December 19, 2011Posted in: Paris, France
Alright. Bon. Alors. For the past four months I have been privledged enough to reside (if temporarily) in a pretty great city, known not only for it’s fine cuisine, but its unsurpassed ability to inspire incredible artwork, music, and romance. Mesdames, Messieurs, je vous present Paris, France. (Ladies & Gentlemen, I present to you: Paris, France). While I can’t cry too much, as I am staying in France until June, forsaking my beloved Paris to study in a smaller (and possibly less magnificient) suburb (Cergy-Pointoise) is going to be an adjustment.
To commerate the first leg of my séjour (stay) in France, I’ve compiled a list of the things I’m going to miss about Paris, and France in general.
1) Hearing the accordian everywhere. On the metro, in parks, cafés…Something so undeniably Parisien that ya just don’t see in the states.
2) Boulangeries every 10 ft. When I go back home, my choices are going to be Jewel Osco and…Jewel Osco. Perhaps a slight exaggeration, but procuring a fresh buttery croissant is so much easier in Paris!
3) À Paris, tout est <<petit>>. Problèmes, coffee,
<<Houston, on a un petite problème…>>
4) LA BISE. Who DOESN’T like getting kissed on the cheek ten times a day? We Americans are missing out!
5) les marchés. Markets. Wide selection of produce, cheese, meats, clothing and entertainment, several times a week!
6) Le chèvre. Goat cheese. Man oh man…chaud…sur toast…c’est incroyable.
7). Café au lait. Sure we have it in the States, but Starbucks ain’t got nothin’ on sipping coffee and milk from a tiny cup while peoplewatching in a Parisian café.
8). Entertainment on the metro: Karaoke singers, baladiers, marching bands…a brighter daily commute in exchange for your spare change.
9). La Tour Eiffel sparkling every hour on the hour. Doesn’t matter how many times you’ve seen it, it’s a sight to behold.
10). Little kids, scooters, and cigarettes. (Frencher and thus chicer than their Americancounterparts)