The 20 things I learned while living in Paris.
- Get fit. Trust me. Some places haven’t discovered the word “elevator” yet.
- There is an art form to drinking wine.
- You’ll learn how to adapt well in small compact spaces.
- Don’t walk on the grass.
- When the crosswalk is green, you go. When the crosswalk is red, you go. Just, go a little faster.
- Taking the right train saves you a lot of time.
- 8:00pm are for drinks, 9:00pm for appetizers, and 10:00pm for dinner.
- When it rains, it pours. I say this and I’m from Vancouver.
- Don’t waste time on the Mona Lisa. Paris is built on millions of art that’s worth spending your time on.
- Another word for parking is “bumper cars”.
- You’ll be invited to a stranger’s home and realize you’ve spent hours with new friends.
- Snails are delicious.
- 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.
- Any corner you turn, you’ll find some unexpected beauty, and never find it again.
- You’ll start to realize that you can match your footsteps with the pace of the city, with the people.
- 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.
- Spending hours mesmerized by the Eiffel Tower is normal and recommended.
- Learn to speak the language, not to ask for the bathroom, but because it’s beautiful.
- Don’t be shy to say bonjour.
- 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.
- 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