Paris: the city of romance and baguettes, one of the most visited cities in the world – and we hadn’t been there yet …
For some people, it doesn’t seem to matter that you’ve been to other French cities – if you haven’t been to Paris, you haven’t been to France.
And besides, who doesn’t want to visit?
For me, when I think of Paris I think of the movies I’ve seen based there; all from children’s movies like Aristocats, Hunchback Of Notre Dame and Ratatoille, to romantic films like Amelie from Montmartre.
So coming to Paris was like entering a movie set, and then realizing that without the characters and storyline – it was a VERY different story..
I think Paris in particular, needs some time to let you get to know it.
But still, after a short time there we already had a lot of things to talk about …
Everyone Walks Around With Fresh Baguettes.
Everywhere people were carrying baguettes, munching on one while at the same time holding another to bring home.
I don’t blame them; who would say no to a huge freshly made baguette still warm from the oven for 0.90 Euro? We had three of them in one day!
They Park Their Cars Anywhere.
You never knew if the car was waiting for you to cross, or if it was just parked there – always look twice!
French Food Is Everywhere – Of Course!
In all the other countries we’ve been to we’ve had to dig a little to find some ”authentic” food specific for that country – in Paris, it was everywhere, and it was cheap.
Our challenge was to try ONLY ONE local dish – during our stay in Paris, local food was all we had: Croissants, baguettes, crepes – so good, so cheap, so French!
The People Were …?
I honestly can’t answer that question.
All those rumours about French people being stuck up, rude and not speaking English even though they could if they wanted to – well, I don’t agree, but I can understand where the rumors are coming from.
In many places the rumors are completely untrue, but in Paris?
Neither true nor false, I think just misunderstood.
It wasn’t that they were rude, they just didn’t care about strangers.
Most people seemed a bit hard to connect with, and us being there for only a day and a half we never felt that we got the chance to connect with anyone – we found it was harder than in other countries to get that eye contact, and to be noticed.
I left feeling as though nobody knew I was there, which is nobody’s fault – it’s just a feeling I had, perhaps one you get from those very big cities – where you are nothing to them but simply another tourist.
So in short, I have to admit that Paris needs some more time for me to give it an honest impression.
How about you? What are your thoughts, and impressions of Paris?