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The next part of our European tour wasn’t really scheduled as a tour event. We had a few days in Paris from the middle of the 8th to the morning of the 11th to rest a bit and prepare for the next events in Warsaw and Amsterdam. We didn’t have any events planned in Paris, unfortunately. This was just a bit of down time for us.

We didn’t have a big list of things we wanted to do. We didn’t climb the Eiffel Tower and we didn’t go to all the museums. We’re not really touristy kinda people in that way. We’d rather eat all yr foods than see all yr sites. So, we walked around a lot and were just goofy and playful. And we ate a lot. A lot. We can see it in our faces. Our diets have gone totally out the window for this Europe trip. First thing we did when we got back to Korea was exercise like crazy. Ha!

Back to Paris: we wanted to spend more time just relaxing, you know? Sitting at restaurant here, a coffee shop there, and just people watching. That’s what most of the places are built for, anyways: the chairs outside don’t point at each other, so you can look in each other’s eyes lovingly. They’re pointed out to the streets, so you can watch the world, together. Some of the busier restaurants have so many outward pointing chairs with so many people sitting in them it looks like someone cut out a row at the bleachers in a football game. It was lovely!

Sadly, though, I’m not sure if we came to Paris at a bad time. Was there an election or something? Did something serious happen in the news around that time? It seemed like everywhere we went, except for a few places, people were generally grumpy or sad looking. There was a lot of scowling rather than smiling. We’d walk into stores and the people working there would sit with their arms folded, wouldn’t ask anything, and would just stare off at something grumpily. We went into restaurants and used all of the French we learned in elementary school in Canada (not the French I butchered jokingly in the video), and we were able to order wholly in French, but the servers were…pissy? They’d take our orders with a sigh and give us our food without a word. Not a “merci” or “bon appetit” or anything. Not even a smile. This wasn’t true for EVERYBODY, mind you. The place where we got the mulled wine in the pictures below was lovely. LOVELY. The server there was fun and bubbly and had a great personality. He laughed with us and asked questions, but he was the exception rather than the rule. At the pasty restaurant we went to with the macaroons below, we ordered 4 macaroons and picked out four different flavors, which the waiter wrote down on paper. When we got the macaroons a few minutes later, three out of the four macaroons were wrong. When we told the waitress afterwards, she grumpily said “well, what do you want me to do about it?” Nothing. We didn’t want anything. We just wanted to pay and leave, and never come back to that restaurant.

Now, I’m not writing this to say that all of Paris is like this, and that everyone’s an asshole. That’s definitely not fair for us to say. We just might have come to Paris at a bad time, or maybe we just went to the wrong places, or maybe our pronunciation was terrible. We just didn’t feel as warm and invited there as we did in Norway, Sweden, Amsterdam, and Poland, where most everyone we met was smiling and caring. In Korea, if we say something in Korean, Korean people are mostly smiling and happy. They let us know how good our Korean is, and they’re amazed that we speak it. In Paris, not a peep. Our pronunciation was off, and it looked like we offended them for not speaking French fluently.

We did meet a few French Nasties in the streets who were delightful and happy and friendly and lovely. And smiling. Smiling! WHERE ARE THE REST OF YOUR PEOPLE HIDING? Do you live in a different part of Paris? The happier part? TELL MEEEEEEEEEE!

The city itself was gorgeous, and the food that we got ourselves, rather than from restaurants, was lovely! Oh man: being able to walk out of your place and head down the street to get a fresh loaf of bread in the bakery, a nice, cheap bottle of wine at the winery, a wide assortment of goat cheeses at the cheesery, a lot of deli meats and pates at the meatery, was just amazing. Korea doesn’t really have that. Paris Baguette here is nothing like Paris. The breads here are not good. The cheese scene here in Korea is growing, but still rather non-existent and exorbitantly overpriced. The luxury of being able to get all of this, just down the street, at reasonable prices was definitely our favorite part of our vacation.

Anyhow, that’s it for this post. We’ve got a lot of pictures from our stay as well, which you can see here below. We’re working on the Warsaw and Amsterdam videos today, and hope to get them up ASAP before Music Monday! Yay! Make sure you don’t miss out on any of our videos by clicking on the button here. Every click you make contributes to the Korean cheese fund, and will bring cheeses to this country at a cheaper price. DO IT FOR THE SAKE OF HUMANITY!

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  1. As an American married to a Frenchman, who has lived and worked in Paris, you are not wrong. The Parisians are like that every day. Grumpy, angry, and often sour, even before you open your mouth to say anything. To say that they are pissy is actually putting it kindly. To say that Paris is my least favorite city in the world is a complete understatement. The good thing about crappy Paris and asshole Parisians is that it makes all of the other cities in France look like blooming bastions of friendliness. I swear.

  2. Would you guys care if I used your pictures as paintings (school project)?

  3. Whoa…. the pictures are pretty but I could just read the sadness in your descriptions…

    ♥♥♥♥♥♥

  4. I find this to be true, I’m American too, but I’ve spent a lot of time in France with French people and I love the way they are. They don’t pretend to be too friendly and then really don’t give a damn about you. They are more reserved and when they like you, you are part of the family. A French friend is a true friend.

