Practicing For Paris – People Watching

People watching in Paris

One of our favourite things to do in Paris – and all of France for that matter – is watch the passing parade of people going about their day. Whether it is the chic French or the occasionally not so chic tourists, we can lose hours just people watching in Paris.

Paris is well set up for people watching. Café chairs face outwards and you can always find a seat or a bench in the parks and gardens. And of course the backdrop of Paris herself makes this pass time all the more rewarding.

We’ve noticed though that, while we make time just about everyday for people watching in Paris while we are travelling, we rarely take the time to do this at home.

So yesterday, we decided that we needed to get back into practice. After all, it’s under a month now until we are back in Paris!

We managed to find the perfect location – two window facing seats in a bar that looks out onto one of Melbourne’s atmospheric inner-city laneways. Over a glass of wine, we watched as a steady flow of shoppers dodged puddles and passing showers in the early evening light.

Although I’ve got to tell you that the fashion was not quite up to French standards…it has moved to winter in a hurry here and I think quite a few Melbournians might have been caught between seasons.

It’s funny how quickly we got back into our people watching groove – and I don’t understand why we don’t make time for it when we are not travelling. It’s definitely something I’m going to do more of no matter where I am!

Do you make time for people watching in Paris? What about at home? I’d love for you to share in the comments below.

And until next time – au revoir.



About Janelle

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