Intrigued by this post, which I don’t completely agree with (the Champs-Élysées can be fun, especially right now when the Christmas market is up, and I love the 24-hour Maison d’Alsace late at night, a restaurant sponsored by Alsace, with its own boutique…). So I decided to post some of my own rules.
1. Don’t wear teal.
(The caption under this photo (left), in German, says, “This jacket belongs in every closet!”)
Also, shorts are for sports (only) in Paris. Anyone else you see wearing them is a tourist. (Exception: at the moment short shorts are in style for girls and you see a lot of them over tights. Cute look!)
2. Talk softly.
3. Don’t try to be French. It’s okay to do things they won’t do. While I was gone, my charming American tenants invited everyone in the building and most of the local commerçants to a cocktail party. The South American concierge came all dressed up, looking very pretty. Everyone is still talking about what a great party that was. No French person would have had the nerve to throw it.
4. Don’t think the Latin Quarter and Saint-Germain are where the action is. Look at the Pariscope for a cheap look at what there is to do. The Canal Saint-Martin is a good place to start.
5. Don’t wear a lot of makeup or dress up too much– it’s better to look casually chic.
6. Paris is an old people’s city. For a wild time, go to London. Seriously.