Her Paris -- How
Not to be a Tourist
make-up and many brushings...
when it comes to clothes and hair is a priority.
The grunge look has yet to really catch on except
among some of the younger
generation, whose parents moan and groan.
do French women wear heavy make-up (just a gloss
here and there) but they take pride in their hair.
French hairdressers must make a fortune streaking
hair to give it that sun-bleached look. There are
hair salons everywhere and it is not unusual for
women to stop in for a brushing which means a shampoo
and blow-dry. Even though Paris is no bargain, one
can be elegantly coifed for less than $20 in one
of these walk-in salons.
be the tourist from Mars...
for not looking like the tourist from Mars: Don't
haul your week's supplies with you when you are
out for a simple outing. This
doesn't mean no camera, but skip carrying the six
guide books you have dragged to Paris to facilitate
your sightseeing. Photocopy the section of the guidebook
you want to explore that day and buy a plan (map)
of Paris to tuck into your purse and carrying pouch.
The maps department stores distribute are sure give-a-ways.
A word of warning: wear that pouch under your clothes.
This is not only for aesthetics but for safety as
well. And try your best not to look tentative.
are walking together as a group, don't hog the sidewalk
so that no one can pass. Parisians tend to be in
a hurry, walk fast and resent having to play quarterback.
Natives tend to mutter when they have to play dodg'em.
go on record as saying that there is nothing wrong
with being a tourist. But you want to give off the
best vibes possible. Even though the French have
the reputation for not being tourist friendly, just
try asking a question with a genuine smile and I
suspect you will see their attitude change. The
French are becoming increasingly used to foreign
visitors (it is one of their largest sources of
revenue) but one should exhibit the courtesy he
or she would like in return.
very careful. One of the sure ways not to look like
a tourist is to look down and not up, gazing at
Paris' wonderful architecture! If you continue to
look up, you may find yourself stepping into a doggie's
souvenir. And, there are many of those! Did you
know that there are more dogs in Paris than there
are people? Think about it.
Now that you've been properly informed, enjoy, enjoy,
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