J. Allen Wolfrum is a fiction author and former Marine based in San Diego, California.

 

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Lessons from Paris

Lessons from Paris

We spent a few days in Paris this week for vacation. I thought it would be best to gather my thoughts with a list. Clever sentences are beyond my grasp this week, I'll blame it on the jet lag and lack of sleep.

  1. Pastries are amazing. I mean off the charts amazing. I could eat Pain au Chocolat (chocolate croissant) and Pandolce Genovese (bread with bits of chocolate in it) for breakfast every day. We took some time each day to get away from the tourist spots and find a local bakery. Each one was slightly different but the pastries and bread were off the charts good at every bakery. The food overall, I would put on par with American. The caveat being that we didn't eat at any fancy restaurants. If you're into high end cuisine, maybe it's a different story. But there are some really good dishes that you don't find here. Croque de Madam is a great bar snack, a ham and cheese sandwich with and egg on top.
  2. I'm Fat. No further explanation required.
  3. I Dress Embarrassingly Bad. The men and women in Paris dress well, which is not a surprise to anyone but me. It's still winter in France, and apparently the season dictates the clothes you wear? The San Diego version of that is, in the winter if its cold, you wear a sweatshirt and maybe a beanie. Below is a bullet point list of a typical French mens wardrobe. I'll spare you the gory details of my attire. In general Americans and Brits stand out like a sore thumb, but the Brits are a slightly better dressed than Americans, not much, but a little.
    1. Dark Blue or Black Designer Jeans.
    2. White Collared Shirt with Gray or Dark Sweater.
    3. Custom Black Leather or Very Dark Brown shoes
    4. Dark Gray, Dark Blue or Black Peacoat
    5. Dark Colored Wool Scarf
    6. Older Gentlemen wear either a dark colored wool fedora or a dark colored Irish driving hat.
  4. French culture is it's own thing. 

Thats all I've got for now. Back to sleep

-jerad

P.S.

I don't know how this skipped by my radar but the Brittish tv show Downton Abbey is off the charts amazing. Great combination of good premise, excellent writing, and even better acting.

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