Paris, Overrated

© Jessie Kanelos

There is so much love for Paris in the blogosphere and beyond.  How about a little negativity for once, people!  To truly uncover the enchanted Paris of real French people, we must be more negative.   A big part of living abroad is occasionally dealing with a colossally, irrepressibly bad day.  I am talking about the kind of day where I don’t have a red balloon to follow or there is an unromantic downpour en route to an important rendezvous.  Whenever I lament over a bad day with people stateside, I am promptly reminded that I should have no worries living in my glittering Never Never Land.  This is promptly what inspired a new spinoff of, Paris, Overrated.  It will visit every last institution in the City of Darkness and question why it is just so very bad…

I cannot understand how people can mistake French people as being sophisticated.  They never stop cutting their fingernails on the Metro. If I lose an eye to their poor public grooming, then the joke is surely on me.

How can cafés slap a WIFI sticker in the window when it isn’t even free???  “Oui, allô?  This is the 21st century calling!  I’ve got important poking to do! ”

Their dogs are too pure bred!  Come on, someone throw me a Golden Doodle!

Don’t people know they are listening to Christmas music when shoe shopping in the middle of July?  Damn you France, how would you know I whip out my coin purse the second I hear “Little Saint Nick“…

At the end of the day, all these French women are trying to emulate Coco Chanel.  That is, like, so 100 years ago.

I’ve never cared much for dog poop anyway.

Yes, the buildings are majestic, but at the end of the day, they are all just so old!

After 5pm, every other person is carrying a baguette.  Way to break the clichés, Parisians!  But wait, isn’t cliché a French word?

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  1. thefrancofly says:

    Hello Guillaume,

    Sarcasm is how I get through a really bad day. I apologize if you did not read the humor and if I offended you.

    Bonne soirée

  2. guillaume says:

    Even if I don’t cut my nails in public ( never seen anybody doing it either) I still find this article quite offensive in a way. Because can really pin down where the irony begin and when it’s just cynical. Kind sad to sum up the city have majestic building but they are old. I mean WTF. That’s quite insulting. Maybe try being little less offensive because don’t take it on french people and Paris because you had a bad day that’s low. Really low.

  3. AA says:

    It is a state of mind non – to understand their behavior and ways of life néanmoins courage … la vie n’est pas si dur quand même

  4. Tiffany says:

    I REALLY don’t understand the nail clipping in public. I thought it was just me, so I’m glad to hear that it freaks you out too.

  5. Cynthia Lewis says:

    Yeah for you, Jessie! Paris could never be as magical as so many folks seem to think it is. I have loved visiting Paris numerous times beginning as a fourteen year old with a group of French schoolgirls. I was the only one who could orient and read a map of Paris so I acted as guide and we walked mile upon mile. Cheer up…tomorrow will be sunny in more ways than one and your heart will be fine. Promise. Best, Cynthia

  6. thefrancofly says:

    Excellent! No worries, more cynicism to come.

    Bon w-e.

  7. thefrancofly says:

    Thanks so much for reading MaryLouise!

    More cynicism to come…

  8. thefrancofly says:

    I’m in need of a heart transplant!

  9. Mendy says:

    Funny stuff! I would be hard pressed to find ANYTHING wrong with Paris! The love for everything French runs through my veins and fills my heart with pure happines. Sappy yes…true?..absolutely!

  10. MARYLOUISE says:


  11. Oh, I’ll so be looking forward to this. As you can tell from my blog name (paris (im)perfect), I can relate 😉

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