Frenchmen wear their pants fitted over their mighty fine behinds. Even students at the Sorbonne wear their pants at or near the waistline.
SWEATCLOTHES WORN IN PUBLIC
The French are too fashion conscious for this.
I found out the hard way on my first trip to Paris, that white sneakers label you as American, making you the perfect target for beggars. Black or brown sneakers do not.
BREAD IN PLASTIC BAGS
It's a culture shock to see breads, rolls and pastries unwrapped both in the stores and in the hands of Parisians as they carry their groceries home.
There are a few large department stores like Galleries Lafayette or Carrefour, but most shop at neighborhood stores that deal with one brand or item. A wine store or cheese store or butcher shoppe or stationary/paper store. We did find a supermarket that had little plastic carts one dragged like a suitcase. The grocery store had four aisles the length of my living room and two cash registers.
Galleries Lafayette is a large department store in what was once an opera house. It's gorgeous, crowded and an all day shopping experience. Here's the top of the building's stained glass window. There is a McDonalds on the fourth floor and a restaurant on the sixth.
At $8.00 a gallon for gas, drivers chose the smaller vehicles or motorbikes.
Land is scarce and never used for parking lots. Instead, you're more likely to see sights like this...
or even this...
The French always drink coffee from ceramic cups. The less trash, the better.
ALL YOU CAN EAT BUFFETS
Until next time...