Paris 10 Commandments!

And it’s about time ;) After other cities such as Los Angeles, Orange County or Dublin, Paris is finally getting out its own set of commandments. Feel free to comment!

Thou shall:
– consider eating on the unique lawn of the Luxembourg garden as a picnic
– cross roads whatever colour the light is and whether a car is arriving or not
– distinguish between “Châtelet” and “Les Halles” when arranging to meet friends
– answer “Paris” instead of “France” when asked what country you come from
– consider that once you cross the “périph” you’re outside of Paris
– count metro stations to mesure time and distance instead of minutes or meters
– memorise which part of the metro you should use in order to find the exit right in front of you when you get off
– not even hear the sound made by a “Carte Imagin’R” when it is swiped
– avoid dog shit without having to even look at the ground
– abandon the city to tourists and heat in August

6 Comments so far

  1. Lil (lilianl) on October 8th, 2008 @ 3:27 pm

    hmm…. you don’t sound stern enough :p

  2. Bij (bijoe) on October 8th, 2008 @ 3:29 pm

    i don’t think i’m really made out of the stern stuff…
    with all my apologies,

  3. seurann on October 15th, 2008 @ 5:12 pm

    I’m definitely not a parisian according to that definition…

  4. Bij (bijoe) on October 15th, 2008 @ 6:14 pm

    well, you are not a Parisian if you take those Parisians that fulfill the definition of "a person who was born and bred in Paris". now, whether this is the right definition to use or not…
    perhaps you can make up the 10 commandments for the "people who have lived like forever in Paris" who are indeed also Parisians though not quite the same as those above?

  5. marmaduke on October 27th, 2008 @ 5:48 pm

    Thou shalt not know thine own city, and never venture outside of familiar haunts.
    Thou shalt always reply to anyone speaking French with an English accent in English, even if you can barely string together two words in the language.

  6. Bij (bijoe) on October 27th, 2008 @ 6:38 pm

    well, i can’t really deny those :P
    though i’ll say this about the second one: it’s true of most French people, not only Parisians! (and i was aiming Paris-specific stuff)

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