  5. Haha..just as Martina was saying how you found all the puppies, my daughter walked by and squealed, “oooo…puppies” and started watching the video with me.

  6. Simon and Martina, you do know that I watch your videos with my whole family, right.

    And then you go close up on the statue’s p*nis.

    OTL

  7. Paris is one of my favourite cities…
    I went to Angelina once and had really shit service as well… I think they figure since they’re so famous world-wide they don’t have to be nice to tourists… :|
    If you guys ever go back, I can’t recommend climbing up Notre Dame enough. It’s touristy, but sometimes there’s no line, and the view from up there is absolutely breath taking. It’s really moving, when I went up I burst into tears.
    So happy your videos are back, I missed you guys a lot!

  8. You guys are KILLING ME with those photos from the pastry shop! Pastries are one of my weaknesses (especially French pastries). I got really excited when I saw the macarons and the chocolate eclair. I was this close to licking the screen (not really. Or was I?)

  9. I agree that it’s a hit or miss kind of city. Way back when I toured Europe I was there for a few days and I only met helpful, kind and pleasant people. I had to go back through Paris on my way to London from Spain, and on the train I met a few people who were on their way to Paris for the first time and were a bit nervous about the whole “Grouchy Parisian” reputation. I assured them it was all a myth! Parisians were totally nice! Well, we got off the train in Paris and I swear every person we dealt with was SO MEAN. A guy in the train station was full on yelling at one of the girls because she didn’t understand his directions to the money exchange. I kept saying, “I swear, I was just here two weeks ago and everyone was really nice!” They all looked at me like I was completely deluded.
    The same thing happens in New York City as well. When you go to New York, you may happen to luck out and only interact with New Yorkers who are in a good mood, but God help you if you interact with a stressed New Yorker. I grew up in the midwest, but all of my extended family are New Yorkers. When they are in a good mood, they are the nicest people around, but when they are tired and stressed they hate living in New York, and they make sure everybody knows it. It’s the New York way.

  10. I’ve been to Paris for 10 days with my family back in 2008, Summer. I can’t say anything about ppl there bcz I simply didn’t pay attention, I was too busy taking pictures and sightseeing ;P
    But even with this little experience I noticed the Parisian’s French sounds “ruder” then French of Riviera. I’ve been visiting Nice almost every Summer for 13(?) years since I was 4. So Nice is a truly dear place to me and French there sounds like singing and it’s always a “bright” sound (I speak no French whatsoever, that’s just how I hear it)
    But as much as I love France, I must say French ppl are rasist/do not like foreigners… and they generally don’t speak English either. Not saying every French is like that, it’s just a common partern I’ve came across.

  11. From the people I know who have lived in France from 1 year to several years, they say that Parisians are meaner or ruder than the rest of the country. The same way they say people from NYC are mean or rude (I live in NYC). I think when you see so much you just became jaded. Sometime it comes off as rude, but your soul is just tired or worn-down.

    “Our pronunciation was off, and it looked like we offended them for not speaking French fluently.” I think it is true, based on what I’ve been told about Parisians. Also they might have thought you guys were from the States and not Canada. I think Americans tend to be disliked in France (as well as other countries).

    I was told that there is a culture difference once you start moving South in France. The people in the South of France are much warmer, nicer, and they live their lives at a slower pace than the north.

    Despite all that, I still want to visit Paris. It is on my bucket list. I’ve always thought the city was amazing and the French language is beautiful. I’m happy and jealous that you guys got to visit Paris. I watched a film called “Francis Ha” and in it, she just up and went to France for like two days. I’ve always thought if you go someone where far you have to stay for a least a week, but now 3 day vacations are starting to make sense to me. I’m starting to ramble. I’m glad you guys had fun and had time to free your mind, but I’m also glad you guys are back. Thank you for sharing your non-tour trip with us. :-)

  12. I’ve walked in the same places where you were! That’s so neat. Paris is my favorite European city. Hope you had a wonderful and romantic time.

  13. Aaa, I really missed your videoes! So much lols!

  14. I’m French and I’m ashamed now >w<

  15. I lived in many differents cities in France and i think you find the grumpiest people in Paris. I don’t know where the grumpy attitude came from in Paris, but anyway, I never find it in other french cities. French people can be friendly open minded and respectful, it’s just depend on where you are.

    • Yes, like I said, you can meet French people like that. But I have moved to a lot of places myself (I actually spend some time in Bordeaux where people are worse than they are in Paris) and this is a general thing, not saying all French people are like that.

      What I am amazed about about is that you guys stumbled on some French nasties! You are so lucky, it must have been fun! *_*

  16. Sadly though you’re right. A lof of the servers in Paris aren’t especially friendly with foreigner tourists. Anyway i hope you still enjoy you trip.
    I laughed so hard during all the video. Especially for the couple making out. So funny !!!

