended up being in the middle of 2 rival protests: the Yellow Vests on the first anniversary of their protest movement and another neighborhood protest in his Palestinian neighborhood against Israel.

This weekend was a different type of holiday experience for tourists visiting the French capital today.

Amazingly, according to Dmytro, many locals enjoyed their regular talks and meetings in nei...