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How to describe a true Parisian.

”Can you describe a true Parisian?”

Uhm…brown messy hair, well dressed, walking around on flats and holding a banquette. Or wait, it’s also possible that she had blond hair, high heels and a box of macarons. Wake up! That’s not how it works, you just can’t describe that many people who live in one city. The internet is full with lists of cliches about the Parisians (which are fun to read), but to describe ‘the real Parisian people’ you need your own experiences. Lot and lot of experiences. And even then you can’t describe the whole population of Paris, you only have an impression.

Through my blog I try to give you an impression about the Parisian lifestyle. The buildings, streets, sights, foodies and goodies and of course about the Parisians themselves. With this blog post I want to make a new contribution to the question ”can you describe a true Parisian?”

I call him: Parisian Chic and he deserves an award! I got really exited when I found him. This is what picture perfect looks like. Just look at him! LOOK! His jacket that matches his scooter, his tie that matches his pants and shoes that match his belt. He even matches with the shop shutter in the background!!! It’s just too perfect for my eyes, he almost broke my lens! So please, may I have of moment of silence for this happy moment at Rue Clér in Paris?

Sweet dreams or a really good morning ♥

 

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5 reasons why Paris is cooler than London (5/5)

There we are, arrived at reason number 5 of our list. The last reason of the list but absolutely not the last thing I could think of… the variety.

I did some research and noticed that London has 32 different districts while Paris has ”only” 20. Because of the size you would assume that London would offer more variety. It’s a larger area so, more opportunities to create different neighborhoods, shops and buildings. I didn’t noticed it. Everything looked the same to me. It felt like I had walked across the same street for three days long. I have told you that I haven’t seen half as much as I wanted but still, it missed the excitement of discovering new places in such a big city.

Back to the facts. Paris has 20 districts which are also known in French as ‘arrondissements’. Besides the famous quote of Audrey Hepburn is Paris also known by a quote of King François I ”Paris is not a city, it’s a world”. And it’s more that true because, a world consists different countries, each with their own character, charisma and people. That’s why it looks like you’re traveling through Paris through a teleportation machine. Each district brings something new. Here are 5 examples of 5 different districts of Paris. I can’t pick a favorite!

Let’s start with money, power and wealth at the first district of Paris, Louvre.
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Craft shops, art galleries and also known as the Jewish Quarter. That can only be Le Marais in the 4th (and also 3th) district of Paris Hôtel-de-Ville (and Temple).
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Dance cabarets, sex shops and a great nightlife. Yes, you’re in the 9th district called Opéra at Place Pigalle.

4-December Danielle 2013 vervolg8Painters, vineyards, French history and the feeling of a little village on top of the world. It’s on top of Butte-Montmartre in the 18th district of Paris called Montmartre. 

7-My Little Dream2And last but not least is this street called Rue Mouffetard in the 5th district of Paris called Panthéon.
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You see what I mean? I hope you enjoyed my photo’s and my view of London vs. Paris. Now it’s time to leave London behind and focus on Paris again. The good news is that I have already booked a new trip to Paris. Paris Plage here I come :)

Sweet dreams or a really good morning ♥

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5 reasons why Paris is cooler than London (4/5)

I‘m the type of person that likes details. Details on facades, curbs, road signs, statues, walls and doors. The good news about this is that Paris is full of them. Little details and gorgeous architecture, they characterize the city. Especially the big wooden doors. I can stare at them for hours and then I want to know what’s behind it. A romantic courtyard, a couple of tramps who are playing dice or maybe an expensive gallery. One thing is for sure, the wooden doors dominate the city in a pleasant way. It’s a bit like:
Knock knock
Who’s their?
BAM, FRENCH HISTORY!

The weird thing was that after my visit to London, I noticed that I hadn’t seen one single unique door! That’s why the ”Wooden Doors’ are reason number 4 on the list!

I’m not saying that London has to replace all the doors but there is nothing wrong with a little pimping. I’m not even too lazy to give some beautiful inspiration photo’s of the doors in Paris. Pay attention London, time to take notes ;)

Sweet dreams or a really good morning ♥

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5 reasons why Paris is cooler than London (3/5)

BakeryOne word. Boulangeries! 

Reason 3 is the lack of ‘bakeries’. 

I missed them so much in London. Besides the sights and public toilets you never need to search for something delicious in Paris. Bakeries and pastry stores are everywhere. World famous names, a little less known names, charming, cozy, large or small…they are all there! When you visit a city very often you create your own favorite places. That’s why I also have my favorite bakeries in Paris: La Parisienne, Coquelieot en Poilâne and for a delicious bag of madeleines I go to Blé Sucré.

In London, there were also a few bakeries to find, but they missed that cozy atmosphere and local products. I also got the feeling that little bakeries and stores are being overwhelmed by the large advertising signs from brands like the Subway… such a shame. Does anyone know if small businesses get the opportunity to grow in London?Macarons
It’s a fact that Paris has a lot more bakeries and pastry shops than London, but Paris also scores some extra points with their macarons and galettes. Both pastries with a history.

The lesson I’ve learned about this is that you have to ” be so good they can’t ignore you”. Stand out in big cities like Paris and London!

