*People dress so nice! Most women were wearing dresses & heels (or jumpsuits!). Men have perfectly groomed coifs. I felt like a total grub!
*Its dirty. Mars De Champs (park beside Eiffel Tower) has a lawn of cigarette butts. The Metro is littered with little single-use tickets. Garbage on the streets.
*Creperies are not just for tourists! There are way too many...Im pretty sure everyone eats at least one crepe a day. Along with croissants, and baguettes, and other delicious things. How DO they stay so thin??
*Helmets are not mandatory for bicycles. Frightening.
*Intersections hardly ever designed in a simple perpendicular shape. They are more like...I dont even know. Cars come from every which way, and there are no lines, and there are stoplights everywhere. I dont know how they can tell which light to obey!
*The French that have to deal with tourists are day are generally snappy with foreigners, while the regular everyday folks are usually more than happy to chat with you and try and communicate. I had a lot of fun using my (very) limited French vocabulary.
*Its very expensive. My wallet is screaming with pain, and I didnt even splurge on anything!
*Its HOT and HUMID! I did not expect that, but it was a nice surprise, for the most part :)
Next up...I will try and jot down some impressions of Italy, and update you on things we have been doing. Ciao!