What Not to Do in Paris

germanin tealcoattheparisblogdotcomIntrigued 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.

pariscopupletheparisblog3. 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.

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5 Responses to “What Not to Do in Paris” »»

  1. Comment by Roxanne | 11/26/10 at 3:01 pm

    I’m trying to understand the “Don’t wear teal” rule. Is there some hidden meaning in the color or do you simply not like teal?

  2. Comment by Diana Zanoschi | 11/26/10 at 3:09 pm

    I was in Paris for two days only and it made a strong impression on me. I would love to live there, not for the rest of my life, as it is a bit too crowded for my taste but for several years.
    Paris is a lifestyle!

  3. Comment by Sedulia | 11/26/10 at 4:11 pm

    Nothing to do with my liking or disliking it, it just looks very foreign in Paris. You won’t see Parisians in teal.

  4. Comment by Rachel | 12/05/10 at 10:52 pm

    “Paris is an old people’s city. For a wild time, go to London. Seriously.”
    This advice alone is great! Thank you for the wonderful post!

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