First trip to Europe! (Pickpocket/safety concern)
My fiance and I are currently planning our first trip to Europe! We'll be in Paris for a week and we're now thinking about our bag needs.
We'll be staying in an apartment, so we'll be able to do laundry, which will be handy. We're planning on picking up a Tri-Star each for our main luggage for the trip (we do not want to check bags), but we also want bags for daily use while we're out and about the city. We're thinking the medium or large Cafe Bags, although the Ristretto has come up as well. I currently use a small Cafe Bag as my daily purse.
I've read and heard enough warnings about pickpocketing in Paris to be concerned, however. Someone told me the other day that he saw a woman who had her purse slit along the bottom, so the thief just pulled her wallet right out that way and she never knew a thing. For me, the buckled Cafe Bag with the organizer wallet clipped in sounds safe enough, but since it sounds like the pickpockets are pretty sophisticated, I thought I'd try to check in with some more experienced travelers.
We're also trying to figure out whether we should go with the large or medium CBs; I think our needs on a daily basis will be just carrying our wallets, water bottles, phones, maps, any souvenirs we might pick up. Plus we are planning a couple of day trips to Versailles and Giverny. Primarily, though, I was concerned about safety and making sure we actually keep our belongings. Thoughts? Recommendations?