I told you I'd be back with more lists this week...so here I am with a little top 5 of what I wish I could import from France to the US :
- Les terrasses de cafés : Gosh I miss them SO MUCH ! There's nothing better than sitting there 'en terrasse' having a drink and watching people go by. The 'commenting' part with a girlfriend is optional but highly recommended.
- Time off : 5 weeks vacation a year and 16 weeks maternity leave (FULLY paid)... I still don't know how people can deal with only 2 weeks vacation a year over here (I would go on strike for this if I could :) and how expecting mom can work until they actually go into labor to be officially on maternity leave for only 8 weeks (12 if you're lucky but not fully paid) ! When I found out, I remember asking my boss if I was supposed to wait at my desk for my water to break. He probably felt sorry for me towards the end when I was so huge I couldn't see my feet anymore, so he gave me 2 weeks off before my due date (cool boss).
- Bakeries (especially les viennoiseries) : you know, croissant, pain au chocolat and my personal favorite chausson aux pommes (kind of an apple turnover only better) which is my number one purchase as soon as I get out of the plane at Charles de Gaulle (I'm serious, number 2 is French magazines)
- Shopping : Comptoir, Maje, Sandro, Pricesse Tam Tam, Petit Bateau, Okaidi, FNAC, Jonak, Mellow yellow, Galeries Lafayette, Printemps, Parashop, and all the amazing little independant stores... I miss you guys... I'll see you in December.
- La Tour Eiffel : a bit cliché I know but honestly, despite my 3 years in Paris, I'll always feel like a tourist in front of it and I'm pretty sure I'll never get bored of looking at it glittering at night (here)... so magical
Have you ever been to France ? Where did you go ? What did you like or didn't like ?
Photo credit : Walldecors esty store (don't you love this yellow chair ??)