Postcards from Paris – here are some of my favourite photos of our time in Paris. I hope you like them too.
For more information about where to stay and eat in Paris, click here. Or for the best Parisien food markets, click here. I reviewed our favourite restaurant in Paris and you can read about it here.
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.
I’m not sure that I’d agree with all your points but it’s fun reading your observations nevertheless. However, what I really want to know is what is ” parfait”??? You mention buying it from the market.
Hi Phoebe. It was interesting comparing the French to the Italians. Parfait is the smooth duck liver pate – we bought it from the supermarket but also saw it at the markets. You’ll have to go to the President Wilson markets in Paris if you haven’t been already. Fabulous.