Paris – a city of culture

The Jema el fina is a square in the city of marrakech, where living arts are continuosly being displayed. It is a UNESCO protected site. It is an experience you must not miss. Marrakech also has the biggest and most fascinating souk that I have ever been.I

Imagine the whole city is a display of arts and culture. That is Paris. The word Culture must have its origin in french. That must be the reason, parisien cafes is alfressco, chairs facing the sidewalk. It is watching culture, people passing by. In spring and summer there would be spontaneous displays of jazz, reggae,  and all kinds of world music by street performers. Even watching a frenchman talking to his mobile full of  thearetical expressions and gestures is entertaining. Be prepared, a coke could cost you 6 euro. A glass of champagne is Euro 7.50., but there are the less touristy streets.

The street fashions is second to none. KL is a city where belly buttons is the object de art not unlike mumbai or chennai, but paris is about colours.  From bohemians to high fashions, or african.

I love the passages, which the English would term as arcades. I enjoy the small stores , hundreds of them in the passage. From books of arts to object de arts from all over the world. enchanting. there are restaurants and cheap small hotels in the passages. Cheap here means Euro 70 per person per night.

Then the Museums, argghh!

Even if you observe the architecture of the old buildings, you will imagine how the hell did philip and louis and napoleon could manage the affairs of state while overseeing the construction of these fine buildings. Engineering wonder.

The rivers and the bridges and the canals and the sidewalk. How could you not miss paris?

As a visitor you need money to enjoy Paris. Besides the sights which are generally free, you need money to enjoy the food. still i feel it is cheaper than London.

I had lunch at a parisien makan place for 26 euro, very basic parisien. A long breakfast for three with ommelletes and expressos was 59 euros. A dinner for two was 129Euros. i had a sumptous French fruit de la mare for 150 Euro for two. A kebab is about 10 euro. When i was back packing, i survived on baguette and cheese and milk. i have not had tajines. I have experienced the whole range.

If you are english trained, you would be brought up to believe that french drivers are the worst save for the italians, but what i saw debunked that myth. Where would you see pedestrians given the right of way, where could you find drivers patiently waiting  vans unloading in the narrow parisien lanes, taxi drivers included. Chirac must have inculcated good road manners in the last decade. That is very cultured.

Paris is a cosmopolist. What would Paris be without the jews, the senegalese, the moroccan, the algerians, the lebanese, the vietnamese , madagascarese(?). It would be a boring place.


2 Responses to Paris – a city of culture

  1. mooke says:

    agree on the last paragraph. barca is as your description for paris only much cheaper. they work hard for it. i want to go to prague next year.

  2. azie says:

    Not been to Paris yet. But still remember when you and I in London. I came from Manchester to meet you there. Jun 1990. We spent in London for few days. Then, your next visit was Paris because of that air show I guess. You asked me to come along but I said “tak naklah..nak balik..” Eeee…rugi..rugi..Kenapalah tak lompat aje..ikut saja..kalau tak dah pergi Paris…

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