Paris by night is enchanting whatever the season, but it’s downright magical around Christmas. The lights and decorations magnify the splendor of the city. Why not indulge in a quintessentially winter activity by gliding across the ice at some of Paris’ most beautiful holiday venues.
The idea that “the customer is always right” was invented in the US. Although, this notion of customer service is becoming more common in Paris, it is still a “foreign” concept. That’s not to say that there aren’t countless proud shopkeepers that value their customers and show them plenty of kindness. But their treatment of you is more driven by personality than by societal expectations.
The French put a high value on being polite. In France, like every culture, there is an understood code of conduct and etiquette that is expected of everyone.
Part of what makes a culture or community is the fact that we do share a common set of rules for behavior. Throughout the world, those respective rules are taught to each of us from the time we are born and throughout our childhood. As adults, we are expected to know them and abide by them. They are ingrained in all of us.
When traveling to Paris, you’re pretty much guaranteed to have some fantastic meals. It’s hard not to. The restaurants, the bistros, the cafés, oh my! And who doesn’t love exploring the wide variety of food shops to gather items for a delectable picnic in one of Paris’ lovely parks or gardens? You really can’t go wrong.
Paris is an ideal destination for a family vacation. To the French, family is sacred and they adore children. Families spend a lot of time out and about together, both nuclear and extended families. This is in large part because Parisian apartments are small by most American standards, unless you live in Manhattan, and they don’t have yards.
We enjoy the luxury of being homebodies abroad. Our preference is to find a comfortable vacation rental in our chosen destination and then live like a local. Sure we enjoy visiting the top sights, but we also enjoy taking part in the simple pleasures of daily life in a foreign country.
“I do not say there is no character as well-drawn in Shakespeare [as D’Artagnan]. I do say there is none that I love so wholly.”
—Robert Louis Stevenson