  17. My fiance proposed to me while we were in Paris, so I do have a soft spot for the city. We had a really good experience there, the good outweighing the bad. We stayed in Pigalle, notorious area – or so I am told.

    My fiance at the time was buying some Eiffel Tower keychains from one of the street hawkers and mistakenly overpaid, because we were in a rush for the train. When we realized what had happened, we were sure that was the last we would see of the money. But the street hawker actually came running after us to return us the change, and explained that we have misunderstood how much he was charging. It was a pretty amazing moment because being conned was a common thing that happened.

    And I think the North of France is simply beautiful, along with its people. Would love to visit again some day, especially since I am moving to the Netherlands myself pretty soon!

  18. You should have come to Italy for a bit of sightseeing guys!!!! Rome on fall it’s beautiful!
    Moreover, even if right now we have lots, really LOTS, of economical problems, Italian people are generally friendly, believe me,
    expecially in the South! So, next time come and see my country!!!! ^_*

  19. Hahaha! Your photobombing with statues was hilarious :D Next time you’ll visit Paris, Versailles has a lot of potential :b

  20. I went to Paris over the summer and only saw the outside of the Louvre as well, haha. But even the outside is beautiful! We also went to that little side grassy place. Did you see the fishy lampposts? They look soooo cool. :) I also went to Angelina. Such a cute place! I felt like I was having a fancy tea party. ^^

  21. Also, i’m really loving the bingo sheet idea. Any chance to do some more of these in the future?

  22. So many new videos in one day!!!! Thank you for putting them up so quickly after your trip, you guys must be really tired too. Can’t wait for music monday either :DDDDD

  23. Ah Paris… Been there once and I get what you mean with the people. Cultural difference when it comes to customer service?… I mean when I went to Starbucks we didn’t get good service and the workers spoke no English (and it was my first time at Starbucks so I didn’t know how things roll). But at Pizza Hut we got a very pleasant waiter who was happy my friend spoke a bit French when ordering!

    Oh the real bread and cheese… how I miss non-processed cheese! Japan is like Korea… orz

  24. kudos to all of you editing like crazay to get all these vids out! I’m surprised everyone was so rude to you :s I went a couple years ago with my family and I knew only very basic french and there was only one, single instance where a person was completely outright RUDE (probably racist?) to us. Besides that, everyone was very kind. I hope this doesn’t discourage you from visiting though :( don’t let one bad experience ruin it for you!

    • Come in the South!!!! Montpellier It’s very lovely!!!

    • In Paris, some waiter will be friendly but some will just be jaded. A lot of Parisians are jaded, maybe because there is a lot of tourists in the town, I don’t know.
      I really need to thank you for saying Paris is just one part of a big country, Parisians live like and think deeply France is just Paris. And it’s so sad, because there are many beautiful cities all over the country!
      You should visit Strasbourg, it’s a really nice city (and the legislative & democratic capital of the European Union!).

    • Too bad you met unfriendly people :(
      But you know, for the most part it is just a matter of cultural differences.
      The most important aspect of french culture is freedom, in every possible situations, it’s engraved in our minds since we are children: things like showing emotions (good or bad), arguing, choosing the person you want to be , being very spontaneous..are valued and completely accepted in society, we don’t see it as rude. The number one rule in france is not having rules.
      (That’s why I think rude people you met didn’t mean to offend you as much as it appears to you)

      Anyway guys, be sure that if you ever come here again, I’ll welcome you with open arms.. :)
      And if you want to go to typical, non artificial places (which touristic areas in Paris have become sadly, it’s not really where Parisians hang out anyway..);
      Come to Lille !!(that’s where I live ;P)
      It’s only one hour away from London and Bruxelles ! :D
      It’s the perfect place <3
      And it's filled with nice people who loves to smile! (The northen region of france is actually known for this! xD)
      Love you Simon and Martina! I really wish you didn't have bad experiences here.

      (sorry for my english, I didn't sleep at all last night and it's already 11am xD)

      • I’ve rarely had a bad experience with French people. They will go out of your way to help you, but they are real and will not pretend. If they feel grumpy, they won’t fake being happy. It’s a cultural difference, when you understand Parisians and treat them the same way they treat you, they actually soften up and joke with you and can be very charming. Imagine there are so many tourists in Paris, it must be weary for them. Outside of Paris, the French people are delightful, life is slower paced and there are very little tourists. Excellent food and lodging is much less expensive, too! http://www.FindYourSelfinFrance.com

  25. ‘I want Cinnamon Toast CRAAAAAAHNCH!!!’

    I want to eat cereal now….

  26. I’m sad for the trip to Paris was not as happy as you dreamed, but really some of them think your french is mperfect, is not only on your head. They (one part of french people) always criticize the french of a foreign and will find the pronunciation wrong. Next time will be better and you will find the non french rude ^ ^

  27. Goes from having no EYK fix to EYK videos every time i go back on the computer. YYYYAAAAYY!

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