On the Left Bank
Trip Start Jul 15, 2007
197Trip End Jul 16, 2008
How many ways are there to say, "I love France?"
We are finishing up a week in a beautiful apartment in Paris, where every day began and ended with a visit to the boulangerie next door for bagettes and pain au chocolat. I'd be shocked (and really bummed) if anyone in France has every tried the Atkins or South Beach diets. Parisian women have this effortless elegance about themselves, and it is affirming to see them eating huge sandwiches. It's a nice respite from the American way of looking at food and acknowledging that savoring pleasurable food in moderation won't make you fat.
That being said, I have always found French and American sensibilities to be similar. People here are affectionate toward each other, as greetings often begin with a warm handshake and a smile.