Yes, sadly, today is our last day here, and although it’s been cloudy, rainy and a little cold, we’ve had a fantastic time getting to know our new neighbourhood. This is the last post for this trip, and it occurred to me that I called this edition “a study of contrasts”, so I feel I should talk about that a little.
First of all, India was 30 degrees and humid.
Paris was not. In Paris men wear turtlenecks. Seriously, they’re back in a big way here. With a scarf! I mean, it’s a little chilly, 8-10 degrees, but a turtleneck AND a scarf?
In India, any restaurant we went into was playing a bad, western-influenced techno-pop that made your teeth hurt. In Paris, every restaurant plays exactly….nothing. That’s right, no music in any Parisian restaurant we’ve been to. So refreshing! The only sounds are conversation, laughter, and maybe, music from the kitchen.
The overwhelming contrast, that I’m still processing, is order versus chaos. Everything in Paris speaks of order and cleanliness and high design. Not so much in India. That sounds like a judgement, and I don’t mean it to. Each country has its own great rewards. But I don’t think we could have gone any two places on earth that could be more different in the same trip.
Thanks for reading and taking the trip with us. It’s always fun to know you’re out there and following along. This isn’t hard to do, you know. Anyone could blog.
See you all next journey. Next time we rock.