Postcards from Paris – here are some of my favourite photos of our time in Paris. I hope you like them too.
Some French observations
- Everyone here smokes, everyone (electric cigarettes seem to be on trend)
- It is not uncommon to see little dogs pushed in a pram or carried in a special tote
- The French are very organised. Scooters are parked neatly in a rows, cars are park in the designated parking spots (Monte Carlo is an exception). It’s something you rarely see in Italy, order and organisation that is.
- The South of France is very clean, they regularly clean statues, monuments, buildings and the pavement so they sparkle.
- The French seem very polite and are not ‘showy’ like Italians can be – for example, when on their mobile phones, the French speak softly. Italians do not
- The French cannot make a good cappuccino and struggle to make good coffee of any sort.
- French baguettes are the best
- You can eat better by buying simple ingredients from the market or supermarket (like superb cheese, salami, sardines, anchovies, parfait, pate, baguettes / bread) than eating out in France, where you have to be very selective where to eat to ensure you get good food
- Things just work in France – like the internet, ticket machines, cash machines, etc.
- The train stations are so organised that a digital image of the train is shown at the station that shows precisely where your carriage number will stop on the platform. Impressive
- Cars in France don’t like to stop for pedestrians who cross the road at non-designated pedestrian crossings. In Italy, cars stop for pedestrians
Postcards: the sights of Paris
The President Wilson markets
The best Parisien food markets – you can read more about them here.