Share, share, share! I’m curious about your stories. Who knows a great bakery in London that doesn’t belong to the big names? 

Sweet dreams or a really good morning ♥

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5 reasons why Paris is cooler than London (2/5)

As I told you in the previous post, I’ve seen more toilets than sights. That wasn’t only the fault of my lovely friends but also of London itself.

It’s remarkable that London was strucked while World War 2 and Paris has been spared. In Paris you’ll find beautiful old buildings everywhere, which are in many guides not even mentioned. That’s why you don’t have to look for sights in Paris, you find them automatically. London is a different story. Old and new buildings stand together what gives the city a messy appearance. For example: On the right the famous Big Big and on the left a strange building, that gives me the creeps…

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Sightseeing isn’t that fun in London so that’s why reason number two is ”Sightseeing”. 

I always prepare myself well before I go on vacation, but in London I soon found out that the city didn’t had that many special highlights. An old prison and the London Eye attracted me the most. Because I didn’t found any more points of interests in the brochures, besides the Kensington Gardens, the London Dungeon and Oxford Circus, I had my hopes on the London Eye. With such a view you should be able to see everything…but that was also a bit disappointing. The view of the Eiffel Tower is quite a bit more impressive than the view of the London Eye. I missed the color, the secret parks hidden between the busy shopping streets and the imposing buildings that show of the wealth and power of such a huge city. Altogether, London can learn a lot from Paris in terms of sightseeing (and public toilets)

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To give you one last example, to show you the differences between the sights in Paris and London, from my point of view. I think you can compare Buckingham Palace with Hôtel National des Invalides in Paris. Both very beautiful and big buildings. The only difference is that Buckingham Palace is the number one attraction of London and Hôtel National des Invalides isn’t even in the top 5 of highlights in Paris ;)

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When I return to London, I will do my best to find more sights, but it think it will never come close to the amazing sights of Paris.

The lesson I’ve learned about this is that  ”Sightseeing is the art of disappointment” 

Sweet dreams or a really good morning ♥

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5 reasons why Paris is cooler than London (1/5)

ToiletsLast weekend I was in London, to visit a colleague of mine. She is working there as an ”au pair” for one year. We hadn’t seen her in a long time so we (me and 4 other ladies) decided that it was time to show our faces! A good reason for a little break, right?

Of course I didn’t expect that London was more beautiful than Paris, but some more action would have been nice. I’ve searched the whole weekend for places of interest but not even one little thing caught my eye the way Paris does. Maybe it was because we were with a group (six different opinions) on vacation…but I think London is just not that special. I do believe that I’ve missed a huge part of London, but for now here are 5 things I missed in London and 5 reasons why Paris is more fun.

We start with one and the rest will follow.
Reason one – public toilets. 

Where the hell were those things?! As I told you above, I was on tour with 5 other ladies and they had to go to the toilet soooooo many times! Of course that’s annoying, but more annoying was the fact that London had no public toilets. Maybe a few but not in a way like Paris…on almost every corner of the street. We had to search for toilets everywhere. At cafes, cinemas, MacDonald’s, stores and even at the London underground. I think I’ve seen more toilets than sights. So, if you travel with people with a sensitive bladder, I can highly recommend Paris to you!

The lesson I’ve learned about this is that ‘you only know what you miss when it’s gone.’ 

Sweet dreams or a really good morning ♥

P.s. lady’s, a clean toilet in Paris still exists!

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Bikers in Paris!

BikersWhat do you mean, ”you can’t cycle in Paris”?
Look at these awesome people cycling around in the crazy big world called Paris. It reminded me of my own cycling vacation a few years ago. In retrospect, that was definitely cool for such a little girl ;)I think it’s great that people do their own thing and enjoy Paris the way they want.

 

 

 

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Bonne fête des Mères!

1-DSC_0238Today it was mothers day in the Netherlands and also in many other countries. Time to give your mother some extra attention and breakfast on bed! In France, Mother’s Day is celebrated on the last Sunday of May, except when it’s on the same day as Pentecost. Then they celebrate ‘fête des Mères’ one week later.

Tell me, did you all had a lovely day? 

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This guy brings photography to another level.

PhotographerWhat a ninja, I almost tripped over him! Great to see how someone is so absorbed in his work. He had knee protectors, headsets and everything! A bit excessive, but who am I to judge ;) I bet his photo’s look amazing. I had to ask for his business card. Too bad I think about that idea a bit too late. Missed opportunity, better luck next time…

Have some sweet Parisian dreams everyone or a really good morning ♥

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Jeepers Creepers in Paris.

*Tring Tring*  
Hello?
Uhm yeah, it’s the year 2001, they want their horror movie back!

Yes, it’s been a while but I bet many people know the American horror movie Jeepers Creepers. Part 1, 2 or 3. For the people who know the first movie, they also know that ‘the creeper’ had a creepy van. A big rusty thing that gives you the chills when it’s driving behind you. For the people who think ‘the creeper’ is defeated, you got it wrong!  I think I found the evidence in the streets of Paris. It looks like ‘the creeper’ is this time enjoying a beer at the Irish pub… For my own safety, I walked a street further ;)

To refresh your brains, we start with a picture of the van in the movie. 

And this is the van I found in Paris. A little pimped but definitely suspicious!
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