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No. 239-248: Ten Random Things I Love About Paris

  1. The Clean-up Crew (affectionately know to me as the Little Green Men) who show up every day without fail, plastic green brooms in hand, to clean up other people’s crap.

    source: villedeparis advertising campaign

    source: villedeparis advertising campaign

  2. Barbe à papa: papa’s beard, AKA cotton candy. How can that word not make you smile?

    source: demaeparamae.pt

    source: demaeparamae.pt

  3. Unusual and frank billboards. I love that the French aren’t (yet) stifled by the conservative Christian right and can post billboards like this in the metro without causing a media firestorm.buildboard_paris_metro.jpg
  4. Free museum entrance for children and young adults up to the age of 25. (Another example of the French’s commitment to cultivating a love of the arts.)alvaroo-museum-ticket-swap-musee-du-louvre-paris
  5. Thegendarmeries on their horses trotting about the city keeping the gypsies in line: c’est tellement chic.

    source: countesslv.blogspot.com

    source: countesslv.blogspot.com

  6. Round windows. Moi, j’adore.

    source: amycoady.drupalgardens.com

    source: amycoady.drupalgardens.com

  7. The postmen and women delivering mail on their bikes. (Being a cycling postwoman has always secretly been my dream job.)

    source: 76actu.fr

    source: 76actu.fr

  8. Pistachio éclairs.pistachio_eclair_paris.jpg
  9. Grown men in business suits on fold-up bikes: captains of industry join the circus.urban-folding-bike2
  10. Those hunky pompiers who work so hard to stay in shape each morning and add a little extra attraction to a city already oozing with beauty.calendrier-pompiers-france
22 Comments Post a comment
  1. Paris is indeed a city to love – looking forward to being there soon!

    May 16, 2014
  2. andreaoffner #

    You chose some of my absolute FAVORITES as well! Thanks for the great shots!

    May 16, 2014
  3. Going to Paris this July… need to find those pistacho eclairs!!!

    May 16, 2014
    • Hello. Thanks for your comment and for reading.
      You must head to this place:

      L’Éclair de Génie
      14, rue Pavée 75004
      (métro Saint Paul)

      for some amazing éclairs…I think I need to do a whole post on them. Enjoy your stay in Paris. It is such a great city.

      May 16, 2014
      • I will bear it very much in mind, thanks! (:

        May 16, 2014
  4. Hmm…not sure about number 9. And note on 3 – the ‘yet’ will never happen. But I do agree with you – there’s lots to love about Paris, often the least expected things (especially the little green men!)

    May 16, 2014
    • Are the fold up velos big in Lyon? Seems to be more and more Parisians commuting this way. They crack me up on those little trick bikes, but oh, so practical. I’m very glad to hear that you think the French will never cross over to the religious conservative dark side like America has. :-)!

      May 16, 2014
      • We’re not often in Lyon these days, so I can’t comment on the fold-up bikes. You do see quite a few in the Geneva area. But anything has to be better than businessmen (or women) in full business garb on ‘trotinettes’. I’m not a snob about such things, but I can’t help but feel they look ridiculous.

        May 19, 2014
  5. OOOhh those pistachio eclairs….I could just eat one of those now

    May 16, 2014
  6. Sarah Larson #

    Wonderful choices… I don’t know if I like the pompiers, pistachio eclairs, or the billboard the most!

    May 17, 2014
  7. I’ve always fancied being a postman in a little yellow Citröen myself🙂 I’ll have to keep an eye out for some of #10 next time I am over!

    May 17, 2014
    • Yes. Definitely be on the lookout for les pompiers. Re: la poste …I love Citröens but i would rather be a postwoman on a bright yellow bike. What a treat it would be to be able to get such a good workout on work time.🙂

      May 19, 2014
      • It sure would. I will never be brave enough to drive through Paris let alone ride a bike!

        May 20, 2014
  8. How wonderful for free admission for the youth to museums!

    May 17, 2014
  9. Heart Kindling #

    Gotta love the round windows! Sure, why be practical, when you can be oh-so-pretty…🙂

    May 18, 2014
  10. Great post! I also love the Clean-up Crew down here on the Côte d’Azur, they are always super friendly as well. Our postie on her bike is a real hit for my son😉

    May 18, 2014
  11. Wow pistachio éclairs! We only get the plain old chocolate variety here!

    May 18, 2014
    • Hey there,
      I think I need to do a whole blog post on eclairs, the flavors you can get here in Paris are amazing–you can even get savory ones, but more on that later. Thanks so much for stopping by and for following moi.

      Nancy

      May 19, 2014

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