The 20 things I learned while living in Paris.

  1. Get fit. Trust me. Some places haven’t discovered the word “elevator” yet.
  2. There is an art form to drinking wine.
  3. You’ll learn how to adapt well in small compact spaces.
  4. Don’t walk on the grass.
  5. When the crosswalk is green, you go. When the crosswalk is red, you go. Just, go a little faster.
  6. Taking the right train saves you a lot of time.
  7. 8:00pm are for drinks, 9:00pm for appetizers, and 10:00pm for dinner.
  8. When it rains, it pours. I say this and I’m from Vancouver.
  9. Don’t waste time on the Mona Lisa. Paris is built on millions of art that’s worth spending your time on.
  10. Another word for parking is “bumper cars”.
  11. You’ll be invited to a stranger’s home and realize you’ve spent hours with new friends.
  12. Snails are delicious.
  13. Being alone in the city of Lovers means absolutely nothing. Enjoy a cafe by yourself and realize that half the others are doing exactly the same thing. It’s luxuriating.
  14. Any corner you turn, you’ll find some unexpected beauty, and never find it again.
  15. You’ll start to realize that you can match your footsteps with the pace of the city, with the people.
  16. The French are some of the warmest, most loving people you can meet. They’ll take you in as family and your heart will break when you leave.
  17. Spending hours mesmerized by the Eiffel Tower is normal and recommended.
  18. Learn to speak the language, not to ask for the bathroom, but because it’s beautiful.
  19. Don’t be shy to say bonjour.
  20. Know the fact that you are in one of the most mesmerizing cities in the world. You walk within the borders of a great city. Walk, smell, see, taste, love.
  21. It is unforgettable.

“If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.” – Ernest Hemingway 



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