10 Things I LOVE About Paris
The first thing I noticed about Paris being different from the US was the lifestyle. Everyone sits down at a meal for at least an hour or two and makes a social event of it- talking and laughing with friends or watching people walk by. There’s no one sitting at the table with their cell phones out (which I’m completely guilty of *cough cough*) or just staring blankly- everyone here LOVES to spend time with friends and family! Paris is a very social city with a laidback feel to it (unless you’re riding the metro or walking the streets, then you better move out of the way before you get run over! haha)
On every corner in Paris is a cafe of some sort- no exaggeration! Parisians love food and love to socialize, so there’s plenty of cafes in the city. I’ve heard there’s 10,000 of them here! The best thing to do in the late afternoon (since Parisians eat much later than we do) is to grab a snack and some coffee and people watch. I am definitely going to miss the cafes here- the coffee is amazing too
Ease of Transportation
Now I’m not saying I love the metro… (I realize why scarfs are a must here- you can put over your mouth when it smells funky jk!) BUT, Paris has done it right with their transportation system. It is incredibly easy to get from one side of the city to another using either their bus system, train, or subway. Hardly anyone here has a car as they don’t need it- it’s much cheaper and easier to take the public transporation.
I have seen almost every major city in the US, and I have to say Paris wins hands down with their architecture! Almost every building here looks like a postcard from centuries ago- just very historical looking and well… “european” It’s hard to describe, but the style is so different from back home. I can’t help but just stand in the street looking like a complete tourist staring at the buildings in awe. I love to just walk the streets and explore as it truly is a beautiful city. Oh Paris, I am in love… haha
The Parisian Muggies
I honestly have not had a full on meetup with my beautiful muggies until now (I am ashamed, but definitely plan on doing many more back home as it was such a fun experience!) Paris was my first official meet up- we just hung out and drank coffee and talked. It was SO much fun! EVERY single person there was so sweet, warm, and hospitable! No lie: after the meetup, I was so sad it ended and wish I could stay to form deeper friendships with each person. I don’t know why Paris gets such a bad rap for being unfriendly, but I have come across some incredibly sweet people here- just very genuine people.
I’m not going to lie: I’m not in love with every single food item here… I will never be caught dead eating foie gras, snails, or raw beef. (Nicola and I tried a hamburger the 2nd day we were here, but couldn’t stomach it Hey, we tried though!) BUT, we absolutely love how fresh and simple the food is here. Salads aren’t slathered with too much dressing, fruits and veggies are natural and fresh, and the baguettes and desserts are to die for! My favorite is the raspberry tartelletes and the macarons I’m not sure how the Parisians stay so thin as the food here is so delicious! OH, and we found the BEST Thai food while here- I’m addicted now and will be finding some great Thai when I get home! LOL.
It’s pretty much impossible coming to Paris and not do massive amounts of shopping. Just be prepared when you come: your wallet will be screaming when your trip is over… I can’t count how many times I’ve been out shopping- it’s just that all the little boutiques are so cute! I have to buy an extra suitcase just to hold everything. ruh roh.
My favorite stores here are Zara, Mango, Minelli shoes, the Pharmacies, and the countless little boutiques with unique finds. I’ll do a haul video later showing my goodies The pharmacies alone have the most amazing skin care products- I’m addicted to them now!
You definitely can’t miss the galleries while here in Paris as there’s so many! The Louvre alone is MASSIVE! It was difficult for me to go to several of them as they’re so busy on the weekends, and I was at school every day during the week But we’re planning on still going to Musee D’Orsay which holds many impressionist artworks. We did get to hang out with Mona Lisa and a mummy at the Louvre though
I think because French women keep their makeup more simple, that the emphasis is more on fashion or hair. I’ve seen such cute hairstyles while here! My favorite being the Twisted Updo that seems to be pretty popular here. I’ve seen girls rocking full on fros with major confidence, as well as simple yet elegant updos or super long and slightly wavy hair. It’s fun getting on the metro and eyeing which hairstyles the girls are wearing.
No matter what day of the week, there’s always something to do in Paris! Whether it be listening to live music, going to museums or theatres, or even attending mascarade balls, you can always find something fun that you enjoy. Like I said earlier, Paris is a very social city- the streets are always bustling with activity. OH, did you know that during the summer, the city shut off a couple streets and poured sand down by the Seine River to create a fake beach??! How cool is that?
Ahhh Paris, I will miss you so much…
I hope you all are doing great and are enjoying your trip to Paris with me I’ve tried to document everything well so you feel like you’re here too!!