And you? Do you like Paris?

While I wasn’t completely “born and bred” in the city, this place is my home town and I just happen to love it :D The things is, I’ve noticed, lots of people hate it. Some people seem to walk by trying not to think about it and just be “meh” but it seems to me they’re just trying to avoid acknowledging that they live in a city they don’t like?

Overall, people seem to have strong feelings about this city, unlike any others I’d like to say. It’s a lot smaller than London or New York City for example, but it is France’s biggest city. There are large amounts of traffic, pollution and pigeons (and other not-so-pleasant things), but also many local boulangeries, fascinating monuments and museums (and many many other highlights)…

I got thinking because we have a new co-worker in the office. He’s not French and is discovering France and Paris for the first time. And the other day, he got himself a 30-minute walk between “Paris is such a great city” me and “I can’t wait till my contract is over and I can leave this god-forsaken place” French co-worker…

I wonder how he’ll come around: like it? not like it? Hehe…

Anyhow, it seems to me that people who grew up in Paris tend to love the city, while people who have come here from the rest of the country (either to study or work or whatever reason) often tend to hate it… Of course, these remarks are not absolutes but: is there really a trend? I’m curious…

How about foreigners who come to live in the city? I’ve noticed a good many like it here. I should process data to see whether they came from smaller cities or larger cities…

Have any of you noticed any trend among the people you know? Or maybe in other large cities that bring love and hate in such close quarters?

Anyhow, we’re still working on the city’s 10 commandments. By now, a number of the other metblog cities have done so. If you have any input you’d like to give, feel free to comment!

3 Comments so far

  1. Lil (lilianl) on September 19th, 2008 @ 2:26 pm

    I am definitely non-native Parisian, and while my first impression of the city was not very flattering, I’ve grown to love the city. I need to move there for a longer spell (rather than a few weeks maximum at any one time) to really be able to gauge further if this is true love or puppy crush ;)

  2. Mo (dub_mohan) on September 28th, 2008 @ 11:39 pm

    thats a hard one to answer :) as people will have different opinions. For myself, after meaning to visit Paris for so long, finally when I did 2 weeks back.. I totally loved it (normally i tend to enjoy big cities more).. my paris "born n bred" friends seems to enjoy the city as well, but also a lot of them seems to headin to US (in recession also :D) or other places.. for my non-paris born n bred friends, living there for last few years, seems to having lot of fun too.. ok.. looks like i have only positive to say about Paris :)

  3. Bij (bijoe) on September 29th, 2008 @ 8:42 pm

    yay for positive things to say about Paris ;)

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