This week, Ashley of Ashley Abroad, shares how authentically French her day-to-day surroundings are in the small town outside of Paris where she lives.
I feel that sometimes, country stereotypes can interfere with your experience while traveling. When a country’s culture doesn’t seem as genuine as you pictured it, and everything feels diluted by commercialism and international brands, it can be a let down once you get there.
I’m glad to hear that even in 2013, France doesn’t seem to disappoint!
Ashley describes her “Only in France” moment–
“I live in a little town outside Paris and every day it strikes me how quintessentially French my town is. From the little old men walking home with baguettes under their arms to the housewives toting trollies filled with fresh produce from the farmer’s market, it’s never hard to forget that I’m in France.
One daily moment that feels particularly French is when I walk to the métro which is located directly in front of a massive 10th century château. It’s a Gothic château with incredible history; Louis XIV, also known as the “Sun King” was born there in 1638, and James II, King of England, exiled himself there in 1688 due to religious turmoil in his native land. One thing’s for certain – I have never enjoyed such a picturesque commute!”
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