Walking the streets of Paris is a constant runway fashion show. If you want to fit in in this city you have to dress to impress. It doesn’t matter if you are roaming the streets for hours or just stopping into a Monoprix, Parisians have a sense of fashion and they take it seriously. With a high of 41 degrees Fahrenheit this time of year be sure to keep warm, but don’t just throw on any winter apparel. Sweat shirts, sweat pants and Ugg boots are unacceptable.
Back in San Diego girls at SDSU are so lazy when it comes to getting dressed in the morning. I see so many girls wearing sweatshirts and leggings tucked into Uggs. Meager clothing such as this will make you stick out like a sore thumb.
Try improving your wardrobe with just 3 necessities: a button down coat, boots, and a scarf.
I have also realized a lot of places aren’t even open on Sundays. I went to La Marais with my roommate on Sunday. We walked past this mall that was closed. I found it quite strange that such a big shopping center would be completely closed on a weekend, but it was.Paris is a one of the fashion capitals of the world!! If you don’t live here, you’re visiting it for enjoyment so why not play dress up and go out with a bang!! I absolutely love Paris for this. I think it’s important to take care of yourself and how you look.
I come from Texas where they say everything is bigger and better. I think Americans in general like everything bigger. Take meals for instance. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2008 it was recorded that 67% of Americans were overweight. So many of us have searched years for the right diet plan. What we need to do is throw these low carb, low fat, sugar free diets dans le poubelle and come to France where meals are at least half the size they are in America. Not only do we love a lot of food, but we love eating it all day long. Seriously who really needs a double cheeseburger and fries at 4:00 in the morning?? In Paris most food places close around 5:00.
I asked a local Parisian why everything closes so early here. He replied, “Nous aimons le temps passé avec la famille. Le dîner est le moment le plus important de la journée pour la famille. Nous mangeons nourriture, et nous discutons avec les membres de la famille. “
This is definitely the hardest thing I’ve had to adjust to while living in Paris. Back home when I’m going to school and working I usually don’t get home till really late and probably eat dinner around 10 p.m. I definitely respect their family time because I am very close to mine and I think family should be one of the most important parts of someone's life.
Although I no longer live with my family in Texas, when I get back to San Diego I know I am going to appreciate everything a lot more. I will definitely appreciate the people and the restaurants that stay open 24 hours. No one wants to be working at 4:00 in the morning especially on a holiday when you should be with your family. Some people have to just to survive.