An American expat points out the advantages that the Parisian ‘City of Love’ has over living in the American ‘Big Apple’.
My good friend and writer/blogger Tracey Jackson from New York was originally a tour client of mine and travels to Paris frequently. I thought it would be fun for us to both write a guest blog for each other about the five unique things each city has to offer. Below is Tracey’s list on things she loves about Paris. Click here to read mine.
Five things Paris has to offer that New York doesn’t
1. Parisian dog lifestyle
In Paris you can take your dog out to dine in a restaurant. I just love that people can sit at the table of any type of restaurant with Fido, Fifi or Sophie and toss a morsel of entrecôte their way. For me it remains a double fantasy, as I don’t possess a dog that I could actually take out for a meal. My French bulldog Ramu Gupta’s manners are so atrocious, I fear even the French would toss him out.
2. Café society
It’s not original, and it might be on everyone’s list next to seeing the Eiffel Tower, but I love Paris’s ‘café society’. I adore that in the middle of the day you can plop yourself in a café and order anything from coffee to a glass of wine, sit by yourself, and do absolutely nothing for as long as you want – and nobody will pass judgment. They will not say you are lazy, out of work, depressed or a drunk.
They won’t wonder why you are not reading, jogging, soul searching, meditating or working in a soup kitchen. The fact is you are just being, watching, and enjoying life – and you can do it alone publically.
3. The streets of Paris
The doors, the windows, the people-watching and just the physical streets themselves – I can’t think of any streets in the world I love walking on as much as I do the streets of Paris.
4. What diet?
They are unapologetic about eating dessert. There’s a total lack of diet consciousness: “I will have the floating island, the lemon tart, and the profiteroles with extra chocolate.” They say it with glee and it’s never followed with the American ‘I never do this’ or ‘I will take two boot camp classes tomorrow to work it off’
or ‘I didn’t eat all day’. It’s their right as citizens of planet earth to eat and enjoy dessert – every day.
5. Rudeness is an acceptable form of behaviour
Now this might be a tad controversial as it sounds like I’m endorsing rudeness, which I’m not. But the French just accept being rude as part of the human condition, much like the consumption of dessert or admitting that a dog’s company is more pleasant than the company of many people. People are rude, can be rude and sometimes even set about being rude on purpose. Big deal. But the flip side is that it is the self-admitted city of love; most people would say the most romantic city in the world. It’s a city full of beauty and contradictions.