5 myths about Paris

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The best cafè au lait ever

cafe au lait

I tried to find the best place in Paris (and around) to drink the best cafe au lait ever but I was disappointed. It was between OK and good but not at all extraordinary. Maybe because this myths is so old when you didn’t had so many good Coffee shops around the world. Or maybe just because I’m already used to very good coffee that this one doesn’t exited me at all. What really disappointed me was, that there were many brasseries or coffee shops where the cafe au lait came out of the machine. They didn’t even heated the milk like a barista should normally do.

Paris – City of fashion

Cartier

From Champs Elysees to Lafayette. From little stores to big department stores. I couldn’t find any outstanding piece. There were lots of department store chains but not so many individual boutiques.

What can I say – not for me. I was looking for a great piece like a cool top, nice pants or a beautiful dress. I’m always on the search for something special when I travel and shop. Something I can’t find in Germany. Something high fashion „IT-Piece“. But there was really nothing (special). It may sounds crazy but in my case it is true. Of course you can go to Gucci, LV, Chanel or Dior. But you find this kind of stores almost all over the world. And even there I found almost the same collection I saw two weeks ago in NYC. In some Department stores I was even shocked. Most of the fashion was made for women at 55+. Another thing that made me shake my head. I had problems in finding small sizes. Most sizes were definitely to big. It is difficult to believe because looking around most of the french women are thin and tiny. Unfortunately I bought only one skirt. I found it in the last corner of a small boutique. Most of the clothes there was really ugly but this skirt was hidden behind that stuff. Fortunately I’m very good and fast in „scanning“ clothes.

The french cuisine

cafe essen in paris

If you are looking for a good french restaurant you have to look really deep. Because you will find lots of Asian Cuisine like Sushi, Chinese and Korean. You will also see a lot of Pakistani, Lebanese and Italian Restaurants. Of course Brasseries as well but good – I mean really good – french restaurants? Difficult. They are not on every corner as you probably would think. You definitely need some Insider Tips from Parisian People to eat good in Paris. Otherwise you will eat very expensive but not good.

French people only speak french

Maybe a few years ago this was the case but it changed. At least in Paris. There were a few (very few) shop assistants that didn’t speak English. But then they tried to speak broken Spanish or even some of them a little German.

Parisian are unfriendly

You will read very often that Parisian are not friendly. I can’t confirm this – not at all. All the people I met in Paris were very friendly. People I asked to take pictures. Police I asked the way. Even in Bars and Restaurants they were really friendly and helpful and this even though I didn’t speak french.

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Resume:

Paris is a beautiful city. Especially when it gets a little warmer and all the flowers will flourish. Some things really surprised my positively and other things not. It is a really expensive city. I thought New York is expensive but I experienced in these days in Paris that Paris in some situations it’s even more expensive. But beside that Paris is a city that I will definitely visit again. I still didn’t see all the things I wanted to see. And I like Paris – a lot.

Au revoir Paris see you soon.

5 Myth aboutParis

 

22 Comments

  1. Bob Ramsak

    March 21, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    The language one is probably the biggest. That’s changed dramatically over the past decade; as you mention it’s difficult to find a place –restaurant, shop, museum– where some English isn’t spoken. (That doesn’t meant that you shouldn’t at least try to speak some French.)

    • nonsoloamore

      March 27, 2016 at 8:49 pm

      I totally agree with you Bob. I think it’s polite at least trying to speak french. Even if it’s only Au revoire or bonjour 🙂

  2. Clara Villaman

    March 21, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    This was a very interesting post since all of these myths are everywhere. I’d love to visit La ville lumière, someday. Nice post! (:

  3. Leila Rexford

    March 21, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    I can’t wait until I can visit Paris. I don’t know why people believe these things I know from friends from France they would say it is okay to speak English, they will appreciate if you attempt French, but won’t make you suffer through!

    • nonsoloamore

      March 27, 2016 at 8:46 pm

      A few years ago it was different. I was in Paris like 15 years ago and it was really difficult getting around not speaking french…

  4. missjnellie

    March 21, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    I went to Paris a few years back, and you’re right about the restaurant thing. haha. Its mostly asian food and American cuisine haha

    • nonsoloamore

      March 27, 2016 at 8:45 pm

      I was really surprised to tell you the truth

  5. Katie

    March 21, 2016 at 10:27 pm

    I love this post! Everyone says that Paris is a fashion city, so it’s so cool to see the real deal.

    Katie | Katie Like Me

    • nonsoloamore

      March 27, 2016 at 8:44 pm

      Funny right. And I’m really a fashion victim. I love fashion and shopping. This point really disappointed me.

  6. Rob Taylor

    March 24, 2016 at 4:34 am

    I agree with everything here… except the fashion bit. We visited during soldes and scored some awesome men’s clothing, but we’re pretty casual and high fashion for us is… mid grade for everybody else. Can you tell I’ve resigned to being a dad in my wardrobe as well as responsibilities?

    • nonsoloamore

      March 27, 2016 at 8:44 pm

      I think that is exactly one of the things why traveling is so great. We are so different from each other and see things differently. Not always but many times. You have to experience countries by yourself to evaluate. 😉

  7. Ami Bhat

    March 25, 2016 at 6:09 am

    I think the Parisiennes are a friendly lot and very helpful too. My experiences here have proved to be such.

  8. Vyjay Rao

    March 25, 2016 at 6:46 am

    I feel that there are myths associated with almost all places we travel to and know for a fact that most of them are not true and need to be busted. Thank for taking this up.

    • nonsoloamore

      March 27, 2016 at 8:39 pm

      You are very welcome. I’m happy you liked it.

  9. Heather

    March 25, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    We are big fans of Paris, but the stereotyped Paris has changed dramatically. I do wish it was easier to find a true inexpensive Parisian restaurant.

    • nonsoloamore

      March 27, 2016 at 8:38 pm

      Oh yes Heather. I totally agree with you. Next time I do a survey and ask real Parisian where to eat 😉

  10. elizabeth

    March 26, 2016 at 9:18 am

    All of these things were true of Paris when I visited it the first time (a long time ago) but on our most recent visit, I would have to say I agree with you. The fashion comment is interesting- I agree with you, the high end store are everywhere these days- they used to only be in large cities, so some of these fashion houses, especially the French ones were really spectacular in Paris.

    • nonsoloamore

      March 27, 2016 at 8:38 pm

      Thank you Elizabeth. I’m happy you see it the same way I do. It did change a lot in the last years. I had this impression too.

  11. Renne Simpson

    March 28, 2016 at 9:07 am

    Interesting! These are definitely some really good myth busters. I have only been to Paris on a layover, but never got a chance to explore. I always wondered if the myths about Parisians being unfriendly were true or not. Good post.

    • nonsoloamore

      April 2, 2016 at 12:11 pm

      Thank you Renne. You should visit the city and see by yourself. You will love it. But I would recommend to travel in a warmer period. Maybe late spring or fall.

  12. Allison Fun Family Vacations

    March 28, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    I pretty much agree with your assessment here. We were back packing on a very limited budget so we ate a lot of sandwiches from a local street vendor. While we had mixed response of encounters, (some really friendly and some not so friendly), we still loved every minute in Paris!

    • nonsoloamore

      April 2, 2016 at 12:10 pm

      Yes – we had a lot of baguettes in Paris 😉

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