Wake up Dorothy, we're not in Kansas anymore.1. The street that you live on is named after some left-winged extremist of the french revolution.
(Okay so I live on Bvld. Voltaire, but his ideas were crucial during the revolution...)
I mean, Rue Robespierre? Really? I find it interesting how Rue Saint-Just crosses with Rue Marat, and not Rue Robespierre... It's also interesting that Rue Marat and Rue Robespierre run parallel...
I don't think that was intentional, unless if martyrdom and terror just happen to be the same things.2. You're defined by a number.
The district you live in.
I guess this happens in New York as well - but I don't think the boundaries are as defined as they are here in Paris.
In short, you have the rich hipsters in the 18th, the asians in the 12th, the arabs in the 13th, the conservative bourgeois in the 16th, the rich stylish people in the 4th, the super wealthy in the 5th and the 6th, the indians / africans in the 19th, left-winged young singles in the 11th and the Jews in the 3rd.
And that was the condensed version.3. Butter & ham on a baguette is your go-to lunch
Apparently Parisians aren't very Kosher.
I wonder who thought of the idea of mixing churned animal fat with the fattiest deli-meat there is out there?
That said, the jambon-beurre is delicious.4. The lifespan of a baguette is an hour, if not less.
The person who holds the world record for eating a baguette must be Parisian. Prehaps Parisians are built for digesting carbs at a fast pace. I've seen so many skinny Parisian woman buy a baguette and then proceed to devour it within the span of 30 minutes.
I wish my host Mom bought baguettes, I will never reach that level of Parsian-ness. 5. You can see 500 years of French History all on one street.
Have you ever noticed that the Louvre, Place de la Concorde, the Grand Palais, and the Arc de Triumph are almost in a line? It's as if you're walking through a timeline of French History - although things are a little out of order...
Maybe they did that on purpose so they can contain all the tourists to one stretch of the seine. Sadly, they failed and the tourists have infiltrated the sacred land of the real
Parsians.6. The city's iconic monument needs to its assert presence every hour with millions of watts of electricity
In case you forgot, the city thought it necessary to remind you that you're in Paris the first ten minutes of every hour after 8pm with 20,000 blinding flashing bulbs on it's beloved Eiffel Tower.
What a way to keep epileptic people away from your city...7. Your toilet and your shower are not in the same room
I don't see how this could be remotely efficient... 8. It's horribly difficult to find a road that runs straight
They really like to make it easy to get around, I love those places like Bastille, Nation, and Charles de Gaulle where 12 road feed into one round-a-bout. And NONE of those roads seem to run straight. Paris really is a city of diagonals. I wonder if that's connected to the fact that ever square seems to house some sort of sculpture or monument - and thus roads leading up to said exciting monument had to be diagonal...9. Women wear heels. Everywhere.
I love it when you walk down the street and see a woman in stilettos peddling away on a bike or a woman zooming down the metro stairs in 5-inchers. It's as if French women have lost all feeling in their feet and are able to withstand all sorts of pain & discomfort to look good. They're damn lucky. I honestly wish my feet were like that. I feel so gross in flats - alas, some of us have not achieved genetic perfection. 10. There's ONE skyscraper in the city, and EVERYONE hates it.
Poor Montparanasse. I'm sure your architect had high hopes for you, but apparently you're just seen as an intrusion because the Eiffel Tower is the only thing that's allowed to stick up in the Parisian skyline. Not to worry, I'm a fan of your height.
Labels: guide, paris