I know that I should be blogging about the rich history and the amazing architecture or my cultural awakening. Whatever . . . but these are some of the things that have REALLY amazed me about Paris:
1. People run in front of busses all of the time and they don't get killed. They don't flag down the driver; they just step out in front of the bus. It's incredible.
2. Diane, you are right! They have the best ham and cheese sandwiches here and I can't figure out why they are so good. And they are equally good from every street vendor and market where I've eaten them. They sell them like they sell hot dogs in the U.S.
3. French woman aren't all skinny. Despite what that book says, they look pretty normal to me. But it is true that I have not seen people that are really obese. I think they hide them.
4. When did Coke buy Europe? You can't find a Pepsi to save your life. Even the tour bus I was on had a Coke machine. The guide reminded us constantly that it was there for our refreshment.
5. Before I came people said "Don't worry about the language thing EVERYBODY speaks English there" Well that may be true when your are going from tour bus to the Eiffel Tower or the lady at the desk of the Louvre. But I didn't find it so easy when I got on the wrong train, tried to walk back to a familiar place and got more lost -- Tried to flag people for help, then it seemed NO ONE spoke English and it happens to be at the time when I forgot my phrase book and all 10 of my French words. Luckily if you walk long enough in any direction you run into another Metro station.
6. On the Metro, some trains have doors that open automatically to let you on and off and some trains, you have to open the doors manually. Make sure you notice the difference, before you get up at your stop, wait for the door to open, they don't, and the train starts moving again. It's pretty embarrassing.