How to be a Parisienne: Margot's 10 Golden Rules
As promised in yesterday's post, here are Margot's humorous (but true!) "10 Golden Rules for Being a Parisian":
- Complain about your country and the weather of Paris (every Parisian does this but at the end of the day we all stay here...)
- Go for brunch every Sunday
- Try the new designed-by-a-famous-designer restaurant on Saturday evening
- Visit the latest temporary exhibition at Beaubourg or Le Grand Palais or...
- Watch the television program "Top Chef" on Monday evening
- Prefer the "Vélib" to the taxi - taxis are old fashioned, although some people will not agree with me ... :)
- Have an apéritif with your friends in a nice wine bar
- Get invitations for private sales - never go shopping during the official sales dates
- Do some sport, but not too much - body building is really not trendy
- Look "nonchalant"
French movies - La Piscine (The Swimming Pool) with Alain Delon and Romy Schneider, Nos Jours Heureux and Jeux d'enfants (Love Me If You Dare)
Music - Jenifer Bartoli, a French singer who got her start on the television show Star Academy and classical music.
Apps - OuBruncher, an app that lists all the best places to have brunch, Le Monde for news, 750 grammes for 77,000 recipes and le Tournedisque for music.
Ha ha, "look nonchalant" - I'll have to work on that! Apparently I look annoyed or upset by default if I'm just walking around the place, I always have people saying "hey I saw you walking down Rue Nationale the other day, you looked pissed off" (my mum claims this is genetic).ReplyDelete
Sorry Gwan "stone face" family trait....Delete
You could develop a vague half smile at all times maybe?
Margot's top 10 have some remarkable similarities to a 'smart' life in Melbourne Mary Kay...particularly Numbers 1, 2 and 7. I have tried to look nonchalant but more often than not, look vague!!ReplyDelete
I LOVE this series!!!!ReplyDelete
How cute is she? I love her chic rules!! Good to know Margot, merci. : )ReplyDelete
'Love Me If You Dare' is one of my favorite movies too. Such a sweet love story!
I knew complaining would be in there, but didn't realize it would be number one! It's hard to look nonchalant when we try so hard to look like we blend in... : /ReplyDelete
I am still trying to wrap my head around the French brunch thing. It simply does not want to compute. I just don't see young French people getting up and out early on the weekend--what about the long slow weekend? sleeping in with a lover? And what dishes are they enjoying at this brunch? Eggs Benedict? Waffles? Maybe, maybe I've been missing something?ReplyDelete
Haha, I love these rules! So much of the are so apparent, too ;)ReplyDelete
The brunch thing has me stumped too Joseph.ReplyDelete
I used to live in Brisbane Australia, where Sunday brunch is at its best. I think sitting outside in the sun is part of the necessary brunch experience, but I have to say even the indoors brunches of Dublin where quite impressive if you knew where to go.
The problem I have with French brunches is the food served. For me, brunch = class. So if you haven't got a select range of unique, stylish and high quality dishes on offer, then what's the point when you could just make better at home!
I admit I haven't done extensive research in the area so if anyone has some recommendations for restaurants around Paris that does a remarkable brunch, I'd love to hear!