Monthly Archives: June 2012

Good Thing I Brought A Matching Bag

Paris is packed with art. It’s almost sickening how much art they’ve crammed into this city. You simply can’t avoid it. So I went with the flow and started attending art shows etc.

But you gotta be careful how you put yourself together before leaving the house in Paris. I felt so fortunate that I chose the matching red and white stripes bag, because it harmonized, and clashed with the exhibited artwork quite nicely.

No matter what you do, you gotta be in style!

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People Watching

Before I went to Paris I’ve asked a friend of mine who had already spent some time there what was her favorite thing in Paris. She replied: “People watching.” People watching? I was baffled. I thought to myself: “How could people watching be someone’s favorite thing? That sounds quite dull.”

Then I went to Paris, and my god, she was right! People watching is where it’s at. It’s impossible to put that feeling into words, you have to experience it for yourself in order to know how utterly intoxicating that activity is. So pack your bags, go to Paris, sit at the first terrace you find, and treat yourself to this intoxicating activity called ‘people watching’. But be forewarned — it is extremely addictive!

People watching — favorite pass time activity in Paris

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The Bookstores Are Thriving

There is no crisis in Paris when it comes to bookstores (bibliotheque). I’ve attended this one, and I really liked it!

Parisians are very literate when it comes to wine

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Pedestrian Friendly

Paris is the most pedestrian friendly city in the world. People walk all over the place, many streets are closed for traffic, and food is pushed right into the street. This creates cozy, friendly atmosphere where everybody is smiling and simply enjoying the fact that they’re alive and that they have worked up a big appetite from all that walking!

Parisians walk a lot, and then they enjoy street food

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Typical Parisian Lunch

Below is the snapshot of one of my first lunches in Paris. I was shocked how good it tasted, and also how I just couldn’t get hungry for the rest of the day.

And oh yeah — one important point: snacking is absolutely out of question in Paris. Once you try their tasty food, you will forever lose hankering for any potato, corn, rice, or any other chips (that includes Doritos AND Cheesy Puffs too!)

Simple and delicious: freshly baked crunchy bread, incredible, mind-melting butter, fresh tomatoes and top quality cheese. How can yo go wrong?

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Spirals

As I was mentioning before, Paris is the most packed place on earth. Because of that, space here is at an absolute premium. Which is why you’ll see many, many cases of following the spiral pattern. Like for example in the Louvre, of course the stairs will be spiralling. To preserve space.

Spiralling staircase at the Louvre

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Handwriting

City of Paris enforces by law that every cafe, bistro, brasserie, patisserie, boulangerie and restaurant must display their pricing in front of the entrance, clearly visible before patrons enter the establishment. This is a great idea, because it helps you decide, before you even enter the establishment, whether the pricing is agreeable with what you’re carrying in your wallet.

What we also found extremely charming is that many, if not most of these publicly displayed menus are hand-written, and in the most charming manner. See for yourself:

All the menus in Paris seem to be hand written

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