I just came back from an eye-opening and unforgettable trip to Europe. Started off in Toulouse, then Lloret del Mar, then good ol’ touristy Paris.
The saddest part is when you come back to reality, and you have to live with the ghost of constant separation from what you treasure too much.
Anyway, here are some interesting things I learned and absorbed over there:
- The Sun sets at 10pm.
- Food is sacred. Everything is fresh, buttery, authentic; traditionally there are 5+ courses in a meal; yet no one is fat.
- Paris is a heck of a touristy city, and doesn’t represent the rest of France.
- Kissing in Paris under the rain, balconies and croissants are a necessary cliché.
- The Chinese myth of tourists everywhere taking pictures of everything and buying every designer is real, and delicious in person.
- Everyone there dresses so well. They all seem to own a biker moto jacket, a trench, blazer, blouse and turtleneck.
- Vacation is necessay because the looks of the strikes, the French are a productive nation.
- Every one is cultured and likes discussing along a nice bottle, especially after meals.
- I can get freckles.
- Family is built upon respect, freedom, and core values from a rich past.
- Fave foods: SAUCISSON, gazpacho wasn’t too bad, homemade ratatouille, potato gratin, beef cooked rare, terrine, sablés, mozzarella balls with tomatoes and fresh raw ham sandwiches.
- Preferred sense of humour is the absurd.
- Restaurants are generally more expensive than the ones in Montreal no matter what, but often better.
- Hockey fans are soft compared to soccer fans (Euro’16). It really gets people talking as well.
- Top schools are engineering, law, business and medicine, and there are “competitions” for the “major institutions”.
- The French music industry is huge, full of R&B and ap, but that rarely crosses the borders.
- The metro of Paris is organized chaos.
- Riding a scooter is extremely liberating, and allows to take shortcuts where there is traffic.
- I absorbed beauty everywhere I went.
Since my blog is oriented towards sharing my style, I have cherry picked a selection of oufits in French or Spanish context. The criteria were that it had to be light, versatile and appropriate, while always reflecting my style. I can’t deny that the cradle of fashion never ceased to astonish and inspire me.